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Andersonville Condo Complex To Rise Where Chicago’s Oldest Gay Bathhouse Stood

A new condo complex will be constructed on the property at 5015 N. Clark which housed Chicago’s oldest Gay bathhouse since 1973. The building will most likely be demolished in the Spring to make way for the development.

Man’s Country, a meeting place for men for 44 years, closed a month ago shortly after the death of its owner Chuck Renslow last year. It was also announced that the four-story building will be officially named ‘The Renslow‘ to honor the LGBT pioneer and the years of work he did for the community. There will be a plaque over the door with his name.

The 5015 N. Clark property along with the building next door at 5019 N. Clark were purchased on January 22 from the Renslow estate for just under $2.2 million by Quest Realty Group. The adjacent property currently has a retail tenant in it and will not be a part of the development.

“Naming the building for Renslow was an easy decision,” said Quest principal Jason Vondrachek in a Crain’s Business article. “Chuck was out front and center before a lot of people were comfortable with that aspect of their lives being shared. We wanted to honor what he did.”

Renslow was an outspoken leader in the Gay community since the 1950’s and is said to have started more than 30 businesses in that time. He also began the International Mr. Leather Competition and was one of the founders of organizations such as the Prairie State Democratic Club and what is now the National LGBTQ Task Force.

The Renslow was designed by Northworks Architects + Planners and will have commercial retail space on the first floor and condos on the upper floors. Each unit will be around 1700 sq. ft and will start off at around $600,000. The complex will have a rooftop terrace and indoor parking.

There will also be one extra tribute to Chuck Renslow in the new building, leather wallpaper in its lobby. Construction is expected to be completed in 2019.

Hat tip: Crain’s Business

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