Old School Meets Hi-Tech at Xfinity Dinner at Renovated Logan Square Mansion
|The 1907 Ryan Mansion is located in Chicago's|
Logan Square neighborhood
The 8,000 square-foot Ryan Mansion was built in 1907, designed by architect John Ahlschalger and it was the first home built on the block. It was modeled after an Irish castle that owners Michael and Anna Ryan remembered from their homeland.
One really interesting feature about this home, that is completely modern and high-tech while preserving some beautiful historic elements, is that is was never designed a single family home. It originally was built as a three-flat for the Ryans and their daughters. Today it serves a single family home.
|An introduction at the grand staircase of the Ryan Masion.|
|We learned about many of the technology features in the home related to internet, |
cable, temperature control, security and more.
So as the renovations began, the goal was to preserve as much as possible of the original woodwork and they were able to retain about 95% or the original wood and then the remainder was replicated. All of the windows, except those in the basement are also original.
|So much beautiful original woodwork can be found in the home, |
built in 1907 in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood.
|The home so nicely meshes the old (like this stunning chandelier) |
with the new.
On our tour we explored the many guest bedrooms, the luxurious bathrooms, one of the two kitchens and the basement media room where I learned a few new tricks to use on my Xfinity remote. I never thought beyond giving it a voice command to change the channel or record a show, but I learned it can do much more - you can search for broad or specific topics using the voice command, resume a show you started watching or ask it to pull up news in certain location. I never knew I could do so much with it and look forward to testing it out to see what else I can command it to do to make viewing easier.
|Fun fact: These portraits are not ancestors of the owners - they are just|
historic photographs they picked up that seemed in place along the
grand staircase in the home.
|One of the guest bedrooms.|
|One of the home's guest bedrooms.|
|Second floor sitting area.|
|The baking area in one of the kitchens.|
|The kitchen library.|
|The spice closet.|
|Main cooking area of the second-floor kitchen.|
Stacey and Bill selected their favorite dishes made by Gilbert for us to try. My favorite item of the evening was an appetizer that was sort of like small bites of a spinach soufflé that was so light and airy and covered in a scrumptious, creamy sauce.
Many thanks to our hosts, Stacey and Bill, the execs from Xfinity who were there to greet us and answer questions and MJ Tam from Chicagonista who reached out and rounded up a select group of tech and foodie bloggers and influencers. I was so honored to be included. Read more about the renovation project and results on Stacey's blog at staceyballis.com.