1889 Queen Anne – Lincoln, IL

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Added to OHD on 5/15/18   -   Last OHD Update: 9/18/18   -   45 Comments
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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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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 9132 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

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

    OHD Supporters can see the old post here, must be logged in! If you are not an OHD Supporter and not logged in, you’ll see a 404 page.

    • darla says: 111 comments

      is NOT back on market, or IS back on market?

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 9132 comments

        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        LOL Just wanted to say thanks, I need to pay attention to what I type! It IS back on the market. 😀

        • darla says: 111 comments

          my question, in hindsight, sounded abrupt.
          I had to know, cuz I love this one (among many others, sigh….)!

  2. Amy P. says: 194 comments

    Wow, you find the best houses Kelly!

  3. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 9132 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

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

    • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4297 comments
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      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: 249 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: 689 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: 250 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: 124 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: 368 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: 8 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: 9132 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.

        • Kfidei says: 354 comments

          I am reading a book The House Beautiful, an Unabridged Reprint of the Classic Victorian Stylebook. It was written in 1877 by Clarence Cook, and is in large part about the problems of decorating with good taste on a budget.
          Here is an excerpt that I especially like: “The whole house has been conserved with the same judgement–the old kept wherever it was sound enough, and suited to a new lease of life, and whatever new was added kept true to the spirit of the old time without any antiquarian slavishness.”
          If you can find a copy of this book, you’ll probably find it as fascinating as I do. It is very interesting to me that Mr. Cook advocates in 1877 many of the same principles of today…he advises furnishing bit by bit rather than buying suites of furniture, buying old and cheap whenever possible, as it is probably better than the “modern” stuff, and buying for soundness and utility as well as style. (He also bemoans the “tiny” 12×20′ rooms in most New York homes, and longs for something better than poisonous gaslight. Mr. Cook would be shocked by today’s NY apartments, if he thought 12×20 was tiny!)

          • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4297 comments
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            1889 Eastlake Cottage
            Fort Worth, TX

            The House Beautiful, by Cook, is available on the Internet Archive: https://archive.org/stream/housebeautifule00cookgoog#page/n14/mode/2up (free read and download) Along with Charles Locke Eastlake’s Hints on Household Tastes, it provided design direction for American households from the late 1870’s into the early 1880’s. This epoch corresponded with the so-called Aesthetic Movement with its emphasis on Art and “Artistic Interiors”. By the late 1880’s, tastes had moved on to various historic revivals, especially Colonial/Classical Revival which would dominate the 1890’s into the first decade of the 20th century. As for large houses and generous room sizes, the latter Victorian era, because of a rare combination of abundant cheaply priced materials, highly skilled yet affordable labor, and the general prosperity during the late Industrial Revolution, led to the construction of expansive homes even for Middle Class families. The term “cottage” which we now associate with houses of modest size, was humorously attached to even sprawling mansions, like those in Newport, RI. Such abundance is unlikely to occur again during our lifetimes so add that to the reasons to save those remaining spacious homes from that time. Thanks for linking to this important early book on interior design written for the masses.

        • SueSue says: 170 comments
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          1802 Cape

          As an interior decorator I can testify to the fact that you can have all the “modern” conveniences and keep bathrooms and kitchens period correct, thus keeping the flow. It is also much more beautiful.

          • RossRoss says: 2277 comments
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            1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
            Emporia, KS

            99.9% of people who redo a kitchen do not do a period-correct kitchen.

            In my 1894 house, a period-correct kitchen would mean a coal stove, an ice-chest (refrigerators did not come along till about 1920), and no cabinets at all. None. Everything was stored in the two pantries. Oh, and the sink was low, and the lighting bad. There was also not a single electrical outlet.

            In short, to recreate a period-correct kitchen would mean a coal stove, a low sink, a work table in the middle, bad lighting, and no electrical outlets. That would be it.

            And 99.9% of people could not live with this.

            Instead, what 99.9% of people do is create a MODERN kitchen. But they either default to one of two STYLES:
            1) Traditional.
            2) Modernist.

            Thus, 99.9% of new kitchens are MODERN. But some are traditional in style, and some are modernist in style.

