1904 Queen Anne – Independence, KS

Added to OHD on 11/29/13   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   24 Comments
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920 W Main St, Independence, KS 67301

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  • $17,000
  • 3 Bed
  • 3 Bath
  • 2800 Sq Ft
  • 0.18 Ac.
There are so many unique features to this home! The right owner could turn it into THE SHOWPLACE OF INDEPENDENCE! The staircase is unique and attractive. There's a built in china cabinet with leaded glass doors, an oak plate rail in the dining room, hardwood floors, an exquisite fireplace, and many other fantastic features to this one-of-a-kind fixer upper!
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Tim White, Bill White Real Estate

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24 Comments on 1904 Queen Anne – Independence, KS

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  1. John Shiflet says: 5450 comments

    Excellent bones but I think location is a factor. I used to live north of Kansas City in St. Joseph and never heard much about Independence. The front door is a replacement. It wouldn’t be surprising to learn this is a busy traffic area given its on Main street. I’ll have to take a look in Streetview. In any case, a house this size with such period details is often considered a bargain at $32,000. In some places, you’d find another digit added to the price.

  2. Nancy says: 13 comments

    Oh my! That staircase is gorgeous !

  3. Rachel Shoemaker says: 36 comments

    Beautiful! I have family in Independence Ks……………..I think I’ll move!

  4. john c says: 27 comments

    John, I read that comment and wondered why you thought you ever would hear of Independence Kansas. Are you thinking of Independence Missouri, very near Kansas City, where Truman lived? Independence Kansas is a little county seat town of about 9500 way down on the southern border of Kansas near the southeastern corner of Kansas.

    Independence Kansas has two claim to fame. Its baseball team participated in the first nighttime baseball game in the US, and two of its monkeys were the first American monkeys to fly in space (and live and return to the zoo afterward). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independence,_Kansas However, its population is falling.

  5. John Shiflet says: 5450 comments

    Nice call, John. I should have known since there’s a Kansas City, Kansas there would be an Independence too. That also clears up the confusion I had from looking at streetview and seeing a rather tranquil Main street, Although I never visited Independence MO or the town by the same name in KS in the 2 years I lived in St. Joseph I did occasionally go across the Missouri River to visit Leavenworth, Atchison, White Cloud, and Hiawatha, KS. Thanks for helping me clarify the situation. (now I need to go find the town on the map)

  6. Kris says: 30 comments

    Whenever I hear of Independence, KS, I think of Laura Ingalls Wilder, in which Independence was the nearest settlement to their prairie home.

  7. Kris says: 30 comments

    I think I remember seeing that post before. It sounds like they were considering buying it? It’s been a while since I read On the Way Home.

    I was a big fan of Laura’s books when I was a child. Even had to stop in De Smet on one vacation when we went out west. A few years ago I had purchased some books about their real life ventures. Unfortunately I remember now I hadn’t finished them!

    Some day I’m going to go to Prince Edward Island. I loved Anne of Green Gables, too.

  8. says: 470 comments

    I love the staircase. Four balusters on each step, and each turned in a different style.

  9. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11931 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Showing as reduced to $17,000, it’s such a drop I almost wonder if it’s an error? If it isn’t, what a great deal.

  10. Ross says: 2455 comments

    There are a lot more pictures here:


    The house has fire damage. it seems confined to the second-floor bedroom, the one in front with the bay, and boarded-over windows.

    The damage does not seem extensive. But it would account for the very low price.

    Still, the place seems like a steal. Gorgeous home.

    Oddly, I cannot find it via Google streetview.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11931 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Thanks, glad they added the photos of the damage, wish more agents would do that.

      Does the link to the street view not work for you? I just tried it, it’s the house hidden in the trees when it first loads.

  11. Ross says: 2455 comments

    Ahh, I found it on streetview. Yep, it is hidden! Thanks Kelly!

    There is an incredible house two doors to the east, too. Wow.

    The street, while busy, seems lovely.

