Now that Printers Corner is nearing completion, it’s becoming easier to see how the design by FitzGerald Associates Architects relates to the surrounding structures. The building, at 170 W Polk St in the South Loop, is most notable for a design that allows only corner units.
“Obviously that has to be the first thing you mention when someone asks you about the building,” Mike DeRouin, an architect with FitzGerald, told New Homes Magazine writer Dan Schuyler recently. “But the building brings a unique presence to the neighborhood in another important way. The lower portion blends in with the brick façades of the neighborhood, yet you know something is happening above it because we brought the tower design down through the base to ground level.”
The top 11 floors of the glass-and-concrete tower step back to create eight corner units per floor, while the six-story brick and concrete base pays homage to the historic brick manufacturing buildings characteristic of the Printers Row area, he says.
Prices for the one-bedrooms range from the $280s to the $350s. The two-bedroom units are priced from the $360s to $480s. Deeded parking is $36,000.
Floors seven through 12 are expected to be ready for delivery in November, and the remaining floors the following month. About 75 percent of the 88 units have sold, according to Sales Manager Timon Bernstein.