The North West Tower (now The Robey Hotel) was built in 1929 as an art deco skyscraper that served as a large office building. The 12 story building was originally designed by Perkins, Chatten, & Hammond. The tower is considered to be one of the most iconic and tallest buildings in Chicago’s Wicker Park and Bucktown neighborhoods. In 2014, an extensive renovation was undertaken to transform the building into a 69-room boutique hotel called “The Robey.”
The hotel features a contemporary, yet old school retro vibe. However, the rooms do offer smart electronics such as electronic blinds on the windows. The tower features a restaurant, lounge, and rooftop cocktail lounge which offers a beautiful, unobstructed skyline view of downtown Chicago. Pepper Construction completed the renovation work in the fall of 2016.
Parrett’s work consisted of manufacturing 425 aluminum-clad concealed spiral balance hung windows. The exterior extruded aluminum cladding consisted of 9 custom profiles, which along with 13 custom wood profiles, proved to be an exact match to the original wood windows.
This maintained the historical character of the building, while also giving the new owner a virtually maintenance-free window. The vertical grain douglas fir wood interiors were poly painted a custom color by Parrett as well. Ogee Lugs were installed on the sashes to follow historic details. Parrett also assisted with STC/OITC sound requirements as the elevated L train rail passes directly next to the northwest side of the building. Parrett was proud to contribute to the renovation of this important piece of Chicago’s history.
Parrett Product Lines Featured in this Project:
Concealed Spiral Balance Hung Windows
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