1896 Queen Anne – Richmond, IN

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2116 E Main St Richmond, IN 47374

  • $44,900
  • 7 Bed
  • 8500 Sq Ft
  • 0.34 Ac.
This 8000+ sq ft house is a blank slate while retaining its 1890's charm. With 3 large floors, 4 fireplaces, some pocket doors, an amazing entry staircase, leaded glass windows, and a stained glass window it could be anything from an antique mall, reception hall, or grand home. With it's large corner lot this mansion is a must see! *2110 E Main St is next door and has great room for extra parking in the back and is tenant occupied. These properties together would make a great investment and are sold as is*.
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Jamie Clark, Lingle Real Estate
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72 Comments on 1896 Queen Anne – Richmond, IN

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11467 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Two articles on the home: 2008 article, 2015 article

    • Teri says: 76 comments

      This so sad. The lady that bought this house and several others homes in Richmond was arrested. Work had stopped on this place because the contractors have not been paid. The roof on the porch has been torn off so now this poor place is going to be doomed for good. This poor house though will suffer in the end.

      • Tom Jones says: 1 comments

        Unfortunately, it will become an eyesore like the hospital.

        • John Shiflet says: 5243 comments

          Teri, that is so sad and disappointing to hear! It looks like the house may now stay for some time in limbo but in most places the City would condemn and raze a house left in that condition. I wish there was some local preservation organization that could take possession of the house, somehow find a way to complete the porch roof, then board up the place and hopefully transfer it to another owner with more resources. I seem to recall seeing a local newspaper article showing the interior has been gutted and if that holds true, the survival of this house is in the miracle category. Another sad loss for Richmond about to happen, apparently.

  2. Terri says: 10 comments

    Love the windows and fireplaces and the cute pottery placed on one of them. I have a gas heater just like one that was in front of one of the fireplaces. It was in my fireplace when I bought the house.

  3. MW says: 799 comments

    Based on the old photo, it would appear Happiness use to live there, but I see Sadness does now. 🙁

    Hopefully Sadness will get evicted and Happiness can move back in. Sadness sure made a mess of a fine old home. Fortunately it looks like her friend Laziness, the painter, got too tired when attempting to whitewash that fireplace mantel and called it a day and never got back on that project. Probably was too bummed after spilling the paint all over the floor and didn’t want to bother cleaning it up.

    • mira says: 1 comments

      i know my mouth fell open when i saw the white wash on the lovely fireplace and the big puddle of plaster on the tiles. i agree sadness needs to hit the road

  4. MW says: 799 comments

    Sadness does have a decent looking pottery collection though, pretty nice actually.

  5. BethanyBethany says: 3194 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    I think Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerburg need to get interested in historic renovations 🙂

  6. loveoldhouses says: 1 comments

    Whyyyyyyyyyy did they (start to) paint over that fireplace???? *sigh*

  7. RossRoss says: 2501 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    This house!

    That staircase!

    The price!

    A park across the street!

    Gorgeous neighbors!

    I be in love!

    • Guy Morris says: 3 comments

      I fell in love with that house instantly when I saw it. The period picture of it with this listing shows the original beauty in all her splendor. I want this house even if some work needs to be done. I would get a local paranormal team to investigate there before I bought it. I’m sensitive to that side of life and considering the house’s age.

      • Teri says: 76 comments

        this is a wonderful town and Richmond would LOVE to have you . I’m sure you could get it for so much less than asking too. The park is wonderful. Concerts in the park, 5 K runs, picnics, etc. They have all kinds of activities in the park especially when it starts getting warm. You also have the 4th of july fireworks right there too in the park. Good things are happening in Richmond and we have a new Mayor! The Depot district is great too with shops and eateries there too. Close to Dayton OH and to Indianapolis IN along with Cincinnati..

  8. KarenB says: 201 comments

    This property has so much going for it and hopefully, it will fall into the right hands. It looks 90% or more to have retained it’s original woodwork and features. As Ross said, “this house!” Could be a show stopper!

