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Our History

Condominium Conversions 1979-1982

As a principal in an investment group, we renovated twelve apartment buildings in Chicago converting a total of 175 apartments into condominiums. Beginning in east Rogers Park, we recognized the value of classic older buildings from a bygone era with elegant architectural details located near Lake Michigan with the elevated train providing easy access to downtown Chicago. Performing gut rehabs, we brought the older buildings back to life, offering affordable condominiums featuring spacious rooms with arched entryways, fireplaces, and maid's quarters.

Motivated by early successful sales, the group renovated and converted the Beaux Arts master piece building at 3314 North Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. This beautiful and elegant grand old building, designed by noted Chicago architect, L.G. Hallberg, and built in 1916, exemplifies the grand manner of the period. Originally designed with one home per floor, this dignified building became the private residences for some of Chicago's most prominent families with names such as Peacock, Studebaker, Spiegel, and Goldblatt. Its impressive facade featuring brackets, balustrades, cartouches, crests, lanterns, festoons, scrolls and carvings stands proudly overlooking Belmont Harbor. Its elegant marble entry foyer and grand lobby are reminiscent of the grace of yesteryear.