US Soccer puts former headquarters on Chicago’s ‘millionaire’s row’ up for sale

Author: Yuvi January 25, 2023

A pair of century-old mansions on Chicago’s famed ‘millionaire’s row’ are now for sale for a combined $4.2million, in the latest restructuring effort by the US Soccer Federation.

The buildings had served as the USSF’s headquarters from 1991 until last year, when the organization moved to a downtown high-rise office building along the Chicago River. One mansion, the 14,734-square-foot William W. Kimball House, is available for $2.3 million, while the other, a four-story, 12,648-square-foot brown sandstone, is listed for $1.9 million, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Reportedly built in the 1890s for $1 million, the Kimball house was designed by Pullman architect Solon S. Beman and boasts a Bedford limestone exterior and a slate mansard roof, not to mention dormer windows and several chimneys. The design is based on the 12th-century Chateau de Josselin in Brittany, France.

US Soccer Federation signage in Chicago, Illinois on April 20, 2019

A pair of century-old mansions in Chicago’s famed ‘millionaire’s row’ are now for sale for a combined $4.2million, in the latest restructuring effort by the US Soccer Federation. The buildings had served as the USSF’s headquarters from 1991 until last year, when the organization moved to a downtown high rise office building along the Chicago River

Kimball, a piano-manufacturing tycoon, died shortly after moving in, and his wife later sold the property in the 1920s. It was later converted into office space.

The other building, at 1811 S. Prairie, is the product of by noted architects Henry Ives Cobb and Charles S. Frost, who adorned the property with carved woodwork, cast plaster, and a billiard room.

Both buildings were featured in the 1996 film, Primal Fear, staring Richard Gere as a Chicago defense attorney.

‘They are connected to essentially have close to 30,000 square feet of flexible space,’ realtor Melanie Giglio told Elite Street. ‘We believe that the end buyer may convert to luxury condos or rental apartments, create two separate single-family homes, (become) an Airbnb (or) VRBO, (become) an event space or continue with another office building with little work considering the … US Soccer Federation was running at this building for over 30 years.’ 

One of the two mansions currently listed by the US Soccer Federation this month  

The listings come after US Soccer dismissed general manager Brian McBride, whose contract expired following the 2022 World Cup. The Americans reached the group stage in Qatar, only to fall to the Netherlands in the Round of 16. Since then, manager Gregg Berhalter’s future has remained in limbo, as the USSF investigates a 1991 incident in which the US World Cup manager (left, far right) allegedly kicked his then-girlfriend, Rosalind (near right)

The organization learned about the 1991 incident from Rosalind’s former college teammate and roommate at the University of North Carolina, Danielle Reyna (right), who is the mother of US Soccer midfielder, Gio, and the wife of Berhalter’s former high school and national team teammate, Claudio (left)

Giovanni Reyna of Dortmund celebrates after scoring his teams fourth goal during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Augsburg at Signal Iduna Park on Sunday. Gio is at the center of a major controversy within the US Soccer Federation  

The reported listings come after US Soccer dismissed general manager Brian McBride, whose contract expired following the 2022 World Cup. The Americans reached the group stage in Qatar, only to fall to the Netherlands in the Round of 16.

Since then, manager Gregg Berhalter’s future has remained in limbo, as the USSF investigates a 1991 incident in which he allegedly kicked his then-girlfriend, Rosalind, whom is now is wife. The organization learned about the incident from Rosalind’s former college teammate and roommate at the University of North Carolina, Danielle Reyna, who is the mother of US Soccer midfielder, Gio, and the wife of Berhalter’s former high school and national team teammate, Claudio.

The issue stemmed from Gio’s limited playing time in Qatar.

‘I thought it was especially unfair that Gio, who had apologized for acting immaturely about his playing time, was still being dragged through the mud when Gregg had asked for and received forgiveness for doing something so much worse at the same age,’ Danielle Reyna said in a statement.

Claudio also shared his frustrations about Gio’s playing time with McBride, according to ESPN. However, the former US national team star denied threatening Berhalter’s career over the issue.

25 January, 2023, 9:11 am
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