The Wrigley mansion changed hands recently. It had been for sale for a long time. The subsequent appearance of slick signage around the property made me fear that the property had been bought for redevelopment and would soon be cut up inside (as is happening up the street at 2700 North Lakeview, the grand mansion that David Adler designed, which is now being retailed as “Adler on the Park.” Ugh).
What a relief to learn, quite by accident, that the purchaser of the Wrigley is a youngish man who intends to restore it to its original condition and make it his home. Mr. C and I happened to stroll past on a Saturday and fell into conversation with two guys chatting on the sidewalk outside. One of them was the new owner, who said he just loves fixing up old houses and who briefly spoke with enthusiasm about this new project before excusing himself to go deal with some workers inside. I’m thrilled that someone with a Driehaus-like passion has stepped forth to take care of this magnificent old home.