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$9.25 Million Home Includes Famed Giraffe Statue

By Paul Biasco | April 14, 2015 5:41am
 542 W Grant Place
542 W Grant Place
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LINCOLN PARK — Lincoln Park's newest multi-million dollar listing comes with a famous steel giraffe.

The $9.25 million home at 542 W. Grant Place went on the market Friday, making it the third most expensive listing in the neighborhood this year.

The five-bedroom, eight-bathroom home sits on four property lines and is priced at more than $1,000 per square foot.

The backyard of the mansion is home to one of well-known Chicago sculptor John Kearney's giraffe statues sculptured from automobile steel.

So is the sculpture one of the famed giraffes? Paul Biasco discusses:

It is unknown if the giraffe was one of two that considered an iconic part of the Lakeview neighborhood until they were taken down in 2012 along with a goat.

Kearney also sculpted the four Wizard of Oz characters in nearby Oz Park was known for scultping from the steel of car bumpers.

The listing agent of the property could not confirm the giraffe is one of the two from the Elaine Place apartments at Elaine Place and Roscoe Street.

The two statues by artist John Kearney had been landmarks in Lakeview for 35 years before Milton Zale sold the apartment building that overlooked them. 

Linda Levin of Jameson Sotheby's International Realty has the listing.

The home underwent a custom contemporary renovation in 2012.









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