1874 Italianate – Lincoln, IL – $275,000

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Added to OHD on 1/17/19   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   50 Comments
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505 College Ave, Lincoln, IL 62656

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  • $275,000
  • 5 Bed
  • 2.5 Bath
  • 3374 Sq Ft
  • 0.53 Ac.
Truly in a league of its own -- WOW! Prominent 5 bedroom, 2.5 bath all brick two story corner lot Italianate stunner! No words can truly capture the beauty and grandeur of this breathtaking residential dwelling situated in the heart of historic Lincoln, Illinois. Step inside and prepare to be in absolute awe by the character, charm, and overall feeling captured by the remarkable pristine interior. Main floor features a grand foyer complete with a gorgeous curved open staircase, a gracious bright living room with a decorative central fireplace, family room with a woodburning fireplace, roomy formal dining room with ample room for a large table and chairs in addition to superb overhead lighting, inviting den with a gas log fireplace, exterior access point, in addition to classic built-ins, a fully equipped ultra bright kitchen with granite countertops, breakfast bar, in addition to a neat adjacent 17X9 breakfast nook, quaint half bath, and a charming screened rear porch. Upstairs, you will find a 12X6 landing/office area, five nice sized bedrooms -- master features a private full adjacent bath -- two additional bedrooms feature vintage sinks -- rear bedroom features adjacent laundry facilities, a full hall bath (also accessible by one of the bedrooms), and a rare upper level screened sleeping porch -- how cool! Property also features an expansive walk-up floored attic, usable full basement, home security system, efficient hot water heat, gorgeous natural woodwork/wood flooring, breathtakingly impressive archways, thick crown molding, built-ins, transom windows, tall windows allowing abundant natural light to flow throughout, front as well as back staircases, three car detached garage -- the list truly goes on and on! Not to mention, home is situated on an expansive tree shaded corner lot with ample room to roam. All appliances to remain with property upon settlement including washer and dryer. Known as the Hoblit House, this stately 1874 constructed 5 bedroom, 2.5 bath beauty can be found on the National Register of Historic Homes and Places by the United States Department of Interior -- also a Lincoln, Illinois Centennial Structure -- both plaques are displayed proudly next to the front door! Own a piece of history -- 505 College Avenue, Lincoln is truly an extraordinary small town property -- prepare to be in awe -- WOW!
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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11849 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks Trina for sharing!

  2. JOE says: 754 comments

    Great house. Just what I like. The only thing that I find incongruous is the boxed in can lights around the dining room ceiling perimeter and the odd arch over the side table. The arch is supported by some kind of corbel-like wood that don’t go at all with the rest of the great woodwork.

    • Linda R says: 218 comments

      the “arch” in the dining room is the underside of the staircase, and I agree the wood supports are clumsy and odd looking. The canned spots around the ceiling are also odd considering how many gorgeous original ceiling lights there are. Overall, a gorgeous house, even the wallpaper is nice, not super gaudy. Always love a big chunky newel post. Notice the first interior pic, the entry to the side room has half hinges, but no doors. Hopefully, they are still in a shed someplace.

      • JOE says: 754 comments

        As for the “arch” in the dining room, I suspect that, originally, there was an asymmetrical plaster ceiling following the contour of the underside of the stair. Either it needed repair and a plasterer who could do it properly was not available, or someone just wanted symmetry. While doing the drywall for the canned light, they might have squared it off. I bet someone took great pride in their real wood bracket.

      • Terry Cox says: 1 comments

        As the granddaughter of a master carpenter, I see the beginning of a grand ‘built in’ China closet or bar, depending on your taste. You could bring scrolled wood down the sides, add an oval mirror against the wall, add either shelves or drawers below, depending on if you’re going for a China closet or bar. You can add back lighting on the main shelf, display your best China plates or best bottles of wine , scotch, whatever, and add glass holders to hang glasses if going for the bar.

