1867 School – Onarga, IL

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Added to OHD on 11/1/10   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   9 Comments

100 N Evergreen St, Onarga, IL

  • $165,000
  • 6 Bed
  • 1.5 Bath
  • 22000 Sq Ft
  • 3.9 Ac.
The year that Buffalo Bill hunted buffalo to feed railroad crews; Alaska was purchased; Andrew Johnson took the Presidency; and Nebraska became our 37th State. That same year, Onarga, Il. was the most active center of learning in Iroquois county and thus the school was erected with additions to follow in 1898 and 1939. Currently it is the full time residence of local artisans. The building is nestled on 3.9 secluded acres, amongst many oak, fir and fruit trees. The old ball field still can be found hiding in dense vegetation. The 9+ classroom/ offices/ bedrooms range in size from 12x14 to 21x30 with the old cafeteria being 29x23. Much of the original blackboards, transums and hardwood floors are intact. By far the most expansive spaces are the 48x30 second floor great room with kitchenette and the 68x50 gym... complete with original hoops and 32x26 stage. The 2 Story structure is in good structural shape but needs updating all around. Radiator and boiler heat were the mainstay of this property, yet furnace heat has been incorporated into several rooms. I loved the bell tower aspect of the building where a cozy office space beckons. With some creative ingenuity and upgrades, this location with access to I57, could make this a great business venture or ultra interesting private residence.
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Jerry Grodesky, Farm and Lake House Real Estate
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8 Comments on 1867 School – Onarga, IL

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  1. Lizzy says: 5 comments

    I wonder what the stairs look like… I’m a sucker for a staircase….

  2. The aesthetics of this building, the wonderful community of Onarga, and the proximitry to I57 highway access (just minutes away) make this the best opportunity that I have seen in quite a while!

    You can now mix “live, work and play” all under one roof.

    Listing Broker
    Jerry Grodesky

  3. Pamela says: 1 comments

    I was just doing some dreaming as to what I’d do with this building. The room with the folding doors could easily become an open kitchen/dining room. The closet area with the folding doors could be a BIG pantry & kitchen storage area with the doors on either side providing space for an upright refrigerator and freezer. In front could be a loooong island (prependicular to the windows) housing the stove/oven/sink with open walking area on either side. As for the chaulk boards in other rooms, they could be preserved by getting an artist to do a permanent chaulk mural (assuming the blackness of the chaulk board would show thru) depicting rural school/farming/nursery life. For greater impact, the mural could span two walls. So many of the bigger old homes have murals, why not borrow that idea?

  4. Deborah Shipp says: 8 comments

    I found some more pictures on the google map, looks like somebody was welding sculptures in the garden. I’d think it would make a lovely little private liberal arts prep school, plenty of room and the stage is beautiful.

  5. Jamie C says: 1 comments

    I’m seriously thinking about buying this place. I have a million ideas for the space. Now I just need a million dollars to pay for it all. If I do buy it, you’re all welcome to come help me refinish the hardwood floors. That should take a year or two.

  6. Tom Barnes says: 1 comments

    I attended grade school here and these pictures brought back a flood of memories. There was a round metal fire escape from the second floor and sliding down it made fire drills a lot of fun. My brother still lives in town and I drive by this old schoolhouse sometimes when I visit (which is not often enough). My first grade teacher was a beautiful young lady by the name of Mrs. Davis that I was infatuated with.

  7. Cathy Rivas says: 1 comments

    I attended grade school in this building and your pictures brought back many fond memories. Fire drill were always fun especially if you were on the second floor because there was a large silver tube slide that you slid down for the fire escape. One of my teachers of which I have fond memories of is Henrietta Landweir. My brother still lives in the town where this building is located and I go by this building often while there. I wish I would visit my brother and friends more often.


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