We’ve gotten a lot done since 1919.

98 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.

1919

January

1920

January

Rissman & Hirschfeld Design Luxury High-Rises Along Lake Shore Drive

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.

1924

January

Cedar Hotel

Cedar Hotel

1927

November

Lawndale Theatre

Lawndale Theatre

3300 North Lake Shore Drive

3300 North Lake Shore Drive

1928

November

Oscar Meyer House

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.

1931

November

Davis Hotel / Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel

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.

1940

November

Harold Pawlan Joins the Firm

Pawlan joins Rissman & Hirschfeld. Three years later in 1943, Maurice Rissman has left the firm.

1950

November

Pawlan is named Hirschfeld’s partner in 1950, the same year a young Martin Reinheimer joins the practice.

1961

November

“Hirschfeld Pawlan & Reinheimer”

1963

November

Outer Drive East becomes first residential building east of Lake Shore Drive

Outer Drive East becomes first residential building east of Lake Shore Drive

1965

November

The Carlyle

The Carlyle

1968

November

1973

November

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.

1978

November

Pat FitzGerald Joins the Firm

1980

November

Renovation of 219 East Lake Shore Drive

Renovation of 219 East Lake Shore Drive

1983

November

Doral Plaza

Doral Plaza

1983 brought the completion of Doral Plaza at 151 North Michigan Avenue – the first project worked on by a young intern architect, Pat FitzGerald.

1986

November

After Martin Reinheimer retires, Pat FitzGerald is named President of the firm, which takes on a new name. The firm has since grown steadily but has never lost its orientation as an innovator with extensive practical knowledge of the entire building process.

1989

November

Loft Rehab Boom

Loft Rehab Boom

1991

November

Mike DeRouin, Rick Whitney Join the Firm

1995

November

The Sexton

The Sexton

1998

November

Silversmith Hotel

Silversmith Hotel

Chatham Club

Chatham Club

2000

November

Fort Sheridan

Fort Sheridan

2001

November

University Village

University Village

Block Y

Block Y

2002

November

One River Place

One River Place

2004

November

1819 South Michigan Avenue

1819 South Michigan Avenue

2005

November

Condo Boom

Condo Boom

2006

November

Parkside of Old Town

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.

2008

November

FitzGerald Associates Architects Rebrand

2010

November

Wilson Yard

Wilson Yard

2011

November

Mike DeRouin named Firm President, Pat FitzGerald named Chairman & Managing Principal

2014

November

Arkadia Tower

Arkadia Tower

Midtown Square

Midtown Square

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.

2016

November

Stony Island Arts Bank

Stony Island Arts Bank

Tim Blatner Named Principal

Broughton, McFadden, Blatner Made Equity Partners

2017

January

3Eleven

3Eleven

Michael Breclaw named Principal & Made Equity Partner