Allen Johnson
Back to news AUGUST 20, 2021

After 15 years with MacRostie Historic Advisors (MHA), Partner Allen Johnson has decided to retire. Effective Aug. 31, Allen will close out a long career in historic preservation to spend more time with his family and undertake new adventures. We wish him all the best.

Before joining MHA, Allen had a successful career in Massachusetts – first in the public sector with the Massachusetts Historic Commission, and then in the private sector, heading the historic tax credit team at Epsilon Associates, Inc.

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Allen seized the opportunity to return to his Midwest roots with MHA in 2006 to open the firm’s Chicago office. In 2014, Allen became an MHA partner, along with Albert Rex, the firm’s CEO.

Allen’s passion and impressive resume in Illinois, and throughout the Midwest region, includes involvement in many significant historic tax credit projects.

Allen’s impact on preservation in the Midwest was recognized by Landmarks Illinois this past spring as he was named one of 20 preservation “influencers,” as a part of a celebration of the organization’s 50th anniversary. The recognition was for those “...who have had, and will continue to have, a profound impact on our organization and our statewide historic preservation movement.”

"I speak for Albert and myself in wishing Allen and his family all the best. His legacy will live on through all the amazing buildings he helped preserve throughout the Midwest." - MHA Founder Bill MacRostie

The Future of MHA Chicago

As the director of our Chicago office, John Cramer has had the day-to-day responsibility of managing our Midwest projects. Because of John’s success in that role, he was just named one of MHA’s four new partners. John will continue to direct the Chicago office and all inquiries regarding MHA assistance in the Midwest should be directed to him at or 312-973-3904.