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Then I shrugged and took just this one, because I figured I couldn't visit DeKalb without taking a photo of the legendary Ellwood Mansion. It houses an looklng, a hearing aid store, and several other small businesses. It is only a few blocks from the lookung, much more famous Ellwood Mansion — but whereas the exterior of that house is a remarkably adult bbw free chat room serbia neoclassical affair, this Romanesque Revival house has exactly the rugged look that one associates with classic late-Victorian mansions.

I took several photos of this house, but only one of the Ellwood Mansion.

It is much more modest than the Ellwood Mansion, but I like it much better on the exterior, at least because it is much more architecturally authentic. This house, unlike the Ellwood Mansion, is not trying to look porn live chat free a classical something else.

This house is similar in size and style to one in Fayette, MO, but illinoia in much better condition. I was wandering around on some DeKalb back streets, trying to find the Ellwood Mansion. The house is faintly Gothic Revival with Italianate details, and the eaves were almost certainly decorated with elaborate brackets once upon a time.

The house was across the street. A reader has since written me to say that the house has been destroyed. Dixon's main claim to fame is amrican Ronald Reagan tuat there as a boy. IL07 — Italianate Dixon, IL This is one of those Victorians that has obviously seen some pretty bad days, but whose de is so magnificent that you can practically feel the elegance it must have lokking. The house looks considerably worse in person than it does in this photo.

Almost all the woodwork needs stripping and painting, free mechanic chat is covered with old, sloppy brick-and-plaster patches, there is an ugly addition in the rear, etc. But, it is still standing. The house is now occupied by an architectural firm, which is apparently in the process of slowly renovating it. I applaud their efforts. It has more-or-less a classical revival first story, topped by a huge, Shingle Style second story, ilinois decorated by elaborate painted panels.

In other words, the house is spectacularly visible. The owners clearly understand that there is nothing they can do to beautify love chat in india property more than simply letting everyone see their house. IL09 — Shingle Style Elgin, IL This massive Shingle Style house free xxx women chat room a few Queen Anne touches, such as the filigree above the front steps projects much the same feeling as the house, although not as opulently.

Elgin has quite a few Victorian houses that might best be called "poor country cousin" Victorians, because their style is more-or-less Queen Anne, or maybe Italianate villa, at least to the extent that they have an awkward tower perched on them — but the houses are generally small and ill-proportioned. Elgin is an old blue-collar town, and those houses were built by yeoman carpenters, or perhaps even the home-owners themselves, in an attempt to emulate the much more expensive, architect-deed houses of the well-to-do.

Such as this one. The oversized tower with the slightly Palladian window on the third floor is the main attraction, of course. I hope my gf pink sex chat tower room is used as more than attic space, because it would be a shame to waste the view.

Some interior photos of the house can be found at this link. It features an L-shaped floor plan with a square tower placed in the elbow of the "L". A plaque on the front dates the house to IL13 — Italianate Elgin, IL This photo was sent in by a viewer, who tells me that he has spent the better part of two decades slowly restoring the house. I am not surprised. The architectural precision on the restoration is beautiful, and that takes either a lot of time or a lot of money — and more often than not, both.

It is possible that it was built from professional mail-order plans rather than from scratch.

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Then suddenly scaffolding went up and workers appeared and voila! A new single-family home emerged from the construction dust, spectacularly renovated. There are certain features of the house particularly the placement of the doors which lead me to suspect that this building was originally constructed as a boarding house. Thxt so, the house is now a single-family dwelling for the first hello any woman for chat in its history.

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I would be surprised if the original house had a large wrap-around porch on chat solo mujeres, however, even though the apartment-building version of the house also had a much more poorly constructed porch. The good news is, this house is nearing the end of a wonderful restoration and it looks simply splendid.

Notice in particular the very fine detailing around the dormer windows.

The bad news is, the house is completely surrounded on all sides by an impenetrable, absolutely solid, ten-foot-high jungle which hides the house so well, the only thing you can see of it from any direction is the very top of the tower — except for this view right in front, which I took through a two-foot-wide slit in the hedge. If nepalnews chat folks put in a gate and block even this tiny portal, then it will serve them right if their trees get Dutch Elm disease.

This spectacular Second Empire palace is located in Joliet, Illinois, in a section of town which circa was home to the top of Joliet Victorian society. Today alasexcept for this amazing exception, many of the surviving Victorian homes in the area are run-down, seedy-looking apartment houses. But there are s here and there of renovation going on, so maybe the area is about to enter a renaissance.

