As the suburbs of Chicago continue to grow and spread, it seems there’s always new homes popping up around our area. Most of this new construction consists of well-planned subdivisions with tract housing, providing new home buyers with the most square footage they can afford. This of course means that architectural amenities like ornate trim, custom windows, multi-floored bay windows, etc. are not included without paying for the upgrade.
Personally, I would sacrifice the square footage in exchange for unique details and charm like you see in older homes. I love looking at old houses and going for walks is a great way to take in the view of these beauties. I took photos from a recent walk with hubby looking at historic homes in St. Charles, Illinois on a beautiful spring day.
Just a block away, I love the charming simplicity of this Greek Revival style home built in 1837. Known as the Howard House, this house tells quite a story! It’s rumored the owner held seances here and Mary Todd Lincoln came here for spiritual guidance. I’m guessing there’s a good chance it’s haunted!
I have to come back in a couple months to see what replaces the tulips.
We’re still on the same street and I’m happy to say that many of the homes have been renovated. Several years ago these houses were a little forlorn and run-down. I love the stonework on the lower half of this home.
Crossing the river to the west side of St. Charles, we have examples of gorgeous Queen Anne Victorian style historic homes. This one belonged to Alice Davis and was built in 1893. Ms. Davis was an avid educator and one of the local grade schools is named after her. I had to make sure to get the home’s fence in the photo!
Both homes face the river.
Another charming older home on a tree-lined street on St. Charles’ west side. Note the pair of foxes flanking the front walk. This area is known as the Fox Valley because the Fox River runs through the heart of town.
Another beautiful blue home, this one has experienced extensive renovation.
You know if there’s a pink house I’m going to take a photo of it! Our home was pink when we first moved into it so I have a soft spot for these beauties. I think it’s important to emphasize trim work with contrasting paint colors, at least on historic homes like these anyway.
You can see more historic homes in the Fox Valley from a previous walk.