Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Photos: Gut renovation of Ruth Duckworth home in Lakeview

The former Ruth Duckworth home at 3845 N Ravenswood.  Photo taken early this month.

Renowned sculptor Ruth Duckworth's enormous former loft/ studio home at 3845 N Ravenswood in Lakeview is now a gut renovation in progress. The industrial building turned live/work loft on a 50x108 lot was sold for $1.2 million in December 2009.  Ms. Duckworth passed away in 2009 soon after the house was listed for sale. I was an admirer of Ms. Duckworth's work and met her in 2005 at an art installation ceremony at Northeastern Illinois University.


The late 2009 sale of $1.2 million was comparably a bit high for a lot of this size, location and property features (with unconventional space and only one and one half baths).  However, the new owner may have been able to purchase some original sculpture that remained in the workshop.  You may also view some of Ms. Duckworth's original tile in Dennis Rodkin's Deal Estate video that will hopefully be re-used in the new single family home.  The demolition and building permits for an addition have eliminated the original mature garden on the rear of the short lot.

I'd love to hear about the plans for the home, original art and tile from someone involved in the project.  I can be reached by email erojas @ kalerealty dot com rather than comments here as well.

The property is at a convenient and aesthetically interesting location. The mixed residential and industrial stretches of the North Ravenswood corridor coupled with the many gardens along the Metra track embankment make one of the more unique settings on the North Side. This is close to grocery, CTA Brown Line and various Lakeview and Northcenter retail, restaurants and services all within a few blocks.