1890 Queen Anne – Arcola, IL

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303 N Locust St, Arcola, IL 61910

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  • $26,900
  • 4 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 3809 Sq Ft
New description: HISTORIC HOME!!! This home is one of a kind and priced to sell!! Features over 3500 square feet, beautiful hardwood throughout, and all original woodworking. Great for the growing family or could be converted into multifamily units. Sold As Is.To submit an offer on the property for consideration, click on the following link to submit through RES.NET Old description: This victorian country home offers central air 7yrs. old . The roof is 7 yrs. old. the furnace is 7 yrs. old. New Amish cabinets with granite top counter , beautiful oak wood through out, pocket doors, original hardwood floors and secret doors. The interior has been newly painted. Outside you have a 4 car garage and a welcoming front entrance into one of the most intriguing homes in Arcola .This home has served as a family home and 4 unit apartment building. Now in use as a 4 Bdr. home . Thinking of a Bed and Breakfast ? Perfect for Arcola's grand festival's . Consider this home if the creativity and romance of the victorian life style lives in you. Call today !
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  1. Sue S. says: 277 comments

    Very nice! I’m picturing a vibrant color scheme on the outside. And I just realized something — I seem to be drawn to any of the houses pictured where the owners obviously love books. Bibliophiles, unite!

    • Elaine says: 108 comments

      Sue, it’s because there are SHELVES to put the books on! Oh my DREAM for many many MANY shelves! I have 6 large bookcases full, 2 small shelves, about 6 15X 15 cubes stuffed full, and they are STILL piled all over the place. And THAT is in a singlewide trailer! My KINGDOM for many bookeshelves! (And that is not even STARTING on my china and my knickknacks! Sigh! (How many could I stuff in to that 4 car garage! (that’s bigger than my trailer)!

      This is STILL unsold at $37K? It looks move in ready. Unless it’s gotten bad since these pictures were taken!

      • Elaine says: 108 comments

        Oh no WAY! There is a GHOST TOWN in the county this is in (Tuscola). It’s name is Fillmore. The population in Arcola is 2900. A nice, small town!

      • Scott CunninghamScott Cunningham says: 394 comments
        1856 Tudor (fmr Victorian)
        Leavenworth , KS

        I’m the same way. I’m well over 3000 books, with no end in sight, and I read them (they are not like a law office where they just form an intellectual backdrop to create the illusion of knowledge). Even with a big old house, I have to decide where the books will go. Have more or less settled on using one of the 2nd floor bedrooms as a library, although I’m leo considering the very large open attic as a super-library/office/lounge area. Uninterrupted wallspace is the key requirement.

  2. Sue S. says: 277 comments

    P.S. Secret doors? Wish we knew more. Guess you gotta buy it to find out. 🙂

  3. Deborah Shipp says: 10 comments

    Maybe they mean the door on the second floor front that obviously used to open up onto the missing wraparound porches. The price is good enough though (with all the new mechanicals and newer roof) that hopefully someone will lovingly restore the exterior features and give her a long overdue paint redo. The kitchen isn’t terrible, I’d hope the bathrooms were done as thoughtfully.

  4. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11831 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Dropped to $69,900!

  5. Sue S. says: 1 comments

    Amazing old picture and quite a price drop, too!

  6. John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

    Roger is quite the house detective. The illustration originally appeared in the March 1888 issue of Scientific American Magazine-Architects & Builders Edition. It is one of 75 color plates taken from magazine issues between 1885 and 1894 and collected by Dover Publications into a paperback book titled VICTORIAN HOUSE DESIGNS IN AUTHENTIC FULL COLOR and is well worth the modest price its sells for. I’ve tried to find online archival copies of the March 1888 magazine so perhaps I could learn who the architect was but no luck so far. David S. Hopkins out of Grand Rapids, MI was active during this period and published a number of designs. George F. Barber who still was based in De Kalb, IL came out with his Cottage Souvenir (No 1) about this time as well but his first planbook examples (actually a collection of cards tied with a string) are all more ornate than this one. But what we do know now is that someone in Arcola liked the design in the magazine and found a way to order plans for it. The details on the Arcola house and those in the magazine illustration differ only very slightly. Of course, the biggest problem is the now missing porch but with the old illustration it should not be too challenging for someone to replicate the porch in a manner similar to the original. (I have specialized in Victorian porch restorations and reconstructions) I hope with a period illustration of this design that a caring preservation minded restorer soon buys this interesting house and brings it back again. Chris is looking for more information so if he finds the architect info either he or I will update it here. Thanks again to Roger for finding the old image and thanks to Kelly for posting it.

