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James House is a 43-story high-rise structure with 520 residential units. Although the address is 1560 North Sandburg Terrace, its main entrance is on Germania Place and its service entrance faces LaSalle Street.

Kilmer House is a 6-story mid-rise structure with 96 residential units. Although its address is 1555 North Sandburg Terrace, Kilmer’s main entrance faces Clark Street and its service entrance is on Sandburg’s terrace level.

The two buildings share services and mechanical systems and are connected at the basement level through the garage. Construction of James and Kilmer was completed in 1971. At that time, the buildings were rental units. During 1980, they were converted to condominium units. At the time of conversion, the number and size of the units were as follows:

Floorplan Link James House Kilmer House
Studio 120 1
1-bedroom 242 50
2-bedroom 155 31
3-bedroom 2 12
4-bedroom 1 2
520 total 96 total

Carl Sandburg Village Condominium Association No. 7 was incorporated on May 23, 1980, as an Illinois not-for-profit corporation. It began operating on October 2, 1980. Subsequently, the Board of Directors formally adopted the name, James/Kilmer Condominium Association.

With 616 units, James/Kilmer is the largest of the seven condominium associations that comprise the Carl Sandburg Village Homeowners Association. While James/Kilmer is responsible for its own buildings, the Homeowners Association (HOA) is responsible for the common elements of the Village including swimming pools, tennis courts, commercial spaces, walkways and driveways, plantings, landscape maintenance, and snow removal.

Fun Fact:

In 1986, the J/K complex played a cameo-plus role in the action-comedy film "Running Scared," starring Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines as two Chicago cops. James House was where the character officer Danny Costanzo (Crystal) lived. The movie includes brief shots of the James lobby and the Germania Place James/Kilmer drive and fountain. However interior shots of Costanzo's apartment were done in Hollywood and look nothing like typical J/K interiors.

Board of Directors Service History:
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A Retrospective look at the development of Chicago’s Clark Street and North Avenue South West Corner from 1911 thru 2014.

This Chicago intersection has undergone extensive changes during the past 100 plus years. The history of the planned and actual changes, and their implementation, is the subject of this research monograph.  This turn-of-the-century German neighborhood corner changed with the growth of the city, especially during the nation’s mid-twentieth century urban renewal period. Nancy Baltus, a longtime James House resident, has researched and compiled the information and photographs. LINK

 

Carl Sandburg Village

Carl Sandburg Village is a community of mid-to-high-rise apartment buildings, townhouses and artist studios located on Chicago's Near North Side. The area was originally settled largely by German immigrants. Sandburg Village today straddles Chicago's Gold Coast and Old Town neighborhoods.

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The Village's apartment buildings are named for legendary authors and writers. Galesburg, Ill. native Sandburg was a Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago historian, journalist and poet.

The James-Kilmer pair of Sandburg buildings represent the last phase of the Village's construction and commemorate in brick, concrete and mortar the names of author Henry James (whose works include the classic novels "The Portrait of a Lady," "The American," and "Washington Square") and poet, journalist and literary critic Joyce Kilmer (often quoted is verse from his 1914 poem "Trees" and his post-World War One tribute to fallen soldiers, "Rouge Bouquet").

 

A 1979 Chicago Tribune newspaper article discussed the conversion of Carl Sandburg Village to condos. History buffs may find this interesting. The building conversions were processed in three phases. James & Kilmer Houses were mentioned in the article as being probable third phase conversions.
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