A one-of-kind duplex unit in Edgar Miller and Sol Kogen's Carl Street Studios hit the market yesterday providing a rare opportunity to own not only a uniquely artistic home, but a piece of Old Town history as well. The building started life as an 1880s Victorian mansion along Carl Street—now known as Burton Place. In 1927, young SAIC artists Kogen and Miller purchased the structure and partitioned it into multiple live/work studios.
The gut conversion also saw the ornate building receive a modernist makeover with its Victorian details replaced by glass block windows and a common brick facade. Meanwhile, the interiors were spruced up with artistic stonework, mosaics, and murals. Though it came under threat of demolition in 2015, preservationists rallied to save the Old Town structure and it eventually sold to a new owner that pushed for protective landmark status.
At 3,500 square feet, this particular three-bedroom residence is one of the largest of Carl Street Studios’ units and features a dramatic two-story living room, high-end kitchen, and a spacious rooftop deck. Rehabbed in 2004, the home retains its artistic embellishments including stained glass windows, bespoke tile work, carved doors, frescoes, parquet floors, and painted ceilings.
Previously for sale as part of a larger, 5,500-square-foot listing, studio number two returned to the market yesterday seeking $1.5 million. Its attached duplex studio is also available for purchase separately, according to the property’s listing notes.
- 155 West Burton Place Unit 2, Chicago IL [Estately]
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