Can This House Be Saved: 601 Spring St, Quincy, Illinois
The fabulous Kelly, of Old House Dreams, posted a fabulous house built in 1887. Today, the house is surrounded by industrial properties, and a scattering of other fine old houses, many in poor condition. It is obvious however that a century ago the neighborhood was elegant and prosperous. Sigh.
As with the Cross House, this house has been through a lot, being a funeral home at one point, and apartments. So, what little we see of the interior (Kelly has more images posted on her blog) seems surprisingly intact.
Quincy is a city of 40,000. It’s population high was 45,000 in 1970, then the city suffered two decades of decline, with a slight uptick since 2000.
A fine restoration of this house might spur investment in the nearby historic homes, and the empty lots might later be built upon. I’m reminded of Brush Park in Detroit, which was THE prosperous area in the latter 1800s but by 1990 was almost entirely gone, with only the occasional historic house remaining, and even most of these were abandoned, gutted shells. Today, Brush Park is being reborn, which I wrote about here.
So, perhaps there is hope for this fabulous house.
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