1906 Queen Anne – Lowell, IN

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709 Michigan Ave, Lowell, IN 46356

  • $139,900
  • 3 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 3198 Sq Ft
  • 0.26 Ac.
Own a piece of History. This Turn of the Century treasure offers expansive room sizes with the original decorative wood trim and gorgeous historical flair. The windows, unique to their era, are just stunning. The original staircase, railing and entry bench is sure to impress all your guests. The main floor features a Formal Dining Room, Living Room, Main floor Bedroom, Main floor bathroom, Large kitchen and an additional room leading to the attached garage and basement. Upper level offers additional bedrooms and space that could be finished. This J. Claude Rumsey House is registered in the National Register of Historic Places. Information is available in regards to grants and tax benefits available for the preservation of this home.
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Starla VanSoest, Century 21

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42 Comments on 1906 Queen Anne – Lowell, IN

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  1. Joseph says: 360 comments

    Love the scale of this – I think I could reach most of this with my ladders. A more interesting paint scheme and some landscaping would do wonders here. Vintage kitchen is great, too.

  2. lara janelara jane says: 569 comments

    It’s so cute, I can’t stand it. The exterior would charm anyone. The tower is perfection, the keyhole window is adorable, and the rounded pediment is more interesting than if the porch went straight across. The kitchen. I need smelling salts… The upper level of the tower would make a cozy little reading nook. I would even keep the bathroom. You can see the beadboard cabinet (mentioned in the PDF) in the mirror.

    Am I missing the photos mentioned in the PDF? None show up for me.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11984 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      No photos in the PDF except for an outline of the house. I looked on the National Register website but the files are not yet digitized (I think all the National Register files are not yet digitized!)

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 5855 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Lemme tellya; I damn near had a conniption when I saw this one. It just has sooooooo much character and style, and is so brilliantly preserved; and clean, clean, clean! Hehehe.. Glad Kelly spotted the PDF. It was VERY detailed, no doubt. Fun thing is that it confirmed 90% of what I had guessed about the place just by looking at it. First guess: builders own home. Second guess: no fireplace or stained glass because the builder wanted his potential customers to know he built MODERN houses with clean lines and central heating; leaving the fuss of Victorian design, and the mess of coal fires in the past. And so on…

      I wouldn’t touch hardly a thing in this house; for a good long time anyway. That kitchen is – – – well – – just amazing. So beautiful. I’m guessing the floor, which looks like fine terrazzo, is actually vintage vinyl with terrazzo pattern. So cool. I wouldn’t choose that wall paper, but I wouldn’t – ever – touch it either. Just add vintage appliances and accoutrements, and BAM, you just walked into 1925. Outstanding.. Love the 60’s reno, (of course), and wouldn’t change a bit of that either; except to maybe relocate the DR fixture to the FamR where it would be more appropriate. Bathroom is genius; if a bit unfortunately located.. Upstairs, the carpet looks brand new; and I think it’s great.. Too bad no shots of the daylight basement, (of course). The PDF made it sound hella cool..

      The only qualm I would have about this house if it were mine is the no fireplace bit. I mean, – I get that it’s omition was intentional on the part of the builder, – but – -; gotta have at LEAST one. I see several good locations for it / them too. Problem is – what ever you do, it’s going to affect the design to one degree or another; and considering the beauty and purity of the design, – – uchhh —. I’m glad it’s not my quandary…

      Hats off to the Nomanson family for their brilliant stewardship and improvement of this remarkable home for many x3 years…….

  3. pauls says: 42 comments

    I bet that circular window in the front was stained glass at one time.

  4. Shelly says: 95 comments

    I am glad that the wood work has not been touched and the kitchen is wonderfully suited for this house. I really like the exterior because of it’s uniqueness. The interior would look great with some cosmetic work. Great house! Yes this is a house I would love to have ( and all the other fifty plus houses I have fallen in love with on this site) LOL.

  5. Elaine says: 134 comments

    This house TOTALLY rocks! I LOVE it! Everything about it! Even the 50s room in there! Things that normally I wouldn’t like (some of the carpets, etc) just don’t MATTER in this house! I didn’t see the stove, or a flue or anything; was really looking for that! That sink is exactly like the one was in my grandmother’s house! Built for work! I really love everything about this one. The staircase is just a dream! As is the kitchen. What fun to own this, and just explore every nook and cranny!

  6. Scurvy Duck says: 17 comments

    Only problem with the house is the neighbor homes. Too close and too modern.

