Old Irving Park’s famous “Race House” is back on the market following a four-year absence. Though the North Side neighborhood gets its name for its collection of older Victorian homes, this 1874 example is special for its excellent condition and being the sole survivor of the original Irving Park subdivision, founded before the area’s 1889 annexation by the city if Chicago.
Although perhaps not as opulent as some of its Gilded Age contemporaries, the single-family residence designed by an unknown architect for Stephen A. Race is an excellent example of Victorian Italianate architecture and is representative of the community’s early development.
In 1905, the structure was moved from its original position along Irving Park Road to its current location on Tripp Avenue. Since then, the home has received minor modifications to its exterior and extensive, yet thoughtful, interior renovations. It was designated a Chicago Landmark in 1988.
“The historic value of the property speaks for itself,” listing agent Tommy Choi told Curbed. “The integrity of the exterior architecture has been meticulously maintained, and the interior has modern touches that keep the home relevant for today’s buyers. It’s a perfect blend of both worlds.
The spacious residence features five bedrooms, five and a half bathrooms, a contemporary kitchen, and a 3000-bottle wine cellar. The old home’s attic has been repurposed to a master suite with a steam shower and large closet.
Old Irving’s landmarked Race House at 3945 N. Tripp Avenue is currently listed for $850,000. It was last for sale in 2014 with a $799,000 asking price before selling to its current owners the following year for $759,000, records show.