1885 Queen Anne – Curwensville, PA

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850 State St, Curwensville, PA 16833

  • $100,000
  • Foreclosure
  • 5 Bed
  • 1.5 Bath
  • 3635 Sq Ft
  • 2.93 Ac.
Large brick Victorian offering, 5 Bedrooms, formal dining room, family room, 5 fireplaces, hardwood floors , laundry on the first floor and attached garage.
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Kim Stiles, Brigandi Kissinger Realtors,
(570) 893-4220

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  1. John Shiflet says: 5638 comments

    The curlicue (stylized Crockett) stained glass window in the gable is unique in my experience. I did carefully note that alongside the original 1885 details was a second phase of updates from circa 1900. (the oval mirrored mantel and second columned mantel with quarter-sawn oak are of this later vintage) I believe the stained glass with ribbons and the garland with the heraldic shield window also likely date from this later period. A clear distinction can be seen in the ornate mantels with the figurative tiles-they date from the 1880’s. The finely detailed staircase newels are also from the 1880’s. Such updates are not at all unusual; well-to-do familes frequently updated and made changes in their homes even during the Victorian era. Compare this house with the 100% original 1880’s house in Auburn NY recently posted. While the early details here are very similar to the Auburn house, the later details are not. As for the price, it seems a little optimistic but because I don’t know the local market, it could very well be perfectly priced. Interesting house…but I do wonder what happened to the trim around the door in the last photo. (located in the attic maybe?)

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    • Jim says: 5530 comments

      Good observation on the remodel. What I noticed was that the whole west end of the house, with the stone lintels, looks like a separate, possibly earlier structure. The windowless west end is very odd. I’d have to see the plan and walk around to confirm. The price is a little high, but wouldn’t be completely out of line if the house was set back a bit.

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    • says: 349 comments

      Do you think that odd gable window is original, John? I’ve never seen anything of the period that’s quite so amorphic (like the outline of one of those goofy Olympic mascots). The stained glass red ribbon panels in he front door are pretty stunning – abstracted just enough.

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      • John Shiflet says: 5638 comments

        The c. 1893 Frederick Mitchell Mooers house (also a Queen Anne style house) in Los Angeles has a weird curving upper porch similar in form to the gable window detail here: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Peak_on_Frederick_Mitchell_Mooers_House_%28Los_Angeles%29.jpg That doesn’t prove much of anything except that this odd Comma shape was possible in the Victorian era. It is more reminiscent of Art Nouveau in form on the Mooers House but that house itself is believed to predate the European style by that name. The shingles around the gable window here look new to me as do some of the corbels and unusual gable peak ornament. I further noticed the wood elements on the tower look unpainted, something that would have never been seen on a period original unless it was of the Shingle style. If I could see the window from the back and look at the glass up close it should be easy to determine if it is old or not. Pre-1895 Queen Annes were often whimsical in nature as great latitude was allowed in design and form. The term “anything goes” has been used to describe the Queen Anne style, especially those dating from the 1880’s. But my feeling here is that the window is a more recent addition by a creative individual. Because it doesn’t exactly clash with the style, I’d be tempted to leave it, at least until other restoration tasks had been completed on the house. At that point I’d want to compare the gable window to what is seen in an older photo, if one exists. If it is original, then it’s a detail rarely seen.

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  2. teri says: 72 comments

    the kitchen sink was fab!….and the little sink on the metal pedastal…cute..

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  3. Sue says: 22 comments

    Absolutely beautiful!

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  4. Ryan says: 458 comments

    Yeah, that’s exactly what I was thinking. I’s a beautiful house and they’ve done a really nice job with it, but it’s located awfully close to that road!

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  5. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12421 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Originally posted 2011 (comments above are from 2011.) It’s since went through a foreclosure and newly listed so I’ve moved it to the front page. I kept the old photos, showing furniture but be aware they were taken in 2011 and the house may have changed since. New listing photos are also included above.

    Old listing description: Countless hours were spent on the restoration of this fabulous Victorian home. Unsurpassed craftsmanship is evident in this turn of the century rare find. Step back in time when you enter the spacious parlor or the sitting room with an octagon alcove sitting area.There is a multitude of fireplaces with detailed mantels still intact, hard wood flooring throughout both levels and vintage lighting.

