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Decoded: The Nation's Architectural 'Masterpieces'

Welcome back to The Brokerbabble Glossary, where Curbed takes a word or phrase that shows up repeatedly in listings and deciphers its true meaning. Ideas? Hit up the tipline.

The word "masterpiece" refers to a work of supreme intellectual or artistic achievement, or a piece of work presented to a medieval guild as evidence of qualification for the rank of master. Or, apparently, a small, squat, two-story house in Chicago, which is masterfully...rectangular and...has some windows? Don't kid yourself, little house. The medieval guild wouldn't even look at you twice.

What an amazing coincidence that two veritable masterpieces could exist in the same city and, not only that, but they could also be listed by the exact same broker. What are the odds?

So was this place a masterpiece even before it was renovated, or is it only a masterpiece now that it has undergone its renovation? Or both? Probably both.

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