We’ve gotten a lot done since 1919.
100 years. 18 presidents. Economic booms, recessions, the Great Depression, and a World War. Our firm has been in Chicago, providing services to our clients on a variety of noteworthy projects. Here are some of the highlights.
100 years ago, our firm’s founders, Maurice B. Rissman and Leo S. Hirschfeld, published this announcement in The American Contractor.
Rissman & Hirschfeld Design Luxury High-Rises Along Lake Shore Drive
For much of our early history, Rissman & Hirschfeld was called on by developers to design the early highrises along Lake Shore Drive and Lincoln Park.
3300 North Lake Shore Drive
Oscar Meyer House
Located at 335 Wellington (and still standing today!), Maurice Rissman designed a home for Oscar Meyer, the real Sausage King of Chicago. Rissman designed a matching – but noticeably less-ornate – home for himself next door at 333 Wellington.
Davis Hotel / Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel
Now known as the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, this elegant Gothic-Revival building encloses a lavish space, especially the distinctive Crystal Ballroom, which features Chicago’s only illuminated dance floor. Well known visitors to the hotel included Presidents Kennedy and NIxon, Muhammad Ali and Daryl Hannah. Hugh Hefner purchased the building in the 1970s and transformed it into the Playboy Hotel. It was restored in 1999 by Millennium Hotels.
Harold Pawlan Joins the Firm
Pawlan joins Rissman & Hirschfeld. Three years later in 1943, Maurice Rissman has left the firm.
Pawlan is named Hirschfeld’s partner in 1950, the same year a young Martin Reinheimer joins the practice.
“Hirschfeld Pawlan & Reinheimer”
Outer Drive East becomes first residential building east of Lake Shore Drive
Following Leo Hirschfeld’s departure from the firm, Martin Reinheimer becomes the sole head of the firm. Martin was known and respected for his pragmatic approach to construction. Martin combined a builder’s love for materials with an engineer’s instinct for solutions that work. He expected everyone in his employ to share his enthusiasm for making buildings that function well.
Pat FitzGerald Joins the Firm
Renovation of 219 East Lake Shore Drive
1983 brought the completion of Doral Plaza at 151 North Michigan Avenue – the first project worked on by a young intern architect, Pat FitzGerald.
Loft Rehab Boom
Mike DeRouin, Rick Whitney Join the Firm
One River Place
FitzGerald Associates Architects provided architectural services in the adaptive reuse of the nine-story Montgomery Ward Merchandise Building—originally constructed by Montgomery Ward as the headquarters for his burgeoning catalog company.
1819 South Michigan Avenue
Parkside of Old Town
Pat FitzGerald Names Mike DeRouin and Rick Whitney Partners in the Firm
Michael De Rouin and Richard Whitney became equity partners in the firm charged with upholding the firm’s strong tradition of high quality, client-focused architectural design.
FitzGerald Associates Architects Rebrand
Mike DeRouin named Firm President, Pat FitzGerald named Chairman & Managing Principal
James Broughton and Steven McFadden Named Design Principals
The firm named James Broughton, AIA and Steven McFadden to the position of Design Principal, furthering the firm’s effort to develop the company’s reputation as a design force in Chicago architecture.
Stony Island Arts Bank
Tim Blatner Named Principal
Tim joins partners Patrick FitzGerald, Michael DeRouin CSI CCCA, Richard Whitney, James A. Broughton, AIA, and Steven D. McFadden, NCARB as the firm’s ownership group. As an equity partner Tim will play a role in strategic planning and setting the firm’s business direction.
Broughton, McFadden, Blatner Made Equity Partners
3Eleven delivers 245 sleek, sophisticated apartments to Chicago’s River North neighborhood. The 24-story transit-oriented building contains a mixture of studio, one-, and two-bedroom units along with a few three-bedroom units on upper floors. From the engaging steel and glass lobby to incredible indoor and outdoor rooftop amenities, 3Eleven delivers a standard of living that rivals any found in or around Chicago’s Loop.
Michael Breclaw named Principal & Made Equity Partner
Mike joins partners Patrick FitzGerald, Michael DeRouin CSI CCCA, Richard Whitney, Timothy Blatner, CSI, CDT, LEED AP, James A. Broughton, AIA, and Steven D. McFadden, NCARB as the firm’s ownership group. As an equity partner Mike will play a role in strategic planning and setting the firm’s business direction.
727 West Madison
727 West Madison (formerly known as One South Halsted) is a 45-story, 492-unit luxury rental tower with more than 10,000 square feet of retail space. At just under 500 feet, it is the tallest building in Chicago’s West Loop as of early 2018.