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.
The Farcroft is a majestic thirteen story high apartment building at 1337 W. Fargo Avenue here in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago.
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.
Above is the main door–original–which had been totally refinished. Photo taken 11JAN2013.
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!
The now-working fireplace, totally restored, and fitted with a gas log system.
Detail of the three figures on the left
A closer look at their faces
The gas logs are approximately four feet wide, just to give you an inkling of the size
It’s a few steps up to the north wall windows, as the lobby is several feet below street level
The south facade (rear) of the Farcroft on 15JAN2013, just before sunset. Photo taken from my window.
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!
A six by eight foot American flag now flies proudly over this lovely structure!
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!