1911 Classical Revival – Kewanee, IL (George F. Barber) – $159,000

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Added to OHD on 4/26/19   -   Last OHD Update: 5/7/19   -   23 Comments
509 E Prospect St, Kewanee, IL 61443

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  • $159,000
  • 3 Bed
  • 2.5 Bath
  • 2352 Sq Ft
  • 0.35 Ac.
This stately historic brick home features 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a gorgeous kitchen with (Amish) cabinets, granite counter tops & ceramic tile floor with stove, refrigerator, dishwasher & disposal. There is a breakfast nook, formal dining room with beamed ceiling, living room & 1st floor family room has ornate plaster ceilings, foyer has an open staircase, beamed ceiling & leaded window, there are pillars between the family room, dining room, living room & foyer. Upstairs there is a master suite w/master bath & built in ironing board, 2 more large bedrooms and a full bath with separate shower & bath tub, there is a 12x8 1/2 screened in balcony off the hallway a large walk-up attic for storage, there is a full basement that has a family room, laundry room, storage room and extra toilet, shower and sink in basement. This home has glowing wood floors on the 1st floor except in kitchen & breakfast nook. There is a large covered front porch, rear patio & private enclosed patio with hot tub that could be purchased. 1st floor area rugs could stay with home. Beautifully landscaped yard is partially fenced. 2 1/2 car garage & blacktop driveway. Ask listing agent for list of updates for this well maintained home. Only 3 owners. Central air for the 2nd floor & kitchen with window air in foyer that cools the rest. Year Built: 1911.
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Justin M. Landwehr, Keller Williams
(563) 940-1557
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23 Comments on 1911 Classical Revival – Kewanee, IL (George F. Barber) – $159,000

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  1. Chris DiMatteiChris DiMattei says: 265 comments

    I am 97.435% sure that this home is another example of a George F. Barber designed home. This would be a smaller, and built later version of design #1 from the third edition of Barber’s “Modern Dwellings” series of pattern books. The attribution is supported by both interior and exterior details that are consistent with Barber practice, as well as the fact that an 1890’s Victorian example of a Barber design exists, just down the street. If the 1911 YOC is accurate, then that would make this home, one of Barber’s latest commissions.

  2. AvatarDiane says: 486 comments

    We looked at this in 1970s at a price of less than $50k. The light fixtures were said to be original. The kitchen had not been remodeled and all I can remember of it was the wood was dark like the rest of the house. This home is in a nice neighborhood but Kewanee is in a slump. The city was home to several large manufacturing plants (Walworth, Kewanee Boiler, Boss Glove and a couple of farm implement manufacturers.) All have closed except Boss and it has farmed out much of it’s manufacturing other places. A once thriving city is now a sad shell and the home sales reflect this. On the flip side it still has small Midwest farm community low crime rates, low cost of living and nice people. 50 miles to Quad Cities (W) and 50 miles to Peoria (SE) and easy train ride to Chicago.

  3. AvatarTeri R says: 294 comments

    Such a pretty house!

  4. AvatarCindy says: 142 comments
    1866 Italianate/Queen Anne
    Brunswick, MO

    Gorgeous house, love the beamed ceilings, decorative plaster and fretwork.

  5. AvatarNancygirl says: 132 comments

    I love this house! And beautifully decorated! Love the kitchen!

  6. Christopher DiMatteiChristopher DiMattei says: 265 comments

    BTW, I am now 100% certain that this home is another great George F. Barber design,
    one of three in Kewanee.

    • AvatarRon G says: 167 comments

      Chris, Do you have locations, addresses for the other two Barker houses you mention in the above post? Thank you.

      • Chris DiMatteiChris DiMattei says: 265 comments

        Ron, you can find the other two examples of Barber designed homes in Kewanee, located at 402 W. Prospect street, and 700 S. Chestnut street. Enjoy.

        • AvatarRon G says: 167 comments

          Chris, Thank you for your reply. I have a good friend that lives in Kewanee and I’m down there four or five times a year. I’m only about forty miles north on the Iowa side of the Mississippi river.

  7. AvatarLissie says: 277 comments
    1962 Mid Century
    Rome, GA

    Lovely home, especially the staircase!

  8. AvatarEva Garcia says: 5 comments

    A real beauty.

  9. AvatarScott Cunningham says: 375 comments

    Everything about this home is tasteful. Thanks for posting. Its really classy and well done.

  10. AvatarSally says: 21 comments

    I want it! This could be my retirement home.

  11. AvatarAmy P. says: 219 comments

    Great house!!!

  12. RobynMeRobynMe says: 115 comments
    1907 George F. Barber
    Hamlet, NC

    I am having serious Unpainted Wood Trim Envy.

    I haven’t checked my ceiling beams, but they look just like these. I am condemned to a decade of stripping. 😛

    I’m also pleased to see not a trace of Mission Style (which “everyone” has been telling me is what I “should” be doing. I do like Mission, but it kinda goes with Barber architecture like peanut butter and ketchup. I’m sending this house to the guilty parties with a big I-told-you-so-NOT!

  13. AvatarRon G says: 167 comments

    This one is back on the market with updated photos and lower price. This is a beautiful home.

  14. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10338 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Updated the post, decided to move to the front page. Comments above may be older.

  15. AvatarBethH says: 107 comments
    1999 Dutchess County, NY

    Has this sold a few times since the original listing? I can’t imagine this house sitting unsold for more than a week… it’s gorgeous!

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10338 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Not that I know of, been on the market for a long while.

    • AvatarMimi says: 1 comments
      1996 Contemporary

      Kewanee is barely hanging on. An extremely high percentage of the students in public school are on free and reduced lunches. As an earlier poster mentioned, almost all manufacturing is long gone and it’s left a large percentage of the population on government financial assistance. There is one large beautiful furniture store there, Good’s, but aside from that, it’s pretty much just Walmart. It is a beautiful old small town with amazing architecture and history, a very cozy place to retire if you’re not focused on warm weather😬 Because there is shopping and restaurants at under an hour both south and west, and it’s about 10 to 15 easy minutes to Interstate 80! But no surprise the house has been on the market for an extended period of time. Not really much of a pool of interested/qualified buyers.

  16. AvatarBethH says: 107 comments
    1999 Dutchess County, NY

    Has this sold a few times since the original listing? I can’t imagine this house sitting unsold for more than a week… it’s gorgeous!

    Just a question – was it this kind of ‘open floor plan’ originally? Those dividing pillars look very original, but the whole effect comes off as almost modern in its openess. I bet this would be the best of both worlds for a couple that might have a difference of opinion on old vs. new!

  17. Avatarbecky says: 80 comments
    OHD Supporter

    bass lake, CA

    Oooooh, me thinks the present owner is partial to purple! My favorite color. Home is so tastefully done. I love it! It is sad to think the area has no work for people. I mean how can one exist without being able to make a living? What would become of this town? They probably have some really brutal winters too which doesn’t help matters. I haven’t checked the price median for this area, but even at $169K it looks like a steal to me! I am also particularly partial to fretwork. It just looks so classy. This home looks well cared for and I hope there is a buyer that would love this home. I’d take it in a heartbeat! I live in California and if this home were here, I could see it going for $400 to $500K easily! Too bad I can’t have this house shipped to me! It is beautiful and I love the curvy front porch…es!

  18. AvatarKarenZ says: 967 comments
    OHD Supporter

    I just love all of that gorgeous wood! Add to that an adorable bathroom with a purple stained glass window and you just reeled me in! Just love this.


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