Old Town Workman’s Cottage

Middlefork was asked to redesign and rebuild this existing landmarked home in the Old Town neighborhood of Chicago.  The design team worked to maximize available square footage per building code and Landmark ordinances, create a technologically-current environment, and to produce rooms with much higher ceiling heights.

Working closely with the Commission on Chicago Landmarks and the neighborhood group, Middlefork demolished all the existing home except for the façade and the front 28 feet of the north and south exterior walls – which dated back to the original 1890 Chicago cottage.  The site was dug for a deeper basement and then infilled with the new, 4,464-square-foot home.  As a requirement of Landmarks, the new home tucks entirely behind the existing façade, showing nothing new to the street.  The resulting 4-bedroom, 4.1 bath home responds beautifully to the specific needs of the owner’s family, and is considerate of resale opportunities in the future.



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    Scale 4,464 SF
    Specs 4 Bedroom / 4.1 Bath
    Status Completed 2015