Dome Sweet Home, in Lincoln Park
List Price: $3.2 million
The Property: In the early 1990s, the psychologist Chuck Anderson and his wife, Dale Carol Anderson, an interior designer, commissioned this classically styled home for a large, triangular residential lot on what was then the western frontier of Lincoln Park—just east of the formerly industrial Clybourn Avenue. Their architect, Pappageorge Haymes, put the house on one half of the site and a walled garden on the other, with a pillared outdoor rotunda connecting the two.
Surrounded by French doors, the rotunda brings views of the garden and lots of natural light inside—in particular, to the large living and family rooms on the main floor and to the two bedrooms above them. (The 408-square-foot living room with its large fireplace also gets light from the tall windows—with balconies—on two other sides.) A sinuous staircase winding upward from the main floor complements the rotunda’s curve, as does a banquette in the dining room tucked next to the living room. It’s very clear that the home was built for entertaining, with good traffic flow through the garden and a main floor interior that alternates large and small spaces.
The master bedroom has a fireplace, several closets, and double bathrooms, as well as two pairs of French doors overlooking the rotunda. The second bedroom, quite large at 350 square feet, is now used as a library, but it has its own full bathroom, walled in antique terra cotta tile, and a fireplace.
On the north side of the main floor, away from the rotunda and garden, the breakfast island and well-equipped kitchen open onto another, smaller garden, a homey winter garden room (with a small terrace for outdoor grilling beyond it.) The ground floor of the house contains the offices of both the homeowners—spaces that could be converted into three bedrooms, a family room, and two full baths, notes the Andersons’ agent, Millie Rosenbloom. Pictures of the garden in season, with tall trees flanking the house and vines draped over the garden wall, are here.
Price Points: Public records aren’t clear on what the Andersons paid for the lot or construction of the house. Reconfiguring the ground floor from offices to bedrooms—including inserting a shower or bathtub into the bath, which now has only a toilet and a sink—would cost about $260,000, according to a contractor’s estimate, Rosenbloom says.
Listing Agent: Millie Rosenbloom of Baird & Warner; 312-980-1517 or firstname.lastname@example.org