  7. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11984 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Kitchen cabinets and the sink itself are original, the metal cabinet under the sink was added mid-century. The PDF goes into great details about the updates and what is original, so hope everyone reads it, since it has a lot of information about the home.

  8. Sage says: 74 comments

    What a sweetheart! I don’t mind the white paint but she is just begging for some lilacs, forsythia, hydrangeas, roses…something old fashioned and soft. And a birdbath!

    I know wallpaper is de rigueur in house from this time period but I would paint the walls soft colors to really highlight that incredible wood.

  9. Shelly says: 95 comments

    Thanks Kelly for pointing out the PDF. I got so excited when I saw the house I completely ignored the PDF. It is rare that a house has so much original detail and in good condition. I wish all the houses could be in good as shape as this one.

    • Anna Banana says: 1 comments

      I live around the corner from this house. Everytime I go down this street, I admire this home! I love homes of this time period. I always wished I could see the inside of this house and now I have and it’s exactly what I envisioned. Perfect! I would not change the integrity of the home except, I would replace wallpaper with soft, light colors, take up carpet and refinish all hardwood floors to their original splendor. I would definitely love living in this house!

  10. Robt. W.Robt. W. says: 434 comments

    First there was the spectral cat on the stairs in the Pottstown PA house, now (in the penultimate photo) the bizarre David Lynch-ian dream of a sun room with the solitary TV tray (and on it a big honking 1960s lamp).

    Great house. The kitchen is really remarkable, but what I like best are the interiors — the spaces themselves and the plan, more than the details.

  11. Nikita says: 1 comments

    Sooo charming! Does anyone know what that bump-out in the kitchen is? (In the middle of the wall of cupboards, with the light turned on.)

  12. Karen says: 135 comments

    I want to know about that kitchen bump out, too.

  13. Sarah says: 34 comments

    I am in LOVE with this house! The flooring, the keyhole window, the millwork, the sweet little tower, and the kitchen! Goodness, that kitchen… I’m ready to move in! Thanks for bringing us this fabulous gem.

  14. Sue S. says: 305 comments

    I can’t add much other than to agree with all the “I’m in love” comments. I will say, though, that I’m starting to think that the sale of white paint should be regulated and limited, the way drugstores now regulate anything that could be used to manufacture meth.

    Wouldn’t this place be a stunner with a polychromatic exterior…. sigh.

  15. Scurvy Duck says: 17 comments

    The second to last picture is the only disappointing room. The bathroom only needs a reproduction toilet to make it complete. The kitchen is fantastic as the built-in cabinets are almost as old as the house. Originally a house this age had kitchen furniture such as a Hoosier cabinet.

  16. Dot G says: 49 comments

    Sniff, Sniff…I’m crying over this beautiful home. Just the perfect little spot, with all the details I love. So sad I live in Canada…One of my bucket list items is to tour the US and it’s beautiful architecture. We have beautiful homes here, but I can just feel the history of the US seeping through my bones.

  17. James R. says: 66 comments

    @Robt. W: Context is everything; that photo of the sunroom you pointed out (good eye!) would make a statement all its own in an issue of Aperture; here it’s just a visual non-sequitur for old house fanatics to pass over in disappointment!

    • Robt. W.Robt. W. says: 434 comments

      Ha. No argument here: I like the photo of the room way better than the room itself.

      On the photography front, though, high marks are due the the listing agent for a nice catalogue of high quality and informative photos — and even sometimes ‘Aperture’ worthy.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 5855 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Yeah; we old house fanatics are just happy when an agent actually takes the time to use a real camera, and goes to the trouble to provide even decent documentary photos of an important historic property. The HDR effects used in some of these photos are not that distracting; but there have been many instances where that is not the case. In presenting a property for sale in the age of the internet it is very important to use this medium to reach potential buyers who are doing their own searching on-line. It is best to stick to a clear, documentary format for that purpose, and leave the arty farty for the arty farts..

  18. Natalia McCormack says: 4 comments

    The rest the house is cute but that kitchen is dreamy!!! LOVE it, want it!

  19. Elaine says: 134 comments

    OK, this might be a really stupid question! But if there are no fireplaces, why is there a chimney? What else can a chimney do? If they multitask, I have forgotten!

    The bumpout in the kitchen! It LOOKS to me like ”something” is supposed to sit on that, and probably something that plugs in. Looks to be round. I mean, only thing I can think of like that would be a water heater, but obviously wouldn’t be that, not at that height. Is that light there original? If it is NOT, then it may be that whatever was supposed to be there was tall.

