This greystone Andersonville three-flat was already impressive in the mid-1970s when Ron Flores bought it. He went on to enhance it, adding sculptural pieces to the facade that make it more ornate and transforming a two-story section of the turret into a lavishly trimmed homage to the palace at Versailles.
Over the course of about 40 years, “my husband never stopped adding pieces of sculpture or stone or decoration to this house that he loved,” Kathy Klink-Flores said of her late husband, who died in 2010. Thanks to his embellishments, she said, the Berwyn Avenue greystone “stands alone. There’s nothing like this.”
Built in 1904, the building is one of a pair on the block designed by George Pfeiffer, an architect who worked on the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893 and other Chicago buildings before moving to Miami. Not much is known about the client Pfeiffer designed the building for, Christian Christensen, though a big C carved in the pediment above the front door memorializes him.
The building is a three-flat, and Flores lived at different times in one or the other of the two apartments, Klink-Flores said. He meticulously preserved the home’s stained glass and original woodwork, decorated the side yard with stone remnants of historical buildings and built a fountain, patio and other features out of architectural salvage.
Both Klink-Flores and Flores were teachers (she’s retired), and after they married in 1999, they divided their time between his and her Chicago homes and together managed their rental properties, including the units in this building. In 2017 Klink-Flores participated in a neighborhood effort to prevent a developer from demolishing the partner greystone next door, built in 1908 for John Christensen, brother of Christian. Both Christensens were in the liquor and saloon business, according to a 2017 report published by the Chicago Commission on Landmarks.
Klink-Flores has removed most of Flores’ collection of artifacts from the property, which at 50 by 125 feet is twice the width of the 25-by-125 standard lot size in the city. The rest of the home she has kept as Flores embellished it, hoping a buyer will appreciate the marriage of his flourishes with the historical details. The kitchens and three baths need updating. Configured now as a legal three-flat, the building has seven bedrooms.
79彩票注册网址 Klink-Flores is asking $1.25 million for the property. Listing agent Keith Goad of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago will have the home available as a private “pocket” listing beginning Dec. 11, and will put it on the multiple-listing service Jan. 13.
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