November 10, 2017

Preservation Personals: Illinois Farmhouse Seeks Easygoing Owner

  • By: Nicholas Som

If you like the sound of a two-story, Italianate-style farmhouse with a long line of distinguished owners, you’re in luck—I fit that description to a T.

Located in the village of Barrington Hills, Illinois, a stone’s throw from the Chicago suburbs, I was built in 1879 as the centerpiece of a gentleman’s farm. My first owner, Ira S. Goodrich, farmed not for profit but for the pleasure he took in doing it, and wanted a spacious, yet comfortable house in which to unwind.

This tradition of farming for its own sake continued even after I passed from Goodrich’s hands. I’ve served as the home or summer retreat for many notable figures, and each of them has endeavored to carry on the legacy. Among my past residents are Alfred Cowles Jr., the former owner of the Chicago Tribune newspaper, and Victor Dreiske, the director of Chicago Civil Defense who developed the well-known “duck and cover” procedure for protecting oneself from nuclear attacks. Needless to say, both men stood to benefit from a property like me.

But whether you were raised on a farm or have never petted a cow in your life, I guarantee you’ll appreciate my considerable charms. Large picture windows in my living and dining rooms offer gorgeous views, and most of my original flooring and millwork has been preserved. Both my family room and my master bedroom feature fireplaces to help keep you warm through the trying Illinois winters. And if you step outside, you’ll find a private in-ground pool, a barn with water and electricity, and a 250-year-old oak tree to lounge underneath in the summer.

I hope to find a new owner who isn’t afraid to kick back and enjoy a laid-back lifestyle. Learn more about me here.

The exterior of an Illinois farmhouse.

photo by: Pam Jacobs

1001 Plum Tree Road, Barrington Hills, IL 60010

The dining room of an Illinois farmhouse.

photo by: Pam Jacobs

Enjoy a meal with a view in my dining room.

The barn outside an Illinois farmhouse.

photo by: Pam Jacobs

My barn could be converted into a workshop, horse stalls, or anything else you can think of.

Nicholas Som is an editorial assistant at Preservation magazine. He enjoys museums of all kinds, Philadelphia sports, and tracking down great restaurants.

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