The Vesta Accumulator Company Building, located at 2100 South Indiana in the historic Motor Row district of the South Loop, was purchased by FitzGerald’s client with the intention of converting the property into luxury loft apartments. Completed in 1913 by Chicago architect Carl Almquist, the heavy-timber building has facades of pressed face brick, Chicago common brick, and limestone with Classical Revival details. The Vesta Accumulator Company, which occupied the building from its construction in 1913 until 1929, was a nationally-known manufacturer of batteries, headlamps, and other automobile-related electrical parts. The Vesta Accumulator Company was an important player in the development of the automobile industry along Chicago’s historic Motor Row, remaining in the late 1920’s as one of the few buildings on Motor Row where automobile-related products were actually manufactured.
FitzGerald has developed a plan to divide the space into 54 high-end loft apartments with a first-floor retail spaces, a fitness facility, and a roof deck. FitzGerald is working with MacRostie Historic Advisors to place the building on the National Register of Historic Places.