1904 Romanesque Revival
Andersonville | Edgewater
Historic Romanesque Revival Greystone in Chicago
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|Heated Sq. Ft.||4,755|
- Has Rentable Unit(s)
- 1st Floor Bath
- 1st Floor Bedroom
- Driveway - Paved
- Fenced Yard
- Gated Entry
- Built-in Bookcases
- Built-in Cabinets
- Wood floors
- City water supply
- Cast Iron Radiators
- Plaster Walls
- Pocket Doors
- Stained Glass Windows
- 4000 Sq. Ft.
- Handsome Millwork Throughout
- Original Stained Glass
- Oversized Lot
- RS-3 Zoning
- Three Levels
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This iconic and historic Greystone was designed by architect George L. Pfeiffer in 1904 for Christian Christensen, during a period of rapid residential development in the East Andersonville neighborhood. For decades, it has been referred to as the “castle” by neighborhood residents due to its unusual and fascinating ornamentation. The building was also ranked “orange” in the Chicago Historic Resources Survey for its historic and architectural significance within the neighborhood context.
The Indiana limestone façade combines elements of Classical, Queen Anne, and Romanesque Revival styles and features a prominent limestone porch, a corner tower (turret) with a hexagonal roof clad in clay tile, and an abundance of carved limestone detail. The building is imbued with historic detail from the limestone exterior to rich, and detailed interiors.
This stately residence, currently divided into three apartments, is oriented on an oversized 50’ x 125’ lot, providing a generous side yard, situated to the east of the building.
Christian Christensen, a Danish immigrant, migrated to Chicago in 1871. He worked as a whole-sale liquor distributor and bought the lot at what today is 1430 West Berwyn Avenue in 1895. In 1904, he hired architect George L. Pfeiffer to design a 2-story flat building. While living in the property, he also rented out a portion of it. He lived in the property with his wife, Emma, for 10 years before selling it. The neighboring Greystone at 1436 W. Berwyn Avenue was also designed by George L. Pfeiffer for Christian’s brother, John, in 1908.
George L. Pfeiffer, a German-born and –trained architect began practicing in Chicago in 1893 as a staff architect for the German Commission at the World’s Columbian Exposition. During the next 17 years, he designed scores of buildings in Chicago. In 1910, he moved to Miami, Florida where his practice flourished and where he is regarded as a prominent historic architect.
Ronald V. Flores purchased the home 40+ years ago, which is the last time the property changed hands. The home’s exterior and interior ornamentation is a reflection of Ronald Flores’ appreciation for stone work and sculpting. He is responsible for the caryatids at the top of the tower and a variety of the other non-original ornamental features including architectural fragments, statuary and light fixtures attached to the home and in situ around the property.
The gracious first-floor apartment features stunning formal spaces with historic details and handsome architectural character. With generous entertaining areas, three bedrooms, and a sizable kitchen and bath sensitively updated to accommodate a contemporary lifestyle, this bright and sunny space offers both form and function. The main floor retains many of its original and distinctive architectural features including oak pocket doors, fireplace mantle, stained glass windows, handsome millwork, and so much more.
This second floor also retains many original architectural features, including handsome millwork, oversized windows and a stunning period turret, designed to usher natural light into the interior parlors. This apartment features two bedrooms, one bathroom and is currently being utilized as short-term rental via Airbnb for additional income.
With original hardwood floors, and stairwell, large windows, and plenty of interesting details, this high garden level apartment is currently in use as an income-producing apartment, the garden level includes two bedrooms, generous living space, and an updated kitchen and bath.
The building maintains its historic charm and integrity - inside and out. From the rusticated limestone exterior to the detailed interiors, each and every detail is alive with a fascinating story to tell. The original oak floors, millwork, built-in hutches, original stained glass, and decorative fireplace lend a storied aura to the many interesting and unique qualities of this property.
Andersonville is known for its Swedish roots, historic architecture, and bustling urban main street, Clark Street. When you arrive in Andersonville, you feel you have arrived someplace special.
Andersonville’s roots as a community extend well back into the 19th century, when immigrant Swedish farmers started moving north into what was then a distant suburb of Chicago. Swedish immigrants continued to arrive in Andersonville through the beginning of the 20th century, settling in the newly built homes surrounding Clark Street. While Andersonville’s roots are Swedish, today Andersonville is recognized as the “shop local capital of Chicago,” supporting the largest network of local and independent businesses in the area.
Like no other neighborhood in Chicago, Andersonville has also demonstrated a deep commitment to the planet through its eco-Andersonville program. The neighborhood fosters a strong sense of diversity, and unity in the neighborhood and pride of place with its residents.
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