500 West Superior Street, Chicago, IL
Exterior of The Montgomery
|Management Company||DK Condo|
|Number of Units||250|
|Number of Floors||28|
|Type of Roof||IRMA|
|500 West Superior Street, Chicago, IL|
|Distance to Public Transit||Within two blocks|
|Title of Land||Condominium|
Originally built as an office tower in 1972 and serving as the Chicago home to Verizon Wireless, the Montgomery underwent extensive renovations in 2005 when it was converted entirely to residential use. With 28 storeys above ground, The Montgomery offers 250 unique units to those of the River North District.
The homes encompass privacy and luxury, while the amenities encourage a hotel-like feel among the residents. A dry cleaner is located on the first floor of the building, and an observation deck offers views of Chicago's skyline. The friendly door staff tend to the residents' needs, and provide a sense of community within the building.
A highly publicized and authentic unit in the building is unit 912, a 2,245 square foot three bedroom, 2.5 bathroom which sold for $1 million to Karen and Lance Josal. Lance Josal is the president and CEO of the architecture firm RTKL and Karen Josal is a graphic designer. They outfitted their unit with contemporary finishes and filled it with authentic furniture.
The Montgomery acts as a signal to many onlookers that they are about to enter the land of skyscrapers. The Montgomery is located in River North District of Chicago, on the North Branch of the Chicago River, east of Michigan Lake.
River North, which is north of the Chicago Loop, is often referred to as the Chicago version of Manhattan's trendy SoHo, and is thought to be the dining and entertainment center of Chicago, with brewpubs and restaurants on nearly every corner.
Historically, River North wasn't always pretty. In the 1890s after the railroad tracks were laid along the Chicago River, industry moved into the area. Soon, the area became know as "Smokey Hollow." Manufacturing declined after the Second World War, and factories began closing down or were converted to warehouses. By the mid 1980s, River North was an urban wasteland with many abandoned buildings.
Today, the River North District is the home of The Montgomery, and is a sought after area known as a quiet relaxation from the hustle and bustle of the Loop, which offers a chic variety of art galleries, restaurants, and clubs.
The Montgomery is nearby restaurants, coffee houses, bars, entertainment, outdoor landmarks, and shopping. The Chicago River Walk is 500 feet from the doorstep at the residences. Durso Park, Erie Park, Hudson Playground, and Kingsbury Plaza are also a quick walk away.
Public transportation is less than one block away. Moody Bible Institute a few blocks east of Montgomery. Other schools like Jenner Elementary Academy of the Arts and Chicago Grammar School are within walking distance. The nearest coffee shop is Erie Café, less than one block away.
With an original concrete build of a travertine-clad office high-rise in 1972, the 2005 condominium conversion restored and held onto the façade, while reinforcing it with aluminum. The majority of the exterior is made of glass with the floor-to-ceiling windows in each of the residences.
Visibly pleasing is the blue glass in the centers of each of the sides of the building, with the white travertine blocks that hug each corner of the building, making it appear both fragile and concrete.
The Montgomery stands at 123.04 meters tall with 28 floors above ground, and a parking garage below ground that holds 350 vehicles. The building has five elevators.
Layout and Features
Since this is Minoru Yamasaki's only residential building in existence, each unit is unique with designs of artwork. Optional upgrades included Artemide fixtures, and travertine ledges from the very stone used in the original building’s walls. The modernist style includes over sized ceiling heights of 10 to 16 feet and floor-to-ceiling windows that flood each home with natural light.
The building's unique design distributes most of the weight to each of the four travertine-covered corners. The result is spacious and open floor plans with few supporting columns.
Slate and soapstone baths, custom masonry stone walls, recessed lighting are some features in the interiors. Gourmet kitchens include granite counter tops with under-mount sinks, stainless steel appliances with gas ranges, designer cabinetry and under-cabinet lighting, as well as designer light fixtures.
Hardwood floors in a cherry or oak finish are included, as well as built-in designer organized closets and double sinks in the en-suite bathrooms.
The lobby of The Montgomery was designed by Darcy Bonner & Associates, and exudes luxury finishes and high-quality materials like exotic wood, polished steel, and frosted glass elements. The museum scaled lobby has a beveled wood frame surrounding a translucent veil of glass floating above a pool of water directly in its center.
There are 24 floor plans available. Here is a brief selection.
Amenities offered to the residents of the Montgomery include:
- Bike Room/Bike Trails
- Door Person
- Exercise Room
- On Site Manager/Engineer
- Party Room
- Receiving Room
- Dog Run
- Observation Deck
- Pets and rentals are allowed at The Montgomery residences.
- Rentals are allowed.
- There are no age restrictions on ownership.
High-end appliances with energy-star ratings are used in each of the residences at Montgomery. Double-pane windows help to keep heat in, and reduce energy loss.
The nearest bus station is less than 350 feet away from The Montgomery. Car and bike share programs are also within walking distance, as well as many daily necessities like restaurants, grocery stores, shopping, and entertainment. The easy access to these amenities allow residents of The Montgomery the luxury - and sustainability - of car-free travel.
The Montgomery also includes a fire protection system with in-unit sprinklers, an emergency intercom system, smoke and carbon dioxide detectors, and a building-wide Emergency Plan.
- The architect of The Montgomery, Minoru Yamasaki, was an American architect, best known for his design of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, buildings 1 and 2. Yamasaki was one of the most prominent architects of the 20th century. He and fellow architect Edward Durell Stone are generally considered to be the two master practitioners of "New Formalism."
- Yamasaki was born in Seattle, Washington and grew up in Auburn, Washington. He graduated from Garfield Senior High School in Seattle, and completed his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Washington in 1934.
- Yamasaki enrolled at New York University for a master's degree in architecture, and soon landed a job with the architecture firm, Shreve, Lamb and Harmon, who were the designers of the Empire State Building.
- Yamasaki had a successful career, and started his own firm in 1949. One of his first projects at his own firm was a Bakery shop.
- After teaming up with Emery Roth and Sons, Yamasaki got hard to work on the design of the twin towers of the World Trade Center. 
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