South Water Street Market

1015 W. 14th Place (at Sangamon Street), Chicago

A private developer, Enterprise Inc., is turning these eight terracotta buildings into residential buildings containing approximately 850 new units. The complex, designed by architects Fugard & Knapp in 1925, was vacated in 2003, after serving for 78 years as the city’s primary wholesale food market.

The “University Commons” proposal preserves the unique features of the complex, including the raised loading platforms and broad canopies. The complex, which is located just south of the University of Illinois-Chicago campus, was listed on Landmark Illinois’ Chicagoland Watch List in 2002.

Because of its listing on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004, the new residential tenants are eligible for the Property Tax Assessment Freeze Program, which is administered through the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.

(credit: Pappageorge/Haymes Ltd.)

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