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1635 Washington Avenue

The Ventana
Originally: Central Shoe Company
Later: The Arts and Crafts Building
Architect: ? 1918

Clear influence of the Wainright Building is visible here: strong vertical piers capped with a flattened cornice. Large expanses of glass mark it as a modern building in its day.

In 2004, it underwent a loft conversion, and is presently known as the Ventana Lofts. The renovation cleaned the exterior brick, lightening it several shades. Unfortunately, it also removed ornamental cresting along the cornice.

  • The Ventana web site

  • Summer 2001


    November 2008


    Summer 2001


    November 2008 - cornice details have been removed and covered up with metal fascia.


    Summer 2001 - the faded "IDEAS" sign has long since vanished.


    November 2008