The old McLean County Courthouse is an American Renaissance style structure built between 1901-1903 listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Since the 1980s this historic landmark has been home to the McLean County Museum, and most recently The Cruisin' with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center. Scharnett Architects and its predecessors have an honored history with preserving and restoring elements of the museum over the decades. Most recently architectural services included a new accessible south entrance, interior improvements for the Convention Visitors Bureau, renovation of museum galleries to improve lightning and accessibility, landscape improvements, historic lighting improvements, roof replacement, ongoing plaster repair and replacement, and energy efficiency improvements. Meticulously restoring the elements of the museum that provide its period specific character, using original materials whenever possible, is the hallmark of what it means to be an architecture firm specializing in historic preservation so that future generations can learn from, explore, and experience the history of our community.
- Organization: McLean County Museum of History
- Type of Organization: Non-Profit Museum
- Location: 200 North Main St, Bloomington, IL 61701
- Type of Project: ongoing historic preservation (exterior and interior)
- Roof Details: Replacement of existing 30+ year old bituminous roof with new 30-year warranted single ply membrane roof in a limited access downtown site. Complete tear-off requiring new tapered insulation, copper flashings and detailing, limestone treatments, limestone gutter lining, fragile clay tile roof deck repairs and supports, roof drain replacement, epoxy leader lining, cover-board, and vapor barrier roof designed with Firestone to outlast 30-year warranty with life-cycle analysis, including details unique to roof conditions not seen before in thousands of roof installations. Services provided included Roof condition analysis, record drawings, construction documentation, bidding and negotiation assistance, construction administration.
- Press & Media: September 30, 2022 article from BuildingEnclosureOnline.com
SAA Members are proud to serve on the Bloomington Historic Preservation Commission.
Museum exhibits are expertly designed to help visitors follow a path as they learn. In addtion to the exhibits themselves that tell a story, the lighting above helps direct their path. As exhibits change over time, the lighting needs to be flexible as well to move and pivot. Track lighting with fixtures that pivot in all directions allows for future changes to exhibits to be easily repositioned. Though not pictured, museum paths also must be accessible by all visitors, therefore the renovations also included removable ADA ramp components that appear to be fixed structures, but do not damage the original flooring and can be repositioned if the exhibit changes.