Immediately following the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 many new North Side homes were built using solid masonry construction & concrete floors, an early form of fireproofing. This classic single family home near DePaul University is one such residence which has seen numerous renovations & rebirths in the ensuing 150 years culminating in a recent whole house reconfiguration & modernization for a young professional couple. A new central interior stair with open risers and wrought iron balusters replaces the old dark staircase and acts as a unifying feature connecting all four floors of the home. The visitor is drawn past the original Living Room & Dining Room into a new open grand Kitchen/Family Room which flows into a private back yard. A modern 21st century aesthetic permeates the renovated residence, expressed in updated bathrooms and mechanics throughout while maintaining the moldings, privacy & ornamentation of the original home.