Homebuyers looking for a classic Chicago experience will find plenty to like about this handsome three-bedroom co-op in Hyde Park’s Powhatan building, designed by architects Robert De Golyer and Charles L. Morgan in 1929.
The seventh-floor residence is one of 40 in the landmark Art Deco structure, which is one of the last residential buildings in Chicago to employ a 24/7 elevator operator. The unit is full of elegant touches including a wood-paneled library, parquet floors, and unobstructed Lake Michigan views. The most intriguing element is arguably the old wood millwork, added by a previous owner.
“There’s a rumor that the oak trim could have come from a building at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition,” listing agent Kenneth Marier of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff tells Curbed Chicago. “There’s no paperwork to prove it, so the story remains an interesting—albeit unsubstantiated—narrative.”
Additionally, the current owners invested in a number of upgrades that bring the home up to contemporary standards that are still in keeping with the 1920s design. “Their choices were similar to what was originally there,” explains Marier, “just updated and a little fresher.”
Changes include a renovated kitchen that incorporates the home’s original German silver sink as well as a SpacePak air conditioning system to avoid the need for unsightly ductwork or window units. The updated bathrooms feature toned-down versions of the original Art Deco pastel coloring.
If the $395,000 asking price seems a little too good to be true, it’s important to note that the home is a co-op. The owner is also responsible for a “comprehensive” monthly assessment of $3,980—covering parking, utilities, building amenities, as well as property taxes.