1875 Second Empire – Gardner, MA

SOLD / Archived From 2015
Added to OHD on 4/23/15 - Last OHD Update: 2/14/18 - 55 Comments
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Price

$329,000

Beds

10

Baths

2.5

SqFt

6661

Acres

0.22

The famous S.K. Pierce property built in 1875 is featured in the books "Haunted Massachusetts", written by Thomas D'Agostino and "Bones in the Basement: Surviving the S.K. Pierce Haunted Victorian Mansion", written by Joni Mayhan. This home has a rich history with many famous people who have spent time there such as Norman Rockwell, Calvin Coolidge, P. T. Barnum and a well known meeting place for the Free Masons per the owner. This Stately Victorian has intricate woodwork, original door knobs and hinges, mansard roof , original 1800's windows, marble fireplaces, grand staircase, widow walk, sistern, 11 foot ceilings making this mansion a modern marvel of its time! Thinking about a business opportunity, the Commercial 1 Zoning makes it a possibility. In addition television programs such as: Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventure, My Ghost Story, 10 Most Haunted Places in New England have filmed and previewed their visits.
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49 Comments on 1875 Second Empire – Gardner, MA

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  1. Kelly, Old House DreamsKelly, Old House Dreams says: 9794 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I’ll be the first. Not the greatest listing photos. I don’t care for the ghost hype in descriptions. Beautiful wood work, doesn’t appear it’s been too updated over the years. The exterior structure is fabulous, that roof with the balcony (unless it’s called something else?), is freaking awesome to the eyes. The location is what it is, great for a business but I’d feel like a bird in a cage if I lived there.

    • RossRoss says: 2371 comments
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      1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
      Emporia, KS

      Wow.

      Wow, wow, wow.

      WOW!

      I am insane for this house.

      It would be a fabulous project to restore; a labor of love, true, as it would make no financial sense.

      Kelly, yes, that third-story porch is fabulous!!!!!! And I, too, would feel like a bird in a cage living here. No privacy! However, my own big old house is similarly sited, and I am planting tall growing hedges!!!!

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      • Kelly, Old House DreamsKelly, Old House Dreams says: 9794 comments
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        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        Funny, I thought of your house when I made the bird in a cage comment.

        • RossRoss says: 2371 comments
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          1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
          Emporia, KS

          I am creating three outdoor “rooms”, all screened with fences or tall hedges. There will also be two large waterfall features to screen out the noise from the adjacent busy road.

          Once the “rooms” are done, I will have privacy, and by moving from room to room (a north room, an east, and a south), the yard should seem larger than it is.

          You are invited for ice tea!

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  2. AvatarBethany says: 2518 comments
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    Escondido, CA

    This. is. so. cool.

  3. JimHJimH says: 4010 comments
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    The town is well beyond its prime but the data says relatively low crime and it seems more small town than urban. Taxes of $4000 isn’t horrible. Small corner lot on a main street isn’t ideal though lots of little shops and old buildings around. The house looks like pretty good condition inside and more of the exterior details survive than on most of this vintage. Wonderful casing work inside with 3-4 types of wood is about the best I’ve seen – I hope one of our experts can tell us all about it.
    If I were a ghost from the past I’d want to live here too!

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  4. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4606 comments

    As I recall, this house was in one of the paranormal investigation shows and the researchers did find unexplained paranormal activity. But using references to the paranormal in listings is risky. For those who still have childhood nightmares about the Second Empire house (a studio lot fake) in PSYCHO or the Addams Family, it’s almost a given that any towered Mansard roofed Second Empire style house will be thought to have scary ghosts or other sinister manifestations. Such folks who are fearful of the unknown might avoid this house like the plague while others might welcome it. I have no useful way to comment on the paranormal; however, I can comment on the architectural merits here. This is a true Second Empire mansion and in the 1870’s if one was financially successful and wanted a mansion to show off their prominent social status, the sometimes called “haughty” Second Empire mansion was the ticket. Some work obviously remains but what has been done so far would satisfy most preservation minded buyers. As for the wood species…there’s definitely some burl veneers, almost certainly some black Walnut and what might be Chestnut which was a very popular wood in the mid-Victorian era. With what appears to be a period marble adorned sink and what might have been an original bathroom (since remodeled) this house would have been very “modern” in the 1870’s. Regrettably, when all things Victorian fell out of favor after 1910, such grand “haughty” Second Empire mansions were among the first to see the wrecking ball. They were also razed by the scores during the mid-20th century “Urban Renewal” phase being described as “white elephants” to highlight their obsolescence so that today they are comparatively rare, especially the grand examples like this one. More house here than I could ever handle but I’m already envious of the next owners. If you are looking for “no holds barred”, “industrial strength” Victorian residential architecture, this is it. I’d put a tiara of gold anodized iron cresting on the tower even before painting the exterior. This French flavored Queen rules!

