CFC Properties 40th Anniversary

40 Years CFC Properties 1973 - 2013

1973

CFC Business Plaza at Showers

CFC Business Plaza at Showers

CFC beginnings

Bill Cook, Steve Ferguson, Phil Hathaway, Miles Kanne, and Dan Sterner establish Cook Financial Corp (CFC) to make loans to Cook, Inc., employees. Eventually, CFC expands into commercial and residential real estate and historic structure renovation.

1974

A new focus on property

CFC Properties begins acquiring and managing residential apartments in Bloomington, IN. Now, in 2013, CFC owns and manages 640 units in 6 apartment communities.

1976

Colonel William Jones State Historic Site renovation (Gentryville, Indiana)

Colonel William Jones State Historic Site, Gentryville, Indiana

Colonel William Jones State Historic Site renovation (Gentryville, Indiana)

Built by Colonel William Jones in approximately 1834, the house in Gentryville, Indiana, is Bill and Gayle Cook’s first restoration project. www.abrahamlincolnonline.org

1977

James Cochran House

James Cochran House

James Cochran House dedication

CFC Properties’ first Bloomington-based restoration project, this house from 1850 was briefly the home of Paris Dunning, Indiana Governor from 1848-49.

1979 - 1983

Jackson Heights Apartments

Jackson Heights Apartments

Growth in residential properties

CFC Properties expands its residential property offering with many buildings, including Jackson Heights Apartments located about eight blocks from Indiana University’s Memorial Stadium.

1982

Graham Plaza

Graham Plaza

Graham Hotel renovation

Once a popular hotel in the 1930s and 1940s, The Graham Plaza’s exterior is restored to its former appearance. It now houses commercial and office space in busy downtown Bloomington.

1983

Illinois Central Railroad Freight Depot before

Illinois Central Railroad Freight Depot before

Illinois Central Railroad Freight Depot after

Illinois Central Railroad Freight Depot after

Illinois Central Railroad Freight Depot renovation

During the restoration, many of the features original to the 1906 structure were preserved, including the freight scales and the sliding freight door. It currently houses a restaurant.

1984

Brown School purchase

From 1984 to 1993, this former elementary school served as the headquarters for Cook Group, Inc.’s Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps and later as the headquarters for the Blast! and Blast II: Shockwave Broadway stage shows.

Curry Building

Curry Building

Curry Building renovation

The former 1925 car dealership is converted to office space. It was later sold to Monroe County.

1985

Cedar Farm before

Cedar Farm before

Cedar Farm after

Cedar Farm after

Cedar Farm restoration

The only surviving antebellum plantation-style complex in Indiana is restored by CFC Properties. Facing the Ohio River near Laconia, Indiana, the main house was built in 1837.

Uptown Plaza

Uptown Plaza

Uptown Plaza renovation

Renovation preserves the original pressed tin ceiling and leaded glass windows of the former J.C. Penney department store, which was built in 1929. Today, the building features a mix of retail, restaurant, and office space.

1987

Bloomington Antique Mall before

Bloomington Antique Mall before

Bloomington Antique Mall after

Bloomington Antique Mall after

Bloomington Antique Mall

Built in 1920 as Bloomington Wholesale Foods Warehouse and Distribution Center, this building near downtown finds new life as the Bloomington Antique Mall with the help of CFC Properties. CFC Properties sold the property to Gregory and Denise Pence in 2010 who continue to operate the property as the Bloomington Antique Mall.

Downtown holiday lights

Downtown holiday lights

Downtown holiday lights

CFC begins decorating its downtown Bloomington buildings for the holidays. This tradition grows into the Canopy of Lights, an annual holiday event, attracting locals and tourists to downtown Bloomington each evening between Thanksgiving and Christmas. CFC Properties maintains approximately 24 miles of lights and uses about 213,782 light bulbs each year.

