London house owners Charles and Louise Black have spent the last eight years selling the iconic Shed House in the city’s east end for $6.5 million.
The house is one of only two remaining buildings in Chicago that still bears the words ‘Black House’ on the façade, along with the word ‘House’ and the words: ‘We’ve been here for a long time and it’s been beautiful.’
The pair were among more than a dozen people who attended a public auction last weekend of the home’s estimated $6 million worth of pieces.
In recent years, the Black house has become one of the citys most recognisable landmarks.
The family’s home sits on a quiet residential street at the corner of Washington and Madison, and features a distinctive front facade with an ornate marble roof and the slogan ‘LIVING LIVING, HAVING FUN’ on one side.
A stone-built staircase leads to the house’s second story.
In a bid to preserve the building’s distinctive style, the owners, who have lived in the house for more than 20 years, have taken it off the market in order to sell.
The home’s owner, who requested his last name not be published, told the Chicago Tribune that the Black family had purchased the building in 2013.
“We’ve always loved the Shed House and thought it was something special,” he said.
“But we didn’t know how long we would have to wait.
Now we’re finally going to sell.”
It is the second time in recent years that the Shed house has been on the market.
The first time was in 2012, when the family sold the building for $1.4 million, but the property remained empty for nearly a year.
In addition to the two-storey house, the couple has sold the rest of the building to a real estate company, which plans to build a mixed-use development on the property.
The couple has also built a separate home on the site.