A 19th-century stable that a pair of architects turned into their home and office in the early 1970s is on the market for the first time since then.

The house, which has an Altgeld Street address but is actually tucked behind two street-facing buildings, “is literally a coach house, the sort of thing the city is talking about allowing again” as living space, said Monique Crossan, the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago agent representing it. The 3,300-square-foot house was listed this week at $1.25 million. 


The three-story building is laid out as a two-bedroom, but that’s because it contains both home and a full floor of office space—where the hayloft was—said owner Cherry Brown. Bedrooms could be added to that floor. In 1970, with her late husband, Jerome Brown, she converted it from a tumbledown structure that was being used for storage. They retained the original brick walls and ceiling beams and added, among other things, a two-car garage and an indoor swimming pool 21 feet long. 

At the time, the Browns were adaptive-reuse architects whose work included turning the 1930s Century Theatre on Clark Street in Lakeview into the Century Shopping Center. They restored several historical houses and converted old manufacturing buildings into residential loft buildings. 


The couple stumbled across this building when they went to look at the two multi-flat buildings it stands behind. They bought all three, Cherry
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