Off the market since last August, this 2/2 unit in the one-of-a-kind Carl Street Studio building is back online for $499K— a reduction of $50K. The story of the studios goes back to 1927, a time in which many Old Town mansions were being converted to multi-family use thanks to an influx of Eastern European immigrants. Sol Kogen and Edgar Miller, a pair of young artists at SAIC seized upon an opportunity to convert an 1880s Victorian to live/work studios. Kogen was the financier and strategizer, and Miller is credited with the layout and many of the modernist touches, from stained glass to mosaics and murals. He even returned to live in the building 60 years later, an eight year span that saw him build upon his past work. The building went condo shortly after Miller's death.
These are not the studio apartments you or I or anyone is used to. For starters, they're 1,600-square-feet and they possess actual bedrooms. Secondly, they have the open space and light of a workshop or loft unit. And thirdly, they're spectacularly cool. As we wrote a year ago, Miller's frescoes, abundant mosaic tile work, and built-in furniture litter the unit. It also has high ceilings, tremendous windows, wood paneling, glass block walls, three fireplaces, and two-levels of living space plus a 700-square-foot roof deck. Oh, and apparently this was Miller's residence. Looking for a really, really big trophy? There's this, but you may have missed your shot.
·Listing: 155 W Burton Place #15 [Prudential Rubloff]
·Funky Carl Street Studio Returns To Market $200K Below '07 Price [Curbed Chicago]