Client goals

40 Kansas is a mixed-use commercial and business building nestled in downtown Frankfort, IL. A turn of the century German immigrant farming community, Frankfort exemplifies a quaint hometown atmosphere with all the modern-day amenities. The site was home to a well-known German restaurant until it was destroyed by a fire. The new design worked to achieve a number of goals: complement the existing architecture of the neighborhood, create a structure that provided excellent exposure for a destination restaurant, and utilize fire resistant materials. 

Linden Group Solution

The two street facades of the building were designed to look like multiple masonry buildings from the turn of the century. In order to achieve this, LINDEN GROUP researched traditional details in brick such as: quoins, corbels, basket weaved, and projected soldiers. In doing so, the design team was able to give the building a sense of authenticity while utilizing modern construction techniques. Careful attention was paid to the brick selections so that they could stand alone, yet work with the structure as a whole. Kansas Silverdale limestone accents in a variety of finishes were utilized throughout the multiple façade designs to create a sense of cohesion. Balconies projected over the sidewalks and artistic stone sign panel details complete the design. 

Client Success

The design of 40 Kansas emphasizes quality and sensitivity in design by utilizing quality masonry materials and designing with sensitivity to the existing neighborhood fabric. The project was awarded the 2005 Gold Award- Best of the Brick by the Illinois Indiana Masonry Council. 

 

Other clients we've worked with in the world of Commercial projects include: Binny's Beverage Depot, Drivetime, Kopanis, State Bank of Countryside, Infiniti Merrillville, Honda, Fiat Shererville, Chevy Homewood, Walt's Food Centers