A Real Creampuff*: John Wellborn Root's House

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The self-designed house of Burnham partner John Wellborn Root, at 1308 North Astor in the Gold Coast, is for sale. It's pretty, but my salary wouldn't quite cover the property taxes—I blame Mike Madigan.

Fun fact about John Wellborn Root: his father hired Fredrick Law Olmstead's sons to design (Atlanta's) Grant Park.

*Yes, I read real-estate magazines when I was a kid, because they were the only thing on the rack in the local Tastee-Freeze. From what I gather "creampuff" was either a real-estate regionalism or has fallen out of fashion. Or, now that I'm an adult who came of age during the Real Estate Bubble Surcharge Madness, I actually have less reason to read home listings than when I was 10.

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