We were honored to be a part of the renovation of the Bauer Mansion, also known as the Case Mansion, in historic downtown Naperville. Built by the Birn Concrete Block and Tile Co. in 1904, it was the largest and most expensive home made of stone at the time.
With such an important part of Naperville’s history, we respected the architecture by keeping old doors, stained glass, and wall paneling. We were lucky to have clients that wanted to keep the grandeur of the home and that were also very hands-on. Adam, one of the homeowners, was more of a team member, having completed the demo before we ever stepped foot in the house.
The main challenge of this project was updating the Primary Bathroom to one that was worthy of the house. We did this by updating plumbing, tile work, cabinetry, and the layout while the overall style was kept classic and timeless materials such as wood and marble were used.
Although the stairs have been rebuilt, the paneling and newel posts are original. We painted the dark wood a crisp white to create an inviting entrance. Enough elements were left stained but the fresh paint provided a break from the dark wood and welcome the family into the home.