c. 1900 Queen Anne – Steelville, MO

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704 N 1st St, Steelville, MO 65565

  • $73,900
  • 3 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 1875 Sq Ft
  • 1.7 Ac.
MAGNIFICENT Historical home sitting on 1.7 acres! This home has gorgeous millwork including 3 sliding pocket doors, built in china cabinet, wooden staircase in entry, original window and trim work. The home has amazing wood floors. The rooms are spacious and inviting, with oversize closets. How about your own clawfoot tub! The bathroom could use some updating but would be a showpiece with the right attention to detail. The same holds true for the large kitchen, so much potential to restore it to its glory. But no need to rush because it is move in ready now. The wrap around porch is inviting, and in back there is a screened in porch. Need more room for storage? You have 2 garage/workshop spaces to choose from. Don't let this piece of history get away from you.
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17 Comments on c. 1900 Queen Anne – Steelville, MO

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11843 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Photos on Realtor and Redfin show some slight changes. The color of the 1st bathroom is blue (not sure which photo is current), and the kitchen cabinets are white.

  2. John Shiflet says: 5357 comments

    I’m getting a fairly strong time capsule vibe off this house. The woodwork looks absolutely untouched (except in the kitchen) but what really hits the authenticity button are the two photos showing bare lightbulbs dangling from cords going to the ceiling. Other photos show early 1900’s light fixtures so all of these probably date from either when the house was built (c. 1900) or to when electrical service came to town. In looking carefully at the house I believe it may have once had two art (stained, leaded, and/or beveled) glass windows now glazed with clear panes; it may have also once had interior fretwork spandrels in some areas but they were very fragile and easily removed when Victoriana fell deeply out of favor in the 20th century. The curve of the front porch, the upper level patterned wood shingles, and the small gable ornamental fretwork pieces tie this to the Victorian Queen Anne style and the Classical Revival columns were appearing increasingly in Queen Anne style houses in the 1900’s. At slightly under 2,000 Sq. ft. and with 1.7 acres of land it would be adequate for many buyers. The main issue here is location in a smaller Missouri town of about 1,650 residents. It’s a minimum of 91 miles to St. Louis via Interstate 44 (Steelville is on hwy 19 which joins I-44 to the north) Rolla, a larger town on the Interstate to the northwest, is still 30 miles away. This largely untouched house could be a cause for excitement in a more centralized location. Locals might have something to say about any advantages to living there. Not all small towns are boring or fit any stereotypes.

    • twobuffalo says: 41 comments

      This is an interesting home. Livable even! I live about an 1 1/2 hour from this home. The problem is that there’s little in the job market except in Ft Leonard Wood or St Louis County areas. Both about 1 1/2 hours from Steelville. We have a cabin on the other end of 19 just off I 70 and I’m very familiar with the area. Beautiful but broke are words to describe the job market there while the people are lovely and very friendly. To bad it’s so far off the beaten track. The good news? This area has towns with lots of homes like this that are priced very reasonable.

    • Phillip says: 57 comments

      John, Do think the lower level window/door trim has been upgraded from original…within 10-15 years of house built date? I ask because the trim details on the upper level are different (corner trim blocks extend above the head trim – see photo 31) while the lower level has same trim details (even the egg and dart – see photo 27)as my 1915 (possible may actually be 1910) 4-square in Cleburne, TX. My 1888 house in Bellevue, WA had fancy trim with bullseye (sorry, don’t know proper name) corner blocks while the upstairs trim was plain boards…no corner blocks. However, in this house, both upper and lower trims are “fancy” but seem to be from different eras.

      • John Shiflet says: 5357 comments

        Phillip, that is a very good question but somewhat difficult to correctly answer as well. In the Dover Publications facsimile reprint of the 1904 E.L. Roberts (Chicago) millwork catalog, you see illustrations of what they call “cap trim” or header boards (including some with egg & dart moldings) that go across the tops of windows and doors as well as corner and base blocks. While the wide cap trim boards were seldom found before the mid-1890’s they dominated as a trim choice during the first decade of the 20th century. That said, there are still dozens of examples of corner blocks as well as slightly taller “head blocks” in the same 1904 E.L. Roberts catalog. I think the perception back then was that the full width boards were more current and fashionable for door and window trim but the corner blocks with bulls-eye or rosette patterns were also still being used. My conclusion is that both types were used at the same time during construction of this house but the corner blocks may have been less expensive or considered somewhat old fashioned and were used in the kitchen as well as family quarters upstairs where only family members would see them. Because the corner blocks were massed produced and apparently quite inexpensive, large quantities of them were sometimes even used for exterior ornament. Here’s an example from Tipton, IN which appears to have used header blocks turned upside down at the tops of the window trim to either side and maybe dozens of blocks used up in the gable (or large boards milled to look like multiple corner blocks.) https://www.flickr.com/photos/11236515@N05/21663365063/sizes/o/ The gable of a c. 1900 house in Bartlett, TX also employed multiple corner blocks but I could not find a good photo of them. In summary, I doubt there were trim changes in the rooms after the house was built but I can’t prove that for certain.

