Gallery: 1920’s Mercantile Building Transformed Into Modern Residence


The Leavitt Residence is a beautiful adaptive reuse of a 1920’s mercantile building in the Chicago neighborhood of Bucktown. Completed in 2008, the renovation built upon the 8,600 sq ft, 3-story existing structure while preserving its heavy timber framing and brick-clad exterior. Designed by Miller Hull and realized with the help of Studio Dwell, the dramatic new residence is a fine example of reclaimed modern design.

The Leavitt House features a unique triangular floor plan that culminates in a three-story atrium. The existing entrance to the building was converted into a landscaped light court. Natural light floods in at all levels, especially on the ground floor, where a large wall of windows replaces the original line of truck bays. A light court anchors one end of the triangle, bringing in light to all three levels of the house. Meanwhile, a multilevel terrace gives the residents plenty of opportunities to take in the outdoors. The mixture of old and new materials gives the house an eclectic industrial aesthetic while playing homage to the existing structure.

The house has been featured in Chicago Home + Garden and has played a prominent role in a Crate & Barrel catalog.

+ Miller Hull

+ Studio Dwell


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  1. Dim December 14, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    I really really dig the light fixtures that are made from dead flourescent tubes. seen them used in other places which didn’t seem appropraite, but in this setting they seem a perfect choice.
    oh yeah….and the design is kind of cool also….

  2. sunfly December 14, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Really like this. Wish I could get a better feel for the overall use of space. Also, where do I buy that table?!

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