1808 N. Paulina | Chicago | 60622
Architect: Alexander Gorlin Architects

Built 2004; 3-bedroom, 4-bath, 2800 square feet

This townhouse in Chicago floats behind a private garden wall and is framed by traditional houses on both sides. A dramatic side stair leads to the main level, comprising open living, dining and kitchen areas, then continues upstairs to the master bedroom and bathroom that are literally suspended above the main living space. Two guest bedrooms and bathrooms are located on the lower floor. Architect Alexander Gorlin and his client, Robert N. Pollack, spent two years negotiating with the City of Chicago to get the design approved, due to height restrictions. The resulting house has its entrance located in the center of the plan, lowered to four feet below grade, which thus allowed for a three-story house.

Photos by Michael Moran

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