Location: Henry, IL
Contact: Ryan Blackorby, 309-657-6787; [email protected]
The History: Hiram Hunter, who built this Queen Anne circa 1890, made most of his fortune from a chain of lumberyards he ran in partnership with his eldest son. Beyond raw materials, the two traded in doors, blinds, moldings, and other fancy millwork details fashionable in late-19th-century houses. So it’s no surprise that Hunter didn’t skimp on this 3,924-square-foot home. The Henry Republican estimated its cost could “not have been short of $5,000.”
Shown: Now white, the house originally was painted “a handsome and fashionable shade of terra cotta,” according to the local paper.