The World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, better known as the Chicago World's Fair, opened 120 years ago Wednesday. The great display of American ingenuity was held amid buildings and grounds designed by now-legendary architect and urban planner Daniel Burnham, whose official title was Director of Works. He would go on to pen the blueprints for some of America's most recognizable buildings, including New York's iconic Flatiron Building, Washington's Union Station, and Chicago's Marshall Field and Company Building, now a Macy's flagship and the world's second largest department store. Amid all these high-profile commissions, he also produced some private homes, like this striking columned mansion in the Chicago suburb of Kenilworth. The 11,000-square-foot mansion was restored and expanded by its current owners, who had relisted the house for $8.95M before delisting it this week.
? Just around the corner, this 1896 Burnham design occupies a treed corner lot, with a "coach house" tucked away on the corner of the property. The five-bedroom, five-bath house is, at 4,500 square feet, much smaller than its white columned cousin, but the price is a more accessible $3.195M. The impeccably maintained historic home boasts a tastefully renovated kitchen and well-preserved original moldings, floors, and mantles.
? Compared to the immaculate historic interiors in the previous two properties, the Burnham-designed details of this condo were mostly lost when it was cleaved out of Chicago's famous Marshall Field Jr. mansion. Still, its location on coveted Prairie Avenue and close proximity to Soldier Field might be enough to woo a buyer willing to fork over $1.85M for two bedrooms and three baths in a Chicago landmark. The penthouse unit comes with two parking spaces and is available furnished for an additional fee.
? Burnham designed this building as a commercial loft on Chicago's Printer's Row, but it has since been converted into residential lofts. This unit, a 1,600-square-foot two bedroom, occupies a prime corner position, with exposed brick walls and eight oversized windows, but the windowless interior bedroom may turn off some buyers. The apartment is currently listed for $320K.
? Another Burnham commercial design redone as residential, this Cleveland loft building suffers from some odd lobby finishes and incongruous exposed ductwork, but the soaring ceilings and roofdeck make this two-bed, two-bath unit a catch at $399K. Renovated just seven years ago, the 1,900-square-foot apartment sits on a high floor and features direct elevator access from the basement garage.
· 'Singular' Daniel Burnham-Designed Mansion Asks $8.95M [Curbed Chicago]
· 322 Kenilworth Ave [Zillow]
· 1919 S Prairie Ave [Redfin]
· Duplex Condo Lists at the Standout Marshall Field Jr. Mansion [Curbed Chicago]
· 801 S Wells St [Zillow]
· 18 E 4th St [Trulia]