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posted: 11/3/2012 5:37 AM

After 45 years, Dunton Manor House again on the market

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  • The Dunton Manor House is on the market for the first time in more than 45 years.

      The Dunton Manor House is on the market for the first time in more than 45 years.

  • Arched pocket doors in the living room are original to the home, built in 1871.

      Arched pocket doors in the living room are original to the home, built in 1871.

  • Craftsmanship can be seen in the woodwork throughout the Arlington Heights home.

      Craftsmanship can be seen in the woodwork throughout the Arlington Heights home.

 
By Jean Murphy
Daily Herald Correspondent

Probably the most charming and endearing home in Arlington Heights, built shortly after the conclusion of the Civil War, is on the market.

The exterior of this piece of local history features Victorian-style wooden scrolling around the porches, doors and windows, as well as some French Provincial details that were added later.

The original owners, the Dunton family, were very prominent in Arlington Heights during the 1800s, so the home was built with exquisite craftsmanship. There are two porches, two fireplaces, a full basement and a full third floor that can be reached by a staircase. In 1871, residents of Arlington Heights stood on the roof of this home to watch the Great Chicago Fire, which was taking place 22 miles away.

Listing agent Caroline Starr of Coldwell Banker gives more details about this local favorite and unofficial historic landmark:

What is this home's hidden gem?

"Up for sale for the first time in more than 45 years, the Dunton Manor House holds timeless craftsmanship. Built in 1869 by James Dunton, son of Asa Dunton, founder of Arlington Heights, the home was built with grand style and ornately-carved woodwork, both inside and out. The home contains the original solid wood, arched pocket doors and has ornate moldings and medallions throughout the property. All of the rooms are voluminous with 12-foot ceilings on the first floor, ten-foot ceilings on the second floor and the basement has 9-foot ceilings."

What would your perfect buyer look like?

"While structurally sound, the home is in need of some restoration and the current seller hopes that someone will restore the property to its original grandeur."

What is the coolest thing about living in this neighborhood?

"Great, family-friendly neighborhood with lots of unique homes and ideally located since it is just walking distance to town and has easy access to the train."

Which television show or movie can you picture taking place in this home?

" 'Little Women,' which is fitting since after the turn of the century this home was owned by Dr. Janet Gunn, the first woman doctor in Arlington Heights and a graduate of Northwestern University."

What is one adjective that you would use to describe this home?

"A unique gem."

Name three trees, shrubs or plants featured in the yard.

"The grounds have many flowering trees and plants, which bloom continually from late March through October. The property contains a Carpathian walnut tree, a Kentucky coffee tree, a tulip tree, a Korean spice, burning bushes, rhododendrons and lots of wildflowers."

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