North Union Street and Environs, Lincoln, Illinois

Union Street forms the boundary between the two major street grids of Lincoln; to the east is the diagonal street grid which is oriented to the major train line that stretches between St. Louis and Chicago, and to the west is a street grid which is oriented to the cardinal directions. Union Street is oriented to the latter.

There is a wealth of stunning Queen Anne style houses, lovingly restored with exuberant paint schemes, which would have been accurate to the time.

There are still some Italianate style houses, as well, but still no Second Empire, as I noted yesterday.

But then, out of nowhere, is this amazing Spanish Revival house, which are often inspired by the rise of Hollywood.

There are also some Shingle Style houses, such as the one below and the first photo; for simplicity’s sake under the tags I’ve grouped them inadequately under Queen Anne just so there’s not too many tags!

On a side street I stumbled across this house on a side street inspired by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, which makes sense with his studio in Oak Park and Taliesen being relatively close.

Near the intersection with Woodlawn on Lincoln Avenue is this beauty, sitting on a huge lot surrounded by towering trees.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Alan Creek says:

    Such varied architecture in a small town. In my travels, I have noted the same in other smaller towns.

    Louisiana, MO has several notable old homes as does Keokuk, IA.

    Thanks for the post!

    1. cnaffziger says:

      Louisiana is a beautiful town; I have visited there before:

  2. Stephen Slattery says:

    Gorgeous homes. Thank you for the post Chris

    1. cnaffziger says:

      I was also amazed at the diversity and beauty of the architecture in Lincoln. Thanks for tuning in.

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