1906 Queen Anne – Crisfield, MD (George F. Barber)

SOLD / Archived From 2015
Added to OHD on 12/3/15   -   Last OHD Update: 2/13/19   -   17 Comments
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  • $250,000
  • 6 Bed
  • 4 Bath
  • 3496 Sq Ft
  • 1.58 Ac.
Grand Victorian currently operating as Marquis Manor Bed & Breakfast located in the heart of Crisfield. Restoration of this charming property include the original pocket doors, stained glass and hand blown windows, floor to ceiling mantle, incredible woodwork, but with updated baths and bedrooms, including an outdoor hot tub! Well priced as a residence, but can be continued as a B&B- you decide!
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Marilyn Bushnell, Shamrock Realty Group
(410) 641-5000
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17 Comments on 1906 Queen Anne – Crisfield, MD (George F. Barber)

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  1. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4645 comments

    As I recall, the original George Barber house plan design for this house dates back to around 1895 from his (rare) New Model Dwellings planbook. The original design was more ornate with horseshoe arches and fancy balustrades around the porches. By 1906, which was just a few years before George Barber retired, houses being built based on his designs were increasingly simplified. In style, this is a Queen Anne house but as noted, considerably reflecting changing tastes after 1900, its less ornate than examples from before 1900. That said, it does have nice millwork, stained glass, a beveled mirrored (likely Oak) mantel, pocket doors, and several lighting fixtures that are contemporary in age and compatible in style to the house. Since its been operating as a bed and breakfast establishment, building code requirements are more stringent in most cases than for private residences. The house also appears to be clad in vinyl or aluminum siding, perhaps a plus for a busy bed and breakfast owner-operator. Generous 1.58 acre lot completes the package. Looks like it could be a turn-key property for someone wanting to get into the bed and breakfast business.

    • Avatarbanjojason88 says: 7 comments

      John,

      Do you possibly have an electronic version or know of a link to Barber’s New Model Dwellings?

      Thanks,

      Jason

      • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4645 comments

        Jason,
        I certainly wish I did know of an online accessible copy of Barber’s NEW MODEL DWELLINGS. As far as I know, there are a few copies in academic libraries but the Calvin McClung Collection in the Knoxville Public Library arguably has the most complete collection of Barber publications: http://cmdc.knoxlib.org/cdm/search/collection/p15136coll3 However, it does not have this particular publication. It does have a rare copy of COTTAGE SOUVENIR (No. 1) from 1888 when Barber was still based in DeKalb, Illinois. Google Books has a free copy of COTTAGE SOUVENIR No. 2 from 1891, as I recall, as well as a copy of MODERN DWELLINGS (1901) There may be other sources that I’m not aware of but if anyone knows where an online accessible copy of NEW MODEL DWELLINGS can be found please add me to the list of folks wishing to study it. Chris DiMattei, a Barber scholar and practicing architect, has studied rare Barber publications and I’m sure he would have directed Barber fans to a site with the elusive plan book if one was available. As I recall, there’s an article in (Jan. 1895?) Barber’s AMERICAN HOMES magazine that has this particular house design. As noted, however, by the early 1900’s the ornate versions of a decade earlier were being simplified and omitting many the gingerbread details seen in 1890’s house plans.

        • Avatarbanjojason88 says: 7 comments

          Thanks so much. Once my wife and bought our old non-Barber home, I became captativated by his homes, as one of our neighbors lives in a Barber home. I’ve have spent many hours reading and rereading items from the Calvin McClung Collection, but was just wondering if anyone had spotted this book somewhere.

  2. AvatarMW says: 720 comments

    A very nice looking house, in a general area of the state similar to the recent Snow Hill, MD house, but different county and a bit more removed and economically challenged area being on the bay side of the peninsula verses near the ocean side.

    But a very nice looking house though and seems to be very well cared for. However, those front steps don’t seem like they would be original and look a bit dicey to be honest. Looks like there is hardly any area to step on there right out the door. Am I just not seeing that properly? Seems odd for a front entry step.

    Looks like a really nice house though overall, inside and out.

  3. Paul WPaul W says: 563 comments

    Would probably need a few changes with those steps. I have stayed in a lot of B&B’s and my pet peeve is that these homes just don’t have authentic enough interior treatments. I hate Home depot ceiling fans and they have no reason to be in B&B as I like to feel I really stepped back in time when I stay somewhere.

    • AvatarMW says: 720 comments

      Paul,

      I totally agree and I personally am not a big ‘fan’ of ceiling fans no matter what. But I have to say, if you are familiar with the summer heat and humidity in that area, staying in a big old house like that without any A/C will be an authentic experience that not very many would truly appreciate.

  4. Paul WPaul W says: 563 comments

    I would say anyone trying to run a B&B without Central Air is setting themselves up for disaster.

    • AvatarMW says: 720 comments

      Agree on that as well. Except of course we know it costs a lot of money to put a good HVAC system into a big old house like this, especially doing it well without ripping the whole house apart and destroying sensitive finishes and trim while doing it. As mentioned, Chrisfield is not the most economical blessed area, not super attractive for tourists. So, I’m guessing the financial cards have just not been lined up yet to make that a smart investment.

      I don’t see any evidence of air registers, but do still see the radiators for heat. So, I’m guessing the home has not been updated in that regard yet. But, except for 1 small one, I also don’t see the typical plethora of window AC units that often is the case for the area and somewhat expected. And I also don’t see a house that was torn apart and hurt by a poorly installed HVAC system. So I give the current and previous owners a lot of credit for that. If this house does have HVAC, it would appear to have been down far more carefully than most, especially for this area where that is often no the case.

      The easternshore of MD and surrounding VA and DE areas most value anything “colonial”. Anything any newer not as much and the remodeling butchery is pretty common, especially for nicer big homes like this where the owners might have just enough money to do it, but not enough sensitive, or resources to do it the best way possible. This house, ceiling fans or not, at least seems to have been spared the really deep level bad remodeling so far.

  5. NancyNancy says: 201 comments

    I love the outside! The stove in the kitchen, the porches. The inside is in good shape, but seems a little tired looking. I was expecting more wow factor, especially in the hallway and staircase. Left me a little flat. Still beautiful, just needs a little love.

  6. AvatarMelly4853 says: 52 comments

    I would want that stove! Love the house!

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  8. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4645 comments

    Wow! Hard to accept that the new listing photos are of the same house as posted here. The old listing images made it look move-in ready but the new ones make it look more like a project house. The steep drop in price also appears justified based on these changes. I hope at this price point that someone can take the house back to its former B & B days appearance.

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