501 W Armstrong Ave, Peoria, IL, 61606 $45,000
This amazing historic Victorian home for sale in Peoria was originally the home of John B. Bartholomew (1863-1924), founder of The Glide automobile company. J.B., as he liked to be called, is listed as an inventor at this address on the 1900 US Census. He owned the home with his wife Luella and lived here with his children Albert, Ethel, Marguerite, and two servants.
According to Wikipedia:
In 1901 Bartholomew began experimenting with automobile manufacturing, and in 1902 he added automobiles to the Bartholomew Company production line. Their slogan was “Ride in a Glide, Then Decide. They made a total of seven models, though never more than 500 cars in a year. The first car was a 6 hp (4.5 kW) single-cylinder tiller-steered runabout named the Glidemobile. By 1904, they had added a steering wheel and increased the engine to 8 hp (6.0 kW). The engine was positioned horizontally under the seat, featured a single chain-drive and an optional tonneau top. The two-seater sold for US$750, and the tonneau top for US$850. About 25 were sold in 1903 and twice that in 1904.
In 1920, as competition from Buick and Studebaker increased, Bartholomew decided to bring the plant into the Avery Company fold, and it was utilized to manufacture trucks. Avery Company employed four thousand people by this point, but went into bankruptcy and receivership in 1923. President J. B. Bartholomew died in 1924
Own a piece of Peoria’s history! The potential in this grand turn of the century Victorian home for sale home is amazing! The exterior is nearly all brick and stone with great detail. Inside you will find loads of charm and character throughout the grand staircase-natural woodwork-pocket doors-stained glass windows-leaded glass built-ins. This 3 story-6 bedroom-3 1/2 bath-over 4, 000 sq.ft. home has a rich history as the former home of J.B. Bartholomew-the founder of The Glide automobile company at the turn of the century. The home is in need of substantial TLC and priced accordingly. Sold AS-IS. $45,000
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