The Publishing House

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$300 per night

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Chicago, Illinois
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Aptly named The Publishing House, a just-opened bed-and-breakfast in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood avoids the kitsch of traditional B&Bs.

Instead, the owners and hosts, Shawn Uldridge and Kimberly Lowerly, sought to preserve the building's historic character and infuse it with decor that's both stylish and homey, making for a refreshing B&B experience.

Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, Chair, Pendant Lighting, Medium Hardwood Floor, Night Stands, and Rug Floor. Constructed in 1909, the building was named for its original occupants, The Free Methodist Publishing House, before it became the Museum of Holography, and was bought by the new owners in 2012. They tapped Nushu Architecture and contractor Vero Design + Build for a renovation of the structure to include 11 bedrooms, a capacious communal area, a kitchen, and a fully-equipped lounge. Photo 2 of The Publishing HouseView Photos

Constructed in 1909, the building was named for its original occupants, The Free Methodist Publishing House, before it became the Museum of Holography, and was bought by the new owners in 2012. They tapped Nushu Architecture and contractor Vero Design + Build for a renovation of the structure to include 11 bedrooms, a capacious communal area, a kitchen, and a fully-equipped lounge.

Modern home with Bath Room, Ceramic Tile Floor, Freestanding Tub, Medium Hardwood Floor, Wall Mount Sink, Soaking Tub, Pendant Lighting, Wall Lighting, and Enclosed Shower. Nushu describes the results on their website: "The interior brings to fore the building's sometimes quirky original structure, and maximizes natural light, views, and an expansive floor plate." Finished guest rooms were then named for local literary luminaries such as Upton Sinclair, Sandra Cisneros, and Saul Bellow. Photo 3 of The Publishing HouseView Photos

Nushu describes the results on their website: "The interior brings to fore the building's sometimes quirky original structure, and maximizes natural light, views, and an expansive floor plate." Finished guest rooms were then named for local literary luminaries such as Upton Sinclair, Sandra Cisneros, and Saul Bellow.

Modern home with Bedroom, Chair, and Bed. For the interiors, Nicole Alexander of Siren Betty Design combined a colorful palette with an impressive collection of vintage pieces, which was assembled over a two-year scavenging period at flea markets around the country. She mixed restored finds—like a buffet refinished in teal automotive paint—with original art, Persian rugs, and in the communal room, a brass chandelier fabricated by the local Wayward Machine Company.  Photo 4 of The Publishing HouseView Photos

For the interiors, Nicole Alexander of Siren Betty Design combined a colorful palette with an impressive collection of vintage pieces, which was assembled over a two-year scavenging period at flea markets around the country. She mixed restored finds—like a buffet refinished in teal automotive paint—with original art, Persian rugs, and in the communal room, a brass chandelier fabricated by the local Wayward Machine Company.

Modern home with Dining Room, Table, Chair, Ceiling Lighting, Standard Layout Fireplace, Rug Floor, Medium Hardwood Floor, Recessed Lighting, Lamps, Floor Lighting, and Ceramic Tile Floor. High ceilings, exposed brick walls, and refinished wood floors now coexist with modern interventions, such as the stairwell composed of sapele, glass, and steel, and custom maple built-ins in the cozy library lounge. Time to pick up a copy of The House on Mango Street and tuck in. Photo 5 of The Publishing HouseView Photos

High ceilings, exposed brick walls, and refinished wood floors now coexist with modern interventions, such as the stairwell composed of sapele, glass, and steel, and custom maple built-ins in the cozy library lounge. Time to pick up a copy of The House on Mango Street and tuck in.

Credits

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Architect
  • Nushu Architecture
Interior Design
  • Nicole Alexander of Siren Betty Design
Photographer
  • Bethany Fritz of Maypole Studios Photography
  • Perry Fish of Alluring Chicago

Overview

Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Year
  • 1909
  • Press

    Publications