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Chatsworth, Illinois

Chatsworth, Illinois

...house was built in 1871. It's a "T" (shaped) with church like window arches in the front."

Chatsworth, Illinois Victorian house.

"The main lower floor rooms are 17 feet square...parlor, family room, dining room. The kitchen is about 17 feet by 10 and the back room, sinks and panty are 17 by about 8. The foyer is about 10 feet wide by 17 feet deep with a stairway to a landing with a short few steps to the right. Upstairs rooms are built halfway into the attic. Front rooms match downstairs rooms, hallway to the back takes up about 4 feet to the west, leaving a smaller bedroom converted to a bath apparently in 1910 or so. The construction is heavy dimensional 3 by 10's , including the roof with air spaces of an inch or two. Original roof was wood shingles. I think the house is constructed of cedar or cypress and has lapstrake siding and shiplap floors. All interior is plaster and lath. It sits on a one acre lot in the town of Chatsworth, Illinois, set back about 130 feet from the street. It's the only house left in town set back that far and is on the largest lot. It was used as a temporary hospital during the 1887 TP&W train wreck, which killed nearly 100 people. It was also owned by the wife and son of the founder of this area (who lived with peaceful Kickapoo Indians while other settlers fled the Indian wars).


Can you give me an address on this house or general directions for finding it?


This house is on the south side of Chatsworth, Illinois.  

Correcting the size of the kitchen, which is actually 17 x 16 feet. Another correction, not sure if one former owner was the wife of the founder of the area, Franklin,  or his son Orville.  Her son's name was Revilo(last name reversed.)  She could be the woman in the picture but there were no markings on the post card on which it was printed.  The young man on the porch could, but again, not sure, be Revilo and the bearded man at the northeast corner could be Franklin, the founder.  Any solid information on this would be appreciated.  We think the picture was taken in 1887, the year one report we have   I own the house, blt in 1871, and am  in a slow process of restoring it and the grounds.   A young lady by the name of Ella Mae Laws was kept here in a coma after the TPW Excursion disaster of 1887.  Her Mother was saying goodnight to friends in the Tunis, which was the lead Pullman car that stopped over the bridge, Ella May was the only survivor under many dead bodies in one of the telescoped cars.  Her Mother pulled her from the car.    This house was listed by the state as one of five "ARCHITECTURALLY INTERESTING" homes in Chatsworth.   It is also historically sigvificant because it was built by the town's firest banker(Stillwell) and the home of Mayurs Revilo and Cording.  It was also the home of two newspaper columnists, one, Carol DePino, who was quoted in Dr Philip Zimbardo's book, The Lucifer Effectr.  The other columnist was Louise Plaster Stoutemyer, also author of The Train that Never Arrived, The Heeritage of the One Room Country Schoolhouse and Sands of Tinme(150 years around Chatsworth and Germanville.)    

Except for normal evolution the exterior is being preserved and maintained as closely as possible.  The interior is being kept as closely as possible to original except for modern conveniences such as appliances and cabinetry, 200 amp electricity, enlarged water heater, driveby water meter in new piping to city water outlet, etc.   The house is an excellent candidate for historical registry and may be used eventually as an INN, guest house or B&B to support it as a  possible museum.   The owner is receptive to suggestions and certainly appreciates any person or organization interested in such development.

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