Snug in one of Chicago’s most storied and affluent neighborhoods—the Gold Coast—is this historic manse clocking in at 13,400 square feet. Listed with Tatiana Miller of Coldwell Banker for $21.9 million, it’s currently the highest-priced listing in Chicago.
It was built in 1888 and designed by Cobb & Frost (architects Henry Ives Cobb and Charles Summer Frost) for attorney John H. Thompson. The Thompson house, on Dearborn and Delaware, is a rare luxe home in a neighborhood more known for bars, restaurants, and high-rises. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and comes with a one-bedroom coach house.
The current owner, who never lived in the home, snapped it up nine years ago for $3,128,000, according to the Chicago Tribune, and took on a major renovation project.
“Everything inside was gutted to the bones,” says Miller. “Everything is brand-new there, even though it looks like it’s been there for centuries.”
With six bedrooms, 6.5 baths, and a three-car garage, there is plenty of room to spread out. Infrastructure was also upgraded, including smart home features, integrated audio and speaker systems, and all-new plumbing, electrical, and HVAC. The behind-the-scenes work means the house will be hassle-free in the coming years.
“There’s a lot of custom-made furniture here. It’s pretty much turnkey,” says Miller. In fact, the offer can be adjusted to include all furnishings, which took a year to acquire, stage, and decorate for the perfect look.
Silk wall coverings, custom millwork, marble flooring, and stained-glass windows bring the mansion into even more luxe territory. The entryway now features original mosaic granite inlay flooring, along with original decorative clay tiles from England, which were restored.
Leaded-glass windows were thoughtfully preserved. Windows and floors were crafted from Honduran mahogany, a material also used for the elevator’s interior. A powder-coated aluminum fence surrounds the property, which features gorgeous planters and newly planted maple trees.
Despite the reliance on dark woods, this mansion is anything but stuffy, nor does each room feel cramped.
“The open floor plan is designed to accommodate today’s lifestyle,” says Miller. Also new: an entertainment center (with a fireplace with handcarved Italian marble) as well as a commercial-size bar and wine room, plus a luxe bath with sauna, steam room, rain shower, waterfall, and soaking tub.
Living on the Gold Coast means never having to drive. “You are right in the heart of the city,” says Miller, “and a short walk to the Mag Mile and Oak Street with all the high-end designers.”
Lake Michigan’s beachfront is a five-minute walk. Washington Park is also next door to the home, providing easy access to green space.
What kind of buyer will do more than drool over this property and actually buy it? “It definitely takes a curious buyer,” says Miller, “who will appreciate all of this and has appropriate pockets to even afford this.”
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