$1.5M Prairie Style, Van Bergen-Designed Maywood Home Still On Market, Featured In Chicago Magazine

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By Dennis Rodkin || Friday, January 3, 2014 || Chicago Magazine

List Price: $1.5 The Prairie Style Riverfront Retreat You've Always Wantedmillion

The Property: In 1999, when this Prairie-style home that stands above the Des Plaines River in Maywood last changed hands, the trust that bought it “had no idea what was in here,” says Margie Arnold, the Keller Williams agent now representing it for that trust, which is selling.

Much of the three-acre property was so overgrown it looked like a weedy extension of the Thatcher Woods forest preserve across the river, she says, and inside “there was junk and more junk. There were several businesses being run [from] this house.”

In the intervening years, the owners have cleaned up the lot, revealing a footbridge, a series of ponds, and other fanciful landscape elements designed by the great Jens Jensen. They’ve also cleaned up and repaired the interior of the house, whose architect, John S. Van Bergen, designed it to reach out to its natural surroundings via several projecting rooms and balconies.

With its ample wood trim and distinctive windows intact, the house is in fine, livable condition, though a buyer will probably want to take it the rest of the way by updating the kitchen and baths and rehabbing the wood-and-stucco exterior. Those needs are factored into the asking price, Arnold says, but so are some positives, including that it’s “the biggest piece of riverfront land within miles, but it’s just [12] miles from downtown Chicago.”

Photos by Dennis Rodkin/Chicago Magazine:

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One thought on “$1.5M Prairie Style, Van Bergen-Designed Maywood Home Still On Market, Featured In Chicago Magazine

  1. RE: Your headline for the prairie style house for sale in Maywood is incorrect. The Cluever House on the DesPlaines River was designed by Prairie School architect John Van Bergen. It is misleading to denote it as designed by Jens Jensen, who was a landscape designer of great renown, having designed Lincoln, Douglas and Columbus Parks, as well as many other private grounds. At the time the house was built, First Avenue did not go beyond Chicago Avenue, and the Jensen grounds extended to 1st and Chicago, to include all of what now comprises Woodside Bible Church. A wonderful project for the next owners would be to restore the Jensen landscape details to what remains of the original grounds.

    This Van Bergen home is among the best of all prairie style homes, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as the Maywood landmark registry.

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