WIN: Hollander Warehouse Building to be Adaptively Reused

The historic Hollander Warehouse Building located at 2418 N. Milwaukee Avenue near Fullerton Avenue in Logan Square will be adaptively reused for boutique offices with a first floor restaurant.

Hollander Storage and moving company was founded in 1888 by Albert Hollander. The Hollander Storage building was built in 1911 by architect H.H. Mueller and operated by the Hollander family from this location until 2017, when they relocated to Elk Grove Village.

As David Hollander told DNAinfo Chicago, “There’s always been difficulty with that building. It really isn’t designed well for warehousing and logistics. It was designed for horse-drawn trailers.” (Bloom, Block Club, 8/8/18)

According to developer Mitch Goltz, principal of GW Properties, the existing 5-story brick building will be adaptively reused while the adjacent one-story annex building and parking lot will have new construction. The new construction will be no taller than the historic 5-story building and no zoning variation is required. The full site is 11,000 square feet.

Goltz told Block Club Chicago that “he and his team are looking forward to preserving the historic building, which he described as ‘iconic.’ The building is in great shape and there’s really cool architectural elements inside like marble floors, high ceilings and a safe. It’s an important building in the neighborhood and we’ll do our best to preserve it.” (Bloom, Block Club, 8/8/18)

Preservation Chicago had outreached to 1st Ward Alderman Joe Moreno and owner David Hollander to encourage a preservation-sensitive reuse of the building and to promote a potential landmark designation. Both Alderman Moreno and David Hollander were open and receptive to the idea. Preservation Chicago encourages the developer to landmark the Hollander Warehouse building and its highly decorative and intact lobby.

A different building with similar name, the Hollander Fireproof Warehouse located at Milwaukee, North and Damen avenues was renovated in 2016 as part of the Northwest Tower/ Robey House Hotel project.

Additional Reading
Developer Buys Historic Hollander Moving Site, Plans Boutique Offices with Restaurant, Apartments, “I think it’ll be a nice complement to have the new meets the old,” the developer said. Mina Bloom, Block Club Chicago, 8/8/18

Logan Square’s Hollander Storage building for sale; The property’s prime Milwaukee Avenue location is expected to fetch million, AJ LaTrace, Curbed Chicago, 8/23/17


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