Condo Block Ready To Replace Downtown MCM-ish, Route 66-ish Gas Station [u]

Rendering of CA Washington (Courtesy of Belgravia Group)

Rendering of CA Washington (Courtesy of Belgravia Group)

The paperwork is starting to fly for the new condominium block proposed by Belgravia Group for 1045 West Washington Street, between North Aberdeen and North Carpenter Streets.

The project, called CA Washington, was designed by Sullivan Goulette & Wilson.  It’s planned to be a six-story building with 70 three-bedroom, three-bathroom residences ranging from the mid-$800,000’s to just shy of a million dollars.  With the exception of unit #2N, which Belgravia’s web site shows already sold for $1.8 million.  After all, it’s got one extra bedroom and two more bathrooms.  Belgravia describes the building thusly:

CA Washington is a boutique building featuring private elevator access to every home, 10’5″ ceilings, contemporary finishes, private balconies plus a limited number of private terrace and penthouse homes.

You may remember this as the location of A&A, an auto repair joint which most people ignored unless their ride needed help.  But stopping to take a closer look reveals it has Mid-century Modern bones.  It was built in 1968, right at the end of the movement.  And it’s just three blocks from where Route 66 swaggers through downtown Chicago. Those of us who never really noticed this place before are guilty of under-appreciating this parcel as just some generic light industrial box, when it really tells a very evocative story of our nation and Chicago at a different time in history.

1045 West Washington today.  Imagine it with less snow.  And more breeze block.

1045 West Washington today. Imagine it with less snow. And more breeze block. And maybe painted lime green.

When presented to the neighborhood naysayers last year, the CA Washington condo building received a warmer reception than most.  It was the large, family-friendly units that won the West Loop NIMBYs over, or at least short-circuited their stock complaint that any new development will cater to people not committed to the neighborhood.

Right now Belgravia is asking the city’s zoning committee for permission to eschew the usual ground floor retail required in downtown Chicago so that it can use the ground floor of the building for parking.  78 spaces total for the 70 residences.  It hopes to break ground in a couple of months so people can move in next year.


Updated February 8, 2016 @ 2:09pm: To include Sullivan Goulette & Wilson as the architecture firm.



Location: 1045 West Washington Avenue, Near West Side

Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at

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