FitzGerald Associates Architects has offered to donate its expertise to help assess some lingering building issues with the former Chess Records studio location at 2010 South Michigan Avenue, now home to Willie Dixon’s Blues Heaven Foundation.
The building, which has experienced water infiltration and masonry issues in the past, is regarded as a landmark in the history of Chicago blues and popular music. According to the organization’s website, “2120 S. Michigan Ave. is one of the most famous addresses in all of American pop history. Former home of the legendary Chess Records label from 1957 to 1967, 2120 housed the studio and recording company that begat legendary recordings by Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Howlin’ Wolf, Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker, Etta James, Koko Taylor, Buddy Guy, Ramsey Lewis, Ahmad Jamal, Aretha Franklin and dozens of others.”
“As a 92 year old company, we have a keen interest in the unique history of Chicago,” said FitzGerald chairman Patrick FitzGerald. “We’re honored to have another opportunity to support and preserve one of the things that makes Chicago such a special place.”