Structure in General
- Before Optima Towers was built, the site was occupied by a colonial-style bank building of about 4 stories with a clock at the corner.
- A narrow courtyard cuts into the building from Sherman Avenue, leading to the entrance. The building forms a "J" shape around the courtyard.
- The lobby features a boldly patterned marble wall with strong diagonal veins.
- The south end of the courtyard is elevated, with trees and landscaping. There is also a landscaped terrace along the north edge on Davis Street.
- The building overlooks Fountain Square to the northeast. It also has its own fountains by the main entrance.
- The balcony railings are perforated sheets of orange metal, chosen to screen personal belongings from street view and to enliven the exterior color scheme.
- Optima Towers won the annual Design Evanston award for good architecture in April 2003. It was followed the next year by Optima Views.
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developer, property management, security system supplier, shell construction, structural engineering
Features & Amenities
- Balconies are available
- Swimming pool is available