  7. Shane says: 25 comments

    Man these places look much better in color….white? Meh. I know why they made them white…learned about that here.

    It would definitely need its porches rebuilt, otherwise the Painted Lady is in her breeches instead of full gown!

  8. John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

    A Victorian architectural enthusiast-scholar-friend of mine from Cleveland sent me some information regarding my quest to discover who the architect of this house design might be: The Architect & Builders Editions (of Scientific American) were published by Munn & Company, competitors and contemporaries of architectural publishers A.J. Bicknell & Co. Munn & Co. also sold architectural books written by others and like Bicknell, were based in New York City. “It is worth contemplating that perhaps all of the designs that did not include mention of the designers identities may have been (in-house) designs of theirs. They indicated in every issue that plans, specifications, etc. of all of their designs were available directly through them. If you could see all the designs that were published in this periodical, you would see that a majority did not identify the designers.” Some of them had lengthy articles that explained everything contractors needed to know to build them except for exact dimensions. The Arcola house design mentioned in the (March 1888) article was one and a half pages long yet did not mention the designer-architect. “The ones consuming the most (article) space almost always were like this-again, suggesting that they were (in-house) Munn & Company designs.” So it looks like a dead end…some anonymous in-house architect-designer who worked for Munn & Co. came up with this interesting design and the parent company sold a set of plans (via mail) to a local contractor who built the house.

  9. Phoenix JD says: 1 comments

    Bibliophiles together we stand 🙂

  10. Kim Lyons says: 5 comments

    It is actually a very pale pink color in person. Next door is another home that is in worse shape – Arcola has a lot of homes that used to be very lovely.

  11. John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

    I’m surprised no one has bought this one yet. Arcola looks like a fun town with colorful murals, festivities, and the world’s largest “Hippie Memorial” created by a former local beloved “character”-turned-artist. Yes, the original porch is gone but anyone with basic carpentry skills and access to a computer drawing or design program could created scaled drawings that would be needed to reconstruct a replica porch. With enough research, one might even find another house produced from this plan design (from the Scientific American-Architect and Builder’s edition which had a national circulation) with an extant period porch revealing exact details. if the porch were put back and the house repainted in period colors it would be quite impressive and yet another tourist draw for Arcola.

  12. Larissa says: 7 comments

    Victorian ladies don’t wear “breeches”. We wear “drawers”. 🙂

  13. RossRoss says: 2469 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    Now $37,100.

    Geez. The place seems a steal, and move-in ready, AND with a huge garage!

  14. John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

    Hard to fathom how this remains unsold. I can only hope this is the year when it finally has a caring new owner. In an arc going from Kansas to Pennsylvania is a vast tract of smaller towns with many still having fair numbers of old houses. Its a shame there are no incentives for folks to buy these old damsels in distress and the inevitable conclusion is that quite a few will disappear in the years ahead. I think you and I both find these losses unacceptable but we lack the resources to do anything to save them. I hope soon to read that a preservation minded buyer bought this one..it could be a real beauty again.

  15. Kim B says: 5 comments

    They actually took this off the market for a long while, it’s back now at a lower price. I tried to walk through it when I was buying but couldn’t.
    It’s rough in person… Things that you don’t see in these pictures. I think what makes me most sad are the broken windows that have not been boarded and it’s been that way for more than a year. It also backs right up to rail road tracks and is near the Libman factory… Maybe part of why it hasn’t been picked up. Negatives aside, it’s such a lovely house it’s also only a short walk from historic downtown Arcola which has really lovely stores – antiques and otherwise. I drive past it every once in a while because I bought a home only a few blocks away and stare wistfully at it.
    The house next to it, I mentioned in my last post, has been bought and is being fixed up which is wonderful.

  16. Scott CunninghamScott Cunningham says: 394 comments
    1856 Tudor (fmr Victorian)
    Leavenworth , KS

    Thats a lot of house for $37K. Add the porches back on and its a real head turner. For a family looking to get into a home on the cheap, and then really turn it into something over time, its a fantastic opportunity.

  17. LEEKELLY says: 5 comments

    Why is it soo cheap? Is it in an undesirable neighborhood? What’s the catch?