  9. John Shiflet says: 5243 comments

    A few years ago, I began studying Richmond’s collection of historic homes and this one appeared on the “radar screen”. As noted, this Queen Anne style residence/institution was a sanatorium at one time and has seen a variety of owners and uses over the years. Due to this long period of changes and transitions, this house would need substantial work to be livable today. Sadly, quite a few old Richmond houses fall into this category. Those tacked-on corbels/brackets are entirely inappropriate for Classical columns but thankfully, the period photo shows the original configuration. I won’t link to them, but there are two nicely illustrated Richmond photo “souvenir” albums available online which show what Richmond looked like in the 1890’s and early 1900’s. Many of the fine homes featured in them have since been lost or remodeled beyond recognition but this one remains relatively intact. Richmond is in far east-central Indiana near the Ohio state line. Dayton is just an hour away at slightly under 50 miles by the shortest route.

  10. says: 74 comments

    Looks like someone’s small child tried to help with the fireplace.. and knocked over a bucket of paint.

    But so amazing once cleaned up!

  11. LoriLynn says: 19 comments

    I find it sad that the chimneys are gone now, they added to the look of the house.

  12. Diane says: 526 comments

    Noticed the big chimneys are gone which probably means the fireplaces have none. The roof looks sound so maybe no water damage. This home could still be pulled out and made lovely again.

  13. Paul W says: 553 comments

    Richmond is trying to come back and Indiana Landmarks seems to have taken more than a passing interest in it and that is a good sign. Although its basically on the Ohio/Indiana Line I know quite a few people living in Richmond who work in Indianapolis and commute daily who are restoring over there. The local economy has problems but they seem to be capitalizing more on their US40 location and are trying to build a heritage tourism industry.

    Big grand houses like this one are great to dream about but are expensive to restore. You need to be mentally and financially prepared for those 700 a month heat bills. This house would be ideal for restoration but its an expensive prospect. Best scenario might be someone wanting to operate an antiques business or maybe even a restaurant.

    Given its prior uses there are things behind the scenes you have to change. (I know as I once converted a former retirement home back to residential and the cost of the undoing mechanicals and code requirements to get it back to residential can be expensive.

    Yes you can restore them but the issue becomes maintaining them because as soon as you are done restoring its time to start fixing something else. This home was built in an era of cheap labor and housekeepers who could keep up with the daily work.

    All that said, for the right person , with the right plan. this could be a great house and you would certainly be a local celebrity for taking on that house.

  14. memosonic says: 17 comments

    Glad to see that the white paint fairy’s paint bucket was spilled and saved the mantel from being ruined. A tremendous amount of space on a small lot.

  15. Wm mann says: 32 comments

    I think that the material on the hearth is joint compound, which makes its app-
    lication to the mantle more puzzling.

  16. Teri says: 76 comments

    This house has been vacant for at least the last 10 years or more. The Nelsons got this house for 1 dollar but nothing has been done with it since they got it. The radiators are gone but with all the room there is you could easily put in two heating/air systems and save on heating and air. The Nelsons have around 5 or 6 of the big homes on Main street for sale. The large B&B Martha Perry House sold not to long ago.
    This house is right down the street from my house 420 N 24th st (which is for sale and remodeled ) that sits in the park above Roosevelt Hill in Glen Miller Park.
    The area is trying to make a comeback and this house would take some money to restore. I think you could get the two places for less than asking since there are so many of them for sale. I believe there is money to for help with the restoration from Indiana Landmarks and also tax abatements. Richmond has one of the largest supplies of historic homes and had one of the largest populations of wealth in its heyday. We have a wonderful Historic Depot district with micro brewery and great antique shops to boot. It is 60 min to Indianapolis and 50 min Dayton. Great bedroom community with new leadership coming in January.
    PS…Our gas and electric run less than 300 in the winter and way less in the summer. We had 2 HVAC systems installed when we bought our house.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 5343 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      “my house 420 N 24th st” Very pretty. Nice job! Love the landing. Why sell?

