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Provincial Prairie School mansion by George Maher returns with price cut

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Built during Chicago's gilded age, this mansion boasts classical ornamentation and architectural details 

Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

One of Uptown’s most impressive homes has returned the market, and it comes back with a sizable reduction in asking price. Built in 1902, this 10,000-square-foot limestone mansion was designed by noted Prairie School-era architect George W. Maher. Unlike many of his midwestern contemporaries, Maher had a penchant for more elaborate and stately designs that blended elements of both the Arts and Crafts and Prairie School movements. Maher designed several homes in the historic Buena Park pocket neighborhood but this one can be had for $3.995 million.

The house impresses and that’s largely due to its original ornamentation and architectural details such as the elaborate millwork found throughout the first floor, its art glass windows, and stone columns surrounding the exterior. There’s also a nicely landscaped lawn and large planters flanking the entrance to the house—a theme commonly found in early Frank Lloyd Wright houses.

The sizable mansion originally entered the market 13 months ago seeking an equally large asking price of $4.595 million. Even with a $600,000 price cut, this mansion is still the priciest listing in the Uptown area by far. However, the listing represents a chance to own a true piece of Chicago’s architectural history and still live in the dense city.