c. 1905 Queen Anne – Tallahassee, FL

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403 E Call St, Tallahassee, FL 32301

  • $309,900
  • 5 Bed
  • 4 Bath
  • 4395 Sq Ft
  • 0.25 Ac.
Munroe House blt in 1905. Needs renovations. On Historical Reg. of Fl. Trust for Hist. Prop.-certain guidelines for renov. apply. Being sold "As Is".
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Phillip Summers, Summers Realty Of Tallahassee,
(850) 222-5658

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11933 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Historic Registry shows this as 133 North Gadsden. Once part of the art center that I believe is still next door. Any locals want to get some interior pics?

  2. JimC says: 46 comments

    Wow! Wonder why no interior pics? Pretty steep price, though, considering the renovations that appear to be needed.

  3. Augusta says: 55 comments

    I”ll try to get some photos of the interior.

  4. RossRoss says: 2456 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    This is a TERRIBLE tease!

    I am intoxicated by the exterior, grounds, archival images, and then…nothing!

    Augusta! Save all us OHDreamers!!!!!!!

  5. Chris says: 6 comments

    Inside pics please! I bet she’s awesome inside!

  6. Augusta says: 55 comments

    I’m on it. If the real estate gentleman is available tomorrow I’ll post photos tomorrow evening.

  7. JimHJimH says: 5158 comments
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    Probably not much original left inside after it’s art gallery rehab. The house was structurally restored with all new systems and won a preservation award in 2002, and it looked pretty good just a few years ago. Endangered because of its real estate value rather than poor condition, it seems as though the Foundation’s priority is to get top dollar.
    Tallahassee Trust for Historic Preservation:
    LeMoyne’s Munroe House – A 2011 Most Endangered Site in Florida
    The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation announced its 2011 Florida’s Most Endangered Sites list at the opening session of their annual conference in Orlando on Thursday, May 19th and the Munroe House was on it. The Munroe House, owned by the LeMoyne Art Foundation, sits on Gadsden Street at the edge of the Park Avenue Special Character district in downtown Tallahassee and is both local and National Register listed. Built in 1904, the building was home to one of the founding families of Tallahassee. As LeMoyne needs to sell the property, it is threatened by potential demolition and development. By raising awareness of the plight of Munroe House, the owner hopes to find a buyer who would prefer reuse over the wrecking ball.
    http://www.ajaxbuilding.com/portfolio/munroe-house-for-the-lemoyne-art-foundation/
    http://www.eventective.com/USA/Florida/Tallahassee/105206/LeMoyne-Center-for-the-Visual-Arts.html
    http://www.panoramio.com/photo/8872923

    • John Shiflet says: 5450 comments

      I concur with Jim’s assessment. Location appears to trump history in this case-let’s hope demolition is not this home’s fate.

  8. Augusta says: 55 comments

    The property at some point was modified to accommodate 9 apartments. (Please allow me a few moments while I wipe the massive tears from my eyes.) I’ve been told most of the original features of the interior are long gone. The difficulity of in getting inside to photograph the home is that it’s used for storage by the museum, which owns the property, so there are security issues present. However, I have extended my request to the Museum Director for permission to photograph the interior. If they won’t allow me inside I’ll ask that they take interior photos for Kelly’s website.

    I also want to mention that the real estate gentleman is very kind and accommodating.

  9. says: 108 comments

    There are VERY few old homes in Tallahassee that are used as homes by the owners. Most of them are commercial. They all have the lovely new double glazed windows, concrete drives, etc. They do NOT look like the beautiful homes they once were, and it’s a cryin’ shame. I don’t recall seeing this house before. If you drive downtown, down Park and College Avenues, and around the area, you see so many old homes that are now businesses; the looks of them are just ruined.

    OK, this house is 1 block away from Tennessee St (US Hwy 90) and 2 blocks away from Monroe St. Monroe and Tennessee are the busiest streets downtown.

  10. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11933 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Interior photos added, thank you Augusta.

    • RossRoss says: 2456 comments
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      1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
      Emporia, KS

      We now have proof. Augusta IS a wonder!

      Thank you Augusta! Thank you Kelly!

      It would be a fascinating project to recreate the interior, based on the remaining evidence (doors, trim, etc.).

