c. 1900 – Henning, TN – Lost by fire!

Added to OHD on 11/6/15   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   73 Comments
Lost or Demolished

485 Thum Ave, Henning, TN 38041

  • Foreclosure
  • 3 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 3006 Sq Ft
  • 1 Ac.
Grand Ole Southern home on large corner lot consisting of 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, large dine-in kitchen, living room, den with 2 car garage. Take a look today!

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  1. Anita Morris says: 4 comments

    Wow! Where do I send the check? It’s lovely!!

  2. Joseph says: 44 comments

    I’m thinking about purchasing this house. Can anyone give me any advice?

    • LadyBelle says: 62 comments

      Make sure to get it inspected and go in with eyes wide open on how much it will cost to fix up. It might be affordable to buy, but could cost a fortune to make it livable.

    • Ed Ferris says: 302 comments

      Look at the demographics on the Wikipedia page, also the presence of a state prison. Might not be a good location. But I’ve never been there.
      An obvious roof leak in the kitchen. On this kind of house you would expect the kitchen to be in a one-story wing.
      A round window in the front door, again! Too big to be a porthole, though.

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11882 comments

        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        The prison is 12 miles away. I’d count that as an employment opportunity not as a negative. Or if you are a criminal with a family, not far to go for your stretches! 😉

        • AJT says: 4 comments

          I was born/raised in an extremely quaint (and fairly affluent) historic town–Stillwater, MN. And we have a state prison on the outskirts of town. It’s indeed more of an economic plus than minus (recession-proof industry!). But, yes, always a good idea to scope out the town’s demos.

          • Deana says: 1 comments

            I have been to stillwater and it is a very lovely town. We ate at Smalley’s great food!

            • AJT says: 4 comments

              Too funny! A guy I went to school with used to run the bar at Smalley’s. Definitely great food! Glad you enjoyed your time in Stillwater. When I was younger, I thought it was boring, but now I so appreciate the wonderful childhood I had there. Great schools, strong community, and a beautiful setting by the river. And fabulous old houses, of course! 🙂

        • Ed Ferris says: 302 comments

          For that matter, Woodruff Place in Indianapolis has a high-security women’s prison next door across Michigan St., complete with razor-wire fence. They don’t get out much, though; not good neighborhood mixers.

        • Joy says: 1 comments

          Don’t have time to read all the comments but check to make sure the property taxes are not delinquent.

    • twobuffalo says: 43 comments

      I have a suggestion …. bring a big bag filled with money! Lovely house with a previous roof leak and a money eating kitchen and baths. BUT it is a lovely house that money and a lot of elbow grease could do wonders for it.

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11882 comments

        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        Just want to clarify these are all assumptions and no one yet has seen the house in person or talked to the agent. Could have been a busted pipe that’s been fixed for all we know.

      • twobuffalo says: 43 comments

        Like Ed Ferris, one would assume that “back in the day” you kept your kitchen as far from the house or with nothing above it to keep heat from transferring to the adjoining rooms during the summer. With nothing above the kitchen there should be no reason to have water supply lines above the kitchen. It would be safe to assume it is a roof leak. (Here is the historic home that I just restored for some exhibit of experience in old home; http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/19-W-Ravine-Ave_Saint-Louis_MO_63119_M72075-13067?row=94.)

        • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11882 comments

          1901 Folk Victorian
          Chestatee, GA

          I looked closer at the street view to see if I could tell if the kitchen was in the main part of the house or an add on. You are able to see the kitchen looks like it’s in a former porch or just a kitchen addition at some time. So you are right, there isn’t a bathroom above it.

          • Tbone says: 1 comments

            I did some analysis with that google street view too. It looks like the external wall of the upper floor terminates right above the middle of the the three kitchen windows, so there’s some part of the kitchen with a room above. There is a single upstairs window after the ending of the second story porch that overlaps a bit with one of the kitchen windows. There’s no porch rail visible in the window of the bathroom pic, which makes me think that might be the bathroom up there. That absent toilet (you can see the wax seal) suggest some sort of plumbing adventures, which may be the cause of the ceiling damage, or it may be a question of the way the kitchen extension joins up with the original house, or some of both.

        • Ed Ferris says: 302 comments

          On the Ravine Ave. house, “new features include … drywall …” Aren’t there any plasterers in St. Louis? Otherwise, a good-looking job on a small cottage. If they can really get $240K for it I can see why you’re in the business there.

