Collection by Erika Heet

Raw Materials Connect this Chicago Renovation with its Industrial Past


For chef Lisa Santos and her husband, Joel, converting a 100-year-old switching station in Chicago to their home was made easier with the help of a team from local firm Beaux Bo Properties, who had already divided the building into condominiums.

The open two-story space was still very much a tabula rasa, and appeared larger than its 2,400 square feet.
Upstairs, what Santos calls a “very, very raw” screen porch stood off the master bedroom; the couple enclosed it to...
Downstairs, century-old subway tile and copper windows keep the new kitchen gritty; it gained a stainless-steel island,...
“The tile, with its sporadic bolts and nails, doesn’t need a lot of art, as it is art too,” Lisa says.
The couple supplemented the rawness of the open living area with funky secondhand finds from the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s.
Like the communal spaces, the bedroom features a shining subway tile wall.
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