Want to buy a mansion? Former Congresswoman Judy Biggert has just listed her Hinsdale digs for $3.15 million.
The lannon stone mansion is the original home of Hinsdale founder William Robbins. Built in 1864 during the Civil War, the historic home boasts seven bedrooms and 5.5 baths, and sits on a wooded acre.
Biggert served in the U.S. House of Representatives for seven terms. The Republican left office in 2012 after losing her re-election bid to Bill Foster in a newly remapped district.
Biggert, 73, and husband, Rody, have owned the mansion for 43 years, the Chicago Tribune reported. The couple purchased the home from Rody Biggert’s mother, Helen Palmer, in 1971 for $80,000.
The 5,780-square-foot home probably looks quite different than when Robbins lived in it. According to the listing on County Line Properties in Hinsdale, the home has undergone several additions and remodelings.
Originally designed as a Victorian gothic, the exterior has changed several times over the years to its “current colonial revival style,” the realtor’s website said. Alterations have included the addition of the Great Room/Library in 1897, and a stone front patio on what was originally a stable.
Of the home’s 19th century features, the realtor’s website adds: “Currently, the home reflects historic architectural characteristics from its intricate Italian plaster moldings and room edge borders to the hand-cut parquet floors.”
Other celebrity owners have included the Washburn family, who developed the American Beauty Rose.
The listing agent, John Bohnen, told the paper that the land alone is worth $2.5 million. The Biggerts are downsizing because their children are grown. The couple plan to stay in the area.
Bohnen said he highly doubted the home would over be torn down for the land because of its history, the Tribune reported.
For more information about the historic Hinsdale home, contact listing agent John Bohnen of County Line Properties at 630-347-3464 or send him a message through the realtor’s website.