Tudor Revival homes—especially ones built for the elite—were meant to exude a kind of classic opulence, made for entertaining and a certain amount of showing off. This grand 1926 home took those ritzy intentions and injected a healthy dose of whimsy, for a well-preserved historic home with bright, bold finishes.
The house along Ravenna Boulevard was originally built for John W. Swigart by Eric Almquist, who also designed the storefront for Swigart’s Furniture Company on Roosevelt, a building now home to Scarecrow Video. Today, it boasts a similar interior configuration, with cascading formal spaces and upper-floor nooks inside its gables, plus restored leaded-glass windows.
But the walls take a much more modern turn, with a cheery yellow coating much of the lower level, accented by high-design wallpapers. Showy chandeliers intensify the lavish effect, from the modern bulbs adding levity to a stately sitting area to a more traditional candelabra atop the dining room. Another newer addition is a finished basement with a sizeable family room and rec room and custom built-ins.
The second floor has been transformed into one elaborate master suite full of versatile spaces and nooks created by the roof’s geometry, including a bedroom, an ensuite bath with a clawfoot tub, both a large dressing room and a walk-in closet, and an office.
The home’s grounds convert to the same classic formality of the exterior, with garden-lined patios designed as open-air living and dining rooms. The outdoor gathering spaces are connected by stone paths accented by sculpture and hedges.
1621 NE Ravenna Boulevard is on the market for $1.69 million through Windermere’s Edward Krigsman.