List Price: $3.6 million
The Property: Just south of the Elks Memorial in Lincoln Park is a short block of four attached homes that hardly draw attention to themselves, with their flat brick front that confines frills to the fanlight windows over their street-level front doors.
Concealed behind that prim exterior is a set of homes designed by the architect David Adler, including one for Henry Dangler, who was Adler’s classmate at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and later his business partner in Chicago. The Parisian elegance that both men absorbed is evident in Dangler’s home, where a sensuously curved staircase leads from the reception foyer up to the formal living spaces on the second floor. Those spaces include a richly paneled, high-ceilinged living room that overlooks Lincoln Park, and an even more richly paneled library at the rear of the house. Between them is a grand salon or ballroom, with a black and white tiled floor, a working fountain, plaster heads crowning tall archways, and a skylight that tops the entire 22-by-35-foot room.
To accommodate that gigantic skylight, Adler stacked third- and fourth-floor living spaces on its two sides, so that the house is U-shaped. In the eastern stack of the U are the master suite, with a dressing room and large bath, on the third floor, and two family bedrooms, each with a bathroom, on the fourth. The western stack contains one large bedroom suite on each floor.
All of these spaces have been renovated in the past decade by the seller, Anna Wege, who is now moving to Michigan, according to Michael Maremont, the Premier Relocation agent who toured the property with us in today’s video. The first floor, which originally contained what I believe were separate gentlemen’s and ladies’ receiving rooms in the front and servant spaces in the rear, has not been renovated. It has a large kitchen, probably done about 30 years ago, that has a pretty view into the Adler-designed garden but that would want to be redone by a new owner to make it feel less remote from the rest of the living spaces. There are laundry and storage rooms near the kitchen that would make it possible to create a large space that would serve as a kitchen/family room/breakfast area.
The house lacks any parking or garage, and sticking one in the backyard would ruin the brick-walled garden. Maremont says that Wege will provide a buyer with the plans she had drawn up for the installation of a belowground garage.
Price Points: Wege originally wanted $3.99 million when she put the home on the market a year ago, but the price came down over the summer.
Listing Agent: Susan Miner of Premier Relocation; 312-397-1923
4 months ago