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A glimpse inside Uptown’s old Stewart School ahead of its residential conversion

Closed since 2013, the old 1905 Arts & Crafts style school will eventually reopen as 64 loft apartments

Photo via Curbed Chicago flickr pool/Nitram242

Designed by notable architect Dwight H. Perkins and completed in 1905, the Graeme Stewart School in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood has patiently sat empty since it was closed by the City of Chicago in 2013. Sold for $5.1 million to developer Morningside in early 2016, the landmarked Arts & Crafts style structure at 4525 N. Kenmore Avenue will have its exterior restored and classrooms converted into 64 luxury apartment units.

Though the development team landed a permit to begin the adaptive reuse process back in March of this year, recent photos taken by urban explorer and Curbed Chicago Flickr pool contributor Nitram242 show that much renovation work still lies ahead.

Overseen by local architecture firm Pappageorge Haymes Partners, the development also includes off-street parking and a communal roof deck for building residents. The so-called ‘Stewart School Lofts’ will open in late 2017, according to the project’s official website.

Curbed Chicago flickr pool/Nitram242
Curbed Chicago flickr pool/Nitram242
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