1886 Italianate – Blue Island, IL

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Added to OHD on 9/25/19   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   17 Comments
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12905 Greenwood Ave, Blue Island, IL 60406

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  • $179,000
  • 5 Bed
  • 4 Bath
  • 3748 Sq Ft
All offers considered. Stunning victorian treasure in the wonderful historical district. Built in 1886 the "charles young house" features 17 rooms, a fireplace, 12' ceilings on the 1st floor, 4 baths, 3 kitchens, a balcony, full basement with 2 washers, 2 dryers and a 1/2 bath, 3 car garage, 76 x 171 corner lot and much more. Utilized as hotel for a time by employees of the rock island railroad. 5 bedrooms on the 3rd floor, 2 on the 2nd floor, 3 on the 1st floor. 3 furnaces(1st floor is new). Newer roof. Currently vacant. Needs renovation but has incredible potential. A very special property. Currently zoned "single family" but approval for 2 units is a distinct probability.
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Michael Ham, Century 21
(708) 361-8888
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17 Comments on 1886 Italianate – Blue Island, IL

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11883 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    The sign:
    “Charles Young was the son of Joshua P. Young, a major developer and the second owner of the American House Hotel, which was built in 1844 on the west side of Western Avenue, just north of Vermonth Street. Charles Young continued in his father’s real estate business, and acquired major holdings in Harvey, Glen Ellyn, Waukegan and Joliet. Charles’ wife Jennie was the daughter of Marshall Alexander, who owned a dry-goods store on Western Avenue and served as a trustee for the village from 1888-1890. The Youngs lived in the house for fifteen years. The building was then sold to the Bergan family, under whose ownership it served as a residential hotel for employees of the Rock Island Railroad, at that time one of the city’s largest employers. In 1915 the house was purchased by Theresa Klein, whose family owned the Klein Grain Elevator on Vermont Street.”

  2. Michael Mackin says: 2390 comments

    I noticed the wallpaper in what I assume is the dining room. Could that be the original wallpaper? It intrigues me.

  3. Miss-Apple37 says: 1158 comments

    what a beautiful winding staircase! I thought this shape of newel post indicated an older house, c. 1860… Am I wrong?

  4. Brad says: 13 comments

    So much potential here!… and so close to CHICAGO! If I bought it would I be considered “southside” like the Gallagher’s on Shameless? 🙂

  5. TXJewelTXJewel says: 358 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1920 Thurber Brick 4 Square
    Strawn, TX

    So sad to think that to protect the integrity of the house, some of those beautiful trees will have to go. Such a shame that they haven’t been maintained.

    • MazamaGrammy says: 358 comments

      I think it might be possible to just do some judicious pruning as the conifers typically have deep descending tap roots, not spreading like oaks. Worth consulting an arborist.

    • NailadyNailady says: 125 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Would make me happy to see trees go. But then here in the Northwest trees are plentiful. I would much rather see the house with a few well placed trees & shrubs.
      I am so in love with that staircase!

  6. Aquila says: 24 comments

    This isn’t a bad price for this house, there are quite a few homes close by that are of a similar era, also some of the stores in downtown Blue Island. It looks like most of the work would be cosmetic. Trees definitely need attention and have for quite awhile. I agree that the dining room wallpaper looks original. The town of Blue Island isn’t what it once was, still a decent place to live if in the right neighborhood. I’d love to grab it if that were possible. I always cringe when the realtor start saying multifamily about a lovely large old house, it usually means there is only abuse and eventual demolition. I’ve wondered for years if this place wasn’t originally brick that was stuccoed over to change the look. I agree too about that newel post, looks older than 1886.

  7. MazamaGrammy says: 358 comments

    The interior needs lots of work but could be made very attractive.

  8. Ann says: 96 comments

    Staircase love!!!

  9. Janet Vodder says: 125 comments

    Love love love that staircase. But was the exterior stuccoed over at a later date and why?

  10. John Shiflet says: 5363 comments

    As others have suggested, the staircase could be older than 1886. However, Italianate newel posts as seen here had a fairly long span of popularity beginning in the 1850’s and were still available from regional millwork catalogs in the early 1890’s. (but probably were more for remodeling work by that late date) However, such lovely winding staircases were more popular in the 1860’s and 1870’s so it would not surprise me if the original house was older than its other sections. I too also think the stucco was later applied over original bricks but taking it back off may not be so easy and might uncover the true reason for the cover-up. (damaged or weather eroded soft bricks; mortar deterioration) I’m a bit surprised about the price considering the interior will need quite a bit of work. I take it the Island’s location must be popular locally?

  11. Ken J. says: 1 comments

    I am a past chair of the Blue Island Historic Preservation Commission and have been in this house on a couple of occasions. The reason for the stucco (the house is brick underneath) is because the house originally had a wrap-around porch and port cochere that were removed when the lot to the south was divided and a house built on it (that house is an early work by the noted architect Robert Seyfarth, who has several other houses in the neighborhood). The neighborhood is lovely, and the reason for the low price is that the house had been lived in for decades by the same family who, I suppose, became comfortable with their surroundings and saw no need to update the house, although it seems to have been reasonably well maintained. Another reason for the low price would be to compensate for damage that was done to the inlaid floors in one of the rooms which was caused by a burst pipe. In this neighborhood the house could reasonably go for twice what the asking price is for the homeowner who is willing to do the work. Most of the original details are intact, and it would be doing the house a disservice to judge its appearance by the poor quality of the pictures provided by the Realtor.

  12. Gregory K. Hubbard says: 458 comments

    Handsome house.

    In my opinion, you can easily see why so many Mission Era porches are disasters as an alteration to 19th century houses. This one is dark and clunky, with columns completely out of scale with the home.

    The stucco might have been applied to the house when the lumpy porch was added.

    Nice interior details. The blank chimney breasts indicate that there are fireplaces to be restored.

  13. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11883 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Been on the site since 2017. I’m doing some old post updates today, moved to the front page, comments above may be older.

  14. MichaelMichael says: 2390 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    That staircase is still just as lovely!

  15. HallHall says: 13 comments

    That looks like water damage on the fireplace and upper right ceiling. That could be a very expensive fix. This home would make a great museum. Too bad the town doesn’t buy it.

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