Robertson House

Year: 2013

Client: Village of Barrington

Location:  Barrington, Illinois

The Village of Barrington retained Farr Associates to conduct an Existing Conditions Report & Restoration Feasibility Study for the Historic Robertson House. Constructed in 1898 as the home of John and Julia Robertson, the building consists of three stories with a basement. The residential style is Queen Anne with an influence of Classic Revival. The structure is wood frame balloon construction with a full height basement fabricated of limestone rubble and masonry.

The scope of work included code analysis, historic preservation, programming, sustainability strategies, and cost analysis. The design transformation was strategically phased to prioritize elements that would generate income stream for the property, including an assembly space and a catering kitchen on the first floor. Later phases include offices on floors two and three and storage on the lower, basement level.

For these proposed uses to be installed in the existing building, Farr Associates analyzed the existing conditions of the Robertson House property with a focus on resolving all prevailing building and ADA regulations, restoring key historic measures and investigating conditions for improving the environmental conditions of the building and site.