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Souped-Up Penthouse Sells for $1.7M at Mies' Glass House

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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's 860-880 N Lake Shore Drive is often referred to as 'The Glass House' for its pioneering densely-windowed curtain wall. Snatch up any old space in these buildings and you'll get solid views bolstered by non-intrusive minimal design. So when this 26th floor renovated penthouse first listed two years ago sporting offenses like curvy and decorative kitchen walls and a "garish jacuzzi", the critics descended. Dennis Rodkin zeroes in on the aesthetic debate, and argues that the "magic" of the renovation is clouded by an emphasis on simplicity— an homage to Mies' original intent. The ESo what if there are now some creature comforts. One would hope for a few with a $1.7M price tag. Give us an orb fireplace, dangle a jacuzzi or two, toss in a large and luminous kitchen! Please and thank you! Measuring 3,400 square feet, this co-op unit is four times larger than Mies' floor plate dictates thanks to a multi-unit combination. Not sold? You don't have to be because somebody else was, even with a monthly assessment of $4,098/month.
·880 N Lake Shore Drive #26ABEF [Prudential Rubloff]
·Penthouse Sells at Mies Landmark [Chicago Mag]