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    • JimHJimH says: 4010 comments
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      Thanks John, for helping me on the wood – the craftsmanship there is wonderful.

      From the old photos, the cresting was more like a full royal crown than a modest tiara! Go for the gold finish – why not, the place deserves it!

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      • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4606 comments

        The house looks so regal I could not imagine it without a tiara topping the tower. Nice to see it original had the same-maybe not gold leafed but today gold toned anodizing can provide a suitable look. Capital Crestings http://www.capitalcrestings.com/ has a nice selection of reproduction Victorian ornamental roof crestings. As for woods, there is a predictable chronology for their use in homes. By the early 1900’s even quarter sawn Oak was becoming scarce so Birch stained to look like mahogany was introduced. The teens and 1920’s were characterized by veneers as solid furniture quality woods were becoming expensive and difficult to source. The 19th century was when America went from having vast virgin forests of high quality woods to almost nothing remaining by the dawn of the 20th century. The concept of conservation of resources was largely unknown back then.

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        • AvatarMichelle Garvin says: 31 comments

          John, thank you for the link you provided. Some lovely stuff for my somewhat similar italianate home. I’ve saved capital crestings in my bookmarks now, and will show to my hubby. The best looking reproduction ironwork I’ve seen so far.

  5. AvatarBethany says: 2518 comments
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    Escondido, CA

    If anyone else loves the children’s book “Magic Elizabeth,” this house made me think of the house in the book right away. If you love old Victorians, lost antique dolls, ancient maiden great-aunts, and old barns filled with great stuff in the middle of a city that has grown up around it all, you should get a copy. I think a majority of OHD readers would identify with it!

  6. RossRoss says: 2371 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    In looking at prices in town, this house is almost the most expensive listed for sale.

    Considering the obvious ton-o-work needed, poor location, and no land, if I was interested in the house I would make a much much much lower offer.

    I am guessing that the owners think a ghost or two adds a huge premium.

  7. RosewaterRosewater says: 4333 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Those columns and capitals are really weird, and they don’t fit in with the gestalt of the house inside or out. I was thinking they must not be original, but Jim’s historic photos say they are indeed original. Weird..

  8. Wonderful to see so much still intact. As with many others, location is the big issue here. There are some wonderful old homes remaining from Gardner’s heyday as “Chair City”, but they are not in this neighborhood.

  9. RossRoss says: 2371 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    The house sold in 12/08 for $180K.

    Nothing appears to have been done to it since, yet the price has gone up 80%???????????

    • Maybe they brought in more “ghosts”?

      These towns out on Route 2 had a revival when real estate was hot and anything closer to Boston was so expensive that it made these look like a good alternative. Nowadays I think this one will be a tough sell.

  10. AvatarMelissa says: 249 comments

    Am I the only one who heard the “Adams Family” theme song when I first saw this one?
    Fun house, though…. ghosts only increase the value if they like you, in my opinion!

  11. AvatarAnne M. says: 530 comments
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    Hopkinton, MA

    I am a sucker for a good butler’s pantry. Gardner is a pretty depressed place and though the house is fabulous it is over-priced for this location. Twenty miles closer to Boston, tho it would probably go for twice this asking price. There are, however, plenty of craftspeople available to return it to its glory!

  12. Paul WPaul W says: 565 comments

    Given the price and the fact it needs a lot of restoration, I don’t think it will sell anywhere near this price. The house derives better than a cheap resin newel post light and floors that seriously need refinishing. The house would be amazing if properly restored, and you would feel right at home with the ghosts because you probably die there, broke and penniless

    • RossRoss says: 2371 comments
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      1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
      Emporia, KS

      Contrary to your Doom & Gloom scenario, I can envision an alternative.

      While I concur that a meticulous restoration of this incredible survivor would make no financial sense (see my comments above), I can also envision — for the right person/couple — deep satisfaction and joy over bringing this treasure back to glory.

      Should everything in life be measured solely by its financial return? Golly, I hope not, for what a pitiful world it would be! I mean, if a financial return was all that mattered, none of us get married or have children or create art or run a marathon or write a novel, for example.

