SOUTH SHORE — A massive six-bedroom mansion in the Jackson Park Highlands once owned by the first chancellor of Malcolm X College is on the market for a fraction of what a similar home would cost elsewhere in the city or suburbs.
The home at 6855 S. Euclid Ave. sits on a third of an acre on the eastern edge of the tony Highlands area of South Shore and is on the market for $650,000.
The home is a rare with it’s big yard, six bedrooms and four bathrooms.
But it’s one of only six six-bedroom homes on the market in the city to that is more than 3,500 square feet, sits on more than a quarter of an acre of land and can be gotten for less than $1 million. Of those six, four are major fixer-uppers, which the Highlands home certainly isn’t.
The house, designed by C. Herrick Hammond, who also designed the Washington Park Armory and the Columbus Park Refectory, is lush with original woodwork and plaster molding.
To solidify that opulence, the home sports a full ballroom complete with chandeliers.
That may have been what attracted Charles Hurst Jr. to the home in the ‘70s, when he would hold court with reporters in the ballroom about his position as the first chancellor of Malcolm X College.
The ballroom was also a center for John Manta, a Greek immigrant who made his fortune founding a painting and decorating firm in the first decade of the 1900s and then turned his home over to philanthropy and civic causes later in his life.
The home sits on a corner lot and also includes a two-car garage.
The home has its own ballroom, which previous owners have used extensively. [Courtesy of KoenigRubloff Realty Group]
The house still has much of its original plaster work.
Unlike similar houses in the same price range, the Euclid home has maintained many of its historic details in good condition.