WIN: Adler and Sullivan’s Jewelers Building at 19 S. Wabash to be converted to Boutique Hotel

Jewelers Building, 19 S. Wabash Street. Historic Photo Credit: Ryerson & Burnham Libraries

The Adler & Sullivan designed Jewelers Building, originally known as the S.A. Maxwell Store, located at 19 S. Wabash, will be converted to a boutique hotel. The Jewelers Building was built in 1882 and became and Designated Chicago Landmark in December 1981. This is one of only a few surviving early Adler & Sullivan buildings in Chicago and is an outstanding example of a commercial commission from their early period.

“The architecture is just incredible. There’s nothing designed like it anymore. You’re not just seeing one of those huge skyscrapers going up; we’re restoring a historic building,” said Daniel Knorps, broker for the developer (Olumhense, Chicago Tribune, 4/19/18)

The 39-key adaptive reuse boutique hotel project is a joint venture of Peerless Development and Honoree Properties with boutique hotel operator Sonder. Space Architects have been selected for the project. The development cost is estimated at $15 million with the hotel opening anticipated in 2020. Sonder is also opening boutique hotels in the Plymouth Building, a Designated Chicago Landmark, and the historic Waterman Building on State Street.

Additional Reading
Historic Jewelers Building sold for more than $7 million, will be redeveloped as hotel, Ese Olumhense, Chicago Tribune, April 19, 2018

19 S. Wabash/Jeweler’s Building, by chicago designslinger

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