Jacksonville Illinois DeWolf 1857 Historic Mansion Estate

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Built and moved into by Augustus E. Ayers 1857, whose parents brought he and his brother to Jacksonville when the were children in 1830.  Augustus and his brother Marshal were friends with Abraham Lincoln, and one his biggest financial contributors to his Senate and presidential campaign.   The Ayers' hosted a dance in their ballroom in his honor after he won the election, and he made a whistle stop visit to this home for an hour or so on his way to Washington in 1861 to be inaugurated. The home is a little under 8,000 sq.ft, and has 10 fireplaces and 10 bathrooms and a ballroom.  It is on three levels, made of brick.  There are six suites altogether and four large single bedrooms with ensuite bath are already finished and furnished ready for use.  The two larger multiple room suites are still to be furnished. But all public rooms and kitchen on the first level are totally finished and furnished.

I have been restoring this 3 story brick mansion for nearly 3 years now, and it is finished and furnished inside, with a few  exterior details that still need to be finished.

This house is in the historic mansion row district of Jacksonville, and the area is steeped in civil war, underground Railroad  and Lincoln history.  (The 1840 home of Newton Batemon, Linclon's long time professor friend who later founded Kno college is across the street from this house.) There is an old original carriage house that had two horses and storage for a large two horse vehicle.  I currently own a very good condition two person buggy period correct to the house at c. 1858 made by the Bilem Coach Company of Ohio.  It just needs the horse.  (I have all the needed tack).

It sits on about about 2/3  of an acre of flat land.  I have about $2,000,000 into the restoration so far, and only have to finish the front porch detail...(See photos of the original porch details, and the current condition with the restored columns now in front, awaiting the process of putting back the restored pieces that make up the porch roof over the columns and the turned spindles that go around 3 sides of it.)

If you did a movie that needed horse drawn vehicles to go up and down the street, there are many historic homes in the immediate area that would give you a great 19th century street view with many fine old homes.  (Our town's mayor and I are very good friends, and I am virtually certain he would be amenable to shutting down vehicular traffic for several blocks of this route if you needed to film a scene without automobiles on the street...He would no doubt realize the benefit to the town if a movie were made there, so you would find him to be very co-operative about such things.  There are also many dozens of folks in our town, and in close in surrounding towns who are civil war re-enactors who have stunning and period correct costumes you could use as extras, etc.  We had civil war reenactments in the past, but these folks still have their hoop skirt gowns and dresses for the ladies, and a lot of the fellows have civil war era military uniforms.  (I will provide you with a photo or two of some of these folks who still enjoy putting on their historic attire.)

I should mention that I also own another 9,000 sq. ft. Mansard roofed brick mansion just a short block and a half west of the Ayers mansion, which was converted to five grand scale apartments back in the depression, preserving all the ori9ginal detail.  I currently have this house operating as a successful historic air bnb suite rentals by the day.  There are five units that sleep 2 to 6 persons, and my rates are very reasonable at $68.00 a night for a fully furnished and equipped kitchen large studio apartment for two, up to two grand suites that sleep six with a formal dining room that sleeps six and rents for just $118. a night.  This building has a secure large basement where you could safely store equipment at night.  This neighborhood is so secure and safe, I do not even lock the lobby door at night, and have never had a security issue.  I would not not charge you for storing and locking your things in mg basement there, or at the other big home.  The attic of the Air bnb mansion at 1052 W. State St. (yes, you could easily see both homes, and the neighborhood  on Google St. View which would give you an idea what a great historic street view a movie camera could capture in this section of town.

Below is some information on the Illinois Film Services Tax Credit for production in the state:

In 2008 the Illinois General Assembly passed the Illinois Film Production Tax Credit Act, offering producers a credit of 30% of all qualified expenditures, including post-production.  The Illinois Film Tax Credit is currently scheduled for legislative renewal in 2026, and is renewable in 5-year increments, thereafter.

For questions about the Illinois Film Services Tax Credit please contact filmtaxcredit@illinois.gov.

Tax Credit Benefits

  • 30% of the qualified Illinois Production Spending.
  • 30% credit on Illinois salaries up to $100,000 per worker.
  • Tax credit can be carried forward 5 years from when originally issued by Illinois Film Office/Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
  • The Illinois Film Tax Credit is currently scheduled for legislative renewal in 2026.
  • 15% additional credit- applicants will receive an additional 15% tax credit on salaries of individuals (making at least $1,000 in total wages) who live in economically disadvantaged areas whose unemployment rate is at least 150% of the State's annual average.

Lots of props and other buildings, crew accommodations and more. Please call with questions and additional photos.
Plenty of parking
  • Makeup Area
  • Equipment Storage
  • Crew or Staff Accommodations
  • Place for Craft Services
  • Eating Area
  • Kitchen
  • Garage
  • Props
  • Electricity
  • Wi-Fi Internet
  • Restroom Facilities
  • Basement
  • Garage
  • Driveway
  • Office
  • Pond
  • Hallways
  • Views
  • Porch
  • Stairs
  • Unique Buildings on Property
  • Props
  • Large Kitchen
  • Fireplace
  • Attic
  • Commercial Project
  • Corporate Parties
  • Documentaries
  • Event Venues
  • Feature Films
  • Film Shorts
  • Independent Films
  • Music Videos
  • Performing Arts
  • Photography Projects
  • Private Parties
  • Reality Shows
  • Student Films
  • Television Commercials
  • Television Series
  • Television Shows
  • Training/Industrial Videos
  • Web Series
  • Weddings
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