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Historic Home Renovation Series: An Exceptional Quincy, Illinois, Historic Home Brings Designer Collaboration

This historic home renovation project in Quincy, Illinois, was a huge success due to great collaboration between the design team and Integration Controls.

Historic Home Renovation Series: An Exceptional Quincy, Illinois, Historic Home Brings Designer Collaboration

When good collaboration between designers, builders, and integrators happens on projects, the end results are exceptional, which means ecstatic homeowners. That was the case for this 100+year-old home in Quincy, Illinois. The homeowners wanted to feature every modern convenience, including smart home technology, while still honoring the home’s heritage and history. Quincy has a rich history, with an array of historic homes that date back from before the Civil War—some as early as 1830! Preservation has been important for many of these homes, but yet there is still a need and a place for smart home technology. 

The key to executing a historic home renovation on a turn-of-the-century home is constant collaboration and communication between all contractors, as we mention above. Here, we collaborated with architect David Schaub and interior designer Heather Helms to not only preserve and expand the home, but retain its original integrity while introducing new building science to ensure its future. 

We are honored that the breathtaking result of this collab is now being recognized by others: The historic home renovation was featured on the cover of Technology Designer magazine Spring issue! Read the article Q&A inside Technology Designer here.

The article also spurred on a compelling episode of Design Uncut, which you can watch here, that dives deeper into the project and the particulars of the preservation architecture. Thanks to Modenus Media’s Veronika Miller and KMB Communications CEO Katye McGregor Bennett for hosting this great podcast! 

Stay tuned for our own blog series on this project, in which we will be unpacking some of the technology and more interesting historical aspects of the home. Lastly, thanks to all our valued partners that participated in making this an incredible project, including: 


Invisible Speakers



Traditional, But Hidden, Speakers




Origin Acoustics

Outdoor Speakers

Coastal Source

Control System


Other Important Partners


Forbes & Lomax

JL Anthony

Frame My TV around the Samsung 'The Frame' TVs



Full Swing Golf Simulator

Lamp Wine Cellars

Interior Design Resources: 


Navy silk wallcovering – Scalamandre

Flanking mirrors – Jon Paul Designs and Collectibles


Cabinetry – Christopher Peacock – Chicago Showroom

Flooring – Reclaimed French Oak Panels – Exquisite Surfaces – Chicago Showroom

Custom chandeliers – custom Niermann Weeks

Wallcovering – Momentum Textiles Soie Silk


Paneling by Christopher Peacock

Ceiling – Shumacher Canyon Leather – Navy

Gunn Modern Tartan Plaid carpeting – Landry and Arcari - Boston Showroom

Desk – Karges

Light Fixture – Ralph Lauren 

Living Room 

Media Cabinet – McMillian Cabinetmakers

Cremone bolt hardware – Baldwin

Custom backplates – Theiss Plating

Wall sconces – custom Niermann Weeks


Cabinetry – Christopher Peacock

Wallcovering – Phillip Jeffries – Rivets

Semi flush mounts light fixtures – Visual Comfort

Checkerboard marble floor – Exquisite surfaces – Chicago Showroom