      This house is rare and special. I can envision a person/couple taking on its restoration and dying rich with fulfillment, pride, and satisfaction.

      In short, what truly matters in the end? A huge bank account? Or leaving behind an incredible legacy?

      I suspect the latter.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 4333 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      How interesting…. I just want to chime in here and say that I agree both with Paul and with Ross in nearly equal measure.. How does one find a home in both idealism and realism? It can be done.. Unless you are a seriously moneyed individual who’s current and future security and happiness are not related to income; any real estate purchase is a gamble with one’s security. Markets and values can rise and fall on the whims of fiat economies and the opinions of the masses. When the extended age and condition of improvements to real property are added into the mix, the wager increases. The best one may do in regard to minimizing this risk is be astute to market conditions, comparable values, costs for maintenance and improvements, (as well as time invested), and demand within the local market for said improvements, and in which locations properties are most likely to hold their value or increase in value with investment. If these variables lead to an obvious, projected, negative outcome; the person who moves forward with such an investment may be judged misguided, as any eventual financial outcome will likely prove. This is not to say that one MUST be moneyed, or even in a position of earning considerable income in order to be successful at, or profit from, their efforts in improving real property. Really, it is simply a matter of risk, and to what degree one’s risk is minimized or exacerbated by these conditions. Therefore, is it wise for an average home owner or investor to spend considerably more than a property is “worth”? Of course not. Which is not to say that an individual might not be conversely successful with such an “investment” if they are smart and find the right house, at the right time, in the right place, for the right price which will in the end prove their investment and labors fruitful. If someone overspends because of some intangible passion, the outcome will likely be negative. If someone makes the right choice to buy a property which has the best upside potential, even if it is not their most passionate choice, the outcome will likely be positive.

      Clearly this great, albeit weird, house is overpriced for it’s location X3, condition, and upside potential. I think it’s clear the owner is trying to capitalize on some perceived notion that it’s 15 minutes of “fame” has increased the value of the house well beyond it’s “actual value”. As old house lovers, let’s just hope the place finds a sensible outcome before it devolves into a ruin; – though it would make a gorgeous ruin. 😉

  13. Paul WPaul W says: 565 comments

    No Ross, merely stating the obvious.

    I just purchased a property from its elderly owners who are both dying, her of cancer, him of a heart condition. They moved out of the property last year because they couldn’t handle 22 steps of stairs ( she is in a wheelchair now) and he could no longer continue to ‘restore’ (actually remuddle) the building. Putting in an elevator was cost prohibitive for them and hiring someone to finish the project was not possible as their personal finances took a major hit because the government doesn’t cover everything, not to mention the monthly cost of heating and cooling 4300 sq ft. they actually had taped styrofoam insulation inside the windows and were living in what I could best describe a small “tomb of a house” where they could keep warm.

    In short, these people live in the “real world” that most of us, who own historic property live in. I am absolutely certain they believed they would get the house done and be happily basking in their golden years in their wonderful place that their kids and grandkids would visit.

    However in the ‘real world’ altruism and legacy, kinda go out the window when you have tens of thousands in medical bills, high heat bills and your IRA is being rapidly depleted.

    For most of us who live in the real world, a house is our largest financial investment and its a major part of our retirement plan. Obviously you can’t plan for the unimaginable, but if you live long enough you have to deal with it. I am sure if they had a crystal ball they might have done things different like not buy a 4300 sq ft building when they were in their early 60’s, thinking they could restore it. They might have considered they could get sick, they might have considered perhaps they were taking on too big a project. Their “legacy” will be not leaving anything for their children.

    I’m sure they would have loved to leave something for their kids and grandkids too. While I am absolutely certain “architectural legacy’ is very important to you and you should be commended for doing so, for the vast majority of people who want to buy an old house, there is some level of practicality and buying this house at this price and then restoring it makes no sense . Even if you could bribe an appraiser to appraise it anywhere near this price and then convince a bank lo make you a loan to fix it.

    Maybe some rich “trust fund kid” will buy it and fix it, But I don’t think most people living in the real world, or should, take this on without a healthy dose of Reality Check.

    • I think your points are excellent, but, as I have pointed out before, most of the commenting here is of the “old house daydream” variety (see the Hamlet NC and Detroit MI mansion comments), so I think you have to accept them for what they are.

      It is a rare individual that can purchase and restore/maintain a property such as this with no regard for payback. And as appealing as this may be to “old house people”, there are probably examples available elsewhere in better locations. Collectors of antiques/artifacts/books etc. have an advantage – they can pick up their collection and move it elsewhere or put it in storage if they tire of dusting it. Once you make a commitment to a house, you have certain things that can not be “set aside” (which makes those that can be set aside take that much longer).

