The adaptive re-use of the former James Mulligan Public School Building to residential apartments began as an historic conversion but was radically altered by a fire that gutted the school’s 4th floor. The roof was burned away and what remained of the lower levels was smoke and water damaged. The building was quickly enclosed, dried out and sealed to remove damage and odors. In order to maintain the old school character, the program set out to salvage and reuse as many of the building components and materials as possible. Re-purposed materials from other period schools, including discarded millwork, slate chalkboards, wainscoting, flooring, doors, jambs, transoms and other character defining elements were also incorporated. The project celebrates Chicago’s distinguished early school history and showcases the best features of the urban lifestyle. Residents enjoy unparalleled access to public transportation, shopping and services. A rooftop terrace provides gardening opportunities and spectacular skyline views. Chicago Landmark Building.
Preservation Consulting Architect:
Pappageorge Haymes Partners
Bauer Latoza Studio
Original Construction Date1889Original ArchitectCharles RudolphAwards
Preservation Excellence Award, City of Chicago Commission on Chicago Landmarks