Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Gallery: Burnham down the house

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The two-story music room of Josh and Julie Chernoff's Evanston home is a 1920s vision of stateliness, whipped up by Hubert Burnham, an architect who followed in his father Daniel's footsteps. Hubert and his wife, Vivian Burnham, lined the high walls of the room with their collection of tapestries, said the present owner, Julie Chernoff, and hefty hooks to support them still stud the walls. Julie and Josh Chernoff, who have owned the house on Burnham Place for 14 years, are listing it for sale April 9 at just under $1.9 million. The listing agent is Sally Mabadi of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Koenig Rubloff Realty Group.

PHOTO CREDIT: Larry Malvin Photography

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The mantelpiece is a souvenir Burnham brought back from Florence, where it had evidently been removed from the Palazzo Strozzi, a 15th-century home. The two faces, Julie Chernoff said, are members of the Strozzi family and between them is the Strozzi family crest. The mantel is about eight feet tall. "We bought the biggest fireplace tools we could find" so they wouldn't be dwarfed by it, she said.

PHOTO CREDIT: Larry Malvin Photography

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Arched passages from the music room and the dining room lead into this conservatory, topped by a glass roof the Chernoffs have rehabbed during their time in the house. When the couple were house-hunting, "we walked into the conservatory and said, 'This is our house,'" said Julie Chernoff, dining editor for Make it Better, a Wilmette-based lifestyle publication. Josh Chernoff is a business consultant. Filled with plants, it's a winter sanctuary. It's also, she said, "a great place to lie on your back and watch thunderstorms overhead."

PHOTO CREDIT: Larry Malvin Photography

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The dining room retains much of its original 1893 wood trim and two pairs of pocket doors, as designed by Handy & Cady, architects of several homes in Evanston, Chicago and Wisconsin. The windows with the diamond shapes in them were at the rear of the house before Burnham's additions. There's a columned balcony outside the dining room and steps lthat lead down into the conservatory.

PHOTO CREDIT: Larry Malvin Photography

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The house's east facade faces Sheridan Road. The turret at right gives away the home's Queen Anne origins. The door at center had been boarded up for decades before the Chernoffs moved in. They reopened it and added the stairs and patio. The couple paid a little more than $1.6 million for the house in 2004, according to the Cook County Recorder of Deeds, and made several updates. Julie Chernoff declined to say how much they spent, but said their asking price, $1.9 million, reflects their understanding that prices have been slow-growing in recent years.

PHOTO CREDIT: Larry Malvin Photography

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The north facade faces Burnham Place (which also goes by the name Sheridan Road on this block). Much of its detail is original, as an archival photo in the Art Institute of Chicago's collection shows. A latter-day extension on the right, built by owners before the Chernoffs, allowed for a larger kitchen. It also helps wall off an outdoor counterpart to the indoor "courtyard," which contains a deck and grill.

PHOTO CREDIT: Larry Malvin Photography

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In the foyer is another staircase that crosses above an arched doorway, like the one in the music room. The wood and leaded glass here are from the original 1890s design, seen in the blueprints, which the Chernoffs will leave for the next owners. The front door is 42 inches wide, which impresses furniture movers among others, Julie Chernoff said, and leads into this multilevel space.

PHOTO CREDIT: Larry Malvin Photography

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A library fills the original turret's first-floor space.

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The original living room is adjacent to the music room addition. At the far end is the formerly sealed-up doorway the Chernoffs brought back to life as a way out to the garden.

PHOTO CREDIT: Larry Malvin Photography

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The kitchen is by De Giulio Kitchen Design in Wilmette, with a tumbled-marble floor, glass-fronted upper cabinets and an under-counter wine fridge. The doors open onto a raised terrace with a grilling station.

PHOTO CREDIT: Larry Malvin Photography

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Off the dining room is an enclosed porch, its tall windows framed in stucco and its ceiling clad in beadboard.

PHOTO CREDIT: Larry Mavin Photography

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When redoing the basement, the Chernoffs built this 1,200-bottle wine room in the curved space below the turret. The half-pillar seen at right is one of a pair found under the house and cleaned up for use as part of the wine room's arched entrance. It's not clear what they were originally used for, but they're "part of the story of this house," Chernoff said.

PHOTO CREDIT: Larry Malvin Photography

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