c. 1896 Queen Anne – Hawarden, IA (George F. Barber)

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1521 Central Ave, Hawarden, IA 51023

  • $16,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 2320 Sq Ft
Lots of square feet for the money. 4 bedroom, 2 bath home. Formal living room & dining room plus main floor family room. Hardwood floors through-out. Beautiful natural wood open staircase, eat-in kitchen, large level corner lot. Oversized double car garage.
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Robert McGinnis, Coldwell Banker
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17 Comments on c. 1896 Queen Anne – Hawarden, IA (George F. Barber)

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11783 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    This article mentions the home and sounds like there is an old image of it somewhere, link to article: “the John Smith home designed by WW Wooster in 1895-1896 at 1521 Central”

    • JimHJimH says: 5043 comments
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      Wooster was a local lumber dealer who probably just supplied stock plans for this modest house. John Smith was a farmer and businessman, eventually becoming bank President and Town Supervisor. He had come over from Scotland as a boy. After John and his wife died their twin daughters Anna and Jenny, both schoolteachers, lived in the house for many years.

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11783 comments

        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        Thanks Jim. I looked up Wooster but did not find any info about him. I have hopes someone can supply us with the old pic mentioned in the article, I’m dying to know what the home looked like.

        • Chris DiMattei says: 272 comments

          Here is what it looked like.


          Jim is right, Wooster must have been the lumber dealer supplying George Barber designs from Barber’s “Cottage Souvenir No. 2 pattern book, because the Smith house is an example of design #38 as you can see from the link included above. Based upon the included photos, the layout of the front rooms and everything about the staircase matched Barber’s published design. Here is an example of what the Smith house could look like, if it were restored.


          Someone please save this home.

          • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11783 comments

            1901 Folk Victorian
            Chestatee, GA

            So freaking cool! The thought of this home being a Barber crossed my mind for a micro second but it’s fun finding out it really is one. Now I really want this one saved!

            Chris, did you see the other one I posted yesterday, could you confirm or deny this one too? link

          • JimHJimH says: 5043 comments
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            Thanks Chris. I imagine a lot of the catalog designs were sold that way. One-stop shopping for the buyers who simply chose what they wanted and it was built, faster and cheaper.
            It looks like John Smith lived up to the frugal Scotsman stereotype on the construction also – the 2nd level above the kitchen was never constructed, there’s no back stair or rear porch. A garage was later added to the kitchen, then converted to the odd split-level family room with another bedroom. I can’t remember another single-family with as many Armstrong ceilings.

    • AaronAaron says: 41 comments

      W.W. Wooster was a copycat. Here’s the Barber version:

  2. Webby says: 9 comments

    I like this, except for the acoustic ceilings and carpet.I wonder if the ceiling tiles have Asbestos in them.

    The outside is drab with that dark brown. New paint inside and out would like a huge difference.

    The kitchen seems a little 1950s to me. Hmmm to update or to keep. 🙂 The wood trims are not painted!

    The house looks solid, and it is so cheap! I wonder what hidden repairs are waiting for the next owner.

  3. RossRoss says: 2466 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    If you look at the street view, this house is in a nice neighborhood.

    The house also looks livable.

    So, for a paltry $16K, for the right person/couple, this is an opportunity to buy a beautiful old house in a small town for peanuts.

    It would not take much to make the interior shine. Removing all the dropped ceilings would do wonders.

  4. Marie says: 233 comments

    Love the school house light fixtures. The staircase is awesome; the purchase price would more than cover the cost of the original woodwork.

  5. John Shiflet says: 5477 comments

    Nothing appears wrong with this house that can’t be easily fixed and some of the original details survive. Like the recently posted bargain house in Plymouth, IL, ( https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2015/07/24/1906-plymouth-il/ ) the low price seems due to the community’s location more than anything else. I had to spend some time looking at the map to determine where Hawarden is. As best as I can determine, its somewhat between Sioux Falls and Sioux City which themselves are not exactly household names outside of Iowa. The house sits on a decent size corner lot several blocks away from the downtown area. I would imagine its gets a bit tranquil there sometimes, especially in the wintertime as Hawarden shares a latitude with Minnesota.

  6. RossRoss says: 2466 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    I liked this house from the get-go, but now that Chris has confirmed that it is a Barber design, and now that its original appearance can be confirmed, my liking for this house just WAY increased!

    What an incredible project it would be to recreate what has been lost, and burnish what remains.

    Yum. Major yum.

  7. Marie says: 233 comments

    I agree; salvage yards can be helpful. Many years ago we found an original 1920’s Kohler pedestal sink for $25, to replace a fiberboard bathroom vanity that the previous owner of my 1919 bungalow had used to “upgrade” the sole bathroom in the house. I also know the value of dual pane windows for energy savings. When I purchased my house there was only one original window with its divided light pattern remaining. We used that pattern to have matching windows made for the front room and kitchen, with duel panes. As much as I love original details, sometimes you have to replace with new, and they can be wood.

    • Ed Ferris says: 302 comments

      Traditional double-pane windows are two inches thick, with the panes separated by an inch of air space. They will retain R2 insulating value forever, unlike the Thermopane type which revert to R1 after the argon leaks out, five years or less.
      Putting up storm windows every year will also give the same insulating value.

      • Marie says: 3 comments

        My dual pane windows are not two inches thick and do not have gas in them. Houses in my neck of California were not built to have storm windows, like the kind my parents had to put up in our Detroit suburban home every fall.

        • Webby says: 9 comments

          Some dual-pane windows are thicker than others. It is dependent on the glass gap and the case size. Dual-pane windows, with a 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch air space between sheets of glass, work like a Thermos bottle to cut down the flow of heat. If you replace the air between the panes with an inert gas like carbon dioxide, argon or krypton, the window will transfer even less heat and be even more efficient. If the panes are too close together, then heat can easily conduct from one pane to the other. If they are too far apart, then the air inside can circulate to make convection currents that transfer heat from one pane to the other. It is not just the space between the glass that affect energy savings, but also the material of the window casing and if the glass is coated like Low-E. As for storm windows that are put up and taken down. They leak so much they really don’t save much. It is very difficult to seal the edges.

  8. Chicky says: 1 comments

    If I had the extra money laying around Id snatch this house up in a heartbeat. It is a beauty – Any idea what the stairs lead too in the room with the fireplace ?

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