1887 Shingle in Quincy, IL

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Added to OHD on 4/27/20   -   Last OHD Update: 6/11/20   -   26 Comments

238 N 18th St, Quincy, IL 62301

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  • Auction
  • Foreclosure
  • 4 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 2577 Sq Ft
  • 0.33 Ac.
This home has potential to be brought back to it's glory. Hardwood throughout except kitchen and baths. 4 beds up with possible 5th. Attic could be finished. First floor has den with pocket doors that could be a bedroom. 2 fireplaces unknown if in working order. Large eat in kitchen. 2 stair ways. First "other" room is Grand Foyer. Second "other" room is Library. Wrap around porch. Garage is in poor condition.
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Gary Broughton, CENTURY 21 Broughton Team
(573) 221-8030
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26 Comments on 1887 Shingle in Quincy, IL

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12797 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Hubzu linked up top with auction details.

  2. MJGMJG says: 2843 comments
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    ooooh, “hello there beautiful home. how i’d love to purchase you and bring you back in time to the date in which you were built!”
    This house has a lot of creative features and amazing details left!

  3. RossRoss says: 2457 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS


    What a looker!

  4. BethanyBethany says: 3545 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    The flooring design at the bottom of the staircase in photo 6 creates quite the optical illusion. I stared at it for a long time trying to figure out why they would make the wood floors into a pit-like area at the bottom of the stairs LOL.

    • Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 1122 comments
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      My eyes did that to me for a minute, too! It’s very clever how the second step turns into a U-shaped window seat with storage. I adore this house.

    • MJGMJG says: 2843 comments
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      Yeah me too. I literally was perplexed about why they tilted the floor. I thought ‘I don’t particularly care for it nor is it comfortable to sit in an area that has angles like that’. But the more I looked, I then realized, its a flat floor.!!!

    • RallyNova350RallyNova350 says: 25 comments
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      Mason, OH

      Funny, I did the exact same thing. Definitely creates an interesting illusion.

    • carletonhistoricalcarletonhistorical says: 343 comments
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      Me, too, thanks for getting my eyes squared away!

    • PuristaPurista says: 245 comments

      Me too, Bethany. I think it has blown my mind and now everything I see even in my own house looks like an Escher drawing.

      The listing suggests it could be brought back to its former glory. Seems to me what’s rare and wonderful about it is that it still HAS all its former glory. It just needs to be conserved by all of its future owners.

      I like it. It’s fat! Kind of a rotund, beefy, shingly little number.

  5. dwr7292dwr7292 says: 440 comments
    1930 carriage house
    Bethlehem, CT

    While I was once a fan of the most ornate Victorians as a kid, THIS is what makes me happiest in a Victorian now. This house is quite the wow. Elegant, somewhat understated, and a little reserved. They’re rare as hen’s teeth around me.

  6. TGrantTGrant says: 1180 comments
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    New Orleans, LA

    What a looker indeed! Lots of marvelous details. I’m especially taken with the carved gable end above the front balcony. It’s not easy to see in the pictures but street view shows it up well. Goes beautifully with the interior carving.

  7. doesnotsuckwavecable-comdoesnotsuckwavecable-com says: 128 comments

    That picture is driving me crazy! Even though you explained it, I still can’t ‘see’ it. Or maybe I just can’t ‘un’ see it as a sunken space. I’ve stared way too long at it.

    • Buck's DaughterBuck's Daughter says: 148 comments
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      Try blocking out the benches around the sides, and just look at the flooring and the side trim being angled you will be able to see that the floor is indeed flat. Its the ultimate optical illusion! I would hazard a guess that the owner had a great sense of humor. Took me a couple minutes at first also, & thought what the heck, that would be awkward to say the least; but then I was able to see it!

  8. Buck's DaughterBuck's Daughter says: 148 comments
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    Me three, gazed at it for a minute or two before I figured it out. Thought “isn’t that strange the floor being indented like that”, before looking closer and realizing it is flat. Just imagine all of the storage in those benches! How about that teardrop pendant light fixture in the hallway. Makes my heart happy when I see original features intact. I absolutely admire the exterior design of the porches and balconies, particularly all of the curves and slopes to the balconies & the curved porch on left front corner. This home has so much appeal and detail, begging the right buyer to show it some love. Very nice staircase and woodwork, & fireplaces throughout. Its like a taste of honey, you know a little leaves you wanting more; would love to see more interior pictures of this attractive & interesting home.

  9. Buck's DaughterBuck's Daughter says: 148 comments
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    This one is absolutely intriguing, I very much want to see more pics of kitchen, bedrooms, baths, etc. See what appears to be original chandelier peeking in through doorway of next room from front stairway. Hope to see more pics of interior of this inviting home soon.

  10. ChrisChris says: 21 comments
    Chris42 Brookfield, MO

    From when craftsmen were in demand and the craft passed from father to son. Wonderful woodwork.

  11. JosephJoseph says: 36 comments
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    1868 Italinate
    Bellefonte, PA

    A handsome house.

  12. I just love the exterior shape! The massing is just lovely. Very organic.

  13. MichaelMichael says: 3576 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    It’s quite a beautiful house with a lot of great details. The shape of the exterior gives it great curb appeal. I love the detail in the gable and the shape of the side walls on the upper balcony. The beautiful curved front porch only adds to the curb appeal and charm of the house. I thought the carved archway by the stairs tied in well with the carving on the gable on the exterior. My only complaint is it would be nice to see more pictures!

  14. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1059 comments
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    1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

    This house is so nice inside (including that wild optical illusion!) — but I don’t think I would be able to stop gazing at the exterior. It’s just so lovely and charming.

  15. JimHJimH says: 5764 comments
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    The house was built for Thomas Collins White (1863-1928) while he was secretary of the Thomas White Stove Co., founded by his father. In 1888, Thomas traveled to Ohio to marry his childhood sweetheart, Leila Matilda Kennedy, and brought her back to their new home in Quincy. The couple had no children but were socially active, and Leila was remembered for her fine singing voice in the church choir and musical recitals.


  16. AngelaAngela says: 21 comments
    1947 Brick Foursquare
    Rural Retreat, VA

    I’m completely smitten with this lovely home!
    After going through the photos and then reading the comments, I had to go back and find the photo with the optical illusion. I didn’t see the “illusion” when looking at the photo and had to trick my mind into seeing it. I believe it’s because I work with mitered corners regularly and have learned to ignore the illusion. In any event I think the interior of this house is charming and I absolutely love all the outside details that give it so much character.

  17. darladarla says: 159 comments
    Commerce City, CO

    as of 3 am 4-30-20, 7 hours left on the auction, current high bid at $39k, reserve not met.

  18. brigidbrigid says: 617 comments
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    1930 Eclectic Lake Cabin
    Smalltown, OK

    The floor is driving me crazy, also. When I first saw it I wondered why a house of this age would have a 1960’s ‘conversation pit’! After reading the explanations I’m still having a hard time seeing the left side. I can see the right side as flat, but not the left – and I just had an eye exam a few months ago!

  19. https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/238-N-18th-St_Quincy_IL_62301_M74478-67053

    This house was restored and looks beautiful now!!! I have attached the link!

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