1889 Queen Anne – Lincoln, IL – $130,000

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Added to OHD on 5/15/18 - Last OHD Update: 5/15/18 - 28 Comments
503 N Kickapoo St, Lincoln, IL 62656

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Here is your opportunity to own an amazing property in historic Lincoln, Illinois. This Queen Anne Victorian has such unique features and attention to detail you must see to fully appreciate--ornate woodwork, transom windows, built-ins, high ceilings, hardwood floors, pocket doors... The corner lot is conveniently located close to downtown to walk and enjoy everything the city has to offer. Three porches welcome you into the home and provide much space for outdoor entertaining. The front entry features double doors that opens to a foyer with grand and intricately detailed stairway. It is also host to one of the four fireplaces--all complete with original tile work. The four fireplaces are in a round on the main floor--one of which has a gas insert. The main floor has lots of entertaining space--gather around the grand piano in the foyer, lounge in the front living room, have great conversation in the parlor and enjoy time in the den. The formal dining has a beautiful built-in hutch and intricate plaster work above the wainscoting. Kitchen has been recently remodeled with modern appliances and conveniences yet still feels appropriate to the age and style of the home--custom solid wood cabinetry, reclaimed cast iron sink, reclaimed brass hardware, bamboo flooring, LED lighting, subway tile backsplash, large butler's pantry with lots of storage. The laundry facilities and half bath are also on the main floor. Travel upstairs by the grand stairway or the back stairs to find all four large and bright bedrooms and both full baths. Attic is floored and could be finished if additional space was desired. Property includes a two car detached garage. Schedule appointment to view today!
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Amy Butler, Werth & Associates
(217) 735-3411
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28 Comments on 1889 Queen Anne – Lincoln, IL – $130,000

  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 8023 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Posted in 2013, sold since but is back on the market (don’t believe it’s a flip.)

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  2. Amy P. says: 72 comments

    Wow, you find the best houses Kelly!

  3. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 8023 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    John Shiflet stated it was designed by George O. Garnsey.

    • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4031 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1889 Eastlake Cottage
      Fort Worth, TX

      I still stand by that attribution. It shares too many similarities with a published George O. Garnsey design for it to be a coincidence. (the “Hyde Park” villa design from his one and only planbook: https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/aapamphlets/item/1279/show/1157 ) Garnsey was a prolific Chicago based architect and was instrumental in the establishment of the NATIONAL BUILDER magazine serving as an editor for a while. He sold copies of his planbook as well as ads for house plans in the magazine for many years. Like the two other Victorian “Georges” from Illinois (George W. Payne of Carthage, IL, and George F. Barber, originally from DeKalb,IL) Garnsey found success selling house plans through the mail. This “Hyde Villa” example was perhaps the most popular of Garnsey’s designs. He also offered to customize plans which helps explain why this is not an exact copy of the published design. Looks like the kitchen has seen an upgrade since the last time it was on the market. In streetview, Lincoln looks like a pleasant community. It also has the distinction of being named Lincoln well before Abraham Lincoln became president as he had practiced law there. (more info. Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln,_Illinois )

  4. Dean Latten says: 4 comments

    Amazing house….amazing price too…OMG

  5. Donald C. Carleton, Jr. says: 237 comments

    I like the pair of miniature Moorish-arched “turrets” flanking the parlor FP overmantel mirror–defintely not a run-of-the-mill embellishment!

  6. CharlestonJohnCharlestonJohn says: 665 comments
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    1925 French Provincial
    Charleston, SC

    Built for lawyer Robert Creighton Maxwell and his wife Margaret, this Queen Anne features a front elevation that illustrates the difference between a turret and a tower. Facing the house, the turret on the right corner is supported from the house, whereas the tower on the left corner is supported from the ground.

    historic pic…

    • kmmoore says: 170 comments
      Weatherford , TX

      And that’s why I love this site . . . I learn something new everyday! I can check turret vs. tower questions off my list. Thank you!