      • Teri says: 76 comments

        To be closer to my husbands family now. My husbands mother will be 88 in Feb and we want to spend more time with her. I grew up in Richmond and still have 2 sisters and a brother there. But it’s time to move on for his mom.

        • RosewaterRosewater says: 5343 comments
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          1875 Italianate cottage
          Noblesville, IN

          Well, good luck with the move. Hope you find another dreamy old house in the new locale. 🙂

          • Teri says: 76 comments

            not so dreamy house found…settled for a 1950 brick ranch. Hubby concerned with stairs and me with bad knees. I can still look and dream. Now to sell our house.
            By the way it was built as the doctors house for the hospital I told you about next door to us.
            Our house was designed by John Hasacoster who designed many of the old homes in Richmond.

            • RosewaterRosewater says: 5343 comments
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              1875 Italianate cottage
              Noblesville, IN

              Mid-mods can be a lot of fun Teri! It’s a different aesthetic, but EASIER in the upkeep / maint. areas for sure; and WAY better than some soulless tract box out in plastic suburbia! 🙂

              • teri says: 76 comments

                True and I would not have bought one of those. My stipulations for buying a ranch was that it had to be built before 1950 which this one was. It had an addition put on in the 70’s but same brick. I hate the windows…not sure what to do with them. They are weird ones. It is easier on the knee’s though and after 29 years of bedside ICU nursing my knees are shot.

    • MW says: 799 comments

      Teri, so the current owners got the house for $1 ten years ago and have done nothing to the house, other than maybe do more damage than good by letting it decay and stripping out some of the materials, and now they are asking $44,500 for it?

      • Teri says: 76 comments

        No they got it from the city a few years ago. There have been multiple owners over the years and no one has done anything to it. Not sure about the house next door being with it. Not sure why they are selling all of the houses they have on Main Street

        • Ed Ferris says: 311 comments

          When the agent showed me this house, the owner was there bringing back a stained-glass window he had had repaired. So “doing nothing” is not accurate. The rental house next door is no longer listed, so I think it sold.

          • teri says: 76 comments

            Ed they really have done nothing to it. They did a few things in this past year but they have had it for several years. They finally tore out all the brush that is growing wild there and had a sale of some kind last week. The little that has been done is a little to late. If it is not bought soon it will go the way of many of these beautiful homes and that is demolition .

  17. JimHJimH says: 4749 comments
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    The history on this one is a bit obscure before it became the Crain Sanitarium in 1921. It seems to have been built for a real estate investor named Edgar E. Brown, possibly for another use besides his residence. He lived under the radar, and his listings in the city directory show varied occupations or none at all. For a time he shared the house with relatives, and with Emma Louise Lamb, a Methodist missionary who had lived in India. Edgar and Emma married in 1906, both in their 40’s, and moved to Orlando, Florida. They returned to Richmond after a few years, then sold the house to Dr. Crain and moved on to Colorado Springs. An odd photo shows them together in bed, Edgar sitting up in a suit with bow-tie, Emma laying down in a robe. She lived to 91 and Edgar died in 1961 at age 100.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 5343 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      How DO you find this stuff 🙂 Would like to see the “odd photo” if you have a link. Heh heh heh…

      • RosewaterRosewater says: 5343 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        Hey Jim. Was wondering what you might be able to find out about 205 N. 11th St, Richmond. I am fascinated by this house, which has THE most beautiful, top-shelf, perfectly preserved interior. It was on the market before I started clipping pix, and I lament not having those interior photos to this day. Anyway; if you have a minute. 🙂

        https://flic.kr/p/zoiVZp http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/205-N-11th-St_Richmond_IN_47374_M41857-71603?source=images

        • JimHJimH says: 4749 comments
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          Jeff, maybe the realtor still has the listing photos. I know you love that one – it might be worth a polite e-mail.
          Info on old houses is relatively hard to find compared to people, who have censuses, directories, genealogies etc. I love the people stories but I’d trade them for some good vintage shots of the house and some solid info.
          The 205 N 11th house is in the Starr HD, but no info in the write-up. On the Sanborns it was there before 1886 and was expanded to the right with the oriel in the late 1890’s. The owner in 1900 was a contractor for the RR named John Howard Johnson, 33. He probably didn’t build it though I’d guess he did the renovation. His wife was Eliza Nicholson who got a B.Ph. from Earlham College in 1891, etc.
          The Presb. Church across the street is now a commercial Wedding Chapel.
          http://focus.nps.gov/AssetDetail/NRIS/74000026
          http://www.theoldenorthchapel.com/
          https://libraries.indiana.edu/union-list-sanborn-maps

        • Teri says: 76 comments

          This house was bought by a man from Florida . He is redoing it. It was owned prior to him by a Mrs Van Middlesworth. Lovely house. We looked at it at one point but it was a rental and full of trash. There was s house next to it that was razed. Sad. Lots of rentals there but Ardene Feldsman is buying these homes and is a responsible landlord. She is a single mom trying to save these old homes. Not getting rich off off them either. She owns the Old North Chapel there on that street too. She is also working with the city and hosting educational workshops on old home repairs which was one of my suggestions a while back.

          • RosewaterRosewater says: 5343 comments
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            1875 Italianate cottage
            Noblesville, IN

            Teri, I was more than half tempted to walk up and knock on the door when I was there in the spring. It was such a dreadful, cold, wet day though. I didn’t sense my luck at eliciting a tour was good that day and so settled for admiration from the street. I took probably 50 pix of it. The scary, hooded, neighbors walking their pit bulls must have thought I was nuts out there snapping pix in the rain.

            • Teri says: 76 comments

              Rosewater…you should have knocked. I do work night shift and am not always there but you could have knocked. The house to the south of me…the big huge White one was actually a hospital when it was built. Has a total of 5 floors…something like 11 or 12 bedrooms. The owner Dan lives there with his wife, two children and his parents. They converted it from an apartment building into a single family home. Lovely people.

          • RosewaterRosewater says: 5343 comments
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            1875 Italianate cottage
            Noblesville, IN

            Also, That “Old North Chapel” is really a spectacular building. Check out “The Chautauqua Institute” at Merom, it’s country cousin, (with the MOST spectacular, free-standing, oak, spiral staircase up to the lantern – where the view is for 20 miles around!), it’s the first few pix in this gallery; https://www.flickr.com/photos/regulusalpha/galleries/72157632742426564/ Good luck to Ms. Feldsman! Anyone preserving old buildings like that deserves a medal.

      • JimHJimH says: 4749 comments
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        The photo is behind a paywall at Ancestry. If it was a good house shot I could copy it, but we’ll let Elmer & Emma RIP.

        • John Shiflet says: 5243 comments

          One of the two Dalbey albums has a good resolution photo of the Johnson house (205 N. 11th) It had a far more ornate Eastlake porch originally. (unlike the early 1900’s Classical Revival porch it now has) Copper was as expensive back then as it is now so that copper sheathed turret was a costly detail.
          As for the missing house next door, truly a shame as it had a keyhole window and lavish Queen Anne details-if you go to the older streetview, it shows it. I think it might have been a George F. Barber design but all a moot point now. There’s also a Barber design from the Cottage Souvenir No. 2 house plan book seen in the 1896 Dalbey album, also gone, unfortunately.

          • JimHJimH says: 4749 comments
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            I see photos of the two Johnson houses in the Dalbey book from 1906 (pgs 154-155). 201 N 11th was owned by Benjamin Johnson (1833-1927), father of J.H. Johnson at 205, and also a railroad contractor. The older man owned a sawmill in earlier years, no doubt cutting railroad ties.

            • RosewaterRosewater says: 5343 comments
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              1875 Italianate cottage
              Noblesville, IN

              Thanks’ for all the great info Jim! Sure appreciate your time. Will hold out for now and keep watching for pix from a future sale. As I recall, the ask on the house was south of $40K at the time the listing was removed. Unfathomable; especially since the sale included the VAST carriage house behind.

