…an update on the Farcroft apartment building long enough!
For about a month, there have been tenants moving in, and here’s a sample of what their spaces look like:
View of the 13 story Farcroft from the Jarvis Avenue “L” station platform
At the entryway is a leaded-glass window, flanked by two caryatids…
…one of which is ‘the keyholder’…
…and the other seems to have lost what he originally held!
Quite distinctive, aren’t they?
The original door of this 1928 building was sent out to be restored, and the craftsman did an absolutely wonderful job of it!
Here’s the lobby, about five steps down from street level. This was taken before the building opened…that’s the reason for the still-wrapped furniture.
Everything was done right with this gut rehab…all the floors are oak, newly installed.
All the spaces were reconfigured. Here is a north-facing wall of one of the highest floors’ apartment…
…and the view from that window! The thing hanging in the middle is the cordage from white-painted wooden blinds, which are installed at each newly-replaced window.
A typical kitchen, wonderfully appointed, with loads of workspace…
…and a typical bathroom–nothing fancy, but larger than those usually found here in Chicago’s older buildings.
The view looking south along the lake shore to downtown Chicago, taken from a twelfth floor window. Oh, what I wouldn’t give to wake up to this!
If you noticed in the first image, there is a turret at the top of the Farcroft. This is the entry to the apartment directly below–it’s called the ‘turret room’. See that rectangular object in the wall? That’s a radiator—very new technology and extremely practical, don’t you think?
Enchanting, isn’t it…and check out the view to the north and west!
Finally, here is the ‘turret room’ apartment’s kitchen…ready for any occupant who loves to cook! The fellow on the right is Bill Tentler, the Chief of Maintenance, who graciously allowed me to tour the building before it opened.
Note that in these kitchens, the stoves are NOT placed next to the refrigerators…that’s called ‘doing it right’, because it ultimate saves electricity as the fridge does not have to run as long as it would being ‘warmed’ so often by the heat of the stove!
At some point, I’ll present more details of this beautifully executed gut rehab/restoration of the Farcroft apartments, but for now, just dream of what it would be like to live in the tallest building in the Rogers park neighborhood of Chicago!