Someone once told me on Twitter that “nostalgia is poison for cities”. While it’s important for cities to grow and progress, I’m not sure Rome, Venice, and pretty much the whole world would have survived without the power of tourism. This is also true for Chicago, a city that likes to sell its history to tourists with various boat and walking tours. But let’s not forget the people who actually live here, who love learning about Windy City’s past. With new construction happening all the time across the city, the best way to appreciate our architectural heritage is to take a look at what has been around here for decades. And if you’re lucky, you might be able to own a piece of that past. The following properties for sale are ideal for the buyer looking for historic elegance in the city.
Located in Jackson Park Highlands, this French provincial residence by architect JA Carlson may have been inspired by the 1927 house design competition held by the Chicago Grandstand. Considering it was built for the owner of Nelson Cut Stone Works, the house has a limestone exterior and retains much of its original character, from the slate roof and decorative copper guttering to the beamed ceilings. in mahogany and the paneled dining room. The four-bedroom, three-bathroom single-family home has seen a huge price increase since it was last put on the market a decade ago, rising from $342,500 to $885,000. It is steps away from Jackson Park and all its wonderful features like Wooded Island and the 18 hole golf course.
The historic Richard Mates House, originally built between 1870 and 1880, is located on a prime corner lot in Chicago’s Old Irving neighborhood. Although fully renovated in 2013, the four-bedroom, three-bathroom home still has the 19th-century vibe with its wraparound porch, grand staircase, period light fixtures, mahogany millwork, and wood floors. franc. Behind its white palisade, the oversized property is accompanied by a vegetable garden and an old stable converted into a two-car garage. It is right next to the CTA and Metra stops, as well as Interstate 90/94.
If you know Beverly, you’ve probably heard of the Hetherington family, three generations of architects responsible for creating over 100 buildings in the community. This three-bedroom, two-bathroom home built in 1934 was last sold ten years ago. With its 20-foot-high vaulted ceilings and leaded glass windows, Murray Hetherington’s whimsical design is a play on an English country cottage (he lived in his own version a few blocks away). Although the craftsmanship feels like it’s from another century, the residence has undergone recent upgrades over the past five years, from its exterior trim and fireplace to a new air conditioner and furnace.
Staying in the Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhood to share with you this beautiful home that blends seamlessly with its neighboring 19th century residences, all located on wide lots and curving streets. Laid out with small parks and roundabouts in the 1870s by Englishman Thomas F. Nichols, Morgan Park has an almost suburban feel. It’s no surprise to know that the village wasn’t annexed to Chicago until 1914. The five-bedroom, two-bathroom “Federal Blue” home is near the 111th Street Metra station. and Morgan Park Academy.
6627 S Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago, $499,000
It’s hard to imagine Woodlawn as a small farming community, but that’s exactly what this neighborhood was like before it was annexed to Chicago in 1889. This beautiful Shingle-style residence was built for German immigrant Henry E. Scholle , owner of a furniture company which largely manufactured upholstered articles and folding beds. It dates back to the time of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, which led to an explosion of development in the surrounding area. Notice the great details on the exterior, like the stylized foliage in the pediment. The interior of this three-bedroom, two-bathroom home features absolutely stunning woodwork, including the coffered ceiling and intricate staircase.