Posted by on August 11, 2013

Chicago Tribune Magazine August 11, 2013
“…William T. Bickford, and E. Austin DePree of Chicago-based architecture firm Northworks have started building weekend retreats from simply smaller to teeny tiny, for clients who realize that small = simple = real relaxation…”

Read the full article here: Chicago Tribune Magazine August 11, 2013

Mountain Retreat project page

Hill Country Retreat project page

Posted by on July 01, 2013
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“…We’re working with those [architects’] legacies in a very personal way. It’s not their buildings or their plans for Chicago; it’s their resting place and the very specific symbolism of who they were and what they did…”

Read the full article here: Chicago Architect Jul-Aug 2013

VIDEO: Watch Bill Bickford dicuss the Graceland Chapel Project

Graceland Cemetery project page

Graceland Chapel project page

Posted by on June 07, 2013
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“…a small guest house that packs a really big punch… this gorgeous, charming property set along a winding stretch of the Guadulpe River will leave your guests wanting to come back and stay again and again…”

Read the full article here: Home Adverts May 30, 2013

Hill Country Retreat project page

Posted by on May 24, 2013
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“…As many clients embrace smaller, more functional homes, porches can play a role in reducing interior square footage, DePree said. His firm, which does work in 12 states, designed a two-bedroom, two-bath guest cottage on a Texas property in which the porch served as the main gathering space.

‘We spend more and more of our lives in conditioned space,’ DePree said. ‘To gather outside is refreshing’…”

Read the full article here: Chicago Tribune May 24, 2013

Hill Country Retreat project page

Posted by on April 09, 2013
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“…Paschke worked side by side with architect Austin DePree of Northworks, a Chicago-based firm regarded for both its handsome commercial interiors (Tortoise Club, Ada Street) and its residential projects spread nationwide…”

Read the full article here: NS Modern Luxury Spring 2013

Ridge Lane Residence Project Page

Posted by on February 26, 2013
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… “A renovated barn is old and full of character, simple and large in its form. It’s capable of containing a range of spaces… it’s handmade and industrial—as well as an antique that has had new life breathed into it…”

Read the full article here: Houzz 2.26.13

Michigan Barn project page

Posted by on February 21, 2013
The Architects Newspaper 1.31.2013

“…We wanted to give it the feel and look as if it’s always been there, like this 1920’s tavern may have sold its air rights to a midcentury developer…”

Read the full article here: The Architect’s Newspaper 1.31.2013

Tortoise Club project page

Posted by on February 04, 2013
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“…We were able to achieve a balanced blend between a modern and traditional aesthetic by incorporating locally sourced custom components that were conceived in our office and handmade by skilled fabricators in Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois…”

Read the full article here: Interiors Feb + Mar 2013.

Howe Street Residence project page

Posted by on December 13, 2012
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“…Carved out of a space that formerly housed a gym on Chicago’s iconic State Street, the Tortoise Club’s main dining room is sheathed in dark woods taken from the historic Pump Room…”

Read the full article here: Chicago Business Journal December 13, 2012

Tortoise Club project page

Posted by on October 22, 2012
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“…The interiors upgrade, along with the furnishings and fixtures, is as refined as the food… ‘The space was an office, and many years before that, a metal shop and foundry,’ Bickford explains.  ‘We kept a lot of the original details, including steel channels, Chicago common brick, timber beams and the concrete floor, so it still has an industrial vibe.’

By allowing some of the original elements to stick around – the existing garage door and freight elevator are examples – Ada Street gives guests a rare glimpse into an early 20th century manufacturing facility…”

Read the full article here: CS Interiors 5th Anniversary Issue

Ada Street project page