When we first told you about Bucktown’s The Baer Lofts, 1927 N Milwaukee Ave, there was some speculation as to what would be done about the small, narrow windows on the circa-1920s building. The Urban Politician commented, “I’m imagining this thing with bigger windows and it doesn’t look bad at all.”
Well, Jameson Realty Group‘s Jeff Ralson gave us a peek at a rendering of the finished building–resplendent in floor-to-ceiling glass–and damned if it doesn’t look fantastic. With Funke Architects, whose work we’ve seen recently, at the helm, we’d expect nothing less. The renovation will eliminate just about all of the red brick on the facade, leaving an elegant pairing of glass and terra cotta, which Ralson says will be cleaned and tuckpointed. Inset balconies will also be created in the center section of the building.
Lofts will have 11- to 13-foot ceiling heights with exposed concrete, concrete columns and track lighting. The ground-floor will have two commercial spaces, one of which Ralson hopes a restaurant will occupy. Prices on one-bedroom lofts start in the $270s, and two-bedrooms start in the $370s. A sales center and model should be up and running by the spring.
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