This classical Chicago three-flat was designed by architect Carl Almquist and built in 1908 by contractor Bostrom and Olsen at a cost of $8,000. The original address was 616 Winthrop and the permit was dated May 27, 1908.

The building was constructed of Bedford limestone and Chicago common brick on a street of single family homes and other flat buildings. The courtyard buildings came later. The addition of these multi-unit buildings is related to the connection of the “L” to Howard Street and the need for housing close to this transportation.

The handrail in stone is original and the Corinthian column of the porch shows the influence of the Classical Revival movement of the 1890s.

The façade is remarkable for the combination of rusticated and smooth stones which create divisions of the typical arrangement of windows and door. The stone cornice at the base of the parapet wall adds another detail to the façade. The oak double door entrance allows light into the entrance hall.

This apartment home has many surprises, beginning with the original oak door that has a beautiful replacement glass. It opens into a reception hall that has been finished in a warm color with faux marble painted woodwork. When the owner purchased the building, the crown moldings had been removed. He found a woodworker to create new moldings that are repeated on all the doorways and windows.

The living space includes two parlors, a dining room, three bedrooms a bath and kitchen. The flooring is original oak except in the remodeled kitchen and back bedroom, which has become an entertainment room in an Asian theme. The bathroom has been remodeled with marble tiles and a walk-in shower. The kitchen is light and cozy. From the kitchen you may visit the beautiful backyard which has been transformed into an outdoor room.