Hefner's original Playboy mansion goes condo, up for sale

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It's still a mansion, but there's little else about the former Playboy HQ that says sexy these days. More photos here.

playboy2.jpgThere are historical homes, and historical homes. Then there are historical homes that helped usher in the sexual revolution.

And it's not too often they go condo.

Yet here we are, looking at a listing at 1340 N. State St. A beautiful home in classic architectural style by Gamble Rogers, built in 1899 for Dr. George S. Isham. The stone giant was chopped into condos, with unit 1S on the market for a cool $2.9 million.

Why take the leap on this unique property? It used to be the hopping ground of the original Playboy bunnies. This was Hugh Hefner's first Playboy mansion.

Hef bought the mansion in 1959 and it would soon become famous for the 24-hour bacchanalia that encompassed the gardens and spacious, leather-bound rooms.

The bunnies and Hefner blew out in 1974 - the whole building was donated to the Art Institute and used as dorms - when the operation took off for Los Angeles. In 1993, according to the Presidential Rubloff listing, it was converted into seven luxury condos, on of which is on the market now, promising a lovely view of the garden and private patio.

But no, no grotto. And a dearth of Bunnies as well.

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