Oscar Mayer mansion up for sale


An Evanston property that once was the home of the son of the founder of the Oscar Mayer meatpacking firm has just gone on the market.

The home, built about 1901, was owned by Oscar G. Mayer from 1927 until 1965.

While the property is listed for $1.75 million, it has been vacant for several years and was subject to foreclosure suits and liens by the city for property maintenance issues.

It's being offered for sale by the estate of the late Sigmund A. Eisenschenk. The estate's administrator told Chicago Business there's about $1 million in mortgage debt outstanding on the property.

The listing says "much work needs to be done" to the six-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath, 7,400-square-foot home to restore it to its "previous grandeur."

The property is listed as an Evanston landmark and was designed by the archtectural firm of  Hallberg & Sturm in what a 2012 city report on the Lakeshore Historic District describes as the Romanesque Revival style.

Update 5 p.m. 1/6/15: Some interior shots of the mansion in this story from Curbed.

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