Franklin Report Report Card for Marvin Herman & Associates in Chicago
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Marvin Herman & Associates
434 West Ontario Street
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 787-0347
Main Contact: Marvin Herman

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High end, highly detailed residential architecture

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FR Review:
For the carriage trade and established professionals looking for refined, acclaimed architecture, Marvin Herman & Associates is an obvious choice. Principal Marvin Herman has been practicing independently for two decades. He heads a small firm, consisting of seven architects, three draftsmen and two interior designers. Most of its commissions are in the penthouses and landmark homes of the Gold Coast, with others along the North Shore and at Chicagoans' second homes in Palm Springs, L.A. and the Napa Valley.

Clients have high praise for Herman's talent, saying he is equally accomplished at working in a range of periods from traditional to Art Deco to contemporary. A finished Marvin Herman project almost always includes exceptionally detailed millwork and stone, and even custom-designed furniture and accessories. Supporters call his taste "exquisite," and mindful of the context.

Herman attracts the top general contracting and interior design talent for projects, ensuring clients are surrounded by competent, interesting people. Described as "a prince of a guy," Herman is praised by clients for his professionalism. Clients also compliment his staff, citing their artistic prowess and attentiveness. We hear he's so popular and busy, however, that occasionally things fall through the cracks.

We're told many of Herman's clients give him carte blanche resulting in a wonderful, if pricey, experience. A new-client minimum for Herman's architectural services is generally a $150,000 project. Typical project costs range upward to $400,000, and can top $10 million. Fees are standard, based on the estimated project cost. The experience, clients insist, is anything but standard.

Representative Client Comments:
"Marvin's an artist. Such vision." "He is obsessed by detail, and makes everything work. Got after people if they got it wrong." "Completely attuned to the nuances and problems of city apartments." "He's a very masterful eye, but the firm can drop the ball on occasion." "Without question, he's the number one person I go to." "The people working for him are just wonderful." "As good as it gets."

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