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c. 1893 – Elgin, IL

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55 N Liberty St, Elgin, IL 60120

  • $103,000
  • 5 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 2200 Sq Ft
  • 0.42 Ac.
This is a beautiful old Victorian with gorgeous exterior detail, some beautiful stained glass and a charming tower stairway. It's currently divided but can be converted back and restored to it's original grandeur and charm. Historic Home. Calling all people with vision. Selling As-Is.
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Julio Mendoza, Universal Real Estate,
(847) 426-6600


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22 Comments on c. 1893 – Elgin, IL

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11735 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Build date given was 1900 which may be off a bit.

    Two interior pics?! Grrr. Any readers in the area?

    • RachelMedRachelMed says: 107 comments

      And the two interior pics are super boring! Just random corners of two rooms! Someone take those vertical blinds down stat!

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    • Lori says: 122 comments

      Yes, I live just down the road. The town of Elgin has a Historic house walk annually, and boasts several grand old homes. There’s a river boat gambling place in town and crime rate is as high as any large town in Illinois. That being said, I am also disappointed about the number of photos. It says its split into appartments so maybe the rooms are so small they couldn’t photo them well. I think if there were any architectual details at all they would’ve included a photo. As – Is so maybe past the exterior there isn’t anything.

  2. EileenM says: 290 comments

    More interior pics!!!!!

  3. Christopher Fitzgerald says: 2 comments

    I agree, TAKE DOWN THE BLINDS. more pictures of the inside would be VERY helpful, especially the main rooms of the house

  4. Paul Tyler says: 42 comments

    Here are some pics I took when the property was foreclosed back in 2010. I let my friend Dan Miller use them. Enjoy.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/31300792@N08/sets/72157650063455960/

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  5. Paul Tyler says: 42 comments

    The story of the house is it was built in 1893 by charles pixie without the tower. The owner went away and came back with lots of money and built the tower and added alot of exterior details. no one knows how he made the money. it’s a mystery. when I tour the house it’s not really that fancy inside except for the stained glass and the front stairway. but it is kinda a small area. to get into the 3rd story it’s an regular opening in the ceiling no stairs. the outside and tower is where the money seemed to be spent.

  6. Karrie says: 253 comments

    I still do not understand why in the world would people paint beautiful wood “white?” Nice house and thank you Paul for sharing the pictures. This would be such a beauty and needs TLC and a lot of stripping white paint! And yes take down those awful verticals.

  7. kmmoorekmmoore says: 391 comments
    Weatherford , TX

    Thanks for the flicker pics. I lover her! Do y’all think the newel posts were painted originally?

  8. Hoyt Clagwell says: 256 comments

    What a dollhouse. A very grand folk-Victorian. The use of interior millwork as exterior trim is strange, but charming. Hate, hate, hate the pink though. All white would be better than that ghastly pink, though I’d really love to do it up in somber earth tones. That tower needs cresting and finials.

    Very grateful for the link to the interior pics. The interior is nicer than what I’d expected, actually. SO. MUCH. STRIPPING. to do, but lots of nice Eastlake details.

    I love Victorians like this–like miniature mansions. Modestly sized, but still possessing the features and pretensions of something much grander.

    If that top tower room doesn’t have ready access, I’d want to work something out–a spiral staircase or ladder stairs or something.

  9. Mary Lou says: 54 comments

    I love this house and I equally love that two blocks away is that beautiful park and even a zoo!

  10. Gregory K. Hubbard says: 446 comments

    This is a pattern book plan, but I cannot remember whose, and my books are mostly packed. There are some 60 boxes in my mother’s garage. Arghhh! There is a similar house near Rockville, Maryland. I believe it’s on the Old Rockville Pike, Route 355, toward Gaithersburg.

    If I find the book, or remember, I’ll post the answer.

    I am also puzzled by the interior photographs. They show us that the interior has several windows and a door, and an angled roof. Where is the rest?

  11. DianeEG says: 540 comments

    In looking at the street view, it looks like a little pink dollhouse. A nice landscaped side yard edged with perennials & tall evergreens would do a lot to screen a busy street and make the only yard available more private and usable. The painted wood seems to dull the prettiness of the interior but so much more could be done to bring out the windows, details of the wood (I personally wouldn’t tackle stripping this massive amount but for those that would – bless you) and I noticed wood board walls. Unless the rooms are tiny, a five bedroom – two bath can’t be too little. Agree – I’d find a way to access that tower easily or really why buy the house..

  12. Sandra says: 324 comments

    I like the realtor comment “Calling all people with vision.” And vision is apparently what we need since there are only two interior photos. Hahah! I know this isn’t the worst we’ve seen, probably close though.

  13. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11735 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Dropped to $103,000!

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