For all those fans of the magazine House Beautiful, it’s interesting to know that it was originally published in Chicago in 1896 to showcase the many beautiful homes in the area.
The Gilded Age was a perfect time to create a publication depicting the elegant homes and gardens of Chicago’s rich and famous. Eugene Klapp and Henry B. Harvey started the first of the shelter genre publications in 1896 and named it “House Beautiful.” They focused on interior design, architecture, home furnishings and gardens. It was purchased by the Hearst Corporation in 1934 and is the oldest still-published magazine of its genre.
TopTenRealEstateDeals.com has more on its first issue and the house it featured on its cover:
The house chosen as the focus of the first issue of “House Beautiful” was a grand 3-story Tudor in what is now known as the sought-after Evanston neighborhood. Evanston is well located where residents are within easy walking distance to shopping, dining and Northwestern University. This home is only a block to Dawes Park and the much enjoyed doggie beach on the Lake Michigan shoreline.
The home recently sold in just one day from realtors’ waiting lists even before it had a chance to be placed on the open market. Still with its strong Tudor detailing both inside and out, the house has been lovingly maintained, restored and updated for grand scale modern living and entertaining. The 7 bedroom, 7 bath home sits on a prominent corner with seasonal Lake Michigan views. The home has 5 fireplaces, large chef’s kitchen, gym, formal rooms, professional landscaping and lovely covered and open outdoor living areas.
Chicago area home was the lead story in the first issue of House Beautiful magazine in 1896. Sold in one day for asking price of $2.25 million. Seller was asking 7% under their purchase price.