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DMAC Architecture

Mount Moriah Masonic Temple

Address

1229 Emerson St.

Neighborhood

Evanston

Hours

Sat, Oct 19: 10am - 4pm

Sun, Oct 20: 10am - 4pm

Photography Permitted Refreshments Available Washrooms Available

Architect

Walter T. Bailey, 1929

Renovation

DMAC Architecture, 2019

Website

dmacarch.com

Description

DMAC Architecture is a full-service design firm with over two decades of experience in architecture, interior, product and furniture design, with work that spans a wide range of scales and typologies-- from hotels, health clubs, spas, casinos, restaurants and lifestyle clubs to single family residences as well as pop-up kiosks and exhibits. DMAC recently relocated to the former Mount Moriah Masonic Temple, a 1929 building by Walter T. Bailey, the first African American architect to receive a license in Illinois. The building was in need of a complete update when purchased in 2015, and DMAC has preserved the formal front while activating the rear of the building into something more casual and engaging. Rear window openings have been infilled with brick weave to add visual interest and filter light to the inside. An original herringbone parquet floor and a cast iron stairway are refinished as feature elements in the renovated space.

Visitor Experience

Visitors are invited to walk through the open office space on the second floor and see a sampling of the firm's most recent work . Architects will be available to answer questions.