The Works of Vivian Maier to Adorn the Walls of Burlington Station



In 2007 at a nursing home in Chicagoland, Vivian Maier quietly passed away at 83 years old. Unbeknownst to those near her deathbed, Ms. Maier, a lifelong nanny, left behind a treasure trove of nearly 100,000 photographic negatives from her escapades throughout Chicagoland. Ms. Maier used a Rolleiflex, a German-made high-end camera notable for its positioning at the waist, a skyward facing viewfinder allowing the photographer to look down versus at the subject, and larger than typical negative rolls with 6cm x 6cm (square) output (think Instagram today!), to capture her photos.

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Many of Maier’s pictures are abrupt, spontaneous snapshots of life as she saw it, and she often avoided detection due to the nature of how the Rolleiflex operates. Subjects range from the homeless, to the children she cared for, to bustling streescapes. Interestingly, Ms. Maier, while clearly not a sufferer of vanity, took countless “selfies”, many of her shadow or her reflection cast in interesting poses, to create artistic effects. These effects established her style as unique to the photography of her era.

Adding interest to the mystique, Ms. Maier rarely developed her photographs. How could she have known what was working, and what was not? Perhaps it was of no consequence to her. Perhaps, with her income as a nanny, she could not afford to develop her pictures. Whatever the cause may have been, it was only after her work went “viral” in the late 2000’s that the art world begin to appreciate the depth of her collection, and sheer, spectacular nature of what it contained.

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Roberta Smith, writing for the New York Times, encapsulated Ms Maier’s body of work stating that she “may add to the history of 20th-century street photography by summing it up with an almost encyclopedic thoroughness, veering close to just about every well-known photographer you can think of, including Weegee, Robert Frank and Richard Avedon, and then sliding off in another direction. Yet they maintain a distinctive element of calm, a clarity of composition and a gentleness characterized by a lack of sudden movement or extreme emotion.”

Holladay Properties, in celebration of our history with Chicago, and in our embrace of the arts, have acquired 21 individual Vivian Maier prints to adorn the walls of Burlington Station Luxury Residences, our new apartment community in Downtown Downers Grove, IL. While we hope residents will have the same sense of enthusiasm and excitement upon uncovering this “hidden gem”, we are overjoyed to be able to participate in sharing the story of Vivian Maier, both in this blog, and in the photographic prints that we have acquired.

To learn more about Ms. Maier and her photographs, visit:

Photographs courtesy of LIP International.


Recognizing Our People in the Community – Maple Lane Staff


Maple Lane Apartments, in Elkhart, IN, has made a tradition out of hosting an annual holiday food drive, to collect donations from its residents for the food bank at Church Community Services.

The largest food pantry in Elkhart County, Church Community Services food bank provides food and personal care items to an average of 1,500 families, per month. Residents with incomes below 185% of the Federal poverty line are eligible to shop for free groceries at the pantry, once every 30 days. Items are donated by churches, schools, businesses, individuals and the United States Department of Agriculture. Food is also obtained through the Food Bank of Elkhart County, Seed to Feed, and food wholesalers.

Though the individuals and families who visit the Church Community Services pantry are in need, year-round, the staff of Maple Lane host their food drive during the holiday season, to help ease the extra burden that occurs at this time of year.

On average, Maple Lane Apartments collects between 400-700 lbs of groceries and personal care items for the Church Community Services food pantry, during their annual food drive. Last year, through the generosity of its residents, the staff of Maple Lane delivered over 600 lbs.

Maple Lane’s 2017 food drive began on November 1st and will end on December 21st. Preferred items for donation, include:

  • Low sodium, hearty soups and stews
  • Low sodium canned vegetables
  • Low sugar canned fruit
  • Whole grain pasta and rice
  • Whole grain cereal
  • Peanut butter
  • Personal care items: soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes
  • Baby items: diapers, baby food

To drop off a donation at Maple Lane, visit the main office during normal business hours: Monday – Friday 9 AM – 5 PM, or Saturday 10 AM – 2 PM. Maple Lane is located at:

2001 Sugar Maple Lane
Elkhart, IN 46514

To learn more about the Church Community Services food bank, or donate directly, visit .

Thankful for…2017


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We want to to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving. In honor of the holiday, we’re sharing another inspiring edition of our popular “Thankful for…” series! Continue reading below for some sincere reflections from employees representing offices throughout our company about what they are thankful for this year. Enjoy!

Marcy-Coffman“Always, I am thankful that we live in a country where we are free to work, play, and think as we choose. We are blessed to have fun, loving, and supportive family and friends. And, I am grateful that my husband (Donnie) and I are fortunate to have jobs that we like, that provide us with a great life and good health to enjoy it.

