A Retired ComEd Substation in Chicago is Reborn

The original prairie style structure was a ComEd substation built in 1916.

Located on Clark Street in Chicago, it faces Washington Square Park and is adjacent to the Newberry Library.

Architect Michael Hershenson redesigned the interior and added two floors of living space to create a stunning contemporary single family home.

The home includes an outdoor pool, 6 bedrooms, an exercise room and a wine cellar.

There is a green house on the top level.

Find out more about this listing here.

 

Read more about this beautiful rehab project in Chicago here.

What a rare find in the city!

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Enjoying Looking at This Tudor Revival Style Home

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Built in the 30’s, this home offers gorgeous architectural details.   Its Tudor revival style reminds me of country homes designed by British Architect Edwin Lutyens.

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Decorative open timber roof truss, also called a Hammerbeam roof are a highlight in this living room.

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The double staircase wraps around to create a memorable view on the second floor.

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Several terraces offer restful spots for enjoying the lush formal gardens and one acre lot.

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A swimming pool, pool cottage and putting green add to the outdoor enjoyment.

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I wish all of you a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving.  Thank you for visiting my posts, I am truly grateful.

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Homes From “The Godfather” Movies

Photos: 'Godfather' house where the Corleones lived
Fun fact: Three homes that were part of the “The Godfather” movies are on the market.
First off is the Tudor-style home of Don Corleone. In the photos it looks smaller than I remember. Built in the ‘30s, transformation to the Longfellow Avenue neighborhood took place in 1971 in an effort to create the Corleone estate. For the film a fake brick wall and wrought iron gate on the main street turned this:

Photos: 'Godfather' house where the Corleones lived

………..into this.

Photos: 'Godfather' house where the Corleones lived

The Beverly House in California has an interesting history. In the film “The Godfather” it was the home of the Hollywood mogul who found a horse head in his bed.


It was also in the film “The Bodyguard” starring Kevin Kostner and Whitney Houston.
Besides a film location, it was home to William Randolph Hearst.


And the honeymoon location of John F. and Jackie Kennedy.

The third house to make this list is in “The Godfather: Part II.”

Photos: Condo at Tahoe property where 'Godfather's' Fredo died is Wall St. Journal's House of the Year

 

This time, the home belonged to Michael Corleone and was part of his Tahoe compound.  The stone boathouses formed a famous backdrop.

Photos: Condo at Tahoe property where 'Godfather's' Fredo died is Wall St. Journal's House of the Year

 

Photos: Condo at Tahoe property where 'Godfather's' Fredo died is Wall St. Journal's House of the Year

The home on this property was originally built in 1938 by Henry J. Kaiser, one of the prime contractors responsible for the Hoover Dam.

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1929 Home Designed by Harrie T. Lindeberg

Property PhotoBuilt in 1929, this beautiful home in Lake Forest, Illinois was designed by architect Harrie T. Lindeberg. 

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This secluded property includes an attached coach house, tennis court and swimming pool.

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With over 12,000 square feet of living space and 7 fireplaces, the home features lovely wood paneled walls and ornate mouldings.

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Lindeberg was best known for designing country houses and has projects across the United States including homes in Long Island, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Houston.   Several are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

His homes reflect more of a traditional perspective when compared to some of his contemporaries including Frank Lloyd Wright and William Adams Delano.

The Nester House in Ontario County, New York is currently operated as a resort named Geneva on the Lake.

Below are additional homes designed by Lindeberg.

68 Round Hill Rd, Greenwich, CT 06831

231 Cleft Rd, Mill Neck, NY 11765

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Spanish Mediterranean Style

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Here is a beautiful Spanish Mediterranean style home in Winnetka, Illinois.  Built in 1921, the home sits on about 3 acres and is surrounded by trees.

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Inside, the 17,000 square foot home features several Spanish Mediterranean details such as the ornate iron stair rail and the large leaded window at the stair.

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I love the groin vaulted ceiling in the entry hall.

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The ceiling in the Dining Room has lovely cast plaster detail.

 

 

 

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The property includes a pool, pool house, tennis court and a golf practice hole as well as several outdoor terraces.   Beautiful!

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