Queen Anne in Lanark, IL

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Added to OHD on 1/29/20   -   Last OHD Update: 7/14/20   -   8 Comments

321 E Locust St, Lanark, IL 61046

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  • $92,500
  • 5 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 2436 Sq Ft
This 2 story home is full of character and charm with its natural woodwork, grand open front staircase, rear closed stairs, pocket doors, pass through kitchen cupboard, & hardwood flooring. There are 5 bedrooms including one on the main level and full bathrooms on both the upper and main floors. The living room has a built-in corner book case. There is a formal dining room, kitchen with island and large laundry/mud room. Updates include circuit breakers in 2005, and furnace in 2008. In 2014 roof (complete tear off with new sheeting), water heater, mostly new plumbing, stove, refrigerator, dryer, kitchen & laundry room flooring, all but 5 windows from 2014 to 2016. The upper level carpeting was replaced in 2017. Give us a call today to see this home.
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Amy Barnes, Barnes Realty
(815) 493-2323
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8 Comments on Queen Anne in Lanark, IL

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  1. MichaelMichael says: 3249 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    Quite a charming looking house. It probably looked better with it’s original siding and period correct paint scheme. I’d probably lose some of the carpet in favor of those nice hardwood floors!

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  2. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5661 comments
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    1897 Queen Anne Colonial
    Cadiz, OH

    This is a fairly common house type in smaller towns across the Midwestern states. I think it’s quite likely built from a design in a planbook or other published house plan source. Another common touch is the addition of artificial siding made of aluminum or vinyl to the exterior. The interior appears to be relatively intact although I note next to the staircase in photo No. 6 (from top) the ghost outline of what may have once been a fretwork installation near the closet door. The millwork patterns throughout the house are those found in millwork catalogs from the mid-1890’s to around 1905. Even the porch seems to be of the kind featured in period catalogs as well-either as individual components or as a whole porch package. Chicago was a large regional manufacturing and distribution center for mail order millwork and house parts during this era.

    Enough remains of the original Queen Anne style house for a period accurate restoration to be possible, if the next owners wished to. I noticed there’s a considerable older house (missing a front porch) across the street but otherwise, the location looks stable and typical of smaller towns in the region. I followed streetview to downtown and noted the recent (at the time of streetview capture) demolition of two prominent Victorian buildings where Locust street meets downtown S. Broad Street. Not uncommon either, as the Illinois property tax situation doesn’t favor preservation over reducing taxes via the removal of improvements. (houses and buildings) I agree with Michael about uncovering the floors under the carpeting as worthwhile.

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  3. OdieKOdieK says: 148 comments

    This house offers quite a value for the money. In the interests of the insulation that may be under that new siding maybe I would just give the trim a appropriate color scheme. White really doesn’t do this house justice. I thought it was interesting that a home of this age and style doesn’t have a fireplace. I agree that the carpet doesn’t need to be there but perhaps a high grade area rug would be nice. the closet in the master bedroom is wonderfully spacious and would benefit from a little judicious planning to double its capacity but then we live in a house where every square inch has to do double duty so that might be just me looking for more storage where ever I go. The laundry room is good sized and would make an excellent dye studio with some small adjustments. All in all, a nicely kept home with nothing done that can’t be undone if so desired.

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  4. Is this a modified version of one of Barber’s cottage designs? It’s a great house. In particular, a beautiful staircase, and fairly unspoiled woodwork.

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