1870 Italianate – Portland, MI

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Added to OHD on 8/4/14   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   11 Comments
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129 S Lincoln St, Portland, MI 48875

  • $95,000
  • 3 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 2628 Sq Ft
  • 0.45 Ac.
Absolutely stunning 2 story Victorian home in Portland. This 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home has all of the original wood work. Large oak trim and hardwood through out, along with a beautiful fireplace, original pocket door, and a large library/office. Screams character! Bathroom was remodeled 6 1/2 years ago. Water softener was replaced a year ago, boiler was replaced 10 years ago, and insulation was blown in the attic 2 years ago with a rating of R40. Call today to see this gorgeous home.
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Heidi Canfield, Coldwell Banker
(616) 527-2800
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11 Comments on 1870 Italianate – Portland, MI

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11931 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    The listing photos leave me wondering what rooms are where and what. They were frustrating to try and put together as the order is scattered in the listing.

    • Paul W says: 1 comments

      Bugs me too, you should always put your photos in the order of a walk through and its always good to show a point of reference like showing entrance to another room on the first floor. Love the trim, but I think I’d have to change the scale of the windows in the ‘sunroom” on the side.

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11931 comments
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        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        Exactly! That’s how I try to line up the pics, as if you are walking through it yourself. If not for the trim, I wouldn’t have bothered even putting this in a sampler, the photos were that annoying for me.

  2. Ross says: 2455 comments

    I have never seen base molding morphing into door trim before.

    Way cool detail. Thanks, Kelly!!!!!!!!!!

  3. kathy says: 196 comments

    love the doors, arches, but not fond of wallpaper

  4. Patricia Brooks says: 2 comments

    Stunning! Love the unusual trim, and I have to disagree with he person who criticized the wallpaper. To be authentic, a home of this period MUST have wallpaper!

  5. John Shiflet says: 5450 comments

    I thought I might be the only one to notice the very unusual trim around doors that curves and joins the baseboards. I’m not sure the house “screams” character but it definitely has some. Not sure where Portland MICHIGAN is…I do know where the same named cities are in Maine and Oregon. Must be like Springfield which shows up in many different states. Priced low but I would think the location is a factor.

    • Laurie says: 36 comments

      I was hoping for some education on those moldings, John. 🙂 Portland Michigan is about twenty miles west of Lansing, along the I 69 corridor. Small town with a great Chinese place!

      • John Shiflet says: 5450 comments

        The rounded corner blocks at the top of the doors and windows were common millwork catalog items. I’ve seen a number of Victorian era homes with them. (and they were in a house I rented in St. Joseph, MO for a couple of years) However, the curved molding at the bottom of the doorways transitioning over to the base board trim is unique in my experience. Michigan forests were a source for many furniture grade hardwoods in the second half of the 19th century but before the end of the century Black Walnut was especially getting scarce. Around 1890, factories mass producing furniture or residential millwork were forced to switch over to more abundant Oak and what little expensive Walnut remained was used for veneers. Bird’seye maple was pressed into service but mainly as a veneer. I’ve seen a few expensive pieces that were solid Bird’seye Maple but they are seldom seen in the antique furniture market. Even Oak was getting more expensive and somewhat scarce by the early 1900’s. No wonder the moldings and trim in houses became fewer as the 20th century progressed. By the 1920’s painted “cottage” furniture (usually made of mismatched grain pieces of poplar) was being massed produced. The original abundance of the 19th century hardwoods will not return in our lifetimes. That’s one more reason why these old houses which are repositories of traditional woodworking skills and once abundant quality woods, should be preserved. A passionate environmentalist might argue we should keep these old houses around as a reminder to not be so wasteful with our natural resources. Before the arrival of European/English settlers, North America had vast virgin forests across the land from coast to coast. Within less than 2 centuries, they were almost completely logged away.

        • Michael Mackin says: 2655 comments

          It’s my impression that this kind of trim only occurs on the main floor, the public spaces, if you will. It looks as if the bedrooms and such have different trim treatments, probably to save cost.

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