Photos show the ongoing renovation and restoration work at the six-story former Temptation Chocolates Building, located at 1929 S Halsted Street in the Pilsen neighborhood. The 1920’s-era building is clad in a white terra cotta facade in the neo-gothic style.
The office and retail structure is also listed on the Chicago Historic Resources Survey under code Orange, meaning that it possesses potentially significant architectural or historical features. Within Chicago, there are approximately 10,000 such structures with this code. The only code higher on this scale is Red, for which there are around 300 structures.
The building’s owner is listed under Joseph Panfil, while Michael Mohr is the listed architect of record. Work includes interior office renovations on the second through sixth floors, window replacements, and repairs of the existing interior walls and roof. While there were initially reports from 2017 that the exterior would be replaced, the current progress of work appears to indicate that the historic facade will be retained.
Nearest bus service for Routes 8 and 62 is located just paces south at the intersection of Halsted & Cullerton. For CTA L transit, the Orange Line at Halsted station is a 14-minute walk south. The Metra’s Halsted Street station is a six-minute walk north.
Aberdeen Development Inc is serving as general contractor for the project. As of now, it is unclear when the project will be completed.