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Age: 30

Occupation: Fund-raising executive

Apartment: Seven rooms plus balcony and deck. Rent: $1,900

Location: Ukrainian Village

How long in the apartment: One year. His first apartment in Chicago.

African masks: Got his first one seven years ago and now has 33.

Functional collectibles: Chinese wedding cabinet conceals an entertainment center; 19th-century African granary bowl contains remote controls and loose change.

Prized possession: Twelve-panel antique wooden screen purchased in 1997 with most of his savings.

Not pictured: Floor-to-ceiling window, 17 feet high. Overlooks the street, from which there's no vantage point to see in. Deciding factor when he took the apartment.

In His Own Words: "This is the way the place usually looks. Some of my friends say I have a mild case of OCD, but growing up with seven brothers and sisters you have to stay organized. And all of them live like this! There's no piles of papers in their places, either."

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photos/Lloyd DeGrane.

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