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522 W Deming Place Chicago, IL, United States

Restoration took four long years. The 3-1/2 story home was built in 1883 for sarah belle congdon wilson (1844-1923), a survivor of the 1871 great Chicago fire, and her second husband, oysterman and restaurateur, John stiles wilson (1839-1904). It was one of the earliest homes in what is now the Arlington-deming historic district. Bloom properties acquired the long vacant home in 2016. Pipes had burst. Roofs leaked. Lath and plaster crumbled. The grand staircase sagged. Pocket doors jammed. Art glass was shattered. Years of paint and neglect entombed the rooms. Plans and permits consumed year one. Exterior restoration took another full year. Inside, the team slowly began peeling back the layers of age, neglect and the patchwork of improvements that had been done over the years. The approach was careful, respectful and time-intensive. Preservation was the first priority. Every decision carefully considered the integrity of the home's original construction and design. Gradually, the heart of the home was uncovered. Sunlight warms every room. Flowers are the central design theme. Sunflowers bloom in the terra cotta, limestone and millwork, inside and out. Cherry blossoms, sunflowers, daisies, ferns and vines dance through the jewel-toned art glass. The hand-painted oyster smack at the center of the entry foyer's leaded glass window hints at the home's original owners. Exceptionally skilled craftsmen built this home in 1883. A team of equally skilled artisans have worked to honor them by restoring, reusing, rebuilding and re-purposing as many of the home's original features as possible. The elaborate millwork detail is again complete. Behind the walls, fully restored hardware again operates the pocket doors and windows. Original floor joists have been re-purposed to create a bench in the fitness room. The tennessee quarry where the fireplaces' tennessee red marble mantels were originally sourced was found so the missing and broken pieces were perfectly matched. Only six families have lived in the home in its nearly 150 year history. Will you be the next'


  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Full Bathrooms: 5
  • Partial Bathrooms: 1
  • Property Type: Single Family
  • Architectural Style: Victorian
  • Home size: 6,600 ft2 / 613 m2
  • MLS: 10915385
  • Web ID: UEDARM

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