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Park West mansion built in 1890s listed for $8.875 million

A five-bedroom, 10,400-square-foot Richardsonian Romanesque-style mansion in Chicago's Park West neighborhood will formally come on the market Wednesday for $8.875 million.

Built in the 1890s and designed by architect Edmund Krause, the mansion near Lincoln Park sits on an extra wide, extra deep lot that also contains a one-bedroom, 2,100-square-foot coach house. In recent weeks, the mansion has been marketed as a pocket listing.

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The mansion's owners paid $3.395 million in 2005. They spent nearly three years modernizing it, said co-listing agents Suzanne Gignilliat and Caroline Moellering of Coldwell Banker.

Renovations entailed deconverting the mansion, which had been cut up into apartments, and returning it to being a single-family home. Architect Chip von Weise oversaw a renovation that included ripping the rear wall off the back of the house and creating a modern, 1-1/2-story great room with French doors and floor-to-ceiling windows.

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"It's a lovely integration, and it allows light to flow in," Gignilliat said.

The mansion also has a wine cellar, German boiler system, smart home technology, restored masonry, restored stained glass, restored woodwork, a new slate roof and a modern floor plan.

"It's a house with great historical significance, charm and detailing, but it lives like a modern house," Gignilliat said. "And unlike many mansions down on the Gold Coast, there's a lot of light that comes in. It's very livable. And the exterior has been significantly renovated."

The house sits on an irregularly shaped lot measuring 50 feet by 190 feet.

Bob Goldsborough is a freelance reporter.



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