          • RosewaterRosewater says: 5343 comments
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            1875 Italianate cottage
            Noblesville, IN

            Thank’s John. I see it now. Sure looked great with it’s original porch.

  18. John Lowry Gibbons says: 30 comments

    I just can not believe anyone would allow such an elegant home fall into ruin. With the right people restoring it to its original charm it would be magnificent. Too bad I do not have the dollars or it would truly be a labor of love. I have restored several homes but this would be the most remarkable restoration.

  19. Good as old says: 3 comments

    Oh, Wow! What a beauty! All I need is a sack of money and to get my grubby little restoring hands on it! And live in it forever! Love, love, love the bell tower! Sure happy that paint fell to the floor and not on the mantle! Just to note…seems the roof is in pretty good shape…Good thing, or things could have been a lot worse. Too bad those lovely chimney’s are gone 🙁

  20. Michael Mackin says: 1871 comments

    The house has good lines and could be a real gem in the right hands.

  21. AmyB says: 25 comments

    I adore this house. Not completely on topic, but I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions of how to get starting volunteering/working with an organization that restores/preserves historic homes? I work professionally in non-profit management, but in a very different arena. Would love to be more involved in preserving our history. I am in NJ if that matters.

  22. John Shiflet says: 5243 comments

    Hi Amy,
    Some years ago, a younger gentleman, Bryan B., joined my Victorian architectural discussion group on Yahoo-Groups (https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/vicarr/info ) from Woodbury, New Jersey. From his postings, it was evident he was very passionate about saving, restoring, and preserving local landmarks. I was pleased to find the organization he founded is still active: http://preservewoodbury.blogspot.com/2011/12/green-opera-house-update.html Another resource for New Jersey Preservation is this one: http://www.state.nj.us/dca/preservationconference/index.html they are having an annual state preservation conference in June of 2016. If you check the links and sponsors, there are other organizations featured. I appreciate anyone who is willing to get involved in saving our built heritage across our country. To save even a fraction of what remains, a small army of preservationists is needed.

  23. L.Olson says: 1 comments

    Just an observation, as an attorney I would be curious as to what the “purchase requirements” were when they bought the house for a $1 from the city — normally there is a very detailed contract put into place that requires the new owner to bring certain things up to code, repair different items, etc. If they have failed to do so, then they are in breach and the city can reclaim the home for resale, which means if there is someone who is interested in the home and can prove to the city that they have the financial means to restore, the city is likely to pursue a breach of contract action to regain the house, especially as they are attempting to make a huge profit off the sale of a home that they have not repaired — this information is completely based off the post that stated the home was purchased for $1 from the city / and is not to be considered legal advice, just an observation and interesting question that might be worth asking

  24. Teri says: 76 comments

    I doubt there was a contract since in this city this seems to not happen. The same thing happened years ago when the Historic Train Depot was sold to a man from Indy for a dollar and he did very little work to it then tried to sell it on ebay for over 100 grand. A local man did buy the place and got city money to help plus donations and restored the majority of it. He then recently sold it to a local real estate company who also got a city loan to finish it.
    The city seems to hand out money to certain people with out any strings attached. The owners were hoping to get a business loan for the house but for some reason did not get it.

  25. Martin Jordan says: 12 comments

    Cool house! There are many in Richmond IN. I was looking into maybe trying to look at a few until I read up on the area. I live in Middletown Oh, and Richmond IN is almost a mirror city when it comes to things going downhill 🙁 I would be trading one bad area for another… and that really sucks since I like the houses there. I love my old house I am currently in a well, but unless the area in Richmond gets better, nobody will really want to invest what is needed to restore these cool old houses 🙁

    • Ed Ferris says: 311 comments

      “I am currently in a well … ”
      Probably just a typo. I can tell you how to set up a sump pump if necessary.

  26. Heaven johnson says: 5 comments

    I just signed contract to purchase this house yesterday!!!! So excited. Let me know your thoughts on ideas for rehab and any history on the property!

