Chicago Real Estate Buildings with a Common Denominator: Architect Lucien Lagrange

Park Hyatt Tower Chicago

Lagrange's Park Tower (from flickr/chascarper)

When it comes to luxury Chicago real estate buildings, one name stands out above all the rest: Lucien Lagrange. The French-born architect and his firm have made a name for themselves along any angle of Chicago’s skyline. Lucien Lagrange Architects have designed more than 12,000 residential units in Chicago, including Lincoln Park 2520, the Ritz-Carlton Residences on Michigan Avenue, 10 East Delaware, the Gold Coast’s Elysian Hotel and Residences and Park Tower.
Lagrange’s architecture is known for its attention to detail as well as its continued homage to elegant, classical designs. Especially for those with an interest in architecture and design, a Chicago condo in one of Lagrange’s buildings guarantees panache and sophistication throughout. The Lagrange name is associated with a top-quality building, chic design and the use of superb materials for buildings’ facades.
But with Lagrange announcing his retirement in July, the opportunities to get into one of these buildings are limited.
Lagrange’s portfolio alone shows how active his firm has been in designing the best residences for luxury buyers. But we’ve already heard that the queue of Chicago new construction condos is drying up, and compounded with Lagrange’s retirement, there won’t likely be quality new construction available in the foreseeable future. Lagrange’s existing buildings as well as new developments like Lincoln Park 2520 and the Ritz-Carlton Residences will likely increase in value in the next 5 to 10 years—making it a secure investment for buyers in terms of resale value.
Not to mention that these buildings offer the finest in luxury living long before you’re ready for resale. Lagrange’s two final projects have been long anticipated additions to Chicago real estate:
Lincoln Park 2520
This high-rise will offer vistas of the city’s best views: Lincoln Park, the lake, and the downtown cityscape. It will also include a spa and fitness center, dance studio, indoor pool, outdoor terrace and a private park. Lagrange’s attention to architectural detail will be seen in the precast concrete panels above the entry levels of the building’s three towers—he said the look recreates a 1920s elegance and allows for much detail to be done within a defined budget.
Ritz-Carlton Residences
This much-anticipated Michigan Avenue building takes a bit of an art deco approach on the outside. The 86 residences inside will offer residents 15 different floor plans with access to a 2-story club level, with private facilities like a fitness center and spa, screening room, an institutional kitchen and an outdoor terrace.
And, of course, there are Lagrange’s new and existing Chicago condo projects as well:
Park Tower
The Park Tower design offers a bit of history as to how Lagrange became renowned for using precast concrete in his architecture. The precast concrete look was first used when building the Park Hyatt Tower on Michigan Avenue in 1995. The firm determined the material created a high-end look and blended it with stone for a high level of quality and detail. Park Tower is now one of the world’s tallest buildings to be clad with architectural precast concrete—still creating a stone appearance that is desired by many residents.
The Elysian
This new construction building includes a French-inspired, richly detailed motor court on the ground level. There are, at most, 2 units per floor, ranging from 3,400 to 12,000 square feet with lake and skyline views. Amenities include a spa and health club, a ballroom and boardroom, and five-star staff ready to cater to the most demanding needs.
The Pinnacle
With 2, 3 and 4-bedroom residences overlooking the historic St. James Cathedral, the Pinnacle features a French limestone base with architectural precast concrete panels cladding the upper floors. These Chicago condos offer marble entries, gourmet kitchen and floor-to-ceiling windows with an array of amenities and services like a private theater, indoor pool, entertainment suite and more.
10 E Delaware
Lucien Lagrange Architects notes this building as the epitome of European elegance, combining the charm of a country estate with urban luxuries. Curving balconies hug the building’s sand-colored, stone façade, just north of the Loop in Chicago’s Gold Coast. Units are detailed with hardwood flooring, 9- to 10-foot ceilings, Wolf and Subzero appliances, and much more.
To find out more about Lagrange’s condo buildings and the resale value of these iconic pieces of architecture, contact agent Sheldon Salnick at (312) 498-5080 or by email at