420 NORTH WABASH
ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION DATE
Julius and Oscar P. Spever
Citation of Merit for Interior Architecture, from the American Institute of Architects, Chicago Chapter
The total renovation and remodeling of this existing heavy timber, mill-constructed loft warehouse into a first-class office-retail building included the relocation of stairs, elevators, and new mechanical systems. The integration of the corporate office imagery with that of a converted loft building was achieved with a glass curtain wall cut into the building’s masonry facade. A new vertical slice of the exterior wall dramatizes the relocated entry and leads visitors to the axial, processional Art Deco style lobby. The sequence is further developed with aluminum reveals, marble flooring, and chrome ductwork. A glass enclosed stairwell connects the retail spaces on the street levels.