Originally a three story barn and later a dairy distribution center, this historic masonry complex in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood was most recently a sculpture and contemporary art workshop. Its evolution is traced below.
VHA's design transforms the complex into a new single-family residence. Working closely with Chicago's landmarks reviewers, the design preserves the exterior masonry walls and massing.
The early 20th century commercial facade was restored, with a massive wood and stainless steel front door the only nod to the contemporary design that lies within.
Because the building footprint covers the entire site, outdoor spaces were carved out within the building. A large courtyard with oversized sliding doors is the focus of the first floor. Grey granite paving, Chicago common brick, natural Sapele wood, and a standing seam zinc roof complete the material palette.
Living spaces with grey terrazzo flooring are located on the ground level and open to the courtyard.
A steel and glass staircase connects the living areas to the bedroom suites above. Wood treads and accents add warmth to the palette as the stair ascends.
One bedroom features a custom queen-sized bunk bed.
Bedrooms are located on the second and third floors and connect to three separate outdoor terraces.
Photographer: Eric Hausman
General Contractor: Goldberg General Contracting
Structural Engineer: Enspect
Mechanical Engineer: Advance Consulting Group
Lighting Design: Lux Populi
Landscape Design: McKay Landscape Architecture
Interiors: Stephanie Wohlner Design