ARC at Old Colony
Client Campus/MCJ Development JV, LLC Location
37 W. Van Buren St.
Chicago, Illinois
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One of Chicago’s great old buildings, distinguished by its distinctive curved projecting corner bays, Old Colony Building was originally designed for “High Class Office” usage and was among the tallest buildings in Chicago at the time of its construction. The structure’s innovative design reflects a symbiosis of speculative office architecture and the evolving structural-steel technology of the era. The building was the first of its kind to employ a unique structural portal wind-bracing system, allowing for open floor plates and thinner masonry exterior cladding. The redevelopment and modernization of the structure was crafted to take advantage of the many surviving original (historic) components including marble clad walls, interior glazed office partitions, ornate trim, mosaic floors, and precast "scagliola" plaster, and to restore the original DH wood windows. Tailored to the burgeoning student population in the south Loop, the program includes ground level retail with 16 stories of apartment-style, shared residences. Building amenities include a study lounge and fitness center on the 2nd floor, and added rooftop deck and terrace area on the 17th floor. The stylish, furnished studio-, and one- to four-bedroom apartments offer high ceilings, tall windows, restored original pine flooring and inlaid mosaic tile (foyers and halls), and new granite and stainless-steel kitchens and in-unit washers and dryers.
Chicago Landmark Building
National Register of Historic Places
News Statistics

137 Units

17 Stories

7,000 SF Retail/Commercial

187,000 GSF

Original Construction Date 1894 Original Architect Holabird and Roche Awards

J. Timothy Anderson Awards for Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation, from the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association
Preservation Excellence Award, from the Commission on Chicago Landmarks
Silver Award, Reconstruction Awards, from Building Design + Construction Magazine
Merit Award, Adaptive Re-use, from the Chicago Building Congress
Finalist, Vision Awards, from the Urban Land Institute Chicago

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