1898 Queen Anne – Monmouth, IL – $149,900

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Added to OHD on 7/16/20   -   Last OHD Update: 9/29/20   -   27 Comments
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320 S A St, Monmouth, IL 61462

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  • $149,900
  • 5 Bed
  • 2.5 Bath
  • 3428 Sq Ft
  • 0.38 Ac.
Check out this AMAZING 3500+ square foot home with 5 bedrooms and 2 offices (could be used as additional bedrooms), double staircases, a fully floored attic, mesmerizing entryway with original woodwork, built in seating area and open stairway leading to the 2nd floor. Also features pocket doors, main floor laundry, parlor, formal living room w/ wood burning fireplace, family room, formal dining room and a wrap-around porch. This home has been lovingly restored to its original glory, right down to the light switches and hardwood floors. Built in the late 1890's this property has a rich history within the community and is just begging for its new owner.
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LeAnne McKee, Western Illinois Realty
(309) 734-2165
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27 Comments on 1898 Queen Anne – Monmouth, IL – $149,900

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11855 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Decided to just make a new post for this one, has been on the site before (did not sell the last time, I guess.)

    2019, poor photos but interesting comments: https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2019/08/08/1898-queen-anne-monmouth-il/

    2013: https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2013/04/17/1898-queen-anne-monmouth-il-2/

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  2. Oh my, I love LOVE this beauty! So much home for the $$. I would buy this home if I was in the market for that area just for the newel posts alone, lol. So many stunning details with this home! Funny, when I pulled up the link for the previous listing above, when I saw more pics of the outside, the first thing I thought was that it reminded me of the Cross house…..then I read the comments. Apparently, a common thought! Can’t understand why it would be a hard sell, I would scoop it up in a heartbeat.

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  3. MJGMJG says: 1971 comments
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    CT

    Wow this house is really nice and has really been well cared for over the years it appears. I wonder what the cost would be to rebuild that curved railing :-O.. John Shiflet, you have a lot of experiences with Porch restoration correct? I always loved combination fixtures. Espcially the gas ones with the faux candles. I wonder if the gas is still connected or has been cut off for safety reasons.

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    • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5466 comments
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      1889 Eastlake Cottage
      Fort Worth, TX

      This huge Queen Anne (the finished out attic space alone is probably the same size as our entire 1600 sq. foot current home) reminded me that some old houses are simply too cavernous in available floor space especially for “older folks” (like my spouse and I) who may not wish to spend a lot of their free time working on house projects.

      My spouse and I toured this house extensively last September with a local realtor. The mansion grade home is sited on a rise making it even more impressive from the street. Monmouth, Illinois businessman and banker, John Daniel Lynch, had this fine mansion grade residence constructed for him and his family at the turn of the last century. I would recommend this house as best for a buyer who needs lots of floor space because the contents of an entire antiques store would handily fit inside. Those thinking about a B&B option might be pleased but in the age of The Pandemic the basic economics of operating a profitable B&B in a small western Illinois town of 10,000 could be challenging. That said, Monmouth is certainly one of my favorite old house towns and is one where I could happily live out the rest of my days. Taxes are notoriously high in Illinois but I found property taxes in Monmouth generally at the lower end of the scale.

      Monmouth has an old and venerable institution of higher learning (Monmouth College, established in 1853)) as well as the right ingredients for some appealing downtown nightlife once life returns to a semblance of normalcy. Nearby Galesburg is considerably larger, has many more restaurants and other business venues, but it lacks the intimate small town atmosphere that Monmouth has. Smart local commercial developers leveraged their investments by choosing a location midway between the two towns for constructing big box retail venues like a Walmart Super Center that conveniently serves both communities. I found the people we talked to in Monmouth very friendly and avidly interested in having new folks relocate to their community.

