1886 – Charleston, IL

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Added to OHD on 1/27/19   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   14 Comments
Off Market / Archived

804 7th St, Charleston, IL 61920

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  • $127,900
  • 4 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 2590 Sq Ft
  • 0.33 Ac.
Built in 1886 this home's highlights include charm, character, beautiful Victorian detail, and gorgeous woodwork. Updates include furnace and air in 2010, roof 2010, carpet 2013, kitchen 2013, gutters 2015, electric 2010, deck and foundation 2010, and hardwood refinished. Call for your private showing today!
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Janice Moritz, CENTURY 21 KIMA Properties
(217) 258-6621
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14 Comments on 1886 – Charleston, IL

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11897 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Posted before: https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2017/06/02/1886-charleston-il/

    I cannot use the old images for the new listing and hated to lose the old images because the new images don’t show the home like the previous agent did. Check that link to view more of the property. 🙂

  2. Michael McNamara says: 20 comments

    This is a great house in a wonderful town!

  3. CarolynCarolyn says: 304 comments
    Grand Rapids, MI

    This just goes to show what good photos can do for a listing. Looking at the new pics I thought…Meh, it’s okay. But looking at the old photos I’m in love with this place. Why can’t I ever find houses like this in my area!

    • Mark Wood says: 55 comments

      Gosh so right. The new pics do nothing for this house but the old ones, yowzers, all the difference in the world!!
      Now, about the carpeting…

  4. Bryan Berg says: 66 comments

    I love this inventive little house. I guess it’s not really little but it is smaller than most Victorian houses that have THIS caliber of bling inside. That newel post is like mansion-grade. Funky, cool, classy, a bit mysterious….. it would be fun to come home to all this. And it seems that Illinois is just swarming with crazy cool houses for sale. With a really dark, period correct paint job it would Really show off the unique massing of this house.

  5. CindyCindy says: 269 comments
    1866 Italianate/Queen Anne
    Brunswick, MO

    Such a beautiful house, love the newel post, woodwork is exceptional, floors are great. Low price for this quality house.

  6. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5452 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    Glad I looked at the old listing as I was about to say this house looks like an R.W. Shoppell design. I’ve seen a couple of other examples of this design and even though it isn’t a perfect match, I feel fairly certain it is a design from Shoppell. Octagon it is not, but that discussion was already made in the previous listing comments. Some appropriate to the period paint colors would really make this house pop outside. As others have noted, the interior finishes and details are especially nice.

  7. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5452 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    I found this design in Shoppell’s Modern Houses-Beautiful Homes (1887) and there is a nice crisp copy in the Haithi Trust collection with this design on page 40: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc1.c034803721;view=1up;seq=7

    • JimHJimH says: 5149 comments
      OHD Supporter

      It’s interesting that the illustrations you and Kelly show have different decorative treatment on the exterior. The house seems to be from an earlier Stick Style version of the design, with clipped gables, brackets and trusses.

      • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5452 comments
        OHD Supporter

        1889 Eastlake Cottage
        Fort Worth, TX

        Good points, Jim. When plans were ordered and received, the contractor/builder had some latitude in the final design. Plan book architects often changed popular plans by introducing alternate floor plans as well as slightly different exterior details. They also changed the design number; in Shoppell’s Modern Houses-Beautiful Homes the design is No. 216 and the suggested cost is $2,550 while the other version (must be slightly later) the design is No. 344 and the suggested cost is $3,000. Therefore, this design must be from the later No. 344 version rather than design No. 216.
        Mail order architect George Barber frequently changed his plan books and kept the most popular designs in the newer editions as well as introducing new designs. He too changed design numbers for the same design in the newer editions. For those trying to study the various designs, this can be confusing. Then there was the customization option which can really confuse modern students as most late Victorian era architects sought to satisfy the wants and needs of clients even if they had to come up with a unique design from scratch. By the late 1880’s the Stick Style was waning in popularity so it makes sense that this later version omitted the Stick details.

        • KenKen says: 17 comments
          San Diego, CA

          Yes, this house is definitely an adaption of Shoppell Design No, 344….enlarged a bit and with a fireplace added to the parlor, instead of having one in the sitting room.

  8. Allyson says: 85 comments

    The old listing’s photos are just a testament to how important good photos are. Just wish all realtors realized that.

  9. MichaelMichael says: 2646 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    Except for the siding, which I don’t think is original, the exterior has some great details. The flooring with the inlaid border and the tile on the hearth are exceptional.

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