    • RossRoss says: 2371 comments
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      1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
      Emporia, KS

      Paul, you often talk about the “real world” you live in. But you live in the same world I live in. That everybody lives in. Your life is not more “real” than mine, or anybody’s. It is just different.

      You also bring up an example of how an elderly couple’s dreams of restoring an old home did not work out as they planned. Well, this happens. But does this mean that nobody should ever buy an old home because their dreams might not come 100% to fruition? If so, then I guess that nobody should ever get married, have kids, write a novel, or plant a garden, because, you know, their dreams might not work out.

      Every year thousands of young adults move to NYC with dreams of becoming a Broadway star. 99.9% will never make it to the stage. But should 100% of these young people never even try because the odds are so stacked against them?

      Paul, this blog is called Old House Dreams. Dreams being the operative word. This is why I object to your doom & gloom statements. If this blog was called Old House Nightmares, I would have no objection to your doom & gloom statements.

      In my experience, life is hard. There are no guarantees. Dreams are not fulfilled by magic, but rather hard work. I am old enough that my dreams have come true several times. And some of my dreams have been cruelly dashed. But I cannot imagine life without reaching out for new dreams.

      Should somebody buy this fine home if they have no money? No, of course not. Will restoring this home be a money maker? No, as I stated above. But if somebody has the money (and experience), and does not need a financial return, this would be a great restoration project. It is a fabulous house.

      I am reminded of how many great plantation homes, near ruins in the 1940s and 1950s, were beautifully restored by people, usually retired, with no hope of making a return on their investment.

      Not everybody is motivated solely by money. Thank goodness.

      Oh, I am also reminded of a young couple, with little money, who undertook the restoration of a 200-year-old Georgian house in London. The results are glorious and quite moving:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAPIyRLtTZQ

      There is a later Revisited episode, with the house completed, but I cannot find it. It always amazes me what passion, love, and hard work can accomplish.

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  14. RossRoss says: 2371 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    Hi Rosewater,

    Might I make two points?

    POINT ONE

    MOST potential homebuyers will not even consider this house. Most potential homebuyers are looking for something sensible, and no big old house is sensible.

    The tiny minority which MIGHT consider this house? MOST will also pass. “It needs too much work. The location is bad. It is too big.”

    In short, this house will appeal to only a very very very tiny number of people.

    — Of this minute group, some will have no money. I would strongly urge that such a group pass on the house.

    — Of this minute group, some will have some money. If this group also has experience and skills, I would say: go for it. CAVEAT: I would only say this if the buyers evidence a real passion for the house, and also have an optimistic view of life. These are two essential/vital qualities.

    — Of this minute group, some will have a lot of money. If this group also has a true sensitivity to the ideals of restoration, I would say: go for it. CAVEAT: Many great old houses are ruined by people with too much money.

    POINT TWO

    With the above understanding, I would like to repeat what I have said before.

    I am always uncomfortable with the entrenched idea that houses should only be purchased for the later financial return.

    Every day people have children. Kids are an ENORMOUS investment of time, energy, and money. And, unlike a house, one cannot just walk away a few years later if exhausted! Yet, nobody has kids with the idea of making a financial return. No, people have kids for all kinds of reasons.

    So, too, with owning a great old house. There are certainly plenty of opportunities of buying faded old houses, carefully upgrading them, and later making a good return. But there are also incredible houses, such as this one (and my own house), which offer no possibility of a financial return.

    I refuse to accept that such houses simply be knocked to the ground because they violate the entrenched belief: MUST MAKE MONEY.

    If everybody approached all aspects of life with the idea of MUST MAKE MONEY then people would never have children, write a novel or song, play basketball, learn to dance, ski, fall in love, garden, become an actor, and so on.

    Luckily, this is not how people approach life. People invest tremendous amounts of time/money/energy into pursuits with no thought to financial gain. Thank goodness.

    Yet, why must taking on a great old house ALWAYS be measured only by the financial gain?

    • Sue C.Sue C. says: 38 comments

      Ross, well stated, and I agree 100 percent! We bought our old house extremely cheaply 30 years ago. It needed a lot of work! We were both employed, but not wealthy by any means. We didn’t buy it with the thought of making a profit on it; in fact we didn’t even think about it. We just loved it, and were willing to live in it while working on it. We made many sacrifices for it, but in the long run, it turned out beautifully. We recently sold it (we’re in our 60’s and wanted to move to a larger city). Did we get out of it what we put in it? No, but that was fine. Everything was paid for and we had many wonderful years in a beautiful home that I would have never dreamed of being able to live in.

