1887 Queen Anne – Calvert, TX

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209 Burnett St, Calvert, TX 77837

  • $169,900
  • 5 Bed
  • 3 Bath
  • 3084 Sq Ft
  • 0.07 Ac.
WOW!!! This Historic Home is one of Texas' Finest Examples of Victorian Stick-Style and Queen Anne Inspired Architecture from the 1800s. Though the Exterior Needs TLC, the Interior is Amazingly Intact with Incredible Original Detailing. Enormous Living Spaces-Many Rooms need only be Re-fitted w/Wallpaper to Finish Them to Their Original Spendour. The Original Claw-Footed Tubs, Lighting & Other Elements are Still on Premise. You Simply Won't Believe Your Eyes If You Look Past the Exterior Needs.

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27 Comments on 1887 Queen Anne – Calvert, TX

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  1. lara jane says: 484 comments

    Staircase, fretwork, DOUBLE swinging doors? Swoon!!!

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  2. Jill T says: 5 comments

    Wonderful original features remaining there! The shiplap walls with the shreds of muslin are exactly like mine. Calvert is a nice little town full of Victorian homes. Here is a little history from the Calvert Chamber of Commerce. http://www.calverttx.com/history.html

  3. Tracy says: 93 comments

    That foyer is AWESOME! Lots and lots of work ahead for the next owner, but the possibilities…

    • Tracy says: 93 comments

      Just took a street tour of the town. Very interesting place. At first I wasn’t impressed–many small homes that didn’t look like they were the best kept in the world. But then after several blocks or so, there were very large homes sitting on entire blocks that look fantastic design-wise. This town was full of haves and have-nots in its early days.

  4. John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

    Holy smokes…as intact of a Victorian house as anyone is likely to find in Texas. Calvert’s architectural riches have been known for some time-while many other Texas cities with equal or superior architecture demolished their old Victorian homes, Calvert kept theirs. The former owner of the Geo. Barber designed landmark Jeremiah Nunan house in Jacksonville, OR sold it and moved to Calvert, so I knew it had some exceptional Victorians.
    Given the condition, the price seems a bit optimistic but restored and painted in period colors it would be a real gem. Shiplap covered with muslin followed by glued on wallpapers was very common in Texas Victorian homes. Our Texas home, which has plaster in other rooms, had shiplap and muslin put in a room added in 1897. (we’re in Fort Worth) Later, sheetrock was put over the wallpaper and we’ve left it like that. If one adds sheetrock, best to use the thinnest possible because thicker versions will protrude around window trim and baseboards (as ours did) I’ve had to carefully bevel the sheetrock edges for it to look right. I too would love to see this one post-restoration. Not many unrestored jewels like this remain.

  5. Ryan says: 472 comments

    WOW is right. I’ve been in sort of an anti-Queen-Anne mood for a while now and had started favoring the earlier styles, but I think this place has brought me back into the fold. I’d buy it for the hallway alone. It’s interesting to learn about the muslin colvered walls too…I’d never heard of that sort of thing. Would it cause problems to keep the shiplap siding basically as it is? ‘Cause I love the way it looks now, especially where it contrasts with the fancier, polished molding and wainscoting, etc. Then again, that room with all the green and blue wood paneling and millwork ain’t half bad either.

    • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

      Ryan,
      Folks pick off the plaster covering up brick walls to expose the hidden brick surfaces all of the time. (something the Victorians disapproved of) I think one could do the same with the shiplap but it would probably present an odd juxtaposition to have the ornate smooth millwork (baseboards, trim, pocket doors) surrounding the rustic shiplap. Since the shiplap was never meant to be seen, the wood usually has a fair amount of defects like knots, cracks, sap pockets, etc. Because of shrinkage over many years, there are also usually gaps between the boards joints-sometimes 1/4 to 1/2 of an inch. I too think the shiplap provides an interesting look-maybe the best compromise would be to leave a wall or two or just one room? The OLD HOUSE JOUNAL published an article about putting muslin fabric back up some years ago. Basically, unbleached muslin (important that it be unbleached) cloth is put up in verticle panels which overlap on each side with small tacks. Once it has been tacked on, it is wetted and this causes the cloth to shrink thus tightening it up for a wallpaper base surface. The wallpaper is then pasted onto the muslin surface. Old houses that have had a lot of use will often have many thousands of old tacks left in the shiplap from previous replacements of old muslin cloth (which look like dense cheesecloth) Not rocket science, but surely labor intensive. Probably using thin sheetrock/wallboard would be the way to go today. Better insulating qualities as well.

