Historic Uptown Synagogue Going Residential

Diagram of Agudas Achim Synagogue renovation

Diagram of Agudas Achim Synagogue renovation

Just one week ago, we mentioned in the article about Saint Boniface Church being turned into residences that the conversion of holy places into housing is an ongoing, and perhaps accelerating, trend in Chicago.

Now we have another one to add to the list: The Agudas Achim Synagogue at 5029 North Kenmore Avenue.

This isn’t just any abandoned place of worship, though. Its roots go back to the legendary heyday of Maxwell Street, and it’s been described as the grandest synagogue in Chicago. It’s on the National Register of Historic Places. It was designed by Henry Dubin of Dubin and Eisenberg and can seat 1,750 of your closest friends, which proved insufficient shortly after it opened in 1922, but far more than necessary at its closing.

Six months after Cedar Street bought the building for $1.25 million, paperwork has finally appeared in City Hall to transform the 28,000 square foot building into 40 new homes. In the plans below, you can see what Space put together — Mostly studios and one-bedroom units, with a smattering of loft-style homes to fill the building’s cathedral-like void.

  • Developer: Kenmore 5029 LLC
  • For realsies: Cedar Street
  • Architecture firm: Space Architects and Planners
  • Floors: 3
  • Height: 59 feet, six inches
  • Width: 62 feet, six inches
  • Residences: 40
  • Current zoning: RT-4
  • Proposed zoning: RM5.5
  • Floor area ratio: 1.5
  • Parking: 21 spaces
  • Loading docks: 1

Location: 5029 North Kenmore Avenue, Uptown

Author: Editor

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

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