Chicago Landmarks

Brewster Apartments

Diversey Pkwy. and Pine Grove Ave. elevations     Address: 2800 N. Pine Grove Ave.
Year Built: 1893
Architect: Enoch Hill Turnock
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: October 6, 1982

Rugged quartzite facade The principles of skeleton-frame construction, which made possible tall commercial skyscrapers at the end of the 19th century, were used here for an early high-rise apartment building that originally was known as the "Lincoln Park Palace."

Behind its heavy masonry walls is an exceptionally innovative interior, a light-and-airy construction of cast-iron stairs, elevator cages, bridge walkways paved with glass blocks, and a massive skylight.