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Heritage Homes

The Morris Downtown Development’s  Historic Preservation Committee oversees Morris’ Heritage Homes project. The  project serves to identify the historic homes within the City of Morris, to encourage  their preservation, and to promote an awareness and appreciation of the community’s history.

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1. 309 W. Main

Dr. Austin Palmer House
Built 1894
The doctor’s office, sleeping porch, back stairs to the maid’s quarters, and original oak woodwork still grace this house.

2. 319 W. Main

Adelaide Gebhard House
Built 1923
Custom built for the original owner with a roof of Ludowici clay tile and copper gutters and downspouts.

3. 320 W. Main Street

Fred Gebhard House
Built 1916
Following the same plan as the house across the street, Fred Gebhard built this one as a wedding gift for his bride, Louise Baum.

4. 506 Calhoun

Marshall B. Wilson House
Built 1892
A spectacular Queen Anne built as the retirement home of a cattle baron and farmer of 1400 acres in Erienna and Vienna Townships.

5. 518 Calhoun

J. C. Carr House
Built 1898
A fine example of early gable front style, with a side porch, leaded glass window, and two staircases.

6. 528 Calhoun

A. E. Washburn House
Built 1903
This has been the home of the owner of the Steep & Washburn Tile factory, a Morris school superintendent, a retired farmer, and two undertakers.

7. 407 W. Jackson

J . A. Pool House
Built 1897
Built in the Folk Victorian style with a front gable wing. Today, the home still includes many details of the era it was built in. The house, situated in an area with many other historic homes, features an oak staircase, French doors, stained glass, and detailed crown moldings. It was originally home to the owner of a Morris drug store and manager of the Chicago Telephone Company, which was the largest suburban telephone exchange in the country at the time.

8. 318 W. Jackson

A.H. Hilliker House
Built 1910
Two story cottage with hiproof, attic dormer and bay window

9. 322 W. Jackson

Edwin Fletcher House
Built 1913
Prairie style with stained glass windows, quarter sawn oak woodwork, and period fixtures.

10. 211 W. Jackson Street

Fred Stephen House
Built ca. 1902
Late Victorian style with multiple roofline, including a Palladian window. The entry lamps once stood outside the Morris Carnegie Library.

11. 219 W. North Street

Samuel Underwood House
Built 1880
A cross plan house with many of the original historic details still remaining— maid’s back stairs, transom windows, marble fireplaces, and cistern.

12. 321 W. North

P K  Cross Home
Built 1894
A mission style bungalow, home of John McDonald, president of Morris Quaker Oats Company

13. 423 Fulton

Eli Johnston-Dr Hugo Avalos House
Built ca. 1870
A classic example of Italianate architecture with a low pitched roof, tall chimney, and arched porch.

14. 603 Fulton

Peter Johnson House
Built ca. 1897
This free style Queen Anne has a front gable roof, with broad cedar siding on the first story and shingles above.

15. 708 Fulton Avenue

D. A. Mathews House
Built 1912
David A. Mathews house is a charming cottage built by a prominent local businessman and farmer. He had the original home located on the property divided into two houses; then he moved down the street to 712 and 716 Fulton. The 716 house, now called William Burwell House, is also a Morris Heritage Home. Mathews also founded Morris Hospital in 1906, which still serves the community to this day.

16. 716 Fulton

William Burwell House
Built ca. 1857
This house and the one next door were one house, divided and moved here from its original location at 708 Fulton Street.

17. 723 Wauponsee Street

Charles Young House
Built 1892
A four square house with a front porch opening onto an open staircase to the second floor.
The living room extends the entire length of the house.

18. 518 Wauponsee Street

Edward Waters House
Built 1924
A four square house built of cedar shake, with a rounded front entry and a fan light above the door.

19. 724 Fremont Avenue

Morris Knight Magner House
Built 1900
This 15 room Queen Anne was home to the daughter of George Woelfel, owner of the Morris Tannery

20. 801 Fremont

Milford B. Hull House
Built 1923
An English cottage of brick and frame construction, highlighted by a turreted front entrance. This house was built in 1923 for Milford Hull, constructed from plans that came straight from Great Britain. Hull was the Morris Fire Chief and the owner-operator of the Morris Grain Co. Inside the home, there’s a grand stone fireplace, hardwood floors, and the original bathtub and stand-alone shower.

21. 440 Vine Street

Edward Sanford House
Built ca. 1875
A statuesque three story Italianate mansion with a striking blue color jumps out at passerby through tall trees flanking the property. The home was built in 1875 for Edward Stanford, the first principal for the Morris School District and later a successful lawyer. The property went to his son, Frank, in 1909. The home changed hands several times and stood unoccupied for a number of years until it was bought in 1979. Today the home retains much of its original splendor, including Tiffany chandeliers, detailed woodwork, and marble fireplaces.

