c. 1900 Queen Anne – Monmouth, IL

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320 S A St, Monmouth, IL 61462

  • 5 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 3428 Sq Ft
Great Victorian home that offers plenty of space for all family members. Thirteen rooms on main two floors. Front and back staircase. Lots of windows. Natural woodwork and hardwood floors in most areas. 9 1/2' ceilings. Early 1900 light fixtures. New shingle roof-fall of 2011. Average utility billing $255.00 Available now---Call J. Frank Doyle 309-371-6103 for a viewing and/or to answer any questions.
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Andrew Doyle, Doyle & Associates Realty
309-734-7253
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30 Comments on c. 1900 Queen Anne – Monmouth, IL

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  1. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5397 comments
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    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    “Killer” house at this price! Just when I’ve almost convinced myself that the extreme old house bargains have almost dried up, here’s another one. George Barber design? Quite likely as there is at least one more Queen Anne in Monmouth attributed to Barber. I think this is a few years after 1900 maybe as late as 1903-1905 but it still has a lot of late Queen Anne style opulence both inside and out. Lavish woodwork inside and the window seat/nook is outstanding as is the staircase. Looks like furniture grade woodwork (Oak, Bird’s eye Maple?) in the downstairs public rooms. The generous wrap around porch is what lovers of the Queen Anne style love about the style. Painted in turn of the last century constrasting colors this already impressive house would cause drivers to slam on their brakes as they cruised by. The most expensive old house fix, a new roof, has already been taken care of so restoring the posh interior might be affordable. Illinois taxes are notoriously high so that needs to be taken into account. Probably needs some systems upgrades but looks livable as is. The period light fixtures only add icing to the cake. it seems some origina art glass windows (stained, leaded, beveled, might be missing but a closer inspection might determine that) For almost certain, one of Monmouth’s leading citizens once called this mansion their home. The bookcase image in the listing seems to show a period photo perhaps of the interior as well as a print or drawing of the house.

    Monmouth is a college town so hopefully a history/preservation minded buyer will get it before some student landlord type buys it for a $60k offer and then splits it into a half dozen or so student apartments. I got a “sneak preview” last evening, so I tried to find some more info. Regrettably there’s no streetview and the satellite view only confirms its on a corner lot. I did find a few historical images of Monmouth: (from 1890 so this house was not yet built) http://www.flickr.com/photos/9789926@N07/sets/72157603876818497/with/2252092868/
    and a period postcard of downtown: http://www.flickr.com/photos/9789926@N07/2251168839/ making Monmouth look like the quintessential Midwestern Victorian town. If the old house buyer is comfortable with a small Midwestern town of around 10,000 it would be almost impossible to find a better deal. Post restoration and decoration, I could see this house on the cover of a Victorian homes magazine or Victorian architectural book. It gets my two thumbs up as one of the best late Victorian homes featured on Old House Dreams recently. Thanks John C. for finding and sharing this jewel and thanks to Kelly for posting it. If one of the OHD blog fans buys it, I’d like to hear more about this exquisite house. (photos)

    • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5397 comments
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      1889 Eastlake Cottage
      Fort Worth, TX

      Addendum: in looking at the ceilings in the downstairs rooms, I’m thinking there might have been painted murals orginally. This house has a lot of similarities with the Earl Park, IN Queen Anne posted a year or so ago and that house did still have surviving mural work on its ceilings. Such ceiling artwork, if painted over, can usually be revealed and restored by someone with art conservator’s experience and knowledge-it would be intriguing to find out if they remain and only add to the home’s grandeur if such artwork is discovered.

    • lara janelara jane says: 566 comments

      I’m sure I’ve asked this before, but John, what qualifies a home as a “mansion?” Is it square footage? Opulence? “Extra” rooms beyond the standard (as for an office or nursery or what have you)?

      • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5397 comments
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        1889 Eastlake Cottage
        Fort Worth, TX

        I don’t think there is any universally accepted deffinition of “mansion” but homes which evoke a sense of grandeur or opulence are often called mansions. A bit of an irony is that in snobbish Newport, RI where the wealthiest old money families of the Northeast congregated, the mega-sized mansions of the ultra rich were often called “cottages” in the late 19th century. It’s difficult for me to accept a 10,000 sq. ft. or larger home that takes a small army of servants to maintain as a mere “cottage”. I think for meeting the criteria of a mansion the level of interior finishes, the interior size, and of course, the overall cost, all factor in to come up with the mansion categorization. But I’ll admit it is subjective and one person’s idea of a mansion may not be the same as another’s. In the case of this house, for one, it has a back staircase which most often during the Victorian era allowed the servant(s) to go down into the kitchen to start the day for the family without going into the public rooms downstairs or disturbing the family on the main staircase. Also, the high quality finishes and other details distinguish this house from a modest middle class home. While it would be looked upon scornfully in places like Newport or Boston, for a small town on the Midwestern prairie I’m sure the locals considered it a mansion in its heyday. It could be again…

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        • lara janelara jane says: 566 comments

          Thank you so much for your response, John! Thoughtful as always!

          It is funny about the cottages! I discovered that some years ago when I ordered a reproduction plan book of those “cottages” from Dover. Woweee!!!

          I was curious about this because I have been trying to find a great old house for our family and some of them that have come up for sale are well above this in square footage, some of those quite opulent and some more simple, and all of my favorites (even a “smaller” house of about 2500) have a rear staircase. My friends and family would get a kick out of my saying, “Come by the mansion, we’ll be home all day!” because they know I’m a nut, but I wouldn’t ever use such a term with anyone who wasn’t familiar with my sense of humor. 😉

    • Kathryn McG[nnis says: 1 comments

      My maiden name is Lynch. My grandfather was John Daniel Lynch. My father was William Brennan Lynch . I remember this house quite clearly.The original house had exposed wood beams on the ceiling in the dining room. There was a sepia mural on the north wall.It showed big life-sized cherubs .The radiator had a warming oven built into the center. Mamma Lynch called the maid by tapping a bell which was located on the floor by her chair. There was one cherub on the south-east wall in the room with the fireplace. There were two and a half baths -The main one on the second floors half under the front stairs and another one in the basement off the laundry room. [for the maid] The maid’s room was at the top of the back stairs. the wood work was beautiful. I was especially fascinated by the room with the bird’s eye maple.
      There are many more memories–enough to fill a book!

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      what memories!

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      • LynnLynn says: 70 comments

        Hi Kathryn. This house is my all time favorite on this site. Was just wondering if you could describe the layout. I found a George Barber plan that may be very similar to this house. Wish there was more pics. I believe the original dining room was the room with the octagonal bay. Where is the back stairs located?

        • Chris DiMattei says: 272 comments

          Lynn, somehow I missed this house. I would like to discuss with you, the possibility that it might be a George Barber design. Please email me at crdimattei@gmail.com so we can continue this discussion. Thanks, and sorry for the delay in commenting on this gem.

      • Chris DiMattei says: 272 comments

        Kathryn, if you are still out there, I would love to discuss this house with you. Please email me at crdimattei@gmail.com so we can connect and discuss this home. Thank you.

  2. lara janelara jane says: 566 comments

    Wow! I can’t believe you get all of that for $75k!

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  3. Sue S. says: 306 comments

    This house is a whole heckova lot of gorgeous.

    The wonderful cozy window seat/nook reminds me very much of the one in the Los Angeles mansion you posted last month: https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2013/03/19/1906-classical-revival-los-angeles-ca/ and which is visible in the Robert Plant/Alison Krauss music video filmed there.

    I think we should all move here and have meetings of the Old House Dreams Lovers Society in the parlor. All in favor, say “aye.”

  4. john c says: 467 comments

    Another, much smaller house on the other side of Illinois is http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/615-E-Penn-St-Hoopeston-IL-60942/80297337_zpid/ They (such houses mentioned here) are still out there, but they are very hard to find — Kelly is amazing in what she puts before us.

