The Villa DeWolf Boutique Hotel/B&B is located in the historic Augustus Ayers mansion in Jacksonville, IL. The circa 1857 mansion is a premier example of the Italianate style of architecture. It was built for A.E. Ayers, a prominent Jacksonville citizen involved with the banking house of M.P. Ayers & Co.
The magnificent three-story brick home, known for its cupola and massive scale, is one of the principal buildings in the Jacksonville Historic District. Architectural details include 12-foot ceilings, a stunning, fully suspended, three-story flying staircase, Italian Carrera marble fireplaces from the same quarry Michelangelo used for all his marble work, stunning carved cornices from Italy which arrived in long ships in 1856, pre-Civil War rare gas chandeliers, pocket doors with unique Tuscan arched detail.
Villa DeWolf is located in a quiet, tree-filled, historic neighborhood. The homes in the Historic District represents nearly every popular architectural style from the 1830's to the 1930's. They include some of Jacksonville's most impressive, architecturally significant homes. Queen Anne, Greek Revival, Italianate and Neo-Gothic styles are especially prevalent in the district.
Current owner Scotty DeWolf, formerly of California, instantly fell in love with the mansion after seeing it listed on the internet. The mansion reminded him of the fine, grand-scale homes of the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco.