Live Like a Furniture Baron in This Evanston Queen Anne – Chicago Magazine
E.Queen Anne at 1104 Michigan Avenue in Evanston, listed for $ 1.95 million on Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago, has been through a lot for a 126-year-old home. 19th-century milliner C. Marion Hotchkin and his wife Emma Palmer Hotchkin were reportedly the first to settle in the 6,000-square-foot mansion. Furniture company heir John M. Smyth and wife Ethel Walsh Smyth have also called it home – as have Kevin Costner’s character in the 2002 supernatural thriller Dragonfly.
However, three years earlier, the Evanston landmark caught fire. No one was injured, but the house itself suffered significant damage. “Firefighters put out the flames and then fought for 10 hours not to rekindle the fire as they took antiques out of the house, put up tarpaulins to protect what they couldn’t remove, and tried to keep thousands of people from getting away Gallons of water accumulated on expensive wooden floors, ”the Tribune reported at the time. The worst of the flames could be seen on the third floor, although there was water and smoke damage everywhere. Over the next 16 months, the owners carefully restored the Victorian. “Everything in the apartment has been beautifully preserved and updated,” says listing broker Sally Mabadi.
The house, which was listed as a historical monument in 2005, has a heated winter garden next to a dining room with a coffered ceiling and a family room paneled with mahogany. Take a close look at this panel and you will discover a hinge: a secret door hides the original cast iron safe. The primary suite – one of six bedrooms, three more in a separate carriage house – takes up half of the second floor. It includes a bathroom with a fireplace and free-standing bathtub, a window-filled fitness room and a large main room with a reading table in the tower of the house. There are such useful nooks and crannies all over the house: there is an office corner off the kitchen, which used to be where ice cream was delivered, and a small circular room on top of the tower. “It’s just the coolest,” says Mabadi. “I don’t even know how to bend windows like that.”