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Geneva couple restores Curtis house, adds landscaping to match

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This dining area, attached to the kitchen, used to be a porch before the Ostryes made it a year-round room.

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The historic Curtis house at 1301 Batavia Ave. in Geneva is for sale. The home dates from 1854-1865 and had several rooms added to the original structure.

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Donna and Craig Ostrye are the current owners of the historic Curtis house at 1301 Batavia Ave. in Geneva. They brought back the structure to its former glory after many years of work. The home is now on the market.

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The second floor master bedroom of the historic Curtis house has wraparound windows. In the winter when the leaves have dropped, the Fox River can be seen from the room.

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The living room at the front of the house of the historic Curtis house in Geneva.

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The kitchen of the historic Curtis house in Geneva features an AGA cooker, which is a heat-storage cooker with cast-iron components.

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A second floor bathroom in the historic Curtis house in Geneva.

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Shauna Wiet with Miscella Real Estate is helping to sell the historic Curtis house at 1301 Batavia Ave. in Geneva.

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Historic Curtis house at 1301 Batavia Avenue in Geneva is for sale.

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A music nook area adjoins the living room in the historic Curtis house at 1301 Batavia Ave. in Geneva.

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The living room in the historic Curtis house in Geneva.

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The winding staircase from the living room to the second floor in the historic Curtis house in Geneva.

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The kitchen in the historic Curtis house in Geneva.

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The kitchen of the historic Curtis house in Geneva features granite countertops and an AGA cooker.

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Donna and Craig Ostrye have done all the landscaping on their home, the historic Curtis house, in Geneva.

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A harlequin-pattered deck greets visitors as they leave the dining room of the historic Curtis home in Geneva.

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Craig and Donna Ostrye received several old photos of their home from a man in Oregan whose family members once lived there. This photo was taken between 1912 and 1915.

Craig and Donna Ostrye received several old photos of their home from a man in Oregan whose family members once lived there. This photos was taken in 1952.

The 1872 Kane County Atlas contained this lithograph of the Curtis home.

The Curtis home in Geneva had fallen into such disrepair by 1999 that one potential buyer wanted to tear it down.

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The Silas W. Curtis Italianate farmhouse, located at 1301 Batavia Ave. in Geneva, has been lovingly cared for by Craig and Donna Ostrye since 1999. The couple purchased the home out of bankruptcy at a time when it was so dilapidated that the only other offer came from someone who wanted to tear it down.
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