Chicago’s Serbian American Museum Seeks a Buyer for its 1905 Building


The museum hopes to find a buyer that would preserve the historic mansion 


Jay Koziarz

After calling East Lakeview its home for 64 years, Chicago’s Serbian American 
Museum is looking to sell its 11,400-square-foot digs amidst dwindling 
attendance and the relocation of many of its members. Designed by prominent 
Chicago architect Frederick Wainwright Perkins, the historic 1905 American 
Foursquare-style mansion features a number of original touches. Listed  
<> "as 
is," the building could also use some fixing up while the coach house is in 
need of "extensive repairs."

Though some of the mansion-turned-museum appears to be used for administrative 
purposes, several of its eight bedrooms feature ethnic artwork and artifacts as 
well as exhibits highlighting notable Serbs such as tennis great Novak Djokovic 
and inventor Nikola Tesla. Aspiring caped crime-fighting vigilantes can 
appreciate the property’s unique lower level. The funky cavern-like performance 
venue and cocktail bar was "literally modeled after a cave" per the museum’s 
website <> .

According to the Chicago Tribune 
 , the museum’s board hopes the property’s $3,850,000 asking price will help 
finance a new facility that would ideally offer easier parking and better 
access to the expressway than the current East Lakeview location. Wishing to 
preserve the 111-year old building, the organization has reportedly declined 
any offers that involved razing the historic structure.

*       Serbian museum lists Lakeview East mansion for $3.85 million 
  [Chicago Tribune]
*       448 W. Barry Ave, Chicago IL 60657 
*       Lakeview archives <> 
 [Curbed Chicago]

448 W Barry Ave, Chicago, IL 60657, USA

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