1901 – Chicago, IL – $550,777

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Added to OHD on 11/6/20   -   Last OHD Update: 1/11/21   -   19 Comments
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726 W Garfield Blvd, Chicago, IL 60609

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  • $550,777
  • 12 Bed
  • 5.5 Bath
  • 6270 Sq Ft
  • 0.14 Ac.
Own a piece of chicago history with this magnificent property. Featured multiple times on channel 11 & pbs, the famous o'leary mansion is back on the market! The possibilities are endless with this massive property. There's enough room to do several condos, duplexes, or any combination. It needs a lot of work, but the finished product is a multi million dollar property!! ! It has some fantastic original woodwork and moulding. All four levels (including the basement) have high ceilings and extra large rooms. There's also a coach house at this property. Selling as-is.
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Jose Villasenor, Realty of Chicago
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19 Comments on 1901 – Chicago, IL – $550,777

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  1. MJGMJG says: 2278 comments
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    That’s an amazing blue sky in those first picture. Great building with amazing potential.

  2. squirrelyonesquirrelyone says: 63 comments
    1900 Farmhouse
    Davenport, IA

    Wow!!! That’s all I’ve got!

    That, and I supposed it’s somehow heartening to know that folks who live in 33 room mansions still like Betty Crocker cheesy potatoes and buy the same urns for their departed cats that I do.

    I’d never heard of the “famous” O’Leary Mansion, so I looked it up and found some interesting lore: http://arcchicago.blogspot.com/2011/07/mansion-that-cries-mother.html

    The architect of this building also designed buildings like Wrigley Field, the Kankakee Courthouse, some jaw-droppingly gorgeous churches, and large commercial buildings as well as a few other mansions: http://zacharytaylordavis.com/

    • Thanks for posting those links Squirelyone. The history is fascinating. Really awesome place.

      • KarenZKarenZ says: 1158 comments
        OHD Supporter

        What an incredible property! I would have loved to see this in its heyday. Doing a street view walk shows many once beautiful places (and even a broken down yacht)! If someone had the deep pockets to take a huge risk, maybe it would get this area back to what it was! At least getting Chinese food would be convenient!

  3. MrMikeMrMike says: 68 comments
    Chicago, IL

    Some more background: James O’Leary was the son of Catherine O’Leary, of the Great Chicago Fire lore. Big Jim became a very successful tavern owner but was more successful running gambling rackets around the city (he was known as the South Side gambling king). His initials are in the stone on the facade. Also, probably not by accident, the property has what was once noted as the only city fire hydrant set up for a single home.

  4. shafer8shafer8 says: 60 comments
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    1732 Cape Cod

    Beautiful and impressive. I can’t understand this style of photography. All it does is distract from what we are seeing, imo. But who cares I guess if you are a serious buyer. Seems like a very fair price? This blows away anything NYC has to offer.

    • BethanyBethany says: 3450 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      I agree. Realtors should be forbidden to use filters.

      While not an expert by any means, I’m surprised at the relative affordability of this mansion.

  5. daisyd90daisyd90 says: 12 comments
    Marietta, GA

    This house is beautiful! So many amazing details. What is the last picture of? The stone block?

    • AmyBeeAmyBee says: 829 comments
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      1859 Mod Vern Greek Revival
      Lockport, NY

      A carriage block.
      One slighted from their horse-drawn carriage (which was higher off the ground) onto the block thrn down to the walk.

    • woeismewoeisme says: 153 comments
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      1990 suburban
      Vacaville, CA

      I think it was originally down by the curb. They were used to enter and leave carriages. There is a lot of stonework missing on the front façade. This beautiful house could probably be bought and totally renovated for a cool million bucks.

  6. RehabWarRehabWar says: 6 comments
    1884 Folk Victorian
    Stevensville, MI

    As a delivery driver in Chicago 40 years ago I would risk an expensive traffic ticket, and take the truck down Garfield Blvd just to go past this house. Its dark imposing façade captivated me, and its very existence became one of the main inspirations for me to devote my life to saving, rehabbing, and preserving old homes. For years I drove people past this beauty, even when I lived many miles away, and even to this day living in Michigan, I still make sure my route to Midway Airport includes the Garfield Blvd route. I’m so glad to finally see interior photos of the home (as poor as they are). Thank you Kelly and OHD, a million times over for not letting this one go unnoticed. Hopefully someone will ignore the broker’s advice to condo-ize the home, and just “Make it Great Again”.

    • MaggieMayMaggieMay says: 99 comments
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      1945 Craftsman
      Athens, TN

      I worked in Detroit and I loved going past the Whitney near downtown. I also worked at The Pontchatrain downtown and Mr. Mikes Restaurant on Woodward by GM back in the 80’s. I love beautiful old architecture. My father had a law office in the Guardian Bldg downtown, which I think has the most breathtaking interior in the city. Maybe the country. Sooo homesick.

  7. Very Impressive….I’d love to own this home and live in every space of it…just needs som TLC!

  8. messengerjsmessengerjs says: 47 comments
    Salisbury, MD

    Just cleaning the exterior stone would make a huge difference!

  9. ctmeddctmedd says: 398 comments

    WOW! So grand! Yes, she needs some love but there’s so much potential. I hope that the new owner doesn’t turn it into condos or a duplex, but that is a lot of home for a family. It would be great if it could be rehabbed and opened to the public! Historical society, anyone?

  10. lara janelara jane says: 469 comments
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    I don’t know jack about Chicago or its neighborhoods but this seems affordable for a majestic (albeit faded) city mansion.

  11. brigidbrigid says: 618 comments
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    1930 Eclectic Lake Cabin
    Smalltown, OK

    What an amazing house! I may be strange, but I really don’t care for the natural light filled rooms and airy looks. I like (and in this case love) dark, heavy houses that lean towards Gothic looks. I’m guessing the ‘as is’ means there’s work to do in the kitchen and bathrooms. If I were to buy this I’d clean up the wood, do some room painting, and leave the rest. I would like to see more of the floors. Surely there’s wood under the carpets. I would also give the owners a few offers on some of the furniture and decor – especially the beautiful statues!

    • MJGMJG says: 2278 comments
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      I agree with you 100 percent. I always cringe when I see rich dark exteriors and I go inside and its loaded with white and bright with light. Especially open floor plans. Give me rich interiors to match the exterior and filtered light from the windows. I always cringed when my realtor would take me to a Victorian and say “It’s light and bright and airy”, and I’d say, Rich, Warm and inviting is more my thing.


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