Richelieu Flats

Metropolitan Properties of Chicago
5 Units, 8 Stories
318 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, Illinois

Built originally in 1883 as the luxurious Richelieu Hotel and later serving as the showrooms for the Karpen Furniture Company, the structure adjoins The Metropolitan Tower and now contains five luxury urban residences and parking for both buildings. The Richelieu´s contiguity with the historical Michigan Avenue Streetwall commanded a painstaking restoration of the building´s c.1899 terra cotta façade and partial preservation of the original timber framed structure. Sited on a deep lot which is not conducive to full residential use, the rear 2/3 of the structure was demolished and rebuilt as a concrete parking structure available to both the Metropolitan Tower and Richelieu Flats. The front 1/3 of the original structure facing Grant Park was rehabilitated for use as a two-story retail space on ground level, luxury residential flats on floors 3-6, and a luxury duplex dwelling on the 7th and new 8th Floor. The new 8th floor, which serves the top level of the duplex penthouse unit, is a contemporary steel and glass structure set back from the building’s original façade – this setback offers a large private terrace overlooking Grant Park, and preserves the building’s original cornice line.