A breach in the roof and covering in vines, the century-old abandoned Oscar Mayer mansion, would cause the majority of would-be homeowners to die young. When discussing the estate of his brother, real estate attorney Scott Hargado, in Evanston, Illinois, however, he received a completely different response.


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Put in a mismatched pergola and make the most of your available space.

The home was acquired by the meat processing company in 1927, despite having seen better days.

After seeing the house for the first time in 2015, Hargado observed, “This house had less curb appeal than anything I had ever seen.” Nonetheless, he was shocked to see that the original woodwork, original light fixtures, and original hardwood flooring were all still present. It was what they called “a horse that was literally frozen in time.” No one has made the poor changes that we would need to make,” he asserts.

In January of 2015, Hargado and his business partner, a rehabber, bought the 7,401-square-foot home and got to work renovating it. The house was listed in May with a price tag of $2.95 million and was described as a six-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom residence.

“This house as proposed will essentially be a brand-new 2016 house inside the shell of a 1901 house,” said Hargadoÿ. The exception is when the reserves are anticipated to be depleted.

The home’s plumbing, electrical system, and roof have all been updated and renovated. Additionally, air conditioning was added. A 1915 extension that caused significant damage to the home’s front was destroyed with permission from the local government (the home is situated in a city historic area within a few blocks from Lake Michigan). The foyo was renovated and the widows with art glass were restored. A driveway on the side of the house is being destroyed to create more garden space.

The smaller rooms that had previously been Bee’s chambers were reconfigured to make the second-floor master suite. The site features a dressing room and opens to a private terrace. Designed as a chef’s kitchen, the first level features high-end Bosch, La Corte, and Sub-Zero appliances. A music room is situated on the first floor of the house, in the striking triangle section.

The second floor of the house has bedrooms alone. The renovated original ballroom, billiard room, library, two bedrooms, and bathroom are all located on the third floor.

Selling agent Sasha Aÿi claims that “the home’s architecture makes this a unique offering” for the neighborhood. Known as the ChateaŅ style, or ChateaŅesque, it was popular in the Northeast throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

I recall that the house was originally constructed for a local industrialist, but Oscar G. Mayer, the founder of the meat processing company that bore his name, eventually purchased it in 1927. Up until 1967, the Mayer family owed the house.

Mayer would undoubtedly feel completely at home in his renovated abode.


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