The Story Behind 1919 Architects

Jesse A. Barloga, Founder.

The Story Behind 1919 Architects

Beginning in 1919 as the practice of noted Northern Illinois architect, Jesse A. Barloga, our firm has flourished under the direction of five presidents since then, each contributing their own styles and philosophies to the firm’s legacy. 

With over 100 years of tenure, the company has a rich history of delivering quality work. The firm completed over 150 projects for Woodward Governor, acting as their sole architect until 1979. Other projects include the Rock River News Tower, Sigma Nu Fraternity House for the University of Iowa, West High School, and various single-family homes – including the Browns Hill subdivision. During this time the firm also designed projects in Japan, the Netherlands, and England. 

Our Services

1919 Architects is a full service architectural firm providing personalized service backed with quality performance.

From coordinating soil investigations to producing landscaping plans; from providing color and material selection boards to producing eye-catching 3D renderings, we surpass our competition and exceed our clients’ expectations. Our goal is to ensure that the projects run in a smooth, efficient, and cost-effective manner.

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1919 Architects is licensed and active in the following areas:









North Carolina

South Carolina



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Architectural Portfolio

Independent Senior Living

Rolling Meadows is a 23-unit senior living apartment building built in a rural community, and designed to embrace the agricultural area. The main entry replicates a grain silo with dramatic two-story space capturing the sun at different intervals of the day. Read More

Assisted Living

The Mission at Agua Fria is a state-of-the-art Spanish style assisted living facility, located on a 7-acre campus. The facility consists of 32 assisted living and 58 memory care private residences. This 73,856 square building offers a beautiful and comfortable space for its residents. Read More

Design Build

Meridian is a 50,000 square foot design build facility located in Loves Park, IL. This project received a 2020 honorable mention from Chief Building Awards in their manufacturing-industrial category. Construction included high exposed ceilings, display area for products, and high-speed overhead doors. Read More


Peace Lutheran Church in Fort Myers, Florida, features a sanctuary/fellowship hall, administrative offices, and childcare/ministries. Utilizing a more traditional Florida appearance, we incorporated standing seam metal roofs and port & cement stucco exterior. Read More


The 3rd & 11th Townhomes are seven new infill townhomes consisting of four 3-bedroom and three 2-bedroom single family units. The townhomes have an open floor plan, carpeted bedrooms, and wood laminated floors in the main living area. Read More


The Rockford Rescue Mission Pitney Place Addition is a two-story, 25,000 sq. foot expansion that provides 120 additional beds to a long-term life recovery program on the 2nd floor. The ground floor of the Pitney Place also houses a bright, colorful area for children to enjoy during their stay. Read More


We provided a new design for the clerestory located at the Rockford Public School District Administration Building. We removed the sloped glazing and designed an addition with clerestory lighting. The roofing was replaced with a new single membrane roofing system. Read More


The firm completed the Veterans Memorial Hall in 1903 in conjunction with the Carnegie Library, both of which share the same classical scale and details. The hall is the first ever Memorial Hall in the nation - built in honor of the veterans of the Civil War and Spanish American War. Read More


66,000 sq. foot grocery store featuring a coffee center, in-store bank, prepared foods area, liquor department with a reach-in beer cooler, pharmacy, full-service floral department, and full-service bakery. Read More


“I give Tyson and Billy Architects the highest rating available when it comes to customer service, professionalism, quality of service and understanding client’s needs. We were highly satisfied and would recommend them to friends or colleagues.”

-James Keefe

“Ron Billy and his firm have delivered very well on the requirements of my projects over the last 25 years. He’s my ‘go-to’ architect!”

- Dan Tonnesen, President of Anchor Housing Development, LLC

“1919 Architects, formerly known as Tyson & Billy, has been a sincere pleasure to team with on over a dozen key projects in recent years. Public and private spaces alike, the professionalism is unsurpassed! Cheers to many more.”

- Brent B. Johnson, President of Ringland-Johnson Construction

“Rockford Rescue Mission needed a new space where women and children could find hope and restoration. Tyson and Billy Architects worked with us to create Pitney Place, which has become a model for rescue missions across the country.”

- Sherry Pitney, CEO of Rockford Rescue Mission


Meet Zach Enderle, AIA

Welcoming new partner and vice president to the company, Zach Enderle, AIA. Zach has a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is certified by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). With over a decade of experience in architecture, we are delighted to have him on our team!