c. 1900 – Sweetwater, TN

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Added to OHD on 2/13/14   -   Last OHD Update: 10/30/18   -   21 Comments
505 Summit St, Sweetwater, TN 37874
  • 4 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 4560 Sq Ft
  • 0.33 Ac.
Built ca. 1900, this fabulous home has many original features, including beautiful hardwoods, pocket doors, lead glass windows, fireplaces with gorgeous mantels, built-ins, doors and woodwork. Loaded with storage in outbuilding with two garage doors. Located in historic downtown Sweetwater within walking distance to shopping, school playground, businesses, library, churches and hospital. Large level corner lot with a huge backyard. This is an opportunity to bring an historic beauty back to life!
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Terri Click Sloan, Century 21,
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21 Comments on c. 1900 – Sweetwater, TN

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  1. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4645 comments

    This house looks deceivingly smaller on the outside than the interior appears. Although its clearly post-1900 it retains many late Victorian details like the mantels, leaded glass windows and pocket doors. Here’s a bit of trivia: the copper and darker toned hardware has a characteristic finish which is properly called “Bower-Barf”. The Bower-Barf finish is created by dark oxidizing the piece then selectively buffing areas until they shine with a copper look. The piece is then clear coated to preserve the shiny areas and prevent rusting. From the late 1890’s until the 1920’s Bower-Barf finished hardware was extremely popular and the distinctive finish was applied to many metal items like ceiling fans, light fixtures, heat grates, and hardware. A 1904 hardware guide for architects (Google Books) describes the hardware popular at the time: http://books.google.com/books?id=tm0JAAAAIAAJ&lpg=PA173&ots=7CCxbe002U&dq=Barf-Bower%20finish%20hardware&pg=PP7#v=onepage&q=Barf-Bower%20finish%20hardware&f=false

  2. RossRoss says: 2384 comments

    This is a very interesting, attractive house.

    The original trim/doors/windows are all gorgeous.

    I also like that the house has layers of history. Like the circa-1960 kitchen, which I would be prone to keep and restore.

    Love the green-tiled bathroom. Late 1930s?

    Then there is, oddly, a second kitchen with green-painted cabinets. Like it, too, and particularly the vegetable wallpaper. Would hope to save it.

    I am really drawn to houses such as this, with the passage of time evident.

  3. AvatarGraham says: 163 comments

    I wonder what the little diamond shaped door goes to?

  4. AvatarSandy Mom says: 7 comments

    Probably a laundry door!!! Love this house and is less than 30 miles from me!!

  5. AvatarKenneth Lee Benjamin says: 63 comments

    Ive seen other houses in Sweetwater TN Im only a couple hour drive from there and will have to check some of these older homes out.I am looking for an Victorian house,this one again looks small from the outside but with over 4000sq st its quite large.Love the details and the wood

  6. AvatarJim R. says: 68 comments

    Interesting how the window muntins make a diamond shape that is echoed in the “laundry door”.

    Nice group of fireplace treatments.

    • Kelly, Old House DreamsKelly, Old House Dreams says: 10059 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I noticed that too. Not sure it’s a laundry door, could be a closed over window.

      • RosewaterRosewater says: 4410 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        Bet you’re right. Was a window; now attic access from the additions in the back. This house is far more interesting inside than out. Vinyl siding does a great job of making any house look blaaaahhh.. Nice downstairs kitchen, if a bit lacking in size and storage. Great tile bath too.. Floors are GORGE.; but somebody needs to get some oil on the rest of that wood pronto…

  7. AvatarJim R. says: 68 comments

    John, that same treatment was also used on Edison phonograph metal pieces in that era.

  8. Avatarbfish says: 119 comments

    Very nice — I agree with others that the exterior really undersells what resides inside.

  9. AvatarCaleb says: 4 comments

    🙁 Hate that they are tearing it down! Selling it off piece by piece!!! 🙁

    • Kelly, Old House DreamsKelly, Old House Dreams says: 10059 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Are you joking?

