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The Illsley House, An American Original

Ft. Wayne, IN 46807, United States

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3 Br | 1.5 Ba | Built: 1924

Status: Loving my house

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Baths: 1.5

Garage: 2

Living Sqft: 1700

Lot Size: 40 x 160

Other Details: Illsley Place is among the best known streets in Ft. Wayne. Located just one block west, Foster Park offers easy access to jogging, biking, skating, and strolls along the river greenway, elaborate flower gardens, and an 18-hole golf course.
Today, the 40 homes which form the Illsley Neighborhood Association, form a tight-knit community which sponsors annual events like the Memorial Day Picnic and Parade, Children's Halloween Party, Youth Christmas Caroling, and an adult holiday party.
Throughout the year, the attitude is friendly and inviting. One of the neighbors sums up life on Illsley Place this way: "It's like having all of the best aspects from communities of the past...today."

Oakdale Historic District (added 2000 - District - #00001132)
South Wayne Historic District (added 1992 - District - #92001146)
Roughly bounded by and along W. Wildwood Ave., S. Wayne Ave., Packard Ave. and Beaver Ave.,Oakdale Dr. from Harrison St. to Broadway, Fort Wayne
Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering, Architect, builder, or engineer: Strauss, Alvin M., Larrimore, Lloyd Architectural Style: Bungalow/Craftsman, Colonial Revival
Area of Significance: Architecture
Period of Significance: 1900-1924, 1925-1949, 1950-1974, 1875-1899, 1900-1924, 1925
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Domestic
Historic Sub-function: Single Dwelling
Current Function: Domestic
Current Sub-function: Single Dwelling

About My Single Family Home

Sold in 2007 for $145,000.
My home from 1953-67. This unique home was built on Ft. Wayne's growing South Side in 1924 by Noah and Anna Smith, proprietors of a well frequented downtown eatery. Its uncommon construction, combined classic element more...

Sold in 2007 for $145,000.
My home from 1953-67. This unique home was built on Ft. Wayne's growing South Side in 1924 by Noah and Anna Smith, proprietors of a well frequented downtown eatery. Its uncommon construction, combined classic elements from both the colonial and craftsman schools of architecture.
Over the years, 1201 Illsley Place has been the address to a list of prominent city residents and was previously owned by Betty McKinney, from the Hollywood Hills, and Thomas F. Carroll, Jr (reported to be the inventor of the dining credit card, sugared cereal,the talking dog collar, and the Comforter Cozy.
It was also the childhood home of their daughters, the prominent writer, E. Jean Carroll and her little sister Candy, as well as the very little sister who came along many years later, Barbie and her brother Tom the 3rd, entrepreneur, who later started Colorado Water Systems. hide

Character and Style

Today, eighty years after it was built, much of the residence has been restored to its original condition. Visitors are immediately struck by a proliferation of oak features, the formal dining area and hardwood floors in every room of the house.

LIVING GREEN

Perhaps the most striking feature of this home is its bold exterior designed by local articst John Nichter. Close inspection reveals a seven-color scheme that highlights the home's outstanding architectural details.
A spacious covered front porch, and full-size wood deck create an outdoor environment that begs for spring gardening, summer barbeques, hot cider with friends in the fall and all the snowmen that winter can provide.

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1201 Illsley Pl.

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