This sprawling residence is sighted on two lots on the west end of Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. An original church structure had received two additions, converting it into a unique residence. SLH was commissioned by the current owners to update the somewhat neglected old church portion, while integrating it into the flow of the other living spaces.

The new design re-imagines the front stair and entry sequence to create a dramatic formal living room. Three new dormers connect the previously discontinuous second floor and add two new bedrooms along with a generous master closet. The eclectic palette of the existing house is balanced by smooth plaster walls and modern arched openings.