A pair of crumbling 1850s wood-frame houses has come back from the brink and been beautifully restored.
We found drawings posted to the fence for the complete restoration of the two houses at 578 and 580 Carlton Avenue in Prospect Heights that architect Rachel Frankel is handling. As you may recall, a developer bungled the renovation of 580, causing the dilapidated wood frame at 578 to collapse. Both landmarked homes were reduced to facades and put in braces last year.
Now 578 is getting a completely new three-story house and 580 has approved permits for a two-story addition and rehabilitation of the existing structure. Frankel is known for designing new buildings that look historically correct. Click through the jump to see a schematic and how the building site looks now.