Commonwealth Edison Electric Substation Now Beautiful Mansion In Chicago

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A Chicago home was transformed from a Commonwealth Edison electric station to an elegant mansion.

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In the early days of architecture, when labor and materials were relatively inexpensive, even city utility buildings were dressed in the latest architectural style. Today, new utility installations are bid out and the lowest bid is accepted with no regard for the aesthetics of the installation, but instead based on price and function alone. As the population increased, so did the need for larger, more functional utilities, which needs rapidly outgrew the buildings in which they were formerly housed. The electrical substations today, made up of huge open coils, transformers, pipes and wiring on fenced-in concrete pads create a public eyesore in comparison to the lovely Art Deco era when they were encased inside building walls that were carefully decorated in the architectural style of the day, making them a welcome addition to their respective neighborhoods.

With the changing needs incurred by population growth, the original architect-designed utility buildings were left empty. Realizing the architectural value by developers, the cities began selling these now unwanted buildings to contractors, business owners and potential homeowners for repurposing. Such is the case with a former electric substation in downtown Chicago, whose residential buyer turned the former 100-year-old Commonwealth Edison electrical substation into a contemporary mega mansion.

Now one of the city’s most expensive and glamorous homes, the 15,000-square-foot building is cutting-edge contemporary with its original Art Deco facade incorporated into the design. With wide open interior spaces, beautiful views and lots of sunlight, the six-bedroom, seven-bath home has light wells, terraces, atria, a large front lawn, swimming pool and patio. At over four stories, it has an elevator, a rooftop greenhouse, two kitchens, a fitness space, large wine cellar tasting room and a four-car garage. Located across the street from both Washington Square Park and the Newberry Library, it is only about six blocks from the Oak Street beach.

Chicago’s Prairie style Art Deco former electric company substation turned elegant urban contemporary is priced at $9.99 million - reduced from $13.9 million. The listing agent is Emily Sachs Wong of @properties in Chicago.

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