1892 Queen Anne – Duluth, MN

Added to OHD on 6/2/15   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   26 Comments
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2450 Woodland Ave, Duluth, MN 55803

  • $199,900
  • 4 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 1970 Sq Ft
  • 0.53 Ac.
REMEMBER WHEN... Homes had wide porches, high ceilings, large dining rooms, and ornate fireplaces? This home has it all! This gorgeous 4+ bed, 2 bath Victorian is perched high on a large, beautifully treed lot. Features include a spacious master bedroom, a large walk-up attic with hardwood floors, fabulous woodwork, etched windows, charming built-ins, and valuable fixtures. This award-winning historic home has been recognized locally and nationally for the owners' work in restoring and maintaining the house with true integrity.
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Tracy Ramsay, Real Living Messina & Associates
(218) 728-4436

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26 Comments on 1892 Queen Anne – Duluth, MN

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  1. RosewaterRosewater says: 6678 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Geez. They have some beautiful things. The rose settee is especially divine. I’ll wager a nickel they brought in the Italianate, marble mantle and the foyer fixture with the amazing Loetz shades. Lucky buyer if they convey..

    • ernie says: 117 comments

      I agree. The marble mantle and the girandoles on it probably predate the house by at least 30 years. The round Federal style mirror hanging over it also hearkens to an earlier period. The shades you were referring to are Quezal not Loetz. The Quezal Glass Company. Was an American contemporary to Tiffany. Martin Bach who left the workshops of Tiffany to pursue making his own glass founded the company around 1902.

      Here is some more info on Quezal glass

      • John Shiflet says: 5450 comments

        Ernie, I looked online before commenting and one source claimed six different companies made similar shades including Loetz, Tiffany, and Quezal. Since the Loetz name had been posted (reproduction shades with the pulled feather pattern are being made as well) I went along with it. The majority of fine art glass shades from the early 1900’s are signed or marked in some way. I have several signed Loetz pieces but no shades. Thanks for the added information. I hope the sellers would consider leaving the marble mantel and the period fixture with art glass shades with the house when it sells.

        • ernie says: 117 comments

          Hi John,
          Many reproduction art glass shades in the peacock feather design have been mass produced in recent years but authentic Quezal shades are also always signed very prominently “QUEZAL” on an inside surface at the neck of the glass and the signature is almost always hand etched and highlighted in black then fired into the surface glass matrix rather the more simple suface diamond point name/serial number etched on the surface as was the practice by Tiffany, Stueban, and others.

          Another hallmark of Quezal glass not duplicated in modern day reproductions is that the glass is double cased in that while the outer surface of the glass might be vivid iridescent greens, golds, or blues by day, the inner golden tone amber glass inner surface give the shades a warm golden glow when lit at night.

          Over several years I have accumulated a large collection of lighting fixtures fitted out with Quetzal shades. In many ways I prefer them to the work of other glass makers of the period.

          I think I might disagree on retaining the marble mantle. In keeping with the style of the house I would prefer to see it replaced with what must originally have been an elaborate walnut or cherry Eastlake style stick and ball confection complete with with beveled mirrors and étagère style overmantle and the fire surround and hearth faced with American encaustic or majolica tiles

  2. JulieC says: 346 comments

    I almost didn’t look at this place but I am so glad I did. WOW! Rosewater is absolutely right in that they do have beautiful things but I bet those settees and chairs are not very comfortable and probably difficult to get off of.

  3. Betsy says: 157 comments

    Beautiful house, just lovely. Duluth is full of beautiful old houses set on hills overlooking Lake Superior . But oh the winters there are brutal

  4. Paul W says: 468 comments

    Its nice to see a house decorated in Victorian furniture for a change. I would agree with Rosewater about the mantle being a “brought in” fixture. There are some creative ways to disguise TV’s when not in use and I might have pulled it out entirely for the photos.

    The kitchen is good, my only suggestion is creating a more appropriate stove hood over the stove.

    Stylistically they have tried to keep almost all the furniture “older’ than the house which would have been appropriate to back in the day as people would have typically kept older “hand me down’ rococo pieces from the family mixed with some new at the time pieces.

    I’d personally have to trade out some of the wallpapers for some more period appropriate patterns but overall this is a well done , well thought out restoration .

  5. Karen says: 120 comments

    This strikes me as a reasonable price for what you’re getting. I don’t know this address in Duluth, so it may not be a fantastic neighborhood. This house on London Road would probably be in the 600 thousand range.

    • Steve H says: 152 comments

      The Woodland area is a really beautiful and well kept neighborhood. It’s very woodsy. The area would have been quite “suburban” when the house was built. It has a scattering of large Victorian homes surrounded by post war development. If you are looking for lake views this would not be the place though. It’s quite a ways from the lake.

