This sharp yet rustic home on the second floor of the Chicago’s historic 1916 Franklin Building on Printer’s Row recently hit the market asking $365,000. An excellent example of the Chicago School of architecture and the kind of industrial structures that give the Printer’s Row neighborhood its name, the 14-story Franklin Building was designed by architect George C. Nimmons in 1912 and completed in 1916. It housed the presses of the Franklin Printing Company until 1983 and was rehabbed into 65 residential units in 1989.
This particular unit features two bedrooms, one-and-half rehabbed bathrooms, upgraded lighting, and cavernous closets. The modern kitchen bucks the current white-on-white trend in favor of a more industrial look with dramatic dark cabinetry and butcher block countertops. The large, open living area lets in tons of natural light and sets itself apart from the crowd with its sage green ceiling.
While a buyer should consider the likelihood of short-term construction noise from an upcoming adjacent apartment proposal when making his or her decision, the Printer’s Row neighborhood is only increasing in desirability as the rest of the greater South Loop starts to fill in. Association fees run an additional $830 per month and parking must be purchased separately.