1882 – Bloomington, IL – $99,400

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Added to OHD on 3/11/19   -   Last OHD Update: 4/9/19   -   30 Comments
809 N Mclean St, Bloomington, IL 61701

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  • $99,400
  • 5 Bed
  • 3 Bath
  • 4019 Sq Ft
  • 0.42 Ac.
Historic home on Franklin Square near downtown Bloomington. AS-IS Property in need of repair.
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Corey Leach & Danell Moberly, Boulevard Realty Group @ KW
(309) 834-3400 / 309-750-3005
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30 Comments on 1882 – Bloomington, IL – $99,400

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10360 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Looks like this was under going some work in 1988 when it suffered a (small?) fire: https://www.newspapers.com/clip/16153705/bfd_repairs_for_809_n_mclean_st_fire/

    Although it sounds like they fixed the problem according to the article. The hall way wood work shows what the downstairs could be with someone that knows what they are doing or has the money to have it done.

  2. AvatarMJG says: 528 comments

    How tragic, how sad that it appears someone was about to restore this and stopped for whatever reason.
    The woodwork on the second floor hall give some indication of how beautiful two types of wood used before being covered over in white paint. This is the example of when never to paint woodwork. With burled walnut panels in the wood dado, that must have been a site of richness.
    Also looks like there was a big renovation in the 10s or 20s with those craftsman style influences. A cool house.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10360 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      It’s possible that’s painted to look like walnut. I wish there were a better photo of it.

      • AvatarMJG says: 528 comments

        Sure is possible. Graining was still quite possible then. But what a beautiful effect it has none the less huh ? I too wish we can see better photos of it.

        I own a lot of furniture with burled walnut panels and it makes a really nice contrast to the black walnut. Especially when French polished like many originals were.

  3. Avatarzoomey says: 501 comments

    It’s impossible for an OHDer NOT to click on this house! The exterior is divine, the stuff literally dreams are made of! And the interior, well, with a little spit and polish, and a tastefully re-done, age-appropriate kitchen…this old girl will be beautiful! That upstairs hallway woodwork is amazing. The entire house is screaming to be restored to its former grandeur. I’d buy it in a second if it had more land. It’s sad to see some of the decay, but it’s nothing that can’t be remedied. What a beautiful, gracious house. I love the rooflines, so elegant! And they’re echoed in the carriage house. All together it’s a wonderful house. Must have been built by a local baron of some industry. Sigh.

  4. AvatarDoreen says: 231 comments

    The fire started because the contractors used a torch to remove paint???? Jeeze.

    • AvatarPinkladywithcats says: 13 comments

      Torch? I used a heat gun on the low setting to remove oil paint from my Queen Anne. I always kept a spray bottle of water in case something like this would happen. So sad that this happened on such a beautiful home.

    • Avatarbecky martin says: 80 comments

      Just brilliant!!! I have seen houses burn to the ground from that AND leaving rags with stain laying on decks in hot summer days! What a stupid waste! This is a beautiful home with lots of potential, and lots of work as well, but it would be worth it. I do wish it came with more land!

  5. JimHJimH says: 4208 comments
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    Article from THE PANTAGRAPH, Saturday, Feb. 11, 1989
    Bed-and-breakfast inn special permit sought – By JOHN O’CONNOR, Pantagraph staff
    Franklin Square’s Kerrick-Barry house by spring will become a century-old inn that offers homemade breakfasts if two Bloomington entrepreneurs are allowed. Donna M. and Edward J. Nusbaum, 809 N. McLean St., on Wednesday will ask the Zoning Appeals Board for a special-use permit to operate the bed-and-breakfast inn. The 3 p.m. hearing at City Hall will be the first time planners act on a bed-and-breakfast request. The city last spring changed its code to allow home-style overnights. Ms. Nusbaum last night said she hopes for a spring opening but could not specify a date. The county health department issued a permit pending her completion of a food preparation class at Illinois State University. She would cook all of the breakfasts for guests in the inn’s two rooms. Room rates have not been set.
    The Nusbaums for nearly a year have worked to renovate the 103-year-old Gothic and Romanesque-style mansion. Ms. Nusbaum last spring estimated the project would cost $80,000. She said last night the cost was in that range, but would not be specific. She added more to the house than she originally planned. “Sometimes, when I look at It, It’s almost overwhelming what we did accomplish,” she said. “But it was well worth it. It’s a nice comfortable home.” Ms. Nusbaum said she and her husband became interested in bed-and-breakfasts after staying in some and finding that the former Carmody Funeral Home on North McLean would make a good location for one. “It’s just been kind of a slow process because we’re the first ones in the area,” she said. “It just took some time for the health department and the city to figure out what requirements we had to fill but they have been very supportive in helping us put it together.”
    The Kerrick-Barry house is named for its builder, cattle breeder Leonidas Kerrlck and a second owner, Circuit Judge Edward Barry. Prominent Bloomington architect George Miller designed in 1886. Barry moved in after another famous Bloomington architect, Arthur Pillsbury, drew a 1909 renovation. Barry’s wife, Florence, lived in the home until 1941, when Carmody moved in, staying until 1986. The home was empty until the Nusbaums moved in.

