1837 – Hennepin, IL

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Added to OHD on 3/17/17   -   Last OHD Update: 12/22/18   -   18 Comments

729 E Mulberry St, Hennepin, IL 61327

  • $65,000
  • 5 Bed
  • 3500 Sq Ft
  • 0.63 Ac.
Are you looking for a historic home to restore, or maybe something that could possibly be used as a retreat home or bed & breakfast? This home needs that special someone to bring the all brick beauty back to its former glory! Sitting back off the road on a lot that is over half an acre, the home still has original trim, doors, fireplace mantel, & pocket doors! Most of the home has been gutted back to the studs, so much of the dirty work is done. This 5 bedroom home is a short car ride from the Illinois River, and about 20 miles from Starved Rock & Matthiessen State Parks.
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Kendra Gentry, United Country Starved Rock,
(815) 667-9990


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18 Comments on 1837 – Hennepin, IL

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11802 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks Rosewater for sharing!

  2. Lisa Karzen says: 71 comments

    What a great project. Looks like half the work’s done already.

  3. Cody H says: 154 comments

    Wow. This was a GRAND home in 1837. I didn’t even know that pocket doors were a “thing” at that time! Lots of impressive details, surprisingly in situ. I’m impressed with this one. This will make a fine home for someone that is able to see past the half-gutted rooms.

  4. Jbilly says: 45 comments

    I so wish this had 20 acres to go with it. It looks so sweet and tiny, I couldn’t figure out how it had five bedrooms and then I went back and saw that it has 3500 square feet.
    I’d restore it just like the picture, fence, trees and all….do you think the upper porch is just a catwalk or a full depth porch? It is hard to tell from the old sketch.
    So very pretty and it looks like it would be a fun project to put back together again.

    • CharlestonJohn says: 1065 comments

      I don’t think the second story middle bay is intended to be a mother-in-law door. A double porch could be extended out enough to be practical and still be consistent with the style. Functional upstairs porches were common all the way back to some 18th-century Georgian homes.

      • Jbilly says: 45 comments

        A “Mother-in-law door”….that made me laugh. Here a “catwalk” is just deep enough to walk on single wide….the drawing looked like that might have been what it was.
        I was real sorry to see the placement of the neighbors house in the Zillow map view….dreams of restoring the garden crushed.

  5. Don from Manassas says: 51 comments

    A gem to be sure. I’m not sure what I would do with the front. That door on the second floor is a puzzle.

    • Warbon says: 1 comments

      If you look at the old drawing of the house you see a wrap around porch on the front with railing on the top for a balcony. The door is in the drawing. The cement flooring of the porch is still there as you can see in the realtor photos.

  6. StevenFStevenF says: 190 comments
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    1969 Regency
    Nashville, TN

    I love the elegant proportions and tall windows of this house. those pocket doors are massive. The mother-in-law door will require a creative solution. Maybe a tall window? I think I’d refrain from reconstructing the wrap around porch….the sunlight streaming through those tall windows would be lost.

  7. Ross says: 2525 comments

    With a careful restoration, this home could be a treasure.

    The area looks nice, too!

  8. Q says: 3 comments

    I have been caretaker of this property for about 10 years. The original porch was estimated to have been 8 to 10 feet as told to me by some of the older locals. It was taken down due to neglect and disrepair in the late 50s we think. Most of the columns for it are still in the basement. The Pocket doors in the main room can be opened and closed with a finger. Quite a lot of work was done to make it stable. Really hope someone comes in and restores it proper.

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  9. Colleen Johnson says: 1211 comments

    Park our trailer to live in while making this beautiful again, oh I so wish!!!! Love the property too.

  10. Bigrog says: 182 comments

    You could make this place your own with your own design, and paint, etc. Could be really pretty place.

  11. says: 24 comments

    Got pretty excited by this one,but now showing sold on all the sites that had it listed.

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