1902 – Belleville, IL

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701 Union Ave, Belleville, IL 62220

  • $35,000
  • 3 Bed
  • 1.5 Bath
  • 2958 Sq Ft
  • 0.52 Ac.
This Victorian is just waiting for the right person to come in and restore it to it''s original beauty. This four bedroom, two bathroom home has 4 fireplaces, huge updated windows, and original wood floors. The staircase, woodwork and built-ins are just amazing! The wood doors look original, you will know what I mean when you see them. This property just needs someone to make it shine again. This is a must see if you are looking for a project!
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Craig Ziegel, Coldwell Banker - Brown Realtors
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21 Comments on 1902 – Belleville, IL

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12125 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I think this started out earlier than 1902.

    • Ross says: 2416 comments

      I agree.

      Stylistically, I see three eras.

      The first, I will make a quick guess, is circa-1880.

      • John Shiflet says: 5426 comments

        I concur, Ross. The marble mantels look c. 1880-ish to me with most of the wood millwork closer to the 1900 era. (just saw Jim’s photo) There’s two states I’m concerned about regarding the survival of their old housing stock: New Jersey and Illinois. Bargains for fixer-uppers abound, but both states are number 1 and number 2 in the highest property taxes category, respectively. From a different view, not many folks are moving to these states to grab old house bargains because of the high taxes, colder climates, and sometimes post-industrial quality of life perceptions. (which vary greatly depending on the community) That said, occasionally there are low priced homes that even with the higher taxes make economic sense to buy. This one may or may not be in that category but it does offer a lot of old house for a modest price.

        • Clare says: 4 comments

          According to the MLS listing, taxes are $3600, which wouldn’t be terrible considering the size of the house and lot, but the neighborhood isn’t the greatest.
          Also, I believe I read somewhere that it was last “updated” in 1960, but obviously some changes have been done to it since then (albeit not for the best), so I’m not really sure what that means.

  2. Chris says: 9 comments

    Oh my, the “re-muddling” that has been done to the exterior of this house! Makes me want to strip off that vinyl siding just to see the ghosts of what was originally there so it can be restored. Like the side-porch to a door that isn’t there? ๐Ÿ™‚ But there’s a door a few feet down instead!
    Nice to see the vast majority of the woodwork and floors were retained indoors in an unpainted state.

    • Clare says: 4 comments

      If I remember correctly, the side-porch you’re referring to is actually in the back of the house and covers the exterior basement entry. If by some miracle I’m ever able to buy this house, I’d bring a contractor in to enclose that area to match the vintage of the house so basement is more accessible.

  3. LadyBelle says: 61 comments

    Someone please hurry and stick a support pole under that turret(?) on the second floor. That poor thing needs rescued before it pulls off rest of house.

    • akd1953akd1953 says: 190 comments

      I wonder if there was a matching area under it that is now gone because it does look like it needs support asap. Perhaps other parts are missing to? porches and such?

  4. BethanyBethany says: 3451 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    This house has so many cool features–love the fireplace opposite the stairs, and it seems there was a double parlor judging by the two mantles although the wall between seems to have been replaced later with more of a craftsman looking room divider/bookcase sort of deal. Cool striped wood floors too.

  5. Lindsay G says: 531 comments

    Oh wow look at those built-ins! So many beautiful features I’ma die!!!

    I’d be so heartbroken if I had once lived in this house and then to return only to see it rotting away like this. Someone clearly loved it enough to paint that picture inside the turret and put down those dark and light hardwood floors. And then..what happened to them? They couldn’t sell the home and just up and left? Or did ghosts chase them out? (Hehe.) No but seriously, I don’t think I could ever just leave such a beauty behind without knowing if someone would be there to take care of her.

    If I had the money and the means, I’d fix her up pronto!

  6. Pamela Ky girl says: 44 comments

    I am sure this home was a beauty when built. It could be again.

  7. Linda Omoletski says: 71 comments

    The ‘porch’ cover over nothing..that is very strange.

    • Clare says: 4 comments

      If I remember correctly, the porch youโ€™re referring to covers the exterior basement entry. If by some miracle Iโ€™m ever able to buy this house, Iโ€™d bring a contractor in to enclose that area to match the vintage of the house so basement is more accessible.

  8. JimHJimH says: 5244 comments
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    For many years, this was the home of Ernest F. Drewes (1869-1942), a contractor. His obituary, and a photo of the house from the 1910 Greater Belleville Illustrated – click it twice:
    http://forums.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=134765266

    It’s possible that Drewes added the turrets around 1900 to an existing house, and the property was owned for half a century before that by one of Belleville’s pioneers, James L. D. Morrison. Morrison was an attorney, Mexican War hero, U. S. Congressman, railroad president and candidate for Illinois governor. Local research is needed to prove the connection between him and this odd little house.

  9. RosewaterRosewater says: 7117 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Poor girl is butt ugly outside and Wow cool with TONS of potential inside. Another really great Arts and Craftsman space installed in an earlier house. That ceiling fixture is Deeeeeeeluxe. Yum. It would be so much fun reinterpreting the exteriors if one had to means and the inclination. This house is worth saving because of those rooms and It’s overall condition. Hope somebody goes for it! Would be a great parts house though. Heheheh -jk.

  10. sherry says: 25 comments

    I love this house. She needs attention that is for sure but it could be done and the price is right. The porch concerns me it needs to be supported asap. I see no leakage on the walls even though the roof doesn’t look so great. A lot of house for not a lot of cash just the way my husband and I like it. A great deal for a lovely home. That toilet is just the cats meow. The closet next to the chimney is sweet! We have too many projects going on or this would be a home that I would look at as my next adventure it is wonderful, so many possibilities.

  11. EyesOnYou1959EyesOnYou1959 says: 253 comments
    Lincoln, NE

    It’s such a shame they’ve let this grand old home go to pot like this. I would
    love to see it when it was first built.

  12. Mary says: 34 comments

    Wow so much to love! Did no one mention the original light fixtures?? The striped floors, original unpainted mouldings -fabulous. I am not so crazy about the craftsman glass cabinets in the double parlor. They seem out of place.
    The outside is a hodgepodge. Get that siding off and let’s see what under there! Fun project as long as the turret doesn’t fall down before you can get started!

  13. Clare says: 4 comments

    I have been obsessed with this house for nearly 9 years! My husband and I looked at it when we were in the market for our first home, and at the time, they were asking about $100,000 for it. I am currently in the process of trying to “wear him down” since this would be about the cost of a monthly car payment, and it could make for a very rewarding project. Hopefully I’ll win the lottery in the near future, and I’ll finally get my dream house ๐Ÿ˜‰

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