CHA’s Britton Budd Apartments redevelopment

Posted by ChicagoismynewBlog! on April 4, 2009

The Britton Budd Apartments is an 11 story building that was used by the Chicago Housing Authority as affordable housing for seniors up until the summer of 2005 when the apartments were closed for renovation.  The Britton Budd Apartments are located in my neighborhood at 501 W. Surf Street and since I’ve lived in Chicago, I’ve always noticed how beautiful but also creepy the building is.  Check out the Tribune article about the redevelopment.

The Will Group, Inc. and Walsh Construction are working to completely replace all pipes, boilers, windows, restorationof the terra cotta facade, renovation of 171 units, and even brand new landscaping.  It’ll be interesting to see how the street life changes once the building opens up too.





2 Responses to “CHA’s Britton Budd Apartments redevelopment”

  1. barbara said

    my grandfather, e.b. woolf owned the original building named the surf hotel, my family lived there, my sister and i grew up in the hotel. baseball players musicans, actors were regular quests. the rooftop was reknown for parties and conventions and “the pine grove” a great restaurant. i am delighted it is now a home again. barbara strauss lowenbaum

    • ChicagoismynewBlog! said


      That’s awesome to hear a story from someone close to the building. How cool would it be to have it back as a booming hotel? I know I’d visit the rooftop and restaurant. But no matter what, I’m glad it was finally renovated and restored and is back is being put to good use!

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