The Chicago-area home belonging to author Ernest Hemingway will once again belong to a family for a price tag of $525,000, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Originally serving as the boyhood home of the famous novelist, it was purchased in 2001 by the Ernest Hemingway Foundation for $420,000 after it functioned as a three apartment multi-family home.
The Foundation had plans to partner with Dominican University and planned to spend $1.5 million to make the home into a cultural center and scholarly retreat. Unfortunately, due to hard economic times, they were forced to abandon their plans which led them to listing the home for sale.
Residing in the Oak Park neighborhood, the home was a familiar sight for Kurt and Mary Jane Neumann, so when they saw the home go on the market, they jumped at the chance to own the historic home.
“When we stepped inside the house, we immediately fell in love,” said Kurt Neumann.
The Foundation said that they received a few offers on the home, but that the Neumanns proposed the best plan and seemed to be the best fit overall for the Hemingway home, according to Susan Beegel of the Hemingway Review.
“I’m very sorry it won’t be a historic home turned into a museum for all of the public to see,” Beegel said. “But it’s better as a single-family home than an apartment building.”
Adding, “The Neumanns are very committed to honoring the past of the home,” Berry said. “They said they’re going to restore it to its 1906 glory.”
Luckily for the public, the Neumann’s want to reassure everyone that they are in no way going to ignore the rich history of the home.
“We don’t want anyone to feel like we’re going to shutter it up or minimize the historical significance” Kurt said in regards to whether or not they would allow visitors to still see the home.
However, Neumann did state that there will certainly need to be a balance when it comes to respecting their new purchase.
“We appreciate curiosity in the home. We just need to balance the reality that it’s going to be our family home.”
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