c. 1900 – Delphi, IN (George F. Barber)

SOLD / Archived From 2014
Added to OHD on 8/25/14   -   Last OHD Update: 3/21/19   -   17 Comments
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  • $199,990
  • 3 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 2962 Sq Ft
  • 0.1 Ac.
This Gorgeous Victorian Home is pristine in every way and a must see. Original Hardwood, built-ins, stained glass along many more originals give this home character that many new homes can not achieve. With convenient access to State Road 25, this puts you only a short drive from Lafayette as well as I-65. This home has 3 large Bedrooms, 2 Full bathrooms,two staircases, a fenced in rear yard, workshop in the basement, plenty of storage and even 3 original fireplaces. A must see for anyone
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17 Comments on c. 1900 – Delphi, IN (George F. Barber)

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  1. Kelly, Old House DreamsKelly, Old House Dreams says: 10062 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Some of you have seen this here before but they’ve finally provided some half way decent photos of the place, so here it is again.

  2. AvatarDoreen says: 227 comments


  3. Paul WPaul W says: 563 comments

    I am struck by the much early looking “Federal’ style window/door casings in the first floor? Must have been a personal decision by the builder or owner at the time as its a somewhat ‘old fashioned’ detail by the time this home was built. There is considerable restoration work to do here with the textured ceilings and the siding outside but worth restoring.

    • Chris DiMatteiChris DiMattei says: 261 comments

      Paul, you are correct in that the trim around the first floor openings were likely the preference of the original owner. This is the Mathew Sterling house. Sterling was the Secretary/Treasurer of the Delphi Lumber Company, a business who supplied materials for and built homes throughout Delphi. They bought Barber’s pattern book to show their clients house designs that they could build for them. Sterling would have had access to all types of discounted lumber products and trim options for use in his home.

  4. I noticed the woodwork too, something I typically associate with Italianates rather than Victorians, but either way it’s far more elegant than the typical rosette corners. What I was more struck by was the entry’s similarity to my own (sadly reconfigured and mostly gutted) – columns where I have ghost marks, doorways etc… so thanks for posting this Kelly, very helpful, I wish there was a picture of the entry door though!

  5. AvatarVicki F says: 72 comments

    “Sigh” If only…..

    (Carpet has to go!)

  6. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4645 comments

    George Barber had a couple of “flat-topped” towers in his later designs (Modern Dwellings Planbook) so I’m wondering if this was one of them or had its conical roof removed? I tend to think this has always looked like this. Lovely home typical of Barber’s design touch. I’m trying to figure out why a much grander house in Delphi sold for considerably less than this one a few months ago but condition and location are surely factors to consider. Looks move-in ready.

    • Chris DiMatteiChris DiMattei says: 261 comments

      John, you are correct in that this Barber design had a flat roof and elaborate balustrade atop the tower. I will send Kelly a copy of Barber’s illustration for this design, maybe she will add it to this listing.

      • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4645 comments

        Thanks Chris. I had also linked to the Barber designed house in Troy, NY featured on the OHD blog over a year ago. It too was missing the roof balustrade but a 1950’s photo showed it intact and Kelly had posted the Barber design of the same house featured in an ad. Flat topped Queen Anne towers are not uncommon but except for a few like this Barber version I think many were decapitated during the decades when Victorian architecture fell out of favor and was probably encouraged by roofers who told the homeowners/landlords it would be cheaper to re-roof a flat platform over a steep conical roof. (nowadays with the hydraulic work platform lifts used in construction trades, the costs for conical versus flat roofs should not be significantly more)

  7. AvatarCody H says: 150 comments

    I’ve lived in Delphi for 8 years now, and this house has been on and off the market for as long as I can remember. They are simply asking way too much for the place. Delphi is a nice town, yes, but the value isn’t to be had here. John, the Bowen mansion that Jeff and Garth bought is almost directly across the street from this house. Although much more grand and elaborate, the Bowen mansion is in a state of severe disrepair at this point. Most people are afraid to commit to a house with so many issues, so that’s why it sold for considerably less than it could have. Jeff and Garth got one heck of a pile of a house for next to nothing. This house, the only comparable house in the area, although in far better condition than the Bowen mansion, isn’t exactly perfect. In this area, buyers looking at a home in this price range expect a perfectly restored, immaculate house, with no work to be done. If I remember correctly, they haven’t even changed their price at all from the first time they put it on the market years ago. They aren’t budging on their price, so it will sit until they do.

  8. AvatarCody H says: 150 comments

    These are a few photos that I dug up after a quick search through the carroll county online photo archive. This house has always had a flat topped tower, but if you look closely at the earlier photos, you can see that there was a decorative railing that crowned both the tower and the porch. Both have since been removed, as the c.1973 photo shows.

  9. AvatarCody H says: 150 comments

    Ok, sorry. Last comment, swear. I found another picture that demonstrates the railing. Here is it:
    Look on the far right edge of the picture past the brick house in the foreground to see it.

    • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4645 comments

      Hi Cody, Yes, the flat-topped tower with a railing is consistent with Geo. Barber’s Modern Dwellings house plan. Kelly had posted one from upstate New York some time ago (a very popular posting as I recall) and it too had the ornamental railing. As for the price, you never can tell-sometimes sellers get lucky and along comes a buyer who wants it badly enough to pay full price. Zillow realizes not everyone wants to sell their property so badly they will keep discounting the price until a buyer appears. Thus they have their “Make me move” properties category.

  10. RosewaterRosewater says: 4410 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Re-listed with new QUALITY images; http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/415-E-Main-St-Delphi-IN-46923/111822498_zpid/

  11. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4645 comments

    Zillow notes an open house for this property on Sunday (June 5th, 2016) afternoon. My impression is the price is set in concrete so I don’t know if it’s a house to put on our potential list or not. The tax assessment is just under $150K which seems about right for the small Delphi market.

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