1896 Queen Anne – Henry, IL (George F. Barber)

Added to OHD on 5/30/19   -   Last OHD Update: 9/30/20   -   23 Comments
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813 Main St, Henry, IL 61537

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  • $164,900
  • 5 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 3608 Sq Ft
  • 0.44 Ac.
THE 'GILDED AGE' COMES ALIVE! This fabulous 'turn-of-century' gem has been preserved with all of its original character and charm while bringing it up to date & MAINTENANCE FREE to make it a HOME AND A CASTLE! Built rock solid in 1896, this magnificent historical "Queen Anne Painted Lady" home features a grand staircase off the front foyer, intricate wood work, spacious front rooms with period wallpaper, a dining room off the updated kitchen -- Hardwood floors throughout. Upstairs features 4 roomy bedrooms, a new full bath, a huge bonus room at the end of the 2nd floor hallway, SUNROOM, beautiful wrap-around porch, 3-car garage, and much much more. The expanded double-lot showcases hints of the original garden area just waiting to be brought back to life. So much to see & ENJOY!
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23 Comments on 1896 Queen Anne – Henry, IL (George F. Barber)

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  1. cyberc says: 92 comments

    Another lamp in the fret work – photo # 5 and photo #7 with a stunning matching settee to boot! Thanks Kelly for choosing awesome houses! Someone will win the lottery when they buy this beauty!

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  2. missb says: 28 comments

    Sometimes I look at the wallpaper chosen for these old beauties and I cringe, but I love every pattern in this house. This is beautifully done.

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  3. Colleen J says: 1049 comments

    I agree with missb the wallpaper in this house is so well done. This one is a beauty!

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  4. Lissie says: 235 comments

    Looks like new knotty pine floors in the bedrooms-Gorgeous! Love the wallpaper, fretwork and the staircase is just fantastic.

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  5. MonChiChiPox says: 200 comments

    Add me to the wallpaper admirers club. I normally don’t care for but when someone chooses a really great pattern I’m easily swayed. Whoever chose their pattern hit the mark. Honestly they hit the mark with nearly everything with this house.

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  6. Momof9 says: 88 comments

    Stunning and I love the wall paper!

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  7. Jennie Bauer says: 93 comments

    Oh, the sleeping porch! Someday I’ll have a home with one. I can see it would have been almost a necessity in a home with no A/C, but it seems so decadent. I just love it.

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  8. David says: 26 comments

    House is beautiful (Victorians are usually too frilly for my tastes, but its not overly done here).

    Henry is a fine old river town. Like many small towns in central Illinois, it has seen better days. But still lots of charm. They also host my favorite 4th of July festival anywhere.

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  9. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12220 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Originally posted 2017, back on the market. Comments above are older so always pay attention to their comment date.

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  10. EileenMEileenM says: 287 comments
    Camillus, NY

    I actually love wallpaper, despite its current unpopular status. I grew up in a house built in the 1830’s. Nothing was square, plumb or level. In order to camouflage these issues, nearly every wall was covered with ‘small print’ wallpaper. Since I was the oldest child, I was the first one old enough to help. My dad did the ‘papering’ and I was the ‘go-for’. I learned how to hang wallpaper simply because I was there watching. Today I still have wallpaper on the walls of 6 rooms in my home. Numerous people have suggested I remove it for “resale value”, but it’s my home and I like wallpaper!!!

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    • MJGMJG says: 2392 comments
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      Eileen you bring up a great point. It is very unpopular now and carries a sense of disdain, but if wallpaper is sized properly and put up correctly, then tearing off the wall is easy. The problem is old wallpapers have a tendency to feel like they used superglue to put on. I like some wall and ceiling papers from the late period. I’m not a fan of many modern wallpapers personally but it is just a matter of opinion.

      I loath the “resale value” comment. My ex was convinced by the realtor after we split and I moved out to paint our hallway from terracotta to light yellow for that reason and painted over some very elaborate stenciling that I had done. She thought it was “too dark” since the wood ceiling and staircase were medium stained ash. The women who bought the house had reached out to me and asked why the red hall was painted over because she had seen it originally with red walls and black and metallic gold stencil online. She was horrified to learn the reason. That hall was a big selling point for her when she saw the pictures. Point is, not everyone wants the same thing. Especially old houses.

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  11. MJGMJG says: 2392 comments
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    This is an amazing house. The woodwork is wonderful.
    I’m thinking the wood fretwork was removed from above the left of the staircase where there is a column next to the seat. Probably had something right to the ceiling at one point and may have extended across across.

    https://archive.org/details/ourdoorswindowsh00cutt/page/n11
    This book is one of several great resource for ideas and recommendations for grille work or lattice work or fretwork, (it seems to be called several names during this time period)

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  12. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5542 comments
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    1897 Queen Anne Colonial
    Cadiz, OH

    MJG, I agree that additional fretwork was probably in place where now only the bottom column remains. An old photo might reveal the original configuration. In the comments above opinions were shared that the lamp placed on a pedestal inside the fretwork was likely an original feature. I think its more likely it was simply a wood pedestal made to place a potted plant. Ferns and ornamental palms were extremely popular in the 1890’s as indoor house plants. I thought initially that I recognized this house but it is almost completely intact. There was another similar house in another Illinois town that looked fairly intact on the exterior but the interior had received the full HGTV treatment and made the house look brand new. Thankfully, this one is delightful inside and out. It appears to be reasonably priced as well for the features offered. I also recall another ornate Victorian from Henry that I believe finally sold in the past year. The streetview coverage for Henry is extremely limited-a shame because by most accounts it has a lot of older homes.

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    • MJGMJG says: 2392 comments
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      I’m not seeing the light you’re talking about. The piece I’m looking at doesn’t appear to have a light. Unless you’re talking about the fretwork across from it in the hall.

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      • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5542 comments
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        1897 Queen Anne Colonial
        Cadiz, OH

        Yes, across the hall in photo No. 9 from the top. Not an original lamp installation, IMO.

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        • MJGMJG says: 2392 comments
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          OH the thing in the middle screen opening? I thought that was just a vase. I wasn’t thinking it was a lamp. But my iPad maybe doesn’t have clear pictures. I assumed it was a vase because when I see drawings of the screens or photos I usually see material draped around asymmetrically or symmetrically as well as a flowerpot or a vase of some sort.

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  13. BethHBethH says: 238 comments
    1999 Dutchess County, NY

    I love every bit of the wallpaper in this house – and I’m glad to see I’m not the only one. The one that ‘rings’ the most authentic to me is the beige one with the whitish flowers and leaves in that sweet little (attic?) bedroom. It reminds me of wallpaper we found under several layers of later papers in our 1889 farmhouse. This whole house is beautiful and so homey.

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    • MJGMJG says: 2392 comments
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      I found similar paper in my attic room too!! My attic room was a servants room that retained the original electric call bell. I dated the paper to the 1910s decade in a book. It was also installed around the bell and not under.

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  14. EileenMEileenM says: 287 comments
    Camillus, NY

    Thank you, MJG !!! I had wallpapered my family room (that tells everyone that I don’t live in an old house and OHD is where I get my old house fix). I decided that 30 years of the same look needed to go. I tore down every inch of the paper in less than 30 minutes! Sizing is the key.

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    • MJGMJG says: 2392 comments
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      I get like that too. I do elaborate paint work sometimes and after even 3 years I’m sick of it and trying a new design I saw in a mansion or house somewhere. If I was a multi millionaire I’m sure my house would have mushroomed into what Sarah Winchester’s house looked like. She too was a workaholic and obsessed with architecture and trying new ideas, designs, etc. (not spirits like is more sadly attributed to her)

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