Printer’s Row was once occupied by printing and publishing firms who constructed buildings near the Dearborn Street railroad station. In a post-Chicago Fire era, many of the structures were built in the Chicago School style—bulky, terra cotta-clad, steel frame designs.
An example of this is the 14-story Franklin Building which was built for a printing company in 1916. But the presses are long gone, those companies began moving out in the 1960s, and now the building at 720 South Dearborn houses 65 condominium lofts.
A painter from Vienna, Austria, Oskar Gross, was commissioned to create a mural over the main entrance and painted tiles too. His work is still there today, including an inscription above the entrance which reads: “The excellence of every art must consist in the complete accomplishment of its purpose.”
The unit for sale has eight-foot windows, exposed brick, concrete beams, and hardwood floors with custom inlays. A sliding reclaimed barn door separates the master bedroom and across from the kitchen there’s a second, smaller guest room. Plus, the owners recently updated the kitchen, bathrooms, and added a washer and dryer.
This condo is listed for $355,000 with Elizabeth Miszczyszyn at d’aprile properties.