Elizabeth R. Trail
Elizabeth Trail is a Project Architect with over twenty years of experience in historic preservation architecture. She worked with Gunny Harboe at McClier from 1998 – 2001 and recently reunited with the team at Harboe Architects in November of 2018.
Ms. Trail stared her career as a summer intern at the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and then worked for Fischer-Wisnosky Architects, Inc. in Springfield, Illinois where she assisted with the restoration of the Lincoln Home National Historic Site. After moving to Chicago she worked on preservation projects at DLK then took a job in the preservation department at McClier in 1996. While at McClier she worked on several preservation projects including the renovation of the Goodman Theater, the rehabilitation of the R.R. Donnelley Press into the Lakeside Technology Center and the restoration of the national landmark Reliance Building. In 2004 she opened her own office which focused on primarily small preservation projects including the restoration of the Ekdahl House Museum for the Historical Society of Western Springs and the nomination of the First Congregational Church of Western Springs to the National Register of Historic Places.
Mrs. Trail earned her BS of Architectural Studies and Masters of Architecture with a specialization in Historic Preservation from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign in 1991 and 1993 respectively. While at college, she was a research assistant at the Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.