This house was first occupied by Harry Hugh Crea and his wife Jeanette. Crea was a lawyer with an interest in patents and was one of the original founders of the Pepsin Syrup Company. Crea lived in Monticello for sixteen years, serving as City and State's Attorney. He later sold his interest in the Pepsin Syrup Company to A.F. Moore and A.C. Thompson in the 1920's. The house later belonged to prominent local attorney, James L. Hicks, and his wife Geneva Dunn Hicks.
This house was originally built as a Victorian farmhouse with Queen Anne features added later. This house has two and a half stories, clapboard and decorative wood shingle siding with corner boards and wide decorative wood shingled stringcourse, and gable and hip roofs. The porch has turned posts and projects on angle with a sunburst design on the gable over the entry stairs. The windows have wood surrounds, decorative lintels, and corner blocks. Notice the round bay with round windows, decorative wood shingles, and wide frieze with scrolls and conical roof.
The two car garage outbuilding (c. 1915) has shiplap siding and original slider doors.