This newly built Palladian-inspired home is located at 2216 West Grace Street in Chicago, IL and boasts an 80 foot facade . Built by Varney, LLC, this exquisite 15-room, 5-level mansion boasts 8,000 square feet of living space with 5 bedrooms, 9 full and 3 half bathrooms (way too much in my opinion!), gorgeous entry foyer with dramatic carved stair atrium, elaborate millwork throughout, custom gourmet kitchen with coffered ceiling, library, master bathroom with urinal and a lower level can fit a home theater, gym, sauna and wine cellar. The home also boasts a rooftop terrace with kitchen and fireplace, a hot tub, a courtyard and a 2.5-car garage. It is listed at $2,995,000.

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  • Daniel

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t Palladian architecture ALL about the perfect symmetry? Was the architect drunk when he designed the front? Three windows on the left, two on the right? Looks incredibly odd. However, even if it was symmetrical, this ‘home’ would still look like an (elegant) office building. This ain’t a single family home…

    The inside has some nice features, but it is pretty underwhelming. The price seems reasonable.




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    • Stewie

      Yeah I agree, that 3-2 thing bothers me a lot as well. I love Palladian architecture, it’s definitely one of my favourite styles, but this house is a no-no. Price is good though for what you get.
      Also, I thought Palladian architecture usually has Greek columns? I love those.




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  • Grrrowler

    I like the interior well enough. It’s not overly done, but has some nice detailed that can be decorated around. It’s classical enough without being “old”. A skilled decorator would do a lot with the place. I like the scale of the rooms; they look large enough to not feel crowded but not so cavernous that one would feel like they’re living in an airport terminal. One thing: no private house should ever have a urinal in it. I also like the roof-top terrace. Having private outdoor space in the city is a great thing, and that looks like a nice large space.

    The front facade is not good. It’s more beaux arts (which does include some Palladian components) than Palladian, but it’s governmental beaux arts instead of residential. It’s unbalanced, too severe, and should have a lot more detailing.




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  • Daniel G.

    I agree with Daniel. I also think that it’s too square and boxy on the outside- at first I thought it was luxury town-homes! In response to Grrrowler, it’s funny that he too noticed the urinal; this is the second time this week that I’ve seen one in a home, the first time was on Luxist!




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  • LE

    I’m hoping the address is not correct because it looks like it’s in an area of lower middle class row houses…It llooks much bigger than 8000 square feet. Interior is beautiful.




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    • AJD

      I agree, this home does not suit the neighborhood that it was built in.
      by itself, it looks very stylish and elegant, but when surrounded by unkept streets and small tenement-style apartment homes, this home looks gaudy and out of place. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!!!




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  • Iemand

    Am I the only one who likes/loves the exterior?
    Whether it’s Palladian or not, I has some references to him.
    I personally think the front not being symmetrical is a good thing; if everything was “perfectly” balanced then it’s just too “tight”, don’t know how to put that here – don’t know the perfect word for it – but what I’m trying to say here it would be a facade that want’s to be too much.

    So anywho, the interior looks fine. Don’t know Chicago or the neighbourhood but it doesn’t look to expensive.

    Also, why not an urinal? It’s convenient and my brothers has one on the floorplans of his – to be finally? – build home.




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  • Adam

    I’m live about 15 minutes from this place. That area isn’t lower middle class, it’s just a middle class family area. It’s a little surprising to see a house of these proportions in that neighborhood though. Still, I’d much rather live there than in Chicago’s Goldcoast where most homes of this caliber are. Along with the most vile white people in the city.




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    • Daniel

      Wow. Just wow.




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  • Brijbhushan Bhattadri

    Looks like a former apartment building that has been converted to a single family home. Not bad and as Adam points out, the neighborhood isn’t bad at all. Solidly middle class and not far from the more exclusive (and racist – yes, Chicago is still a segregated city in many ways) localities. Not bad for someone who works in the city’s financial district and hasn’t made it to Sam Zell income levels yet. Living in Chicago means living in a crowded place. You’re not going to find vast open stretches unless you go to some of the suburbs.




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  • Mak

    Unless thats exclusively a mens room, there shouldn’t be a urinal in it. The last thing I want to look at while I’m washing my hands is a urinal. Its just another bowl for men to miss.




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  • Oliver

    I think Grrrowler said it best.. really not that bad of a home on the inside. Nice enough and it would be easy to decorate around.. The front is dumb. I do like the style when done right but this just looks like it could be an IRS building. That 3-2 thing bothers the hell out of me too.

    Now the urinal part.. Okay i agree that in a public bathroom it should not exist but you better believe in my master bathroom there will be a urinal… IT WAS MADE FOR GUYS for christ’s sake.. why wouldnt we have one? how convienent.. wake up, yawn, stumble to the bathroom, flop, ahhhhh. no forgetting to put the toilet seat down or even having to lift it up. A must IMO for a mens master bathroom of a HOTR.




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  • The Devoted Classicist

    I like the idea, but it all could have been executed better with a trained hand at traditional design. It is difficult to pull of this type of new house built on speculation in this market. And despite the wide frontage, it is particularly shallow in depth.




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  • Grace

    Old news but I stumbled on this page because I’m trying to find who lives there (someone famous?).

    I live in this neighborhood and it’s hardly unkempt. It’s family oriented suburbanite types. It’s a great neighborhood with some of the top schools in Chicago.

    It was an apartment building, converted into that monstrosity. It probably has enough grass in the yard for a cat to chew on. It sticks out like a sore thumb.




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