  6. John Shiflet says: 5450 comments

    Lovely Queen Anne style home nicely restored inside. Fine antiques as well…the high back bed looks to be a Mitchell and Rammelsberg item similar to this example: http://www.stevensauction.com/13%20June%202015%20Web/pages/072d%20-%20Mitchell%20and%20Rammelsberg%20rosewood%20queen%20size%20bed,%209%20ft.%2011%20in.%20T,%2064%20in.%20W,%2080%20in.%20inside%20rails.36.htm I agree with Jeff that the Italianate marble mantel pre-dates 1896 by a couple of decades or more. Odd juxtaposition to see the late teens/early 20’s cook-stove (can’t make out the name, though) right next to a modern stainless steel refrigerator. I too love the early 1900’s foyer fixture with the Loetz art glass shades in the pulled feather pattern. Here the period decor adds much to the appeal of the house but a potential buyer has to see beyond the decor and envision how they would decorate the house with their antiques.

  7. John Shiflet says: 5450 comments

    Sorry, I forgot to select the comment notification.

  8. John Shiflet says: 5450 comments

    No problem or disagreement on my part but merely something I overlooked. No doubt, you’ve had readers ask how to stop receiving comment postings in the past and this feature gives them more control over posting choices.

  9. Bethany says: 3512 comments

    I would brave any winter weather to live in this house! Nice photography, too.

  10. Melody says: 521 comments

    In the third last picture, the centre piece of wallpaper (on the left wall) does not match up with the others, and it looks like it’s not actually stuck to the wall. No pictures are hung in the middle. Secret passageway perhaps?? One can hope!

    I like the place and I’d want most of the furniture with it. The surrounding neighbourhood looks decent too. Cemeteries and parks are quiet, although that road may be fairly busy. I like the stairs out by the sidewalk, I wonder how old they are.

    And I absolutely love winter, so that’s a selling point for me!

  11. Ed Ferris says: 299 comments

    Is Duluth or Camden, NY colder and snowier?
    Is the side-oven kitchen range called a “cabinet” range?
    The exterior colors — well, they got an award, so who am I to complain, but I still say purple is NOT authentic, and neither is painting shingled gables in stripes.

    • Judy Nappa says: 22 comments

      I would say that Duluth would be colder and snowier and on lake Superior as opposed to being near Lake Ontario(farther north any way but maybe not this year as the East Coast got slammed). The exterior colours could be changed…I think it’s a lovely home. I would move to Duluth for it. Tastefully furnished.

  12. DogRescuer says: 15 comments

    What an absolutely fabulous house! And, that stove makes my heart melt.

  13. Nancy Mandelin says: 1 comments

    Hi everyone this is my home for sale thank you for all the kind comments. The original fireplace was damaged by fire years ago and was replaced by a modern brick one, the marble one came out of a mansion if New Jersey and was purchased through South Hampton antiques back in around 1997. The light fixture in the foyer has signed Quezal pulled feather shades. All of the wallpapers with the exception of the parlor and one bedroom up stairs are historic documented wallpapers from Tibaut. The parlor is the Dayle Sidewall pattern from a company in Milwaukee. The bedroom set is in fact mitchell and Rammelsberg. Yes Duluth has brutal winters but amazing summers! Once again thanks for looking its an amazing home and it was built in 1892. Nancy

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11932 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Thank you Nancy for posting that info about your home. 🙂

    • Michelle says: 2 comments

      Has it sold yet? My husband and I put an offer in but we had to sell our home first. Just absolutely in love with the home and it’s perfect location! So beautiful!

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11932 comments

        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        It’s no longer appearing on the agents website so I’m not sure if it is still available. Zillow and Trulia shows it is still on the market but that doesn’t mean it still is.

  14. Michelle says: 2 comments

    Yeah – it was pending inspection this week so my fingers were still crossed. I had never even thought of moving until I happened to see that home – if only we’d seen it just a little sooner 🙁

  15. Robert and Tawnya says: 2 comments

    We bought this house! Great, great place. Couldn’t find another quite like it if we tried. The owners were going through a divorce and were worried about sitting on it all winter, so we negotiated much of the furniture and all fixtures/ rugs to be included in the ridiculously low price. You’ve got the address, so anytime anyone on here wants to take a look, just stop on by! Thanks

  16. Robert and Tawnya says: 2 comments

    Thanks! We just had 100+ mph straight-line winds hit in late July, so many trees were lost. To give you an idea, I just pulled the last of 21 stumps out two days ago and had at least 10 trees uproot that were over 2 feet in trunk diameter! It’s a drastically changed yard, but still the crown jewel of the neighborhood, eh. Oh, and the yard is .93 acres, not .53 like it says on the site. But, love love love the house and how original/ intact it is. That toilet in the picture is from 1907, and guess when they got indoor plumbing? 1907!:-)I won’t lie, it needs some work, but I’m a carpenter who has ONLY worked on restorations, and I’ve never seen one with so much intact, structurally. Anyway, thanks again and stop by if you’re in the neighborhood. Oh, and there are no hidden pathways or book cases that swing open to reveal stairs, but the last owners did have 2 pet Canadian Lynx (80 lbs. wildcats) as pets in the attic, so sort of cool right?B-)

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