1865 Italianate – Mount Pleasant, IA

Added to OHD on 2/18/15   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   19 Comments
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National Register

401 N Main St, Mount Pleasant, IA 52641

  • $110,000
  • 3 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 2963 Sq Ft
  • 0.2 Ac.
HOME SWEET HOME!! You will be in awe with the unique design of this VICTORIAN STYLE 2 STORY HOME which is listed on the NATIONAL REGISTRY OF HISTORIC HOMES. Built in 1865 and boasts an abundance of charm and character. The home is currently in the middle of an extensive remodel which the buyer can take to the next level. Call for your private showing and take a look at the unlimited possibilities.
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Dennis Ebersole, Richard Realty & Auction ,
(319) 385-2000

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19 Comments on 1865 Italianate – Mount Pleasant, IA

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

    An astonishing exterior!

    I would love to get my hands on this beautiful house, and really restore it right.

    • Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 140 comments
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      1918 Bunkhouse
      WestOfMiddleOfNowhere, KS

      I agree! The quirky double “tower” on the corner is an incredibly novel feature and hypnotically appealing! This has got to be one of the best Italianates ever. Brackets galore!

  2. John Shiflet says: 5363 comments

    Have you ever dreamed of living in an 1860’s Italianate mansion on the cheap? Look no further, here it is. The only thing in the listing that gives me a bit of concern is: “The home is currently in the middle of an extensive remodel which the buyer can take to the next level.” Landmark Italianate mansions like this one should NEVER be remodeled; restoration and renovation should be the only options. The one story modern addition to the back detracts from the original design and if it has all of these historic designations, I wonder how it was design approved? In any event, if the addition is vital to the function of the house it would be wise to reconfigure it so it becomes barely noticeable. I sense the home may have been in institutional use recently but enough remains, based on the exterior and interior photos, to justify returning it to single family use. If it were a project I was taking on, I’d reinstall quality period gaslights, Rococo and Renaissance Revival style wallpapers and interior furnishings to match. This house has museum house qualities and surely was a community landmark from day one. As I recall, it was in William Plymat’s Victorian Architecture of Iowa book. Those towered 2 story “bays” at the corner are unique in my experience. Remarkable house here at an extraordinary price. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the buyers will be sensitive to the history within these walls and restore it to period perfection. It seems far larger than almost 3,000 sq, feet…the scale is that of a 6,000 sq. foot house but regardless of the actual size its one of the best of its kind I’ve seen on OHD in a while.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6056 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Nicely said John. This house is a marvel. Just spectacular. Here’s hoping the new owner finds this thread and sends us a ton of pictures! So many dramatic features here left unshown. I’d love to see the inside of the amazing bay at the side, (unless that’s it through the doorway shown – which would be odd). And how in the world that oh so curious turret thing works on the interior must alas remain a mystery. Isn’t that stair to the tower cool! Sure wish they’d have gone up there and snapped a couple of shots. Those brackets are monumental! Sooooo cool. I haven’t felt this teased by very few shots of a great house in some time. I wanna see more! Uch…

  3. Marion says: 71 comments

    Very beautiful home, I truly hope that the new owner doesn’t get it in his head to rip out that kitchen.

    According to Zillow, it’s already off market.

  4. JimHJimH says: 4950 comments
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    A great facade with some unique original features. The porch almost got one of those clunky Prairie replacements, but thank God they replaced only the base and saved the rest of the original. Here’s a good photo (minus the X-mas lights):
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/army_arch/535334052
    After that a disappointing mix of missing, altered or ruined details – it appears the “remodeling” has been going on for many years. The salvaged store display cabinetry in the kitchen is a bad idea, one of a few. A restoration here would be fantasy, although possibly a great improvement over the present condition.

  5. Anne M.Anne M. says: 786 comments
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    1972 not a dream.
    Hopkinton, MA

    What a stunning house! So glad Jim identified that dispaly cabinet in the kitchen, I could not figure out what it was for the life of me.

  6. Curiouser George says: 143 comments

    Looks like it sold only one week after being listed! Just goes to show that a quality property can still be found and bought for a reasonable price, even if it’s in what might be considered an out-of-the-way area.
    Here’s hoping it doesn’t become a B&B!

  7. Krystal Larsen says: 70 comments

    I’ve seen this house in person, years ago, and it’s just as lovely in person. I hope whoever snatched this one up treats it right. I would definitely be nervous about these “extensive remodels” they talked about. Man, would I love that amazing kitchen. So many stunning built-ins! And that china cabinet! But what on earth happened to the island – what was in that hole that appears to have been cut out? Why would the countertop need to be sliced? That just devastates me (Even it’s not original, it sure looks like it just belongs there.)

  8. Tia P. says: 55 comments

    Wow! Looks like a work of art! Loving the exterior, it’s amazing! I wish the photos were a little better. Really nice!

  9. joyjoy says: 67 comments

    Another Italianate to love! That towered bay is so unique and interesting; I want to see the inside. I would also love to see photos inside the tower and the tower view. I know the house may already be sold, but I would love to see more interior photos!

    This home should be called “crazy for corbels”!

  10. KarenB says: 242 comments

    Oh, my. I do love this house!

  11. Michelle Garvin says: 29 comments

    I love this house so much. It is just beautiful. I am partial to brick italianates because that’s what our house is. I wish our kitchen was like this one. There is pretty much nothing about this that I don’t like a lot.

  12. DaveinQCA says: 12 comments

    This is an extraordinary house! I did the research and the National Register nomination around 1980. The correct construction date is 1858. Original owner is William P. Brazelton. The original kitchen was quite small, but workable. It appears that there has been a recent remodel, which removed the wall between the kitchen and dining room, combining the spaces into one. The paneled room was built as an addition around 1970. A small deteriorated side porch was removed and the new family room was built in its place.

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