1895 Queen Anne – Centerville, IA (George F. Barber)

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Added to OHD on 11/3/15   -   Last OHD Update: 10/9/20   -   13 Comments
Off Market / Archived

514 W State St, Centerville, IA 52544

  • $50,000
  • 5 Bed
  • 3 Bath
  • 2452 Sq Ft
Seller is Motivated. Here is a beautiful 3 Story Victorian Home. This 5 bedroom, 3 baths is well worth the look. This home from the minute you walk in you will notice the beautiful gingerbread wood decor entrance and old wood staircase along with the wood flooring to the lovely sitting room with fireplace! You can relax in the large open living room or enjoy a cup of coffee in your formal dining room with a built in hutch. The kitchen has lots of Victorian Charm along with a relaxing sun room. You will feel right at home while wondering through all 3 floors and looking at all the spacious bedrooms along with discovering the charming powder room. Call today to schedule this beautiful home!
Contact Information
Lynette Cisler, Hometown Realty
(641) 437-1060 ext. 4371060

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13 Comments on 1895 Queen Anne – Centerville, IA (George F. Barber)

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  1. Anne M. says: 977 comments

    Wow! I would love to see more of this house, especially the kitchen.

  2. JimHJimH says: 5375 comments
    OHD Supporter

    This home was built for liveryman George B. Steele, or rather his wife Hattie, who held the deed. Harriet Geneva Dale was the daughter of James M. Dale, a very successful farmer in the area with 1300 acres. She married Steele in 1885 and they raised 2 daughters, Jessie Opal and Charlotte Dale.
    Hattie built a large Roller Skating Rink at the edge of town which George ran for awhile, then an Automobile Garage, but it just didn’t work out and the couple were divorced. When her daughters were gone, Hattie rented out part of the house – in 1930 the tenant was a bank cashier who paid $30 rent, and the house was valued at $8000.

    Needless to say it’s a terrific house that needs warm bodies in it. The owners have already reduced the price by almost 50%!

    This line bugs me: You can enjoy a cup of coffee in your formal dining room with a built in hutch.
    I assume we could have a full meal in there too, but please SHOW US THE HUTCH!!!

    • Gemma says: 109 comments

      Show us the Hutch …

      Hubby won’t let me post any pix. (My nickname in college was Hutch. I was asked once if I was a hall hutch or a corner hutch).

    • Ed Ferris says: 299 comments

      Shame on them for not building the balcony!
      I like that front door with a porthole.

  3. Chris DiMattei says: 268 comments

    5oK for this gem? Unbelievable! And for a George Barber designed home, no less. Yes, this is certainly a Barber designed home. It is an example of design #65 from the first edition of Barber’s plan book, “New Model Dwellings”. I will send Kelly an image of the page from this book that illustrates this design, so she can post it with this listing. When she does, you will likely notice that the interior arrangement of the rooms is nearly opposite of the published version, yet the orientation of the home and its exterior, is a match for the published illustration. This is a perfect example of what Barber most often did for his clients. Designing a custom interior that fit within his signature exterior design. What a great find Kelly. Thanks for posting this one. And thanks Jim, for the historical context to go with it.

  4. RossRoss says: 2412 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    Plans for Today:

    1) Win the lottery. Big.

    2) Buy every big old fabulous house in Iowa. There seems to be scads of them.

    3) Restore each one.

    Well, I am going to have a busy day!

  5. Patrick says: 250 comments

    Nice home, but I would definitely need to see a lot more photos of the
    interior. And, has there been any updates to the electrical, plumbing
    and heating?

  6. Michael Mackin says: 2946 comments

    Nice house for the money. They need to remove the climbing vines in the front of the house though. They can be a real problem.

  7. John Shiflet says: 5522 comments

    It’s always great to read Jim H.’s biographical/historical narrative and when George Barber designed houses are indicated, a confirmation from architect and Barber scholar Chris DiMattei. Every old house has a story to tell but sometimes its elusive. In some cases the stories are more interesting than the house itself but in every case they help to tie the old house to its period and the people who were part of its history. I personally like the interior fretwork here which is often an indication of an intact period interior as such fragile details were easily damaged or removed in the past. Without them, the house loses some of its distinctive character. Another Iowa old house bargain which is both sad (because the prices are distressed compared to other areas of the country) but appealing to those who want an affordable old house and are not primarily guided by geographical considerations.

  8. R&J says: 1 comments

    I’m very interested. I would not need financing. Would love to see more pictures of the home. Is there anyway possible for you to post or even email me more pictures? I would love to actually view it in person, but I’m 18 hours away. I would love to see all of the rooms and all sides of the outside of the house, as well as the garage. How much property is included? What type of heating/cooling? Type of water, well, city water, city sewage, septic tank? Nearby schools? And not to be nosey, what are the average yearly taxes? Thank you in advance.

  9. LUCINDA HOWARD says: 248 comments

    Looks like a wonderful home for the money. I noticed the 2014 taxes were $2,000. I wonder if the house sold for $50,000 the taxes would be reduced.


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