  12. John Shiflet says: 5450 comments

    Ross, as you probably know, in a late Victorian era house like this one, the “good stuff” is always in the public rooms downstairs. Upstairs was the private family area and most houses have more modest details and finishes there as only family members would ever see them. In that light, its actually a plus that the damage was upstairs rather than on the first floor. I readily agree its a bargain at $17k but the buyer will have some work and investment ahead of them. I’d also replace the entry door with a period version but overall, this is a pretty nice property. When I looked up Independence KANSAS, I found it much more remote than the town by the same name in Missouri. So location is also a factor but still, what a great deal for someone. Nicely cleaned up with some appropriate antiques this house would be stellar, IMO.

  13. Ross says: 2455 comments

    I agree, John, the town is a bit remote. However, Tulsa is only an hour and a half away, and Wichita about the same. So, one could easily take day trips to these big cities, or weekend adventures.

    Years ago, I had an apartment in NYC, and stayed in the city 3 days a week. The rest of the week I stayed in my Colonial-era house in Newport, a 3-1/2 hour drive.

    So, it might be kinda cool to have an apartment in Tulsa, and this house as a retreat.

    Anyway, I ache to save this beauty! I am always powerfully drawn to Houses in Distress.

    Hey, great idea for a TV series!

  14. John Shiflet says: 5450 comments

    Ross, there are people who have compassion for neglected or abused animals; it seems you and I have compassion for mistreated and neglected old houses. (and we’re certainly not alone among Kelly’s fans) Those old houses that has been meticulously restored or totally renovated just don’t have as much to tell us about the past as those that are faded and sometimes are in danger of being lost to oblivion. I support your idea of a TV show as my one of my old favorites was “If Walls Could Talk” but far more current shows are about house flipping or renovation rather than preservation. You might send your idea to Scripps networks in Knoxville. They own HGTV among their networks. The question is, are there enough people who would watch your proposed show? When I learn about yet another fine old house being senselessly razed, I have to keep reminding myself that OHD blog fans are just a tiny slice of the general public. It seems the majority of people (and their lenders) view a spiffy new McMansion in the suburbs as their dream home, not a century old or older home from the past.

  15. Ross says: 2455 comments

    John, I hear ya’.

    In the early 1950s, my young parents wanted to buy a three-decker in Detroit – three homes stacked on top of each other, and each with a nice porch in front.

    The units came with parquet floors, high ceilings, stained-glass windows, and gorgeous old-growth trim.

    My parents figured out that two of the units, rented, would pay the mortgage for the whole building. They realized that, as such, my father would not have to work as hard, and could spend more time with their soon-to-be family (I came along in 1957). Later, they figured, as their children grew into adulthood, these rental units would be occupied by the now multi-generational family.

    Also, there was a fixed-rail streetcar stop at the corner, which led to downtown, theaters, museums, etc. My parents felt that their lives, and their children’s lives, would be deeply enriched by this cultural/educational proximity.

    But, not a single bank would finance the property, a classic example of red-lining. Instead, my parents were steered to a brand new suburban development outside of Detroit. The house they purchased was, of course, wholly devoid of architectural interest and quality materials. The area was a cultural/educational wasteland.

    How many millions did this same dynamic happen to? How much of this dynamic was a major cause of Detroit’s later significant problems? As with countless cities across America?

    Decades later my mother still burned with fury at the injustice. She felt that her family had been robbed of a better life.

    I have stated this before, but this country, which willingly spends trillions fighting other countries, shortchanges our architectural and urban heritage, and thus impoverishes the nation

    I shake my head in constant wonder.

  16. John Shiflet says: 5450 comments

    Brilliant assessment, Ross. I question the value of a culture that allows and even encourages the extreme wastefulness that ours does. Take Cleveland’s Euclid Avenue for example. In 1900 it was over four picturesque miles of some of the most opulent mansions ever constructed in the U.S. Oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller and General Electric founder Charles Brush had their mansions on the street. In today’s dollars, the collective Euclid home values would be in the billions. (absolutely on par with the most expensive real estate in the U.S. today) Yet currently, there are only about half of a dozen former mansions left on Euclid with hundreds having more being razed. As you noted, Detroit is perhaps the poster child for wasteful urban planning and practices. Small wonder that today we have far less general prosperity than in decades past with most of it concentrated in the hands of people whose sole aim seems to be maintaining their position of wealth and power at any cost. American society at large appears to almost view preservation as a form of psychological aberration; the proper lifestyle is to live in suburbia, work in the fading cities, and use urban planning to hollow out entire old neighborhoods that could be revitalized and contributing to the economic health of the community. I frequently post in some fora that a community cannot demolish its way to prosperity, but some apparently believe they can.

