Sitting on a wooden table in the corner of the Niles barn is a unique artifact from the animal kingdom.

But this didn’t come from your typical barnyard animal. Then again, this isn’t your typical barn.
Judith Racht, who owns the barn-turned-house, points out the shell of an elephant’s foot very matter-of-factly, like one might show off a new set of china or a favorite book.
“Somebody had to have it, and when I was in India I rode an elephant, so I thought, ‘why not?’” she said. “I put it with all my India photos.”
This novelty item is one of countless one-of-a-kind pieces peppering the décor of the equally one-of-a-kind Racht home, on Chicago Road in Niles.

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