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Large ornate gray three-story stone exterior home photo in Chicago

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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 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, playroom, 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 deGiulio 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.

Large ornate gray three-story stone exterior home photo in Chicago —  Houzz

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benfrye wrote:June 29, 2012
Could someone give me the name of a country house or estate with this same architectural style?

- This is amazing! I couldn't ask for a better facade for my dream home. I would love to explore the idea some more!

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    dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA
    Ben, The Chicago Landmarks Survey of 1996 lists this home as being built in 1899 with no permit and no architect of record. It is classified as Gothic Revival. I also see elements of Italianate and French Chateau.
  • benfrye
    Thanks for the info!
rbcola wrote:October 24, 2012
I'm looking for a smooth limestone exterior veneer. Any sources you can recommend please?

- I'm looking for a light colored (grey tones versus browns/yellowspreferred, like this building. Thank you!

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    Coronado Stone Products
    Coronado Stone manufactures a line of Classic Series wall veneer tiles that look very similar to the product used on this project. View Coronado's Stone Veneer - http://www.houzz.com/pro/coronado-stone/coronado-stone-products
  • brundino
    I am in the stone business and would be happy to help you find a company to supply REAL stone in your area. Nothing compares to the look and durability of a natural product.
martinezlupe wrote:May 11, 2013
Love this

- C

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    dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA
    Thank you for the compliment! This was a fun project for us and we loved working with the homeowner to bring new life to this historic single family residence.
niloht wrote:June 6, 2013
Who's the window manufacturer?

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    dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA
    The new windows on this facade were replaced as part of a historic renovation and all of the windows were custom replications of the original windows from the late 1800s, but with modern improvements such as double pane glass. The custom window fabrication was by Salb Sash & Door Company in Chicago. Thanks for your question and good luck with your project.

    dSPACE Studio's portfolio of work can been seen at www.dspacestudio.com
inishka_at wrote:August 25, 2013
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    dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA
    Inishka, We agree with you that a dark blue could be introduced in small accents to provide a balance against the red and grey scheme you are describing. The trick will be to find the right balance between the red and the blue, but if you introduce it slowly and in key areas you should be able to find that balance. Perhaps blue could be an accent color in the carpet? We would suggest keeping the blue to no more than 5 - 10% of the color scheme so that it remains an accent color and doesn't overpower the red or the silver and grey. Good Luck with your project.
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