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A classical mansion designed by Benjamin Marshall wants $2.1 million in Kenwood

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It comes with a five-bedroom coach house, too

A photo of a brick three-story mansion. The building is square with white trim around the windows.
5001 S. Greenwood Avenue
Photos by VIS Home

This picturesque mansion, designed by Benjamin Marshall in 1899, was built for one of Chicago’s premier bakers.

The Bremner Biscuit Company moved to Chicago in 1871, just after the Great Chicago Fire. The purveyor would imprint D.F.B. (the initials of the owner David F. Bremner) into each product which gave rise to the nickname “Damn Fine Bread.”

Bremner asked Chicago architect Benjamin Marshall to build his residence, and later Marshall would go on to design the Drake and Blackstone hotels along with other mansions along East Lake Shore Drive.

There are nine bedrooms, six and a half bathrooms, a ballroom, and a five-bedroom coach house. The home and coach house come with lots of original architectural details like mahogany moldings, built-in hutches, and ornate plaster details.

There’s a circular entrance hall with an opening in the gold ceiling that lets light flow through a dramatic skylight. There other rooms boast grand fireplaces, barrel ceilings, and candle sconces. The main home’s kitchen is quite charming with its handsome wooden built-ins, too.

5001 S. Greenwood Avenue is listed for $2,150,000 with Shirley Walker of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.

A round entryway with columns and views into several rooms and staircase.
There is an oval wooden table with leather chairs. A dramatic chandelier and crown molding on the ceiling.
There is a wood and glass cabinet.
A sun room with large windows overlooks the yard and brick coach house.

A sun room off the side of the main house.

A room with wood built-ins, a fireplace, arm chairs, and a view of the staircase.
The fireplace has a massive wood and granite mantel.