Chicago Historic Renovation: Astor Street Residence

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
“colour of limestone” — katyalissovaia
Powder Room
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Floating vanity with full length mirror behind.
“Love the ambient lighting behind the mirror and below the sink.” — jp_75
Grand Stair
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“Love Built-in Benches” — Oxonian Interiors
Grand Stair
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Original staircase from the late 1800’s resurfaced and painted
“Lok” — cynthia98756
Grand Stair
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Original staircase from the late 1800’s resurfaced and painted.
“Floor color” — danielle82274
Grand Stair & Skylight
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Original staircase from the late 1800’s resurfaced and painted. Addition included a large glass skylight.
“Magnificat staircase” — penelopebelle
Entry Foyer
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Transitional foyer expresses hints of traditional design mixed with the look of contemporary design.
“Ceiling detail” — sisis4
Lounge
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The vibe is sophisticated, masculine saloon / lounge.
“Chair” — bcflemi
Gameroom & Bar
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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
“色调” — law_luke
Living Room
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“living” — rajeevw
Master Bedroom
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“back of bedrom apt” — astridamayanti
Master Bathroom
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“I like this bathroom because it has a large bathtub and the shower is large enough for a person to w” — alexissullivan2002
Green Roof over Entry Portico
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“Everything” — Frank Morales
Dining Room
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“dining room apt” — astridamayanti
Master Hall
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Custom base board with white oak flooring
“Like the stain on these floors” — sybrowsky
“Same countertop as spare” — brianoconnell
Salon with Custom Plaster Ceiling
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“Ceiling” — heatermoose
Salon Ceiling Detail
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“design” — mrojasr
Custom Wood Base Board and Trim
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“Really like these base boards and trim” — ree_san
Bathroom
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“2 tone Nice look?” — lermall
Kid's Room
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“the window seat” — Jamie Vesey
Kid's Room
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“paint color” — trishahome
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.
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