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
“I really like the arched windows!” — Ally LaQuey
Powder Room
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Floating vanity with full length mirror behind.
“Espejo abajo” — Yessica Perez
Grand Stair
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New portal opening to the original staircase from the late 1800’s resurfaced and painted
“Look at the bench” — Kevin Russell
Grand Stair
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Original staircase from the late 1800’s resurfaced and painted
“Bannister” — ameenimam
Grand Stair
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Original staircase from the late 1800’s resurfaced and painted.
“I don't like style but look how deep the handrail is...” — lorilitterer
Grand Stair & Skylight
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Original staircase from the late 1800’s resurfaced and painted. The addition included a large glass skylight.
“Railing” — getjustin
Entry Foyer
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Transitional foyer expresses hints of traditional design mixed with the look of contemporary design.
“This is how it should look and feel..,” — johnoramas
Lounge
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The vibe is sophisticated, masculine saloon / lounge.
“chair!!!!” — madking321
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
“Pool lights” — ecmastermind
Living Room
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“like room balance” — mjmurphy1201
Master Bedroom
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“Molding” — dufaultb
Master Bathroom
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“Colors” — wellsjs
Green Roof over Entry Portico
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“Grass for the dog!” — Kayla Joachim
Dining Room
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“Lighting and rug” — minamoon
Master Hall
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Custom base board with white oak flooring
“Floor color” — lele1969
Powder Room with Glass Tile Feature Wall
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“great lights” — burrr
Salon with Custom Plaster Ceiling
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“Just like this room” — rosegleneagle
Custom Plaster Tracery Ceiling
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“plaster ceiling molding” — megs7017
Custom Wood Base Board and Trim
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“Base” — mmiller11
Bathroom
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“Dark tile?” — Joannie Weber
Kid's Room
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“Kids bunk bed built in” — twiggyy
Kid's Room
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“love window seat” — zacsom
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.
“ceiling” — agattani
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