c. 1860 Gothic Revival – Williamsport, IN

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108 Lincoln St, Williamsport, IN 47993

  • $84,900
  • 5 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 4472 Sq Ft
  • 2.2 Ac.
What a deal! Historical Gothic home in town on 2.2 acres. Stained glass, high soring ceilings, original and unique! 7 fireplaces, wide hallways. Beautiful home.
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Amy Rollet, Keller Williams
(765) 807-7177
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28 Comments on c. 1860 Gothic Revival – Williamsport, IN

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  1. John Shiflet says: 5495 comments

    Interesting Gothic Revival house here with many nice original details. I had to look twice at the Williamsport, INDIANA location because Williamsport, PA has one of the largest concentrations of Victorians in the Keystone State. Those columns are intriguing as they are not the usual turn-of-the-last-century Neo-Classical items but more of the Gothic Cathedral type compound columns. They were most likely originally marblelized, gilded, or faux painted to resemble exotic stone originally. The house comes with a couple of acres, another plus, but on the downside it appears to need a lot of work. With a properly reconstructed Gothic Revival porch (I hand built one from scratch in Vallejo, CA a few years ago: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11236515@N05/sets/72157604532024660/ ) and much needed cosmetic work, this would again be an early Victorian gem. At under $100k it appears to be in bargain territory but location should also to be considered.

  2. Karen says: 76 comments

    Thanks for sharing the pics, John. It turned out very nice!!

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  3. John Shiflet says: 5495 comments

    Thanks for the kind words, Karen. Since I’m semi-retired, my goal was not to drum up business, nor brag, but just to show that building a proper Gothic Revival porch is not impossible nor even especially difficult. The next owners should attempt to put the proper period porch on this house-it’s a very nice example in brick of the pointed style.

  4. Karen says: 76 comments

    You’re so welcome, John. I always enjoy reading your comments, as I always gain a little bit more knowledge about a variety of things pertaining to the old houses. I also enjoyed all the pics you took up in northern Texas. I’ve forgotten the names of the two little towns you photographed.

  5. RosewaterRosewater says: 5723 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    What a great house. Feels so light, airy, and spacious. Love the tray warmer in the DR radiator, (those are soooo cool). It would be a labor of love to strip all that gorgeous woodwork, and free up all of the spectacular original transoms, (1860 A/C).. Pity all of the best project houses are way off in the hinterlands…

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  6. lara janelara jane says: 569 comments

    Wow, John! I am duly impressed! Well done!

    This is a great house! I love the old kitchen (?) with the fireplace.

  7. Sandra Kozintseva says: 1 comments

    Hi John,
    found little bit more about this place.

    1976 newspaper article about history of the house:
    http://www.wwtpl.lib.in.us/HistoryRecordView.aspx?historyRecordID=2379

    A photo taken in 1962 that shows a lot of details of that now missing porch:
    http://indiamond6.ulib.iupui.edu/cdm/ref/collection/ILWDPeat/id/311

  8. John Shiflet says: 5495 comments

    Thank you very much for the article and old photo links, Sandra. While the scroll-sawn verge/barge boards on the front gable look original, the porch with the paired neo-classical columns on pedestals are not original-most likely from c.1900 about the time the by-then 40 year old Gothic style wood porch was requiring replacement. I’ve built Gothic Revival style porches from scratch and they are easier to build than the classical columned variety.
    Its one of the most interesting historic homes in Williamsport. I took some photos of the town’s historic homes and discovered that two were mail order planbook designed houses by George F. Barber: https://www.flickr.com/photos/11236515@N05/sets/72157648056465639/ (thanks Chris for the Barber ID)
    The entire community was charming, so much so that I could see us living there someday although this house might be a bit too large for us. The Fremont Goodwine house at 24 Fall Street is decidedly not for sale according to the Chicago based couple who bought it last year but there are several very nice old homes in Williamsport.

  9. says: 2 comments

    Thanks Sandra and John for the extra information, and thanks to this site for the extra pictures! We are Americans living abroad and returning to our home state of Indiana next year. If still on the market, we are going to look at this house on our visit in a few months (2015). We are so intrigued with this home and all of its features, and if we do purchase it, we would like to restore it. How do we find information on proper restoration as well as good contractors for it? Should I check the forums?

    I see that I shouldn’t ask questions the agent should answer, and I am certainly not trying to circumvent that with my next question. I have no experience with historic homes, so will an agent be able to list some of the unique features (ones not mentioned or listed already) that should not be overlooked in a restoration? We can’t see this property for months, and while I know it may be sold by then, I’d like to know more about its potential now so we can research restoration options. For such answers, should I ask the agent first and then hit the forums?

    If anyone can please offer any direction or advice, my husband and I would appreciate it immensely. I’m kind of in love with this house already!

