A real estate developer considering turning an old Chicago funeral home into apartments and shops is hoping location will trump the creepiness factor.
David Trandel acknowledges the place "is creepy" and says that could be "a real issue," but he believes the former Herdegen-Brieske Funeral Home in the Lakeview neighborhood is too much of a gem to tear down.
Trandel plans to gut the inside while keeping its Gothic revival terra cotta facade. He'll also bring back architectural components that point to the building's past.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the building dates back to 1912.
For those who find the idea of living in an old funeral home off-putting, Trandel quips, "It's better to be a (tenant) than a customer."