Our tour registration site is home to one of Elgin's most historic congregations, whose story is interwoven with that of the city. The church was constructed in stages, beginning in 1900. The architecture reflects the simple, unpretentious values of the Brethren faith. We gratefully acknowledge that this is the third time the church has hosted tour registration.
This roomy 1899 home is a vernacular cross-gabled design commonly found in the upper Midwest. Added to it are several Queen Anne-style decorative elements. The home was featured on the 2004 tour. The new owners updated the kitchen and added a breezeway, patio and a man-cave space in the basement - creating a wide variety of places to live, work and relax in this ample-sized American home.
This prestigious Shingle-style home is one of the many Queen Anne-style subtypes. Erected in 1891 on an expansive lot with multiple outbuildings, it has become a landmark location. While the house retains its 19th-century grandeur, a new kitchen, baths and other features make this a perfect example of modern comfort and convenience in a traditional setting. Last on the tour 10 years ago, this is a must-see home.
This 1905 showcase of architectural detail is an example of how Victorian-era styles influenced the emerging designs of the early 20th century. Architect W. W. Abell combined the Dutch Colonial Revival style with a prominent front-facing gable, full-width front porch, rounded windows, ornamental brackets and more. Take your time to savor this eye-catching gem.
Built in 1892, this home features many of the romantic design elements of the Queen Anne style, such as a prominent turret, inviting front porch, multiple parlors off of a foyer with a winding staircase - plus an alcove used as office space and more. Last seen on the tour 20 years ago, this house has remained in the same family for 49 years. It's a house that defines "home."
The Wing Mansion is one of Elgin's most visited and talked-about homes. Come and see why - or come back for another look at the dazzling array of furnishings, wallpaper designs and collectibles. This 1891 Queen Anne-style home features Eastlake decorative elements and abundant detailing inside and out. The parklike setting features gardens and a vintage coach house. This house is on the tour for a record sixth time, prompting many to say, "You just can't get enough of the Wing Mansion."
Beginning as a modest farmhouse in the 1860s, this building was enlarged and modified several times, incorporating design elements of the Italianate style. It has recently been refurbished in a manner that retains its unique character while functioning as a thoroughly modern home. Old-house lovers can find an abundance of inspiration here.
The 1925 brick bungalow is an ideal example of small-home living. The house displays style, comfort, convenience and pride of craftsmanship. Gardeners will appreciate the intricate plantings, which take full advantage of the lot. Bungalow lovers will enjoy the surrounding blocks which feature an abundant example of bungalows in many styles.