4-Unit Office/Apartment Building For Sale – Illinois: William H. Van Epps Residence, Circa 1855

Price Reduced! This Italianate Victorian home was built circa 1855 for William H. Van Epps, a highly regarded and influential merchant and statesman once nominated for Illinois Lieutenant Governor. The house sits directly across the street from the Lee County Court House Square, where a boulder marks the location of Abraham Lincoln’s July 1856 speech. Listed on National Register of Historic Places.

The exterior of this grand home features Corinthian porch columns, windows with keystone accents, decorated attic windows, an elaborate cornice with brackets and dentils, and a mansard roof. The interior originally had a large entryway with an open formal stairway and a calling parlor.

The single family home was enlarged at the rear in 1900 and converted into four apartments in 1926. It now is three apartments and an office. There is a basement with laundry hook-up and a third floor/attic that was originally used as a ballroom and servants’ quarters. The attic is presently storage and houses furnaces for the upper apartments. It could, rather easily, be finished to provide for a studio, hobby area, or other shared space, if desired.

Each unit has an area of approximately 1250 sq. ft. The total floor area of both first and second floors is approximately 2750 sq. ft. Each apartment contains a large front living room (23’x14′), dining room (11’8″x14’4″), bedroom (13’x12’4″), sun room with French doors (13’x8’6″) that can be a second bedroom, and kitchen (8’10″x14’4″). One upper unit has an additional room over the entry that can be a small study or guest room. The building has recently undergone an extensive $150,000 exterior renovation. A new detached garage was built in 2001 for three stalls and a small storage unit.

This building offers many possibilities and flexibility regarding its use, such as: converted back into a single family residence, combining space on either level to accommodate a larger office or apartment on the main floor or a larger living space on the second floor, or a variety of options, including condominium conversions.

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John R. McLane, Architect: 212 S. Ottawa Ave. Dixon, IL 61021

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