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Get this charming oak-paneled co-op in a landmarked Hyde Park building for $395K

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Cozy up next to the library fireplace

Two plush chairs flank a stone fireplace in a room with wood panel walls and book-filled shelves.
The library features a gas-burning fireplace and built-in shelving.
Photos by VHT

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.

A room with white wood doors carved with an intricate pattern. There is a rug and table in the center of the space.
The formal foyer has gorgeous oak doors.
A roomy living area with multiple fabric sofas and chairs. A wood-paneled alcove contains two chairs, bookshelves, and a fireplace.
The foyer flows into a lake-facing living room and its attached library nook and dining room.
A room with wallpaper and a long wooden table. The windows overlook a tree-filled parked and a body of water.
The dedicated dining room features the same parquet flooring as the living room and library.
A tiled kitchen with wood counters, white cabinets and shelves, and a metal commercial grade stove.
The renovated kitchen and butler’s pantry features stainless appliances, tile floors, and lots of storage.
A bedroom with a wood frame bed, night stands, dresser, writing desk, and chaise lounge. Water is visible out two windows.
The spacious master suite also boasts lake views.