A Chance to Attend Harvard

A former South Side prep school graduates into a collection of stylish residences.

When it closed in 2003 after 138 years, the Harvard prep school left behind an interconnected series of buildings in Kenwood. Now two developers have remade the complex, at 4731 South Ellis Avenue, into four condominiums and one single-family home—which one of the developers has already reserved for himself.


From $839,000
to $959,000

There is one four-bedroom condo on each of the three floors of the oldest building, which dates to 1917; they range in price from $839,000 (for a 3,252-square-foot unit) to $959,000 (for a 3,627-square-foot unit). Behind that building is a big courtyard, until recently the site of a second school building. “You couldn’t put balconies on that historic façade out front, so you need a lot of outdoor space in back,” says Robert Sullivan, the Urban Search agent listing the condos for the developers, Steve Soble and Duncan Harris.

On the east side of the courtyard, the fourth condo—a 5,124-square-foot unit priced at $949,000—occupies the two floors of the former Harvard School library. East of that building stands the old Harvard gym, which Soble is developing as his own home. At press time, all four condos were still available and ready for move-ins.

Photograph: Courtesy of Spare Time, Inc.



7 years ago
Posted by Anonymous

You'd be quite a part of Chicago history moving in to these condos. Bobby Franks attended this school in 1924. Bobby was the unfortunate victim to the infamous escapades of Leopold and Loeb. In fact, they picked him up just down the block while he was on his way home from school. If you are not familier with the Leopold and Loeb story, google it on-line and read. It was the "Crime Of The Century" in Chicago. By the way, I'm very glad that they did not demolish the building and just revamped the inside. I'm glad they kept the original architecture. It adds to the glory of this illustreous school. Here's to the developers for keeping the history of Chicago alive. If you move in to these condos, please post on here and tell us what they are like.

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