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Motley School Apartments

Address

739 N. Ada St.

Neighborhood

West Town

Hours

Sat, Oct 19: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 20: 10am - 5pm

Photography Permitted Wheelchair Accessible

Architect

John J. Flanders, 1884

Renovation

Pappageorge Haymes Partners, 2019

Website

reslisting.com

Description

Built in 1884 and now an official Chicago Landmark, the John Lothrop Motley School building reopened in 2019 with 34 high-end apartments. This beautiful Renaissance Revival style structure, featuring a peculiar pinwheel arrangement of classrooms, was one of 53 CPS schools declared obsolete and shuttered back in 2013. The school was enlarged in 1898 with a top floor gymnasium, and new fireproofing systems were installed, beginning Chicago's trend toward fireproof school buildings. The building’s most recent renovation introduces modern luxuries like stone countertops, top-quality appliances, and in-unit laundry to vintage interior spaces characterized by 14-foot ceilings, wainscoting, transom windows above doorways, old chalkboards, and original 1880s cupboards. The redesign preserved the dimensions of the hallways as used by students, and added parking and a common rooftop deck with skyline views.

Visitor Experience

Representatives of the building’s owners and architects will offer guided tours that will include common areas, at least one restored apartment, and--weather permitting--the rooftop terrace.