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William Drummond-Designed Prairie Home Asks $805K

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Longtime owners of the 1915 Klesert House in River Forest, Angie and Tom Poulos, are also brokering the sale of their William Drummond-designed gem. Drummond, for newcomers to architect name-dropping, was a successful early-20th century Prairie School designer who started out a draftsman for Louis Sullivan, Daniel Burnham and then Frank Lloyd Wright. In fact, Drummond is credited as chief draftsman for Wright's Robie, Cheney, and Isabel Roberts Houses. Active in the Chicago 'burbs, his Prairie homes eventually gave way to English cottages.

This listing has been up since April 2012 and the asking price has slipped $85K to $805K. The 4/3 home measures about 2,100 square feet and enjoys a large grassy lot on what's been dubbed the "street of dreams". The interiors display the strongest Prairie allegiance with "free-flowing spaces", banded windows, decorative glass, accordion doors, and a grand fireplace. The home has a respectable eat-in kitchen, finished basement, and an enclosed back porch. It also sports a new roof and exterior paint job. Get 'er while she's hot.
·Listing: 517 Keystone Ave, River Forest [Curbed Marketplace]