ISSUE 81  |  Best of Architecture

A Renovated Victorian in Chicago’s Landmark District

July 16, 2013 7:00 PM

BY Julie Carlson

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We’ve long admired Wheeler Kearns Architects’ dramatic overhaul of an 1870s Victorian house located in a landmark district of Chicago. Although exterior changes were restricted by landmark guidelines, the interior underwent a complete gut renovation.

Photography by Monica Rosello (unless otherwise noted); all images courtesy of Wheeler Kerns Architects.

Above: Photograph by Tony Soluri.

Above: The architects brought light and air into the newly opened space, creating a central, two-story volume containing the kitchen and baths, lit by a series of skylights.

Above: Photograph by Tom Bader.

Above: The landing extends to become the kitchen counter.

Above: Large French doors at the south-facing rear extend the living space into the garden and provide natural light and views deep within the house.

Above: A large white Caravaggio Pendant Light by Cecile Manz hangs in the bedroom.

Above: Photograph by Toni Soluri.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on September 28, 2009.