  18. John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

    Lee, I think the fact that its in a smaller rural town is the key to the low price coupled with a motivated seller. Google Arcola and look at the images. You’ll see a quaint town that seems to have many Amish farmers living around it and participating in community life. It has some lovely murals around town reflecting the town’s history. As for “bad” neighborhoods, how many bad neighborhoods can a town of 2,900 people have? To my eyes, its merely a faded rural Illinois community where few new residents are moving to. Thus demand for housing is not brisk and its probably even less for century plus old homes like this one from the 1890’s. The house will need paint, the roof condition needs to be ascertained and otherwise a thorough inspection is worthwhile. If it were mine, I’d reconstruct the porch from the original house design seen above. I believe the asking price represents a very good value within the context of Arcola.

  19. Joanna says: 2 comments

    im wondering what’s wrong with the house. That’s a pretty big price drop!

  20. lynda obremski says: 1 comments

    arcola is a quaint town. the rockome gardens are there. not much else. if i was a little younger and handier i would LOVE this house. hope they find a great buyer.

    • Tina Hislope says: 1 comments

      I wonder why they took the porch off?

      • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

        Tina, Although many original Victorian porches survive, the average lifespan of a well-built porch is about 40-50 years. I think its likely this house was in rental use for some time, maybe decades, and landlords are notorious for deferring maintenance as long as possible to maximize rental income. Thus, as the original house was nearing that 40-50 year age range, which may have coincided with the hardships of the Great Depression years, an economic decision was made to remove the original porch. In some Arcola photos which I brought up on Flickr, there was one Victorian era house showing extreme neglect with a derelict porch hanging by a thread: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tourismguy/4451516070/in/set-72157623539925157 Other Arcola homes in this condition in the past were probably long ago razed. Those porches that survive from the Victorian era have almost all had porch roof replacement(s), balustrade railing and spindle repairs or replacements, deck repairs or replacements, as well as post or turned column repairs and replacement. In conclusion, the loss of the porch here may have been unavoidable. Today it would cost several thousand dollars to source the materials and some skilled restoration carpenter labor to bring the porch back. That said, with a fully reconstructed porch this house would get back the “Wow” factor it once had. Back in the winter of 2006-2007 I hand built a replica porch on this 1860 Gothic Revival house in Vallejo, CA: (based on a copy of a photo from around 1910) https://www.flickr.com/photos/11236515@N05/sets/72157604532024660/

        • RossRoss says: 2469 comments
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          1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
          Emporia, KS

          Wow John! Great job on the Vallejo porch! Stunning!

          • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

            Thanks Ross. I really enjoyed the project so much so that if I ever get a shop going again I may pick and choose a few more porch restoration/reconstruction projects. A Victorian house without a porch seldom looks right because they were considered an important feature of these houses. A replica porch on this Arcola house would totally transform its looks. I hope the next owner will put one back on.

        • Scott CunninghamScott Cunningham says: 394 comments
          1856 Tudor (fmr Victorian)
          Leavenworth , KS

          My house is in the exact same category. It was built as a Victorian, but converted (at about the 50 year point) to a Tudor. At that point the porches were removed. You can guess what my #1 restoration project is when I re-occupy the house next year….

          This house would really pop with a new porch, fresh pain, and some color to the trim (look to the ad for examples). It looks really nice inside and has not been abused or severely neglected.

  21. renae says: 1 comments

    Omg i love this house i so want it

  22. Casey says: 4 comments

    I live caddy – corner from this house. I love it, always have. it’s bugged me to see its condition. maybe I should buy it at this price.

  23. drew says: 1 comments

    It has 60 amp service and I would not consider it liveable after viewing it.

    • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

      I would expect a large Victorian house selling for this price would have needs as far as electrical, plumbing, and HVAC. The old house requires an owner who is willing to invest time, labor, and money. One might have to either live out of an RV temporarily or rent another house on a month-to-month basis before it would be habitable. I can’t blame the sellers for any defects as they have priced it accordingly. I think it’s only a matter of time before it sells at this bargain price, defects and all.

      • Casey says: 4 comments

        I just walked though this house. it looks very promising! I got a very good vibe walking through the house but it wasn’t enough to pull me in to buy. the secret door and room is very cool and unique. I have an idea on how much money this house would need to be restored to its former glory, and that’s just a little more than I think I should tackle. this house is priced right like previously stated, just needs a good investor or someone who wants to restore themselves a gorgeous home.

  24. Sarah says: 2 comments

    So, Casey, what dollar figure were you thinking?
    This reminds me of my great-grandparents’ home near Reddick, Illinois. Gorgeous 6 BR home with a pantry larger than some kitchens; three porches (kitchen, side and front); a “tower”; an attic big enough to put an entire family in; the main bedroom (part of the tower) with 5 huge windows; beautiful wide stairway with spindles my g-grandfather made on his lathe in the barn…
    But now decrepit, not well-maintained, a rental home that no one stays in as it’s so expensive to heat.
    I hope just the right people buy this home and take good care of it. These old homes with their woodwork and wood floors and unique features are too much a treasure to get rid of–but they do cost money, and often lots of it.