    • JimHJimH says: 5158 comments
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      Thanks Augusta. I was hoping to see a couple of quality surviving details, though I’m pleasantly surprised there’s not a lot of recent crap to be torn out. It’s a old shell basically that could be transformed for a lot of different things allowed in the Mixed Use zoning. The site probably eliminates food and retail because of parking, and it may not make sense to go single family. That leaves office or service businesses, maybe combined with workshop and living space. The city permits are online and show the building had over $200k in exterior work done in 2000 plus about $20k for the roof and a little electrical and plumbing. Paint it, fix up the interior and you’d have a pretty neat old place to work 5 blocks from the State Capitol. Maybe you could even camp out in that cute little cottage in the back.
      Quite a bit of space – from another listing:
      Bedroom (10×15)
      Bedroom (20×18)
      Bedroom (20×18)
      Bedroom (20×18)
      Bonus Room (10×15)
      Dining Room (20×18)
      Family Room (20×18)
      Kitchen (23×10)
      Living Room (20×18)
      Master Bedroom (20×18)

    • Augusta says: 55 comments

      Thank you, Kelly!

  11. JimC says: 46 comments

    Thanks for those interior pics. It would take a lot of work and money, but there’s enough there to make this house wonderful again. I can only dream what those floors would look like refinished.

  12. Augusta says: 55 comments

    Thank you, Ross and Jim.

    It’s my hope someone who cherishes historic properties buys this home and restores it using period features.

  13. says: 108 comments

    Augusta, you did a fantastic job with all those pictures! I’ll bet you had a blast going through there! Do you have any idea why the walkway is there, to the house next door?

    I wondered why the price was so high on this, till I saw what all they had done to it. Asbestos and lead abatement, and redoing so much of the ”workings” of the house. But that lot where it sits must be worth a bloody fortune itself. Maybe somebody could get that one and move it. Cuz you KNOW they’re going to want to raze it eventually (if not sooner) because of the location. I LOVE the picture of the kids and the dogs/horse. I finally found that was taken in 1916. I guess none of the kids are still alive now. That’s a beautiful picture. It would be SO totally cool if the house could be put back to period inside.

    Ya know, I’m wondering! As much work and money as was put into this restoration in the first place, how they could let it get to be looking like this inside again? Or maybe I misread the article. But I THOUGHT it said it had been restored in 2 phases. The first the asbestos/lead abatement, and the second the upgrading of plumbing, HVAC, etc. Adna thenthey used it for an art gallery (more or less). But it’s still beautiful, with possibilities. All the windows, with the oaks outside! Nice views!

  14. RossRoss says: 2456 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    I would have no issue living in this house, in its location.

    It is at the edge of a residential district, and close to everything!

  15. Augusta says: 55 comments

    Well, Elaine, I’m not convinced that the lead and asbestos has been abated in its entirety. Also, I am of the opinion that it needs all of the mechanical systems replaced. The roof looks bad, as does the siding, to me. I am by no means a professional home inspector, though. Perhaps, by capsulating, or painting over the lead paint it was defined as abated. However, there’s a lot of paint inside and out that is flaking so the issue certainly isn’t resolved.

    The good news is that almost all of the doors are original as are the moldings. We couldn’t find the original main staircase though, but I’m hoping it’s just being hidden behind a wall.

    The walkway goes to the museum which owns the property.

    The Museum Director said that the home was originally built as a wedding gift for Munroe daughter. We were told the Munroes moved their home to where it stands today (next door) and then had the house built for their daughter.

    Some don’t believe it’s a good location for a residence. I believe it’s an up and coming location. It’d be fabulous to be able to walk most places so I’d cercertainly live there were my pockets deep enough to withstand the necessary renovations.

    And, yes! It was great fun to go through the home.

  16. Diddie91 says: 1 comments

    Anyone have a guesstimate as to how much it would take to restore the beauty…$200K? more?

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11933 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      That’s something I suggest you talk to someone local about. We only have these pics to go by, seeing it in person is a different experience.

  17. John Shiflet says: 5450 comments

    Kelly’s advice is good. Best as well to prepare a checklist (like those used by home inspectors) dividing the house into roof, structural, systems, (gas, electrical, HVAC) and foundation along with notations about any desired cosmetic changes or work needed. Once you have those things sorted out, you can approach contractors to obtain estimates for your list of repairs or changes. One decision that has to be made is how much of a rehab budget you have for the house. Since there is essentially no upper limit to what can be spent or done, the actual budget is usually a compromise between what the house has to have to be habitable and what extras can be added. If you or family members are handy with house projects some money can be saved there by taking the D-I-Y approach. A leaking roof or major structural or foundation issues cannot be put off for long without the risk of further damage. In summary, the two part house condition list should have a “must have” column and a desireable features column. Professional home inspectors can also look at all the aforementioned items and present a condition report so you can prioritize. Best to go through this process before you sign a contract to buy the house than afterwards. Lets hope there aren’t too many unpleasant surprises in this “as is” house.

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