The conversion of an old Chicago church into a single family home was made complete with the addition of a kitchen, conservatory, gallery, master suite, home office and garage. The character of the original 1880’s structure was maintained in the addition. Natural materials including reclaimed yellow pine, common brick, Mexican limestone slab stairs, steel rods and angles, common brick, copper, marble mosaic tile, leather flooring and concrete countertops create a textural environment for the owner’s African art collection. The stair joining 5 different floor levels is a square tower lined with maple panels with yellow pine plank treads suspended from the roof with 3/4” diameter steel rods. A panoramic vista of the skyline is available from the top level deck created with subway grating panels that fold down over the stair opening.