I found this building while tracking down sources for my project on courtyard apartment buildings. Thanks to various scanning projects you can suddenly find rare books and journals online that few people have the patience or leisure to track down at a conventional library. I was suprised to discover this illustration of a Rogers Park apartment hotel from 1917. And yes, it's still there at the northwest corner of Pratt and Sheridan...
At first glance apartment hotels have a lot in common with courtyard apartments, but there are some notable differences. Apartment hotels are generally taller and of fireproof construction (steel-reinforced concrete frame). Most of them make use of an interior corridor to access the units and therefore need fewer stairs (see plan below). They often have generous areas on the first floor which could be used for communal activities.
|You can view the original 1917 publication here.|
I wanted to get the exact same angle, but I would have had to stand in the middle of Sheridan Road. I try not to risk death when taking photographs.
Not much has been written about the apartment hotel in Chicago. They were intended to function as a step between a full-service hotel and a long-term rental apartment. They came fully furnished complete with maid service. Most units had kitchenettes and shared facilities for dining and recreation. It's worth reading the description:
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