BERWYN – Landmark buildings do not by necessity have to look as though they come from an era of horse-drawn carts and parasols.
The Berwyn Historic Preservation Commission recently designated the PCC Family Health Center, at 6201 W. Roosevelt Road., as a Berwyn Historic Landmark.
The building, a historically renovated example of Berwyn’s midcentury modern architecture, is considered an important monument for the community and has been recognized by organizations, including the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, for its architectural significance.
A commemorative plaque was presented to Robert Urso, President and CEO of PCC Community Wellness Center, and architect Patrick Thompson on May 14.
“Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) “gold” certification at PCC South Family Health Center took a historical building and brought it into the 21st century,” Urso said. “It’s now a healthier building for our staff, patients and the environment. By bringing old and new together at this facility, it really has created its own personality in the community. We are extremely proud to be recognized.”
The BHPC recognizes PCC Community Wellness’ leadership not only in historic preservation, but also in Green building and business design. In part due to PCC’s choice to re-use the original 1950s furniture showroom, taking advantage of its clean lines, open space and generous glass windows, the building received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.
According to the Commission, Urso’s initiative exemplifies the position of the Preservation Green Lab of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which states: “when comparing buildings of equivalent size and function, building reuse almost always offer environmental savings over demolition and new construction.”
The award coincided with National Month for Historic Preservation, which was in May.