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The house is in the historic Beverly neighborhood on the South Side. The Loop is 20 to 45 minutes by car, depending on traffic, and 30 minutes by train (the nearest Metra stop is two blocks away). The Beverly Arts Center, a multidisciplinary arts venue with a theater, gallery and studios, is slightly more than a mile southwest.

Size: 5,563 square feet

Price per square foot: $288

Indoors: The current owners bought this house in 1998 and updated all the mechanical systems, banished the shag carpeting, stripped and stained or painted the extensive oak and poplar woodwork, refitted the windows and doors, replaced the decrepit light fixtures with custom designs and did many other things to create a unified, period-appropriate Arts and Crafts-style environment. The project won a preservation award from the city of Chicago in 2001. The roof was replaced this year.

The entrance is up exterior steps and set back on a long patio with a balustrade with urn-shape planters. (The patio is currently being refaced in terra-cotta tile.) A large foyer leads, on one side, to a corner office with decorative wall painting below the crown molding and, on the other side, to a 23-by-19-foot living room with beamed ceilings and a firebox surrounded by a custom mosaic. Separate doorways lead to a sunroom with terra-cotta tile floors and a connected dining room with a sponge-painted coffered ceiling.

The 414-square-foot eat-in kitchen with its butler’s pantry replaces what was previously an office, breakfast nook and powder room; it has custom cherry cabinets and slate floors. The original kitchen and pantry were transformed into a library with built-in Mission-style bookcases and a half bathroom with William Morris-style wallpaper.

Upstairs are four bedrooms. The master suite, reconfigured from several rooms, has green walls and stenciled ginkgo leaves, as well as an attached sun porch and a private bathroom with a claw-foot tub and walk-in shower. Two bedrooms with equally ornamental wall treatments share a Jack-and-Jill bathroom with period fixtures. The small fourth bedroom has use of a second hallway bathroom.

Tandem rooms on the third floor could be used for extra sleeping quarters; there is no bathroom on this level. The walkout basement, which the owners renovated with a slate floor, has two rooms that could be used as bedrooms and a bathroom with a glass shower. One on of the rooms leads out to a custom greenhouse. There is also a rec room, currently holding a pool table.

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