Back in the days before everyone had basic services like indoor plumbing, the city built a bunch of public baths, giving people who lacked access to a private shower a place to bathe. According to the website Forgotten Chicago, just four public bath houses are still standing, and they've all been converted to private homes. The Lincoln Street Bath, located on Wolcott, just north of Augusta, came back on the market last week. According to the listing, the home has nearly 10,000 square feet of floor space, and it won an award for "Best Urban Garden" in 1985. It's rare to see a 26-year-old award touted in a real estate listing, and because no photos of the garden are provided, we'll just have to hope that it's still looking as nice as it was back in '85. The listing says the place has stained concrete floors and 18-foot ceilings in the master bedroom. The home last sold for $1.5 million in 2003, and it's now listed for $2.3 million.
· Listing: 1019 N. Wolcott Ave. [Baird & Warner]
· Public Bath Houses [Forgotten Chicago]