Step back in history at this well-preserved home on Swiss Avenue. The house has the appearance of a large English house with some French design elements. Listing agent Elizabeth Mast of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty said the house has been carefully preserved by the sellers.
The four-bedroom, three-bath, and one-half-bath home has a unique story. It was originally built in 1914 but partially destroyed by fire, according to historical information provided by Mast. The house at 5112 Swiss Ave. was then redesigned by the architectural firm Lang & Witchell, then rebuilt in 1928 with part of the original structure. The company has designed many buildings and homes in the area, including Highland Park Town Hall and the original Booker T. Washington High School building in the downtown area, according to city and town records.
Inside, the 5,933 square foot home has large living spaces preserved in their historic glory. There are lots of quirky details like chandeliers, pocket doors, leaded glass windows, and Rookwood tiles.
Mast said the house stands out on Swiss Avenue because of the care that has been taken to preserve its history, both in the way it presents original features and in the renovations.
Some design elements were added after the reconstruction in the 1920s: the billiard room was added in the 1940s and three more buildings were added to the property by the current vendors. The kitchen was remodeled in 2016, an elevator, cloakroom and pantry were added to the house, and the upstairs master suite was reconfigured to allow for a larger bathroom.
All bedrooms are on the second floor of the house with three full bathrooms. There is also an office upstairs. The house has a formal living room, a dining room, a living room, a second living room, a billiard room and a breakfast room.
The detached garage has a full bathroom that serves the pool on the ground floor and an office with a powder room upstairs. The design of the space was inspired by Winston Churchill’s country house, Chartwell,. It has wooden beams on the ceiling, bookcases, and a cabinet that was built to look like an antique but that hides a fridge and ice maker.
The house spans just over half an acre. Outside, the house has outdoor living spaces and a swimming pool. In addition to the attached garage, the property also has an outdoor pavilion with a fireplace and the veranda serves as a garden space. These three structures have been added to the house in recent years.
The house is on the market for $ 2,195,000.