While the South Loop's historic Prairie District is perhaps most famous for its surviving Gilded Age mansions, here is an opportunity to own a piece of the area's storied industrial history. This 1,338-square-foot warehouse-style loft conversion is located on the top level of what was once the American Bank Note Company. Originally constructed in 1902, the building is accessed through the former vault — which explains the steel bars across the first floor windows. Inside, the well-lit two-bedroom unit features fresh hardwood floors, exposed brick walls, and extremely cool original vaulted terracotta ceilings. The open plan kitchen includes stainless appliances with polished countertops and both bathrooms look to have been recently updated. A bright yellow balcony provides a chance to admire not only the city below, but also the craftsmanship of the building's detailed turn-of-century corbels.
A 9,000 square foot elevated landscaped courtyard with fountain and gas grills is shared by building residents. This unit also includes one deeded underground heated parking spot with the option to purchase additional spaces if desired. Just blocks from Grant Park, the Museum Campus, and the upcoming DePaul basketball arena, this loft combines great location with historical character for $405,000.
·120 E Cullerton Street, Unit Number 505, Chicago, IL 60616 [Red Door Realty]
·Lofty Living archives [Curbed Chicago]