A whopper of a vintage home has hit the market near the Kenwood-Hyde Park border. The 1910 Tudor-style mansion logs some 8,600 square feet with eight jumbo bedrooms and five-and-a-half baths. Ostensibly, this is the largest Howard Van Doren Shaw-designed house still in single-family use, and just two families have called it home. The first family was that of industrialist Thomas E. Wilson, leader of parallel empires in meat packing and sporting goods (not such an odd couple when you consider tennis rackets used gut strings until recently). The mansion's stern, foreboding exterior portends the unsubtle interiors almost unequaled in ornament. The living spaces feature coffered plaster ceilings, custom chandeliers, leaded glass, mahogany and oak wainscoting, built-in library shelves, a gallery, and three wood-burning stone fireplaces. Newer elements like the chef's kitchen and 5-car garage are the right enhancements in the right places. Oh, and the 0.6-acre grounds include a coach house. The ask: $2.65M.
·Listing: 4815 S Woodlawn Ave. [Coldwell Banker]
·Howard Van Doren Show Coverage [Curbed Chicago]