  6. L says: 3 comments

    Oh wow…. it looks like it hasn’t been touched since 1887. Unbelievable!

  7. Lizzy says: 5 comments

    Wow…. if I had spare cash, I’d be buying that… the possibilities!!!!

  8. Annette says: 11 comments

    I love it too.

  9. toscar says: 46 comments

    The green room with double swinging doors looks to be a minor masterpiece…….this house deserves restoration.
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  10. The pictures of this house make me want to scoop this house up and show it all the love and attention it definitely deserves. What a wonderful home, I bet I dream about it tonight.

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  11. Don says: 2 comments

    Mobile home sheet rock is what works. It’s around 1/4″ thick.

  12. says: 2 comments

    Any updates on this home?

    • Dmon says: 2 comments

      No updates JBaird. No one with any sense will pay $167,000 for this house. It will take a fortune in today’s material costs to restore it. The house is doomed. Owner WILL NOT budge on the price. It’s quite sad that this beautiful piece of history is just left to rot away.

  13. Gayle Hardin says: 1 comments

    This house has been dismantled and moved. The plans are to rebuilt and restore it in Dripping Springs Tx as an event location to be opened in the future as possibly “The Calvert House”
    how do I add picture….

  14. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11831 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks Gayle for the pics.




  15. John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

    Not the first time I’ve seen houses or other old structures moved distances when doing so did not make a lot of sense until a closer look is taken. A c. 1900 church building in the historic town of Bartlett. TX was sold by the owner to an out of town individual and was (at last check) being dismantled and salvaged for use as a beer garden in a booming suburb near Austin.

    This house would have fit in nicely with the dozens of other restored vintage homes in Calvert but is being cut into sections and moved to Dripping Springs, Texas. It is a small town which had 1,788 residents in 2010 but only six years later (2016) is estimated to have 3,140 residents; a truly phenomenal growth rate. Dripping Springs is east of Austin and 120 miles by the shortest route from Calvert. The entire town of Dripping Springs is featured in streetview so it did not take very long to figure out what’s going on there: https://goo.gl/maps/RBcLAoBwc532 (“Hill Country Guitars” not many towns the size of Dripping Springs have such exotic venues) To me, this booming small town looks like tourism central so to fit in with the weathered “country look” theme it now makes sense to import a late Victorian era house from 120 miles away to a town where tourism is the main business sector. Just a thought, because our 1889 home (all original as one family lived in it for 97 years!) in Fort Worth is now literally surrounded by new apartments construction, I could envision it being saved and relocated in a similar manner to a Country & Western themed community like Dripping Springs or to several other tourism hotspots around the state. Thanks Kelly for the heads up about this house. Given the expenses of moving it 120 miles, I expect the former Calvert home will be put back together and renovated with some sensitivity albeit probably in the “Farmhouse Rustic” style espoused in the HGTV show FIXER UPPER based in Waco, TX. It will be interesting to see how this former Calvert, TX, house fits into to Dripping Springs landscape. Thanks Gayle, for the recent deconstruction photos.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11831 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      That wasn’t the church in Bartlett I posted a while back was it?

      I’ve asked Gayle to forward the page to the new owners, I hope they’ll stop by here and say “Hi!”

  16. PatPat says: 4 comments
    Cypress, TX

    This was my great-uncle’s, Carl Allday, house. It was known as the Abram-Allday house. I have his wife’s, Eloise Allday, picture album showing this house in its former glory. She had elaborate brick pathways and flower gardens in the back. The house did have wallpaper downstairs. When Eloise died, Carl did nothing with the house for probably 10 years. There was a water leak in the upstairs bathroom. It leaked down the wall in front of the parlor by the stairs. He told me that an architect from Dallas once tried to buy the newel posts from out of the house while he was living there. He said no. He also owned the movie theater in town. The house was left to my father who sold it with all the contents in it.. The people who bought it sold it several years later with all the furniture in it. All Victorian furniture. Beautiful furniture. We think maybe the buyer, who refurbished the jail in town, used the furniture in the that building, not sure though. I loved this house. I would love to go and see it restored.

  17. PatPat says: 4 comments
    Cypress, TX

    Not promising, but I will try to find the pictures. I have to get into the top of my closet into my pictures. I have pictures of the house in the snow. I will try to get them down.

  18. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11831 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    From Brandy at Image General Contracting in Austin, Texas, the folks that moved the home to Dripping Springs in 2017. It’ll be turned into a wedding/event center.

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