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The Renaissance

Saturday, March 19, 2011
By Daniel Zagotta


This residential building is located at 5510 N. Sheridan Rd. Does anyone know of its historical significance?





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  • Raton Modesto

    I found this information on the national registry:

    Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering
    Architect, builder, or engineer: Quinn & Christiansen
    Architectural Style: Renaissance
    Area of Significance: Architecture, Community Planning And Development
    Period of Significance: 1925-1949, 1950-1974

    And more details are listed here:http://www.edgewaterhistory.org/

    The Renaissance Apartments represent a dramatic change in the housing of Edgewater that brought with it the concept of an apartment home, large enough to become a place of residence for the wealthy urbanites. The town of Edgewater changed when the urban transportation system connected it to downtown. A building boom followed immediately. First came two-flats, three-flats and six-flats. These were built all over Edgewater between 1908 and 1920. Most were two bedroom and one bath units.

    The Renaissance Apartments represent a significant shift in the concept of housing because it was sold as apartment dwelling for the well-to-do. It is 17 stories high with two apartment homes on each floor. The architectural style is Renaissance revival and the building has recently been listed on the National Register of Historic Places because of the unique development of housing that it represents.

    Prior to the construction of the Renaissance Apartments in 1927, the street was lined with large single family homes except where there were empty lots or, as in the case of the corner of Catalpa and Sheridan and Bryn Mawr and Sheridan, where there were gas stations. On the 5300 block, across from the Edgewater Beach Hotel, there was a ground level parking lot. On the next block west, large three story apartments were mixed in with some single family homes.

    The 1920s in Edgewater were marked by more construction, especially large building construction like the Bryn Mawr and Belle Shore hotels. These were apartment hotels which offered mostly studios and one bedroom units. By 1923, the Edgewater Beach Hotel complex took up two full blocks along the lakeshore. The Hotel was a popular spot and brought a lot of activity to the area.

    The Renaissance Apartments was built to offer a different option than the single family home on the valuable land along the lakeshore. The building was designed with many beautiful details. It is faced with rusticated red brick with a common bond every seventh course. The eastern elevation features a central entrance and a stepped back design on the 14th and 17th floors. At the top there are additional details such as dormers and a tower that is not symmetrical to the façade. The east elevation has a 10 inch setback at the north and south ends which defines the symmetry of the building. You will note quoins on the corners of the lower floors. Also, string courses of limestone divide the façade at the first, second, third, fifteenth and sixteenth floors. The south and north elevations are essentially the same, with metal fire escapes for each apartment and windows for each room

  • No Different

    It's a beautiful, well kept building. You can tell it was one of the first built on the waterfront up that way before the "beach" was extended with landfill (I have a keen eye for details).Very Detroit 20's tudor style.

    I was told it's view of the lake is "guarded". Some of the highrise Edgewater hipsters have never even noticed it. I've asked them in the past even in the Bryn Mawr "historic district".

    Take a peek at it from the lakefront at night. I love it!

  • No Different

    Kinda telling when nobody, absolutely nobody, cares about, nor is interested in, Edgewater's true history in it's "historic district".

    Anyway, anymore artist cafe's, hook-up spots,cell phone stores, food co-ops or bad restaurants opening up along the strip?
    Crime to report?

    Guess that's why I moved. No interesting peeps up there.

  • Badresa

    I'm sorry, No Different, but what? I read this post with a great deal of interest, ingested what it had to say, even made sure to look at the Renaissance when I passed it on the bus the next day. don't mistake silence for ambivalence just because no one else here is a historian with something else to contribute.

  • EdgewaterNeighbor 63

    OK, so, as a resident just a few blocks away for 5 years now, I have been in love with this building from every angle.

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