Own a piece of Chicago's past in Marshall Field Junior mansion

yo marshall field.jpgLast week, we mentioned the conversion of the Marshall Field Junior mansion into condos. What ever you think of a house divided (into condos), there’s much more cachet in having a Queen Anne-style home that was actually built in the 1890’s than one of the knockoffs they build today.

In 1890, Chicago millionaire Marshall Field bought the small house and property at 1919 S Prairie Ave, located right next to his own spectacular home, and commissioned architect Daniel Burnham to construct the 30,000-square-foot mansion for his newly married son. Sure makes that cappacino maker you gave for your last wedding gift seem inadequate.

Developer UrbanStreet Properties, despite have a name that sounds like a hip-hop record label, is converting the mansion into six individual residences. They preserved the original red sandstone and brick facade and replicated the original copper cornice and grand staircase. The interior has been entirely renovated, but measures have been taken to restore remnants of the storied mansion’s original grandeur (such as 13 massive fireplaces). Ceilings reach thirteen feet and windows up to nine. There is an attached, eight-car garage. And, of course, what Queen Anne mansion-cum-modern condo conversion would be complete without stainless steel appliances and granite countertops?

A two-bedroom unit with 2,300 square-feet is listed from the $890s, and a three-bedroom unit with 4,148 square-feet is going for just under $1.7M. No word yet on whether prices will be slashed for Marshall Field’s Field Days sale.

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