c. 1860 Stick Victorian – Decatur, IL – $129,900

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Added to OHD on 9/13/18   -   Last OHD Update: 4/10/19   -   23 Comments
411 W Main St, Decatur, IL 62522

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  • $129,900
  • 4 Bed
  • 2.5 Bath
  • 3089 Sq Ft
  • 0.12 Ac.
Beautifully restored 1860's Victorian mansion was once home to locally prominent family. Built by the Griswold family in the early 1860's, no expense was spared adorning their new home with cherry and walnut hand-carved woodwork which remains today. Also in place are 5 fully functional walnut pocket doors. Since the early 2000's this home has undergone an almost complete makeover. Some of the major components updated or replaced since 2000 include: roof, electrical, plumbing, bathrooms, HVAC including duct work, 26 custom windows, chimney tuck pointing, porch floor and railing and the list goes on and on. From 2005 to 2008 a restaurant operated in this home. Components of the commercial kitchen installed at that time are still in place. This property is in the West Main Overlay District which allows for (with permit) multiple mixed use purposes including restaurant, offices, retail, bed and breakfast,apartments, etc. Owner's residence may also be combined with other uses. Whether you are seeking a a great place for your family home or a unique business address, you must see this opportunity. Note: only the foyer fireplace is functional. Room Dimensions are not accurate until professionally measured.
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John Sellers, Brinkoetter & Associates
(217) 433-1879
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23 Comments on c. 1860 Stick Victorian – Decatur, IL – $129,900

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10086 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Going to say it, I love the carpeting!

    That staircase, I’d dress up like a bride every day before walking down it. 😀

    I said the Somersworth, NH home was the wowest ever posted, this one might tie for that honor. Edit: Really, there have been so many, the Delphi home posted in 2013 is also one of the best…too many ties for the best to declare a winner! 🙂

  2. Avatarjeff myers says: 78 comments

    What a perfect home! Unbelievable price.

  3. AvatarCarlyn says: 11 comments

    They’re all lovely, but I have to say that I was totally blown away by the Delphi House! You could really get a feel for how grand it was as all the original details were there and in such good condition! I’ve always loved simple, craftsman bungalows, but looking at these amazing Victorians makes me want one too.

  4. AvatarChris Smith says: 5 comments

    This house is great. I am really starting to appreciate the queen Ann stick style, but I am perplexed by the build date. Everything about the house reads late 1870’s to mid 1880’s. And even some of the fireplace mantels read mid to late 1890’s. The wall papers look like Bradbury and Bradbury. Which I love. There are some great houses here in Galveston and quite a few wonderful queen Ann stick. Even some great Eastlake interiors

    • AvatarPaul Tucker says: 30 comments

      The fretwork grille in the large doorway looks like a Ferguson Brothers design that they didn’t do until after 1892. There was either some updating or the build date was later.

      • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4645 comments
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        1889 Eastlake Cottage
        Fort Worth, TX

        I think the house reflects several trends in interior design and details over a period of time. This was going to be my/our next home….but now that its posted and has had two realtor open houses over past weekends, I think it wise that I keep on looking. Decatur, Illinois is a great old town near the center of the state which still retains a fair number of fine late 19th and early 20th century homes. This house appears to date from around 1880 with Aesthetic Movement decor details and some Stick Style influences on the exterior. It looks like other period details were added as the years passed but overall, it has many wonderful things to see. The entry with the angled fireplace and quality staircase with a massive newel is pure architectural drama that Victorians loved to impress visitors in their homes. I’m very surprised this one doesn’t already have a pending on it although some of the other Victorians in town have stayed on the market longer than I expected. I’m already envious of the next owners.

  5. RosewaterRosewater says: 4410 comments

    That hall fireplace is definitely one of the more unique and interesting Victorian features I’ve ever seen. Cool!

  6. Avatarclawhammerist says: 14 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1879 Italianate
    Danville, VA

    The foyer and dining room paneling, and that foyer fireplace, are absolutely astounding!!

  7. AvatarMimi says: 192 comments
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    Rochester, MN

    Divine home & just superb —- top 3 houses along w Delphi & Huntington!

  8. AvatarTom Grabinski says: 25 comments

    Yep, I say 1880s.

  9. AvatarMazamaGrammy says: 366 comments

    The entry foyer blew me away! So gorgeous and I love the carpet, though would like less of it in other rooms. The exterior paint scheme and landscaping is beautiful. Wonderful house!

  10. AvatarKaren Abadie says: 69 comments

    I love this house, but either the carpet or the wallpaper has to go. The mis-match is making me dizzy! Don’t see many homes with storm cellars either, so that’s a positive if there’s tornadoes in the area.

    Love the fireplace in the bedroom! stay nice & toasty on a cold, winter’s night.

  11. AvatarJudith Uhl says: 6 comments

    My Dad was born and raised in Decatur, Illinois. Would love to see this in person !!

  12. Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 811 comments
    1875 Limestone house
    Loire Valley, France,

    wow! I’d love to see the 2nd floor stair hall to see that chimney going up, and how it integrates in the space around!

  13. MJGMJG says: 506 comments
    1887 Queen Anne

    How is this house not sold yet. What a dream! I want to buy it, dismantle it and move it to CT!

  14. AbMellyAbMelly says: 45 comments
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    1920 Craftsman

    Just WOW!!! I would have gladly paid an extra $5,000 to have this house instead of mine. I know that probably sounds terrible, but this house is my dream home! Blown away by the amazing interior. Now I have to go look at the other houses y’all mentioned as I wasn’t a member back then. 🙂

    • JimHJimH says: 4116 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Not terrible at all! My house was recently appraised for more than this and I would trade it in an instant for this place, plus some. Decatur is a pretty good town too – if only I had any reason at all to be there.

  15. AvatarDavid Sweet says: 213 comments

    WOW…. This… for that low a price? Where I live, (Des Moines, Ia.) this house would go easily for $350-500,000! Next door to a prison or what? Didn’t see anything in streetview.

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