The Family Room. Victorian homes are known for their high ceilings, ornate detailing and dark interiors. The goal with the renovation was to modernize and brighten the spaces as much as possible.
Built in 1879 in the Second Empire style, this home has a commanding presence on four city lots. With Landmark status, the exterior was meticulously restored with new windows a newly replicated cornices and slate shingles. The dormers and porch stairs were completely reconstructed. Landscape architecture by Culliton Quinn.
In the 1970's the intertior of the home was chopped up and converted into multiple apartments while the exterior fell into a deep state of disrepair. Landscape architecture by Culliton Quinn.
Photos of the existing house pre-restoration. Years of neglect led to tremendous deterioration. This set the stage for careful restoration or replacement of masonry, windows, doors, cornices, roofs, dormers and decorative ironwork.
Mock-up of new cornice.
Main Staircase looking toward the skylight.
South Entry and main staircase
Staircase to the third floor
Third floor turret
Spa Bathroom with floating teak bench and full width skylight highlights the shower wall.
View of the Study. This space was undesirable and plagued with a low ceiling. To combat this we created a pyramidal raised portion in the center. We worked extensively with Chicago Landmarks to ensure that the peak of the roof would not be visible from street level.
Boy's Bedroom with custom bunk and trundle beds.
RUGO / RAFF Ltd. Architects | 20 West Hubbard St. Floor #5, Chicago, IL 60654 | 312-464-0222