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Benjamin Marshall-designed greystone mansion in Kenwood returns

The historic home has taken its sixth price cut in the nearly three years that it has been for sale

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Designed by famed Chicago architect Benjamin Marshall and completed in 1896, this limestone-clad mansion on South Ellis Avenue is a true piece of Chicago’s architectural history. While it’s not everyday that you get a chance to own a piece of Chicago architectural history, this particular home has been on and off the market for nearly three years.

The home features some original architectural details, specifically its ornate staircase, door frames and trim, and built-ins. However, it’s also received extensive updating as well with a newer kitchen and bathrooms. The home certainly has potential to be restored back to its full grandeur, but the project won’t be cheap. Currently, it’s seeking $1.475 million, which while isn’t cheap, is a dramatic drop from the $1.895 million that the sellers were asking when the house first listed in October 2014.

Is there anymore wiggle room in the asking price? There may be. However, you’re getting a lot of house with an equally great amount of history behind it.