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Check Out Uptown Architectural Gems At Open House Chicago

By Josh McGhee | October 13, 2017 9:27am
 The Lawrence House tour includes the outdoor backyard, boxing gym, a mosaic-tiled pool and expansive lobby.
The Lawrence House tour includes the outdoor backyard, boxing gym, a mosaic-tiled pool and expansive lobby.
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Courtesy of Cedar St.

UPTOWN — Several Uptown buildings will be featured in this year's Open House Chicago including the recently rehabbed Lawrence House.

On Oct. 14 and 15, the architectural tour, which is a free event, allows interested parties to explore more than 200 sites across the suburbs and Chicago. The tour explores the "most iconic and unique architectural treasures" including mansions, sacred spaces, theaters, private clubs, hotels and secret rooms, according to its website.

Uptown, which has six sites on the list, has many "ornate historical structures dating from" the neighborhood's "heyday as an entertainment hub in the 1920s and 1930s," according to the Open House website. "Uptown's historic legacies, rich diversity, fantastic live music and eclectic dining scene make it a modern-day cultural destination.

Among the new sites on the tour is the Lawrence House, which was originally built in 1928 and recently rehabbed by Cedar St. Its tour includes the outdoor backyard, boxing gym, a mosaic-tiled pool and expansive lobby.

“We are very proud of this building and love the community we’ve brought into it. We welcome the public to come see this historic building with such an immense history,” said Cedar St. Managing Partner Alex Samoylovich.

Uptown sites include:

• 5040-5060 North Marine Drive Condominiums open from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

• Buddhist Temple of Chicago, 1151 W. Leland Ave., open from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

• Garfield-Clarendon Model Railroad Club, 4501 N. Clarendon Ave. open from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday.

• ICA GreenRise, 4750 N. Sheridan Road, open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday.

• Preston Bradley Center, 941 W. Lawrence Ave., open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday and from 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

• Lawrence House, 1020 W. Lawrence Ave., open from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday.

Check out the full list of buildings that will be open during Open House Chicago here. Not all sites will be open both days and photography isn't always permitted inside.