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
“trim” — mkdowell
Powder Room
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Floating vanity with full length mirror behind.
“Illumination idea for the dining room ceiling. Instead of a mirror can be a panel painted in silver” — nairnica
Grand Stair
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New portal opening to the original staircase from the late 1800’s resurfaced and painted
“style,color” — ltjc
Grand Stair
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Original staircase from the late 1800’s resurfaced and painted
“Floors” — tvs4
Grand Stair
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Original staircase from the late 1800’s resurfaced and painted.
“newels” — jonschick
Grand Stair & Skylight
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Original staircase from the late 1800’s resurfaced and painted. The addition included a large glass skylight.
“beautiful balusters” — conevliv
Entry Foyer
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Transitional foyer expresses hints of traditional design mixed with the look of contemporary design.
“Like wainscoting along staircase” — shumrick
Lounge
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The vibe is sophisticated, masculine saloon / lounge.
“Chair” — Emily King
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
“bar or theater drop” — sarahelliott1998
Living Room
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“Booya color” — nadiaelsawa
Master Bedroom
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“Like lights on window” — Darrell James
Master Bathroom
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“Entire shower” — katherinehart
Green Roof over Entry Portico
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“Detail of the Chateauesque façade.” — thetennessean
Dining Room
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“Wall moldings” — sulea7
Master Hall
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Custom base board with white oak flooring
“Nice” — elhouderi
“dark marble and mirrored tile” — garylsteele
Salon with Custom Plaster Ceiling
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“Color” — 35223
Salon Ceiling Detail
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“ceiling for master” — livingstoneinteriors
Custom Wood Base Board and Trim
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“baseboards” — Joy Hirvonen
Bathroom
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“Kathryn undermounted sink from kohler!!, 20" deep vanity, should fit one of ours” — yuchenchan
Kid's Room
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“the window seat” — Jamie Vesey
Kid's Room
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“bench box seat cushion with contrast welt” — Innovative Design by Jaclyn, LLC
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.
“gym step” — apkjr57
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