Metropolitan Tower

METROPOLITAN TOWER

CLIENT
Metropolitan Properties of Chicago, LLC

LOCATION
Chicago, Illinois

STATISTICS
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)

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.

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