I was extremely privileged to be given a tour of the Farcroft building late this afternoon.
As you may be aware, I’ve been following the progress of the gut rehab since before it began over a year and a half ago.
Late last Autumn, I met a young man, Bill Tentler, who, it turns out, is the Chief of Maintenance for Rogers Park Vintage Management…a company spear-headed by Mr. James N. Pritzker, among many of his other companies.
Bill and I struck a complementary note in our discussions of the rehab, and I was told he’d let me see things when they were closer to finishing this huge project.
The entire building was tuckpointed, and the stone slabs removed and reset with high-tech adhesive due to many pieces loosening since the original construction in 1927-28.
But today, I was invited inside…after doing a little ‘peeking’ through the window, a worker informed Bill, and he came rushing out to ask if I wanted to see the nearly-completed lobby.
Well, of course!
I passed by some excellent restoration work before stepping down into the main lobby, where resides the most wonderful, huge, working fireplace!
I noticed when I took the above photo, there was an addition to the roof of the building. I thought it might be a warning light pole for aircraft, as there is quite a bit of helicopter traffic from O’Hare Airport…the pilots seem to love flying down along the lakeshore!
But…I was wrong!
Thank you, Mr. Pritzker, and thank you, Bill Tentler–you did it RIGHT…and the result is a beautiful renovation of apartments–NOT condos–!
NOTE: I will be presenting much more of the Farcroft over the next week or so.
Doing it RIGHT does take time!