Wellington Manor History and Future

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429 W Wellington Ave History

As far as the city and country records show, this building was originally a three family city manor, with each family having a floor in the building. The manor was built around 1910, along with a heated carriage house behind the building. On the building west side, elegant canopy hooks still exist over the carriage door, so that residents could step into their carriage without getting snow or rain on them. On the building east side, large windows exist to face a former yard. Old world glamor still shows with original marble and woodwork entry.

The Condo Conversion

In 1980, Wellington Development Corporation converted this old apartment building into condominiums. In the first three years after the conversion, there were several projects undertaken to correct some of the efforts of the developer. The developer was taken to court and did end up paying for the corrective efforts.

Key updates and projects since 2000

Our connection to the sewer main was broken by the City of Chicago in the summer of 2001 during some street work. The building now has a new connection to the sewer main.

In March of 2003, the kitchen waste pipes were replaced in the basement for the front and east tiers of the building. This eliminated spooky noises and refuse kick-back for the kitchen drains.

In August of 2003, our neighbors to the east replaced the sidewalk between our two buildings, adding additional drains to help with disposal of rainwater between the buildings.

Late at the end of 2003, the three unit owners who park in the garage hired a contractor to begin work on replacing the garage roof and making the garage walls more structurally sound. The garage is detached, and this preventative maintenance has no effect on the condominium building itself. Our Bylaws clearly spell out that the unit owners assigned to enclosed parking Limited Common Elements (aka “the garage”) are financially responsible for the garage’s upkeep – so no Association money is used in this endeavor.

In May of 2004 we consolidated the gas meters for all units into one main building meter, thus saving each unit owner around $18 every two months for “meter rental.” Assessments now pay for all gas usage (the boiler heat as well as the cooking gas).

July 2005 – the roof was cleaned and then resurfaced. Preventative maintenance was performed on the front steps. The trim around the interior front door was replaced.

Summer 2007, a tuckpointing effort was completed.

Summer 2008, re-carpeting the common halls and repainting the common walls took centerstage. New doors were also be installed in all units and on each floor.

In 2017, the replacement of the original boiler to a new and more efficient boiler was a big success in heat savings and repair costs.

Summer 2020, preventative masonry and tuck pointing were completed on roof parapet wall, chimney and defective mortar joints.