At 26, Jade Igl embraces Victorian home|
|Jade Igl has found her own personal “forever home” and she’s sharing with members of the community.|
Igl’s Victorian charmer, located at 221 Fifth Ave., is one of five houses included in the annual Parade of Homes, running today from noon to 4 p.m.
Tickets may be purchased at the homes for $10 per person for the day.
Igl has always been attracted to older homes, noting that the vintage-1888 structure has “a lot of character” that may be missing from more modern structures.
But the dowagers take work as well, as she discovered when she purchased the house in November of last year.
“We’ve kept as much of the original as possible,” she said, noting that previous owners had, thankfully, updated the bathrooms.
She’s added her own touches as well, including a mix of repairs and upgrades, while maintaining features such as the pocket doors that cordon off the double stairway from the main level and the amazing fireplace, which, for now at least, is for looking only, not warmth.
At age 26, Igl would seem an unusual candidate as the owner of a Victorian home. But the Antigo native has always enjoyed collecting and antiques. When she decided to remain in the community as owner of Expressions Dance Studio and a photography business, she went house hunting.
“Things just kind of aligned. I guess I was meant to have it,” she said. “I actually found out about it searching online and said ‘I need this house’.”
As for its large size?
“This is my permanent house,” she explained. “I decided that if I was going to buy one and restore it, I only wanted to do it once.”
The ongoing work impressed Parade of Homes organizers, who contacted her earlier this year to see if she was interested in joining the parade.
“I decided I wanted to share it with people,” she said. “There are so many original features. To think that something has lasted this long is just amazing.”
The results will be appreciated by parade-goers.
Igl’s home has over 2,000 square feet and includes three bedrooms, a walk-in closet, sunroom, one-of-a-kind sunburst window and many ornate details and original features.
In addition to the fireplace, highlights include the front porch and swing, wood accents, hardwood floors and many Depression glass windows that are all original pieces of the home.
Igl has decorated the entire home with antiques and vintage pieces.
The other four homes on this year’s tour are more contemporary, with special features of their own. They include:
—Adam and Heather Bula, N3153 Hunter Circle, constructed in 2010 and overlooking the Eau Claire River.
—Louis and Dorothy Guenther, W9560 County Road F, a 3,600 square foot story-and-a-half home was built in 1991.
—Jean Hubatch, 338 Aurora Street, a 1975, this raised ranch-style home recently transformed by local contractors and artisans.
—and Jim and Sheryl Perkins, 211 Sunset Drive, a 1996, this two-bedroom ranch home which has been remodeled by local contractors.
The annual event, an early fall highlight, is sponsored by the Langlade Hospital Auxiliary. This year’s proceeds are being earmarked for the hospital’s new Center for Health and Performance.
Jade Igl and her pal, Misty, relax in her favorite room, located on the second floor of her Victorian home.
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