1861 Greek Revival – Clinton, IA

Added to OHD on 5/19/18   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   7 Comments
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2706 Pershing Blvd, Clinton, IA 52732

  • $26,900
  • 4 Bed
  • 2.5 Bath
  • 2464 Sq Ft
  • 0.29 Ac.
In its day, this house was gorgeous, with big windows, two fire places, on a large lot on a hill. In the process of being converted from a 4 plex to a single family home. There are several bedrooms and bathrooms upstairs. The main level has a large kitchen, study/parlour, dining room, siting room, full bath and living room. Main level back porch has all new windows. The basement has a bar and 1/2 bath. Some new windows on south and west sides of house. This house could be converted back into a 4 plex or into a grand single family home.
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Charlotte Courtney, Mel Foster Co.
(563) 243-5232
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7 Comments on 1861 Greek Revival – Clinton, IA

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  1. Ron G says: 162 comments

    This house in my home town. This part of town is actually in the old town of Lyons, Ia. In 1899, Clinton and Lyons came together to form one town. This house was sold for taxes about six years ago. Since then, it has been sold twice on contract, held by the lien holder. It appears that both previous owners failed to be able to make this property pay off. Its could be a great single family home again but it does have some foundation problems. Another concern that most potential buyers will encounter will be the taxes. Clinton county has the third highest tax assessment in the state. Clinton is the county seat but lacks enough industry to hold the line on taxes. The city is mostly know as being service type town and agriculture is the leading industry in the county.

    Hopefully I’ll get an opportunity to see this house next week and get a better idea of what it will take to bring it back to life as a single family home.

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    • JJ says: 93 comments

      Thank you so much, RonG! It’s so nice to have some first hand knowledge of a property. We would love to hear back from you if you are able to see the property and can tell if there is anything else of significance that needs to be addressed.

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      • Ron G says: 162 comments

        Thank you JJ for your interest in this house. I toured the outside of the house today since the realtor didn’t want to take the time to show it to me since I wasn’t an interested buyer, just a looker. The house doesn’t look to bad considering its covered in aluminum, probably sometime form the 60’s or early 70’s. The front portico is suffering from years of exposure to the weather. Someone has put a new rubber roof on it in the past couple of years, but this isn’t going to help much. Everything is wrapped in aluminum and the ceiling is sagging and the post are rotting at the base. I doubt the post are original. I looked at the overhang and in some places the aluminum soffit is coming loose. There are signs of water leaking around the chimney flashing on the north side. There are some new vinyl windows in the house and they look like they are Silver Line which is about one of the least expensive vinyl’s you can purchase. Plus all the basement windows are boarded up as is the half round Palladian windows in the front dormer and the two side gables. The real disappointment appeared on the back of the house. The back porch has to be removed. Its in total disrepair. It sets on 4×4 post and is open to the weather. The floor joist are showing signs of rot on the ends and some splitting and cracking. Plus they are undersized. To the left of the porch are two later additions that have been added to the house. Since I couldn’t enter the house, I don’t know what these rooms are used for. The chimneys that appear from the editions also show signs of failing. The foundation under these additions also show signs of sinking so its a strong possibility that these should be removed.

        I’ve given a little more thought to this house since it was posted. I believe that if I was going to buy it, I removed the fireplace in the upstairs bedroom and save the one downstairs. I say this since these old wood burners are a big problem when it comes to saving energy. The other concern is the lack of flue liners. This makes them a real fire hazard.

        On the first floor above the windows is some picture framing details that might reveal that there were some fixed transit windows, possibly removed when the house was sided. I also noticed that there isn’t any architectural detailing above the windows on the exterior which is common on this style of house. Again, possibly removed when the siding was installed.

        Taking this restoration project on would be extensive and fun.

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  2. Lady Texas says: 194 comments

    I spent my early years in Clinton, Iowa before my family moved to Texas. I was 5 when I left, ergo I only remember snow. This has the potential for a beautiful home. I would hope someone would return it to its glory days.

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  3. Karen Abadie says: 99 comments

    It’s not often you see a home with a fire escape, and I realize it was a 4plex at one time.

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  4. peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1064 comments
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    1885 Italianate.
    MI

    This is one of those please save me faces. I hope someone does quick. Sweet little babe.

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  5. Karen says: 122 comments

    My dad’s mother’s family was from Clinton. I wish I could move there and save this old beauty.

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