1885 – Marengo, IL (George Garnsey) – $490,000

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Added to OHD on 9/27/19   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   14 Comments
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321 E Washington St, Marengo, IL 60152

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  • $490,000
  • 5 Bed
  • 3 Bath
  • 5259 Sq Ft
  • 0.44 Ac.
Designed by famed architect George Garnsey, who also designed the Ellwood House, Ogle County Courthouse, the David Syme house in Sycamore, the details in this home are incredible! Built in 1885, this home is loaded with character! Home sits on a double lot and 66x131 lot could be sold if desired. Multiple stained glass windows and pocket doors, original hardware, 3 fireplaces and front and back stairs are just some of the features. Kitchen any chef would love with high end appliances, heated stone floors and a huge island with Carerra Gold marble counter great for making pastries. Huge walk-up attic could be finished for more space. Currently has 2 semi-finished rooms and with additional 43x20 space could make wonderful master suite. Five large bedrooms on second floor. The gardens outside hide several patio areas and feature many unique trees and perennials appropriate for a home from Victorian era. Still needs some work but owner has made many improvements. Awesome home for a B&B?
Contact Information
Tom Krebsbach, Vintage Home Realty
(847) 622-8665
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14 Comments on 1885 – Marengo, IL (George Garnsey) – $490,000

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  1. MJGMJG says: 2024 comments
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    This house has everything I want in a home! Everything. Aesthetic Movement, Eastlake influences, beautiful bold woodwork, art glass windows, pocket doors with ornate escutcheons and door hinges, angular corner tower, beautiful fire places, corner staircase oriel, and some of the replica ceiling ornamentation’s are really beautifully done as well. I’d change out only a few of the borders and wall coverings in certain rooms but this house is just beautiful.

  2. brb! Gotta go get one of those fireplace cat grills for myself!

  3. daveWdaveW says: 9 comments
    orlando, FL

    exquisite details everywhere – floors in the entry, Bradbury and Bradbury wallpaper, those balusters, etc., etc. – be still my beating heart. Yea, I even liked the movie star bedroom.

  4. MrsLKTaylorMrsLKTaylor says: 59 comments
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    Absolutely stunning! I wanna move right in!

  5. MichaelMichael says: 2626 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    I see someone is a Lucille Ball fan! The house is stunning. There’s not much more than I could add that MJG hasn’t already said!

  6. Sandy BSandy B says: 765 comments
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    2001 craftsman farmhouse
    Bainbridge Island, WA

    I want the kitchen!!! Again not my usual 18th-century preference……but WOW, this is one special house..!!

  7. RosewaterRosewater says: 6648 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Great house! Sheesh. Wow.

    Those stern kitty andirons, (whose eyes glow when backlit by the fire), look like the real deal to me. A set of those authentic antiques, with four good, original, green glass eyes, will set you back well over $1K. They are sooo rad! I would insist on their staying if I was the buyer. Meow! 🙂




  8. CindyCindy says: 269 comments
    1866 Italianate/Queen Anne
    Brunswick, MO

    I agree with all of the above comments. After an exterior paint job, this house will be perfect inside and out.

  9. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1036 comments
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    1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

    That kitchen is pure drama. And I love whoever decked those bedroom walls with those Golden Age of Hollywood photos!

  10. I wanna cry, this place is so beautiful!

  11. Old house stalkerI was born and raised in the south NJOld house stalkerI was born and raised in the south NJ says: 23 comments
    1973 bungalow
    Chincoteague Island, VA

    I almost passed this listing,being put off by the exterior. I am so glad I didn’t. The oriole window drew me in.It has all the bells and whistles. That kitchen is glorious!The owners did a fabulous job maintaining the historical integrity throughout the house. It is stunning.


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