      • Georgia says: 1 comments

        The house was sold they were working on it, and it caught on fire and burned down in April 2016I live next-door what a loss of a beautiful home

    • Ed Ennis says: 1 comments

      I lived in Tennessee for 20 years in an old farmhouse similar to this. WhatEVER you do, GET A TERMITE INSPECTION. After moving in (and with a complete inspection which did not disclose anything about them), I found that almost 40% of the entirety of my crawlspace and floor was gone from a massive infestation which cost me the better part of $5000 to repair and have exterminators rid me of the little buggers. Also be aware of bats, snakes, squirrels, flying squirrels, and other rodents which take up residence not only underneath the house but in the attic and crevices of old houses!

    • says: 13 comments

      Based on my experience, have it thoroughly inspected, then get an idea for how much you think you need to spend, then double it.

      Looks like this could be a fun house, though! And an hour from Memphis!

    • liseyf says: 28 comments

      I would get a building engineer, not just an inspector, to make sure it’s structurally sound. Then get professionals to give estimates on work that needs to be done that you can’t do yourself. We restored a beautiful Victorian and someone once told us that you can expect expenses to go higher than estimates and it’s true! This home is beautiful and the front door is gorgeous! I wish you the best!

    • Mcgee53 says: 1 comments

      I agree with LadyBelle on cost. It looks like a lot of things aren’t the original like the kitchen cabinets. It will take a big chunk to fix it up but you can save a lot if you are a good DIY person. You may be able to build a house just like it for less than fixing if there are major problems.

  3. Paul Price says: 202 comments

    About an hour north of Memphis for the cost of a two year old Honda
    Pilot? Hmmm.

  4. I love this house. it is so so pretty. I love everything about it.

  5. Kathy wilson says: 1 comments

    Would love to purchase this beautiful home! Is it still available?

  6. RosewaterRosewater says: 6236 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    My goodness; $30K will go PRETTY far in Henning, TN. One never knows where price will end with a foreclosure, but that’s a good starter. The double galleried porch is stunning, and seemingly in good structural repair. Talk about good bones; that kitchen has POTENTIAL and then some! It reminds me of a kitchen I clipped last year form a decent little farm house North of here. I’d love to have a South facing kitchen with a big bank of windows like that. That kitchen was re-done in the late 60’s, and other than the dropped ceiling and floor, I wouldn’t change a thing; https://flic.kr/p/AN6oPV This house needs cabinets and such, but oh boy, what a slate to create upon. Nice!

  7. Ken says: 6 comments

    Older houses are pretty cheap in most areas near Memphis. Jackson is another city that has a lot of old houses.

    • says: 22 comments

      I would NOT recommend moving to Memphis. Yes, the houses are all very cheap and inexpensive in Memphis. There used to be some beautiful old homes in Memphis. There are still a few. Especially around North and South Parkway. You’ll find some old mansions. However, the crime rate with murders and gang activity is off the roof in Memphis city limits. Jackson is better, but not as much. Dyersburg just made one of the worst places to live in a recent online pole. Memphis is just under Detroit for crime rate. Henning is a small town between Memphis and Covington. Much safer place to live than Memphis.

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11882 comments

        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        I know of at least two readers that live in Memphis that would disagree. One told me she really loves her neighborhood and not all of Memphis is as bad as people say. I’m sure there are particular neighborhoods to stay away from but to say the whole town is not recommended, not sure some residents would agree with you on that.

        • says: 22 comments

          I’m not here to debate the city of Memphis with you. I was born and raised in Memphis. I grew up in Frayser, which was a very nice middle class family area when I grew up there in 1971-1984. Like I said there are a FEW areas that are still ok. However, the majority of Memphis is NoT a place I would recommend living in. Cordova, which is an area of town, was a very nice upcoming area in Shelby county in 1990. Now, in that area, the home values have dropped drastically. It is now referred to as the ” dirty Dova” by local residents. Everyone is moving out of Shelby county into the neighboring counties. Still a decent commute, but a bit safer to raise your family in. So, while I’m glad your two readers are happy where they are, ( some people are) as a person who grew up there and now lives within 30 minutes of there ( hubby still works in Memphis) I stand by MY recommendation of Memphis.

      • Meg says: 4 comments

        Sounds like you got the suburban scares. The local news outlets are doing their job, I see.

        I live in a house that was built in 1898, in the middle of Old Binghampton. (Yes, I’m sure THAT just gives you the vapors). I’ve lived in what the suburbanites think is “The Hood” since 1995. Firsthand experience, not tainted by the hysteria of Overreaction News 5 and the like, it ain’t that bad. Walking distance of the arts district. Ive started to get letters from people wanting to buy my house. Its just going to get better.

