Morgan Park's Hopkinson House, sometimes called the Platt House, is on the market for the first time in a decade. The home possesses both historical and architectural significance, as a strikingly intact mid-19th Century Italianate specimen and a crucial station in the Underground Railroad. But does that mean this exact home was standing in the early 1860s? An on-site plaque says yes, and that the Hopkinson House dates all the way back to 1846, but a National Register of Historic Places nomination form has a sharply contradicting date of 1871, corroborated by the Ridge Historical Society. There easily could have been a smaller predating structure.
Cast that all aside for now, and worry about absorbing the trove of antique interior detailing: tons of stained glass, custom carved staircase, chandeliers, delicate woodwork, regal fireplaces, and an incredible high-ceilinged solarium. The home has five beds, three-and-a-half baths, 4,400 square feet of living space and a property that spans nearly three acres with much of its landscaping traced to Jens Jensen. Before any such Anglo-American niceties, the land hosted Native American conference grounds. The ask: $525K, or $210K below the 2004 sale price.
·Listing: 10820 S Drew St. [Prudential Biros]
·Ridge Historic District nomination form (pdf) [National Register]