1851 – Lewistown, IL

Added to OHD on 4/4/18   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   13 Comments
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1127 N Main St, Lewistown, IL 61542

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  • $39,900
  • 4 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 4600 Sq Ft
  • 0.68 Ac.
Own a home with history. Built in 1896, this home could be restored to it's original condition and has endless possibilities. Needs quite a bit of TLC. Large park like setting, that is situated well off the Main street. 2 large front porches. Priced to sell. City requests the home must not be torn down and the historic land mark sign be left in-tact. Sold As-Is.
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Robert Whitsitt, Rhoades Real Estate & Land Auction Services
(309) 647-8811
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13 Comments on 1851 – Lewistown, IL

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  1. jewlsseven says: 76 comments

    Wow!!! I would have thought that this house was originally a business. What style is this? This would seriously be a fun house to restore!

    • Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 1064 comments
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      The house is a vernacular (and rather late) interpretation of the Federal style. It is pared down from more refined urban examples, but still has a few nice details such as the ornamental gable sash. The interior retains Federal-period chair rails (where they haven’t already been torn out) and mantles which lean toward Greek Revival, popular when the house was built. Unfortunately, the original 6-over-6 windows have been replaced with modern units; restoring them would greatly enhance the Federal character. This is a great house with lots of potential – I hope it finds someone to love it.

  2. CarolynCarolyn says: 303 comments
    Grand Rapids, MI

    A city that protects it’s historic landmarks! Yay to you Lewistown. I see how cute this could be restored and I love the big lot it’s on.

  3. TGrantTGrant says: 1023 comments
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    New Orleans, LA

    Oh what a property this could be if you had the funds to do it right!

  4. BethanyBethany says: 3492 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    I too thought it must have been a store or business but I guess not, just an unusual style of home. Pretty neat!

  5. ddbacker says: 488 comments

    I would happily agree to have a (one) historical marker on the property, which it clearly deserves, but there are currently three in various stages of deterioration. That is a little much.

    • Zann says: 513 comments

      I agree, and I would think that a city with such regard for the history (and tourist value) of this house would agree to furnish a newer, more dignified marker if petitioned. Especially if the person doing the petitioning had followed through with restoring this interesting little place.

  6. JimHJimH says: 5533 comments
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    An unusual house built by a fascinating character named Isaac Newton Walker (1803-1899), an acquaintance of Jefferson, Madison and LaFayette who occasionally had Lincoln over for laughs. Wow! That’s hard to beat as far as historical associations.

    The combination of double end chimneys, most common in Georgian houses, and the stepped parapet or corbie step of medieval origin, is pretty rare. I imagine that Walker had seen those features on old homes in his native Virginia and decided to use them on his own house.
    The city acquired the house in 2012 to save it although it’s not clear if they made any repairs. I agree with Eric AO about the windows and the potential. Very cool!

  7. Ryan says: 458 comments

    I really like those stepped gables. Needs quite a bit of work through. Then again, great price!

  8. More says: 53 comments

    Love, love, love stepped parapets; they add so much to the dignity of a house. I wish this lovely house the best.

    And Yea to the town for caring; hopefully they’d give the restorer a tax break for about the next 10 years.

  9. Southwestlovesmomma says: 106 comments

    At first I thought it was a train depot…then I thought it had to be a duplex turned single. But now after touring the interior thru photos, I see its a lot of work!
    Its worth saving of course, we don’t have a long history in these United States but we do need to preserve what we do have.

  10. ErinS says: 29 comments

    There’s something very masculine about this one. It seems to have a throwback mancave feel to it. A bachelor pad, perhaps. I really like it, and I’m a lass. Lol.

    In my OldHouse dreams, I see clean lines and beautiful exposed brickwork…everywhere. Oh…and yes…an empty wallet.

  11. Gregory Hubbard says: 450 comments

    I want to tackle this home so much I can taste it. What a wonderful little structure.

    First off, Mr. Isaac Newton Walker must have come from an unusual family. That’s the only possible explanation for his interesting name. Then, he is described in the Wikipedia biography as the ‘designer’ of the third Fulton County Courthouse. It was a handsome Greek Revival building, if old illustrations do it justice. If that’s accurate, he undoubtedly designed this handsome little house. How sad the courthouse burned.

    Then there are his impressive connections to the important people of his day. He must have been an interesting man to know.

    Architecturally, the house is as noteworthy as the man I presume to have been its designer. The gables, with their paired end chimneys connected by a parapet wall are more typically found on much larger and taller buildings, both homes and commercial buildings. The plan is not clear to me. In theory the chimneys should each represent a firebox or stove flue on each floor: that is a lots of fireplaces in relatively small house, and they don’t seem to align with the fireplace shown in the sixth photograph, which appears to show an interior chimney.

    The ‘crow-stepped’ portion of the gables are rare but found from Georgia to Maine, and into Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Illinois. I would love to know if there are other buildings that can be attributed to him.

    A wonderful home.


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