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Former architect’s office in Printer’s Row loft makes perfect live-work space for $750K

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Heigh ceilings, timber beams, oversized arched windows, and hardwood floors

Photos by Renae Lillie, courtesy of Bohdan Gorczynski/Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff

Buyers seeking a flexible downtown timber loft might have a difficult time doing better than this handsome example in Chicago’s Printer’s Row neighborhood, listed for $750,000. Most recently home to an architecture studio, the 2,700-square-foot unit can easily be converted to a purely residential or a combination live/work space, according to listing agent Bohdan Gorczynski.

The arch windows are unique to the Rowe Building’s fifth floor.

The sunny property occupies the fifth floor of the historic Rowe Building at 714 S. Dearborn Street—a Romanesque structure attributed to architect William LeBaron Jenney, built in 1892 as a printing factory—and is the only unit to feature distinctive arch-shaped windows. Other notable architectural details include sturdy timber beams and columns plus hardwood floors throughout.

An open floorplan includes a kitchen, two bathrooms, and room for three bedrooms, should new owners opt for the privacy of a full residential conversion. Assessments run $1,098 per month and deeded garage parking is available for purchase at nearby 801 S. Plymouth Court.

The newly listed space is the former studio of Terry Guen Design Associates, a landscape design firm that worked on a number of notable projects including Chicago’s Millennium Park and Navy Pier’s recent makeover. The company is relocating to a new office, said Gorczynski.

The open floorplan provides ample space to hang up architectural plans.
Original brickwork frames the unit’s distinctive windows.
The pink cabinets and countertops may not suit every taste...
Even this bathroom is flooded with natural light.