There are certain buildings that, in spite of their premier addresses, manage to go through life anonymously. One of them is the Warren Barr Pavilion at 66 West Oak Street. It’s a nursing home in the city’s Near North neighborhood, and in spite of its swishy Oak Street inscription, its brown brick facade keeps it hidden from the masses.
Until recently, that is. A neighbor hit our tip line asking what’s up with the construction at the usually very quiet building? The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell loaded up on Scooby Snacks and pointed the Mystery Machine south to take a gander. He found the first floor wrapped in construction barriers and construction workers making lots of noise.
A check of city records shows that there are several renovation permits active for the property. The one our reader is asking out is probably the one granted the day before Thanksgiving of last year, known affectionately as number 100558464:
REMOVAL OF EXISTING 1ST FLOOR STOREFRONT; REPLACE WITH NEW GLASS CURTAINWALL AND CANOPY; LOBBY/VESTIBULE RENOVATION; INSTALLATION OF MOTORIZED OVERHEAD SECURITY DOOR. PER PLANS **SELF CERT CONDITIONAL PERMIT: SUBJECT TO FIELD INSPECTIONS & AUDIT **
For what it’s worth, there’s also a permit for a general interior renovation of the building, and one for renovating the commercial space on the ninth floor.