        • says: 22 comments

          I’m glad you feel ” safe” in the hood. I also said MOST of Memohis was bad. I used to work at Ap Optical on Broad st, so I am familiar with the area. I have heard people say that they still live in Frayser as well. As a matter of fact, there are a couple who still live on air a St just off Amy Terrace who still live there. The street I grew up on. There was an e,dear,y lady stabbed in her own backyard just a couple of weeks ago. There have been numerous killings right there in that area the last few months. Heck, the exact house I grew up in had a firebomb thrown through the window 20 years ago. Do you have kids? Are you raising them in that area? I am not ” tainted by the hysteria of News 5″ . Our sons very best friend is black. Even HE is scared to live in Memphis. So while I’m glad you live in an area that you feel safe, I still wouldn’t recommend anyone foolishly buying a house there. Wonder what your house value is? Lol

          • Meg says: 4 comments

            I didn’t say anything about black people.

            I just have little patience for the hysteria, and it is most definitely hysteria. When I hear of people scared to drive to midtown, I just laugh. They are missing out on so much. Crime actually happens everywhere. And when something happens in Germantown or Collierville, they always get some silly person on camera saying “I never thought this could happen here!” Then they just blame Memphis. It’s sad and hilarious at the same time. The fear is just so thick in the outskirts. For some reason, they did a story on the news about some poor terrified woman in Germantown who had a guy run through her back yard. The didn’t show her face on camera because she was scared. Feara is just toxic, and self-fulfilling.

            My house value dropped at the same time everyone else’s did, but it’s going back up. Lots of people are moving in and rehabbing these old homes. Broad Ave is helping everyone’s value. My house is the oldest I’ve found in the neighborhood. The rest of the older houses are from the 1920s. I don’t have kids, but there are kids all over the place. And you know what? They play outside, sometimes even in the front yard! You know what else? None have been harmed by doing so. It’s great to sit on the porch and watch kids zooming around on their bikes, or playing basketball in the driveway. Sometimes, the Mexican family on the corner will have a party and a live band (they party early in the evening, so nobody loses sleep). I actually KNOW many of my neighbors in this extremely diverse neighborhood. People I know in the burbs hardly ever talk to each other over those 8-foot privacy fences.

            Anyone who is “scared” to live in Memphis is simply watching too much TV. The local stations need ratings. Wide-eyed hysteria guarantees they will get it. Common sense+finding a better area by looking at crime maps+committment to one’s community=a nice place to live. Since I actually live here, I can promise you I’m not making this up.

        • mistylavender says: 1 comments

          Beautiful House!! It will be a great home for the buyer!! I live in “old Binghampton in Memphis too. I like it just fine!!!

  8. says: 22 comments

    Henning is a nice little town. I live about 20 min drive up Hwy 51 from Henning. It is full of good old country folks, some even redneck. ( My kind of people) . This house is beautiful. There are not much for jobs. Most people travel to Memphis or to Dyersburg. Neither of those places are safe places to live or work. Gorgeous house though. Yes termites are horrible here in the south. Good luck to whomever buys this house. I wish my family and I weren’t planning on moving to Iowa in the spring and wish we had experience rehabbing homes. This would be one we would buy and rehab.

  9. David says: 1 comments

    Nice home, looks like it has a lot of potential. What goes on in Henning or is it just a small town.

  10. Douglas says: 1 comments

    I live in the next town over from Henning. I actually just went by to look at this house. Honestly, it’s gorgeous, but the neighborhood is terrible. That doesn’t really bother me, but for others I’m sure it would. The prison isn’t anywhere near it, but it’s just not in a good part of the town.

  11. John Shiflet says: 5429 comments

    My spouse has some family members living in Dyersburg, TN and we stopped over for a 36 hour visit in September. We were told the local enconomy remains sluggish and higher paying jobs are scarce. We were advised to avoid Memphis because of violent crime but even there most of the crime occurs in certain neighborhoods while others remain relatively safe. I didn’t get any feelings of concern for our safety while going around Dyersburg. The two restaurants we dined at were very well patronized. (had to wait in line at one) We did not go to Henning which is between Dyersburg and Memphis.
    When I saw the $30k price tag for a 2 story house and noted it included an acre of land my first thought was what is wrong with the house? While visiting Dyersburg we saw a beautiful 1920’s brick bungalow that was being salvaged and demolished for a business expansion and when I asked my spouse’s relative why not move it, the answer was there were a lot of cheap vacant old houses in the area so it would cost too much to move it compared to just buying a similar house that didn’t need to be moved. In that kind of a market, the pricing here makes more sense. I noticed a stained glass window in the streetview and there may be other period details not seen. I’ve always liked double galleried/double decker porches as seen here. I think with some TLC this one could become very nice again. Most older houses in the area seemed to be smaller in the 1,000 to 2,000 sq. ft. range. The double car garage with a concrete slab floor looks solid; and the acre of land could be nicely landscaped. Quite an impressive package for $30k even if its needs some work. As everyone else has advised, a home inspection is necessary and maybe it would be worthwhile to stop and talk with the neighbors about the house…Tennessee folks tend to be friendly and neighborly.

