Historic House Tour: The Wrigley Mansion

Are you ready for some eye candy? Historic Wrigley Mansion--former home of the chewing gum magnate--is on the market for the low, low price of $7.15M. (Maybe we could all pool our money?) It's a mind-numbing 13,000 square feet with 9 bedrooms and a ballroom. It also features STUNNING woodwork and a number of lovely fireplaces, which is why we're here today.

This home is on the National Register of Historic Places and I hope whomever buys it turns it into a museum so I can visit. I screen-grabbed some images from the virtual tour on the real estate listing, so please ignore the weird circles and arrows. The actual photos were TINY and I wasn't having any of that.

Some quick stats before we dive in: it was built in 1896 in Italian Renaissance Revival style. In addition to the ballroom there's a walk-in vault(!), a solarium, and the property taxes are $150,000 a year.

Behold:

I highly recommend checking out the virtual tour on the property listing. Swoon!

While we're on the topic of historic buildings, what are some interesting places in your neck of the woods? If you're ever near Chicago, I suggest a quick trip to Oak Park to visit the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio. (You could actually see several Frank houses in one day. Efficient!) Additionally, it's NOT in Chicago but Hearst Castle is worth a tour because it's so delightfully over-the-top. What historic places should people visit in your area?