Outsider artist's eccentric house sold to rehabbers
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Outsider artist’s eccentric house sold to rehabbers

A house in Addison that the late, untrained artist Norma Gatto spent four decades ornamenting with her own eccentric art, including glass mosaics, decoupage and hand-painted carpets, has sold to rehabbers. Gatto died at age 92 in July 2018, leaving behind a house where she had, among many other things, wrapped the foyer in green and mirrored tile, hand-painted floral patterns on the living room carpet and decorated the trees outside with old compact discs to make them sparkle in the light. The house, where she lived with her husband, Dominick Gatto (also deceased), sold Aug. 29 for $235,000. Some of Gatto’s work has been removed by family members, some may be donated to arts groups, and the rehabbers are determining whether they will keep anything intact in the house, according to the real estate agent who represented both the sellers and the buyers. Some of that last part depends on whether they can remove it. “The walls are concrete, and she added tile to them,” said Tom Fosnot of J.W. Reedy Realty. “They’re not sure it will come down.” The buyers of the house, a three-bedroom, 2,700-square-footer on about nine-tenths of an acre on Wood Dale Road in […]

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