1859 Hospital – Galena, IL – $379,000

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Added to OHD on 12/9/19   -   Last OHD Update: 5/9/20   -   Comments Closed
For Sale

1304 Park Ave, Galena, IL 61036

  • $379,000
  • 11.13 Ac.
U.S. Marine Hospital is a wonderful historic edifice just waiting for restoration or reuse as single family home, corporate retreat etc. The original "U.S. Marine Hospital" sign is still above the front entrance. Magnificent detailed metal stair case winds from the basement up to the belvedere which offers fantastic views of the city and surrounding farms. The upper floors offer large rooms, the largest of the upper three rooms measures approximately 17 X 32 feet and the ceilings are 12 to 14 feet high. Doors and windows are immense with a 4' x 9' foot front door. The quality of the construction was second to none. The hospital sits on mostly wooded acres with many black walnut and other trees. There is a beautiful extremely old white oak tree on the grounds that measures over twelve feet in diameter. There are two partial stone foundations on the grounds, one of which may be from an admitting building, as it is down by the river where the steamboats docked. All of the non supporting walls have been removed from the upper floors leaving four large rooms on each floor, not including very large hallways. All walls in the basement, or first floor are still present. This floor includes the kitchen, laundry room, vegetable storage room, the furnace room, family dining room, 1/2 bath, and closet as well as a hallway. All of the original plumbing fixtures have been removed. The basement is heated by an oil fired boiler and baseboard units. Some of the windows have been replaced, others need repair or replacement. No windows are included in the belvedere. These will be large measuring 4 x 8 feet. The porches have been removed, but the original stone footings are still on the property. Original moulding and trim are still present. The original staircase is mostly intact. A new well was drilled in 1996. Several fireplaces/wood burning stoves are located throughout. Square footage is an approximation and includes all three levels. New roof surface in 2019.
Contact Information
Mary Hartman, Coldwell Banker
(815) 777-6500
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39 Comments on 1859 Hospital – Galena, IL – $379,000

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  1. RosewaterRosewater says: 6332 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Super cool. Hope whoever buys it leaves it nice and rough instead of turning the place into a home center tract house yuppie mess, (as we so often see). Yeah it needs a little fixin, but certainly not turned into some sterile box of boxes – god forbid.

    Rad antique photo – and they weren’t kidding about porches, (iron drives probably got them). Love the guy lounging in the window up top! – https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/02/e7/d8/02e7d8f1c007cfc169c6ac95a8068fda.jpg You could probably see to the horizon in that old growth clear cut landscape.

    more pix and info – http://www.messynessychic.com/2012/09/07/diy-historic-abandoned-homes-for-sale/

    • Paul says: 5 comments

      I hear ya and agree with you. Do some infrastructure stuff and leave it alone.

    • BoobtubeBoobtube says: 229 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1984 Post and Beam saltbox

      This place is a gem. I really wish those porches were still there. They are fantastic.

  2. SharonSharon says: 638 comments
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    2001 Contemporary
    Sedalia, MO

    Galena is one of the most charming Mississippi River towns. Skiing. Antiques. Scenery. Oh, someone please save this relic.


  3. Jennifer HT says: 781 comments

    Heebie jeebies, I have them!

  4. Ken Ball says: 9 comments

    Love this property! I would so buy it!

  5. Lindsay G says: 571 comments

    Super creepy! I love that staircase for sure but I wouldn’t want to spend a night alone in there!

    • J says: 2 comments

      Agreed! Too creepy for me. Those walls can talk!

    • Diane says: 1 comments

      I know the owner. It’s not creepy…hahahaha my Daughter spent a night on the third floor, alone.

  6. Paula says: 8 comments

    This would be an awesome B&B! IF I only had the money!!! Restore, restore, restore!

  7. Michaeljoe62 says: 100 comments

    Wow. Wow! Too much of a project for me, but OH, the potential here. The undulations of that staircase…magical. <3

  8. Jeanine E Manser says: 28 comments

    We have been exploring Galena, Illinois at least once a year for the past 35 years and we have never noticed this building. There is so much incredible architecture in this town, it is well worth a trip there. I think we’ll drive up this weekend to check this beauty out.

  9. chichipox says: 210 comments

    If you’ve got the money and the time this could be on beautiful home. Unless there is something extra special about the area or it’s on a huge tract of land the asking price needs to be chopped in half before anyone is really going to seriously consider it.

    Some have expressed the idea of keeping it rough. I’d do the opposite. I’d bring it back to it’s spit and shine glory and would not be adverse to several modern updates. I really love this but I must say that asking price is just so unrealistic.

  10. Barrine says: 33 comments

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the staircase.

  11. curiouser george says: 142 comments

    This is definitely an interesting and historic structure, and would be a delight to have restored and renovated, but honestly I can’t imagine a person willing to spend $749K to purchase, and then several hundreds of thousands more to resuscitate.

