1894 – Galesburg, IL

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560 N Prairie St, Galesburg, IL 61401

  • $139,900
  • 5 Bed
  • 3 Bath
  • 4656 Sq Ft
Formerly used as a Bed & Breakfast. This beautiful 3 story Queen Ann Victorian has so much character & charm. The Clark E Carr House has been host to many famous visitors including President McKinley. Original woodwork and floors. Leaded dining room windows.
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Rebecca Aldrich, Century 21,

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4 Comments on 1894 – Galesburg, IL

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  1. Robt. W.Robt. W. says: 359 comments

    Great house, with many fine features intact, and for no money at all.

    While some rooms look remarkably undisturbed and well looked after, the linked February 2008 article describes the unfortunate division of the interior that detracts substantially:

    “In its somewhat recent past, in 1941, Carr House was purchased by two sisters, Leah and Bernice Seines from Dallas City, Ill. The sisters came to Galesburg to attend Brown Business College. They both married and divided Carr House down the middle from the bowels of the basement up through the elaborate front foyer, up the grand staircase through the second floor and up through the third-floor ballroom.”

    I’m not crazy for the street. There are some good houses, but this one is far the best, and the street’s fortunes have declined, with some later apartment blocks. Still, a fine house, even if the cost of restoring the interior plan and details may stretch beyond what’s reasonable for the neighborhood as it stands now.

  2. John Shiflet says: 5470 comments

    Galesburg, Illinois seems to be particularly blessed with a fine Victorian era housing stock. I don’t know if it has finally sold or not, but there was another opulent Queen Anne style mansion priced for even less than this one, $139k as I recall) also in Galesburg. Another grand and historic (connections to Abe Lincoln) brick mansion in tiny Tallula, IL remains unsold despite a truly bargain price. I know of a very impressive George F. Barber designed home in Paxton, IL that was also priced about the same as these. The conclusion reached is that not many people are flocking to Illinois these days. But the state has budgetary woes that are worse than most others, it’s former (disgraced) governor sits in a federal prison, and property taxes statewide are high, sometimes shockingly so. But the good news is that great old houses can be bought on the cheap provided the buyer understands the tax burden, higher winter heating costs, and a business climate that remains anemic. Small towns in Illinois are like small towns across America, struggling to survive and remain relevant at a time when the big cities are doing much better than smaller communities for the most part. Galesburg is not as bad off as some smaller communities from information I’ve received from an Illinois native. It seems to be doing ok, all things considered. There’s a lot of old house here for the money; on the West Coast a house like this would have another million or two added to the price even in the same condition. Architecturally, it’s impressive with sort of a Flemish-Colonial Revival-Queen Anne hybrid flavor. Obviously. its also a design from a professional architect.

  3. Nancy says: 173 comments

    What a beautiful old house! My sister who just passed away lived in Moline/Silvis and she was always telling me about houses up there that were fabulous and so cheap!

  4. Dave S says: 1 comments

    Hello, i helped a man move some things in that house so if you happen to see this im back in galesburg please get a hold of me have different phone # now so get a hold of me via email..thanks Dave

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