      As for the Lynch house, I’d rate the overall physical condition as fair. During our visit, a recent storm had blown the original ornate metal finial off the tower roof (see photo album below) but the owner had picked up the pieces and placed them on the front porch. Sections of the side porch balustrade were stored in the garage. Some repair shortcuts had been taken with some of the upstairs windows by using flat sash frames instead of the original frames for curved glass sash. The exterior paint is adequate for wood protection but if someone really wanted to bring out the best visually in this house, an investment in a quality basement to roof repainting in period colors would take this architecturally significant home to a whole ‘nother level. There’s a wealth of ornamental details on the exterior that are not well defined at present but a harmonious and careful choice of colors and placement would definitely generate a “Wow!” factor.

      Last, during our Sept. visit I realized I had left my “inspection” LED flashlight in the car and I came down the stairs from the attic to retrieve it. When I came back inside, I clearly heard the voices of two ladies having an animated discussion from one of the downstairs rooms. I even said “Hello” in the foyer but there was no reply. When the room where the voices came from was reached, there was no one there. My spouse and the agent were still up in the attic. So, if I did experience a ghostly encounter, at least they sounded friendly.

      What the Lynch house really needs is a loving, caring owner who will give it the TLC it deserves and will make it their forever home. No other house we saw in Monmouth felt as welcoming as the Lynch house did. I’ll be happy to share additional information about the Lynch house and Monmouth for anyone interested. Here’s a Flickr album of Monmouth photos (there’s another separate album of Galesburg) https://www.flickr.com/photos/11236515@N05/albums/72157711306273541 Better yet, pay the town and region a personal visit-there’s a wealth of historic towns and homes awaiting visitors. Old West figure Wyatt Earp was born in Monmouth and the modest home where he was born is a local museum.

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      • GearGirlGearGirl says: 197 comments
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        Second Empire, Gothic, Tudor... Scottsdale, AZ

        Does it have ghosties?!?! 👻👻👻

        I WANT IT!

        Seriously though what a beautiful house!! Do you believe the attic space is included in the square footage?

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        • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5466 comments
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          1889 Eastlake Cottage
          Fort Worth, TX

          The attic space is finished out; however, the staircase going up to it was almost impossibly steep and narrow. The agent and one of his associates had to help my spouse climb up the attic stairs to get up to it. Therefore, I believe it is not included in the square footage calculations. Portions of the basement are finished out too-there was a bar down there as I recall. As for “Ghosties”, I draw no conclusions…I merely reported my experience on that particular day. The women’s voices sounded very natural as though they were having a friendly conversation over a cup of tea. I suppose its possible a radio was left on or there were people in the room that were leaving as I walked in. Based on the many TV shows about the paranormal, I do believe there is something to it but have no wish to delve into it myself. Since every life has an ending, I assume whatever is on the other side we’ll find out just as everyone has who came before us has. Best to stay grounded in our own existence and reality in my opinion. As mentioned, I felt the house was quite welcoming-but that was purely emotional and subjective.

          I did meet briefly with the homeowner later on and advised her to keep the pieces of the blown off finial for replication as Fischer Artworks in New Mexico can custom make replica finials out of sheet copper and other metals and their prices seem reasonable for custom metal work: http://www.fischerartworks.com/

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          • darladarla says: 142 comments
            Commerce City, CO

            too lovely a home to leave, it would seem.

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            • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5466 comments
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              1889 Eastlake Cottage
              Fort Worth, TX

              Darla,
              I spoke to the owner several hours later after we toured the house. A job situation in a town some distance away made selling and moving necessary. The owner was heartbroken to have to move but still loved this home very much.

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        • JenniferJennifer says: 78 comments
          Nashville, TN

          Same. My dream is to have an old house to take care of filled with art, music and all kinds of creativity.

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        • JenniferJennifer says: 78 comments
          Nashville, TN

          GearGirl! If you get the house and need help I am all in!! I can’t shovel snow but can be otherwise helpful! 🙂 I could easily spend what’s left of my life caring for a “house” like this.