  15. AvatarPatricia says: 13 comments

    Ok, we know that Central Mass is not the best or most lucrative part of the state. The house might be overpriced. It is possible a lot of work has been done to the property that does not show. Plumbing, wiring, etc. Yes it is a huge home to update and heat. The woodwork is georgeous and not painted! Hopefully the house will sell to people who are looking for a large old home. Who have the time, money, and work ethic to bring the home back to it’s former glory. Central Mass does have it’s good points (location in the center of the state).Boston does not make up the whole state!

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  16. AvatarJoyce Aghjayan says: 1 comments

    The people that buy this house do so because they can afford it, want to make it pretty again, hope it can bring improvements to the area, and really really do not want a rehab nut to come in and take down walls and create a gourmet kitchen, spa-like bathrooms and closets the size of bedrooms. They would want to fix it for the pure joy of bringing it back to life with no regard for profit. i wish I could buy it and have Nicole Curtis come help make it pretty again! I am curious, are there ways to get financial help (state/town) with restoring a historic building?

    • If anything, most likely outcome based on neighborhood would be to make into rental units. I don’t see a high end rehab taking place in this neighborhood – not that it’s a bad one, but just can’t justify it. Yes, there are some people who could afford to do whatever they want, but not likely to be doing it in South Gardner. If the price dropped substantially, it might, like others, be bought by that “old house nut” who due to financial constraints wants a house badly enough that they will settle for one in a less than optimal location.

      As far as improving the neighborhood, it is the same as with this house but on a larger scale – while it would look nicer, not enough payback for the amounts required – and the business people owning properties have to be even more financially cold-hearted than a home owner.

      Surprisingly, google street view does show the architectural history of this area – from Greek revivals, Victorians, etc. and how a neighborhood evolves as it becomes more commercial and less residential. Next time I am up that way I’ll swing by and give a better neighborhood report.

      This type of discussion seems to recur with various properties, and perhaps this sort of debate might be a good one to have in one of the forums, since it is not always property specific, but gets into the philosophies of restoration, historic homes/districts, etc.

      • RossRoss says: 2371 comments
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        1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
        Emporia, KS

        Joseph,

        You wrote: “This type of discussion seems to recur with various properties, and perhaps this sort of debate might be a good one to have in one of the forums, since it is not always property specific…”

        From my perspective, this sort of debate is always property specific, and springs up regarding a great old house, in very poor repair, or in a very poor location, or both, where there is not likely any possibility of making a financial return.

        Some readers feel that such “impossible” homes should be avoided.

        I believe that, to the right person, such homes offer possibilities. I do not accept that any great old home should be written off due to condition or location. Or because X home cannot offer a financial return.

        If this debate were shifted off to a forum, then how would these opposing viewpoints help a potential buyer of X Impossible house? I mean, if I were a potential buyer of an impossible house, I would be acutely interested in learning about the pros and cons about its purchase.

        NOTE: Last year I purchased an “impossible” house. It had a quadruple whammy: terrifying condition, gigantic (almost 9,000 sq ft), poor location, and zero hope of offering a return on investment.

        • I wasn’t moving the topic or suggesting that people couldn’t discuss the issue with individual houses, but was suggesting adding these topics to a forum for general discussion since they come up so often (and even this post of yours I am replying to could be cut and pasted into the comments of any number of houses shown on this site.)

          Oddly enough, I also own an “impossible” property, in a historic district where there are lots of other properties even nicer. And when the visitors come by and say how wonderful it would be if they could buy one of them, blah, blah, blah I tell them that there are plenty with for sale signs – but of course, they can’t because blah, blah, blah. So I tend to take “someone should buy this house and ….” comments with lots of grains of salt.

  17. RossRoss says: 2371 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    While the location of this house is less than optimal as a private residence, the location seems ideal for a B&B.

    I can envision a well run, well designed B&B succeeding in this house and location.

    And I would much rather this, than see the house chopped up into apartments. Yikes!

    • Ross – I am assuming you are not from this area; there is really no draw here for a B&B – either due to tourism or education/industry.

      And although the location does not support it in this particular case, I can see where a house such as this could be sensitively divided (and it might be a case where compromise is better than it eventually becoming a memory).

