Now & Zen: A Renovated Chicago Flat

In Chicago, a dilapidated red-brick brownstone gets a makeover that blends historic with modern Asian.

Ray retained the historic façade of his East Village brick home and lovingly restored many of its neglected details, including the original cornice and the flower-patterned limestone window lintels. He also installed modern double-glazed casement windows and created a single front entrance and foyer. (Originally there had been two separate front doors: one for the ground-level rental unit and the other leading to the upstairs home.)