1855 Greek Revival/Italianate – Williamsport, IN

SOLD / Archived From 2015
Added to OHD on 8/27/15 - Last OHD Update: 2/14/18 - 18 Comments
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  • $119,900
  • 5 Beds
  • 1 Bath
  • 3340 Sq Ft
  • 10 Ac.
Situated within a pastoral setting along Old 41 near Williamsport and Attica, the Van Reed Farmstead is an impressive 10 acre property that includes an outstanding-rated c. 1855 Greek Revival/Italianate two-story brick and stone home with period summer kitchen and a c. 1860 Sweitzer barn. Modern structures include an implement shed, garage/shop, and two small grain bin.With approximately 2,500 square feet of living space, the home consists of 11 rooms with a large kitchen and potentially 6 bedrooms. Original features include wood windows, doors, and trim, curved staircase, and hardwood floors. A decorative front porch protects a side-lite and transom entry; two additional back porches flank the rear wing.
Sold By
Jamie Cackley, Cackley Real Estate      (765) 426-7306
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18 Comments on 1855 Greek Revival/Italianate – Williamsport, IN

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  1. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4708 comments

    Another time capsule-like house. Williamsport itself is an incredibly well preserved late 19th village with many fine period homes. Some photos taken last year: (including nearby Attica which is not quite as intact as Williamsport) https://www.flickr.com/photos/11236515@N05/albums/72157648056465639 Looks like the ceilings here have been dry-walled but few people in this region are purists. The board and batten sided carriage house/barn is an added bonus and could be put to many creative uses. In summary, this is a good bones house with TEN acres that could be a historic jewel with some carefully applied TLC. Bet it has an interesting ownership history as well.

    • JimHJimH says: 4197 comments
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      John, thanks for the terrific (and extra big) photos, in addition to your always knowledgeable and interesting commentary.

      • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4708 comments

        Jim, seems like we have a mutual admiration society going here…(lol) But seriously, Williamsport is one of the most charming villages I’ve ever visited. Someone posted about they not being a flat-lander and I took that as meaning they preferred mountainous terrain. Williamsport has no mountains, but is decidedly hilly with undulating terrain. It also has Indiana’s highest waterfall…when there’s water running over it, that is. We lucked out the day of our visit and saw the famous waterfall in action.

  2. SueSue says: 1175 comments
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    1802 Cape
    ME

    As a horse owner I love the barn. The house itself is oddly beautiful (the gingerbread trim is fabulous) and creepy all at the same time. I don’t know why I find it a bit creepy. Perhaps because it seems to be so alone in a very remote area. I am sure with work and some fantastic gardens the house would look warm and spectacular.

  3. Paul WPaul W says: 562 comments

    I note the drywall is incorrectly installed as well, meaning taping and floating will be a bear, Lot of drywall guys I know would not finish it because it will never look right and will crack.

    Even if you hire someone to rip it all out and start over it still looks like its well priced.

  4. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4708 comments

    True. If done correctly the seams should be staggered not aligned. Probably a D-I-Y project for someone.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 4542 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      OMG – I want this one BAD. Perfection. Just thinking of the acoustic resonance in those big ole honkin rooms is making me nuts I can’t have it – it’s just too damn far up there. I need to be out of town on ten acres in the worst way; and this one with it’s AMAZING barn and summer kitchen – oh dear gawd – for $120K – too much…….

  5. AvatarMelody says: 426 comments

    That staircase looks lethal. I wonder how many people took a tumble down them.

  6. AvatarKarenB says: 191 comments

    I really like this house and love the staircase! Not a flat lander, though! Looks like a house that wouldn’t be a killer to renovate/restore.

  7. JimHJimH says: 4197 comments
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    Kelly’s PDF link has lots of history, plus good site and floor plans! A short version by the same researcher:
    http://hoosierhappenings.blogspot.com/2014/12/sweitzer-barn-on-van-reed-farm-warren.html
    Also interesting to read that the property was bequeathed to Indiana Landmarks in 2013, and that they promptly put new roofs on the house and barn. I guess the realtor didn’t think that was important.
    I like the way Levi Van Reed kept up with the styles by just adding a few bits on every 10 years or so.

    • otterhawkotterhawk says: 37 comments

      Glad to know they have new roofs, because google map distinctly showed that on the back side of the house the roof had actually failed.

  8. AvatarJon Adams says: 6 comments

    wow
    ten acres
    a barn
    a house

  9. AvatarWill says: 66 comments

    I always see a red flag when a rehab is started and abandoned. Pass.

  10. Paul WPaul W says: 562 comments

    Lot of reasons why projects stall, usually its lack of money or time to do what people underestimated would take them a few weekends to do.

    IM WONDERING if Indiana Landmarks had protective covenants on it and work wasn’t being done to the standard of the protective covenant. If landmarks has a binding covenant anyone buying. needs to know what the standards will be and scope of the protective covenant.

  11. Avatarsarah killian says: 1 comments

    Is this house and 10 acres still for sale?
    Ty

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