Chicago Firehouse Reinvented

Modern luxury in a one-of-a-kind Chicago Firehouse dating back to 1899.  This historical landmark was gut-renovated by renowned architects, Ken Schroeder and Ann Temple, and remains the only frame firehouse in the city.  Enter “Engine 86” and be welcomed into a 22’ x 42’ industrial space defined by heavy timber post and beam construction and exposed air ducts.  The contemporary architecture perfectly juxtaposes the original firehouse’s historic charm- complete with a red fire truck garage door.

The first floor gracious great room has 12’ high ceilings, allowing for plenty of natural light to enter from multiple openings.  In one corner a spiral staircase recalls the fireman’s pole.  Heavy timber, beams, and radiant-heated concrete floors in the unique open floor plan oozes loft-like coolness. This versatile living inspires creative interior design options.

Sleek and modern kitchen with European style white and stainless steel cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and white quartz countertops offset by a black marbled quartz backsplash.  Farmhouse bell pendant lights hover over a huge white quartz island (with bottom storage) centered between two original wood beams.

The second floor vast master suite 23′ x 18′ is pure luxury with original bay window, wood flooring, a huge 14’x11’ walk-in closet with access from both hallways and skylight above, plus an enormous 18’ x 9’ bathroom with separate commode.  Master bath features double vessel porcelain sinks atop a floating white vanity with stainless steel trim, soaking tub, and an all glass walk-in shower with additional handheld showerhead.  Chic, grey oversized porcelain floor tile with oversized staggered white porcelain backsplash makes this a perfect spa-like and serene oasis.

The expansive, oversized 50’ wide lot has 3,600 square feet of interior space on 2 floors, plus an enormous attached 2-car garage with high ceilings and additional storage.  Side-door access surrounded by an adjacent wall of windows to the large, grassy front and side yards allow for ease in outdoor entertaining and bringing the lush outdoors inside.

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