Apartment Building for Edward C. Waller


Apartment Building for Edward C. Waller

Date: 1895
Address: 2840-2858 W Walnut Street, Chicago, IL
City: Chicago, IL
Accessibility: private
Category: residential, multi-family residential units

Constructed for Edward C. Waller shortly after the neighboring Francisco Terrace Apartments were built, this suite of five adjoining buildings was designed as low-cost housing. Each building contained four one-bedroom rental properties with interiors similar to those found at the Francisco Terrace Apartments. A horizontal band of vertically oriented brickwork spanned the buildings’ façade, visually unifying the distinct units and simultaneously exaggerating their breadth. The buildings’ shared cornice featured terra-cotta beading, and brickwork arches framed several of the entrances while angular lintels surmounted the others. In 1968, one of the units was nearly destroyed by a fire. It was subsequently demolished. The other units remain standing.

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