Rare, distinguished, stately inside and out. This formal Gothic Revival home was designed and built by Smith Hoag, one of Elgin’s finest Architects in the mid to late 1800’s. Original character is evident upon entering the arched double front doors and in the many Gothic point windows, transoms with ruby glass and formal arched pocket doors. Sensitive upgrades include 200 Amp electric service, SpacePak High Velocity Central Air system, granite kitchen counters with backsplash, refinished rift sawn oak kitchen floor, marble tiled bathroom and exquisite paint schemes and wallpaper throughout all provide a mix of old and new luxury. This home has ornate woodwork and plaster crown moldings along with most original light fixtures and Hemacite door hardware. There is also the original front door key that still works. Further updates to this home include a brand-new architectural shingle roof with 24 gauge Kynar steel flashing (2021), 6 inch half round gutters with 5 inch downspouts (2019), upper portion on both bay windows restored with custom millwork, copper roof panels and flashings (2020), Azek Tongue & groove porch flooring (2021), rear foundation cleaned and restored with new tuckpointing (2021). Lots of extra expandable space in the freshly painted attic (once the maids’ quarters) as well as the basement (in the past a doctors’ office). Outside, private gardens are surrounded by mature privets and arborvitae and include many ornamental trees, antique roses, perennials, currants, blackberry (thornless) and a vegetable garden. Enjoy your breakfast or dinner on the 3-season screened porch while the large fountain provides the soothing sound of a waterfall. This .28 acre corner property is surrounded with aluminum faux iron fencing and gates and has an oversized two car detached brick garage with additional attic storage. Located in Elgin’s Spring Douglas Historic District you are walking distance to the majestic Fox River bike & walking trails, the renowned Gail Borden Library and the Centre. Take a stroll and enjoy the endless entertainment and dining options that the downtown area provides. Easy access to I-90, public transportation and the train station! This house is living history and you can become a part of its next chapter.
Updated on August 30, 2021 at 6:11 pm