Harry Robinson's James Nichols House for Sale (Naperville)

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Harry Robinson's James Nichols House for Sale (Naperville)

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Harry Robinson's James Nichols House, located at 401 E. Highland Avenue, Naperville, IL, is for sale for $575,000. Here is the only listing I found:

http://www.movoto.com/il/401-e-highland ... 745088.htm

From the outside, the house appears to need a good bit of work. I suspect it has been neglected for some time. While jogging by today, I saw that there was an estate sale at the house today, which might explain some of that need. The house is in a nice location, just a few blocks to downtown Naperville.

A few more pictures of the house can be seen at: http://www.mcnees.org/

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Post by SDR »

Where do I look for images of the house on the mcnees site ?

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Post by jhealy »

He's got a FLW link at the top of the page, hit that, and then hit the link to Naperville. There's only three picture of the exterior - not sure how much else they really give you.

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Post by SDR »

Thanks, Jay. The Truitt house is somewhat Wrightian, and the Givler owes much (if not everything) to Griffin. The Nichols is perhaps the most original (or at least, the least Prairie) of the trio ? An all-brick house is a treasure in any event, to my eye.

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This house is under contract. That was fast, especially in this market.

Jay

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The asking price is a fair price for a large house in a great location.
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Post by jhealy »

I agree, Mr. Harding.

I'm cautiously excited to see what the new owners will do. I'll be jogging by the house often, and I'll post updates.

Jay

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Fearful of Demolition

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Word around town is The Nichols Home in Naperville is "unprotected" as it is not in the local Historic District. Per a Tribine article from 1986, the original district was to include Highland Avenue but sadly, the city changed the boundaries. However, per The Trib the Federal Historic District does include the local treasure. Is this enough to protect the home in case the soon to be owners (who I believe currently live behind Nichols Home) decide not to restore it? Sadly, common practice as of late in the area has been to tear down magnificent homes simply to have a larger yard. If needed, do local Preservationists have a leg to stand on? It is a Harry Robinson!

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Post by jhealy »

The sale must have closed. The realtor's sign showing under contract has been removed and the house now looks completely vacant. No sign of construction/demolition yet. I'll keep everyone posted.

The Nichols house is not in the Naperville historic district, but it does have a plaque from the City of Naperville identifying it as an historic structure. I'm not sure what protection, if any, that offers.

The new house recently built just to the North of the Nichols house (looks like backyards meet) already has a new fancy fence around the property, so let's hope that the owner of the new house did not by Nichols for a bigger back yard (although, from the looks of the new house, they probably have the funds needed). The new house took the place of a nice, but smaller home built in the late 1800's, but it was not protected because it fell on the other (South) side of Chicago Avenue, and just outside the historic district.

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For sale sign is back up at the house.

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It sounds like the mortgage application fell short. The new Federal lending standards are brutal. One needs perfect plus credit and the appraisers are incredibly conservative about property values. If one can qualify for the mortgage, one can get great deals on historic FLW properties at all time low mortgage rates. It is also a great time to refinance. At Wells Fargo one can refinance for 3.25 percent with zero points on a ten year deal. The maximum loan amount is $417,000 at that rate.

Harry Robinson did a spectacular Prairie House on a beautiful boulevard in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It is close to the design quality of FLW's Prairie Houses.
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Post by Paul Ringstrom »

Mr. Harding,

I believe the house you are referring to is the J.B. Franke House, Fort Wayne, Indiana (1914) by Barry Byrne.

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more photos: http://www.prairieschooltraveler.com/ht ... ranke.html

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Post by jhealy »

Here is a link to the "new" listing - it even has a couple of interior pictures ... looks to be in rough shape:

http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhom ... 6609-85049

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Paul Ringstrom wrote:Mr. Harding,

I believe the house you are referring to is the J.B. Franke House, Fort Wayne, Indiana (1914) by Barry Byrne.

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more photos: http://www.prairieschooltraveler.com/ht ... ranke.html
That is the house. It is very cool and and in fine condition from the exterior.
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Post by jhealy »

Sold sign back up at H. Robinson's house.

Jay

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