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Holabird & Roche's Lakeside Venetian Wonder Sells For $3M

Boastful member of the "Seven Houses on Lake Shore Drive" club, the Arthur Aldis House is one of even fewer privately-owned Gilded Age mansions surviving on The Drive. The seven large freestanding homes occupy the 1200 and 1500 blocks of North LSD, but some of them are owned by institutions. This isn't the largest—that distinction belongs to the structure that houses the Museum of Surgical Sciences—but it might be the most ornate. Designed by Holabird & Roche in 1895 in an uncommon Venetian Gothic style (much like the Loop's Chicago Athletic Association building), the skinny 4-bed landmark just sold for an even $3M—a remarkable get considering it was listed for as much as $5.8M four summers ago. The interior pics from that earlier listing show many dazed and confused rooms, so we understand why the latest agent spared us from reliving the tortuous affair. One perspective that's nice to have, though, is the one taken from the rooftop terrace. Pretty damn nice, in fact. We're guessing the buyer figured the home's status, location, views, and 5,100 square feet were enough to work with.
·Listing: 1258 N. Lake Shore Drive [Koenig & Strey]
·We Love Rooftop Terraces: 1258 N. Lake Shore Drive [Crib Chatter]