            But BOTH such styles have zero connection to actual period kitchens.

            Oh, and I like the modernist kitchen in this house. It’s not trying to pretend.

            • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4297 comments
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              1889 Eastlake Cottage
              Fort Worth, TX

              Ross, I agree that few non-museum house owners would want a true period correct kitchen. (from before the 1930’s when modern kitchens were beginning to appear) However, at least among preservation minded individuals, it is preferable to have the kitchen LOOK as though it were from the same period as the rest of the house. Ontario, Canada, based Elmira Stoveworks (website: http://www.elmirastoveworks.com/ ) has created a line of quality “retro” appliances that look suitable for period kitchens all the way from the Victorian era to the “nifty” 1950’s. I’ve seen period flavored kitchens that instead of sleek stainless steel finished refrigerators, you see antique looking Oak panels mimicking the old Ice Boxes from the turn of the last century added to the appliance exteriors cleverly concealing the modern functional interiors. Period sinks (often today generically called “farmhouse” sinks) are popular in “retro” or antique looking kitchens. Period light fixtures, antique wood finishes, tin ceilings, marble and tile surfaces, can all be combined to produce a kitchen that is functionally modern yet causes the observer to state that if they had today’s technology in the 1890’s then kitchens would look exactly like these carefully crafted “period” appearing kitchens.

              Bathrooms are easier to make them appear to period because not much has changed in basic bathroom amenities since the Victorian era. If anything, high-end late Victorian bathrooms had more complex fixtures than are common today such as rib-cage showers, bidets, ornate bath tubs with sparking nickel plated legs, faucets, and supply lines, as well as fine marble sinks with transfer printed or hand decorated enamel sinks. We are again living in a period where tiles are popular in bathrooms so that today a wide variety of period looking tiles are available from many suppliers.
              The choices of having a period-LOOKING kitchen or bathroom or alternately stark modern versions are up to the homeowner(s); just as room additions to a period home can either look like they belong to the original house or can make a sharp visual distinction between the old and the new. Most folks who appreciate the period decor of the past will also appreciate kitchens and bathrooms that reflect the same period as the house they are in. In summary, it’s not necessary to literally take the materials and primitive technology of the past and try to embrace them for today’s modern lifestyles. You can have an antique looking kitchen or bathroom and still not lack today’s functionality and advanced technology. It does however, take a bit of planning, ingenuity, and creativity to accomplish both goals.

              • RossRoss says: 2277 comments
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                1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
                Emporia, KS

                Hi, John!

                My concern is how words are used.

                On HGTV, people often use the word RESTORATION when what they are actually doing is RENOVATION. As you know, the words have vastly different meanings!

                So, too, with the term PERIOD-CORRECT. Every year I see dozens of kitchen torn out because the owner wants a “period-correct” kitchen. But they would run screaming from an actual period-correct kitchen.

                What most people mean, but never state as such, is that they want a MODERN kitchen with a MODERN layout (all fitted) and with every MODERN bell & whistle. Then people either default to either doing such a kitchen in a traditional STYLE, or a modernist STYLE.

                But such kitchens never ever ever ever look like actual period kitchens.

                I am fine if somebody says: I want a modern kitchen but with traditional styling.

                I am fine if somebody says: I want a modern kitchen and in a modernist style.

                I am not fine when people say they want a period-correct kitchen but do nothing of the sort!

                In my own 1894 kitchen, I will be doing a period-correct color scheme (recreating the original colors) a period-correct floor (by restoring the original pine floor) and using period-correct and vintage gas/electric light fixtures. All the original windows have already been restored. Then I will be installing a large island in a modernist style, and with obviously modern appliances. So, the best of both worlds!

              • Kfidei says: 354 comments

                Hi John,

                I had to look up “rib cage shower” and found it to be a terrifying looking contraption 🙂

                • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4297 comments
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                  1889 Eastlake Cottage
                  Fort Worth, TX

                  If Jaccuzzi had made spa showers back at the turn of the last century, they probably would have been of the rib cage variety. The brass and nickel plated contraptions were considered high end novelty plumbing fixtures and cost a pretty penny back in the day. One salvage example shown on Pinterest was priced at $6,500. I’m not aware of any reproductions being made at present.

