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SOURCE Chicago City Day School
Transformed East Lincoln Park Homes Open for Viewing One Day Only
CHICAGO, May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Chicago's late 19th century architectural renaissance can be experienced first-hand on Sunday, May 18 during the 26th Annual City Style House Tour. Six East Lincoln Park homes, some of the finest examples of historic preservation and re-imagined interior spaces, will be open for touring from 1 to 5 p.m.
The residential building boom following the Great Chicago Fire produced some of the City's most ornate period residences. Many of them are now protected by Landmark Preservation Ordinances. Updates to these century-old buildings require strict adherence to regulations protecting vintage exteriors.
Fans of classic architecture and luxe home decorating can delight in varied approaches and interpretations of vintage restoration married to modern renovation. The Tour offers visitors a rare opportunity to enjoy the work of top interior designers, architects and builders who masterfully combine the old with the new.
Highlights of the 2014 Tour include:
The Italianate façade of an architect-owned home on Belden is meticulously preserved, while glass and metal are introduced on the sides of the building, flooding it with light. A core staircase alongside one glass wall spans the height of the building, reinforcing its bright, airy feel. A state-of-the-art kitchen and integrated family living area on the lower level reference today's modern family and stand in stark contrast to the primitive kitchen this home would once have housed.
Just north is Fullerton Parkway, a tree-lined street with spacious homes on oversized lots. Amid this photo-calendar-worthy lineup of vintage buildings is a hidden gem – a Queen Anne-style home whose traditional exterior belies its interior which features a beautifully executed contemporary flow perfect for gracious entertaining and family-friendly living.
The self-guided walking tour begins with a catered reception at the new Lucien Lagrange-designed building, Lincoln Park 2550. Tour goers will enjoy small bites by notable Chicago chefs at homes throughout the Tour. Advance tickets are $150 and available online at citystylehousetour.com or by calling the Chicago City Day School Development Office at 773-327-0900.
Presented by the Chicago City Day School Parents Association. The 2014 Tour is sponsored by Gold Sponsor: Marina Cartage, Inc. and Silver Sponsors: Eiserman & Associates, Peter and Paula Fasseas, Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects and Jameson Sotheby's International Realty. All proceeds benefit the students of the School.
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