Sunday, October 25, 2015

That Old House 2

We continue our tour today 
with The Steven's House.
This Colonial Revival was 
built in 1902 for ONLY 
I am sure that was a lot back 
then but now it does not seem 
like a lot. The homeowners are 
waiting on a nomination from 
the National Register of Historic 

One of the beautiful windows off 
to the side of the four columns 
that are over twenty feet tall.
There is a ballroom on the top
floor. We did not get to see this

This beauty is in the entry way.

I love this piece of furniture and 
our guide gave the name of it but 
I missed it. The ladies of the house 
would stop here and check their 
coats and then look in the bottom 
mirror to check their petticoats.
You can get a glimpse of the
beautiful grand stairway in the

This chandelier was in the Men's
Parlor. The decor was in a
"hunting theme."

We are now in the Ladies Parlor.

This corner held a beautiful
antique organ with family
photos on top. Not pictured-
the opposite corner held a
grand piano, that was being
played by the homeowner's

From the Ladies parlor, we entered 
the dining room. The table is set for 
eight but can seat sixteen! French 
doors led off to the a screened in 

This delight was above the dining 

This pretty little room is off the
galley kitchen. Antiques and
family heirlooms filled this 

This is the Herman F. Schmelzer 
House. Built in the early 1900's. 
The owners were living in the home
 in 1908 when they were approached 
by Robert F. Long,(see previous post) 
Mr. Long wanted the whole square 
block to build on. 
So they agreed and had the house
moved across the street by men 
and donkeys--a very slow process. 
EVERYTHING was intact after the 
move. Nothing was broken!! One of 
the guides had a picture of the men 
and the donkeys moving the house, 
very interesting to look at!

The beautiful front door is the only 
other picture for this house.
The current owners purchased the 
home in 2015 and are rehabbing the 
entire two and a half story home. 
Due to it being neglected, gone 
through and a squatter living there 
it went into foreclosure.
It will be a beautiful home when it 
is finished but I will say I was a bit
disappointed after seeing all the 
other beauties before this one.

We have come to the last home
on our tour. We have the side 
yard but I really was interested 
in the double chimneys-one is 
wider than the other.

Welcome to the English Home. 
The first owners bought the land 
in 1904 for $ 4,750 a then in 1905 
built the all brick home in the style 
of American Foursquare with Prairie 

Check out the details of the homes

As you come in the front door, 
off to your left is the living room.
I thought the decor was a bit too
 modern for the home and I couldn't 
figure out why the visitor made 
himself  at home on the couch.

A beautiful window.

Check out the dining table and
chairs. The dining room was a
dark blue. The artwork plus 
three more on the ledge were 
done by one of the homeowners.

A beautiful light in the galley

A beautiful "eat in" area off the
kitchen. Love the bar cart.

The original "icebox."

The original coal box.

The last few pics are of other homes
in the neighborhood.

A great entry way.

A beautiful area off to the side of 
the home.

This one feels like it has a Spanish 
influence to it.

The landscaping was gorgeous!

Hope you enjoyed the rest of the tour.
If you missed the first part of the tour,
please scroll down to the previous post.

Come by this week for some Halloween 

~Keep on Dreaming~


  1. All beautiful houses!!
    It is a tremendous amount of work for the home owners to prep their homes for the tour, I'm sure. How gracious of them to open their doors and share their treasured homes with the community!!!

    Thanks for taking us on your tour with you!!

    ~Smiles :)

  2. Beautiful homes! They sure don't make them like that anymore.

  3. Oh, I'm so envious! What a wonderful way to spend your Saturday!!!!

  4. The homes are gorgeous, Melinda! I'd love to know what the piece in the 4th photo is called, it's magnificent! And I can't imagine moving the house across the street back then, what a job!
    Way to go KC, I was rooting for them. Just wish the Cubbies would've pulled through, next year hopefully!

  5. Yes, they are!
    I wish I would have caught what he said the
    name of the piece was.
    It was hard to believe they moved it across the street
    until we were showed the old picture,

    Thanks, keep on rooting for us. We are really excited!
    Maybe 2016 will be the Cubbies year.

    M :)


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