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[AUG. 24, 2004]  The Lincoln Historic Homes and Buildings Commission has prepared two tours for you. An in-home and a drive-by tour are being held in conjunction with the Lincoln Art and Balloon Festival this weekend.

In-home tours

The in-home tours are scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28. Begin at any of these homes and purchase a $5 ticket that covers all three home tours:

  • 151 Ninth St.
  • 184 Ninth St. (former Maxwell home)
  • 192 Ninth St.

Home descriptions:

151 Ninth St.

Robert and Mary Shattuck, owners

Beautiful example of an early 20th-century city house incorporating influences from several preceding periods. The basic shape of the house is the American Foursquare because of its footprint shape. Eclectic Italianate brackets in the wide overhang, which is Chicago “Prairie,” contribute to its stylish elevation, completed by half-round windows in the gables. The porch has a pressed metal ceiling, usually of more commercial usage but extremely attractive in its usage here. The foundation tells of the lineage by use of a “new” material: rusticated concrete block replacing earlier brick walls. A graceful, highly efficient structure of the new century in the early 1900s. It was possibly built for Louis and Katherine Schaffenacker, listed as “retired” in the 1912 city directory.

184 Ninth St.

Tim and Tami Kennett, owners

The house has a simple Italianate shape with a graceful wraparound porch supported on Doric columns. The side elevation has both a true bay window from ground to roof and a oriel window wall projection. It was built around 1887 by James T. and Louise Hoblit. Hoblit is listed in the 1887 city directory as a county judge. In 1912 the author William Maxwell's parents were owners. This was the author's boyhood home. The house is described and events within are included in several of Maxwell's stories, including “They Came Like Swallows,” “Time Will Darken It” and “So Long, See You Tomorrow.”

192 Ninth St.

Caroline Kiest, owner

This is an interesting structure of an interesting time in American history. It somewhat precedes popular Victorian styles and follows the fortunes of its builders and subsequent owners in stylistic additions. The original footprint is probably vernacular American or Italianate enlarged lineally to the left and right, almost completely symmetrical. The front porch followed the perimeter, bumping out at one time around the central true bay window before its removal. The porch columns are very stylishly unusual in the tapered, rusticated concrete block piers. The capitals of the graceful columns are Ionic. Those “curls” are said to be feministic replicas of curled hair from a woman of the ancient Greek Empire. The interior was at one time done in the style of a German hunting lodge, possibly reminiscent of an owner's homeland. It is listed in city directories as the residence of Arch Wall, carpenter and probable builder of the house, in 1871 to 1892. The current owners' family has owned the home from that time, contributing to its beautiful condition.

"Lincoln's Heritage," a drive-by tour

Free to drive by at any time, "Lincoln's Heritage," is a tour of Lincoln's historic and architecturally significant homes and businesses. Be sure to take your family and have someone to navigate and narrate as you drive by these great locations too.

Suggested driving route:

Starting at 112 Fifth St., turn left onto South Union.

At first stop sign, turn right onto Pulaski Street. In the second block on your right is the Zion Lutheran Church.

Proceed down Pulaski Street and turn left onto South Sherman Street. Across the street on your right at the corner of North Sherman and Broadway is the Allen Chapel A.M.E.

Turn left onto Broadway. At the second traffic light, turn right onto North Kickapoo Street. Just before the stop sign, 116 N. Kickapoo is on your right.

Continue down North Kickapoo three blocks to 504 N. Kickapoo, on your right at the far corner of Peoria Street and North Kickapoo Street.

Turn left onto Peoria and left onto North Chicago Street. Proceed down Chicago Street. After the second stop sign, 114 N. Chicago St. will be on your left.

At the next stop sign, turn right onto Broadway. At the traffic light turn right onto North Logan Street. Pass 227 and 328 N. Logan and turn left onto Tremont Street.

You will pass 620, 405, 216 and 203 Tremont St.

At stop sign, turn right onto North Union. Turn right onto Peoria and view 110 and 328 Peoria St.

At 328 Peoria St., turn left onto Water Street. Then turn left onto Lincoln Avenue. View 314 and 205 Lincoln Ave.

Turn right onto North Union. Proceed through the traffic light and turn left onto 19th Street. Turn left onto Oglesby Street, passing 226 Oglesby.

Turn right onto Woodlawn Road and take the quick second left onto North Elm Street. Proceed down North Elm Street and turn left onto 11th Street. Passing 135 Eleventh St., turn right onto North Union and left onto Delavan Street.

Passing 419 Delavan St., turn right onto North Logan Street and take the next right onto Pekin Street.

View 422, 325, 304, 227 and 220 Pekin St.

At the stop sign at Pekin Street and North Union, 215 N. Union is across the street and to the right..

Turn left onto North Union. At the stop sign, turn right onto Eighth Street. Passing 455 Eighth St., turn left onto South College Street.

At the stop sign at the corner of South College Street and Fifth Street, a left turn will take you back to downtown Lincoln, or a right turn will take you past Postville Courthouse and to Lincoln Parkway, with access to Interstate 55 to Springfield or Bloomington, Route 121-Route 10 and Interstate 155 to Peoria.

Home descriptions:

Fifth Street

112 -- Childhood home of Reinhold Niebuhr

Built in 1903 as the rectory for St. John's Church of Christ. Reinhold Niebuhr, renowned theologian and author of the Serenity Prayer, lived in this house from 1903 to 1920. Features original woodwork, stained-glass windows and transoms upstairs. Currently owned by Stuart and Linda Churchill.

Pulaski Street

205 -- Zion Lutheran Church

Built in 1903, the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church is a Gothic-like structure. New Holland Zion Lutheran Church (early 1900s) and Lincoln's Faith Lutheran Church (1928) were established as mission churches by the Lincoln congregation.


