The lobbies in Chicago’s vintage luxury buildings vary widely in size and opulence. Some are exceedingly modest, and some were built on a grand scale.
One of Chicago’s more interesting lobbies is at 1448 North Lake Shore Drive, a 19-story, 52-unit limestone and brick cooperative completed in 1927.
The oak-paneled lobby has arched, leaded windows, with bench seating, fronting Lake Shore Drive. It’s sparsely furnished with leather and wood period furniture, a chandelier and a large tapestry.
The most striking aspect of the lobby, to me, was the subtly-colored faience tile floor. The patterning and the individual tiles command attention.
Four units are currently for sale in the building, ranging from a 1-bedroom maisonette priced at $335,000 to a 5,250 square foot, 4-bedroom, 4 ½ bath home on the 16th floor listed at $2,995,000. The building allows 50% financing of units.