Coplan + Crane – Oak Park, Illinois

Field Guide
Nathan Keay

Coplan + Crane is a personal injury law firm devoted to making the world safer by winning for those who have lost. Over the past decade, the firm has grown from a staff of one to a fourteen-person team, including six attorneys. Located in downtown Oak Park, Illinois, its Tudor Revival home is part of a historically significant post-war retail complex.

Field Guide directed a phased renovation of the building, including restoration of the north facade and a gut rehab of the first floor. At street level, the original non-accessible wood and stone elements were replaced with a new, transparent entry. The reception zone features abundant daylight, built-in visitor seating and Focal Point’s ID+ 3.5ʺ Cylinders. The original eleven-foot-tall plaster ceilings were exposed, with visible ducts and services creating an airy, modern vibe.

Adjacent to the lobby, the main conference room features wall of exposed Chicago Common brick. Interior surfaces are softened by upholstered wall panels and Seem 1 Acoustic linear luminaires featuring sound-absorptive material.