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  4. GardenStaterGardenStater says: 259 comments
    1865 Gothic Revival
    Charlotte, NC

    When I looked at the price on the main page, I assumed this would be a real fixer-upper. But it’s gorgeous! Aside from repainting some of the rooms (sorry, kids) it looks to be in pretty much move-in condition. Which begs the question: Why so cheap?

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  5. BethanyBethany says: 3510 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    What a great kitchen!

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  6. MichaelMichael says: 2571 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    I love this home! The exterior has a great balance and fits perfectly on the corner lot. The interior is just as impressive. Those curved windows in the staircase are amazing. So glad they have survived intact.

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  7. My grandmother was from Monmouth. I adore this house, it’s has such a beautiful exterior, the dream we all have of Queen Ann’s. She could obviously use some TLC, hopefully someone with the dream will pick her up and shine her back up again.

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  8. DianeEGDianeEG says: 558 comments
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    1896 Farmhouse W/Swedish roots
    Rural, IL

    In answer to “why so cheap”: Although I agree with John S. on the house and town, this general area of central Illinois is depressed for many jobs that pay well enough to bring this big beauty back to perfection. The pandemic has had a serious ramifications for the small shops, the meat processing plant and the college. This home will have to be found by someone who simply loves it enough; otherwise it will continue to be a hard sell. Having said all that – it appears maintained well enough today to make the process of glorifying it not as daunting as a total fixer upper or one needing massive basics. Monmouth has a house painter who specializes in painted ladies – the meeting of this house and this painter would be heavenly.

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    • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5466 comments
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      1889 Eastlake Cottage
      Fort Worth, TX

      Monmouth has something that money can’t buy: charm. With all the societal changes going on these days I anticipate smaller communities may see some increase in populations in the coming years.

      As mentioned, Monmouth is one of our favorite towns and one with old homes I’d seriously consider buying. I have about three potential Victorian home prospects (this large Queen Anne is not among them) and I know a couple of realtors in town. Nice to hear about the Painted Ladies painter. Who knows, we might need his or her services sooner than I think. We had an offer on our Texas property this past week. (first since 2008) Not quite adequate, but close enough to have optimism for a future sale. Galesburg, Quincy, and Jacksonville are two other interesting old house towns in the region.

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      • darladarla says: 142 comments
        Commerce City, CO

        John, Quincy Illinois? Do you know much/anything about it? I’ve actually been looking there and would love any tips you might have.
        Love this one, but it is big.

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        • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5466 comments
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          1889 Eastlake Cottage
          Fort Worth, TX

          During our stay (at the Holiday Inn Express in Galesburg-one of the best we’ve ever stayed at) last September, we made a day trip to Carthage, Keokuk, Iowa, and Quincy. I couldn’t help noticing that Quincy looked faded and in decline. Architecturally, the town can hold its own compared to any of the old towns in the region. There’s a whole residential district to the north and west of this Old House Dreams featured home: https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2019/08/10/1887-quincy-il/ with scores if not hundreds of old houses with most in a faded state. Here’s a couple of streetviews of that part of town: https://goo.gl/maps/UhJ7tGTkAZxHuJpB8 and https://goo.gl/maps/vc2npiRPomwEDF1c6 What Quincy needs is a whole army of old house restorers to save many of these formerly grand structures before they are lost forever to neglect. Unfortunately, Illinois’s high property taxes are a hindrance to would be restorers. Buyers must therefore choose carefully based on assessed tax values. (which seem very arbitrary in some cases) Here’s a sampling of photos I took during our short Quincy visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/11236515@N05/albums/72157711267170898
          Quincy obviously was a very prosperous town in the Victorian era but appears to have experienced lean economic times in more recent decades. Lot’s of opportunities are there for old house lovers, IMO, but that’s true for many communities in the western Illinois region.

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      • RosewaterRosewater says: 6584 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        You should increase the population of Monmouth by two and buy this one, John.

