1869 Gothic Revival – Bolivar, TN

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429 N Main Street, Bolivar, TN 38008

  • $98,500
  • 3 Bed
  • 3 Bath
  • 2950 Sq Ft
  • 0.98 Ac.
This quaint 3 bedroom 3 bath Gothic cottage with approximately 2,950 square feet was designed and its construction supervised by the renowned architect Fletcher Sloane. Sloane came to Bolivar to rebuild the Hardeman County Courthouse which had been burned by the Federals on May 4, 1868. Following the completion of the Courthouse in 1868, Sloan designed this home for Bolivars Mayor, Charles M. Wellons. Construction was completed in 1869. The home later served the First Presbyterian Church for a manse for their ministers. After the church purchased another home for the use of their pastor...s, the home was divided into apartments and many young married couples began their married life under its roof. In 1968 the home was purchased by Sam W. L. Thompson who began its restoration. Renovation was finally competed in 1976 and the Thompsons occupied the property in September of that year. The home was included in the North main Historic District by the National Register of Historic Places in the late 1970s. The home is one of the two houses in Bolivar which were included in the book, Architecture in Tennessee, 1798-1897 by James Patrick, 1981.
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Bobby Sain, Bolivar Insurance & Real Estate,
(731) 658-3011

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15 Comments on 1869 Gothic Revival – Bolivar, TN

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  1. RossRoss says: 2427 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    There is such a disconnect between the CHARMING and DELIGHTFUL exterior…and interior.

    • says: 431 comments

      Interior seems ok, just needs cosmetics (at least from the pictures, nothing too weird seems to have been done). Definitely a candidate for some nice wallpapers.

  2. says: 34 comments

    The outside is so charming and it looks so peaceful there. I was sold on just the property- wish they had more pictures.
    Interior is dull but I am sure a lot could be done to fancy it up!

  3. maplehill says: 10 comments

    Both exterior and interior are delightfully understated and just waiting for some finishing decorative touches. Love this little blank canvas house. I wonder how on earth they managed apartments out of this small (to me) space. Sure wish there were more pics since 3 beds/3 baths seems like there must be some great use of space.

  4. Oak Hall says: 142 comments

    Cute exterior. Interior seems fairly simple as one would expect from a house like this, but still some nice details. The only thing I’m not liking is the stair banister. It looks like a recent replacement and is just not as substantial as the original would have been.

  5. Laurie W. says: 1691 comments

    The exterior is so cute, I want to chuck it under the chin. From the few photos, the inside has good possibilities for prettying up too.

  6. John Shiflet says: 5637 comments

    Textbook Gothic Revival exterior which seems to align with the 1869 date. (I wouldn’t be surprised if research showed this to slightly pre-date the Civil War) Too few interior photos here to form much of an opinion about the interior but the staircase newel looks correct for the period as well as the modest “Tudoresque” Gothic mantel. I agree with the others who believe this house could be made more appealing with some cosmetic changes. In the almost miraculous category is the survival of the verge/barge board trim along the gable eaves. The porch and its millwork also look correct for the period. With nearly 3,000 sq. feet of living space on nearly a full acre lot, its priced to sell at just under $100k.

    • Don Carleton says: 314 comments

      While I agree that the (scant) interior photos are not very inspiring, that simple fireplace with its Tudor-arched mantel is just delightful!

  7. Veronica says: 13 comments

    I’d buy it just for the windows.

  8. Mandy says: 1 comments

    Gregg and I purchased this house in August of 2015. It was designed by Fletcher Sloan of Pennsylvania. He was in town as the architect that designed the current Hardeman County Courthouse after General Sherman ordered it burned while stationed in Bolivar for the civil war. The house was constructed for the Mayor of Bolivar in 1869. Unfortunately, it is not a pre-civil war home. The staircase that you see is not original to the home. There is a large, one room “great room” upstairs now that was originally attic space. It’s 1,000 square feet. There is also a full bath upstairs. The floors are original to the home. We’re not sure if the wallpaper is original in the bedrooms or not, but we think it is. There are two double fireplaces that were originally coal that have been converted to gas logs now. The bathroom pictured above is the master bath which was added onto the home in the 1970s by the last owners, Mr. and Mrs. Thompson. They owned a lumber company here in town and upgraded electrical and some plumbing back in the 70s. The ceilings are 12′ tall. There is a den added on in the back not pictured above that only have 8′ ceilings. The windows that you see are original and are about 8′ tall. We absolutely love the house. We’re working to take care of all the cosmetic “stuff” such as painting the walls and things. Unfortunately, the house was rented before we purchased to a man with small children. Every wall had crayons, markers, posters GLUED to the walls and such. We’ve spent pain staking hours to keep the integrity of the house and will keep it as original as possible.

  9. Gregg says: 1 comments


    More photos and updated on its restoration here


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