Last seen on the open market with a slightly higher price and a batch of listing photos that left something be desired, the former River Forest Women's Club is back with a $1.49M ask. Designed by one-time Frank Lloyd Wright draftsman William Drummond and built in 1913, the building was bought by Paul and Ellen Coffey in 2005 for $450K and given a preservation-minded renovation estimated at $1.275M. The meticulous, "every square inch" updates included chemical testing to determine its original color (Paul identified it to the Wall Street Journal as "Prairie School brown"), as well as light alterations that resulted in what the listing rightly calls a "wonderful open-concept home." It's got all the built-ins, ornate wood trim, and intricate windows one would expect from a Wright associate, but let it not be said that the place gained admission to the Prairie School party on name-dropping alone.
Other features of note, in no particular order: a porte-cochère out front, geothermal heating and cooling systems, a bedroom that overlooks the auditorium-turned-living room through a wood screen, and a full 6,000 square feet that Curbed Chicago calls "large and in charge." Below, take stock of the "live/work possibilities" in this four-bedroom, or simply appreciate the "peachy orange and green" color scheme.
· 526 Ashland Avenue [Estately]
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