  17. Ross says: 2455 comments

    John, great line: “a community cannot demolish its way to prosperity.”

    I may steal it!

    The grand mansions of Newport, RI, were for many decades thought to be white elephants, and many were demolished.

    A few enlightened citizens gathered together, formed the Newport Preservation Society, and started buying (or accepting donations of) these grand old houses.

    Today, these once “useless” mansions are now a powerful economic engine spreading prosperity across the city.


    I often wonder at places like Cleveland’s Euclid Avenue, and how things might had been different had they not tried to demolish their way to prosperity.

  18. John Shiflet says: 5450 comments

    Ross, Preservation as an economic tool has been proven effective time and again as in the Newport, RI example you shared. The National Trust’s (for Historic Preservation) Main Street program has had a major impact on the revitalization of many community downtowns. If you have time and are so inclined, check out noted preservation economist Donovan Rypkema who has studied the economic benefits of historic preservation with very convincing arguments showing its good for communities. But the old mindsets previously mentioned often trump the logic of preservation with old wasteful practices. Even the Green movement has embraced historic preservation because the greenest building is one already built. Demolition generates very few temporary jobs while preservation generates long term jobs and can produce the same economic rewards as new construction while maintaining or increasing the community’s property tax base. Vacant lots generate little if any taxes as demolition liens often result in owners abandoning the property and walking away. Ok, I’ll step off my soapbox before I’m kicked off.

  19. Steve Davy says: 1 comments

    Hello all!
    First time posting here 🙂
    As a former Home inspector, I actually live in Independence KS. I know this home well and I knew its owner too. He was a carpenter and was fixing up the house but had some family problems and just left it. Can’t remember how the fire started but it was only on the second floor. It is on a busy street as it is the main road through town and is also HWY 75. The home has been empty for a few years now. The main road is currently undergoing a major upgrade and has been widened, the project should be complete by the end of this year.
    I have lived in this town since 2003 and I can say it is a really cool place to live. I came from Southern California to this small town via a job and loved it so much I stayed. Some industry but mostly farming and oil/gas are its economic drivers. The downtown area is super cute with mom and pops lining both sides of the street for several blocks. Independence is home to the largest festival in the state called Neewollah that was started way back as an alternative to Halloween.
    The town has some staples such as a walmart Supercenter, Goodies, Hibbet sports McDonalds, Taco Bell, three major auto dealers etc. the town has a lot going for it. It’s a great place to raise a family and it’s only 40 mins from Barttlesville OK and 90 mins to Tulsa OK. Independence was also home to Arco Gas and oil way back when. There’s a lot of pretty cool history here as well.
    Hope this helps.

  20. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11931 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Maybe back up for sale? Showing as same agent selling, same description and appears like the same photos (I never uploaded the rooms showing the fire damage.) Zillow shows it sold Apr 2014 for $17,000, which is why I question such a quick resale for a lower price.

    Priced at $12,500. I’m unsure if this is really back on the market or an error. link to agent listing

  21. Burnett-Lignon says: 1 comments

    The house was sold for $17,000 last year with owner financing, and the purchaser defaulted; thus the house was for sale again, and has since been purchased again. Part of the problem with these wonderful project houses is the committment in time and money they require, and some enthusiastic purchasers can’t maintain their momentum. Independence, KS has many wonderful residences and commercial spaces available for a song. It’s problem is the lack of jobs and the inept city management, but it’s still a wonderful economic place to retire.

  22. Robert says: 1 comments

    Independence was a great place to be a child in the ’50s. It was headquarters for Sinclair Pipe Line Co. and still has one of the best parks you will find anywhere-regardless of size of city. I have not lived in Indep. since late 1959 but been back numerous times and it retains a good deal of appeal although not as prosperous as previously. This house is far from the most attractive or interesting in town. Lots of impressive homes from when it was a thriving city (several polo clubs even) because of natural gas.

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