It’s amazing how much of real estate, environment and infrastructure changes over time…and yet stays very much the same. At the moment one example of this is what has evolved over the years at West Oakdale Avenue.
In 2005, a new landmark was designated in Chicago within the Lakeview neighborhood. the area between Seminary and Sheffield Streets for locals and tourists alike to check out historical buildings. Many years ago these were home to the Northwestern Terra Cotta Company officers founded in 1878 by John True and others which became the name in terra cotta trimmings.
one of those houses – completed in 1887 – was given the name the Henry Rokham House. that became known as The Queen of Terra Cotta Row and in 2012 had a market value of nearly $2.5million. Featuring stained glass windows, brick etchings of a woman on a spinning wheel, unique tile work, original coach house and more, it was designed by Theodore Karls.
now, for the first time in six decades one of these properties is for sale!!! The two floor building with four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, and two kitchens has a 1970s vintage feel to it. back in its day it was known as “the absolute crème de la crème.” now it can be yours for $699,000 to enjoy leopard print carpeting, condo sports and more. It may be somewhat outdated and in need of some modernization but the location and the story it tells brings it more than charm.