c. 1900 Queen Anne – Marcus, IA (George F. Barber)

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400 E Spruce St, Marcus, IA

  • $89,500
  • 5 Bed
  • 3 Bath
  • 3220 Sq Ft
  • 0.57 Ac.
Postcard perfect! This very clean historical home was designed by famous architect George Franklin Barber and has been featured on marketing materials for the area. On the main level you'll find 3 bedrooms/2 baths, laundry, kitchen, pantry, mudroom and huge open living room with gas log fireplace. Historical details include original woodwork, terrazzo tile entry, pocket doors, and antique fireplace surround. FOR THOSE LOOKING FOR AN INCOME OPPORTUNITY this home has potential! On the second level you'll find an additional (separate) private entrance, 4 bedrooms, kitchen, bath, living roo...m with private balcony, and bonus room. Gorgeous oak hardwood floors, and original woodwork. New furnace in upstairs, central AC throughout, separate gas and electric meters, double car garage with 2 additional carports. Spacious, magestic home sits on 3 level lots totaling over .5 acres. Kitchen appliances, washer and dryer included. Motivated sellers.

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13 Comments on c. 1900 Queen Anne – Marcus, IA (George F. Barber)

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  1. Sue S. says: 279 comments

    It’s always fun to see a Barber design in such apparently good shape. The exterior color scheme is kind of whimsical and different without being weird. The interior pictures, though, do almost nothing to show off the home’s features. Where’s the entry staircase? How about a closeup of that spandrel obliquely glimpsed in the 14th photo or the fireplace? Photos of modern furniture and knick-knacks don’t add to a Queen Anne’s appeal, IMHO.

  2. Bob H says: 81 comments

    Agree with above comment–Realtors–show pictures demonstrating details of the house! We aren’t interested in buying the owners furniture.

  3. Nancy says: 181 comments

    I agree the inside was such a disappointment. It looks like a different house.

  4. Heather says: 13 comments

    Right. The realtors could have done more to highlight the unique features. I see beautiful fretwork and pocket doors. If you get past the panel ceilings, you can see that the trim and baseboards look to be in good shape. I wonder if that’s tile under a rug in the vestibule?

  5. George Engebretson says: 2 comments

    In response to the comments. We moved into this home in 1975. At that time it was a three unit rental and disaster. Folks had been most abusive to the downstairs apt to the point of urinating on the carpet. Most of the dropped ceilings had been done during the conversion which took place in the late 50’s ( I think). We purchased the place in 1977 and made the downstairs apt our home until the mid 80’s when we took over the north upstairs apt. I opened up the old stairwell from the kitchen to the apt one Sunday afternoon effectively adding a bedroom, kitchen,and living room to our living quarters. This gave our family with three children some extra rooms. We removed the apts kitchen and bathroom, converting the apt to 3 bedrooms. I must agree a lot of the interior integrity has been compromised, a great deal before obtained the home. We were primarily concerned with having a reasonable home to live in as opposed to attempting to restore the place. There is a parquet floor in the room next to the main entrance and tiling inside the doorway. We recently were informed of the architects history and certainly hope someone with where with all to restore this fine old home will come forward and purchase.
    We have photos of the place and it’s condition when we moved in, not available now, in fact, they are sad…

  6. Nancy says: 181 comments

    It’s a very nice home Mr. Engebretson and it looks like you took very good care of it. I home someone comes forward to purchase it.

  7. Sue S. says: 279 comments

    Appreciate your comments Mr. Engebretson. I see how having a home that your family could live in would take precedence over restoration because someone can only do so much (time, money).

  8. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11882 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
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    Reduced to $109,900!

  9. E. Proctor says: 2 comments

    Do you know the precise year house was built? My great-grandfather was a stone mason who lived in Marcus from about 1876 to 1917. He may have done the brick and or stone work on the house. He and my great-grandmother were the first to be married in Marcus – 1978.

    • Tommie-Lou says: 2 comments

      What was your great grandfathers last name?
      This may be the house my grandparents lived in. Their last name was Birch. My mother Lola was around 7 when they moved into the house if it is the same house. So that would be 1928. My mother mentioned Parquet floors. The house she spoke of also had stained glass windows from Italy.

  10. Louise Cannon says: 2 comments

    George W. Proctor and Madeline E Shelden were married in Marcus 1878, not 1978.
    George purchased property on north edge of Marcus on north side of rail road in June 1888.

  11. Tommie- Lou says: 2 comments

    This was the house my grandparents bought in 1927. Lived there until they sold it in 1934. My mother had many memories of griowing up in the house. It had been a funeral home before my grandfather bought it. It had a dumb waiter that had been used to move bodies from the basement to the upper floors. My uncle Kenny would place a sheet over himself and ride up and down the dumb waiter and jump off scaring my mother ( Lola). Uncle Kenny told me the story when he was an old man.

    • GeorgeE says: 2 comments

      Interesting, I thought it was a funeral home later than that. Framework for the dumbwaiter is still in the basement. We lived in it from 1975 till 2011 and sold it 2015. What a grand old home.
      Our Prairie Queen.

      The Moon is Half Full, My Glass is Half Empty,
      I’m Toasting the Passing, of my Old Prairie Queen.
      Oh the times that we’ve had, all nestled in her Bosom,
      could fill a volume, of World Book it seems.

      Live On, Live On, Old Queen of the Prairie,
      Our Time With You, Was a Pleasure To Spend.
      You treated us well, Old Queen of the Prairie,
      You kept our hearts warm, from the cold Prairie Wind.

      As the Clouds Sweep By, Like the Moon in the Night Sky,
      Memories Flow,Like the Geese on the Fly.
      The Years We’ve Spent With You,
      Are Just Like A Blessing,
      We’ll Just Say So Long, But Never Good Bye..

      Live On, Live On, Old queen Of the Prairie,
      I Hope, That The Hands, Which Hold You Are Kind!
      You Always Will Be Beauty In the Rooms Of My Mind!
      The Memories You Hold, Are Like A Gold Mine!

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