Back in early-August, the announcement was made that Restoration Hardware would be opening up a location right smack-dab in the middle of the Gold Coast inside the historic Three Arts Club building at 1300 N. Dearborn. Now, fast-forward several months later and all the hard work and neighborhood battles to make the new store a reality have certainly paid off.
As detailed in a recent Crain’s piece, the new 58,000 square foot store is Restoration Hardware’s largest location to date, not to mention one of the most ambitious projects the company has ever undertaken, at least according to CEO Gary Friedman.
During the process of opening a Gold Coast store, multiple nearby locations were turned down, including a space inside the old Cedar Hotel near the hot Rush and Oak Street intersection.
The exterior of the building now has the company’s signature “RH” logo on it, but given the building’s condition prior to Restoration Hardware moving in, most would probably agree that’s a small price to pay for the magnificent restoration the California-based company did to one of the neighborhood’s most historic structures.
As you can see from the photos on Crain’s, the inside of the new store is absolutely spectacular, but even despite its elegance and larger-than-life feel, customers can still walk in and buy smaller items like blankets, candles, and a wide-range of other decor trinkets.
The first floor of the new Restoration Hardware features living room vignettes, as well as the Three Arts Club Cafe, which includes a stage for live music. Moving onto the second floor, customers will find all the bed and bathroom showrooms, while located on the third floor is all the children’s furnishings.
The fourth floor, and perhaps the most impressive part of the entire store, almost acts as a museum of sorts and features incredible modern art work on the walls, which is part of the company’s new modern line, and is all for sale. And finally, the top floor is a rooftop that holds the RH’s outdoor furniture.
So whether you’re in the market for some new furniture or not, stopping by the impressive new Restoration Hardware in the Gold Coast isn’t a bad idea, if for nothing else than just to see the beauty behind such a tremendous “restoration” of the old Three Arts Club building at 1300 N. Dearborn.