11,000 sf, 5 bed, 9.5 bath
Renovation & Addition
This historic home and coach house in a landmark district on Astor Street was built in the late 1800's. Originally designed as a single family home, it was divided into apartments in the 1960's and had fallen into disrepair. The new owners wanted to convert it back to a home for their young family.
The design concept was to restore the exterior and reconstruct the interior with an open floor plan and modern amenities for entertaining and family living. Program requirements included five bedrooms, new bathrooms, contemporary kitchen, salon, library, pool room with bar, home office, cinema, play room, garage, and outdoor gardens.
The five levels in the home are unified by a grand staircase flooded with natural light from a laylight. The staircase is original and was meticulously restored. The first level includes a formal entry with wood and marble finishes, a walnut-paneled pool room and bar, a separate family entry with mudroom, and a play room.
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 is designed for a cinema.
Sustainable elements include high-efficiency mechanicals, tight thermal envelope, restored original mahogany windows with low-E glass, and a green roof.
This historic limestone 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 severe disrepair... read more