A Neoclassical villa atop a Mag Mile skyscraper, for just $11.5 million

Unit 6302 at 132 E Delaware Pl, Chicago

Does your home have an enough room?

Not enough room, but a room that gives visitors “just enough information” about you, and that serves as a “mirror for [your] social confidence”?

Yeah, this place has one of those.

The term comes from interior decorator Juan Pablo Molyneux, described by Architectural Digest as “a witty fabulist” who “has often designed châteaux and palaces with a venerable history, including his own pied-à-terre in Paris, the Hôtel Claude Passart.” For this penthouse — unit 6302 at 132 E Delaware Pl, a tower you might know as the Bloomingdale’s Building, the Four Seasons, or the Residences at 900 North, depending on how you use it — Molyneux installed “gilt Neoclassical paneling,” imported French rosettes and columns, late-Baroque tapestries, “French armchairs of exalted provenance,” silk draperies, “trompe l’oeil marquetry,” gilt-embossed leather walls, and more expensive-sounding stuff to create “a villa at the top of a midwestern skyscraper.”

Unit 6302 at 132 E Delaware Pl, ChicagoThe Near North Side is the most expensive neighborhood in Chicago, and at $11.5 million, unit 6302 is the community area’s second most expensive home. Only Bill Wrigley Jr’s penthouse space on Goethe Street costs more, and he’s willing to split it up into two “affordable” units priced at $6 million and $5 million.

Coldwell Banker Realtor Katherine Chez, who listed the unit on September 1, describes the home thus: a first floor featuring a private study, a sitting room, a grand limestone staircase, 25-foot ceiling heights in the living room, a formal dining room, a true cook’s kitchen, and a master suite with his-and-her bath, and a second floor featuring two bedrooms, a large library, a screening room, a wine cellar, and a gym. (I guess she forgot about the enough room.)

Monthly assessments are $5,795, and 2008 taxes are…wait for it…$69,139. Blockshopper has more on the unit’s sale history and other homes in the building.


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