About Us

Chambers Murphy & Burge, a Studio of Perspectus Architecture, is nationally-recognized for its expertise and hands-on approach to restoration and rehabilitation.

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Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan

Based in Akron, Ohio, the Chambers, Murphy & Burge studio provides consultation to clients and other architects on detailed preservation, restoration, rehabilitation and reconstruction design and specifications for materials and methods. The architects and conservation specialists are familiar with 18th, 19th and 20th century buildings and provide specialized specifications to address uncommon situations.

The availability of tax credits has augmented interest in the rehabilitation of historic structures. Chambers, Murphy & Burge has a 97% success rate of working with Ohio and federal Tax Credits, and we’re here to help guide clients through the process. At the same time, the firm welcomes the opportunity to partner on projects with other architectural firms.

History

History

Henry and Lorraine Chambers

Elizabeth Corbin Murphy, FAIA, an AIA Ohio Gold Medal Architect, and Lauren Pinney Burge, AIA have owned and managed Chambers, Murphy & Burge Historical Architecture since 1993, upholding the high standards and reputation of the firm’s original founders, the late Henry and Lorraine Chambers, who established Chambers and Chambers Architects in 1963.

With an architectural degree from Yale, Henry’s process was methodical and meticulous. Henry did his own research, gave lectures and wrote articles, technical manuals, design guidelines and “how-to’s” for architects. Lorraine graduated from Cornell University in the late 1940s and became registered in Connecticut

Henry and Lorraine’s work quickly evolved to a practice expertise in Historic Preservation. The firm’s mission was to provide high quality, scientific and accurate historic preservation services to projects involving conservation, maintenance and restoration of historic buildings and sites. Henry and Lorraine served on the AIA Historic Resources Committee and were founding members of the Association for Preservation Technology International.

Among the most important of the Chambers’ projects is the work on the Nebraska State Capitol building, designed in 1920 by Bertram Goodhue, by providing a ten-year conservation and maintenance program through a computerized system in 1978. Among their technical publications, the “Cyclical Maintenance for Historic Buildings” prepared for the National Park Service is still in use around the world; one copy exists in the National Library of Australia.

Chambers and Chambers Architects received the AIA Ohio Gold Medal Firm award and the AIA Presidential Citation for Outstanding contributions to Historic Preservation.

In 1989, while working on the Michigan State Capitol and the Ohio State House, Henry Chambers passed away. Lorraine continued running the firm as a sole proprietorship. In 1992, another architectural firm from Medina, Myers Associates Architects, hired Lorraine Chambers as consultant for the restoration of Peabody Hall, built in 1871, at Miami University. Two emerging women architects from Myers were in charge of the project, Elizabeth Corbin Murphy and Lauren Pinney Burge. Their collaborative work with Lorraine Chambers was so successful that the following year a partnership was created.

Perspectus Architecture

Chambers, Murphy & Burge is now part of a team of more than 50 architectural professionals. Founded in 2001, Cleveland-based Perspectus Architecture delivers creative solutions in planning and design for project types including healthcare, laboratory/research, senior living, education, civic/government, corporate/commercial, and clubs/wellness.

Under the leadership of managing principals Bill Ayars, AIA, ACHA, MBA and Larry Fischer, AIA, ACHA, Perspectus is one of the largest architectural firms in Ohio offering strengths in both Architectural Design and Historical Architecture.