    • CharlestonJohn says: 1128 comments

      Normally when you see a soffit like what those can lights are mounted in, it’s covering up HVAC ducts, plumbing pipes, or electrical wiring. There’s a chance the soffits are hiding original crown moulding. Other than thses few issues in the dining room, this is a lovely brick Italianate with a very nice staircase typical of the style.

  3. Scott Cunningham says: 394 comments

    Nice sleeping porch!

  4. Kay says: 63 comments

    A very nice home. I just love the “sleeping porch!” So unique!

  5. mlsheelermlsheeler says: 57 comments
    1929 Brick Foursquare
    Harrisonburg, VA

    A sleeping porch with a BED? Revolutionary! In all seriousness though, if I’m spending money on a house with a sleeping porch, you can bet I will use it as that exactly.

  6. Michael Mackin says: 2555 comments

    Someone has really good taste in their color selection on the interiors on this one in my opinion! Nicely done!

  7. StevenFStevenF says: 186 comments
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    1969 Regency
    Nashville, TN

    I love to see an old house that still looks “plumb”. So often these hold houses have settled unevenly, creating a shabby look to them, no matter how much other rehab occurs. Either this house had an amazing foundation or someone invested some worthy change into bringing it back into alignment.

  8. Eric says: 395 comments

    Finally a sleeping porch used for sleeping. What a great museum quality home!

  9. Teri R says: 283 comments

    Lovely home!

  10. Jp says: 42 comments

    wow, people actually sleep in the sleeping porch! 😛

    Not gonne lie, looks like it’d be comfy on a warm summer night…

  11. Don S says: 46 comments

    What an incredible house. Where I am you couldn’t buy a two bedroom house for that price. I’m in the wrong place.

  12. SueSue says: 1130 comments
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    1802 Cape

    Oh my, oh my. What a treasure this home is. I adore how they have decorated it(I want that bookcase in the den.) It’s understated but still warm and inviting. The only thing I dislike (moderately)is the kitchen which is normal for me when the kitchen doesn’t match the period of the home.
    The lot it sits on has plenty of potential and the neighborhood looks very nice. Truly this is one of my favorites.

  13. CharlestonJohn says: 1128 comments

    Very detailed and well written description on the NRHP Registration form…


    • Bethster says: 890 comments

      Thanks for this link. It’s got tons of information. I see that my favorite feature, the sleeping porch, was added in 1926.

  14. Denise Ann says: 27 comments

    I am thinking that the room with the pocket doors that is currently being used as an office was the original dining room. This room is also just off the kitchen.

    • CharlestonJohn says: 1128 comments

      The room use changes are detailed in the NRHP form. The current dining room is thought to have been a study or office in the original design.

  15. says: 32 comments

    I also think this is a beautiful house, but is it just me or do those wood floors look like new engineered wood floors?

    • JOE says: 754 comments

      It’s not just you. I try to keep my comments as non-critical as possible. I have already commented on the dining room issues twice, so I didn’t mention the new flooring. If I were to be the buyer of this house, I would take up the replacement flooring and restore what is underneath.
      It appears to me that the bedrooms were done in new oak t&g flooring because that style does not jive with my understanding of what was even available during the period. The first floor not only has what I see as new, but the circles are possibly plugs where it was screwed down, or just printed on the engineered floors. I don’t believe that at the time that this house was built, such short lengths of flooring wouldn’t have been used either.
      The thing is that if you don’t know how to do it yourself as I do, the restoration of the floors could be extremely expensive. On the other hand, if the new flooring is engineered wood or an artificial wood, sometimes they are floating floors which are easy to take up. It is possible that the original floors had been sanded so often that they were past the tongue and groove already and the nails were showing. Almost no-one knows, as I do from my experience as a furniture restorer, how to repair that while keeping as much of the original as possible. There are various techniques depending on what one finds. The old floors may have been removed, however that would not be necessary for floating floors. If the new flooring is screwed or nailed down, There would be a lot of damage to the floor below.
      You can refer to my reply to reply to my comment above at 6:44 PM yesterday for more details.

