565 West Quincy Street

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565 West Quincy Street, Chicago, IL

565 West Quincy Street
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565 West Quincy Street
Building Information
Developer Belgravia Group
Architect Pappageorge Haymes Partners
Number of Units 241
Number of Floors 18
Year Built 2009
Construction Method Concrete
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565 West Quincy Street, Chicago, IL
Distance to Public Transit Over 50 options nearby
Region Chicago
Municipality Chicago
Zoning DX-12
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

The neighborhood


565 West Quincy Street integrates old and new in an interesting development in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood. This 11 story condominium tower sits on top of an old seven story loft building dating from the 1920s and 1950s. The result is a distinct architectural mix of a brick masonry facade on the lower floors and a soaring glass and steel tower with balconies on the upper floors.

The old building was well built to handle manufacturing, so there were no structural problems when developer Belgravia Group decided to annex it.

Jacob Kaufman, the executive vice president of Belgravia Group, said “we love being able to save it" when referring to the original building.[1] They didn't attempt to make the addition blend into the old one. Where the old building ends and the new one begins is very apparent by the change in color, material, and addition of staggered balconies.

There are 241 units and 18 floors in total at 565 West Quincy Street, although the ground floor and floors 2-4 are reserved for retail, lobby space, and indoor parking.

One of the condominium's most attractive amenities is the basement level Q Room that has a two-lane bowling alley, putting green, Foosball tables, and movie projection room. It also has a fitness room. Residents can work, sleep, shop, bowl, golf, relax, work out and watch a movie all in the same space.


Location

565 West Quincy Street is located in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood and is just steps away from Union Station and the Chicago River. Parks in the area include Heritage Green Park, D'Angelo Dog Park, and Millennium Park. The condominium is within easy walking distance to downtown offices, the Theater District, and great shopping at Water Tower Place. Some places to eat in the immediate area are Lou Mitchell's Restaurant, Edwardo's Natural Pizza, Gino's East Restaurant Corporation, and West Loop Café.

There is a Walmart Neighborhood Market, Chicago Organics, and South Loop Market for some grocery options. A number of schools can be found in the area such as Chicago-Kent College of Law, Frances Xavier Warde School, Windy City Kids, Higher Learning Day Care and Education Center.

With public transit nearby, residents won't have difficulty getting around by foot or public transit for daily errands.[2]

Construction

Close-up of the balconies

565 West Quincy Street is a modern steel and glass condominium, completed in 2009, that was built on top of an existing brick and concrete building erected in two phases in the 1920s and 1950s.[1] The old building was a seven story loft building that has been incorporated into the new design with renovated floor plans.

This type of project is called "adaptive re-use". The developer was Belgravia Group and the architect was Pappageorge Haymes Partners. They added eleven floors on top of the old building, which are called the tower homes. All these homes have hanging balconies in a staggered pattern along the glass curtain wall facade. The balconies on the lower floors are recessed behind the original wall, acting more like inset terraces.[1]

The ground floor combines retail, parking, and lobby space. There is additional parking on floors 2-4, with the loft floor plans starting on floors 5 to 7. There is an eighth-floor rooftop patio/sundeck, where the two sections converge, that has kitchen facilities.

Layout and Features

The 241 units that make up 565 West Quincy Street are comprised of 54 loft homes and 187 tower homes with varying floor plans. The lofts have one bedroom, one bedroom plus den, and two bedroom floor plans. The tower homes offer junior one bedroom, one bedroom and two bedroom arrangements. The tower homes provide a more traditional condominium layout in a square shape, whereas, the loft floor plan is arranged in a shotgun style with rooms lined up behind one another to create a long and narrow space.[3] The Floor Plan section below visually compares the two.

The ceilings are higher in the lofts coming in at 11 feet. The tower ceilings are approximately nine feet high.[4] Floors 8 to 18 feature 17 new construction floor plans and floors 5 to 7 have 18 renovated loft floor plan options.[5] Tower homes have balconies and loft homes have inset terraces offering great city views of Chicago's skyline.

Contemporary finishes in the suites include hardwood floors in the living areas, GE stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops in the kitchen, and 42 inch wall cabinets. Master baths feature high vanities, marble tile, and Kohler fixtures.[6]

Floor Plans

These two floor plans show the comparison between a loft floor plan and a tower floor plan at 565 West Quincy Street.

Amenities

565 West Quincy Street comes with a list of traditional and modern amenities:

  • 24-hour doorman
  • exercise room
  • sun deck
  • the Q room featuring a bowling alley, putting green, movie theater and games room
  • indoor parking
  • balconies with views of the city skyline
  • eighth-floor rooftop deck with kitchen and seating area


Bylaws

565 West Quincy Street Bylaws
Age No
Barbecues Yes


There is no age restriction for residents at 565 West Quincy Street.

A kitchen with a barbecue is available for residents on the common rooftop patio.[7]

Sustainability

The fact that 565 West Quincy Street is built on top of an existing structure from the 1920s shows the developers were thinking of a sustainable solution that would add more residential space while keeping an existing building in tact.

The result is a creative re-use project blending old and new. Additionally, modern upgrades have been done to the lofts and the new tower suites.

Residents can reduce their carbon footprint by walking or hopping on nearby public transit for do day-to-day errands.

Trivia

550 West Jackson: another adaptive re-use building
  • 565 West Quincy Street was Chicago's best selling condominium in 2010.[6]
  • Another building on the same block also features a high-rise built on top of an existing low-rise. 550 West Jackson Street is a steel office tower finished in 2001 with tinted green glass windows that incorporates the structure of a four story building from 1962.[8]
  • The architectural firm who designed 565 West Quincy Street, Pappageorge Haymes Partners, also did a similar adaptive re-use project just two blocks away called The Edge Lofts and Tower. This residential condominium emerges from a five story Western Newspaper Union building with a loft structure that was built in 1913.[9]


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Chicago Mag
  2. Walk Score
  3. Yo Chicago
  4. Belgravia Group
  5. Condo Domain
  6. 6.0 6.1 Chicago Agent Magazine
  7. Red Fin
  8. Emporis-550 West Jackson
  9. Emporis-The Edge Lofts and Tower


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