902 -- Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church

Built in 1868, this was the church home of Aaron Dyer, a worker in the Underground Railroad. Original limestone window sills, 95 percent brick and mortar, interior pulpit furniture and some pews.


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North Kickapoo Street

116 -- Two-story building used for business

Built in 1901 and used for business. The George Becker family operated a furniture store in the building from 1907 to 1935. Currently used for business and private home of Franklin "Jack” and Shirley Bartelmay.

504 -- Early Victorian Queen Anne

Built in 1892 by William O. Shepherd, a painter. Features include pitched roofs, gables, original multicolored glass windows, wraparound porch, original brick sidewalk, Victorian diamond window upstairs, original woodwork, transoms. Currently owned by Elizabeth “Beth” Davis, Lincoln mayor.

North Chicago Street

114 -- Business building

Built in 1894 as the Basket Grocery. Later the property served as real estate business and antique store owned by Dale Williams. Original front doors still in use today. Currently owned by and houses the Logan County Genealogical and Historical Society.

North Logan Street

227 -- Plantation style

Built in 1859 by Samuel Smith. Also owned by William P. Randolph, an attorney who ran for public office and was a member of one of the established families of Lincoln. Currently owned by Michael R. Konkel.

328 -- Georgian Colonial design

Built in 1917 by the Gullett family. The Gulletts owned the largest greenhouse in the United States at that time and shipped flowers worldwide. Currently owned by Steve and Lanita Shoemaker.

Tremont Street

620 -- Owned by Gullett family

Built over 75 years ago and owned by the Gullett family. Currently owned by James and Diane Coop.

405 -- French Second Empire style

Built in 1869 by M.W. Barrett, a grain dealer, owner of the grain elevator and incorporator of the Lincoln Public Library. The keyhole window is a unique feature. Owned since 1986 and being restored by Dr. Steen and Cheryl Spove.

216 -- English Colonial style

Built in 1911. In the 1930s the house was owned by the Housers. Mrs. Maude Strawn Houser used the property for a health and dance studio -- swimming lessons, dance lessons, tearoom. Original limestone rocks from the original Postville Courthouse are still in use in a rock fence. Current owners are Charles and Elaine Lindstrom.

203 -- Queen Anne Victorian

Built in 1902. Currently owned by Dan and Linda Bosse.

Peoria Street

110 -- Architects Deal and Ginzel

Built in 1917 for Dr. A.M. Drummy. The current owners, Robert and Sharon Hickman, have the original plans to the home.

328 -- Stick Victorian

Built in 1890 and 1891 for Ellen McKenzie. Elaborate balustrades, balusters, railings, columns and gingerbread work define this home. Lincoln College owned the house for 20 years, using it for faculty and student housing. The current owners, Donald and Georgia Vinson, have owned the house since 1975.

Lincoln Avenue

205 -- Spanish style

Built in 1920 by Arthur Pickreli and A.L. Pillsbury of Bloomington. Features a red tile roof and stucco walls. Currently owned by Mr. and Mrs. Richard H. Morris Sr.

314 -- Small Colonial design

Built in 1898. Home to Samuel Parks, D.H. Hart (1903), Tom and Britta Harris. Currently owned by Laverda Taylor.

Oglesby Street

226 -- One-room schoolhouse

Built in 1907 as a one-room schoolhouse. In 1940 it was remodeled into a private residence. Currently owned by Duane and Marjory Smalley.

11th Street

135 -- Rooming house

Built in 1877-1880 by the children of Jacob Mundy, surveyor, as servants' quarters. Later served as a rooming house. Currently owned Julian and Elsie K. Menzel.

Delavan Street

419 -- Vernacular "I"-type

Built approximately 1870. Owned by Rev. Icenbarger, a Methodist minister; Henry Abbot, a pioneer and farmer; Laura Armstrong (1930-40s), dean of women at Lincoln High School. Currently owned by R. James and Rebecca Johnson.

Pekin Street

422 -- Parsonage

Built in 1892 as parsonage for Immanuel Lutheran Church. Currently owned by Mr. and Mrs. D. Troy Pruitt.

325 -- Dutch Colonial style

Built and designed in 1900 by Spellmand and Orton for Franklin Cleveland Orion. Currently owned by Ed Barry and houses the Holland and Barry Funeral Home.

227 -- Italian Victorian

Built in 1854. Currently owned by Karen Roe Sager.

220 -- Over 75 years old

Believed to have been built prior to 1895. Currently owned by Kay Dobson.

North Union Street

215 -- Craftsmen Bungalow Executive

Built in 1919 for Mrs. George Rohrer by Deal and Ginzel. Currently used as the Kraus Retirement Home and owned by Eugene F. and Betty Hickey.

Eighth Street

455 -- William Maxwell birthplace

Built in 1906. Parents of William Maxwell, author, were the first residents. William Maxwell was born here. House and fireplace mentioned in his writings. Currently owned by Betty York.

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The Lincoln Historic Homes and Buildings Commission was established by Mayor Beth Davis prior to Lincoln's sesquicentennial. It was formed in an effort to recognize and encourage preserving local homes and buildings of historical significance.

 Featured structures meet one or more of the following criteria and display a plaque.

  • 75 years or older
  • Architecturally significant
  • Home or business of a prominent person

Commission members

  • Beth Davis, mayor
  • Betty York, chair
  • Georgia Vinson
  • Shirley Bartelmay
  • Phyllis Bryson
  • Richard Sumrall
  • Bill Gosda
  • Ann LaForge
  • Jean Cypher
  • Linda Churchill
  • Joe Pelc
  • Derrick Crane
  • R. James Johnson

The commission extends heartfelt appreciation to the gracious homeowners of these fine homes!

[Jan Youngquist and tour brochures]


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