  12. Sadie says: 1 comments

    I lived in a house like that in Kentucky. It is a Sears house. Sears used to sell house plans. It was a lot of work with very high ceilings on the first floor, no indoor plumbing and little electrical wiring at first.

  13. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11882 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Let’s go back focusing on the house and this town. 🙂

    Hope anyone that’s seen the house in person let us know how it is or if anyone decided to buy it! 🙂

  14. momof4 says: 1 comments

    talking about being able to renovate…this is a fannie mae homepath so it may be eligible for their homepath renovation loan. Its a gorgeous home. also does it have an attic??

  15. Terry says: 1 comments

    I would love to look at this house it is beautiful. I absolutely love the porches. Wonder if the fireplaces work. There’s so much to see the inside pics just can’t do it justice. I want to see it 🙂

    • John Shiflet says: 5429 comments

      Hi Terry,
      In looking at the fireplaces in the photos I noticed they have smaller shallow fireboxes in their hearth. That strongly indicates they were made for coal burning use. During the Victorian era and at least until World War I (c. 1915) most domestic fireplaces burned coal for heating. Coal burns hot and a small amount puts out a lot of heat for the amount of combustible material. Thus the smaller fireboxes under the mantels. If any of the fireplaces show a wider and deeper firebox with a damper to control air flow, it’s probable that one was designed for wood burning. Some asked if the house has an attic. It appears to have one with the two dormer windows on the roof and the gable window. Most attics of this period were unfinished or had very inexpensive planks for flooring to be used as additional storage. A nicely finished floor in the attic indicates it had a function beyond storage. Last, as for Rehab Addict Nicole Curtis, she’s back in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan and her current project airing on Thursdays on HGTV is in Detroit’s badly faded Victorian era Brush Park neighborhood. The only two locales she’s focused on in her shows are Detroit and Minneapolis-St. Paul. She had a falling out with City officials in the Twin Cities over unnecessary demolitions so I believe all future projects will be in the Detroit area. She did post some time ago (on Facebook) about renovating her folk’s home but I’m not sure of its exact location. What we need is a small army of “rehab addicts” especially in the American Midwest region where there are so many great old houses that are being lost to neglect and abandonment.

  16. Chris says: 1 comments

    If I could sell the house I live in now, I would buy that one and move in about a month. I can repair a leaking roof. For that cheap of a price I will call a friend in the morning, he may be interested.

  17. Dixie says: 1 comments

    Beautiful, I just wish I could know it’s history! Have people died in it? Any owners have a terrible death or has it been anything other then a house?

    • Jean says: 4 comments

      I don’t think anyone died here but my cousin was born on the stair landing. Couldn’t get to the hospital and didn’t make it upstairs.

  18. Mandy says: 1 comments

    Anyone ever watch Rehab addict on HGTV? This is exactly the type house she specializes in repairing and selling. Too bad she lives in Detroit. (Or somewhere up north). Beautiful home.

  19. sharon says: 1 comments

    i love the house and i love TN, wish i had the money, would go i a sec.

  20. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11882 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Closed comments. If you purchased the home or live nearby to see what happened, please contact me and I’ll open comments up for you.

  21. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11882 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Someone emailed me saying the home had burned. Anyone hear anything?

  22. Erica says: 1 comments

    Any news on the house fire yet?

  23. Robert says: 2 comments

    I drove by today, it’s burned badly, only two exterior walls partially standing.

  24. Robert says: 2 comments

    I’ll take a picture if I go out that way again, but it’s pretty sad to look at. Made my 5 year old sad.

  25. Jean says: 4 comments

    One of my cousins sent pictures of the burned house. We are all so saddened by this loss of the family home that my Grandfather had built.
    We all have so many memories that were made in that home. Sorry I could not find a way to attach the photos.

  26. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11882 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks to Jean for sending in the pics.

  27. John Shiflet says: 5429 comments

    Truly a sad sight. I’m one of the most optimistic, never-too-far-gone-to-save, lovers of old houses but this one’s a total loss. Thanks for the photos, they tell us far more than any description could. Fires are one of the greatest threats to old houses. Over the decades, fires have claimed almost as many old houses as the wrecking ball. The site remains picturesque so perhaps after clearing away and cleaning either a new “old style” house could be built on the site or if a suitable house could be found, perhaps move another vintage house to the site.

  28. Michele says: 93 comments

    Do they know how the fire started? Not that it matters once it is gone it is gone….just curious.

  29. Cora says: 2055 comments

    Just so sad. :/

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