In 2017, I am thankful that our daughter married her best friend in July in the mountains of Colorado (photo was taken in Rocky Mountain National Park), and they are building a bright future together. And that our son is raising our 2-year-old grandson with family values and an appreciation for the beautiful outdoors. I am grateful that we checked off bucket list items by going to the Daytona 500 and visiting Savannah, Hilton Head, and Charleston this year. But I am mostly blessed to have the physical and emotional strength to support the many family and friends currently dealing with personal challenges.”

– Marcy Coffman
Office Manager (Nashville, TN))

Derek-Naber“I am thankful for my growing family (Halloween photo 2017) with new baby Naber due in early December!

Looking forward to a fun and exciting holidays here at the end of the year!

Plus a lack of sleep…”

– Derek Naber, LEED AP®ND
Developer (Indianapolis, IN)


Benton-Smothers“I’m thankful for:

  • Health
  • Good family
  • My darling wife Stuart
  • The vodka martini
  • Electricity
  • Capitalism
  • Bodies of water
  • American history
  • Challenges and learning through experience
  • Mulligans
  • The smell of freshly cut grass
  • My sidekick and chief wingnut of our family, our retriever Lily (pictured at 8 weeks and about 60 lbs lighter)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!”

– Benton Smothers
Vice President – Development (Nashville, TN)

“I am Thankful for –

  • the unwavering love and support of family and friends;
  • the joys and challenges of being a husband / father / coach;
  • the opportunity to become part of the Holladay Properties Team and the warm welcome I have received; and
  • health, happiness and peace of mind.

Wishing one and all a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday!”

– A. J. Monroe
Vice President – Planning & Development (Portage, IN)

Kathy-William“20 things I am thankful for

  1. My husband. He is the most remarkable, caring, handsome man I’ve ever met. I am truly grateful for all he has brought to my life.
  2. My son. He is my biggest blessing. Being a mom has been the most rewarding experience of my life.
  3. My family. They are my foundation and very often my voice of reason.
  4. Love. It’s completely enchanting and amazing, isn’t it?
  5. Music. It speaks to my soul. It is my escape.
  6. Freedom. I am SO lucky to live in a country that offers so much freedom.
  7. My job. I love what I do and who I do it with. Holladay and the people within are incredible.
  8. Health. Having good health allows me to freely participate in life. My life would be drastically different without it.
  9. Ability to travel. So much to see, so little time. As many of you know, I work in order to fund my travels. I love the feeling of discovering new places.
  10. Dogs. They are amazing creatures – I love you, Bella.
  11. Laughte There is little better in this world than the sound of laughter.
  12. Sunshine. Ahhh the feeling of sunshine on my face. We haven’t seen near enough of it lately and I miss it greatly!!!
  13. Patience. Something I strive for in my daily life and something I pray that others have for me.
  14. Photographs. A picture is worth a thousand words. There is nothing quite like a brilliant image to capture a moment.
  15. Honesty. It really is the best policy.
  16. Loyalty. Is the most important quality you can have.
  17. Kindness. Even the smallest act or word can change a day around…
  18. Peace. Something I seek day in and day out and constantly hope for in this world.
  19. Nature. In all of its glory, brings me the greatest peace.
  20. My God. That He died for me, is always there for me, provides me with unfailing love, never gives up on me and represents a power so awesome that its force cannot and will not be stopped on earth.”

– Kathy Williams
Director of Administration (South Bend, IN)

What are you thankful for this year? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section. We’d love to hear from you!

Winter is Coming…


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Winter is coming, and in South Bend, IN, snow is an inevitability. In preparation for the coming winter season, we spoke with Shane Hendrickson, Landscape Foreman for the region, about the process of proper winterization, and the challenges that he and his team will soon face, when snow is on the ground.

o   How does your crew go about preparing the grounds at our properties for the colder months?

“Winterization of our properties starts at around the first frost, which is usually in mid-October. At that time, we remove all of the annual flowers and plant mums for fall color. We then cut the grass shorter, and apply a special fertilizer that contains nutrients that strengthen the plants and their roots. When the fall mums begin to die off from the cold, we remove them, and plant flower bulbs in preparation for the spring thaw. We also we ensure that damage is not caused to the sprinklers, by blowing out the irrigation systems with a large air compressor. The prevents the lines from breaking, due to freezing water.”

o   Does your team perform any ornamental landscaping? If so, what?

