While Chicago is a city of bungalows and three apartments, it is also home to hundreds of historic pre-war apartment buildings built near the lakefront, from Edgewater and Uptown to Hyde Park and South Shore. . The term “pre-war apartment” refers to multi-unit residential buildings built before World War II, typically between 1900 and 1939. Many were designed in historic revival styles like Beaux Arts, Tudor, and Georgian, but some were also part of the New Modern. Art Deco movement of the 1920s. Although smaller than the later steel and glass skyscrapers that followed them, pre-war apartments generally had more space (although they were divided multi-room) with a variety of floor plans. They are also quieter due to the strong masonry materials used in construction, such as terracotta, limestone, and brick. Here are some pre-war beauties currently on sale in the Chicago market.
Completed between 1925 and 1927, this prestigious Gold Coast Venetian-style building is the work of architect Robert S. De Golyer, whose pre-war designs are set along the shore. Co-operative since day one, it offers everything you’d expect at such a price, such as a 24-hour doorman and your own private elevator lobby. This particular unit’s large living room with high ceilings and built-ins overlooks State Parkway, while the three en-suite bedrooms all have updated marble bathrooms. It includes a full-size gym, party room, outdoor patio, and three basement storage units.
Here is another co-op by Robert S. De Golyer, the terracotta and brick “Tudor Gothic” design with a five-story stone base was once the tallest structure south of the loop. The two-bedroom, three-bathroom corner unit with lake views was a complete detox, remodeled by expat owners who have never lived there. The condo blends original 1920s craftsmanship with contemporary upgrades. The materials used in the renovation are sleek and lavish, from the high-end Italian porcelain flooring in the kitchen to the freestanding South African volcanic stone tub in the bathroom. HOA fees are nearly $2,500 per month, but that includes 24/7 on-site staff and management, concierge, library, gym, laundry, and garden/ private backyard with gas grill.
Also in the Kenwood neighborhood is the Narragansett, a 22-story Art Deco building designed by architects Peter M. Leichenko and Curt A. Esser in 1928. The exterior facade is covered with terracotta decorations of zodiac animals and Native American faces that were created by Charles Morgan, an artist who once worked with Frank Lloyd Wright. Inside, in front of the beautiful hall, is a three-bedroom, three-bathroom unit with high ceilings, original hardwood floors, plaster moldings, a formal dining room, and en-suite bedrooms. private. Although the price is only $175,000, it comes with a hefty HOA fee, which covers the maintenance costs (facade repair and elevator repair) of the period building, but also includes utilities. and full-time door staff.
The Eddystone, steps from the Lakefront Trail and Belmont Harbor, is a wonderful pre-war building built in 1928 by Holabird & Root, best known for the Palmolive and Board of Trade buildings. With only two units per floor, this condo has both east and west exposure, making it bright and airy. There are great vintage details like a barrel vaulted hallway, herringbone floors and crown moldings while the updated open kitchen has granite counter tops and a brand new stove and dishwasher. Although it is an older structure, the windows are only five years old, while the roof membrane has just been replaced and a new roof terrace with barbecue area is being installed. completion in time for summer.
Once part of the larger complex that included the long-demolished Edgewater Beach Hotel, this twenty-story neoclassical building stands out against the city skyline with its rose-colored stucco facade. With an ingenious X-shaped design by architect Benjamin Marshall in 1928 to ensure light and view for residents, this two-room studio takes you back to a time when people lived small but well. Monthly co-op building expenses include property taxes, heat, cable, internet, cooking gas, water, reserve fund contribution, and use of all amenities such as an indoor pool , a fitness center, a small reading room and a library, as well as parks with gazebo and grills.