Mallinckrodt in the Park is a luxury condo building located at 1041 Ridge Road, which is just north of Lake Avenue in Wilmette. Originally a Catholic girls' school, the building was converted to condos in 2005. It's popular among area downsizers because it is situated on a beautiful 14 acre park and because the building retains many original architectural features from the early 1900s.
Unlike the buildings at Plaza del Lago, Mallinckrodt has an age restriction. One resident of each unit must be at least 55 years old.
Although it doesn't have the lake views enjoyed by residents of Plaza del Lago, it does allow dogs and cats.
There are 81 well-appointed units in the building. Most have two bedrooms but there are also a few one-bedroom and three-bedroom units. Typical features include in-unit laundry, hardwood floors, large windows, high-end kitchen, ample closet space (including large walk-in closets in the master bedroom), and master bath with double vanities and separate shower and tub.
Condos rarely come up for sale, but when they do, the prices range from $350,000-$400,000 for a one-bedroom, $400,000-$665,000 for a two-bedroom and $500,000-$700,000 for a three-bedroom unit.
There is a heated underground parking garage with 126 spaces. Most two-bedroom units come with two parking spaces. There is also plenty of guest parking outside.
The 14 acre park was re-done by the Wilmette Park District in 2008. There are winding paths with seating areas, perennial gardens, contemplative grottos, large grassy areas and a gazebo.
In summer, there are concerts at the gazebo and in winter there's a skating pond.
The Mallinckrodt Center is operated by the Wilmette Park District. It has a large common room for events and meetings, an adjacent kitchen for catered events, a library with computers and internet access, a smaller meeting room, a fitness room and an outdoor gazebo.
Residents enjoy proximity to shops and restaurants along Ridge Road, such as the Treasure Island grocery store (which will deliver), Ridgeview Grill, Zier's Meats, a dry cleaner, bank and nail salon. The PACE bus stops at the corner of Ridge Road and Lake Avenue and takes you to Old Orchard Mall, downtown Wilmette and the el at 4th and Linden.
Mallinckkrodt was named for the founder of the Sisters of Christian Charity, Pauline von Mallinckrodt. The daughter of a wealthy German family, she set up set up schools, day care and hospice facilities in Germany before moving to the United States in the 1870s.
The building originally housed a Catholic girls' school beginning in the 1920s. The school closed in 1960 and the building was leased to Loyola University, which later bought the property for $11.8M. In 2003 Loyola announced plans to sell it to developer Edward R. James Partners, who intended to tear the building down and build sixty new homes on the grounds.
The residents of Wilmette were outraged at the plan to destroy the landmark building and grounds. An activist citizen group collected 5333 signatures to put the matter before voters as a ballot referendum. The citizens of Wilmette voted yes to having the Wilmette Park district buy the property, convert the building to condos and preserve the majority of the grounds as a public park.
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