An antique fireplace makes for cozy evenings in the sitting room at 1310 N. Astor St.
A contemporary fireplace in the TV room at 1950 N. Orchard St.
A traditional fireplace greets guests in the foyer at 1310 N. Astor St.
A modern fireplace in the living room at 1950 N. Orchard St. includes green marble.
Traditional: 1310 N. Astor Street
When it comes to Chicago architecture, it doesn’t get more traditional than 1310 N. Astor Street, the 1888 home of famed architect John Wellborn Root of [Daniel] Burnham and Root. While it’s been updated to include modern amenities like a new gourmet kitchen, the home’s characteristic integrity remains evident in wood-beamed ceilings, ornate detailing, and—most notably—a pair of traditional carved-mantle fireplaces. The fireplaces are situated in the entry foyer and a sitting room, and feature new gas starters (though you could still go traditional and burn wood if want). $2.95 million. For more information, contact Koenig Strey listing agent Sarah Taich at 312-893-3513 or email@example.com
Modern: 1950 N. Orchard Street
Built more than a century after the Root residence, the home at 1950 N. Orchard Street is contemporary living at its very finest. Completely renovated in 2010 (nine years after its 2001 construction), the space is sleek and pristine without being sterile. Two gas fireplaces are the centerpieces of a formal living room and TV room on separate levels of the five-bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom home. In the living room, the fireplace is surrounded by green marble that extends nearly to the ceiling; in the TV room, it is part of a larger feature with a contemporary pattern. $3.829 million. For more information, contact Coldwell Banker listing agent Jennifer Ames at 312-440-7525