c. 1891 – Beason, IL – (George F. Barber)

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Posted May 2016. This home has been archived on OHD. The sold status is unknown.
Added to OHD on 5/18/16   -   Last OHD Update: 10/14/19   -   23 Comments

1548 Walnut St, Beason, IL 62512

  • $28,600
  • 4 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 1616 Sq Ft
Stately 4 bedroom, 2 full bath small town corner lot two story home -- loaded with potential -- priced for a quick sale! Main floor of home features a spacious and bright living room, a generous formal dining room with hardwood flooring, large kitchen with ample cabinetry, comfortable bedroom, full bath, and an enclosed rear porch/laundry room area. Upstairs, you will find three large bedrooms in addition to a second full hall bath. Property also features a covered front porch, covered rear patio, rear detached garage plus storage shed, additional front off-street parking, partial basement with both interior as well as exterior access points, some updated vinyl windows -- the list goes on! City water/private septic system on premises. Chester-East Lincoln school district! Opportunity knocks with this affordable Beason, Illinois two story corner lot fixer upper! Call your agent of choice today to schedule an appointment to view 1548 Walnut Street! Property being sold "AS IS, WHERE IS."
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Seth Goodman, ME Realty
(217) 737-3742
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23 Comments on c. 1891 – Beason, IL – (George F. Barber)

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11732 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I rarely post houses like this but it’s a good chance to show you a house that maybe isn’t so far gone from being brought back to the way it was (if one doesn’t mind spending some money, of course.)

    Chris sent me two photos of the same catalog design of houses in Wisconsin. I also included the catalog drawing and one of the catalog plans for #14. Keep in mind, Barber’s houses sometimes didn’t match up 100% to what you found in his catalogs.

    Here are two more of this plan design: Manchester, IA and Livermore Falls, ME.

    • RossRoss says: 2524 comments
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      1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
      Emporia, KS

      Kelly, I really LOVE seeing houses like this!

      Cheap, forlorn, needing a lot of work, but, oh baby, what it could be again!

  2. says: 73 comments

    Interesting that, other than the cosmetic changes (which, veyzmir, that hurts), the main difference that I can see between the original design and not just this home, but the Manchester one too, is that the staircase has been straightened.

  3. Sue S. says: 306 comments

    I’m not sure “stately” is the adjective I’d use for this house. Plus I’m sure nothing screams, “Buy me!” like a room painted to look like a serial killer’s lair. On the other hand, you could film a cool movie here.

    Seriously, as with almost all old houses, I hope someone buys it and fixes it up.

  4. Bethany says: 3324 comments

    So interesting! How did you even realize it was a Barber design, Kelly? Are you that familiar with them? That’s amazing cause it’s pretty far removed from how it was.

  5. John Shiflet says: 5397 comments

    Beason is a tiny hamlet with a population of 189. (2010) It was established in the early 1870’s as a railroad stopover and from the vestiges of a few commercial buildings it was probably several times larger than its current size a century ago. I could find no impressive large old homes there and this heavily altered and faded house bears little resemblance today to the Cottage Souvenir plan book appearances. Given the tiny community size and remote location (surrounded by soybeans and cornfields) I won’t speculate about restoration potential but it is worth noting the Barber provenance of this house to add to the overall database of Barber designed houses.

  6. CharlestonJohn says: 1046 comments

    Thanks for posting this one. For less than the cost of a used single-wide trailer, somebody can buy a house designed by a famous architect. Sure, it’s a lot of work and materials aren’t cheap, but this is a deal for right buyer. With good paint colors, the correct porch railings and maybe some scrollwork pieces, this cross gabled, corner porch Victorian could be quite the looker.

  7. MW says: 844 comments

    Hmm, I’m not so sure that corner 45 degree picture window right at the front steps and door was one of Barber’s better ideas. Seems a bit weird and off, at least to me anyway.

  8. DenDen says: 101 comments

    Ok, so the kitchen needs to go, the panel needs to go, the carpet needs to go, the Murder Room needs to go…. But the house itself is adorable!

  9. Kathy says: 16 comments

    The kitchen looks photoshopped especially where the tile is to the right when you first go into the room. The ‘blood-splattered’ room is a sick joke I’m sure. Has a lot of potential at the right price. Sure would be nice to restore it to look like the pictures Chris posted.

  10. Denise1953 says: 30 comments

    Did anyone see anything original left in the house except maybe the hardwood floors?

  11. Tommy q says: 466 comments

    I see nothing at all interesting in this building. I cannot begin to see even a smidgen of a Barber house. now admittedly, I’m a newbie at much of this, but to me that house looks like one of a million plain old structures. What should I be looking for as far as clues to its august heritage? Serious here, help :- )

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11732 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      There isn’t anything interesting left other than my own interest in that it was once something.

      You have to look at the structure itself, the room layout, window placement, normally the interior woodwork but this one lacks that. It’s missing that front right gable over the porch but assume it was removed or maybe never there originally. Not all Barber homes were copy for copy of his design and many have lost the exactness of what they were originally. Chris is way better at determining Barber characteristics than I am, I tend to memorize the more popular or unique plans to catch them in searches.

      • Tommy q says: 466 comments

        Wow! Thank you for your expertise. I love this place, I have more fun here than any five other Sites. I’ll just keep looking and hope some of the collective knowledge will rub off on me. :- )

        Seems like the rear of the house is missing a whole other part but what do I know? (“not much obviously Quinn! ;- )”)

  12. MonicaG says: 170 comments

    Where’s the sign saying “Jackson Pollock slept here?”

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