If you’ve been holding out on purchasing a home waiting for that incredibly rare opportunity to get a prized piece of Chicago architectural history at a decent price, well this is your week. Up for grabs is a mansion in the Grand Boulevard area from the legendary firm Burnham & Root led by architects Daniel Burnham and John Wellborn Root. Known as the Isaac N. W. Sherman House, the mansion was designed by Burnham and Root back in 1889 and features a prominent front gable. The mansion is one of many elaborate homes built along King Drive and Drexel Boulevard, but it needs some help. The listing agent suggests a number of ideas including transforming it into a bed and breakfast or condo conversion.
The listing images show that the coach house on the back of the lot has been thoroughly updated however. And not only thoroughly updated, but it also appears to be surprisingly spacious for a coach house. It’s a bit of a blend of old and new with exposed brick walls, an open floor plan, and stainless appliances.
The listing agent suggests that the estimated value of the property after being improved could be upwards of $1.5 million. Of course, to many, the mansion could be considered priceless due to its pedigree. This mansion and coach house are begging for a preservation-friendly buyer—will it be you?