Featuring a unique blend of both modern and Mediterranean elements, this striking Kenwood mansion isn’t your average South Side home.
Built in 1973 by noted Egyptian architect M. Momen of Momen Architects & Consulting Engineers, the six-bedroom, five-bathroom residence is one of four similarly designed homes along the 1100 block of East 49th Street.
According to neighborhood folklore, the homes were originally commissioned by Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad, who lived in the large mansion across the street at 4855 S. Woodlawn Avenue. Listing agent Jessie Pinkham of Ultimate Realty Group, however, says she hasn’t been able to verify the claim.
“The home is simply amazing,” Pinkham told Curbed. “It feels like you’re in a different country. Everywhere you look there are archways and sunlight.”
Highlights of Momen’s 4,500-square-foot design include a sunken living room with a diamond-patterned mahogany ceiling, a two-story family room that opens to a skylit second-floor gallery, and a front staircase illuminated by a colorful stained glass window.
The eclectic modern-meets-Mediterranean home at 1154 E. 49th Street is currently listed for $1.2 million. It last sold in 2010 for $510,000, according to public records.