Friday, November 2, 2012

Private Residence at Green Lake, Wisconsin

Construction completed in 2012 of a Private Residence in Green Lake, Wisconsin.

View from the Lake

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

North Side Chicago Residence : Under Construction

 December 2012

October 2012: View from N. Armitage Avenue

October 2012: Side and Back Views

October 2012: View of Oculus Window, Rowlock Arch and Jack Arches

October 2012: View of future penthouse with vaulted ceiling and sliding doors to outdoor deck

October 2012: Profile of ornamental gutter at base of Mansard roof

Proposed Elevation of the front façade.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Toni Patisserie and Cafe: 1st Year

Front Entrance of Toni's Patisserie at 65 E Washington Ave.

View of sweets display from the cafe seating area

Point of Service counter
Built-in display at back wall

Cafe Seating Area

Outdoor Seating

Friday, July 6, 2012

Rooftop Bees & Basil

These photos were taken on our roof where we grow some plants and keep bees. Apparently bees love basil (BLB). Although they do not seem to like the tomato plant flowers.

The cherry tomatoes in the background are almost ready for picking.
A close-up of the little critter with a bit of pollen on her.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Ravenswood Students’ Walk-a-Thon for the Arts

Natalie Waechter was recently interviewed by Center Square Journal in regards to the Ravenswood Student Walk-A-Thon to raise funds for the Ravenswood Fine and Performing Arts Magnet School (CPS).

To read more about the Walk-A-Thon click on the photo or follow this link :

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

CPS + Ravenswood School Parents initiative to purchase computers

 Click image to go to Video

Chicago Public Schools + Parents initiative to help acquire new computers while educating students on computer building fundamentals.
Michael assists students with the fundamentals of building a computer.
Michael and some CPS students talking about computers.
Paul Bierbauer : Professor of Electronics & Computer Technology at DeVry University Chicago explaining the basics of what makes a computer tick.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Springtime at the University of Chicago

Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. 
Architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue (1918)

Rockefeller Chapel Landscape Design and Accessibility Upgrade
Completed by Waechter Architects 2009
 Rockefeller Chapel Landscape Design and Accessibility Upgrade 
Completed by Waechter Architects 2009

Kiosk in use. (April 2012)
Designed by Waechter Architects 2009

Kiosk near Hutchinson Court (April 2012)
Designed by Waechter Architects 2009

Hutchinson Court Accessibility Upgrade 
Completed by Waechter Architects 2009

 Hutchinson Court circa 1937

Monday, April 9, 2012

Chicago Magazine : 10 Places Everyone is Talking About ... and more

Chicago Magazine - Hot List : 10 Places Everyone is Talking About

Vote : Best new sweet shop | 2012 Eat Out Awards


What People are Saying :

Michigan Avenue Magazine :
"The new bakery’s design also restores some of the landmark building’s original features (such as the Art Deco-style curved walls, cove molding, and revolving doors), which perfectly complement the 30-seat, French-inspired café."

Chicago Now : Article by Kelly Brosnan
"There is an undeniable charm to this Euro-style cafe.  You can see exactly what happens when someone dares to transform years of dirt and dust from an old space into an oasis of calming cafe culture, steps away from Millennium Park." Click here for full article

What do customers think? (Quotes taken from Yelp!)

"If you are anywhere near the loop-don't miss this gem ... This charming little spot could have been on any street in Paris. They did a terrific job with the decor. Just enough to say France but not over done."
Jennifer S.

"This is a beautiful cafe in the perfect setting to enjoy pre-CSO concert, or perhaps after a walk around Millennium Park. If you dreamed up what your ideal neighborhood pastry shop and cafe would look like it would be Toni's"
Robyn T.

"What I love most about this place is how authentic it is, my grandmother lived in France for a few years, and raves about how similar this place is to cafes in France. There's so much attention to detail"
Shaina K.

"I was excited to see this in downtown and the place was amazing looking."
Char Y.

"A French patisserie in Chicago, you say? Mais oui! It's easy to miss this cute little cafe as it's sandwiched in between office buildings on Washington between Michigan and Wabash.
 Mahsa T.

"I stopped in for lunch on a Friday, and was pleasantly surprised to find that this isn't your run-of-the-mill cafe.  It has a real European feel to it"
Leslie P.
"I lived in Paris for some time and this Patisserie is as close to a top notch Parisian Patisserie as one can get this side of the Atlantic.
Felice O.

"I expected Toni to be more of a corporate, copycat bakery and sandwich shop. Not sure why but I did. IT WAS THE OPPOSITE. From the minute I walked in I knew that I was someplace special."
Seth U.

"just the shot in the arm that the Loop needed for decent food in a cute setting. The decor is charming and bright, and very Parisian."
Melanie S.

Oh, my goodness! My new little escape from the lacklustre food establishments in the Loop.
Expect a sexy little spot of French pastries and baguettes, in a gorgeous space with high ceilings and curvaceous grey-white marble counters. 
Jasmine C.

Friday, March 30, 2012

On The Boards : Private Residence in Chicago

Front Elevation

 Front Elevations under construction : 08/17/2012

 Artist's sketches on our signs

 Stair well and out door deck

View from fourth level

partial view of side and back with third floor rough in

 View of second level interior rough in

 View of third level room enclosures

Thursday, March 29, 2012

On The Boards : Current Project

John L. Marsh Elementary : Masonry Reconstruction

Information Kiosks at the University of Chicago

New information kiosks placed throughout University of Chicago campus provide instantly recognizable
landmarks that also serve as way-finding and communication venues. The modular design, with multiple
signage and seating configurations, adapts to serve various locations and provides a consistent
University communication site with much‐needed space for posting fliers and notices.

The signature kiosk design respects the architectural language of the historic Hyde Park campus, paying
tribute to celebrated campus buildings through the shape of the columns. Translucent canopies
(fabricated from 3form Varia Ecoresin recycled resin panels) feature a branch pattern that bridges the
indoor and outdoor spaces of the campus and provides sheltered space while still allowing daylight to
filter in. At night, linear LEDs along the edge of the canopies illuminate the Ecoresin and provide a
radiant effect.

Just as the canopy’s shape serves to visually establish a sense of the campus boundaries during the
daytime, the glowing, illuminated canopy serves as a campus beacon at night.

Kovler Cafe : University of Chicago

Kovler Cafe is open and serving the students in the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Cafe Point of Sale Aisle

Central Food Service Island

Visiting Vendor Station