1988

Fountain Square Mall

Fountain Square Mall

Fountain Square Mall dedication

Leading the effort to revitalize downtown Bloomington, CFC Properties undertook a massive restoration project of the south side of the square. Seven buildings, all originally constructed between 1868 and 1937, were meticulously restored and connected, forming the Fountain Square Mall retail and office complex. The $10 million project took four years to complete.

For additional information about Fountain Square Mall, visit: www.fountainsquaremall.com

1991

Grant Street Inn before

Grant Street Inn before

Grant Street Inn after

Grant Street Inn after

Grant Street Inn

In 1991, CFC Properties purchases the Ziegler House (circa 1890s) for $20.00 and a promise to relocate and restore the home. The 70-ton home is moved and joined with the Gilstrap House to create Grant Street Inn, a bed and breakfast in downtown Bloomington. A 2012 expansion created a LEED-certified building.

To learn more about Grant Street Inn, visit : www.grantstinn.com

1992

Third Street Park Fountain before

Third Street Park Fountain before

Third Street Park Fountain after

Third Street Park Fountain after

Third Street Park Fountain

CFC Properties moves the Rose Hill Cemetery Fountain to Third Street Park (now named Waldron, Hill and Buskirk Park), leading the restoration of the park’s plaza.

1994

Further residential expansion

CFC continues to expand its residential properties, purchasing Knightridge and Maxwell Terrace Apartments, and investing in numerous other apartment complexes around Bloomington.

1995

Showers Plaza before

Showers Plaza before

Showers Plaza after

Showers Plaza after

Showers Plaza dedication

In 1967, a fire destroyed most of the former Shower’s Furniture Factory, once one of the largest furniture makers in the United States. Working together, CFC Properties, Indiana University, and the City of Bloomington renovate the surviving structure, creating office and research space. The complex, built in 1910 by Charles C. Showers, was one of the first businesses in Bloomington to use electricity. The company closed in 1956.

For additional information about the Showers Plaza, visit: bloomington.in.gov

1996

Bicycle Apartments

Bicycle Apartments

Unique apartment concept

In an effort to solve dual problems of having too many cars in downtown Bloomington and too little affordable living space, CFC Properties designs and builds the Bicycle Apartments, a community of studio and one-bedroom apartments for low-income residents who do not own motorized vehicles.

One City Center

One City Center

One City Center purchase

Built in 1925 as a Masonic Temple, this limestone treasure is purchased by CFC Properties.

1999

West Baden Springs Hotel before

West Baden Springs Hotel before

West Baden Springs Hotel after

West Baden Springs Hotel after

West Baden Springs Hotel partial renovation

CFC Properties invests in the partial renovation of Orange County's crumbling West Baden Springs Hotel with the hope of selling to a prospective buyer will turn the structure into a first-class hotel with easy access to a just-approved French Lick casino.

2000

Historic Lang-Cole hay press before

Historic Lang-Cole hay press before

Historic Lang-Cole hay press after

Historic Lang-Cole hay press after

Historic Lang-Cole hay press

The historic Lang-Cole hay press, constructed in the mid 1800s, is moved from a barn in Leavenworth, Indiana, to O’Bannon Woods State Park, near Corydon, and restored.

2003

Dixie Garage before

Dixie Garage before

Dixie Garage after

Dixie Garage after

French Lick Depot, Dixie Garage, and the Oxford Hotel in West Baden

CFC Properties donates architectural and engineering services to assist in the restoration of the Dixie Garage (built in 1918), the Oxford Hotel (built in 1910), and the French Lick train depot near the hotel in West Baden.

2004

The Kirkwood

The Kirkwood

Luxury downtown apartments

CFC builds The Kirkwood on the site of an empty grocery store, offering one of downtown Bloomington’s first upscale luxury apartment buildings.

2005

French Lick Springs Hotel before

French Lick Springs Hotel before

French Lick Springs Hotel after

French Lick Springs Hotel after

French Lick Springs Hotel

Established in 1901, this historic hotel hosted some of the most well known celebrities, politicians, and jetsetters of the early 1900s. CFC Construction assists in managing the restoration into a luxury hotel with 443 guest rooms, an award-winning spa, a championship golf course, a casino, and a variety of resort amenities.

