c. 1890 Queen Anne – Dekalb, IL

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Posted February 2019. This home has been archived on OHD. The sold status is unknown.
Added to OHD on 2/11/19   -   Last OHD Update: 3/31/19   -   34 Comments
304 S 4th St, Dekalb, IL 60115

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  • $84,900
  • 4 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 2572 Sq Ft
  • 0.29 Ac.
Unique details throughout this historic Victorian home. At a price you can now invest in the improvements! Inlaid hardwood floors, stained glass, pocket doors, built in cabinets, ceramic fireplace, and 10 foot ceilings! Walk up attic for additional expansion. Newer furnaces and A/C. Zoning allows for home/occupation usage allowing for business and residence. Freddie Mac Owner Occupied First Look Program through March 1st, 2019. Easy to Show.
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Tom Skora, RE/MAX Experience
(815) 895-8900
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34 Comments on c. 1890 Queen Anne – Dekalb, IL

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  1. AvatarRandy C says: 420 comments

    Very nice wood trim, inlaid floors, a couple of nice stained glass windows, etc. I think this could be a very nice home with the removal of all of the office furnishings. A couple of nice original light fixtures as well. I like!

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    • AvatarMatt says: 1 comments

      I had to go back and look at the photos after your comment. Nowhere in the photos I have access to are there office furninshings.

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  2. KittysocksKYKittysocksKY says: 71 comments
    Murray, KY

    I love this house. How wonderful are those sinks? Am I the only one who is entranced by sinks?

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  3. AvatarGlorybe says: 152 comments

    This house ticks all the boxes. The inlaid floors are just spectacular.
    A definite plus having air conditioning. Who wouldn’t love an extra bedroom in that gorgeous attic?

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  4. AvatarMaggieMay says: 75 comments

    Beautiful. Would happily live there. They have done an outstanding job with the colors,the woodwork looks like new, it is perfect!!

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  5. AvatarCindy Belanger says: 135 comments

    Beautiful house, like the stenciling, must have a ton of time to do that much intricate work. Like the kitchen sink and the corner marble sink.

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  6. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10080 comments
    Admin

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Originally posted 2018, not sold yet but back on the market with new photos and new agent. Updated info and photos, moved to front page, comments above may be older.

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    • AvatarCindy says: 135 comments
      1866 Italianate/Queen Anne
      Brunswick, MO

      Kelly, I see from the older comments that this house was on the OHD site on 4-11-18. I have deleted my posts from that time period. I thought the original listing had better pictures, if I’m remembering correctly. Is it possible for you to put the pictures from the original 2018 listing on? Thanks so much.

  7. MJGMJG says: 504 comments
    1887 Queen Anne
    CT

    I really like this house. It could shine up like a new penny.
    The inlay floors look like the ones you could order ready made from the catalogs in the 1880s and 1890s.
    Similar Pinwheel design here
    https://archive.org/details/catalogueboughto00boug/page/24
    Similar Borders
    https://archive.org/details/catalogueboughto00boug/page/8

    https://archive.org/details/parquetfloorsbor00inte_0

    I love the art-glass windows and the beveled glass in the mullions.
    The built ins are spectacular and with a little clean up and adjustments, can look great again.

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  8. AvatarJulie says: 33 comments

    Wow! This house has so many sweet features!

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  9. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4645 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    Assuming this house dates from 1890, native DeKalb architect George F. Barber had just relocated to Knoxville, TN a couple of years earlier. I’m wondering if there’s any design connection between this house and Barber? The interior is well appointed for a house of this period and the exterior has a lavish paint job that could be close to the original colors. The stained glass windows were probably catalog ordered as were interior millwork details. Nice house here for those who like ornate Victorian homes.

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  10. AvatarGAIL NOERNBERG says: 89 comments

    Anything that needs done is just cosmetic…I would change indoor colors…and bye bye to curtains and light fixtures….more period light fixtures…question on kitchen sink…isn’t it low…I am 5’5″ and it looks so low to me…but I adore all those sinks…….what a beautiful home.

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    • MJGMJG says: 504 comments
      1887 Queen Anne
      CT

      Now that you say it, that sink is low. Its definitely not a comfortable height. I wonder if whoever installed that sink, retro fitted it because they didn’t want it to go over the window sill or glass like some do? Doesn’t look like an 1890s sink does it? Most of my catalogs for sinks from the 1880s – 1900s are more ornate.

      P.S. I hope this doesn’t spark the age old debunk theory that it’s lower because people were shorter back then.

