Located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, this beautifully renovated brownstone updated by Hufft Projects seamlessly merges old and new. The facade of the 5,100-square-foot Webster House preserves the original detailing of the historic building.

The back of the home, however, displays a contemporary look, with two levels of fully glazed floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over the backyard. The interiors are designed using clean lines and brightly colored finishes, adding a distinctly modern vibe.

A steel staircase divides the living and dining rooms, filtering light and allowing views across the entire ground floor. “In the kitchen, cove lights, quartz countertops and high-gloss white cabinetry bounce light around the space,” the architects said.

“Natural light hits every room in the house. We brought it in every way we could, through the skylight above the stair, a ‘skylight bench’ in the kitchen, existing storefront windows and the historic punched openings.”

The first floor of this Chicago brownstone accommodates the living spaces, while the second floor houses the bedrooms, which offer territorial views of the trees and surrounding houses. [Photography by Mike Sinclair]