[Shown above: The rear parlor.]
The basement can be accessed from the kitchen or the outside through an addition later added to east side of the house.
Davis believes the original basement floor was dirt or gravel, but long ago a cement floor was installed. When he bought the house there was an enormous cast iron coal furnace. The furnace is gone, but the coal room and coal chute door remain.
The exterior of the house is clad in blue vinyl and the roof is new, but the original decorative corbels are still in place under the roof eves.
Besides his house, Davis also owns the sloping 83-by-120-foot empty lot to the south facing Post Street.
Once it was part of the grounds of an imposing 1891 two and one-half story Queen Anne Villa home on the Fox River.
That house burned down. The remaining sloping lot could be ideal for sledding, but it can’t be built on because it is in a flood plain.
Even so, the extra lot adds to his house’s back lot clearance and privacy.
The Watson house is located at 301 E. Lafayette St. The listing price is $98,000. The MLS number is 09945258. For more information call Realtor Cynthia Gotling at 815-210-2959.