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        • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5466 comments
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          1889 Eastlake Cottage
          Fort Worth, TX

          Jay, wish we could but this house is just too large for an older couple. We recently visited Monmouth again and looked at two houses there: 115 South B street which is a wonderful, unaltered towered Queen Anne that the owner would probably take less for than you might expect. He’s been working on the house for some time but it still needs more TLC than we could give it. The ornate bathroom door knobs and backing plates were nickel plated; a first in my experience. Many other wonderful details that make this house special remain, but the amount of “deferred maintenance” is staggering. House number two in Monmouth was 320 South 1st: https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2020/06/15/monmouth-il/ and was a contender although there’s a small leak issue in the attic…pretty minor overall. The front porch deck needed replacement. I loved the glorious etched glass panes on the entry doors (thank goodness they weren’t the very expensive wheel cut glass versions) so I think the missing one could easily be replicated. The ultra ornate Aesthetic period hardware is, of course, wearing several coats of paint obscuring fine details. But taxes were nearly $4K annually and Illinois is not making much progress towards property owner tax relief. I do have hopes some kind of state legislative action could have a positive impact on reducing property taxes. Here’s a policy site that seems to be advocating for tax relief change: (full of political stuff right now understandably) https://www.illinoispolicy.org/ I neither endorse or reject it as it helps to understand why Illinois taxes are relatively high.

          FYI, we’re working on buying an Ohio house once featured on OHD. Too soon to make any announcements but progress is being made in the negotiation phase. When the contract is signed, I’ll provide more details. Our Texas home goes to closing next Tuesday. Only when we get up from the closing table and funds have been remitted will I breath a sigh of relief. So, still nail biting time for a few more days.

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          • RosewaterRosewater says: 6584 comments
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            1875 Italianate cottage
            Noblesville, IN

            >Ohio house
            How exciting! I know why you don’t want to broadcast the news prematurely; but send me a private message with the skinny and I swear I’ll keep my mouth shut. 🙂

  9. GabrielGabriel says: 73 comments
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    Oh my. This is one of the most fantastic houses I’ve ever seen. What a treasure she is. This house looks like a home, warm and livable to me despite the size and all the little nooks and crannies.

  10. JenniferJennifer says: 78 comments
    Nashville, TN

    Whoa. What an amazing beauty. I love it all. I would live in it and protect forever. For some reason I’m finding myself drawn to IL. Being from WI I never thought about living there but it is more appealing the older I get.

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  11. BethHBethH says: 236 comments
    1999 Dutchess County, NY

    So few changes that I’d have to make (losing the electric stove would be #1… I’ve been known to melt pots on electric stoves and just can’t handle cooking on anything other than gas) – but this house is gorgeous!

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  12. RosewaterRosewater says: 6584 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Queen Anne houses don’t get much queenier than this; and that price is amazing for the quality present here. Jeeze. Fabulous set of unconverted gas / electroliers! The pair of early height adjustable fixtures in the kitchen are SUPER RAD. Clipped..

    ATTIC AND BASEMENT SHOTS PLEASE!

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    • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5466 comments
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      1889 Eastlake Cottage
      Fort Worth, TX

      The basement has some improvements and I seem to recall seeing a cocktail bar set up in one area. The attic of the Lynch House is somewhat of an enigma…it is not only finished out in plaster but has curved ceilings that cove down to the walls. The interior was very well lit with natural light but for some reason, the minimal staircase going up to the attic was a real challenge to climb. My spouse required the assistance of two agents to make the final climb. Put in a new, easy to climb attic staircase and the attic instantly becomes the favorite room in the entire house. The attic flooring is sheathing/shiplap boards but level enough to put regular flooring over it. A large room comes off the main attic area and it could even be used as a penthouse bedroom or something similar. Again, as mentioned, the Lynch House needs either a larger family or someone who needs plenty of space. The price is low enough presently that I doubt one could buy just the building materials at that price. The house needs a caring new owner whose willing to put some money back into the house to make it what it once was.

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