c. 1900 Queen Anne – Frankfort, IN (George F. Barber)

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408 S Jackson St, Frankfort, IN 46041

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  • $119,500
  • 4 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 2794 Sq Ft
This lovely historic Victorian style home is now available to be yours. Step inside the front door and you'll take step into the beauty of late 19th century quality and craftsmanship. From the beautiful wood in the entry, open the sliding french doors to the living area and parlor. Next is a formal dining room, the to the kitchen and adjacent pantry equipped with dual wine chillers. The remodeled kitchen is a modern upgrade, but blends well with the historic theme of the home. Up the stair you'll find a huge master bedroom (with sitting area) that overlooks the front lawn. There are also two additional large bedrooms and the smaller 4th bedroom can also work as a den or study. The full bath features original tile flooring and claw foot tub. Huge floored attic offers room for expansion. The home features 2 high efficiency heating/cooling systems for the upper and main levels respectively. The attic unit has been installed in an elevated position as to leave the attic floor open. The lower unit is in the partial basement. The home also features an updated 200 amp electrical service and lots of new wiring, etc. The roofing shingles are only 6 years old. Exterior painting has been done to match the original scheme from the early 1900s. The property also features a privacy fenced rear yard, Front and rear covered porches and a detached garage plus asphalt parking area in the rear. The major components have all been updated and all that's left for you to do is complete the cosmetics. Many period furnishings in the home are also available for purchase.
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Greg Risse, Joe Risse Realty
(765) 242-3590
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17 Comments on c. 1900 Queen Anne – Frankfort, IN (George F. Barber)

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  1. phil says: 14 comments

    How is this how sooooo cheap? I can’t believe how low of a price this is and how sweet this house looks. I’m getting ready to move that’s all I’m going to say 🙂

    • Nyla says: 5 comments

      Houses in that area are cheap! I used to live near Frankfort. Check out houses for sale in Logansport, Indiana! REALLY cheap! My daughter just sold her beautiful,completely remodeled, 5 bedroom victorian for $65,000!

  2. BethanyBethany says: 3431 comments
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    I like it a lot. Sweet vintage bathroom.

  3. Michele says: 90 comments

    If I bought this house the first thing I would do is tear out the kitchen and install one more in keeping with the house.

    • Jim says: 5104 comments

      I don’t disagree on the kitchen though it probably cost a quarter of the value of the house at least and they did it for resale. A nice job on the house overall though.

  4. Paul W says: 462 comments

    I noticed the plaster issue in the dining room and the spot of the stairs but overall a good house.I hope John S see this and comments on the double parlor (parlor/Billiard room) . I think this must have been two rooms and was restyled to open it up at some point but the division point between the two room eludes me. I think you could rework the kitchen by replacing the upper cabinet doors with glass and changing out the pulls. Put the tin on the ceiling and the beaded board for the backsplash. It looks like an IKEA cabinet and if it is you can easily change out for glass doors and then do a more “cabinet look” island. Too much money spent here to throw away and start over. When I give my lectures on preservation to realtor groups I always say enough with the fisheye photos, and stop photo shopping the color of the room to what you think will look right! Overall this is a really nice house.

    • Chris DiMattei says: 268 comments

      I agree Paul that the double room was most likely two separate rooms originally, with the dividing wall aligning with the projected bay that contains the curved windows at the corners. The front room was the more formal Parlor, while the rear room was the less formal, Sitting Room, of the time. What is throwing you off is the appearance of the fireplace in the front room. While it seems to be in character with the rest of the house, to me, looks uncharacteristic of George Barber’s work, and was likely altered to look this way from an original corner fireplace. JMHO.

  5. Chris DiMattei says: 268 comments

    There is no doubt in my mind that this is yet another spectacular, turn of the century example of a George F. Barber design. It seems to be a rare combination of two fairly popular designs from the “Modern Dwellings” series of catalogs. What a steal at that price. Somebody is going to grab this one and end up with a national treasure.

  6. Susan Lind says: 80 comments

    I would snap this beauty up in a heartbeat!

  7. Kenneth Lee Benjamin says: 57 comments

    LOVE IT!!!!! But its sad the Butlers Pantry looks like it was striped out and something like a wine cooler was put in and a large hole near the back of the house,maybe they jacked the house up in that area but other than that this looks like a house I would live in.Wonder how it is in Indiana?? a lot of tornadoes. Wonder if it has the original service staircase off the kitchen?

  8. John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

    I’m in agreement with Paul and Chris about the division of formal rooms. The house does have the characteristic fine millwork, art glass windows, patterned inlaid parquet floors that quality homes of this era featured and were often found in George Franklin Barber’s house designs. That one can buy all of this for less than the price of a starter home in some locales is why my relocation focus has been on Indiana for some time. Those regular fans of OHD may recall the lavish mansion in Delphi, IN that sold a few weeks ago for roughly in the same price range as this property. A lot of Tornadoes in Indiana? No more than other parts of the Midwest and a rare tornado even popped up in New York State a few days ago doing considerable damage. If one lives along the Eastern coast from Florida to New England you run a risk of hurricane damage and flooding; in the Midwest storms and ice are a risk; tornadoes and extreme drought in the Southwest; earthquakes and mudslides in California and along much of the West Coast. Hardly any part of the U.S. is risk free from some natural disaster-almost all old houses everywhere are at risk of fires. To answer Kenneth’s question about the servant/cooks staircase adjacent to the kitchen, I think one of the photos shows evidence of a second staircase in the background. Larger turn of the last century homes usually employed at least one servant or cook who often lived on-site either in a detached structure (carriage house second floor) to the back or had a room upstairs often in the 3rd floor with direct access to the back stairs to avoid disturbing the family in the early hours of the morning or when guests were present. Quaint relic of bygone days…

  9. says: 29 comments

    What a gorgeous house!

  10. says: 8 comments

    What type of flooring is used in the main entrance?

  11. Paul WPaul W says: 462 comments

    Kimberly, Its an inlaid hardwood Parquet floor. Basically made up of small pieces of wood laid in decorative pattern, often with wood stained in different shades to add visual interest.

  12. John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

    Period Millwork catalogs from the period (like the 1904 E.L. Roberts catalog reprinted by Dover Publications) offered pre-manufactured Parquetry floors in different patterns that were “adapted to (a) room of any shape” Prices in 1904 ranged from 18 cents to 40 cents per square foot and the flooring was available in 5/16ths and 3/8ths inch thicknesses. Individual ornamental border patterns could be ordered separately as well. The catalog suggested ordering 10% extra to allow for waste and, of course: “always send exact measurements” With today’s ultra precise laser cutting machines, such patterned flooring might be affordable today. In some cases, flooring came in rolls with a fabric backing much like a carpet. Much more expensive were patterned parquet floors that were hand made and installed on-site and typically used 5/8th inch or thicker floor boards. I suspect this particular flooring was of the pre-manufactured variety ordered by mail and shipped by rail which makes sense as George F. Barber’s house plans were ordered by mail and through a process of continuing correspondence plans exactly matching the client’s wishes were custom made and sent in the mail.

  13. says: 3 comments

    This house is my all time favorite George F. Barber house love it and I want it.

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