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Pilsen Residence

Pilsen, Chicago, IL

Located in the Pilsen Historic District of Chicago, a vacant and severely distressed three unit apartment building was restored and deconverted into a modern single family home. The small footprint – 729 sq ft per floor – provided an opportunity to create a unique vertical urban home.

The home was designed in compliance with State Landmark renovation requirements to obtain a 12-year Property Tax Assessment Freeze. Work included façade and window restoration as well as the preservation of historic interior elements which were restored during the near complete gut renovation. Energy features include a solar thermal hot water system and advanced air sealing techniques. An energy review performed on the home resulted in a rating exceeding code by 24%.

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods, and too much of that existing urban fabric is being lost to disinvestment, demolition, and replacement development. The bold choice to renovate this simple building, serves as an example of the beauty, quality, and durability of Chicago’s historic buildings and how these structures can be carefully and thoughtfully retrofitted with modern design and technologies, while preserving a vibrant neighborhood context.

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