  20. Scurvy Duck says: 17 comments

    Fireplaces are often sealed up in old houses. This is due to the deterioration of the mortar, making them unsafe. Zillow states that it is unknown if there is a fireplace.

  21. Paul W says: 537 comments

    Both the furnace and water heater (assuming its a gas water heater) , need way to exhaust the gases from burning gas, oil, or coal. There was no such thing as high efficiency through the side wall furnaces.

    That ‘bump out’ areain the kitchen is your counter space and what was probably the only original electrical outlet for the entire kitchen. Welcome to the “modern kitchen” of the 1900’s! Actually there would have been some sort of wooden table to do your prep work siting in the room. Sometimes they might be covered with zinc metal top.

    We take for granted all the counter space in a modern kitchen, not so back then. I actually still have a white painted wooden kitchen table with metal top that would have been the primary prep space.

    Sadly there is a strong likelihood that this kitchen will get yanked out by a future buyer. OR maybe kept if they use this room as breakfast room. I’m guessing one of the larger rooms or the rear porch will wind up as the kitchen.

    I doubt there are any protective covenants on interior features attached to the deed. Which I might add is a great way to protect unique interior features in a home, and insures a preservation minded buyer.

  22. Bob H says: 106 comments

    This quite possibly could be, IMHO, the best house ever featured on this site. Wow! Wow! Wow!!

    If there is an Old House god in heaven I hope she protects that kitchen from some whacko renovation-crazed heathen.

  23. Mark says: 162 comments

    This is very nice and very unique, particularly for what was a farm town.
    Lots of interesting details.

    Personally, the exterior has a number of unusual combinations of architectural elements(part of the charm, but I’m interested in more classical design). I’d like to see it in a more enthusiastic paint scheme, but maybe not white trimmed windows like the library photo.

  24. Scurvy Duck says: 17 comments

    This listing has the best preserved kitchen that I know of: https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2013/07/19/1894-queen-anne-cincinnati-oh/

  25. Jack says: 8 comments

    Wish I could pick that house up an put it my town! It would be 300k here.

  26. Jennifer W. says: 2 comments

    We are going to be looking at this house this week hopefully! We are considering buying as long as it gets VA certified. One question I have, it looks as though there are cracks in the one room. It’s hard to tell from the pictures but just curious if someone else has a better eye?

    • Robt. W.Robt. W. says: 434 comments

      I see some cracks in the upstairs room that includes the corner tower – not unusual for an user the eaves space. From an armchair perspective, they don’t look worrisome or indicative of some larger problem. A plasterer could repair the cracks easily and inexpensively. The arched top of the opening to that tower space looks like it was crudely repaired or reworked a time or two (and the doorway looks like it may be quite small and low).

      Elsewhere wallpaper covers most of the plaster walls. I think VA loans may have some specific requirements about cracked walls though whether the concern us structural or cosmetic or both I couldn’t say – other than that the cracks seen in photos of that one second floor room should be easy and cheap to repair.

  27. says: 20 comments

    HI! I’m new here. This house is just AMAZING!

  28. tadpaula says: 26 comments

    I think I’m in love!!!

  29. Jennifer says: 2 comments

    I wanted to update everyone on this house that isn’t local. I drove by yesterday and was saddened when I saw it. They painted the outside a green color with pink to purple, I think, trim. I’d have to get a picture to better describe it.

  30. John Whyman says: 17 comments

    Pink and purple may be out of style for a queen ann, but light green is good. https://www.roanokeva.gov/85256A8D0062AF37/vwContentByKey/C209EC71F1EA98F48525796B00632B9C/$File/QueenAnneColor.pdf

  31. Amanda says: 1 comments

    I have to say this sight has been my obsession but you need to check out crown point, IN houses, their town square, historical district.. It’s beautiful

  32. Philip says: 1 comments

    As owners of this gem it is great to work on restoring this house and keeping it original. The house is painted from the original color being green with white for the accents from when it was built with to a similar green based on paint chips scrappings with one accent Garrison red (maroon) and a cream for the third accent on the house. The upstairs walls all cracks were repaired by myself following research on fixing cracked plater (a long tireless job). The old carpet from the sixties upstairs was also replaced with 3/4″ hardwood oak to match the stairs. Insulation installed in the attic along with painted storm windows to blend in with the external paint job. Not much else has been done besides adding a shower to the existing original tub. The previous owners have been amazing in providing history and documentation that includes the first deed. There is no pink on the house, but we did add other historic colors to brighten the unique features of the exterior wood. Do not fret the wood inside is only getting oil.


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