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Perfectly Powhatan

By Dennis Rodkin

List Price: $499,000
The Property: When she was appointed by President Obama to an ambassadorial post in Rome last year, Ertharin Cousin was reluctant to let go of her Chicago home, a three-bedroom condo she had painstakingly updated in the Powhatan, the Art Deco treasure at 49th Street and South Lake Shore Drive. It was not until December, six months after her appointment, that Cousin finally put the place up for sale.“She said, ‘The Powhatan is spectacular, but I’m in Rome now,’” says Donna Schwan, Cousin’s real-estate agent. “I mean, it’s Rome.”

After living in a building embellished with everything from Native American figures in the doors’ grillwork, to multicolored panels that climb the exterior walls, to gilt doors with cranes carved into them, it just might take Rome to make a person let go....

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