Landmarks officials set to save Gold Coast building faced with demolition
City officials Thursday will seek landmark protection for a vacant 130-year-old Gold Coast residence under threat of demolition.
Staffers from the city's landmarks division will ask the Commission on Chicago Landmarks to grant preliminary landmark status to the three-story, Tudor-styled Augustus Warner House, 1337 N. Dearborn Parkway, according to a draft agenda of the commission's meeting today.
The narrow, three-story Warner House caught the attention of city officials in June when the building's owner, developer Bart Przyjemski, applied for a permit to demolish the structure. Built in 1884 and designed by architect Lawrence Gustav Hallberg, the home is rated "orange" in the city's Historic Resources Survey — the document's second highest rating — which triggered an automatic review of the demolition permit by landmarks officials.
Sandwiched between a four-story 1880s limestone residential building and a slit-windowed 15-story condo tower built in 1972, the Warner House has been marketed as a redevelopment site in recent years. But the handsome home boasts noteworthy exterior details, such as this gingerbread house-like second story bay window:
..and the brickwork...
My research Wednesday night was incomplete. I couldn't determine if the house was built for mapmaker Augustus Warner, or attorney Augustus Warner. If I find more details, I'll share them. Meanwhile, speaking of details: