Commissioned in 1855 by central Illinois businessman and politician, William Reddick, the splendid mansion was the home of the Reddick family for nearly 30 years. The twenty-two room mansion was designed for the William Reddick family by two prominent mid-western architects: William B. Olmsted and Peter A. Nicholson.
Construction began in the spring of the 1856, and it is reported the house probably cost about $25,000. The monumental structure stands fifty feet in height and measures fifty-five by sixty-four feet. Colorful contrasts of cream Lemont limestone and a rich red brick give the exterior a unique appearance in comparison to other Italianate homes.
The Italianate style itself is distinct for the time-1856. The architectural style features a low-pitched roof with heavy brackets under the eaves and round-headed windows. It is so named because it is patterned after the villas of Italy. Numerous factors contribute to the distinct details of this structure – the use of polygon bays and a “basement” that was at ground level.
The Reddick Mansion has been known to be one of the most expensive and ornate Italianate residences ever constructed in the Midwest during the mid-1800s. Few other pre-Civil War homes in Illinois compare to architectural quality or complexity to the Reddick Mansion. The quality of workmanship and building design still delights and stimulates the curious mind.
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