c. 1880 – Bellefonte, PA (Shoppell)

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Added to OHD on 7/18/13   -   Last OHD Update: 10/14/19   -   9 Comments

644 Pleasant View Blvd, Bellefonte, PA 16823

  • $147,900
  • 4 Bed
  • 1.5 Bath
  • 1805 Sq Ft
  • 1.35 Ac.
This Victorian home has many special ornate characteristics throughout the home. From the stained glass windows to the floor to ceiling windows. Glass doors that open up to balconys. Baseboards with wide trim. 3 fireplace mantels. This home still has the original charm from centuries ago. Step back in time!
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Cynthia Minteer, RE/MAX Centre Realty
(814) 441-6777
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9 Comments on c. 1880 – Bellefonte, PA (Shoppell)

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  1. says: 562 comments

    Great old Victorian. It’d be perfect near the beach.

  2. Ernie says: 130 comments

    Picturesque rural location but far too close to the sewage treatment plant directly across the road.

    • Curiouser George says: 161 comments

      I was a biology major in college and regularly took field trips to various outdoor sites. One trip I remember especially well was to the city treatment plant and it was an eye-opener for me. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and came away with a new-found appreciation of the benefits of sanitation! So, to live across from this facility would not be so difficult for me because I know the good that it does, and it’s attractive to boot. Much better looking, in fact, than the mish-mash of non-descript warehouses and empty trailers down the road. What a bunch of eye-sores they are!!!
      This place obviously needs some attention but it has a lot going for it, and if the price was dropped another 10k – 20k, then I think it would be better positioned to attract a buyer.
      As bad as those warehouses down the road are, the area is improved by two large baseball fields behind the house. How nice that would be in the summer to stroll up the hill and watch a bunch of kids outside enjoying themselves.

  3. John Shiflet says: 5397 comments

    Bellefonte, Pennsylvania often advertises itself as “Victorian Bellefonte” because of its abundance of Victorian era houses. This example, sort of a Swiss Chalet-Eastlake flavored hybrid, shows why. Williamsport, PA is another treasure trove of Victorian homes and buildings. In fact, almost every Pennsylvania community has some surviving 19th century architecture so if Victorian architecture is your cup of tea, Pennsylvania is the place to see.

  4. FergusFergus says: 260 comments
    1420 Perpendicular Gothic

    Wow! From the outside this house looks Swiss or even to have been built in or inspired by the Norwegian Dragon Style. Dragon style is quite similar to the Swiss Chalet style except that the Dragon Style had a lot more ornamentation and the houses are painted bright colours rather than being left unpainted. The inside of this house is very nice as well, but that exterior is so very different to the other house in Bellefonte posted a while ago.

  5. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11732 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I discovered this is a design from Shoppell’s Modern Houses. I’ve yet to read about this pattern book architect, only what John S. has mentioned in some comments. Maybe he doesn’t mind elaborating on this particular pattern book architect.

  6. John Shiflet says: 5397 comments

    Robert W. Shoppell started out in business selling publishing supplies and woodcuts. He organized the Building Plan Association around 1880 and in April 1883 published a paperback booklet titled: “HOW TO BUILD A HOUSE:COOPERATIVE BUILDING PLANS, Containing the most approved designs for Villas, Cottages, Farm Houses and Suburban Architecture” In Jan. 1886, Shoppell started publishing a quarterly journal to increase his mail order plan business. It was titled SHOPPELL’S MODERN HOMES-An Illustrated Architectural Quarterly. Different versions and editions were printed; some were directed at real estate developers and builders. At his peak Shoppell employed around 50 architects and house plan costs ranged from $15 to $65. His publications continued until 1907 corresponding to the same time when his contemporary, George F. Barber, put out his last planbook (1908) While Barber’s house designs are better known today it would be incorrect to assume Shoppell was a minor planbook seller-publisher. One Shoppell feature probably appreciated by clients was including color illustrations in some publications which provide a guide to period color schemes absent in old black & white photos. An internet search showed some institutional libraries have complete collections of Shoppell’s Quarterly Journal but I did not find them in online editions. Dover Publications published a collection of Shoppell’s Modern Homes house designs covering a couple of decades. There are probably still many undiscovered Shoppell designed house waiting to be identified.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11732 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Thanks for the info about him. I’m beginning to get more into the different pattern book houses and spotting them. I wouldn’t have recognized this one if not for it’s unique design. Hopefully it’s the start of many Shoppell designs I’ll post.

    • Emmy says: 1 comments

      I came across your post while I was looking for information on Shoppell. I have come across of Shoppells Designs 21 to be exact, and the Descriptive Price List. Is there Anything you could tell me about them, or maybe direct me in the right direction?
      Thank you for your time.
      Emmy Nielsen

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