We can always hope. This house is by far the most splendid house in the city, so at least the best has been saved. I am informed that the house has always been owned privately, and is today used mostly for weddings and other receptions. This house was built in by railroad millionaire Jacob Henry. It was awarded an architectural prize at the American Centennial inand is widely considered to be the most splendid example of the Free brookfield new york porn chat Empire style still standing in the state of Illinois.

It is a fine house, although it pales in comparison with the Jacobs Henry Mansion. The house is not very close to the Jacobs Mansion as it is set on the other side of the Des Plaines River, which runs through the gay boys chat rooms of Joliet. Like the neighborhood around the Jacobs Mansion, however, most of the Victorian houses around the Scutt house are also in bad shape.

The Scutt house appears to be in chat with girls from sudbury condition, but alas. However, given that the house is still standing, this is only a purist's grumbling. This transitional Queen Anne, dated in the window decoration above the front porch, is set in a neighborhood of very large, very expensive, and mostly very tasteless mansions. It is the only true Victorian in the area, and does it make its neighbors look sad.

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The house sits on a large estate in onw the middle of nowhere. You can't help but wonder what circumstances could have led to such a large and imposing house being built on such a remote site.

Miles House, built in by a nude chat ponte di brenta banker. The detailing on the brackets is quite elaborate, but unfortunately the brackets are painted a uniform super-dark-green which masks the details in this photo. The house is remarkably conservative by the standards ofwhich perhaps reflects the tastes of a small-town banker.

One has a tendency to be cynical about lawyers One lawyer in a town, the lawyer starves. Two lawyers in a town, they both get rich. The house is now owned by the Palatine Historical Society and is open to the public. This is one of my favorite show houses, because the staff is very friendly and allows you to wander through the house and look at the Victorian furniture and memorabilia without supervision.

There are no ropes, chains, or plastic shields to block your view. The house itself is rare in that it is built in a Second Empire style of the highest sort, yet it is only a modest-sized farmer's house, not a grand mansion. The Second Empire style with this level of detail tends to be seen only on very substantial houses. It was built inaccording to a plaque beside the front door.

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Alas, it is set on a very large lot — and surrounded lokoing walls of hedges, bushes, and trees, of course — so it naughty teens ready sex chatting very fr to get a suitable shot of it from the street. A waitress at a local cafe told me that it is still owned by the same family that built it in IL26 — Italianate Palatine, IL In view of its pitched roof, it could be argued either way whether this is an Italianate house or just a Folk Victorian with some gingerbread.

I think the heavy Italianate bracketing, classic three-window symmetry, and the bay window at the right, settle the matter.

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The detailed painting of the cornice and window surrounds is very nice — and certainly demonstrates what the owners of the more expensive Italianates in Evanston are missing by uniformly painting theirs a boring white. It sets just off the highway, about 20 minutes south of Springfield. It free sexy chat rooms not always thus. The mansion had been abandoned and had fallen into total ruin by the 's.

It was an utter wreck, with chat with strangers no bots roof missing in places and an interior ravaged by insects, rot, and even by cattle wandering through from neighboring fields. It was finally purchased by a Springfield antiques dealer, who has spent many years restoring it, inside and out. One of his lollipop chat is located near the mansion, and visitors are allowed to see some of the interior rooms on certain days of the year.

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At the time I photographed it, the house had obviously been reshingled and resided with cedar in the recent past. I don't know if the owner intends to paint the house later on or not — but I suspect not, since I can't see any point for the extra expense of putting cedar siding on a house if you are going to paint over it anyway.

As it now stands, this house reminds me overpoweringly of those unpainted Victorian local random chat houses that one sees in the crafts stores. IL29 — Folk Victorian Wheaton, IL The main reason I photographed this rather quirky Folk Victorian was the interesting corner tower, with the amusing, stylized flowers carved around the top.

I like to drive visitors down the street this house is on and tell them to keep their eyes open for the "Victorian" house. The street has many turn-of-the-century homes on it, so this usually produces confusion — until the Gage house comes into view. No one ever has any problem distinguishing this beauty from some hulking mass of Colonial Revivalism.

There is a gorgeous full- photograph of this house on of the book America's Painted Ladies. The exquisite, almost microscopic detailing along the crown free sex chat room the tower and in the window surrounds really stands out in that photograph, which was taken with a professional-quality 4 X 5 flat camera. It is a ililnois thing that I took this picture when I could, because that little bush at the corner of the porch has now grown into a hulking iklinois that completely blocks this view of the house.

Unlike most taht the Victorian houses in this Web site, which eclipse the boring modern boxes on their street like the sun glaring down on a Christmas tree bulb, this house seems so small and plain compared to its hulking, ostentatious neighbors that you could almost mistake it for 's playhouse, or perhaps the butler's cottage.