Two historical architects contributed to the looks of this home in Riverside, or three if you count who laid out the suburb’s curving streets in a way that enhanced the natural beauty of the setting.
In 1899, prolific architect designed the house on Nuttall Road, filling it with picturesque arches, wood trim and glass. About a decade later, owners Harriet and Seymour Edgerton, who had received the home brought in Prairie School architect to do some remodeling, particularly in the master bedroom.
The result is “this magnificent house that we fell in love with,” said Vijay Palani, who with her husband, C.K. Palani, a physician, has owned the house since 1984.
“It’s stately and built like a fortress, but it’s amazingly comfortable to live in,” she said. That’s thanks to a big front porch from which the couple watched their boys run around on the deep front lawn, to numerous leaded-glass windows that fill the home with daylight, to inviting built-in benches in the dining room and other spots.
When the Palanis bought the house 36 years ago, becoming its fifth owners, the interior was far darker and heavier, because of thick draperies and carpets. All they had to do was make it lighter, Vijay Palani recalled, “is take all of that out.” Over the years they’ve updated the utilities, roof and other systems, but they’ve diligently maintained the historical character of the home.
The house, a little under 4,000 square feet, is on over half an acre in the heart of Riverside’s historic section, with distinguished houses by Frank Lloyd Wright and others as its neighbors. The town’s Metra station, fanciful water tower and parkland along the Des Plaines River are all within a few blocks’ walk, and the Brookfield Zoo is a few minutes’ bike ride west.
With their children grown, “the house is too big for us,” said C.K. Palani, a surgeon, “and we’re spending some of our time in Florida.” The couple put the house on the market last spring and in August took it off the market. They will put it back on the market Feb. 2 with a price reduction, to $1.1 million. It’s represented by P.J. Duffy of @properties.
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