A New Life for the 100-year-old Goldblatt's Department Store Building

Generations of Chicagoans furnished their home, bought their kids' clothes, automotive gear and even bought their Christmas trees at this store until it closed in 1985. (The photo is from the archives of the American Terra Cotta Company which manufactured the building’s cladding)

Generations of Chicagoans furnished their home, bought their kids' clothes, automotive gear and even bought their Christmas trees at this store until it closed in 1985. (The photo is from the archives of the American Terra Cotta Company which manufactured the building’s cladding)

Last week the once-bustling Goldblatt's Department Store began a new life as New City Supportive Living. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Tuesday, September 22nd for what will now be an affordable housing complex for the elderly at 4707 S. Marshfield in Chicago. BTL Architects played a part as architect of record for the exterior façade restoration.

A rendering of the restored building.

A rendering of the restored building.

The building was originally designed by prominent Chicago architect Alfred S. Alschuler and built beginning in 1915.  The Goldblatt brothers, Nathan and Maurice, bought it in 1928. Thankfully, the building's architectural history has remained in tact due, in part, to receiving landmark status in 2013.

According to the Commission on Chicago Landmarks report, the building reflects important aspects of Chicago’s social, economic and cultural history. Earlier this year, the Chicago City Council approved a $2.4 million bond sale that helped push the once-stalled project to completion.

The New City Supportive Living community will be managed by Gardant Management Solutions, and operate through the Illinois Supportive Living program.