UPDATED HISTORICAL 4 BED / 2 BATH NEAR DOWNTOWN DODGEVILLE
The Luman Strong House was completed in 1867, built in the Italianate style to blend with many of the downtown buildings in the neighboring Iowa Street Historic District. After a major 2004 expansion, this two-story home now boasts four bedrooms, two full baths, and endless entertaining space inside and out, all while retaining the original clapboard facade.
This Civil War-era home was built by County Judge Luman Strong, and was later passed down to his son, Orville, and his descendants for 115 years. Throughout the home's 150-year history, it has been impeccably maintained, with regular updates to keep up with life in the modern era. Rare for a home of this age is central air and a whole-house fan system, in addition to a brand-new furnace with a wifi-enabled thermostat. The current owners have carefully expanded the home for style and function, including the addition of a second full bath and a great room that walks out to a fabulous covered porch. Throughout the process, every detail was considered to keep continuity with the original home, and the end result is seamless. The 13-year-old basement beneath the expansion offers clean, dry storage and workspace with two windows and a Bilco door to easily move things in and out of the basement, along with modern extras of automatic and timer lighting.
Walk the brick path to experience this Italianate home exactly as it was built 150 years ago, although Luman Strong would not have guessed then that his home would one day grace the cover of a catalog distributed around the world! The classic details of the facade are as pretty as a Christmas card: the paired corbel brackets, the prominent moldings of the symmetrical sash windows, and the wrought iron handrail volutes leading to the entrance surround of sidelights and transoms. Ring the antique doorbell and be taken back in time as the elegant staircase welcomes you inside the foyer (literally!). As you stand upon the original hardwood floors, imagine how many guests must have come to call throughout fifteen decades. Sunlight pours through three windows to fill the inviting living room with warmth, as if you could feel the memories that live within these walls.
Today, the natural entrance of the home gravitates instead to the covered side porch adjacent the driveway. The beadboard-detailed mudroom is central to a full bathroom with tiled walk-in shower, front-loading washer and dryer, basement access, and the kitchen at the end of the hall. Straight ahead, six-panel oak pocket doors open to the great room, the perfect place to wind down the day with good friends and a beer on tap. Built-in surround speakers and a bar area set the stage for game day. Leave the archway open to welcome a crowd, or close the pocket doors for a quiet movie night. More than just a TV room, this ultimate family room includes plenty of space for board games, crafting, or anything else! This oversized gathering space spills outside to the covered back porch, where the ceiling fan keeps the area breezy on summer nights.
With three entrance points, the adage again holds true that the kitchen is the heart of the home. The cheery yellow walls of the eat-in kitchen greet groggy children for breakfast. The tiled kitchen features newer appliances and a double-basin sink, with a walk-in pantry tucked out of the way. The great layout includes room for a dining set and a computer nook, with plenty of space to pass between rooms or chat with the cook before dinner. Opposite the mudroom, a swinging door leads to the library at the front of the home, where a prominent gas fireplace draws the family together on winter nights. A window seat nestled between built-in bookshelves invites one to a quiet evening of reading in solitude, whether for learning or leisure. A room dedicated to a simpler era, the wood detail of this den and a touch of charming wallpaper evoke a sense of what home is supposed to feel like. Another door swings from the kitchen into the sprawling dining room, complete with chair railing and a center chandelier. This formal dining room is just as comfortable hosting twelve as it is two. Imagine the lavish dinner parties this room could entertain, the casual weekly get-togethers, and the countless family dinners to be equally cherished. Through wide archways trimmed elegantly in pure white, the dining room adjoins the living room on one end and the great room on the other, connecting over 50 feet of open entertaining space. Host the whole family with ease every holiday season - - no need to struggle for seating as the kids open presents around the tree!
Upstairs, four bright bedrooms surround the landing of the mahogany staircase, each with a modest walk-in closet. Wide baseboards and cove molding detail add character to every room. A full bathroom includes a soaking tub with gorgeous tile backsplash and built-in storage. A chandelier adorning the middle of the hall adds to the natural light streaming through the home's central window.
With everything the outdoor space has to offer, you may spend more time outside your home than in! Just off the back porch, a fire pit is set into a patio with space for the whole neighborhood to pull up a chair, and a bench swing hangs from a pergola wired for cozy string lights. Outdoor speakers set the ambiance for any occasion. Stockpile firewood beneath the sturdy treehouse full of possibility - - perfect for keeping kids occupied and nearby, yet out of the way! An adorable doghouse is built into the one-car garage, and a basketball hoop stands at the edge of the extended driveway. Mature plants climb a trellis to provide the backyard with complete privacy and a bit of extra greenery. The home is enveloped by beautiful perennials and well-maintained landscaping. The heart and soul that have gone into making this house a home is evident before even one step inside. The owners have made this space their own, and plenty of backyard remains for the next owners to do the same!
As the owners celebrate their home's sesquicentennial, they are passing along the opportunity to own a piece of history. Call today to schedule a tour of this one-of-a-kind home, and see for yourself why it's so hard to say for them to say goodbye! Call Torre at 608-574-6627 or Natalie at 608-609-2027.