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Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

In Old Town, the former studio of artists Max Kahn and Eleanor Coen and family have been converted to a residence. The former first floor studio was originally a 1875 blacksmith shop. New tall hollow metal framed windows, front and back, open to an auto court and a cul de sac street. The first floor living volume is organized as a series of furniture like volumes and planar walls. The 12’ high, open beamed loft ceilings, are scaled by a 7’ high datum formed by longitundal feature walls with shelves, boxes, sliding panels and kitchen ladder rails.

The design intervention is intended to maintain the legacy of the place and are done with modest details and means. Features such as the auto court garden wall has been extended and the “baby head” exterior piers, fire place and original double hung windows have been layered into the new features.

The second floor contains three bedrooms/two baths and an upper area common room. These Victorian rooms have been reshuffled and contrast intentionally with the industrial loft “feel” of the first floor.

The design is intended to be adaptable and NOT frozen in time, but evolve and change as the third generation of occupants occupies this 140 year old building.



Architect of Record

Ann Temple
c/o 936 West Huron St
Chicago, Illinois 60642
Phone: 3129430362
Fax: 3129439660
anntemple@me.com

Associate Architect

Ken Schroeder
SMNG A Ltd
936 West Huron St
Chicago, Illinois 60642
Phone: 3128293355
Fax: 3128298187
kschroeder@smng-arch.com

General Contractor

Ken Schroeder
Encore LLC
936 West Huron St
Chicago, Illinois 60642
Phone: 3128293355
Fax: 3128298187
kschroeder@smng-arch.com

Consultant 1

Aaron Wilson
WPA
314 W. Superior Street
Suite 110
Chicago, Illinois 60654
Phone: 3123353855
Fax: 3123353856
info@wpachicago.com

Photography

Brian Francyk
same as 1

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