Metropolitan Tower
Client Metropolitan Properties of Chicago, LLC Location
Chicago, Illinois
An ambitious adaptive re-use project transformed an obsolete office building into a mixed-use facility integrating retail, parking spaces and luxury residential condominiums at an important downtown Chicago site overlooking Grant and Millennium parks. While introducing these new uses, the building conversion preserved the limestone-clad facade, the blue lit beehive dome, and the opulent bronze-and-marble lobby. To satisfy residential code, the building required extensive access modifications, including a single elevator serving all floors. In-depth study revealed only one location option which mandated a new freestanding enclosure behind the existing tower, detailed to address landmark district requirements. The conversion also incorporated 318 S. Michigan Avenue, an adjacent seven-story, timber-frame terra cotta-clad structure dating from 1899.

242 Units

30 Stories

290 Parking Spaces

36,000 SF Retail/Commercial

710,000 GSF

Original Construction Date 1924 Original Architect Graham, Anderson, Probst & White Awards

Vision Award, Historic Redevelopment, from Urban Land Institute Chicago
Chicago Landmark Award for Preservation Excellence, from the Commission on Chicago Landmarks, City of Chicago
Best Adaptive Re-use Award, from Friends of Downtown (Chicago)

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