Titanic survivor’s Lincoln Park mansion becomes pair of condos

Titanic survivor’s Lincoln Park mansion becomes pair of condos

The Lincoln Park mansion built for a wealthy Chicagoan who survived the sinking of the Titanic has been extensively rehabbed and now is being offered as a pair of condos. The first of the two was listed yesterday at $5.65 million.

When developer Bob Berg’s firm, Foster Design Build, bought the dilapidated 16,000-square-foot former Emily Ryerson mansion in 2017, he said the rehab would wind up as either a single-family home or three condos. No single-family buyer materialized, so the rehab proceeded as condos.

Wendy Berg, the Baird & Warner agent who represents the condos, said making three turned out not to be appealing, as the third would have no view of Lincoln Park and few historical details, so they revised the plan to make two condos. Now on the market is the upper condo, on the home’s third and fourth floors. The lower condo, which will be larger and have the most historical details, will be completed in the spring and likely priced at about $7.6 million, she said.

The upper condo benefits from the L shape of the building’s lower two floors. The developer built a new window-wrapped room that opens onto the roof of that piece, giving the upper condo an 800-square-foot rooftop terrace with views east to the park and west down a street lined with trees and vintage buildings. The condo is 5,200 square feet inside, with four bedrooms. It has a two-car garage, as will the other one. Historical details of the interior include a curving staircase with a wrought-iron handrail and wall paneling. New finishes fill the rest of the space. Among them: wood floors in an oversized herringbone pattern and thick-slab marble countertops in the kitchen. (See more photos below.)

Because the condo begins on the third floor, its east-facing rooms and some that face south have views over the trees into the park.

The mansion was built in 1917 for Emily Ryerson and her three children, five years after they escaped the sinking Titanic in lifeboats. Her husband, Arthur, a member of the Ryerson steel family, went down with the ship.

Society architects David Adler and Henry Dangler designed Ryerson’s house and an attached row of townhouses that stretched north from it along Lakeview Avenue. Some of their original details still intact on the lower floors are carved plaster busts over door frames and ornamental columns in the foyer.

When Berg’s firm bought the mansion, it hadn’t been used as a residence since 1946, and most of its interior had been chopped up, the original features replaced or allowed to deteriorate. Thresholds, an addiction recovery and mental health facility, was housed in the building from 1975 until 2015, when Thresholds sold it to a developer for $2.8 million. That developer did not undertake a rehab and sold the building to Foster Design Build’s investors.

Another Chicago house associated with Titanic survivors is on the market. The four-bedroom house on East Circle Avenue in Norwood Park, which was the home of Ida and Jean Hippach before the mother […]

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