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Two historic mansions with architectural pedigree list in Kenwood

Homes designed by William LeBaron Jenney and Alfred Alschuler have hit the market in Kenwood

Kenwood is an area known for its incredible inventory of historic homes from prominent Chicago architects. Just in the last two weeks, the area has seen homes from Benjamin Marshall, William LeBaron Jenney, and Alfred Alschuler list for sale. These homes were luxurious in their day, and they still look and feel very astute and refined. There’s no doubt that the housing stock in Kenwood is for those who appreciate craftsmanship and design, and there are some very excellent options currently available to buyers.

4950 S. Woodlawn Avenue

Completed in 1887, this beautiful Victorian comes from William LeBaron Jenney, the architect behind Chicago’s Home Insurance Building, a 10-story building that is often cited as being the world’s first skyscraper. While this home doesn’t reach such heights, the level of craftsmanship and architectural detail is breathtaking. The home has been very carefully renovated in a manner that respects its architectural heritage. This large and luxurious six-bedroom, four-bathroom can be had for $2.595 million.

5008 S. Greenwood Avenue

This brick house which dates back to 1900 was designed by the illustrious Alfred Alschuler. Designing everything from office towers, to factories, to single family homes, the prolific architect was the mind behind dozens of high-quality and well-known buildings throughout Chicago. One of his more prominent works, the London Guaranty & Accident Building was recently renovated and reopened as the LondonHouse hotel.

This home does feature some original architectural details, but it has been mostly refinished and updated. It’s also quite spacious with seven bedrooms and five bathrooms spread over 9,000 square feet of living space. It has entered the market asking $2.395 million.