3131 Wisconsin Avenue, Berwyn, IL
$ 775,000
Property Attributes
  • MLS#12019945
  • TypeSingle Family
  • CountyCOOK
  • CityBerwyn
  • AreaBerwyn
  • Zip60402
  • StyleVictorian
  • Year Built1907
  • Taxes$ 13514
  • Price$ 775,000
  • Bedrooms3
  • Full Bathrooms2
  • Half Bathrooms1
  • Sqr Footage3600
  • Lot Size0.331 Acres
Data Source:
Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED)
Property Description

Sitting on one of the largest lots in Berwyn 103X140, The Arthur J Dunham Centennial Home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as well as the Berwyn Historical Society Registry. Built in 1907 the Prairie School Style, has been owned and lived in by the same family for over 117 years. Recent updates include roof, furnace, hot water heater. The exterior has been recently renovated maintaining the original appearance. Additionally the upstairs kitchen an both upstairs baths have been modernized. The floor plan of the Dunham house is a modified "L" shape centered around a large entrance hall which provides access to the ground floor rooms. The interior detailing is virtually intact and includes intricate quarter sawn oak banding and trim (which is in excellent condition) and leaded glass doors of the period. Leaded glass windows exposed to the exterior are found in the staircase wall and the front door. The majority of windows are wooden casement with clear glass, except in the east wing where double hung sash are used, and in the living room where there is a large picture window on the west wall that is original to the house. In the major spaces walls were all initially executed in integrally colored plaster of three different tones and textures with dark oak paneling on the lower portions of the dining room walls. In the major rooms the bands of plaster above the picture molding is nearly as textured as the exterior stucco, while the ceiling and lower walls are smoother. Structurally the residence has had two early additions and one minor alteration. In 1923, 16 years after completion, Dunham's daughter and her husband added a small room to the second floor over the porch (south wing) and also constructed a larger room to the ground floor at the rear of the house, forming the east wing. Both additions were designed by the original architects (Tallmadge and Watson) and are in keeping with the style and fabric of the house. Also in 1923, the main stair entrance from the ground floor hall was closed to provide a private apartment on the second floor. None of the 1907 detailing was removed and the alteration is completely reversible at minimum cost. The Arthur J. Dunham house (built ca.1907) is a significant example of "Prairie School" architecture. It was one of the first buildings designed by the architects Tallmadge and Watson, two architects who emerged from the office of D.H. Burnham and Company. Tallmadge and Watson followed the teachings of Wright and Sullivan and became major figures in the Prairie School. They formed their firm in 1905. The firm later became renowned for ecclesiastical architecture, although initially specialized in residences, many of which were built in Evanston and Oak Park. The Dunham house is the only one of its kind in Berwyn. The massing and detailing of the house are characteristic of the Prairie School of Architecture. Horizontal lines and broad open planes are stressed (in the spirit of the Midwestern prairie) through the use of long, low hipped roofs, a lateral wing and porch, horizontal banding of windows and oak trim, and an open plan which maximizes the sense of space. Both the use of an attached garage at the rear of the house and a picture window in the living room were new concepts in 1907. Through its execution the Dunham house reflects clearly the modern ideals of the Prairie School to create a truly American architecture, with an honest use of materials, rejecting important historical styles. The building is stripped of classical ornament and expressed with clear precise angles and a continuity of line and surface. Enrichment is achieved through textural expression of materials, stucco, oak, and brick.

Elementary School Middle School High School
Emerson Elementary School Heritage Middle School J Sterling Morton West High Scho
Price History
4/3/2024 Listed $775,000

General Features

Interior Features Hardwood Floors,First Floor Bedroom,In-Law Arrangement,First Floor Full Bath,Built-in Features,Walk-In Closet(s),Bookcases,Ceiling - 9 Foot,Center Hall Plan,Historic/Period Mlwk,Special Millwork,Gran
Sewer Public Sewer
Heating Natural Gas,Steam
Cooling Window/Wall Units - 3+
Possession Closing,Negotiable
Roof Asphalt
Appliances Range,Microwave,Dishwasher,Refrigerator,Washer,Dryer
Exterior Features Balcony,Patio
Garage Spaces 1
Association Fee Includes None
Architectural Style Victorian
Year Built 1907
Electric Circuit Breakers,200+ Amp Service
Township Berwyn
Tax Year 2021
Percent Ownership Fee Simple
Community Features Park,Curbs,Sidewalks,Street Lights,Street Paved
Assoc Fee Paid Per Not Applicable
County Cook
New Construction No
Property Type Residential
Total Rooms 13
Status Active
Directions Harlem to 31st Street,East 2 blocks to Wisconsin,South to property.
High School J Sterling Morton West High Scho
City Berwyn
High School District 201
MLS Area Berwyn
Waterfront Y/N No
Street Name Wisconsin
Elementary School Emerson Elementary School
Tax Annual Amount 13514.15
Middle/Junior High School Heritage Middle School
Additional Parcels Y/N No
Days on Market 7
Standard Status Active
Middle/Junior School District 100
Elementary School District 100
Property Type Detached Single

Interior Features

Basement Full
Total Fireplaces 1
Fireplace Features Wood Burning
Full Baths 2
Half Baths 1
Street Suffix Avenue
Total Bedrooms 3
Room Type Foyer,Sitting Room,Utility Room-Lower Level,Eating Area,Recreation Room,Den,Attic,Kitchen
LivingAreaSource Assessor
Total Baths 3
Bedrooms Possible 3
Basement Unfinished
Bathrooom Separate Shower,Accessible Shower

Exterior Features

Model 2 STORY
Lot Features Fenced Yard
Water Source Lake Michigan,Public
Total Parking 1
Lot Dimensions 103X140
Lot Size Acres 0.331
Other Equipment TV-Cable,CO Detectors,Ceiling Fan(s),Water Heater-Gas
Garage Onsite Yes
Garage Type Attached
Garage Ownership Owned
Exterior Brick,Stucco,Combination


  • Foreclosure
  • Views
  • Short Sale
  • New Construction
  • Adult 55+
  • Lease To Own
  • No HOA Fees
  • Furnished
  • Primary On Main
  • Air Conditioning
  • Seller Finance
  • Green
  • Fixer Upper
  • Horse
  • Golf
  • Fireplace
  • Deck
  • Garage
  • Basement
  • Pool

Property vs Single Family Average in 60402

AVG $380K
AVG $6,665
AVG 303
Data Provided by Inside Real Estate®
Year Built
AVG 1931

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