  10. John Shiflet says: 5495 comments

    Hi Jenn,
    This is one of the finest formal Gothic Revival mansions in Indiana. I have a couple of archival photos showing the porch (likely a turn of the last century Neo-Classical replacement) as well as some local newspaper narratives about a former owner. Williamsport fairly oozes charm as it is sited on slightly hilly terrain with short, sometimes curving streets with a visual surprise at almost every turn. The work needed on the house is mainly cosmetic and I would hope anyone buying it would respect the 150 years of history enshrined within its walls. It was (over) built as solid as a Medieval castle. If contractors are needed, I’d consult with Indiana Landmarks: Western Regional Office 669 Ohio Street Terre Haute, IN 47807 Ph. 812-232-4534 Fax 812-234-0156 west@indianalandmarks.org so you’d have someone familiar with working on historic homes rather than run of the mill remodelers who may recommend total modernization inside. Such an insensitive approach would border on the criminal. In a larger community, this intact 150 year old mansion on 2.2 acres would probably be a museum house so if you want an old house with a modern interior, this would not be a good match. As for restoration, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has a number of useful publications too long to list individually. The house is livable as is; however, the badly failing porch roof has been removed for safety. As for online old house restoration forums, here’s one I found useful: http://www.myoldhouseonline.com/forum It is affiliated with the OLD HOUSE JOURNAL (not to be confused with This Old House, the PBS show and magazine which emphasizes gutting and modernization of old houses..on a huge budget as well) The OLD HOUSE JOURNAL was started in the mid-1970’s as a local “how to” publication for restorers of Brooklyn Brownstones but others found the articles so helpful it soon became a national publication. Since the subject matter is old houses, older back issues are as useful as newer issues. If I can be of further help, please post what information you are seeking. I’ve been involved in old house restoration and historic preservation since the mid-1980’s. I’d love to see this unique historic home in the hands of caring owners who could take it back to its original glory. Good luck with your efforts.

  11. says: 2 comments

    Thanks so much for the detailed information John. We want to buy a historic home somewhere between Danville, IL (our families live there/around there) and Indianapolis (where my husband will be working). Although we want modern conveniences, which I think this house already has, we don’t want to gut it and modernize, but to be honest, we don’t know what choices cross line into modernizing. So your information will certainly help. I’m also hoping the agent might have more information or be willing to share with us more pictures as we can not physically be there for a few months yet. Are the article you mention and pictures of the previous porch different from the ones already shared in the comments? If so, would you mind posting them, please?

    We will be studying the information you mentioned so that when we do buy (this or another one), we can make informed choices about the restoration. I can’t thank you enough for the information as we are clueless. However, we can understand how easily folks can become passionate about retaining the history in historic homes. They are fascinating and beautiful.

    I think we’ve made a great contact here with you for additional help. Thanks for sharing your passion with others!

  12. John Shiflet says: 5495 comments

    Jenn, It’s good you have some time to learn more about old houses as well as the best approach to restoring them. In the vintage housing market, you’ll find houses with their original details intact tend to fetch higher prices than similar homes that are modernized. When I use the term modernized, I mean houses that are essentially gutted to the studs or bricks and then reconstructed to look like a brand new home inside. I do not mean they have just had electricity, plumbing, or HVAC systems installed for the first time. Those systems, if older than 25 years, will probably need upgrades/replacements. Probably the reason this Williamsport house appeals to you is because it has character and period charm. Were it totally modern looking inside (as is a large brick Italianate style house not far away that suffered from an insensitive rehab and now is missing almost all clues to its past) I doubt it would have as much appeal.
    In the just published issue of the Old House Journal, there is an extensive article about how to recreate authentic looking Victorian kitchens without sacrificing modern appliances. The subject house in the article was built in the 1860’s and the kitchen makeover was by a designer specialist who custom designs period looking kitchens. Lots of valuable tips and tricks of the trade are shared. Most public library periodical depts. have copies of the Old House Journal so one need not subscribe to read the article. The majority of Old House Dreams fans here share a common philosophy of respecting and preserving the past. If you start to look around, you’ll find far more modernized old houses than intact and original examples. The Williamsport Gothic house is almost in the time capsule category so its a rare find. In nearby Attica, IN, I found this remarkable early Italianate (1850’s) that appears to be waiting for someone to rescue it: https://www.flickr.com/photos/11236515@N05/15478815001/in/set-72157648056465639 and https://www.flickr.com/photos/11236515@N05/15303136308/in/album-72157648056465639/ Archival photos exist showing a wrap around porch to the side. I can see where some original windows have been switched out with mis-matched modern versions, but restored, this one would also be an impressive landmark.

  13. joyjoy says: 71 comments

    This house is lovely. Thanks for the additional article and photo of the house.

    What is going on above the door in photo 5? I see the fan. Did they modify a transom? Make an older entrance smaller? Just curious as to what might be “going on” there.

    • John Shiflet says: 5495 comments

      Yeah, that was an old transom window modified for a ventilation fan. I don’t recall seeing central air in the basement but the wiring breaker panel was a newer 200 AMP unit and although it was a bit of a rats nest with the wiring it may have met code.