      • JimHJimH says: 4010 comments
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        JosephFH, I agree with your comments about keeping the discussion fact-based and specific, and that alternative uses such as dividing should be explored that would justify the investment this house deserves. It needn’t be about profit, but the plan should be rational and realistic.
        I noticed that all of the interior photographs were of the public areas and a couple of bedrooms. The condition of many of the rooms, the kitchen, basement and the entire 3rd level are unknown. While general speculation about future uses is interesting, any serious discussion requires much more information than is available about the building and local codes and conditions.
        There’s often a knee-jerk reaction by some whenever the suggestion of adapting a large old house comes up: B&B’s are good, apartments and condos are bad, commercial use is OK if done right, etc. I’ve seen quite a few bad conversions to multi-family use myself and wouldn’t recommend it generally, but sometimes it can save an old building from the worse fate of deterioration and eventual destruction. Conversion to nicer apartments or condominium ownership can be a far less destructive alternative than commercial use. I would much prefer to see this house become three living units than to become a Gothic Fun House or some other silly business venture. Notorious houses like this can attract some pretty wacky ideas.
        B&B’s in large houses are problematic. The desire of most visitors for separate bathrooms usually means changes must be made and codes may require other alterations. In some areas, a B&B with over 3 or 4 guest rooms or a 3rd story puts it into the Inn category and other building and fire provisions kick in requiring expensive and ugly things like fire escapes, fire-walled stairways, commercial kitchens, etc. My gut tells me that a B&B plan isn’t viable here, and may simply not be possible while being sensitive to the architecture.
        Ambitious schemes aren’t always the best thing for old houses or real estate generally – many old house crimes are committed by spending too much money. A “full restoration” or reuse idea that’s poorly conceived, managed or financed can be far worse than doing nothing at all.
        All I’m hoping for here is a new owner that’s more interested in the house than the ghosts, and who has enough money to “fix it up” if not totally restore it. A million dollars invested could be either wonderful or a complete disaster, while half that applied well would be just fine.

  18. Avatarlynsey says: 29 comments

    Oooooh this is the type of house I’m meant to have but I never get what I want. Curses! I live in a small town where everyone seems to own trailers/manufactured (which is basically the same thing). I wish there were more interesting buildings like this where I live; but like I said…trailers and double wides. I want stick built (and my mortgage loan in contingent upon it) Still the house is awesome and gigantic!

  19. Kelly, Old House DreamsKelly, Old House Dreams says: 9794 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Was pending and now off market. I hope the next owners will come by and say hi. 🙂

  20. AvatarHelena says: 1 comments

    I have been hoping that someone would fall madly in love with this house and restore the rest of it. Watching it for over 50 years (one of the first houses I fell in love with as a small child) hopefully it will be there for many more years with all it’s glory.
    Thanks Kelly for posting this house!

  21. AvatarRobb H says: 182 comments

    This property is now off the market. Maybe the ghosts made it go off the market

  22. Avatarsusan mecca urbanczyk says: 1176 comments

    I did a street view on this. What a depressing and run down area. House is just lovely but I agree, over priced because of it’s “celebrity” status. I am an energy clearer and I can tell you having anything in the home that is not living is a drain on all occupants energy and not a plus.

  23. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4606 comments

    Hi Rob, I think you are the ideal owner for this property. It continues to interest many people as the Travel Channel re-aired the Ghost Adventures episode over the weekend that was filmed in this house. Fully restored, I think it would appeal even more visually so you might find other media attention being directed towards it. I’m wishing you the best with this venture and thank you for saving an important example of our architectural heritage.

  24. AvatarLona Combee says: 1 comments

    Anyone else notice the pic of the smaller stairway and how it just ends at the wall, basically going nowhere? Even the baseboard just starts on one side, goes around the wall it ends into and down the other side…a bit strange…

    • RossRoss says: 2371 comments
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      1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
      Emporia, KS

      The smaller stair does not die into a wall. It appears to turn left.

  25. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4606 comments
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    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    Agreed, that is an odd configuration. Either the house did time as a rental and that required a separate entry for a tenant or, perhaps instead of a back (servants) staircase down into the kitchen there was once a staircase going down to the entry vestibule which would allow more privacy. It’s too well finished out to have been a later add-on and the style and materials match the original period of the house. Perhaps someone else could come up with a more plausible explanation but that is the way I interpret it at this time.

  26. AvatarKaren says: 25 comments

    My mother painted our piano turquoise too! Right after she painted the fridge pink. This was in the 50’s. Must have been a thing back then.

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