    When I compare this property to the 1914 Italian Renaissance in Richmond, VA (both posted yesterday), which is notably cheaper and move-in condition, then it’s no contest as to where I’d move.

    It would be a benefit for Galena if this former hospital could be saved, but as others have pointed out the listing price probably is not realistic.

  12. Katherine says: 4 comments

    is it “normal” to have brick floors?

    • Kevin ONeill says: 152 comments

      It was the way they fire proofed buildings back then especially a hospital. Even the ceilings are barreled brick.

    • OdieKOdieK says: 106 comments

      Brick floors may not be the norm in a home but maybe they should be? Character and durability. Fabulous combination in my book.

  13. SueSue says: 1136 comments
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    1802 Cape

    You’re welcome Kelly. I just love this place. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to afford the porches back on?

    When I showed it to my husband and told him what it originally was built to be he said “Oh lord, that place needs some smudging.” Can tell we have been married for a long time.

    • StacyStacy says: 408 comments
      1900 Maybe Craftsmen

      Interesting, historical place with so much potential for sure & I do hope it will be saved, it should be!! I think it’s awesome the townspeople are protective, says a lot about their values. I personally don’t think I could make it my home.. I’ll just say it, too much tragedy,sadness, confusion & probably anger here, I would think. Not to be so “Gump”, but that’s all I have to say about that.

  14. says: 40 comments

    Someone still lives there??? I can’t imagine!

  15. says: 5 comments

    The thought of someone demolishing this home almost brings tears to the eyes! Considering it’s history, I would think the state would step in and purchase, maybe for museum use?

    • AmyBeeAmyBee says: 451 comments

      I’m VERY surprised it hasn’t be adapted for other purposes, say a VA counseling center (all our vets with PTSD)!

      Would make an interesting “home,” but not for me, thanks!

  16. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11791 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Originally posted 2017, appears to have been reduced in price according to the listing agents site. Moved to the front page, comments above may be older.

  17. BethHBethH says: 224 comments
    1999 Dutchess County, NY

    Definitely a “…if walls could talk!” kind of building!

  18. Laurie W.Laurie W. says: 1738 comments
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    1988 Greek Revival Wannabe in beautiful countryside

    The porches were so cool! What a shame they were removed — probably as Rosewater wrote, gone to ironmongers. The hefty price cut is overdue — I hope it will attract someone who understands this appealing place.

  19. CoraCora says: 2057 comments
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    Clinton, TN

    Wow. How did I miss this the first time?
    Amazing. That staircase…❤

  20. ErnieErnie says: 321 comments

    Squeeee! This place is awesome!
    I so hope it is RESTORED by someone who gets it & not remodeled by someone without a clue.

    • RavennaGRLRavennaGRL says: 71 comments

      Ditto, Ernie! Fascinating property with so much history, but soo much to do! It does look that it’s structurally sound though.

  21. RobertRobert says: 5 comments
    1917 Colonial Revival
    Newark, NJ

    I love the way the two chimneys are integrated into the belvedere. It makes perfect sense. Oh, that I had the resources to replicate those porches and cornice. Which I would do in a heartbeat.

  22. Barbara VBarbara V says: 902 comments
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    1800 cottage
    Upstate, NY

    I was hoping to see the 12′ diameter tree, but should have realized the realtor meant circumference, not diameter – still pretty amazing, though, as is this very interesting building… Wish they’d left the “original plumbing fixtures” intact.

  23. DianeEGDianeEG says: 548 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1896 Farmhouse W/Swedish roots
    Rural, IL

    We went to Galena (as we have for years) to see this property when it was first posted here. The locals are very protective of the site and weren’t willing to encourage us to find it. First off, it is surrounded by private property and accessing on our own would have been trespassing – not something that should be done. We didn’t want to bother the agent as we weren’t serious buyers. This is outside of Galena proper and no public road close to the property. Not sure if anyone is living there now but even accessing from the river would still be trespassing. I “assumed” part of the reason for the lack of cooperation from local business people is the threat of vandalism/theft and their respect for the privacy of the owners. If you’re a resident of the wonderfully preserved tourist town, you know how the public can lack respect for your property and damage things. I’m sensitive to this kind of invasion of personal space as my home is loosely connected to a historic area and I’ve had people wandering around my yard, taking pictures, looking in windows and posting to Pinterest while identifying the location – without my being home or giving permission.

    • Barbara VBarbara V says: 902 comments
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      1800 cottage
      Upstate, NY

      Diane, are you saying that this property is landlocked and inaccessible from a public highway?

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11791 comments

        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        I’m looking at the GIS map and it appears it is not landlocked, it aligns with Park Ave.

      • It aligns with Park Ave but no cars allowed unless you live there. Park Ave (going South) is basically a paved walking trail. It’s barely wide enough for one car. Looked at the house 2 months ago.


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