The front of the building has a stacked bay that is connected to the front open porches. Each window is installed separately which was done originally in many buildings throughout Chicago. Above is a limestone cornice. The entrance is along the side and not visible from the street. As you walk to the entrance, take note of the windows for the rear unit which, instead of being separated, are one window unit.
The original exterior door has been retained as has the interior woodwork in the entrance hall. The banister is oak with simple straight balusters. A brief look at the stairs to the second floor show turned wood balusters in an older Queen Anne design.
The entrance to unit 1A is in a hallway which opens into the living room and kitchen area. In the corner of the living room is a newer gas fireplace. A table and chairs have been placed in the front bay and next to them is the door that opens onto the front porch. The oak floors in the unit are original in these rooms and in the hallway.
The kitchen has been relocated from the rear of the unit and placed where it connects with the living room and socializing space. The kitchen work area is divided from the living room by a granite counter which affords bar like seating. The new cabinets are cherry in a classical modern design. There is room for a small table in the kitchen for eating breakfast. A ceramic tile floor has been added.
In the kitchen is a staircase to the lower level, which makes this unit seem more like a house than an apartment. On the lower level is a den, an office with French doors and a bedroom and bath. You may go down to see the den and office.
The long hallway in this unit leads to the bedrooms and bathrooms. The walls have a wainscoting and chair rail. The first door is the bathroom with ceramic tile and newer fixtures, including a water jet tub and shower. Then toward the back are the bedrooms, both of which have French doors. The first on the left is a child’s room and, just opposite it in the hall, is a recessed area painted with blackboard chalk for the budding artist.
The Master bedroom is spacious and includes a large closet and a full bath with shower and ceramic tile floor. The floor in this room is newer oak. The room has light from the south facing window, and the door at the back opens onto a service porch.