Astor Street Residence Historic Renovation

This historic home and coach house in a landmark district on Astor Street was built in the late 1800’s. Originally designed as an 11,000sf single family residence, the home was divided into nine apartments in the 1960’s and had fallen into disrepair. The new owners purchased the property with a vision to convert the building back to single family residence for their young family.

The design concept was to restore the limestone exterior to its original state and reconstruct the interior into a home with an open floor plan and modern amenities for entertaining and family living, incorporating vintage details from the original property whenever possible. Program requirements included five bedrooms, all new bathrooms, contemporary kitchen, salon, library, billiards room with bar, home office, cinema, play room, garage with stacking car lifts, and outdoor gardens with all new landscaping.

The home is unified by a grand staircase which is flooded with natural light from a glass laylight roof. The first level includes a formal entry with rich wood and marble finishes, a walnut-paneled billiards room with custom bar, a play room, and a separate family entry with mudroom. A formal living and dining room with adjoining intimate salon are located on the second level; an addition at the rear of the home includes a custom De Giulio kitchen and family room. The third level master suite includes a marble bathroom, dressing room, library, and office. The fourth level includes the family bedrooms and a guest suite with a terrace and views of Lake Michigan. The lower level houses a custom cinema.

Sustainable elements are seamlessly integrated throughout and include renewable materials, high-efficiency mechanicals and thermal envelope, restored original mahogany windows with new high-performance low-E glass, and a green roof.

Front Exterior
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This historic home and coach house in a landmark district on Astor Street was built in the late 1800’s. Originally designed as an 11,000sf single family residence, the home was divided into nine apartments in the 1960’s and had fallen into disrepair. The new owners purchased the property with a vision to convert the building back to single family residence for their young fam...More
“Bay windows” — Maya Lach-Aidelbaum
Powder Room
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“ceiling” — rsdrn1128
Grand Stair
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This historic home and coach house in a landmark district on Astor Street was built in the late 1800’s. Originally designed as an 11,000sf single family residence, the home was divided into nine apartments in the 1960’s and had fallen into disrepair. The new owners purchased the property with a vision to convert the building back to single family residence for their young f...More
“Bench seating” — bobster2001
Grand Stair
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This historic home and coach house in a landmark district on Astor Street was built in the late 1800’s. Originally designed as an 11,000sf single family residence, the home was divided into nine apartments in the 1960’s and had fallen into disrepair. The new owners purchased the property with a vision to convert the building back to single family residence for their young f...More
“Floor” — tmkelly17
Grand Stair
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This historic home and coach house in a landmark district on Astor Street was built in the late 1800’s. Originally designed as an 11,000sf single family residence, the home was divided into nine apartments in the 1960’s and had fallen into disrepair. The new owners purchased the property with a vision to convert the building back to single family residence for their young f...More
“樓梯間牆面” — shih1963
Entry
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This historic home and coach house in a landmark district on Astor Street was built in the late 1800’s. Originally designed as an 11,000sf single family residence, the home was divided into nine apartments in the 1960’s and had fallen into disrepair. The new owners purchased the property with a vision to convert the building back to single family residence for their young f...More
“Color of the walls” — mariothegreat
Gameroom
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“Drapes” — mgsenterprises
Gameroom
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Dark, moody, soothing, rich are words that describe this Game Room. A cluster of Tom Dixon pendant light fixtures are used over the black felt pool table. The walls are dark walnut wood paneling and the bar is black honed marble. The floor is a dark stained oak chevron. The vibe is sophisticated, masculine saloon / lounge. Custom built in details abound, such as the electric ...More
“love lights over pool table - maybe change felt to black on ours!” — singergirl
Living Room
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“Mirror” — oksana_markovich
Master Bedroom
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“No tiene colchón” — mariothegreat
Master Bathroom
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“Marble tile, hardware.” — risah80
Green Roof over Entry Portico
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“Cool.” — emevan
Dining Room
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“Walls” — xcapricornxx
Master Hall
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“very sleek trim” — Blair Friesen
“Black marble top for powder room” — 154_fairview
Salon with Custom Plaster Ceiling
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This historic home and coach house in a landmark district on Astor Street was built in the late 1800’s. Originally designed as an 11,000sf single family residence, the home was divided into nine apartments in the 1960’s and had fallen into disrepair. The new owners purchased the property with a vision to convert the building back to single family residence for their young f...More
“Couch with wingback” — Zinhle Ngwenya
Salon Ceiling Detail
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“Ceiling and light.” — kersaafir
Custom Wood Trim
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“master bath, can we frame this out on dry wall and paint treated as wood” — thevbs
Bathroom
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“Tile” — blmcg
Kids Room
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“Small shelf under light” — awhitford
Kids Room
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“Anna's window seat” — jandmkenworthy
Crown Molding Detail Closeup - Reveal
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A minimal 1/2" drywall reveal joint runs below the crown molding. This subtle detail creates an elegant shadow line that blends contemporary detailing with traditional crown molding.
“Simple and good for low ceilings” — carynyt
Grand Stair
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This historic home and coach house in a landmark district on Astor Street was built in the late 1800’s. Originally designed as an 11,000sf single family residence, the home was divided into nine apartments in the 1960’s and had fallen into disrepair. The new owners purchased the property with a vision to convert the building back to single family residence for their young f...More
“Railing” — jt13181
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