The Mulligan School Building designed by Charles Rudolph and built in 1890 has been adaptively reused as an apartment building by Svigos Development. Located at 1855 N. Sheffield Avenue, this stately former school was ravaged by a fire in 2014. Despite the extra alarm fire and the thousands of gallons of water which turned the building into an “ice castle” according to the fire chief, the redevelopment has taken steps to retain and enhance the original features.
“Although some flooring couldn’t be salvaged, much of the original maple wood floors were taken away, dried out, treated and reinstalled. Indoor tuckpointing returned brick walls to top condition. The dark pine doorways and original wainscoting were retained. (Cox, 4/5/17)
“We were trying to stay as true to form as we could,” Nick Vittore of Svigos Development said. (Cox, 4/5/17)
Preservation Chicago applauds Nick Vittore and Svigos Development for their preservation-sensitive adaptive reuse of this landmark building, especially in light of the devastating fire.