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Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Millard House, saved from the brink of demolition, sells in Highland Park for $950,000
Chicago Tribune |
Aug 13, 2020 at 1:38 PM
A four-bedroom Prairie-style house in Highland Park that was designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, known as the Millard House, sold Aug. 12, 2020, for its $950,000 asking price.
A four-bedroom Prairie-style house in Highland Park that was designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, known as the Millard House, sold Aug. 12, 2020, for its $950,000 asking price. (Lake County Assessor's Office)
A four-bedroom, renovated Prairie-style house in Highland Park that was designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright sold Wednesday for its $950,000 asking price.
Known as the Millard House after its first owner, rare-book dealer George Madison Millard, the home was built in 1906. It was in danger of demolition in 2015 after it languished on the market for 4½ years, and its then-owners procured a demolition permit.
However, the buyers who purchased the house in December 2015 for $687,500, nursing home operator Eric “Rickey” Rothner and his wife, Gale Rothner, wanted to preserve the home, and they set about extensively renovating it, including restoring original fixtures and hardware and updating the kitchen and bathrooms.
The Rothners then donated the 3,061-square-foot home to the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago at the end of last year.
“They were at the point of tearing it down — and that’s the point at which I got involved,” Gale Rothner told the Jewish Federation’s JUF News publication in December. “I thought it would take six months to renovate. It took three years. Everything that could go wrong did. There had been water damage, and it needed new HVAC, plumbing, electrical — you name it, we replaced it. So now the guts of the house are brand new.”
The Jewish Federation listed the house July 17, and it went under contract to sell just three days later.
The house has five bathrooms, a cellar that has been converted to a bonus room, a sewing room converted to a primary bedroom suite, and a maid’s room that has been transformed into a mud room and laundry room. The Rothners also added a large garage to the property and installed storage throughout the house, including in the kitchen. The kitchen touts a Sub-Zero refrigerator, honed granite countertops and a built-in pantry.
The house sits on a 0.66-acre lot that is just a block from Lake Michigan.
Public records do not yet identify the buyer. Kevin Swerdlow of Jameson Sotheby’s, who represented the buyer, declined to provide his client’s identity, but noted that the home was move-in ready, historically significant, a block from the lake and updated to today’s standards.
“I’m really pleased to have facilitated this purchase for my buyer,” Swerdlow said.
Restored to within an inch of its life ?