Lola Maverick Lloyd was a social activist whose grandfather's refusal to brand his Texas cattle inspired the term "maverick." So it's no surprise that such a freethinker would build a uniquely charming home.
That arts-and-craft-style house on a wooded lot is for sale in Winnetka for $699,930. It has been preserved by her family since she died in 1999. The home, at 455 Birch St., includes a large mural in the living room of a ranch scene, turquoise window trim and lots of hand-carved wooden details and furnishings. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.
A 2009 Chicago Magazine article on the home, listed then at $990,000, pointed out the difficulties of buying a protected home that has rehab restrictions in place. The home's listing with the Hudson Company says, "This property is looking for an owner who will love and respect its history but will make it their own."