There’s something about rich woodwork interior that just feels clubby. It’s fitting, then, that the 24th floor of the Old Republic Building is home to the Sky-Line Club.
This warm, cozy space was one of the many fascinating looks at old Chicago available for viewing during the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s 2015 Open House Chicago.
The Sky-Line Club is one of the oldest private clubs in Chicago. It boasts a wainscoted lobby, a distinctly publike main dining room, a paneled library with fireplace and an wood-paneled dining room.
Most of the elements in the club actually came from an old ale house in Sussex, England. The owners of that building carefully dismantled the pub nearly 90 years ago and reconstructed them at 307 N. Michigan Avenue.
In fact, many of the paintings and interior décor of the club today were sitting in that pub in southern England in the 1920s. Among the design elements in the Sky-Line Club is a Vermont slate floor. That, and other original features have been painstakingly restored by Newworld Design in 2013.
“When we started the renovation, the ceiling was bright white. We peeled off four layers of paint to get to the original wood,” said Jeffrey Roberts from Newworld.
Roberts said his team tried to salvage as much of the 1926-era Sky-Line Club as they could. That included the marble partitions in the men’s room, which were repurposed as countertops.