  3. Robin Nuttall says: 240 comments

    Steelville is in an absolutely gorgeous part of the state, with deep forests and rolling hills bordering the north end of the Ozarks. There are many natural springs feeding creeks with cold, blue green water. If you are into nature, hunting, fishing, hiking… this may be the place for you. there are also a number of wineries as the climate produces good grapes and the area was historically settled by German immigrants. But it’s not urban and Steelville economy is not good. Rolla is a college town but still small. St Louis is perhaps about an hour away.

    I would also be wondering whether high speed internet would be available for those thinking that this might be a perfect spot for a home-based internet career. I live in Columbia MO and pretty much you get out of town and you’re down to satellite or dial up.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11843 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Funny you brought up the internet. I’m been facing this same issue! We have started looking around for our next house and the first thing I have to look at is if it has high speed internet. It’s been ruling out all kinds of areas. Might be fine for people that don’t really use it, don’t work at home or rely on their phones instead but as someone that does work at home, it’s something I didn’t think about until after we started looking.

      • John Shiflet says: 5357 comments

        When I lived out in rural Sonoma County in California in 2006-2007 the only high speed Internet option was Hughes Satellite. It worked fine during the time I used it but was fairly expensive. Bandwidth use was restricted so after reaching the allowed monthly use limit much slower speeds kicked in. I believe since then the data rate has gotten better and the monthly bandwidth use has become more generous. Quite likely the costs have increased as well.

    • Joel says: 20 comments

      Count me in as another one in the high speed internet bind while trying to find a nice old farmhouse. Being as I work 100% from home, we can move most anywhere in the world, but only if I can get reliable, relatively low latency internet. Even satellite is problematic at best. I need Musk and Zuckerberg to get their balloon internet network up and running so I can buy one of these old farms. 🙂

  4. Joel says: 20 comments

    Man I miss that area of the country and wish I had the money to pick up this place tomorrow. It looks great in regards to original woodwork, etc left, as already mentioned. I used to make that drive down i44 (OKC to Chicago or vice versa) several times a year, and left silver paint from my old Cadillac on the steel hoops next to gas pumps at the Amoco in Rolla 10-15 years ago when I was driving a little too long in one day. 1.7 acres out that way sounds perfect

  5. Robin Nuttall says: 240 comments

    It’s a big problem still in many areas. Satellite (Exceed) is priced by bandwidth and can be massively expensive, plus forget it if there is bad weather. In some areas in MO the phone system is so antiquated you can’t even do DSL. I moved in 2014 and that was the very top of my list, before anything else; must have high speed internet. It severely limited my choices since I wanted to be outside of the city. I did finally find a 5 acre lot with HSI but it was not easy; and this is right next to a University town of over 100k.

  6. EyesOnYou1959EyesOnYou1959 says: 253 comments
    Lincoln, NE

    Very nice, older home. It looks to me like the hardwood floors need a bit of polishing, but otherwise I could definitely see myself living here! Any home
    that has a large, wrap-around porch and a claw foot bathtub go to the top of
    my “wish list!” lol

  7. Melody says: 502 comments

    Amen to all the high speed internet laments!!

    I live 5 kms (3 mi) outside of town – population 2000. We can’t get cable, DSL, natural gas, city water, or high speed internet. We’re with Rogers right now, using a cellular network service. It’s a lot better than what it used to be, but Netflix is out of the question.

    I would love to have access to better internet services, but I won’t give up living in the country.

  8. SueSue says: 1111 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1802 Cape

    My husband works in technology. Since sooo many companies now allow people to work from home it has opened up parts of the country that would have been off limits. However you cannot do without an airport at least a couple hours away or high speed internet. We live in a tiny town in Maine way out in the country but have high speed internet. We are also an hour way from Portland and two and a half hours away from Boston so an airport is not an issue.

  9. Julie K says: 1 comments

    I’m glad to see so many folks talking about internet issues here–I’ve been house hunting better part of two years now. Have had to walk away from perfect properties because of this issue. This is something I wish agents would investigate and publish along with other vital info on a property. Anyway, nice to know I’m not alone! Just wish there was a good solution.

    • John Shiflet says: 5357 comments

      At least on some of the Zillow listings information about local cable/satellite TV/Phone/Internet service is published towards the bottom of the listing. (additional information about local schools is also available) As online real estate listings improve in the 21st century I expect all relevant information will be included or linked to in the listings. Now, if only a standardized set of photos of decent quality came with each listing we would have the ability to make realistic comparisons. The real estate sector is still largely based towards on-site visits by potential buyers rather than true “virtual tours”. I expect improvements in the coming years but changes come slowly sometimes.

  10. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11843 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Updated with new listing photos. The last 5 photos are old listing photos.

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