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Boyhood home of Ernest Hemingway in Oak Park has a buyer

Ernest Hemingway's boyhood home Oak Park is for sale listing $525000.

Ernest Hemingway's boyhood home in Oak Park is for sale, listing at $525,000.

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Updated: May 11, 2012 4:00PM

The boyhood home of Ernest Hemingway in Oak Park is under a sales contract.

The home, which hit the market in late February, was listed at $525,000 with Steve Scheuring of Baird & Warner in Oak Park.

No details were available on the sale, but the closing is scheduled for June 12.

The Clarence and Grace Hemingway home at 600 N. Kenilworth is owned by the Ernest Hemingway Foundation, which bought it from a private owner in 2002.

The foundation had the idea of turning the home — which is now divided into three apartments — back into its original state and using it for foundation events, readings, educational events and other functions. But it later abandoned those plans, Scheuring said in February.

The home was designed by architect Henry G. Fiddelke, in collaboration with Grace Hall Hemingway, Ernest’s mother. The family moved to the house in 1906, and apparently it was there that Ernest recovered from his war wounds and the romantic misfortune he later wrote about in his semi-autobiographical novel, “A Farewell to Arms.”

“The building was built originally as a glorious home for entertaining,” said Scheuring. “Ernest’s mother was really the one that took charge in assisting the design of the home.

“It once had a music room off the north side and (Grace) held music events in the home while the front two rooms off the entry foyer were his father’s physician offices.”

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