2007

West Baden Springs Hotel before

West Baden Springs Hotel before

West Baden Springs Hotel after

West Baden Springs Hotel after

West Baden Springs Hotel

CFC Construction assists with a full restoration of the 1902 hotel that was once called the “eighth wonder of the world.” With its one-of-a-kind domed atrium spanning 200 feet, the West Baden Springs Hotel, and its sister hotel, the French Lick Springs Hotel form one of the Midwest’s most luxurious golf and spa resorts, the French Lick Resort.
Visit www.frenchlick.com for additional information.

2008

Randolph Building before

Randolph Building before

Randolph Building after

Randolph Building after

Canton, Illinois renovation

Renovation efforts begin in Canton, Illinois, hometown of the founder of CFC Properties and Cook, Inc., Bill Cook. The first property renovated is the Randolph Building, constructed in 1883, which once housed one of the largest textile businesses in Central Illinois.

2009

Lewis Building before

Lewis Building before

Lewis Building after

Lewis Building after

Lewis Building renovation

The Illinois Historic Register keeps a list of the state’s 10 most endangered buildings. In 2009, the Lewis Building in Canton, Illinois, is on that list when CFC steps in to save the 1889 structure. The renovation includes the Lewis Emporium, the building’s long-time soda fountain business, and incorporates the Emporium’s original fixtures into the project. The renovation also includes adding a glass elevator and restoring the First National Bank Building.

2012

Yoho General Store before

Yoho General Store before

Yoho General Store after

Yoho General Store after

Yoho General Store purchase and renovation

For over 70 years, the Yoho General Store anchored the Solsberry, Indiana, community. The store fell into disrepair and struggled to remain open. CFC Properties purchases, renovates, and reopens the store, adding a small deli and a 24-hour gasoline pump. Learn about the Yoho General Store at www.yohogeneralstore.com.

Grant Street Inn expansion

Grant Street Inn expansion

Grant Street Inn expansion

A 16-room addition meets the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification requirements.

2013

CFC Properties 40-year anniversary

Awards

1995

  • Indiana Association of Cities & Towns Larry A. Conrad Civic Service Award: Showers Plaza
  • Downtown Revitalization Award from Commission for Bloomington Downtown: Showers Plaza

1996

  • Community Enhancement Award by Bloomington Chamber of Commerce
  • Historic Rehabilitation Project from Commission for Bloomington Downtown: Johnson Hardware Building
  • Downtown Revitalization Award from Commission for Bloomington Downtown: Bicycle Apartments

1997

  • Community Enhancement Award from Bloomington Chamber of Commerce
  • Best Downtown Promotions
  • Downtown Revitalization Award

2000

  • Downtown Revitalization Award for West Sixth Street Properties
  • Fourth Quarter Marketer of the Quarter by Bloomington Marketing Association

2002

  • Outstanding Preservation Award by Bloomington Restorations

2004

  • Outstanding Achievement in Concrete: The Kirkwood
  • Prodigy Award by Apartment Association of Indiana: The Kirkwood Community Enhancement Award by the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce: The Kirkwood

2005

  • Downtown Revitalization Award: The Kirkwood
  • Prodigy Award by AAI: The Kirkwood
  • Best Overall Marketing Program Award by AAI: The Kirkwood
  • Best 1 Bedroom Floor Plan Award by AAI: The Kirkwood
  • Best 3 Bedroom Floor Plan Award by AAI: The Kirkwood

2007

  • Adaptive Reuse Award by Downtown Bloomington, Inc.: The Faris Building

2008

  • Indiana Main Street, Business of the Year: CFC Properties

2011

  • Downtown Revitalization Award: Holiday Tree Lights

2012

  • Management Company of the Year, Indiana Apartment Association: CFC Properties, Inc.