While Chicago offers an impressive variety of both traditional and contemporary architecture, the Art Moderne style of the earlier 20th century remains one of the city’s most elusive. Though certainly not as well known as the Gold Coast’s landmarked Frank Fisher Studio complex, this roomy six-bedroom Art Moderne mansion in Chicago’s Kenwood neighborhood was also completed in the year 1936. It features the rounded edges, glazed brick facade, glass block windows, and Art Deco-inspired exterior lighting that typify the architectural style.
Situated on a large double lot along leafy Madison Park, the newly-listed property could benefit from a little work—especially with regards to it's relatively tired-looking kitchen and four-and-half baths. That said, the home has some solid bones and features a flowing floorplan with a period appropriate curved front staircase. Integrated parking for two cars is also a nice feature for a neighborhood in which most vehicles are stored either on the street or in detached garages.
Despite its roominess, large yard, and unique Moderne aesthetic, the home’s $1,300,000 asking price could be steep for Kenwood. The south side neighborhood features a heathy stock of older brownstones that can routinely be had for considerably less. Despite values creeping higher, the median home sale price in Kenwood has yet to exceed the $250,000 mark.