1885 Queen Anne – Smithville, TX

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Added to OHD on 9/24/12   -   Last OHD Update: 10/14/19   -   12 Comments

400 3rd Ave, Smithville, TX 78957

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  • $89,000
  • 3 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 1274 Sq Ft
  • 2.23 Ac.
Historically significant property site in City of Smithville's Mt Pleasant subdivision. Amazingly original, ready for appropriate historic restoration/remodel. 2 property IDs R17276 & R45846 for a total of 2.233 acres. Has detached garage with concrete slab. House has indoor plumbing and mid-century (1900's) kitchen updates. Amazing lumber in home. Beautiful hilltop property with nice trees. Partially fenced.
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12 Comments on 1885 Queen Anne – Smithville, TX

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  1. Audrey says: 114 comments

    I guess the land makes it worth more… but for a house in this town, in this condition? I’d expect half this price. ADORABLE town, but there is a large stock of cute Victorians, mostly restored and bargain priced, and no one moving to town to live in them. It’s just far enough from Austin to make a regular commute insane.

  2. says: 562 comments

    Did somebody take down the plaster, or was this rough wood always meant to be the final wall surface?

    • stephen zietz says: 30 comments

      I think that the rough, unblemished (?) walls in some of the rooms would indicate that the walls were meant to be covered — either with cloth (unlikely) or paper (probably). I suspect that many houses throughout the South (is Texas still South? — Was it ever?) that have the horizontal plank walls were not meant to be painted, but were, indeed, covered.

      • Audrey says: 114 comments

        The walls are all like this in Texas, growing up as an old house lover, I thought it was normal. Just recently, due to this site, I realize that lathe and plaster is the norm most places.
        The planks are actually the home’s structure. To cover them, muslin would be tacked up loosely. Then it would be wetted so it shrank. Finally, cloth or paper would be glued to the muslin to create the finished look. There are a few contractors statewide who practice this art, but they aren’t cheap or easy to come by.

        • John C. Shiflet says: 5397 comments

          Our 1889 home in Fort Worth has plaster and lath in the older part and shiplap boards (as seen here) in a room added in 1897. Beaded board and shiplap board walls were very common in post-Civil War Southern states including Texas. Where boards are present, unbleached muslin cloth was tacked onto the boards in overlapping swaths and when all surfaces were covered the muslin was wetted causing it to shrink and tighten up. Once dry, wallpaper was pasted over the muslin. (in our added 1897 room sheetrock was put over the boards but there are still two layers of old wallpaper under the sheetrock) In other homes, the old muslin cloth frays and deteriorates over the years but often thousands of rusty tacks remain in the walls that were used to tack down the cloth. The shiplap boards add some strength to interior walls which is a consideration in stormy Texas where both fierce Spring storms as well as the occasional tornado put old house walls to the test. I’ve seen photos of old houses still standing but their modern neighbors did not survive. Some folks sand and paint the board walls for an interesting effect. The house appears to be a bit pricey but it does come with over 2 acres of land. As a restoration project it would probably fall into the “labor of love” category. Someone with design/decorating talents could do something interesting in a simple old house like this one

  3. I’m surprised the house is listed for $100,000 in such a sad condition. Yes, it has great bones, but when my husband and I considered moving to Smithville years ago, real estate was not so high. Like Audrey said, maybe the acreage is what’s upping the price tag.

    Also, I agree with Stephen. Every old house I’ve seen with tongue-in-groove or rough-sawn walls has had wallpaper installed over it. I think it was the old-fashioned equivalent of a vapor barrier.

  4. linda says: 2 comments

    Love old homes. I am being laid off work been a single mom with two jobs. Looking for something affordable.

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