LINCOLN PARK — A house that survived the Great Chicago Fire has been listed for sale at $2.85 million.
The house was built in 1867 and survived the fire four years later, but had to be moved to its current location at 1248 W. Montana St. in order to avoid demolition. It faced new city regulations in response to the disaster that banned wood-frame structures in its original location. The owner opted to move the building rather than raze it.
Realtor Julie Busby said she didn't know the original owner or original address.
"We know it was farther south in neighborhoods that were affected by the fire," she said Tuesday. "It's just a special home, one with a history."
It sits on a double-wide lot on Montana, with the public entrance facing west on Surrey Court, and the grander east entrance opening onto the enclosed yard.
"It's gorgeous," Busby said. "The setting, you don't feel like you're in Chicago. It almost feels New Orleans-esque. Actually, we have a buyer interested who says it reminds her of Charleston," S.C.
The 6,900-square-foot home has been well-preserved. It has six bedrooms, 4½ baths, a three-story entry foyer and two decks off upstairs bedrooms.
It was remodeled 16 years ago, Busby said, but with an emphasis to "maintain the integrity of the era."
It's in "meticulous condition" bridging 19th century charm with modern conveniences, she said.
The home was listed last week by Coldwell Banker.
A virtual tour is available.