    • Bethster says: 890 comments

      I’m glad you all mentioned this. I thought the floors looked new, though I didn’t feel certain enough about it to say anything.

    • David Sweet says: 274 comments

      Indeed, they are. Wonder what the floors USED to be like? Alternating maple and walnut maybe?

  16. tiffaney says: 80 comments

    I’m crying so hard I’m in tears. The piano, being pushed so in the corner like that, looks like it’s being punished. Someone put a dunce cap on it! Did you do something bad, piano?

    But seriously this is a gorgeous house. It’s a time capsule! Well, minus the kitchen and bathrooms. Ooh and the sleeping porch. Jeez!

  17. Lotusflame says: 17 comments

    There’s a pic looking into the kitchen from what? a sitting/living room? Beyond the three chairs (one has a jacket slung over it – not present in the kitchen view) – help me here. Is that a refrigerator covered with MAGNETS?


  18. Tony says: 77 comments

    What a sweet, sweet home. Tastefully decorated, clean and well cared for. The owners should be proud of what they have accomplished. Price is right, taxes are low…It’s a gem!

  19. Shena Kaye says: 3 comments


    Do you happen to know if the furniture will stay with the home?
    Those are great pieces for the vintage photography I do and I would make this my home studio.

  20. Susan says: 92 comments

    This could seriously be IT!!! What a gem! I knew I was in trouble when I read “sleeping porch”. My great grandmother had two (one up and one down) and there was NOTHING better than spending the night on them.
    I’m also totally in love with the gigantic window in the kitchen.
    I’d move in in a heartbeat!

  21. Mary says: 36 comments

    Wow wow wow. The exterior of this home is gorgeous!! Love the whole first floor! Just a stunning home and so nicely decorated. I see a sofa I want to steal! Love the sleeping porch. (Except kitchen – it has no personality)
    I also wondered about the flooring? Is it new? I wonder why it would be- a house of this quality surely had nice floors. I hadn’t noticed the can lights but yes I think it may be concealing AC.

  22. Graham says: 145 comments

    What a nice house. Dibs on the sleeping porch! Quite a massive radiator by the main staircase.

  23. Colleen Johnson says: 1168 comments

    You can’t deny not matter what renovations done to this house, that it’s current owners love their home. This house is well loved. If I were in the postion to buy this house, I would in a heartbeat. I’m not a wallpaper person, but I wouldn’t touch the wallpaper here, it would all stay. Would I prefer original flooring, probably, but who knows what the condition of them was, sometimes you have to pick your battles on what you can afford to do, and what you ultimately end up doing. I like this house a lot! The street view is great, this house is amongst old houses like itself, and looks to be a great neighborhood. Lucky owners, and lucky new owners.

  24. Diane says: 558 comments

    I hope the owners don’t read this because there are some pretty brutal comments that didn’t need to be said if we’re just being observers. If we were seriously considering buying the home, we might as “why” on some things but just for the sake of critique or opinion it’s over the top. Lincoln is a very nice mid-sized town with a lot to offer. Close to the capital (Springfield) and rather a crossroads in Illinois. The town is small enough to have a sense of community but large enough to offer many things. For the current shape of this home, I can’t imagine the owners are getting much back on their investment in infrastructure and professional decorating. Looks like a bargain.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11849 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I’m not sure I see any “brutal comments” the current owners would be offended over…

    • Sandra says: 318 comments

      I hope if my house ever ends up on this site the comments are half as brutal. 🙂

      “Great house, just what I like”
      “Overall, gorgeous house”
      “this is a lovely brick Italianate”
      “A very nice home”
      “Someone has really good taste”
      “What a great museum quality home”
      “Lovely home”
      “What an incredible house”
      “What a treasure this home is. I adore how they have decorated it”
      “I also think this is a beautiful house”
      “this is a gorgeous house”
      “What a sweet, sweet home. Tasefully decorated, clean and well cared for”
      “This could seriously be it! What a gem!”
      “Wow wow wow. The exterior of this home is gorgeous!”
      “What a nice house”
      “This house is well loved”

      I agree about Lincoln. It’s a nice town.