22. 512 Vine Street

Delos Jones House
Built 1898
A brick Italianate with round arched windows and sawn work porch decorations. The bricks were made locally.

23. 518 Vine Street

Anne Ridings House
Built 1902
A unique corn belt cube house with peaked hip roof decorated by an open gable, roof brackets, and a cross framed round window.

24. 616 Vine Street

David Spencer House
Built 1868
A classic Italianate with tall, paired arched windows and a hooded doorway.

25. 1307 Union Street

George G. Blair House
Built 1910.
This farm house for the Blair Dairy was moved from across the street during construction of Morris Community High School.

26. 4140 W. Route 6

William Reardon Jr. House
Built 1865
Samuel Hoge built this Italianate mansion for his daughter as a wedding present at the time of her marriage to Civil War Capt. William Reardon, Jr.

27. 628 E. Illlinois Avenue

William Viner House
Built 1895
An unusual example of Folk Victorian architecture with a hip roof, and an eclectic medley of shingles, porch spindles, window framing , and other decorative elements.

28. 703 E. Illinois Avenue

John Bonar House
Built 1902
A Balloon frame home built for a coal miner who became a clothing merchant.

29. 746 E. Illinois

Ole Erickson House
Built ca. 1885
Queen Anne-Colonial Revival style with a wrap around porch and unique exterior trim.

30. 504 E. Washington

Walter Jones House
Built ca. 1897
Late Victorian with unusual four gable roof and elaborate interior woodwork. Built by a local grocer and shoe salesman.

31. 403 E. Washington

Isaac Fish House
403 E. Washington St. Built 1872
A gable front house with a Greek revival roof line, first owned by entrepreneur investors.

32. 311 E. Washington

Henry Baum House
Built 1874
An Italianate urban row house surrounded by the original wrought iron fence.

33. 305 E. Main

Eber Hume House
Built 1910
Custom built family home occupied by six generations.

34. 313 E. Main

Robert Peacock House
Built 1856
Custom built family home occupied by six generations

35. 426 E. Main Street

M. N. Hull House
Built ca. 1893
A Queen Anne with three covered porches, two ornate chimneys, sunrise and sunset gables, a turret, and fish scale shingles. The interior rooms are finished in a variety of different woods.

36. 310 E. Jefferson

Henry Kutz House
Built 1920
Bungalow rebuilt on the original foundation after the first house, built by the Morris Fire Chief, burned.

37. 405 E. Jefferson Street

Ray Bannon House
Built 1923
A five room cottage with a cobblestone porch and attic dormer window.

38. 626 E. Jackson Street

Joseph Sorem House
Built 1910
Bungalow with hipped-gable roof, an open stairway flanked by wooden columns, and hardwood floors.

39. 409 E. North Street

Joseph Feehan House
Built 1905
An unusual wood framed Queen Anne with a conical turret.

40. 220 E. North Street

James Wood House
Built 1905
Built on the cross plan with multiple gable roofline before construction of Route 47.

41. 109 E. North

 Perry Armstrong House – Delockery Apartments 
Built 1874
Plain yet dignified Georgian style house was home to a prominent local attorney. Perry Armstrong played a crucial role in having Morris established as the Grundy County seat. He also was a local historian and writer, who was a friend of prominent tribe leader Chief Shabbona and Abraham Lincoln. He entertained both in this home. The house was later occupied by Lyman B. Ray, a leader of the local Republican Party, who would go on to become Illinois Lieutenant Governor in 1888. The house is built on the double-pile plan, with a central hall flanked by two rooms on each side. There are no gutters. A “water table” protects the foundation from water running down the walls.

42. 306 W. Main Street

Collins House 
Built 1904
This beautiful Queen Anne Victorian home features a wrap-around porch with a formal entrance, as well as one to the parlor.  The entrance still has the orininal frieze.   The house also boasts several leaded glass windows.

43. 425 Vine

William Sachse Home
Built 1918
This Prairie Style home, built by Dr. William Sachse,  is a Frank Lloyd Wright copy and features quarter sawn oak, 16 stained glass door panels and a porte chochere.    The bow window in the dining room was the first in Morris and the fireplace, made of burnt ceramic tile, was imported from Italy.  Other features include a curved solid oak built-in buffet, a built in wood box and book cases and beveled glass.

44. 318 E. Jefferson Street

George and Susan Fisher Home
Built 1890
This Queen Anne clapboard home was originally owned by George and Susan Fisher.  Although the home was built in 1890, it appears that the Fishers mortgaged the plot in 1867.  In 1908, the home was sold to Albert and Ida Erickson, and later to Ana and Thomas O’Connell in 1921.

The home contains the original brass and tile fireplace, bannister, support beams and flooring throughout.  Additionally, the large entryway floor to ceiling mirror, glass-plated front door, chandelier, clawfoot tub, pull toilets, built in china cabinet, bench, bookshelves, doors and molding on windows, doors and plate rails are original.


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