E. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL.
project entailed the total renovation of a 4200 sq. ft. vintage
apartment. Located within a building designed by Chicago architect
Benjamin Marshall, it was one of several apartments to undergo a
renovation after the building was converted to a cooperative.
Although suffering from seventy years of deferred maintenance, it
could not be surpassed for its views, amenity, location and the
refined, classical order of its formal rooms. The most striking
feature is the large reception room at the center of the apartment.
This unites the living room with its curving bay window seat on the
North and the dining room and LíOrangerie beyond to the South. From
the reception room, one has a clear view of the city: the sweeping
curve of Lake Shore Drive and the beaches of Lake Michigan on one
side, and the lights of the Hancock Tower and Michigan Avenue on the
challenge of this project is typical of these antiquated high-rises:
recombining the too small servant spaces so that their new size can
meet the needs of modern families without sacrificing the impressive
effect of the original formal rooms. To this end, the maidís room and
butler pantry were combined to provide space for a new, commercial
grade kitchen. Two existing bedrooms and bathrooms were combined to
make up the new master suite complete with separate dressing rooms,
new luxury bath and a sitting area. The remaining existing rooms
received complete cosmetic restoration, along with entirely new
windows and mechanical and electrical services.