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      • AvatarDavid Sweet says: 213 comments

        That type of sink was shown in some of my old plumbing catalogs starting in about 1915; Kohler and American Standard continued to sell these until the 1950’s. The lower sink height seems to be popular in old houses where I live (Iowa). In some houses I’ve worked on, I’ve seen them as low as 29in from floor to rim! (I moved them all up but one that was in a basement)

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        • MJGMJG says: 504 comments
          1887 Queen Anne
          CT

          Thanks Davis sweet. You have confirmed my suspicions as well. 1915 the official death of my favorite stylistic period. Lol

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      • Avatarkath says: 211 comments

        people were shorter bk then, my granny had a lower/counter tops due to that short height. my mom also was very short, 5’1..but i like the house, but lots and lots of painting outside, haha

        • MJGMJG says: 504 comments
          1887 Queen Anne
          CT

          Yes the average height was shorter in the 19th century but its not to be assumed that’s the reason why some objects are lower. Most objects were mass produced with inconsistent standards.

          Most experienced curators today will tell you that height has no relationship to average furniture, railings and beds like people love to say. There’s even a book on it now.

          Remember mass production on this scale was a new thing. The fact is, most sinks of the period that I have come across are the same height as now.

          Same inconsistency goes for furniture.
          I buy and sell 19th century furniture and have measured them as well to help debunk this theory. Many formal parlor sets are lower to the ground by 3 or 4 inches while most dining room chairs from the late period are same height as today as well as Gothic Hall chairs and overstuffed couches. Several contemporaries of the period refer to their sets as “low”.

          Beds finally had standard sizes as well. Single and Double. (our twin and full)(inches were adjustable based on where you bought it). There were no queen sizes or kings yet. Gives people of today the allusion of a smaller bed with those big headboards. But its not a small bed because Victorians sleep sitting up. I have yet to read in any book of the period anything like this unless someone was sick with TB or had a cough where it recommends sitting up. Most Eastlake and Renaissance Revival beds can easily house our full size mattress.

          Railing heights are sometimes made lower on second floors to give the allusion to height (to the danger of the people). But not because of shortness.

          Sometimes short people from the time had furniture made special for them because their height was lower. Like the writing desk at the Olana mansion for his short wife.

          Sorry. I’m on a rant today. Snow is coming. I hate snow.

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  11. AvatarDoreen says: 228 comments

    Simply lovely!

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  12. AvatarWendy T says: 45 comments

    Worth it for the sinks alone- glorious house.

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  13. AvatarMG Wolson says: 1 comments

    I got that it needs work but I’m seeing what may have been my great grandmother’s kitchen only with no stove and no fridge

  14. Ed FerrisEd Ferris says: 311 comments

    I would say the kitchen sink is original. I think it was the 1912 Sears catalog that had an illustration of the housewife sitting on a kitchen chair while peeling potatoes into the sink. You know the height is original because of the peg-legs.
    The outside details — the balustrade and spandrels — are D. S. Hopkins, but I’ve never seen this diagonal-entrance plan in his books.

    • MJGMJG says: 504 comments
      1887 Queen Anne
      CT

      I’m not sure. I’ve not seen this sink design in any of my 1890s to 1905 catalogs. I was looking again tonight to try and date the sink. It’s old but I don’t think original to the the first ten years. But I could be wrong.

      • RossRoss says: 2384 comments
        OHD Supporter

        1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
        Emporia, KS

        Agreed.

        If the house is circa-1890, the kitchen sink cannot be original.

        As noted, this style sink was introduced around 1915.

  15. AvatarKathy says: 13 comments

    May I please borrow $99,000? I would live here forever.

  16. Avatarshirleyssshirl says: 55 comments

    Too bad there’s no picture of the stairway!!

  17. AvatarKathy says: 13 comments

    I want this house so badly I can’t stand it. 💞💕💜🧡💛💚💙💕💞

  18. AvatarSHELLEY NELSON says: 20 comments

    Love it! Can’t believe the price!

  19. AvatarCindy says: 135 comments
    1866 Italianate/Queen Anne
    Brunswick, MO

    I love this house too, so many original details for the price. But the property taxes are $5121.00, that adds another $425.00 to the monthly mortgage. So disappointing.

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  20. AvatarKaren L Grohs says: 132 comments

    Thank you for your astute comments and education. However, I think you mean “illusion” not “alusion.”

    • MJGMJG says: 504 comments
      1887 Queen Anne
      CT

      yes that’s what I mean. I’m using voice type sometimes and hit send.
      Glad you knew what i meant.

      That’s what happens with multitasking sometimes.

      Also happens with the your and you’re sometimes too. Unfortunately it was too late to fix and I can’t edit a few minutes. At least it wasn’t a curse.

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