                  • Sarah Erwin says: 53 comments

                    Would be very cool to have a plumber make one up for modern usage. But it does have a scary look to it!!

  8. Wade Clark says: 32 comments

    A work of art!

  9. David W. McCauslin says: 61 comments

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

  10. peeweebcpeeweebc says: 663 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: 354 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: 42 comments
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    1920 Craftsman

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

  13. Catt says: 43 comments

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

  14. selenabird says: 13 comments

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

  15. PurpleLime says: 13 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: 101 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: 53 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: 354 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: 29 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: 372 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.

  21. Tommy QTommy Q says: 447 comments
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    1912 Craftsman
    Fort Bragg, CA

    Love it,maybe in my top 10 since I’ve come here. Whole neighborhood is littered with terrific houses large and small…

  22. Sandra says: 188 comments
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    Rochester, MN

    Wow—beautiful unpainted wood, lovely staircase, fireplaces, tower & turret! The marvelous bric brac details on the front porches are wonderful! Incredible—this fabulous house has retained such charm & not lost features to time. 1889 & still beautiful in 2018!

  23. JStiner says: 2 comments

    Hello all, what are the best ways to go about learning the most possible about this house?
    Building plans
    Original exterior and interior colors
    Who’s lived in it.

    Any and everything about the house.

  24. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4297 comments
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    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    My suggestions:
    Building plans: (since its a variation on Chicago architect George O. Garnsey’s designs) The Hyde Villa: https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/aapamphlets/item/1279/show/1157 and first and second floor plans: https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/aapamphlets/item/1279/show/1158 Please keep in mind when clients ordered house plans from Garnsey, he, like other mail order architects (such as George F. Barber) could customize a specific house design to suit the client’s needs.
    Original Exterior and Interior Colors: where original paint layers are likely to exist in protected places such as under porches, careful scrapings can reveal color choices but please keep in mind that paint that old may have changed over the many decades from the true original colors. I can suggest a period paint company catalog: (John Lucas & Co. from 1898, although it uses house examples from Robert W. Shoppell’s planbook from a decade earlier) You’ll notice the color combinations specify body color, trim color, porch and porch ceiling colors, as well as house roof colors (for wood shingles) https://archive.org/stream/PracticalSuggestionsOnExteriorDecoration/PracticalSuggestionsOnInteriorDecorationCca19894#page/n0 There too, its possible some of the catalog colors have slightly changed hues in over a century but they appear to be reasonably accurate. Roger Moss’s VICTORIAN EXTERIOR DECORATION (several editions) has suggested color combinations for Victorian houses.
    Interior colors are more elusive; Dover publications http://www.doverpublications.com has reprinted an 1892 Scottish stencil/patterns (and wall colors) guide with many examples for different Victorian styles titled VICTORIAN PATTERNS AND DESIGNS IN FULL COLOR. (used copies are often quite inexpensive) Keep in mind that wallpapers were wildly popular during the last quarter of the 19th century so many of the room walls, especially in the downstairs “public
    areas, were likely wallpapered for many years. If you wish to stay in period avoid today’s trendy colors like turquoise or lime greens as well as painting all woodwork white. Some upstairs rooms may have used cheaper millwork trim from woods like poplar or pine and were painted white or another color from day one. If you find a darker shellac layer under more recent layers of paint then its likely the wood was originally clear finished.
    As for House History: local deed records can be used to establish a chain of ownership over the decades. (our 1889 house was easy…only one family had owned it before us!) Local libraries/museums, genealogical and historical societies, as well as local and regional histories can sometimes reveal arcane details about past residents in the house. Every old house has a story to tell; good luck in discovering yours!

  25. JStiner says: 2 comments
    1889 Victorian
    Sringfield, IL

    That’s a great start for me to learn about our house, thank you!

    • Sarah Erwin says: 53 comments

      Congrats!! Let us all know when you have possession, and we’ll drive up from Decatur with a bottle of vino for you!!

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