We last chattered about this vintage 6-bedroom single family home and coach house on the landmarked Terra Cotta Row at 1048 W. Oakdale in Lakeview in August 2011.
See our prior chatter here.
Also known as the Henry Rohkam Mansion, 1048 W. Oakdale is a rare property for a neighborhood as dense as Lakeview as it is on over 3 city lots.
Built in 1887 for Henry Rohkam, the Vice President of Northwestern Terra Cotta Company, it is part of the landmarked Terra Cotta Row district which consists of 2 single family homes and a 2 multi-flat buildings as well as terra cotta fencing lining the street.
When granting the landmark designation, the Commission on Chicago Landmarks remarked on the terra cotta row’s ornate style:
“The buildings’ lavish, terra cotta decoration suggest their distinction. Such displays of ornament are unusual in neighborhoods of working class origins. They were usually limited to mansion on the lakefront or other affluent areas.”
In the 1880s, Lakeview was a German-American neighborhood. Rohkam and his architect, Theodore Karls, were both of German ancenstry. Karls was born in Berlin and came to Chicago in 1868.
The style of the house reflects both German and Austrian architecture and the gables and facade were similar to the high-style of merchant homes in Germany.
The main house is brick and terra cotta and has a raised basement.
The fence is red terra cotta.
The 3-bedroom, 2 bath 3-level coach house was built in 1912 (replacing a wood stable) and is pressed brick and terra cotta.
The house is located on 3 1/2 Chicago lots- measusring 87.5×125.
The gardens consist of a gazebo, winding brick sidewalks and a decorative garden urn which depicts ancient warriors in combat.
The main house has been refurbished to reflect its historic heritage.
It has the original stained glass and woodwork.
There are now silk-screened wallpapers, antique lighting and imported tiles.
The kitchen has a Wolf stove and oven, a wine cooler and a Northland refrigerator alongside white cabinets and sandstone counter tops.
The house has central air. There is 2-car garage parking plus 2 extra parking outdoor parking spaces.
Originally listed just before the recession, in May 2008, for $3.9 million, (bad timing?) it has been off and on the market since then.
It has now been reduced $1.405 million to $2.495 million.
One thing that many of you complained about in the prior chatter was the vintage wallpaper in many of the rooms which you deemed too distracting.
The new listing agent actually has posted pictures showing the “before” (with the wallpaper) and what it would be like “after” (without the wallpaper.) (Perhaps she is a reader of Crib Chatter???)
Do the pictures change your mind?
Or is the Victorian-style interior too big of a distraction for buyers in today’s market?
Joanne Nemerovski at Prudential Rubloff now has the listing. See more pictures here.
1048 W. Oakdale: 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, 2 half baths in main house (the listing now says 6 bedrooms, 5.2 baths- not sure if this includes the coach house or not)
- Sold in Janury 1996 for $1.195 million
- Originally listed in May 2008 for $3.9 million
- Reduced to $3.15 million by March 2009
- Withdrawn in 2009
- Was listed in August 2011 at $2.75 million
- Currently listed at $2.495 million
- Taxes of $12,050
- Central Air
- Coach House has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths on 3 levels
- 2-car garage plus 2 other outdoor parking spots
- Bedroom #1: 20×18 (second floor)
- Bedroom #2: 21×12 (second floor)
- Bedroom #3: 9×13 (second floor)
- Bedroom #4: 13×18 (lower level)
- Family room: 26×16 (main level)