    • Casey says: 4 comments

      I originally ball parked that it would be gorgeous for around 100k put into it. Other people agree with me. But of course that figure can be significantly cut down if someone does the work themselves. I’m hoping someone buys it because it pains me to think it left without an owner and eventually get condemned. it’s far from that state as. it has a very nice, massive gas furnace in the basement and a nice electric furnish in the attic.

    • Elaine says: 108 comments

      Sarah, do you have a street address, so we could google the house and see what it looks like? It sounds WAY COOL!

  25. Justin says: 1 comments

    Hi everyone, I’m the investor who loves old homes that posters have been asking for. I noticed some posters are local so I’m trying to gauge interest. If I restored it to its former glory I’d probably need to list it for $170,000. If I still lived in the area I would just live there, but I don’t…so who wants to buy it?

  26. TERE says: 1 comments

    Back in the 70’s the back part was an apartment and my sister used to live there!

  27. marjie says: 2 comments

    Justin, that’s just the problem with restoring homes. You have to match the home with someone with the resources to buy it. I’m out of state, but it seems like this is not in a prime location in the best part of town? So that reduces the pool of likely buyers. It would be a shame to see it torn down or just fall apart, but that is the reality of life, unfortunately. It was a sad day when my beautiful childhood 1890 home was razed, but it was all in the name of progress, and no one in the family was going to live there. I hope for the best for this featured home.

  28. Sharilyn says: 6 comments

    Dreams do come true. This is an amazing house which sit over a block depth. It is a diamond in the ruff

  29. kristy Power says: 1 comments

    I stumbled across this site from a link from Anne Rice on facebook and I am amazed by the pictures. I want to be able to afford to move the houses back to Australia where I am and make them beautiful again but alas too much money would be involved. This house would be a perfect house to do that too. Although moving houses across country and sea would be a shame to lose the heritage from where it has lived.

    • Casey says: 4 comments

      this place has sold finally… thank god. I wished I could have bought it, but now that someone has purchased it, I hope they’ll give it the attention it needs. I’ll be able to watch all the progress since I live 25 yards away from it lol.

  30. John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

    Hi Casey, Thanks for the good news and I hope the buyers will renovate the house and keep the original details. It is perhaps too much to hope they will put the original porch back on it, but it would be wonderful if they did. Someone experienced in Autocad could take the current house dimensions and scale the original porch illustration (see above) to match the existing house and make a set of plans. Some architectural details might have to be simplified but having the porch back would totally transform the house. Thanks for sharing, and best wishes to the new buyers for a successful restoration.

  31. Sharilyn says: 6 comments

    Hi All,
    I am the Widow who Bought this lovely old LADY! This will not be an over night project.
    She will require allot of love and work to return her to her GLORY. She is getting new Cedar, and old scale removed as we apply the white Primer. I have a lovely 8 palate color scheme chosen to make her a True “PAINTED LADY” We have brought in 3 truck loads of land Scaping with a massive yard over hall in the works. I would love to have plans for the front porch but that will be down the road as we assess her needs.
    I have been blessed with town interest.
    Please keep an eye peeled for all of her upcoming changes.

    • JimHJimH says: 5121 comments
      OHD Supporter

      God bless you Sharilyn, for taking this on and giving it your all. 8 colors – Wow!
      Please keep us up to date and send some update photos here to Kelly if you can. Thank you – Great News!

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11831 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Congratulations! Can’t wait to see update pics when you have some ready for us. 🙂

  32. Ann says: 94 comments

    Would love to see the entry staircase : (

  33. says: 5 comments

    Thought I might share these: https://goo.gl/photos/bdv2FWMH7RuLuY3v9

    Someone really like Harley’s. The little sign on the door says Happy Harleydays… and you know the orange color scheme

    Also, a few streets over this lovely 1897 home is going up for auction: http://realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/322-E-Main-St_Arcola_IL_61910_M77198-58055
    It’s right on Main St. a block or so away from the shops downtown… and a block or so away from my house 🙂

  34. Sharilyn Kibler says: 6 comments

    A quick update her inner vessels are near completion, Cedar is still being replaced, and the lift is on the way. We received sad news from the City today that Our huge tree on the south Side is needing to be removed I love her shade. Im sure we will continue to add walk gardens. We enjoy lots of color.

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