After two years on the market and a few price cuts, an unusual oval home designed by the firm of noted modernist architect brothers William and George Fred Keck has sold in suburban Highland Park, Illinois. Built in 1962, the midcentury residence boasts five bedrooms and five bathrooms arranged around its most interesting feature: an indoor/outdoor pool topped by a retractable roof.
Although initially listed for $1.7 million, the Partridge Lane property ultimately changed hands for $1.18 million last week, according to Crain’s. The publication noted that the sale price is below the $1.24 million the seller paid for the North Shore home in 2014 as well as the home’s 2001 sale price of $1.29 million.
The property’s new owners plan to make some renovations that will be “sympathetic to the original look of the house,” says Crain’s. This is likely to include an effort to “unrenovate” some changes like the removal of recent partitions that divided the open-plan living room into three smaller spaces.
During its two years on the market, the home was also opened to the public as a mid-mod themed show house last fall. Ticket sales from the event benefited restoration of Keck & Keck’s groundbreaking 1933 House of Tomorrow which was moved to northern Indiana from Chicago following the city’s Century of Progress Exposition.
While the doughnut-shaped home in Highland Park is no longer up for grabs, fans of Keck & Keck’s midcentury residences still have a chance to purchase this glass-walled passive solar ranch in Flossmoor, Illinois. Listed for $475,000 in December, the 1958 home is now asking $419,000.
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- Oval-shaped midcentury masterpiece lists in Highland Park [Curbed Chicago]