Neoclassical Chicago Building Gets Remodeled into an Upscale Pharmacy

The once abandoned 1920s-era Noel State Bank building is now a Walgreen’s Pharmacy in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood, complete with high-end amenities including a sushi bar and smoothie counter.

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Because the building is identified as a city of Chicago landmark, all interior and exterior updates were designed to reflect and maintain the original neoclassical architecture. The Camburas & Theodore team brought light to the building by installing LED light panels on the ceiling, made to match daylight and resemble a turn-of-the-century European train station.

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Most of the building’s basement vaults were removed, but the team restored and preserved one special vault. Featured in the 1987 movie The Untouchables, the vault is now know as the “Vitamin Vault,” displaying on side, over-the-counter vitamins, and on the other, early 1900s-era Walgreens products showcased in a wall of restored safety deposit boxes.

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