“Each year, we decorate the Inn at St. Mary’s and the Hilton Garden Inn located on Indiana State Route 933, with exterior Christmas lights. The process begins in October, when we map out the trees on the properties to get a nice, balanced arrangement of the lights amongst the branches. Then, our crew carefully follows the design, and wraps each tree with around 1,000 lights. We squeeze this in on days that are not conducive to our fall leaf cleanups. Last year we put up 40,000 lights. That number will increase, this year, as we are also putting lights up at the South Bend Medical Foundation, in downtown.”


o   What do you and your crew do, to prepare for the first snowfall?

“This may seem surprising to some, but snow preparation typically starts right after the previous season ends, in early spring. During this time, we evaluate existing, and procure new snow-removal contracts for the upcoming snow season. In July, we reserve all of the rental loaders and pushers that we will use to plow and salt the lots. Then, in September, we lock in our pricing, and reserve what we need in bulk salt for the lots and sidewalks. This year, we ordered 200 tons of bulk salt, and 8 pallets of sidewalk salt. In order to make sure that everything is in working order, we carefully examine all of our equipment (plows, salt boxes, snow blowers, spreaders, etc.). After confirming that our equipment is in good condition, we walk through the properties that we will be providing snow-removal services to, and secure stakes around the curbs, to ensure a safe and efficient plow.”

o   What is the most difficult challenge that you and your team face, in regards to snow removal?

“The most challenging snows, are the ones that happen at day break, when we get heavy snow, and everyone is trying to get to work. There is heavy traffic, and people are always flying up behind us! Even with our lights flashing, we have to be extra careful. It can be very nerve-racking.”

o   Finally, what do you enjoy most about performing grounds work during the winter season?

“I enjoy snow-plowing the most, especially during the middle of the night. When there is no traffic and fresh snow covers everything, it is a beautiful thing.”

Shane came to Holladay Properties in early 2016, with an Associate of Science Degree in Horticulture from Vincennes University, and over 30 years Landscape Management experience. With his expertise in landscape management, we know that we are in good hands for Winter 2017-2018.

Perseverance Results in Savings


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By Michael Hancock
IT Administrator (Nashville, TN)

It all started after our project with MetTel went awry. When we were going back to Verizon, I was still shopping around for other competitors’ business cellphone pricing. Others had components such as unlimited data, but not necessarily the nationwide reception that Holladay had grown accustomed to with Verizon. After finally getting everyone back onto the Verizon network, I went in and spoke with our Nashville business representative Matthew Gabel.

I discussed with Matt why Holladay was initially going to leave Verizon due to what MetTel was promising, and told him we did not want to leave Verizon, but what Met- Tel offered was too good to pass up. We went over what I was looking for: nationwide coverage, an unlimited plan (which covered data, data messaging, minutes, texts, and hotspot), while being reasonably priced. In the past, Verizon had offered this, but only for 4 lines on an entire account.

We looked over the employees who use the most data and locations, and luckily Verizon was beginning to roll out a new opportunity for an unlimited business plan. Matt said Holladay qualifies because of our long relationship (15+ years) with them.

The plan itself only costs $45 dollars per line a month across the board, which, in our case, a line was costing $65-120 a month depending on the device. I realized this would be a huge savings for Holladay! The total for all of the lines moving to the new unlimited plan will be $5,085 monthly plus tax. That’s compared to last month’s bill at $8,200 after tax. And so, in actuality, in an entire year, Holladay will be saving about $37,400 (before taxes). Because a portion of the bills is allocated to certain clients, these savings will be shared with them, too.

Holladay Happenings Issue 38


Progress is underway on Burlington Station


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Development is well underway on the Burlington Station Luxury Residences in downtown Downers Grove, Illinois.

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The luxury apartment complex will feature 89 one and two-bedroom units, ranging from 750-1550 square feet. Residents will be able to enjoy a number of on-site amenities, including a cyber café, heated garage, clubroom, 24-hour fitness center, outdoor amenity deck with a dog run, pet spa, outdoor lounge areas with TVs, an on-site leasing concierge, package handling, dry cleaning drop-off service, and more.

While these features will offer residents remarkable on-site convenience, it is the building’s location that will truly set it apart. “The location in Downtown Downers Grove is ideal, as residents will have immediate access to the express train service to Chicago, as well as close proximity to 50+ restaurants, shops and other conveniences,” remarked Drew Mitchell, Vice President of Development and Project Manager at Holladay Properties.

Carlson Construction is currently finishing pouring concrete for the garage floor, installing electrical equipment, and finishing framing for the 2nd story.

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The Burlington Station Luxury Apartment community is set to open for accommodation during the summer of 2018. For more information on leasing, please visit: