The Oak Park home where Ernest Hemingway spent the majority of his childhood, embarking on early literary efforts, is listed for sale. The Tribune's Bob Goldsborough reports that the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park is parting with the home after their preservation/educational partnership with Dominican University dissolved. The long-running intent of the partnership was to convert the house, at 600 N Kenilworth Ave, from apartments to a learning center, as listing agent Stephen Scheuring tells Goldsborough. Built by Henry G. Fiddelke in 1906, with input from Hemingway's mother Grace, the simple Prairie home's three units have a combined six bedrooms and four bathrooms and 4,200-square-feet of living space. The broad front porch features prominently and, as is the standard of the area, the house has a deep setback (except that its corner lot negates any benefit). The Foundation is seeking a buyer who'll occupy the home as a single-family and be true to Ernest in every way. Asking $525K, the Foundation paid just $5K less for it in 2001. If you're a fan and don't mind the scrutiny, it's hard to top this opening.
·Listing: 600 N Kenilworth Ave. [Baird & Warner]
·Ernest Hemingway's boyhood home for sale [Trib]