Asked who originally created Opera Lofts’ edifices, architect Mike Jerabek responds simply: “a madman.” The 370-foot multi-level building (really a conglomerate of six buildings) was constructed from 1912 to 1924 and for years served as a set design and storage facility for the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Developer LOACQ recently converted the building at 2545 S Dearborn St into the 93-unit Opera Lofts. In the June issue of New Homes, writer Dan Schuyler talks to Jerabek and LOACQ’s Leigh Ballen about the project.
“We’ve spent the last two years trying to make this vision come true,” says co-developer Leigh Ballen. “It turns out that no one person knows all there is to know about this building. We knew it would make great loft space, and it has been an honor to be a part of it. But the challenges have been unique, to say the least.”
Ballen says that because Opera Lofts is so awe-inspiring, he and his partners were committed to spare no expense in crafting the finest building of its type, with finishes that rival even those in big-name, high-profile projects like the Trump International Hotel and Tower.