1894 Queen Anne – Corsicana, TX

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Added to OHD on 4/23/15   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   23 Comments

753 W 3rd Ave, Corsicana, TX 75110

  • $215,000
  • 3 Bed
  • 1.5 Bath
  • 3198 Sq Ft
  • 0.5 Ac.
Built in 1894 this Eastlake Victorian Architecture beauty boast app. 3129 sq. ft. Constructed with cypress wood w pine tongue and groove porches to sit and enjoy the lovely landscaped yard. Original hardwoods throughout, 6 fp's w beautiful carved wood mantles, winding staircase w barrel walls, exquisite woodwork, fabulous moldings, pocket doors, original fixtures, and 2 living areas. One of Corsicana's finest homes . This is a one of a kind.
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Denise Harper, Keller Williams,
(817) 795-2500

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23 Comments on 1894 Queen Anne – Corsicana, TX

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  1. toscar says: 46 comments

    This is a charming property!

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  2. sbailey says: 57 comments

    i would like to see some pictures of the little summer house…what a very cool place…

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  3. John Shiflet says: 5732 comments

    You wouldn’t have been very happy to have seen this house about 15 years ago. It was derelict looking with extensive peeling paint, overgrown weeds and bushes, and sagging porches-long vacant as well. My wife and I travelled to Corsicana to look at another historic home that was on the market nearby and to make a mandatory stop at one of the best bakeries on the planet: The Collin Street Bakery. Although best known for truly tasty Fruitcakes, (yes, these were/are actually edible!) their walnut brownies are to die for. But I digress…sorry.

    Corsicana is 58 miles southeast of Dallas off I-45. It’s main claim to fame was the first oilfield discovery in Texas in 1894. (when drillers seeking a water well found black gold instead) By 1900 the town had almost doubled in size to nearly 10,000 residents. This house and a number of other large opulent Victorians date from the oil boom days when wealth pored into the town. Sadly, the oil boom days were short lived and Corsicana, which was founded in 1848 as the county seat, slowly declined in the 20th century. By the time of our visit about 15 years ago most of the downtown buildings were vacant or underutilized and surrounding the downtown area was a very large multi-acre swath of demolition “greenspace” where it appeared that hundreds of homes had once stood. A lone c. 1900 Colonial Revival style house being used as an antiques shop was the last survivor of this vanished neighborhood and it stood alone on a large block. Corsicana was not unique in this respect, other smaller Texas cities in the region such as Denison, Sherman, Bonham, Clarksville, had their own large scale “urban renewal” programs which wiped out much of their (Victorian era) historic housing stock, admittedly most of these examples being in poor condition due to age and neglect. Community leaders felt by eliminating “blight” they could attract new residents and businesses from nearby Dallas-Ft. Worth.

    This house was spared destruction because it was located in a designated historic district (3rd Street Historic District?) I recall it sold for around $60k as a VA foreclosure not long after we visited the town. I’d be almost afraid to go back today as so much of the ghostly old downtown seemed poised to be demolished. The population of Corsicana has bounced back and even grown in the past two decades but I’d speculate most of the new residents comfortably live in tract home suburbia and commute to Dallas. Hard to believe today how neglected this house once looked and see it now nicely restored. (I still have some “before” photos of it) Congratulations and thanks to the folks who restored it.

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    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 1106 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Always interesting info. It’s such a shame when beautiful old neighborhoods are left to rot and get destroyed. If you happen to have the before photos handy, email one to me, I’d love to see and post it! 🙂

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    • AudreyAudrey says: 101 comments

      Yes, would LOVE to see your old photos of it! One of my favorite homes to date.

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  4. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12620 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Back on the market. Since this was posted in 2011, I’m bringing it to the front (so that’s why there are old comments on this new post.)

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  5. Shelley says: 16 comments

    You would probably be surprised if you went to Corsicana today. It has really bounced back. I was there last year and drove through downtown. Lots of businesses!

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  6. John Shiflet says: 5732 comments

    Not much I can add except that the house looks even better than it did the last time it was on the market. It’s a far cry from the derelict state it was in about 20 years ago when it was vacant and open for bids offered to the Veteran’s Administration. I think it sold for around $60-65k back then but the faded property needed a ton of work.

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  7. Laurie W. says: 1680 comments

    Interesting info, John. Glad both house and town are on the upswing. It’s a warm house with plenty of space. I especially like the kitchen & bathrooms and I have dibs on the dog.

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  8. Marion says: 63 comments

    Absolutely spectacular! Wonderful to see that someone restored a home that was once in terrible condition, back to it’s original splendour. It gives one hope!

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  9. Harley says: 1 comments

    At last, someone did a kitchen without just transplanting the latest modern trend from a new house. It’s new, but it was done to be part of the house and it fits in.

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  10. RosewaterRosewater says: 7562 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Love the oval, Wisteria window; especially because it’s along the attic stair run. It is contemporary work; but very complimentary of Aesthetic period design, and very, very well executed, not to mention gorgeous.

    Enclosed, attic level, balconies are one of my very favorite old house details, and that one is a peach!

    Great summer kitchen, but would be perfect without porch enclosed..

    A very handsome property. The owner deserves every ounce of equity they’ve earned. Nicely done..

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  11. JudithLorraine says: 21 comments

    Amazing home and there’s not a thing that I would change if I were to buy it. When someone says Corsicana , I automatically think – best fruit cake – best I’ve ever tasted that was not homemade. Would love to taste those walnut brownies!

    Great details and love the built-in in the dining room.The kitchen – I would never leave it! It would have been horrible if this had been bull-dozed instead of restored. The owners did a wonderful job.

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  12. Trudy says: 24 comments

    Love this one! I would probably live in the bathroom, with its’ English library feel. Seems a really great buy at the price.

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  13. Jennifer Ferrell says: 1 comments

    OMG I want this house! The only thinking missing from my list of wants is a basement… dang I want to get out of the city of San Antonio and move into the house of a my dreams! An older, Victorian type house, but with more modern upgrades in appliances and central heating and air and that wrap around porch! Perfect! If only my credit was…. sigh.. maybe someday!

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  14. Kelly says: 6 comments

    I’m a native Dallasite with relatives in Corsicana. We spend every Holiday there. I can’t even imagine what the ac/heating costs are on this house.

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  15. Jean says: 1 comments

    I am currently driving to Texas. Coming back after being gone for 15 years. What do I find???? My DREAM home screaming at me from this website!!!!!!!! It is gorgeous!!!! It is me!!!!!!!

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  16. DeeDee says: 7 comments

    I live in Corsicana, and there are some really lovely old old homes here that have all been restored. Heating and AC and property taxes ARE on the high side compared to other areas of TX, and aside from crappy roads, it’s definitely small town TX. Incidentally, drove past this house just the other day and the ”pending’ sign is still on it. Wondering what the issues are. Can’t imagine it pending for almost a year!

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  17. DeeDee says: 7 comments

    That is funny because my mom said the pending sign has been on the yard sign for at least a year. Sounds like the got a new realtor and got an offer which is awesome. I hope the new buyers are successful and do a great job rehabbing this lovely house.

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