Blogging the Tribune Magazine: High-End Downsizing

Blogging the Tribune Magazine: High-End Downsizing

Sarah Coffey
Jan 14, 2008

Lisa Skolnik had a fabulous feature in this Sunday's Chicago Tribune Magazine. She interviewed the owners of a condo in the Mies-designed 860-880 Lake Shore Drive Apartments who downsized from a 12,000-square-foot Wicker Park loft to an apartment with less than 20% of their old square footage. Click below for highlights from the article...

Architect William Drake worked for Mies van der Rohe in the 1960s before beginning his career with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. When he and his partner Jo Ann Carney became overwhelmed by the upkeep of their loft space, they moved into an apartment designed by Drake's employer and mentor.

Skolnik's article details their transition from a large loft to a 750-square-foot space to their eventual combination of 2 apartments into 2,250-square-foot living quarters. It's a great story of how people with the means to live large can find ways to live comfortably with less.

Click here to read the full article.

All photos by Bill Hogan for the Tribune.

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