ARC at Old Colony
Client Campus/MCJ Development JV, LLC Location
37 W. Van Buren St.
Chicago, Illinois
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Built in 1893, the 17-story building is a pioneering Chicago skyscraper of skeletal construction with a supported masonry enclosure and floors resting on spread footings. It was designed by Holabird & Roche over a single weekend charette with the Monadnock Annex, Marquette and Chaplain Buildings. When the renovation started, the building had a 60% vacancy rate, 4 of six elevators non-operational, terra cotta facade condition problems, 653 non-functional monumental wood windows, a failed roof and one open stairwell for the only interior fire exit.
The 198ksf renovation has 137 dwellings with ground level retail. A Penthouse facility with terrace were added and compliment the 2nd floor restored banking offices, now used for administration and gathering space. Two fire escapes were removed from the east facade. A second interior enclosed stair from Basement to Roof was added. Other life safety improvements include a fire alarm and sprinkler system, diesel emergency generator, and emergency lighting and voice communication systems. Historic corridor windows and glass doors were upgraded with a fire rated overlay to separate the dwellings and stairs from the corridor. Elevators were repaired using original bronze and iron grilles.
Chicago Landmark Building
National Register of Historic Places
News Statistics

137 Units

17 Stories

7,000 SF Retail/Commercial

187,000 GSF

Original Construction Date 1894 Original Architect Holabird and Roche Awards

J. Timothy Anderson Awards for Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation, from the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association
Preservation Excellence Award, from the Commission on Chicago Landmarks
Silver Award, Reconstruction Awards, from Building Design + Construction Magazine
Merit Award, Adaptive Re-use, from the Chicago Building Congress
Finalist, Vision Awards, from the Urban Land Institute Chicago



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