  25. Momof9 says: 92 comments

    How gorgeous, very nice furnishings, window treatments, etc.

  26. Ozzie says: 32 comments

    Kelly, I agree with you. I dont see any “brutal” or negative comments. I see several observatios and questions as to what the possible reason the owners chose a specific material or renovated in a certain way, but that’s old house buffs being inquisitive and wanting to learn. All and all, I think the comments on this house are extremely positive.

    • Bethster says: 890 comments

      I agree. I would hate to think we’re restricted to just glowing comments here. Remarks about renovations (and whether we might want to change them if we bought the house) should be okay, if they aren’t rude. Even comments about decor don’t seem bad to me, if they’re good-natured. (Like, “Boy, they really like purple!”) But that’s a fine line so I understand Kelly might want to discourage those.

  27. OurPhillyRowOurPhillyRow says: 102 comments
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    1852 Greek Revival Rowhouse
    Philadelphia, PA

    I am a total sucker for an Italianate. Such a wonderful home. The door and window casings are fantastic. I love that the parlor windows go all the way to the floor, and the arched doorways are so beautiful. The staircase is so very classic and of its time. And the sleeping porch with a bed! Whooda thunk? Although you can see that the porch was much smaller by the outline on the brick to the right of the door.

    I will agree that there is something odd about the flooring on the main floor. It feels like it is trying hard to be something that it isn’t. A simple oak tongue and groove would have felt less incongruous. But that can be fixed.

  28. Marion Z says: 68 comments

    Absolutely gorgeous home!

    The only thing I would do immediately is, ripping off and out that carpet on the staircase. Hopefully the thousands of tacks didn’t cause too much dammage. I hate carpeted stairs with a passion, no matter what house it is, modern or historic, but I think it looks especially bad in historic homes.

    • MJGMJG says: 1963 comments
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      I’d also tear out the addition added with recessed lighting in the room they’re using as a dining room. All else is good other than cosmetic changes, wallpaper or paint or window treatments.

  29. Bethster says: 890 comments

    The link CharlestonJohn posted above, to the NRHP registration form (http://gis.hpa.state.il.us/pdfs/223453.pdf), is a wealth of information! I was just reading about the removal of a porch on the back, the addition of the sleeping porch (in 1926), and the addition of that odd bit of recessed lighting (in 2001). The discussion of the first-floor flooring is interesting, too. The house has had a lot done to it (including the removal of some chimneys), but to me, the exterior looks wonderful.

    • prettypaddle says: 155 comments

      Regarding the floors, the NRHP states:

      The floors on the first floor are inlaid. At the graduation of one of her sons from Yale, Mrs. Woods so admired the wood floors in the Student Union that she asked the President of Yale University to allow her to obtain information on the company that supplied them. She proceeded to order the flooring for her home in Lincoln. This occurred around 1936 and the entire first floor was refloored with “Yale” pegs and planks. —

      As others have said, this home is beautiful! The room with the orange curtains and blue chaise longue is fantastic.

  30. Janet says: 127 comments

    What a beautiful interior in consistent autumn tones.

  31. Lori says: 113 comments

    This is a grand house!! Love it! And there is some gorgeous furniture inside too!

  32. Tommy Q says: 463 comments

    I like the fact that the neighborhood appears to be of one fabric and that many of the streets are paved in brick. Downstairs floors look to be different from the period of construction but I find them to be quite beautiful. And it would be great to purchase the majority of the furniture with the house.

  33. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11849 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Posted 2017, not sold yet. Went off market for a short time, back on and reduced price. Moved to front page for another look. Comments above may be older.

  34. Amy says: 3 comments

    I love this house!!!! The sleeping porch is so wonderful!!!

  35. Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 1170 comments
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    1875 Limestone house
    Langeais, Loire Valley,

    Gorgeous house! Loved the exterior instantly, and when i saw the first interior pic with the staircase, i scrolled back up to pin it to my Pinterest OHD faves board!

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