1858 Italianate – Virden, IL

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Added to OHD on 5/5/17   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   14 Comments
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18029 N County Line Rd, Virden, IL 62690

  • $155,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 3011 Sq Ft
  • 6.12 Ac.
Originally known as the Shriver Farmstead, this historic farm is located on County Line Road northwest of Virden, Illinois. The farm consists of an historic farmhouse, barn, and smokehouse; it also includes several outbuildings and 4.76 acres of land. John Ryan built the farm's original buildings from 1858 to 1860. The farmhouse has an Italianate design which features a front porch supported by square posts, paired brackets below the eaves, pilasters at the corners, and a projecting gable above the entrance. Dr. William Shriver purchased the farm in 1890, and the property remained in the hands of the family for many years. Ornate and original mill work grace each of the many rooms; as does the charm of the staircase and 12' ceilings. Stairs from the kitchen lead to two bonus rooms which could potentially be utilized as a master bedroom. An additional parcel #14-000-001-03 of 1.36 acres is included, for a total of 6.12 acres. One must see this grand manse to fully appreciate its grace!
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Steve Mcgartland, Tarrant & Harman Real Estate,

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14 Comments on 1858 Italianate – Virden, IL

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  1. RosewaterRosewater says: 7110 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Regarding the window “situation”: I believe what we are looking at are inappropriate, cheap, standard sized, replacement storm windows, (amateurishly), framed in over, (HOPEFULLY), the still existing original windows. I’d bet a nickel the original storms are still here in one of those barns. Lucky for the new owner if so. Makes an otherwise VERY fine Italianate look (- redacted -). If those are in fact “replacement” windows – God help them.

  2. RossRoss says: 2416 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    It looks like too-small storm windows are covering up the lovely arched windows.

    And, was there a cupola originally?

    Much interior lusciousness seems to remain!

  3. Scott Cunningham says: 393 comments

    This old girls needs some love!! What an opportunity for someone with vision, basic restoration skills, and a bit of disposable income. Just dealing with the aged and faded wallpaper, and stripping and refinishing the floors would really move things in the right direction.

    I agree on the windows. Crappy standard size modern windows, fitted into the far larger original spaces. Will cost some cash to remedy, but would be a huge bonus in looks, lighting, and probably thermal efficiency (although those massed brick walls tend to be difficult to deal with from a thermal efficiency standpoint).

    • Ross says: 2416 comments

      Looking at the interior images, the original sashes appear to be intact. What we are seeing on the outside is too-small storm windows.

  4. Scott Cunningham says: 393 comments

    I have a similar situation with my house in KS. My original attic windows are bigger, with the semi-circular arch up above. They have been resized (and the semi circular part covered) when the house was switched from a Victorian to Tudor back around 1915. The new windows are smaller and far more plain. The good thing is I can probably go refit the windows to the older size and configuration. The sashes were just covered over, not filled in.

    I was discussing the whole window thing with a home inspector last week. From what he said a basic thermal pane window is under $300 if you can self install. If you want architectural details (like munions or other features) its obviously more, or you can just use the simple store bought snap-ins to achieve the desired effect.

  5. JimHJimH says: 5242 comments
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    Wonderful! Amazingly intact house and barn after 150+ years. Tons of space for just about anything, 30 mins. from the capital. Lincoln would have approved, and maybe did.

  6. Carolyn E. says: 65 comments

    I love everything about it! Everything is fixable – might take some time, but fixable. On the one hand, wish there were a “few” more neighbors…..

  7. Carolyn E. says: 65 comments

    I love the house. Everything is fixable…might take some time, but it can be done! I thinK I might prefer a few more neighbors, but I could adjust! : )

  8. Catt says: 46 comments

    I’m dying to look into that cool old trunk in the parlor

  9. tess says: 297 comments

    Lots to like about this home. Just a little elbow grease and a small redo budget and it’s a real charmer. Would make nice horse property. It’s only 25 miles to the state capital at Springfield. It would be ideal for growing vegetables for the Springfield markets and restaurants. The window situation can easily be resolved. However. that back porch (picture #2) is not original and that storm door has got to go! What happened to the building in picture #5? Did someone trip with a red paint can or a worse calamity?

  10. Colleen J says: 1058 comments

    I am not sure of this one, but there are some nice wood features.

  11. Lori says: 108 comments

    I love the exterior!! Inside looks like a lot of work!!

  12. Keith Fatheree says: 1 comments

    Hi, Steve. This home interests me. There are at least $50,000 worth of updates necessary just to restore original features, windows, woodwork refinishing. Does it have central air? Will they come down by $50? Thanks?

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12125 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      No on here is associated with this listing. You have to call the agent to ask your questions. Steve Mcgartland, Tarrant & Harman Real Estate // 855-259-3480

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