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Huge Root-Designed Gold Coast Rowhouse Needs Offers

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Designed by legendary Chicago architect John Wellborn Root of Burnham & Root, this magnificent Gold Coast rowhouse was a late commission squeezed between better known skyscraper projects like the Rookery and the Monadnock. Clad in yellow brick, it sort of resembles the form of the nearby 1888 Potter Palmer mansion. The 7,000-square-foot roost was built for Lot P. Smith, a purchasing agent for railroad construction, according to the 1880 Census. It was one of Root's last designs— he died in 1891 at age 41. The home contains three bedrooms, five-and-a-half baths, a 1,200-square-foot deck, 12' ceilings, new kitchen, marble baths, six fireplaces, a guest apartment, and immeasurable cred. Listing for $4M in August 2010, the ask is down to $3.25M. Worth noting: the last sale was for $3.95M in 2007.
·Listing: 32 E Bellevue Place [Coldwell Banker]
·John Root's 32 East Bellevue Place [Connecting the Windy City]