Frederick Francis Woodland Palace

29862 N. 900th Ave, Kewanee, IL

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Woodland Palace, Kewanee, IL

GS September 1995

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Description 

Fred Francis, a Leonardo da Vinci-like man, was an artist, poet, inventor, builder, mathematician, engineer, and a nudist. Fred started to build the home in 1890 and worked on it for the next 36 years. It features hand carved molding, a water purification system, and is the first house in the state of Illinois to have air-conditioning without the aid of electricity,sophisticated achievements of disappearing windows, doors, and more

from Fred Francis Woodland Palace web page

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 14, 1975
Reference number
75000662
NR name
Francis, Frederick, Woodland Palace
Architectural styles
Victorian: Queen Anne; Victorian: Romanesque
Area of significance
Architecture
Level of significance
State
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Building
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current functions
Museum; Park
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899; 1925-1949
Significant years
1889; 1926

Tags 

19th Century (38,023)
Brick (42,466)
Built 1889 (693)
Built during 1880s (6,530)
Frederick Frances (1)
Henry County, Illinois (19)
House (27,794)
Illinois (2,703)
Kewanee, Illinois (4)
Owned by local government (11,500)
Queen Anne (5,136)
Romanesque (2,724)
Victorian (19,703)

Update Log 

  • July 13, 2015: Updated by GS: location, US Rt 34 not IL Rt 34

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