Property Watch: A Spacious 1905 Home With a Cozy Attic Apartment

This updated Capitol Hill Foursquare is full of historic craftsmanship, opulent updates, and flexible spaces.

By Sarah Anne Lloyd June 1, 2022

Just a few blocks east of Volunteer Park, this palatial Foursquare-style home is pretty from the curb, with latticed windows, ornamented bay windows, and a large, welcoming front porch. Inside, there’s plenty more charm to go around. The front door leads to a classic foyer with Craftsman millwork, including the banister along an open staircase. True to a grand home of the era, pocket doors on either side of the foyer lead to the main gathering spaces: A fireside living room on one and a formal dining area on the other, both with period trim and window treatments.

Early-twentieth-century homes like this one often straddled a line between Victorian opulence and Craftsman workmanship, and this one’s no exception, although the fireplace in the living room leans heavily on the latter. It was either ahead of its time or built later—it has a Batchelder-esque design more popular in the 1920s—but it fits the design ethos either way. Three art tiles include, at the center, a detailed landscape of mountains and steamships.

The house is far from a total time capsule—there’s a lot of carpet in here, and a couple of the bathrooms lean more 80s or 90s opulence—but it manages to evoke the era even with updates. Past the living room, there’s an unusually large den with hardwood floors and a peaked skylight at its center, which is easy to imagine as a ballroom. The kitchen is very much modern, but it doesn’t feel entirely out of place.

Find a few bedrooms upstairs, with most period hardware and window treatments intact. Both of the front-facing bay windows have built-in benches begging for a good book; one’s in a large room re-imagined as a family room, and the other is the largest, fanciest bedroom with en-suite bath. Off one of the rooms, now staged as an office, is a large patio-like deck.

Up one more story is a unique, secluded space: An airy attic ADU entirely lined in beadboard and tongue-in-groove lumber that accentuates the unique ceiling shapes, with its own little kitchenette, bathroom, and sleeping nook. You can also reach this area from the outside by climbing a staircase along one side of the home, eventually reaching a widow’s walk-style balcony.

Other spaces are harder to categorize, but extremely open to possibilities; one room off the den is equipped with a wet bar, and downstairs there’s a full, unfinished basement.

The landscaping out back is tidy and built for parties, with parquet-brick patios and walkways enclosing a well-defined lawn, surrounded by hedges and other plantings. French doors from the kitchen open directly to an outdoor gathering space, making al fresco snacking a breeze.

Listing Fast Facts

945 17th Ave E
5,610 square feet on 0.2 acres, 4 bedroom/4 bath
List Date:
List Price: $3,250,000
Listing Agent: Benjamin Chotzen, Compass

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