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  • This Palos Park house for sale is a time capsule from the 1950s

    Nearly everything is intact, including the bowling alley, the bomb shelter and a wild array of colored tiles in the bathrooms.?

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    79彩票注册网址A house in Palos Park came on the market this week with much of its original 1957 design intact, including a turquoise-trimmed front entrance, big doses of brightly colored tile, a bowling alley and a bomb shelter.

    79彩票注册网址“You walk in the front door and it’s 1957 again,” said George Simic, the John Greene, Realtor agent who’s representing the house on 129th Place. “I was blown away when I saw all this was in there.”

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    79彩票注册网址In the horseshoe-shaped house designed by architect S. Richard Klarich, the dining room has bright blue ceiling beams crossing beneath big skylights, classic wood paneling wraps the walls of many rooms, and each bathroom is packed with multiple tile patterns. Klarich, who died in 1990, studied architecture at what is now the Illinois Institute of Technology before joining his father's construction company in the 1930s. According to this obituary, he also designed homes in Beverly and in Dune Acres, Indiana. 

    The asking price is $300,000 for the five-bedroom house of about 10,000 square feet on a little over an acre. Because there has been some roof leakage and all plumbing and kitchen fixtures are from the 1950s, Simic estimates bringing the house up to current livability standards would cost at least $250,000.

    The home’s frozen-in-time quality results from the fact that it was owned by the original builder, Ed Paciora, and his family for 60 years, until they sold it in 2017, two years after he died. His wife, Betty, died in 2005.

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    The family sold the house to a rehab firm for $320,000, according to the Cook County Recorder of Deeds. That firm eventually gave the house to the lender, Chicago Bridge Loans, Simic said, and the lender is now selling it as-is.

    79彩票注册网址Crain’s found little information on Paciora, who Simic said was in construction and built the other five homes on the block-long cul de sac where he lived. They are all far more conventional designs. Paul Paciora, a son of Ed and Betty Paciora who lives in the Chicago area, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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    79彩票注册网址Simic first put the house on the market March 2, with only a single exterior photo. In the three days it took to get the rest of the photos complete, “I’ve already had 15 showings,” he said. Most of them have been with rehabbers.

    The bomb shelter is not shown in photos. Simic said it's a walled-off room at the end of the bowling alley, with no contents and not worth photographing. 
     

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