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Historic Home in Brownstown

posted Mar 25, 2015, 12:24 PM by School Publications   [ updated Mar 31, 2015, 11:00 AM ]

When you think of historical homes, does your village of Brownstown come to mind?  Only a few blocks from the high school you can see a piece of history. The Floyd and Glenora Dycus House is located on 305 S. Second St. in Brownstown, Illinois. The Dycus house was built for Floyd and Glenora Dycus in 1926 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 2, 2001. A house can be eligible for the list if the property has historical or architectural significance. There are over 90,000 places listed on the National register of Historic Places and four of them are from Fayette County, Illinois.

The history of the estate is tied to a prominent businessman and community leader. The original owners of the house, Floyd and Genora Dycus had the home built in the 1920’s. The house was built by Andrew and Charles Reeter from the plans that Glenora had drawn herself. Floyd owned a moving company, a dairy business, and a restaurant. He was also the village president from 1929 to 1935.

         I had the pleasure of speaking with a fellow student, Cameron Callaway, and his parents who happen to live in that house today. When asked the requirements of living in a nationally historic house, they responded with “ a person would have to preserve the historic character of the house.” Persons who maintain this character can qualify for federal tax incentives or possible grant money. They added that all woodwork, doors, fireplaces, bathroom tub, vanity, most of the windows, and the kitchen sink are all original to the house. Maintaining the originality of the house is extremely important to the residents.

         This house has a lot of architectural points to it such as its design in the craftsman style. The building also has an intersected roof which includes a half-hipped component protruding from a cable roof. The residents stated, "The house is one of a kind and we are thrilled to have the pleasure of living in it, to slowly restoring it to its former glory, and to preserve a small part of its history."

by Tabitha Dolan