      • AvatarCaleb says: 4 comments

        Wish I was, the sweetwater elementary
        School owns it and supposedly can’t pay the cost of up keep and it didn’t sell
        So they ran a cragislist add selling off the actuarial items. I went to look at it and alot of the pieces had already been ripped out and sold! It’s a shame,so much
        Beauty and charm going to waist! 🙁

        • Kelly, Old House DreamsKelly, Old House Dreams says: 10059 comments

          1901 Folk Victorian
          Chestatee, GA

          That is a shame! Are they just tearing out the good stuff to leave a shell of a house or they are going to tear it down as well? You’d think lowering the price to sell would be cheaper in the long run.

          • RossRoss says: 2384 comments
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            1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
            Emporia, KS

            If this horror story is true, the school will make perhaps a couple of thousand by selling off bits.

            But, the value of this way cool house will then PLUMMET in value, as who would buy a stripped out house?

            You talk about penny wise and pound foolish!

          • Avatarpeterson4119 says: 1 comments

            I am looking for help in buying this house for $25,000 so that I can take it down piece by piece and rebuild it for someone on their property. If you know who I can talk to please let me know ASAP as I only have 2 weeks to come up with the money.

            • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4645 comments

              Sounds like this house is already gone.(in August 2014) During our recent Midwest trip (Indiana, Ohio, Kansas) we encountered numerous houses that were facing probable demolition-Dayton, Ohio was especially noteworthy for deteriorated historic homes in some old neighborhoods. In some places, you might be able to pick up two historic homes for $25k. Keep in mind cutting up and moving houses is not cheap even if you do much of the work yourself. Jim Siegel, a California friend of mine, ended up spending a million dollars to saw up, transport on flatbed trucks, and reassembled a large Italianate Victorian the library next door was going to demolish for a parking lot in Medina, Ohio. Then again, he had to meet stricter California building codes (had to replace all original floor joists with engineered beams and metal seismic tie downs) and he wanted the house to look totally original, so getting the finished look required a lot of additional investment. He topped off the project with a custom made mansard roofed Second Empire style carriage house workshop that looked like it had been on the site since the 1870’s. One need not be so lavish to save an endangered historic home.

  10. AvatarCaleb says: 4 comments

    I know it’s so sad! They told me that they are selling off any thing of value. They have the columns on the front porch priced as well as the hardwood floors,windows, trim,staircase,tolite etc.. All individually priced with a pretty penny. They told me when everything sells that it will be tore down for a parking lot! 🙁

  11. JulieJulie says: 122 comments

    I just came across this house in a preservation group I belong to on Facebook. I emailed the person selling off the stuff, and asked why they weren’t saving the entire house. Here’s the reply I just received.

    I understand your concern for preserving history. Sadly, this house has to be torn down by the city. Despite how good the pictures look, there are extensive issues with the upstairs and the basement.
    The city now owns the house, and tried to sell it for quite some time. No one would purchase it and put in the required money and effort to bring it back to a liveable condition. The bottom price was $125k, and it would have required another $300k to fix it up.
    It sits just next to an elementary school, and the city decided to use the property for an expansion of the school.
    Sweetwater is an old town. There are many, many homes and buildings that are as much as 50 years older than this house. They are being preserved intact and are in good condition. Unfortunately, this house fell into disrepair and there were no buyers for it.
    We have been contracted by the city to sell all the parts that we can. So far, we have sold many pieces of the house. They have all gone to families who are using them to build into their existing homes or families who are building new homes and implementing the pieces in. In this way, all these pieces of the house will be preserved. We are hoping to sell every part of the house to people who will do that.

    I don’t understand. I think the school just decided to buy it and made up the bit about it “looking” good but not being in good shape. That’s so sad. It’s really beautiful.

  12. AvatarSusan says: 1 comments

    I personally take heart in the fact that they are selling off as much of the home”s special features as possible.Reality is that not every old house can or should be saved, as factors we can’t see in pictures come into play.

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