  14. John Shiflet says: 5495 comments

    Jennifer, Sorry to hear it didn’t work out. I can only hope the new owners appreciate what a treasure they now have. But Indiana has a wealth of historic homes from north to south. Greenfield has quite a few nice Victorians, as does Attica, Longansport, Aurora in the south, Richmond in the east, and a fair number of other places. Take this regal Queen Anne in Elwood (just north of Indy) which just came back on the market and is full of the details lovers of Victoriana appreciate: https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2010/11/09/1895-queen-anne-elwood-in/ When the time comes, if I can help you folks find a house in Indiana, just leave a post here and I’ll see what is available. Gothic Revivals like this one are rare in Indiana but they become more numerous as one goes east towards the coast. BTW, we live in Texas but I’ve been studying the Indiana old house market for some time. (and hope we can find something we like when the time comes)

  15. Brian Fick says: 2 comments

    My wife Mary Yeager and I purchased the 108 Lincoln house. We are both professional Architectural Conservators and intend to keep the house as historically accurate as possible inside and out. It was built almost exactly to A. J. Downing’s plan for the “Cottage in the English or Rural Gothic Style”, down to the built-in boiling pot by the kitchen hearth, and we feel very lucky to have found it.
    The bump in the listed price occurred as a result of rolling in immediate stabilization costs. We have two historic photos of the exterior front showing the original porch, which was also quite close to the Downing/Davis illustration, and we plan on replicating it next summer.

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    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11807 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      That’s great news! Congratulations!

      • John Shiflet says: 5495 comments

        Since I’ve personally toured this house, I’d like to congratulate you as well. Did you see the electric meter readings in the attic scribbled in pencil in the early 1900’s? Overall, the house is a time capsule and preservation minded folks like you and your wife are ideal new owners for it. It did have a Downing-esque look and I’ve seen the older photos you mentioned. Big project ahead awaits but well worth the efforts in my opinion. The realtor told us the original owner and several successive owners were prominent local lawyers. I suspect the large columns inside were once faux grained to look like marble or some other exotic material so there might still be evidence of that. A wonderful estate size lot is included (the fertile garden still had a bountiful crop of tomatoes when we visited in September, 2014) so when finished you’ll have the kind of picturesque Country house A.J. Downing was so fond of. The short in length Lincoln Street has some amazing historic homes; I continue to wonder about the early Italianate nearby with the collapsed chimney-I have a hunch its pretty special inside too if not altered extensively in the past. My spouse and I would call Williamsport home as well if the large brick Queen Anne on Fall Street ever became available again. (an album of Williamsport photos is linked to above-there are at least two identified George F. Barber designed homes in the town) Williamsport is a jewel of a town and I hope it’s never modernized-any photos you may wish to share of your restoration would be greatly appreciated. Here’s wishing you the best as you move forward in the coming year.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 5723 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Thrilled to hear it! This place is a marvel. SURE hope you are willing to share photos of your progress, (Flickr is a great FREE format). Cheers! J

  16. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11807 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    A nice update on the new owners that rebuilt the front porch.

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 5723 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Oh my God! Ohhhhh woooowwwww. Just beautiful. How wonderful. So very, VERY well done. I have never forgotten this great house. It’s beyond stunning, upper Gothic window is one of the more impressive details I’ve ever seen. How thrilling that it has had this exquisite, period correct, exterior restoration.

      That kitchen hearth is for sure mad rad. Sure hope we get to see more of this great house in the future. A complete restoration would be beyond thrilling!

      Looks like this fine house is well on it’s way to winning Bill Cook’s cup. If the interior is progressing in kind; I’d say it’s a definite contender.
      https://www.indianalandmarks.org/about/awards/cook-cup/

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 5723 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Kelly, don’t miss the short video found at the bottom of the page I linked to. 🙂

  17. dwr7292dwr7292 says: 431 comments
    1930 carriage house
    Bethlehem, CT

    With all that’s going on in the world today, these pictures make me irrationally happy. Congratulations and kudos to the new owners who have done an amazing job.

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  18. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5495 comments
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    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    Fantastic restoration! Since I’ve had the privilege of seeing inside this great period home (where we were told generations of lawyers and their families had lived) I can only imagine how nice the interior now looks as well. Three cheers on a job very well done. I must ask…what is the status of the great early Italianate mansion (probably as old as this home) across and down the street? During our visit in Williamasport, a chimney had just collapsed on the roof of the Italianate. I sincerely hope this important home wasn’t lost in the years that have passed since our visit. Williamsport, although small in size, packs quite the architectural punch and in my opinion is one of the most picturesque small towns in Indiana. Thanks for saving a prominent part of Williamsport and Indiana history.

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  19. JRCJRC says: 145 comments
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    1929 Georgian
    Grand Rapids, MI

    So beautiful it gave me shivers! Owners love for this house very evident.
    I want to see inside!!!

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  20. StevenFStevenF says: 884 comments
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    1969 Regency
    Nashville, TN

    Wow! I thought the circa 1900 replacement porch was nice, but this is amazing. I can’t believe there are people who can still create this type of gothic design. The owners must be super proud. I’m just in awe!

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