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Midcentury Modern meets A-frame in this $595K North Barrington time capsule

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The suburban Chicago home has been owned by the same family for 50 years

Photos by VHT Studios, courtesy of Baird & Warner

Built in 1968 into the side of a gently sloping hill on a wooded 3-acre lot, this unique midcentury home in suburban North Barrington, Illinois is up for grabs for the first time in its five-decade history.

Designed by architect Roland C. Schapanski, the structure is a sort of an architectural mash-up, featuring both the low-pitched roofline typical of many modern 1960s Midwest homes and the high-pitched ”ski lodge” geometry of an A-frame.

The split-level layout includes a sunken living and dining room, a lower level family room, and a master suite occupying the entire top floor. A time capsule in the truest sense of the phrase, the four-bedroom home features original kitchen and bathroom fixtures along with custom brick walls recycled from three separate old Chicago buildings.

Listing agent Lou Zucaro describes the interior decor as a rare example of the short-lived “Med Mid Mod” trend which saw traditional midcentury modern themes incorporated with additional Mediterranean details. This can be seen in the home’s stained glass accents, carved wood doors, cabinetry, and a foyer light fixture reclaimed from an vintage Chicago mansion.

The 3,000-square-foot, single-owner home also includes an outdoor pool, redundant heating (in case one furnace goes out), and garages with parking for up to six cars. It listed earlier this week and can be had for $595,000.