This Classic Chicago six-flat became condos in 1980, which makes it one of the first condos on a neighborhood street. The building was built in 1916 for P.A. Granat. The contractor was Jobson and Benz and the architect was Edward Benson. From the street, the craftsmanship of the brick and limestone façade is impressive. All the units have sun rooms which are detailed with limestone. The central front entrance is in Arts and Crafts Style with unique divide lights in beveled glass. The entrance hall has a tiled floor and a second glass and oak door to the interior. The units we will see are on the first and second floor.
The first floor unit has been rehabbed and all the birch woodwork stripped and refinished. In the entrance hall, there are doors with trim and original hardware. The entrance to the living room is through an arch. The living room has beautiful woodwork in the cornice molding, the windows and the glass and wood doors to the bookcases on either side of the fireplace. This working gas fireplace has an arched shape and a small shelf above the hearth.
There is one bedroom, which is entered from the front hall. It has a closet with double doors. The dining room has panels defined by birch moldings above a wainscoting. A pattern paper in soft subtle tones has been place in the panels. The three large windows have fabric blinds and draperies.
The dining room connects to a hall through an opening that once had a swinging door. There is a bedroom with porch and bathroom off this hall. Along one wall of this hall is a built in china cabinet or butler’s pantry. The moldings above the doors in this area come to a point. The molding above the china cabinet extends to the kitchen and bedroom doors.
The kitchen has been under renovation recently. There are new maple cabinets which complement the maple floor. The new counter arrangement has eliminated an L-shaped cabinet, which extended out into the room; now the kitchen has more space for the table and chairs. The back door opens onto a small porch.
The second floor unit follows the same floor plan. The apartment entrance opens into a hallway which circulates to the living room, a bedroom and the hallway to the kitchen. The woodwork is birch that has been given a dark mahogany stain. The upper band of wood that encircles the room is lined up with the top of the doors. Vertical strips of wood spaced 18” apart along the wall create a paneled effect. This hallway is painted in a warm gold which is striking next to the dark wood.
The spacious living room allows for arranging the room into areas. Along one wall is the gas fireplace without a flue which is surrounded by built-in bookcases that are birch finished with a stain. The floors are oak. The windows are trimmed in birch. Opening out from the living room is a sun room which became popular in the construction of six-flats.
From the living room, there is an opening into the room that was once a bedroom and now serves as a media room. It has wide double doors opening from the living room. It also has the door opening into the hall.
Moving to the back of the apartment, we see the beautiful and spacious dining room with three windows on the west wall. This quite a large room which can accommodate a dining room set with sideboard and more. Just past the dining room is the back hallway with maple floor. To the right is the remodeled bathroom and then the master bedroom with a porch overlooking the back.
The kitchen is open to the hallway and is large enough to have an eating area and a small back porch. Because there is little backyard owing to the number of garages, the brightly colored flowers in the window box brighten the view.