Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Old Duckworth house update...it's big!

Last year I wrote about the Ruth Duckworth house purchase at 3855 N Ravenswood.  The sculptor's home and studio sat on a double lot  (50 feet wide) along North Ravenswood Avenue...a corridor in Chicago known for mixed use residential homes and thriving industry.  The house and lot were sold for a premium over market value (in my opinion) at $1.2 million in 2009. I passed by last week or so and took a couple shots of the new home being built on the lot.
The facade was kept from the old structure and has been restored and refurbished a bit. The interior, totally demolished, will now become a more conventional layout.  What the design will be (transitional, modern, traditional) we do not know.

Here's a photo below of the structure after demolition last year:
Coincidentally, a blog reader of ours inquired about the house last week just after I took the updated photos. My posts last year generated a lot of interest from admirers of Ruth Duckworth and her work. Many hoped some of the original tile work by Ms. Duckworth would be preserved. It will be interesting to see if any of the artist's work ends up in some form at the new home; sculpture, tile or otherwise.