WIN: Ludlow Typograph Company Building Receives Landmark Designation Recommendation

Ludlow Typograph Company Building, 1913, Alfred Alschuler. 2028 N. Clybourn Avenue. Preliminary Chicago Landmark Designation Report. Image Credit: City of Chicago Department of Planning & Development

“The Commission on Chicago Landmarks approved a final recommendation of landmark designation for the Ludlow Typograph Company Building, built in 1913 and designed by Alfred Alschuler. The building at 2028 N. Clybourn is part of the rich industrial history of the North Branch.”(Chicago DPD)

“Meeting four different criteria, the first criterion for landmark status is Criterion 1, Critical Part of City’s History. The structure is significant for its association with the printing industry that was centered in Chicago during the early and mid-20th century. It is also significant for its association with the Ludlow Typograph Company as it developed the Ludlow Typograph and many different typefaces.

“The next standard is Criterion 4, Important Architecture. The building is an example of the commercial style of architecture applied to a utilitarian industrial building. The repeating layout of the facade creates a flexible design that easily allowed for expansion over time that yet retains a cohesive design. Limestone trim around the doorways is influenced by the Prairie School.

“The final criterion is Criterion 5, Important Architect. The first portion of the building was initially designed by Alfred S. Alschuler, a notable architect who designed the London Guarantee and Accident Building at 360 N. Michigan Avenue and the Benson and Rixon Department Store at 230 S. State Street.

The building meets the Integrity Criterion as it retains very good physical integrity of the exterior. The only minor changes include new windows and doors as well as a raised loading dock at the northwest end. Significant features that will be protected will include all exterior elevations and rooflines.” (Kugler, Urbanize Chicago, 12/8/21)

Preservation Chicago applauds the landmark designation and adaptive reuse of the Ludlow Typograph Company Building by Jon Morgan from Interra Realty and Mike Whalen from Heart of America Group. The adaptive reuse of historic loft buildings is a best practice and we encourage the development team to continue to consider the adaptive reuse of other historic loft buildings with in the district.

This outstanding development is the second historic industrial adaptive reuse by the development team of Interra Realty and Heart of America Group in the Clybourn Corridor. Their earlier development was the Lofts at Southport at 2065 N. Southport Avenue. With massive changes underway within this former industrial corridor, it’s essential that the City of Chicago and preservation-oriented developers move quickly to protect architecturally significant buildings.

Read the full story at Urbanize Chicago

Ludlow Typograph Co. Building receives preliminary landmark approval, A residential conversion is also planned for the structure, Lukas Kugler, Urbanize Chicago, 12/8/21

Clybourn site near Lincoln Yards sells for $15 million, The warehouse, formerly home of the nonprofit Anixter Center, would be converted to housing as the seller transitions to serving disabled persons in smaller settings, David Roeder, Chicago Sun-Times, 9/24/21

Apartments planned next to Lincoln Yards; The team that recently converted a former industrial building next to Sterling Bay’s planned megaproject hopes to replicate that success with a 136-unit project a block away, Danny Ecker, Crain’s Chicago Business, 9/23/21

Ludlow Typograph Company Building Preliminary Chicago Landmark Designation Report


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