Workshop/APD Amazing Chicago Historic Hotel Renovation

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Workshop/APD owners Matt Berman and Andrew Kotchen were asked to help renovate one of Chicago’s most historic hotels a 1912 Michigan Avenue building and they immediately knew that this was and incredible oportunity especially because it was a bulding with a lot of character. Check out the story behind this Amazing Chicago Historic Hotel Renovation!

 

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This project is About Last Knife, a the restaurant in Hotel Julian. Originally constructed in 1912 by Chicago architect Benjamin Marshall, the Hotel’s building served as an office for decades before being boarded up—until 2016.

 

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About Last Knife, a mixture of a steakhouse-meets-gastropub, needed a design team all of its own—one with the experience in designing spaces that balance modern trends that’s why Worshop/APD was the right team for the job.  They already had proven their experience with Chef Dale Talde’s Massoni and Talde in New York and Miami Beach, respectively.

 

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 “We really like the industrial components of Chicago and wanted to capture the essence of that. We wanted to reveal the grit of the city.”

– Workshop/APD

 

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Although the space needed a renovation, the team tried their best to don’t give a feeling of “too new” to the restaurant. The resulting worn-in look was accomplished through simple but effective touches throughout the space, including concrete flooring with a perfectly distressed patina, midcentury French chandeliers, a Silestone quartz bar top, and floor-to-ceiling doors with mesh screening.

An interesting detail about this renovation was the mural of Marshall himself, the architect responsible for some of the city’s most notable turn-of-the-century buildings—the restaurant’s home being no exception.

 

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“It serves as a tribute to him—it’s a way of looking back from where we’ve come while also moving forward.”

– Workshop/APD

 

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“In keeping with the restaurant’s name, we wanted to bring guests back to this idea of cutting through something—like steak,”

– Workshop/APD

 

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The prized location and a lonstanding history of this Chicago restaurant spaks the curisoity of the guests and gives it a new meaning.

 

“A project like that is particularly special—you really feel like you’re breathing new life into something.”

– Workshop/APD

 

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