Port Byron, IL

SOLD / Archived From 2018
Added to OHD on 8/9/18   -   Last OHD Update: 11/14/18   -   22 Comments
Address Withheld

Map: Street

Price

$65,000

Beds

4

Baths

2

SqFt

2534

Acres

1.07

Turn of the Century Brick 2 Story in need of LOTS of TLC! Home sits on OVER an Acre with views of the Mississippi. Property being sold AS-IS WHERE-IS. Bring your imagination and renovate this one time Bed & Breakfast to its former glory. Don't delay...call today!!
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22 Comments on Port Byron, IL

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 9338 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I’m hoping if I post it, pics will come. 😀 I don’t want to see the inside, I NEED to see the inside. Built date says 1910 which is way wrong by about 5+/- decades.

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    • Chris says: 8 comments

      That would be moving back home for me. I was born and raised in the Quad Cities.

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    • gordonr says: 68 comments

      if you are able to get photos in the future, please post this again. tks. it is a very beautiful example of a late greek revival design with what appears to be italinate architectural details…..1860 is my guess.

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    • Ron G says: 126 comments

      I’m just 20 miles up the river on the Iowa side. Hope you can secure some pictures.

      • Barbara VBarbara V says: 168 comments

        If this place was only twenty miles from me, I’d be on my way! Sounds like it’s time for a mini-road trip, Ron… Maybe YOU can secure some pictures! : ) It sure looks like it would be worth the trip!

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    • JimHJimH says: 3740 comments
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      “If you post it, pics will come.” It worked, just like in the movie. Thx!

  2. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4386 comments
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    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    I concur with everyone else as to the likely period of construction. (c. 1850-1860) A look at any popular house plan book from c. 1910 would quickly verify that this house is not of that later period. Some remodeling may have occurred around 1910 or there have been instances of folks suggesting a later construction date (indicating updates) to their insurance agent to help obtain homeowners insurance. The style is primarily Greek Revival in form with the classic pedimented gables with return ends. However, on the lower in height wing off to the side, the gable has Gothic Revival verge/barge boards suggesting the house is transitioning stylistically from the earlier Greek Revival towards the early Victorian era styles like Gothic Revival and Italianate. A row of corbels under the eave of the main house also indicates an Italianate influence. I could accept that the porch is even later from perhaps 1910. Along with everyone else, I too would like to see the interior. I suspect it is just as eclectic in mixing styles as the exterior. A rare earlier brick, stone, and wood house like this combined with over an acre of land and views of the Mississippi River seems like a real bargain at only $75,000, even if substantial work is needed inside. I just hope this rare hybrid combination of styles goes to a buyer who is sensitive to its history and architectural uniqueness. Taking a blind approach of modernizing the house without any concern for its rare intact period details would be a big mistake, IMO. Hopefully, someone who lives nearer to this Antebellum period house could pay a visit and take some better photos (including interior shots) to share.

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  3. David Flask says: 28 comments

    I didn’t really get a good feel for the place until I looked at the Street View. It is so obviously a Greek Revival temple with a later addition. I’m not sure what part of the stylistic details John described were added in an attempt to “modernize” it, and what happened all at the same time as a transitional hodge-podge. I’d guess the verge boards came with the one-story addition(there’s one on the front gable too, though it looks like all of the “teeth” have been broken out), but the Italianate brackets seem like a less-than-impactful attempt to update. The porch is definitely early 20th C. with the molded concrete block foundation and 1/2 pillars. Would love to see old pictures of this place!

  4. John says: 725 comments

    When I shared this listing the same day I emailed the realtor and asked him for more pictures……I never did hear back from him.The address is 502 N high street and I noticed 502 1/2 N high street is for sale. It is a 2 car garage on 5 acres and it says the old house was torn down. I do not know if it was this house as it came on the market recently but I thought I would pass on the info in case someone was really interested.

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  5. RosewaterRosewater says: 3964 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Some interesting observations above! I’m going to call this one a Classical Revival, National Period house from 1840 or so which was not entirely effectively Italianated to some degree after the war. There is also a good strong whiff of Goth in there as well as John rightly noted. You really get a better sense of it viewing the profile from the other side. God love Bruce Wicks! https://flic.kr/p/9qd887 Later 20th century alterations as John also noted. C’MON interior pix!!!!

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  6. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4386 comments
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    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    Jeff, so you believe the Italianate details were later, around the Civil War era? It certainly seems plausible although the circular gable “vent” (?) which has turned finial details looks to be Italianate influenced and possibly from the original construction period. I’m also seeing now what was probably a Gothic style verge board under the front gable eaves. I’m wondering if the Historic American Buildings Survey (“HABS”) would have something on this house? No praise would be too excessive toward “Tourism Guy”, a/k/a Bruce Wicks. I’ve planned some of my past road trips based almost exclusively on the houses found in his albums. Another thing I appreciate about Bruce’s photos is that most of them include a super-size version that visually present the smallest of details on a house. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that when and if interior photos become available we won’t collectively experience a huge letdown. But we will never know until then.

  7. Tonya says: 3 comments

    Hello everyone! I was just googling the address of my new, old house and found it posted on your site. I have interior photos I can share if anyone would still like to see them. I have been researching the home with the local historical society and was given a lot of information about the home. It was built in 1855, and the one story addition was added about 13 years later. It was rumored to have been a station on the Underground Railroad, although I don’t know if there was any proof found to support that. We are planning on renovating with the intent to keep it as period appropriate as possible. (No vinyl windows here!) I am very curious to learn the history of the home in order to be respectful of its original design. Any input would be appreciated!

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 639 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Congrats! We are dying to see what the inside looks like! kelly@oldhousedreams.com

    • Chris says: 8 comments

      I would love to see the inside, more pics of the outside and property, and any info. I’m originally from Moline and am a big fan of the old homes and the history of the area. I look forward to seeing whatever you can post. You have a great home. Good luck in your endeavors.

      • Tonya says: 3 comments

        Thank you! I live in the Gold Coast historic district in Davenport and I didn’t think anything would get me to move to Illinois, until I saw this house! I feel very lucky to be the next caretaker of the home.

    • Chris says: 8 comments

      Thank you very much for the additional pics. I love it. My step-brother’s Grandmother had a very similar house on the bluff in Hampton that she grew up in, was born in I believe, and they tore it down in the mid seventies. Even at that age (12) it disturbed me that such a beauty was lost. I really wanted to go back to that area but the taxes are out of my budget.

  8. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 9338 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks to the new owner, pics!

  9. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4386 comments
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    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    Wow! Talk about unspoiled…it is very rare to find a mid-19th century home so intact and unaltered. When this house was built, it was a mansion grade residence with fine millwork in evidence. Although a decade or two later most millwork could be ordered from factories and shipped by rail, I would think much of what is visible here was individually made by a millwright, talented carpenter, or skilled cabinet maker. Black Walnut was the wood of choice in most cases although in the most expensive homes scarce Rosewood was sometimes used as well as Mahogany. The painted woods in rooms more distant from the entry might have been painted or false (Faux) grained to look like more expensive woods. It would be interesting to see what might be found under later layers of paint. Pocket doors were just beginning to become a regular feature in the mid-1800’s. All-in-all, this looks like a carefully preserved treasure chest waiting to be discovered. My only advice would be to recognize the historical value of the house, the rarity of its period features, and carefully proceed with any renovation/restoration work. A wholesale gutting and remodeling to modernize would border on the tragic. Thanks to Tonya for sharing photos of her Antebellum home and I wish the best as work goes forward on this landmark home.

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