Damen Blue Line Station Rehabilitation

JLK was the historic preservation architect for the rehabilitation of one of Chicago’s oldest stations on the CTA Blue Line.

Chicago Transit Authority
Chicago, Illinois

About this Project

JLK was the historic preservation architect for this rehabilitation of a landmarked elevated train station.

The station was built from a common set of design drawings applied to many stations across the city. The masonry buildings were modernized and their services upgraded for modern use. The project scope included introducing modern lighting, turnstiles, restroom, staff areas, and handrail and accessibility improvements. The historic scope focused on treatment of all interior and exterior historic materials including the handrails, light fixtures, and canopies at the platform level. Brick and terra cotta masonry was repaired and cleaned or replaced in areas of extreme deterioration. At track level, decorative balustrades were retained and/or modified to meet current ADA standards. Original light fixtures were modified for LED functionality and new fixtures created based on this precedent. Historic wood windows were replaced in kind with new to match the originals. All interior woodwork was replaced and returned to original design.


  • Historic Preservation Consulting
  • Preservation Project Design
  • Construction Documents
  • IHPA Liaison Services.

Find Us

JLK Architects
230 West Huron
Suite 510
Chicago, Illinois 60654


tel. 312.357.1221
fax. 312.357.0737


Contact our Principals

Meg Kindelin
​Terry Sullivan