    Turning back to this Monmouth house, Mr. Doyle, the realtor, has the following details on his own website:

    Lot Features
    Water Utilities (City of Monmouth), Sewer Utilities (City of Monmouth), Road Type (Asphalt)
    Building Features
    Heating System (Gas Hot Water heat-radiator system), Cooling System (No central air-conditioning), Foundation Size, Roof (Asphalt shingles – New fall of 2011), Basement (Unfinished), First Floor Sq Ft (1714), Second Floor Sq Ft (1714), Gross Living Area Sq Ft (3428)
    Interior Features
    Floors (Hardwood floors in majority of the rooms), First Level Flooring (Harwood floors), Second Level Flooring (Hardwood floors), Kitchen Flooring (Linoleum), Fireplace (Questionable as to how functional), Kitchen Dim (17′ x 10′ [irregular shape]), Dining Room Dim (18′ x 14′), Living Room Dim (16′ x 18′), Family Room Dim (16′ x 18′), Great Room Dim (15′ x 17′), Office/Study Dim (FOYER: 15′ x 17′), Utility Room Dim (Could be utility room: 7′ x 18′), Break Room Dim (Additional three rooms in attic.), Main Bedroom Dim (16’6″ x 13’10”), Bedroom 2 Dim (13’10” x 11’4″), Bedroom 3 Dim (15’10” x 15’4″), Bedroom 4 Dim (11’6″ x 13’4″), Bedroom 5 Dim (13′ x 14′), Bedroom 6 Dim (9′ x 8′ with a 9′ x 9′ sitting area)
    Appliances
    Hot Water (gas), Washer/Dryer Hookups (Basement)
    Exterior Features
    Exterior Color (White), Garage (Detached 24′ x 20′)
    From: http://www.doyle-realty.com/listing/186270585
    (I am not quite sure what Mr. Doyle means by a “break Room” and do not know if the “three additional rooms” (not counted in the square footage) in the attic are heated.

  5. springsheep says: 75 comments

    Wow,,, just wow
    great price and fabulous place.

  6. FergusFergus says: 260 comments
    1420 Perpendicular Gothic

    Even with the exterior looking as if it could do with a fresh and authentic paint job this house is gorgeous. That interior is stunning, especially with those period light fixtures. That price makes it all the more beautiful.

  7. Aaron says: 41 comments

    Gorgeous house. It does have some very Barber bits to it. Maybe Chris will weigh in.

    One of my dormant genealogical research projects traces a branch of my family back to Monmouth in the 1850s (when they seem to have just materialized from nowhere). Maybe for that reason I feel a little extra protective about this house. I do hope someone takes it on — that’s an amazing price for a house of that quality in that condition, wherever in the country it might happen to be.

    Unrelatedly, I’m on the Board that manages this place: http://media.knoxnews.com/media/img/photos/2011/08/06/0807_kclo_bethel08_atb_t607.jpg , which despite it not being much of a mansion even in 1886 when it was built, has been known as the “Winstead Mansion” as long as anyone remembers.

    • John Shiflet says: 5397 comments

      The Winstead Mansion is a very nice house, Aaron. It appears to be immaculately maintained. Imagine the Monmouth Queen Anne restored to this pristine condition; as stated, visitors would slam on their brakes as they drove by and it might become the most photographed house in town. Time for someone to take off the white shroud from this fine old Victorian and cure its anemia with beautiful colors. P.S. I’d like a home tour of it someday!

  8. says: 562 comments

    Just when I think to myself that I’ve had enough of the Queen Annes, you go and post one like this to draw me right back in:) This is an amazing house and at even more amazing price.

  9. john c says: 467 comments

    A very good agent in that locality, Jan Smith of Key Realty in Macomb Illinois, informed me that this A Street house is under contract, an offer having been accepted. Congratulations to the lucky people, whoever you may be!

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11732 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I figured it would go fast. Just hope it’s going to someone who will appreciate it. 🙂

      • john c says: 467 comments

        And who will invite us all for refreshments and our annual event!

        • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11732 comments
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          1901 Folk Victorian
          Chestatee, GA

          I nominate Ryan, he seems like the party-host type.

          • john c says: 467 comments

            I second! “For he’s a jolly good fellow, for he’s a jolly good fellow, ….'” (Sigh — even in print I can’t carry a tune.)

  10. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11732 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Just wanted to leave an update, a reader let me know that the current owners are restoring the home as their private residence. Thanks Lynn!

  11. Glynn says: 34 comments

    Love this house! I had one very similar in Bryan, TX. Other than being cold in the winter, we loved the house. The next owners sheetrocked the walls, which was a big mistake, in my opinion.

    • Christopher DiMattei says: 272 comments

      Glynn, can you tell me the street address of your “similar” house in Bryan, TX? I would love to check it out. Thanks.

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