  27. Teri says: 76 comments

    Omg!! Congrats Heaven. You are now just around the corner from me. I live right in the park at the top of Roosevelt Hill in Glen Miller Park. I will try to get Chad Stengers phone number for you. He does renovations as a profession. He has a huge mansion about 8 blocks west on Main St. His wife has a cake shop in it call Queen Bee Confections ! My email is Sundine2. On aol. Email me

    • says: 5 comments

      Thanks so much! I look forward to meeting you. Any information you have I welcome. I sent you an email too!

      • Teri says: 76 comments

        Another local that is into the history of Richmond is Joe Schroeder. He is also a plumber and electrician so he might be good to get hold of too when you start Reno. We used him for our house and I knew his mom from church. He is in his 50’s. Also an Avid biker….took it up when he ended up in the hospital with high blood pressure and then high med bills. He lost lots of weight.
        The Nelson’s too might have more info on the house .

  28. Ed Ferris says: 311 comments

    The 1906 Pictorial History of the City of Richmond (Dalbey’s Centennial Souvenir) is downloadable at:
    https://books.google.com/books?id=-pRuAAAAMAAJ
    The 1896 edition is available at:
    https://archive.org/details/dalbeyssouvenirp00rich
    I don’t find this house in either of them.

  29. John Shiflet says: 5243 comments

    Both of the Dalbey albums are great period photo records of Richmond in its heyday. The listing (and this blog entry) has a period photo of this house and I would think the original could be found and blown up to show most of the details. I recall it was said to be in use as a sanitarium at one point but I’m not sure exactly what kind of therapies or treatments were offered. Huge house here, so taking a one room rehab at a time approach would be best. An almost fatal mistake would be to gut the entire house and then try to put it back together again without major resources. Of course, if one can find a very competent contractor with a proven track record of renovating old houses, a crew of tradespeople could be brought in to tackle a project of this magnitude. It would require a substantial budget. For most folks who are willing to take on a fixer upper like this, staying within a budget is a consideration. Ideally, the buyer-owner needs a lot of space which this house has in abundance.

  30. says: 5 comments

    thank you John. i find your information to be very useful and helpful. i appreciate it very much.

  31. John Shiflet says: 5243 comments

    Thanks to you as well for the kind words and positive feedback. I’m wishing you the best with this house and seeking advice or answers to questions is always welcomed. We’re blessed with a fair number of old house restorers here and if I don’t know the answer, I can probably suggest someone else who does know. Old House folks are a community with a shared common goal of saving and preserving our built heritage while taking it forward to present it to future generations. That’s my reason for being here in a nutshell.

  32. says: 5 comments

    I understand. I couldn’t believe that someone allowed such a beautiful home to just sit and deteriorate. I’m not a native of Richmond but decided that saving a house like this does so much to preserve the community. So I’m up for the challenge. Thanks for the well wishes!!!

    • Teri says: 76 comments

      Right across the street from this house is a white Brick Italiante house. It sits on the corner of 22nd and Main. The young man that bought that house is taking it back to its original footprint. He has torn off anything that was added on in the 70’s. He spent an entire year or more stripping the garage down to the bare wood and has been painting it slowly and most beautifully. It will be a gem once he is all done. There are so many beautiful old homes in Richmond that need saving but to many people believe new is better. When you think these homes have stood the test of time and are still standing you can appreciate the workmanship put into it. Let me know when you are coming into town. I will gladly show you around. I took tons of pictures for John Shifflet when he was considering moving to Richmond. John you would have been a great asset to the community too.

      • Heaven says: 5 comments

        That’s great! I was wondering if that house was occupied or for sale. I like it a lot. Is this house (2116 e. Main) the biggest one on that street? We will be in town on February 12. How’s the neighborhood?

  33. Teri says: 76 comments

    I think it might be except for the Gennett Mansion a couple blocks west on Main. Main Street was called Millionares row in its hay day . There is also the ” mansion on main ” which is owned by The Stegners. Chad Stegner is an old house restorer/renovator. He along with some others started a non profit to rehab old houses to save them. Lots of things happening here.

  34. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11467 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Comments closed for now. Teri, when ever you hear anything about the home again, you have my email.

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