c. 1900 – Emporia, KS

SOLD / Archived From 2014
Added to OHD on 8/5/14 - Last OHD Update: 2/14/18 - 14 Comments
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  • $44,900
  • 5 Beds
  • 2 Bath
  • 2058 Sq Ft
  • 0.14 Ac.
Lots of potential in this 5 bedroom two story. This home features nice woodwork, stained glass windows, a newer HVAC and newer attic fan. Call Patrick today to take a look! 620-412-9850
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14 Comments on c. 1900 – Emporia, KS

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  1. Ross MacTaggartRoss MacTaggart says: 2384 comments

    This house is two blocks due north of my Cross House:


    The price is pretty good, and there are a lot of nice original features. If I was not so overloaded I would make an offer on the house.

    Obviously, the place needs work though.

    Downtown is a few short blocks to the west, which includes the restored Granada Theater:


    The tiny house just to the north is one I would like to get my hands on. See Streetview.

    Another tiny house is just to the south (ditto Streetview). I would also like to get my hands on it. The city has condemned the house because the owner abandoned it. However, it is quite charming, and retains almost all its original interior and original LONG thin windows (first floor).

    A block north and one block to the east is Red Rocks, the home of William Allen White:


    In the image of the half-bath shown, WHAT is the cabinet on the right? It looks like the BACK of, say, a built-in dining room sideboard.

  2. RossRoss says: 2384 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    Am I correct that this is an 1870s house that had a circa-1900 update?

    • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4645 comments

      I suspect this might have been a one story very plain pioneer era house that had an added story and late Victorian details (patterned shingles and interior millwork) added around 1900. There’s a one story version due south of it that may have been this house’s original form. If local Sanborn maps go back that far, you might see what was there in the 1880’s. The surrounding neighborhood has a wide spread of styles and ages of houses from the Victorian era to the 1930’s a beyond. More research would be needed to pin down the origins of this one.

      • RossRoss says: 2384 comments
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        1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
        Emporia, KS

        John, you are quite right.

        The house, on the 1888 Sanborn map, is indeed one story.

        Ditto 1893.

        However, by 1899 the house was two full stories, and was obviously fully rebuilt.

        Except for the to-the-floor thin first-floor windows, there seems little indication of the original structure.

        The house is now, essentially a late 1890s house.

        • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4645 comments

          We may sometimes imagine an old house as being frozen in time but only a very lucky few fit that description. (and somehow managed to remain standing as well) Far more common to find houses from a distant period in the past that have gone through a process of adaptation and change. I don’t deserve much credit for my comments because it was more of a guess than a certainty. I know in our own Victorian era cottage that it started out as a 3-romm L plan house in 1889, then a bedroom was added in 1897 (as well as some exterior ornamental embellishments) and at some point a dining room and kitchen were added (fairly early as they are constructed of square cut nails.) A bathroom was added by enclosing part of a porch and in the 1930’s most of the original wood porch was replaced with a brick and concrete version. (it will need replacement soon)
          In summary, the addition to the modest single story house in Emporia reflects growing affluence as the community prospered. (and perhaps the owners added family members as well) To take a single story house up another story requires a more rugged foundation and additional structural framing so some nice ornamental/stylistic touches were added at the same time. The fact that the house started out as a single story does not diminish its present appearance. Modern remodeling contractors could sometimes take a lesson or two from the old time carpenters about how to integrate additions in a way complimentary to the original design. Thanks for the additional information.

  3. AvatarLori says: 1 comments

    Thank you for the link to the White’s house. I loved the movie “Mary White.” I would love this house!

  4. AvatarBethany says: 2576 comments
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    Escondido, CA

    I am a sucker for back stairs from the kitchen. Love this place!

  5. Avatarelaine says: 140 comments

    Ross, I was thinking possibly a spice rack/box? The drawers for herbs/powders, with shelves above for bottles?

  6. AvatarKelly says: 2 comments

    Ross, Don’t you think that powder room used to be the pantry? Seems like that’s where a lot of early renos put the powder room. That would explain the built-in.
    Great house, and so glad to see the back stairs still exist!

  7. RossRoss says: 2384 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    The built-in in the half-bath looks like the BACK of a cabinet. I suspect that the adjacent room is the dining room, and we are seeing the BACK of a built-in sideboard.

    I am not talking about the little cabinet on the toilet, but the built-in to the right. I mean, it makes no sense as a cabinet, There are no drawers under. The angled sections make no sense. And then there is a blank panel between the angled sections.

  8. RossRoss says: 2384 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    My realtor told me this sold for $35K.

    • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4645 comments

      Someone got a really good buy. Since the exterior has few exciting architectural details, a very carefully selected paint palette could add another dimension to round out the picture. The interior has most of the whistles and bells lovers of Victorian homes seek so the buyer(s) should use them to full advantage. Nice house, even if it has seen some (good) changes over the decades.

  9. AvatarSarah says: 1 comments

    Hey Ross!

    You stopped by and introduced yourself tonight to my husband and I. Thanks for telling me about this site! This is the house that my friends bought recently. The cabinet to the side is the back of a side board built in hutch. The bathroom use to be a butlers pantry and it resides right next to the servant staircase coming into the kitchen.

    • RossRoss says: 2384 comments
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      1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
      Emporia, KS

      Hi Sarah!

      Welcome to OHD! I think you will really enjoy the site!

      And thanks for clearing up the Cabinet Mystery!

      I am looking forward to having you over to the Cross House, and touring your really cool old house!

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