  6. RosewaterRosewater says: 4561 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Pretty fabulous, fine, top-shelf, Aesthetic period detail in the upstairs hall was a shock to the eye; and a few seconds later, the mind, as the realization that the first floor looked like that, (but likely in triplicate), before the mass removal of nearly the entire original first floor interior in favor of what we see now +or- 1915. Much of that later interior detail is likely now absent as well. That’s a pity.

    The newel post was a hint that something amazing was missing.

    • Avatarrodeolthr says: 34 comments
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      I wonder if any photos of this house exist before the remodel that appears to have taken place early in it’s history.

      • JimHJimH says: 4208 comments
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        Countless thousands of vintage interior photographs are discarded because they can’t be matched to the houses they depict. For all the old houses posted on OHD with old photos, the number of interior shots is relatively few.
        I’d guess exterior photos wouldn’t look much different than the house as it stands, except for lost details. The renovations of 1909 seem to have been limited to an interior remodel for the most part. I agree with Jeff that some unique art was probably replaced at that time.

      • RosewaterRosewater says: 4561 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        I’ll just add to Jim’s comment by saying that even if you are able to track down original family descendants, they likely will not have interior photos either. Most people just didn’t save old photos in decades past. That has certainly been the case in my own family.

    • AvatarMJG says: 528 comments

      Yes I noticed that as well. Someone wiped the slate clean downstairs for the most part. Must have been beautiful. Though someone who like the craftsman or arts and crafts look may jump all over that.

    • MichaelMichael says: 1308 comments

      The contrast between the upstairs stair hall and the main floor is pretty stark. I guess it begs the question, how would someone proceed from here? Could it even be possible to bring back the rest of the house to what we see in the upstairs hall?

      • AvatarMJG says: 528 comments

        That would be wonderful. Though can you imagine the price tag though!! that kind of molding upstairs is so intricate, you’d have to have someone remake it. And then the burled walnut panels would not cheap to apply. And if it is faux, finding someone that can grain it to make it look as good as people grained wood back then. Its kind of a lost art.

      • RosewaterRosewater says: 4561 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        It’s a pretty sad situation Michael. It may be possible for a master wood worker to replicate, (at great time and expense), the extant details shown: but replacing the fine mantles; other decorative details; and (likely) ornate floors; found in the original interior would be – well – impossible really.

        • AvatarMJG says: 528 comments

          I agree Rosewater. These fireplace mantles are quite expensive in salvage stores in general and to have someone replicate it is at a great expense. Also, the woodwork is a total crime. Its a very dramatic style and I can see how by 1910 it was considered more out of vogue than your standard Victorian corner block woodwork. Maybe a reason why its found less in homes. Who knows. Woodwork with corner blocks are much easier to buy today by mills that replicate some beautiful designs at a medium to high expense. I couldn’t even imagine the cost of replicating this second floor dado and woodwork.
          To paint it is a crime but to rip it out is 100 times worse.

    • AvatarAaron says: 9 comments

      Glad the upstairs woodwork remains. I talented woodworker could recreate the first floor in the same style and feel.

  7. Avatarpeeweebc says: 858 comments
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    1885 Italianate.

    She can be pretty again! I’m pretty sure that price isn’t too bad!

  8. Avatarrox says: 98 comments

    I would buy this in a heart beat if possible.

  9. Avatarbecky martin says: 80 comments

    So what is so great about Bloomington that would make you hop on this house? I am from the west coast and I’ll bet these winters here are brutal. Could it be worth it even there is only a pinch of land? Still love the house!

    • AvatarDianeEG says: 486 comments
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      I see half an acre as more than a pinch – pretty spacious for a city lot. Bloomington IL is a great town (actually often called Bloomington – Normal) with many things to do (including two fine colleges.) Brutal winters are in the eye of the beholder. Today (in central IL) it was 44 degrees and I saw people in shorts and shirt sleeves. Our Georgia family breaks out their winter coats at 50 degrees. Is it worth the asking price – only if you want and can afford to make this big girl beautiful and can accept what it is and where it is. There’s a Lyle Lovett song “If I was the man that you wanted, I wouldn’t be the man that I am.” Kinda holds true on big old homes. I doubt it will be on the market long

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 4561 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Yes – brrrrrrrr – it’s frigid, desolate, and awful here. Best you stay in Cali..

  10. AvatarMichael McNamara says: 17 comments

    It is a shame the original grandeur has been messed with. But this is such a beautifully proportioned home! It is so light and airy- an actual plus if wood is painted.

  11. AvatarCandi says: 28 comments
    Richwood, OH

    Oh my. Looking at the first few interior pics thinking “some fresh paint is all” but then the other pics got sad. Not that it’s so bad that it can’t be saved. Absolutely love the sleep porch and the attic space, the woodwork in the upstairs landing area is beautiful. Such a grand house.

  12. AvatarCeylaClaire says: 182 comments

    What a beautiful home! It could be awesome if the damaged parts were restored, floors sanded and varnished. I’d also uncap the fireplaces. I wonder if a butlers pantry was removed to enlarge the kitchen because I don’t see a pantry which I believe in this part of the country, was a “staple”. While the winters are not as brutal as in Wisconsin, it does seem that Bloomington is in a snow belt. The summers are very hot and it’s not unusual to have 90+ degrees often. I hope that the new buyer will not turn this into and “remodelers’ special” and honor the period.

  13. Avatarpamibach says: 120 comments

    So sad, this could be a beautiful house

  14. Avatarpamibach says: 120 comments

    Potential with a capital P

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