  7. Annabelle says: 121 comments
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    1988 Log Home
    Cross, SC

    See now, this is my ideal. All that unpainted woodwork and a modern kitchen! I know most of you cringe when the kitchen is modern but I am just not fooling with all that when I am forced to cook 7 days a week. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Love the fireplaces! I can see why they are asking 30k more for it now as apposed to when it sold before. Several updates.

    • Scott Cunningham says: 365 comments

      I too like an upgraded kitchen. I live in a house, not a museum. You can work in period details, and the “look”, but why wrestle with old technology. Besides, in those days the kitchen was considered a work space to be concealed, never a public room to be displayed with pride.

    • Richard Goodson says: 7 comments

      I am with you. I also like a more modern bathroom. I like the old architecture with the more modern amenities.

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 8023 comments

        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        I think y’all misunderstand people that complain about things being modernized. It’s not about being updated it’s about how that update fits into the original style of the home. No one has ever stated (at least on OHD) that people should go back to wood burning stoves or little cabinetry.

  8. Wade Clark says: 9 comments

    A work of art!

  9. David W. McCauslin says: 50 comments

    If I has a job there, I would buy that in a heartbeat! What a price!

  10. peeweebcpeeweebc says: 520 comments
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    1885 Italianate.

    beautiful. I like the old interior better, for some odd reason, more old fashion? But the exterior is nicer now. Nice fancy Dan house.

  11. Kfidei says: 246 comments

    this is an incredible deal, and I seem to remember someone telling me that Lincoln is a very cool town. I can’t get over this price. I was expecting the inside to be trashed, but it’s a show stopper!.

  12. AbMellyAbMelly says: 10 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Fabulous staircase, fabulous fireplaces, fabulous kitchen. Where do I sign?!

  13. Catt says: 25 comments

    I’m going gah-gah with love over those fireplaces. #ICouldLiveThere

  14. selenabird says: 11 comments

    My California self is crying at that price. What a beautiful house.

  15. PurpleLime says: 3 comments
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    Farmhouse Elkins, AR

    I now have a house crush… so many wonderful things about this house and only one thing I don’t like (can’t stand the grey paint fad, I would go with a green like many of the old homes have) the dining room paint almost made me swoon, the wood, the fireplaces, the porches, that pantry, oh just so much beauty!

  16. Cindy says: 61 comments
    1866 Italianate/Queen Anne
    Brunswick, MO

    This is my dream home, beautiful staircase, woodwork, fireplaces are amazing. The pantry is great. And the price, I can’t believe it.

  17. Frrodosmom says: 4 comments

    It’s so pretty and it’s Yellow!

  18. Sarah says: 6 comments
    1974 Ranch
    Decatur, IL

    Yes, Lincoln is a nice small midwestern town. We live just 20 minutes away in Decatur, IL. It’s very close to interstate, with easy access to Springfield, Bloomington-Normal and Peoria. The problem with Illinois is the state government. In which other state can you select from 3 former governors to have your license plates made? They tax everything except for the air that you breathe, and are trying to figure out how to do that. We are native Illinoisans, and love our home state, but can’t wait to move out when hubby retires. Have seen this house from the outside. It IS beautiful!!

    • Kfidei says: 246 comments

      Thanks Sarah…that is helpful information. I lived in Chicago back in the 70s, and loved it, but my boyfriend at that time paid for everything, but I do remember when I would come home to Florida to visit, I would be absolutely amazed at how cheap everything was. I am retirement planning too, and taxes are often overlooked in those plans. I Orlando, I know several people who lost life long homes when the neighborhoods became chi chi and taxes quadrupled. Sad really. On th other hand, my annual property tax is $739

  19. stephen says: 26 comments

    The house has a whimsical quality, and if I am not mistaken, a magnetic attraction. There is more here than photographs can illustrate. The turretry, gingerbread, and breathtaking interior woodwork artistry – pardon me, while I put my finger by my nose, and disappear in a whiff of smoke up an unused chimney flue!

  20. abevy says: 266 comments
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    1857 Applegate, MI

    I love old kitchens, wood stoves and Hoosier cupboards in Old Houses. They just fit. But I understand this is not for most people. If we all liked the same things it would be very boring. So we can all look for what fits our life style.


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