Two-story addition atop 871 N Franklin Street at North Union is underway

871 N Franklin Street at North Union. Rendering by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture871 N Franklin Street at North Union. Rendering by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture

A two-story addition atop the Neely Building at 871 N Franklin Street on the Near North Side is underway. The steel frame is taking shape on the roof of this latest phase of the North Union project from JDL Development.

Built in 1922, the Neely Building was designed by Fugard & Knapp, the firm also responsible for the design of The Moody Church on N LaSalle. It was as the home the Neely Printing Company. Most recently, it was part of the Moody Bible Institute campus. A single-story masonry addition to the south of the original three-story was demolished early in the North Union development process.

871 N Franklin Street renovation

Photo by Daniel Schell

871 N Franklin Street renovation

In the foreground is the site of the now-demolished single-story addition built in 1941. Photo by Daniel Schell

871 N Franklin Street renovation

Photo by Daniel Schell

871 N Franklin Street renovation

Photo by Daniel Schell

The addition is part of the building’s transformation into a 44-unit residential building designed by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture. Retail space will be integrated into the first floor. Power Construction is the general contractor.

871 N Franklin Street renovation

Franklin Street entrance to The Neely Building. Photo by Daniel Schell

871 N Franklin Street renovation

West elevation. Photo by Daniel Schell

871 N Franklin Street renovation

Photo by Daniel Schell

871 N Franklin Street renovation

Photo by Daniel Schell

871 N Franklin Street renovation

Photo by Daniel Schell

Residents of the renovated 871 N Franklin Street will be less than three blocks from the Chicago L platform and its Brown and Purple Line trains. The Route 37 bus is a one-block walk west, the Route 156 bus stops two blocks to the east, and the 66 bus stops less than three blocks to the south.

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1 Comment on "Two-story addition atop 871 N Franklin Street at North Union is underway"

  1. I love to see the organic adaptation! More like this!!

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