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Collection by Ian Spula

A Modern Addition in Chicago Retrofits an Office Building for Living

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Architect John Ronan recast a former office building as a private home in a fast-evolving Chicago railroad corridor.

In Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood, a one-story bowstring commercial building was adapted and extended vertically as a loft residence by architect John Ronan for a photographer/artist couple. The existing structure was hollowed out for living space and a two-pronged studio, and bedrooms were hoisted into a three-story volume clad in metal siding with a scattershot of windows. The vertical massing preserves a healthy share of the site for courtyard—a seasonal extension of living space.

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