Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Gallery: Curve your enthusiasm

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The glass wall that wraps Elrick Williams' Streeterville condo opens the home to vast views of the city. The condo, on the 39th floor of a 41-story tower on Fairbanks Court completed in 2008 by the architecture firm now called JAHN, has two bedrooms, three inboard balconies, and finishes that include black walnut paneling, terrazzo flooring and leather-clad structural columns (to left of center in the photo). The wood-clad square column seen here conceals a cabinet that holds pool cues. Williams, who recently closed his Chicago trading firm and lives primarily in Los Angeles, is listing the 4,500-square-foot condo for sale July 17. The asking price is $4.5 million, and the listing agent is Baird & Warner's Caryl Dillon. It's also available for rent, at $18,000 a month. Click here to read more.

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The now well-known tower at the corner of Fairbanks Court and Ohio Street in Streeterville opened in 2008. Williams paid about $3 million for raw space that was to have been two condos, a three-bedroom and a two-bedroom, on the 39th floor. "I turned a five-bedroom into a two-bedroom," he said. His asking price of $4.5 million is "absolutely" less than the total he spent to buy and finish the space, Williams said.

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Working with Norsman Architects and David Lentz Design, Williams reconfigured the space. Off the living room, there's a bar paneled in black walnut, a material that runs throughout the home on walls, ceilings and shelving. The minimalist fireplace wall conceals a pop-up flat-screen television (to the left of the fireplace opening). A pool table and balconies are close by.

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Being over six feet tall, Williams said he appreciates the the sense of height that floor-to-ceiling glass lends the interior spaces. It also puts him and guests in close contact with the architecture of the neighborhood. The living room opens to one of the condo's three balconies. All of them are inboard, not projecting from the building, which makes them feel more like an integral part of the living space.

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Set between two balconies, including the one just seen in the living room, this sitting room is their four-season complement. It's "one of my favorite places to be," Williams said. "Many nights I've fallen asleep right there."

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This glittering cityscape is what rocks him to sleep. Williams said he's also fond of sitting out here with his morning coffee and his iPad, watching the dawning sun wash over the buildings.

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Black walnut cabinetry in the kitchen and dining room has a light panel that runs across the top, subtly referencing the building's exterior, where lines of cutouts run up the sides of the tower. As the number of chairs seen here suggests, "I entertain a lot," Williams said. The leather panels on one wall pick up on the leather wrap on the columns in other parts of the home.

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In the library, the only main room that isn't on the building's glassy perimeter, the designers turned up the walnut. This room has two invisible features: It's soundproof, for watching movies without noise bleeding out to other rooms, and its special ventilation system keeps cigar smoke from getting into other rooms. Throughout the condo, the heating and air conditioning use a low-velocity air system that minimizes the sound of air whooshing.

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The master bedroom opens onto a balcony that looks down a channel between buildings to the lake. The jacuzzi tub is visible next to the bed in this photo, but for better privacy can be closed off with a sliding panel of smoked glass.

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The master bath opens directly onto the master suite's balcony.

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The second bedroom also has an eastern view, to Lake Michigan.

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Because the developer of the building owned the air rights for an older building next door, this view to the north from the master bedroom's balcony is unlikely to be obstructed in the future. But while the view won't leave, Williams feels it's time for him to go. He's been in Chicago, full-time or part-time, since the early 1980s, "but now I'm hardly there at all," he said by phone from Los Angeles. Click here to return to the story.

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