c. 1860 Italianate – Robinson, IL

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500 W Locust Ln, Robinson, IL 62454

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  • $99,999
  • 4 Bed
  • 1.38 Ac.
This Historical Crawford County home could be yours today for $120,000! This 4 bedroom, 5 full baths and 2 half bath home was built in 1860 by Dr. Steven Meserve, and it was the second of the three homes built by the Meserve family. The original design of the house was a 2 story, 9 room square brick home. The brick came from the Barlow brickyard in Hutsonville, IL. Mr. Barlow was the father of Mrs. Meserve. The walls in this home are 14 inches thick of solid brick! The woodwork is beautiful and consists of original wide solid walnut crown and base molding. The baseboards are some of the tallest I've seen and they pair well with the extra tall ceilings! This home has 3 fireplaces and most of the interior doors are solid wood and original to the house.There were several additions added later by owners including the carport, front porch, East room, and back porch.The pine trees in front of the home were brought from the Embarras river bottoms and they are as old as the house itself!! This home sits on about 1.38 acres and there is additional acreage behind the home-- A tract of land that consists of nearly 4.5 acres that is listed separately, but could be purchased with the home. A discount will be offered for a bundle deal if there is interest in both the home and acreage available behind the home. You've got to see the potential this home offers!!
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Nikki Westdorp, Aldrich Realty
(618) 562-6454
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12 Comments on c. 1860 Italianate – Robinson, IL

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12817 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    The exterior reminds me of something you’d see in England (I assume it’s small enough for them to have called a “cottage”, lol.)

    The interior, poor thing.

    • Chad8203 says: 21 comments

      Kelly, I was thinking the same thing. Not much left on the way of the original Italianate from 1860, but the house has a wonderful English country house feel. Give the interior a nice Georgian (English Georgian) restoration and plant traditional English gardens around the house with hedges and beautiful plants and flowers and you would have a showplace.

  2. Connie says: 21 comments

    Sadly, the woodwork has been whited out. Always makes me cringe.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12817 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      The white is the last of the interior problems. I don’t even know if much of what we see is original.

      • Paul W says: 464 comments

        Looks like a lot of later Craftsman/Colonial Revival. The Door and window trims are mostly period but its a simple trim. The porches area total rebuild and personally I rather go back to the original design since photos exist. I doubt the land is that valuable in that area so it seems like a price of *-*K seems more ‘realistic’. There is a lot of work here but its doable. Property taxes are 3400 a yr based on a 34K building assessment and 8600 on the land so expect that to double post restoration. Illinois property taxes do not encourage fixing up a house.

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  3. Gia Gavino says: 3 comments

    Oh, dear! To take on this renovation would make the new owner have to bring it up to code and that will be very spendy. Beautiful house!

  4. StevenFStevenF says: 771 comments
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    1969 Regency
    Nashville, TN

    Interesting in the old photo that the door that led to the roof of the front porch is original. I’m surprised because it doesn’t look like there’s any kind of meaningful railing to indicate that this second story was ever used as a deck or patio.

  5. CharlestonJohn says: 1148 comments

    The historic photo proves this handsome Italianate, which very likely predates the Civil War, was given a Colonial Revival face lift sometime in the early 20th century. The porte cochere, front porch, both front entry units, and the Palladian-inspired central dormer were likely added at the same time the interior was unfortunately modified. However, with over an acre in what appears to perhaps be a nice area, this seems like a worthwhile project maybe for someone looking for a little design freedom on the interior.

    • DianeEG says: 604 comments

      When we’re fortunate to have old pictures, I always wonder what is best to leave and what to remove. The peacefulness and harmony of the old design seems so much more pleasing to the eye but a huge undertaking to fix it back. I like your comment, “…for someone looking for a little design freedom on the interior.”; what a great attitude.

  6. Dumbsheep says: 17 comments

    Just generally saying, white or painted wood is not always verboten, nor is an up to date kitchen or bath. My rule of thumb is “respect the house and its architecture.” That leaves some leeway in renovation and a little in restoration. Just like human beings change over time so do houses…….I’m not wearing my bell bottoms any longer and I don’t see many women walking around with bouffant hairstyles. Just say’n…..

  7. Jen says: 1 comments

    I like the after exterior and can dream of a little restoration and a little update. Really like the house.

  8. Barby says: 56 comments

    I am just wondering if there are any remnants of the old shutters anywhere. Not a fan of old houses that once had shutters not having them anymore. It’s like shaving off your eyebrows! Incomplete. I find it interesting that the sink was removed from one bathroom. Judging from the way the exterior doors are mended, I wonder if this house was ransacked at some point while it stood empty. The windows are wonderful! I love all the light!

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