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  6. Ed Ferris says: 299 comments

    Ever notice how when there’s not room for a door casing, they just went ahead and ripped one to fit? Sixth photo from the bottom, the hall closet under the stairs. I don’t think the side wall is sheetrocked.

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  7. BethanyBethany says: 3492 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    Smitten. Utterly smitten. Dream home material here!

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  8. Betsy says: 158 comments

    This is a killer house, just fabulous. Minor changes to some walls and bathrooms.
    I think someone spent some big money maintaining it – rebuilt/re-sided the tower ? Tuck pointed the brick ? Re-roofed it ?I am not an expert but it looks like it. If so wow

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  9. John Shiflet says: 5638 comments

    So, its back on the market or has it been vacant since 2011? A lot can happen to a vacant house in 4-5 years. I hope this one has not been allowed to go downhill condition-wise. Still a nice home on a large lot with many great period details. Hope it gets the caring owners it deserves soon.

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    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12421 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Don’t think it’s been vacant since, just recently went into foreclosure.

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      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12421 comments
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        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        It’s been on/off market the last few years. Went off market 03/26/14, foreclosure earlier this month.

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        • John Shiflet says: 5638 comments

          Thanks Kelly. There’s often a sad story behind foreclosures and had this house been mine I’d have been heartbroken to lose it.

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          • Janet says: 29 comments

            John- I love reading your expert comments on these grande dames. I know my question is superficial, but I have to ask. I see folks mention about good/bad vibes and karma when talking about these old homes. Maybe I’ve watched too many paranormal shows. Have had any experiences in any old homes. I’d really love to own one in my retirement years, but I’m afraid I’d be easily spooked! Any thoughts?

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  10. Lisa says: 18 comments

    Im not usually a big fan of Victorian, but this is lovely without being too overdone. I love the kitchen, but it looks like the little center island is gone..but an easy fix.

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  11. RossRoss says: 2428 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    It is obvious that somebody spent a TON of money on this house not long ago.

    Fabulous house! A lot to love!

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  12. TAP says: 1 comments

    I drive by this house everyday it has been vacant for several months. The down fall to this home is there is no yard at all. The back is straight drop downhill and it sits right on the main road so lots of traffic. To the left of the home is a paved lot with an antique store. There is a bit of a dirt parking spot right to the back side and that is it.

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  13. Cora says: 2091 comments

    That little odd-shaped window makes my heart go pitter patter *love*

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  14. Sean Lowry says: 27 comments

    I wonder where the 2.5 acres are …must be a typo? beautiful inside but the exterior looks as though it needs work.

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    • BethanyBethany says: 3492 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      Yeah, where’s that 3 acres it mentions?

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      • Ed says: 1 comments

        It’s all side hill useless land.

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        • RossRoss says: 2428 comments
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          1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
          Emporia, KS

          Useless to some. Maybe not so to others.

          The land slopes down to a creek. Creeks are good.

          Along the creek is a walking trail (a former rail line I suppose). Walking trails are good. The trail is LONG, and winds over to the two adjacent towns, east and west.

          To a jogger, or somebody who likes walking (with their doggies!), the location of the house might be dream.

          For others, with a home business, the location of the adjacent commercial building (now an antique store) might be enticing. If it could also be acquired, one could work there, and have a very very very short commute home!

          I have a home-based internet business, so such a set-up would be ideal for me. I would only then have to get some doggies! To walk!

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  15. Paul W says: 463 comments

    You can screen the street with a hedge and some plantings. Maybe some trees that grow up not out (check the right of way setbacks). Some good storms on that side, combined with good multi layered Victorian drapes will help abate road noise. Given its a foreclosure I bet there is flexibility on the price. Great house that was obviously recently loved. Its just not in a good location with the road and that probably was the reason it didn’t sell. People cant “think’ about creative screening solutions but if you are used to an urban environment this isn’t a big deal. We live in a commercial corner building and frankly I don’t notice any noise at all but our building is brick.

    Great house!

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  16. Sapphy says: 371 comments

    Now THIS is a house! Wow. I love it. Even the newer kitchen isn’t horrible. And don’t tell anyone i said this, but i don’t even mind most of the wallpaper!

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  17. Sara B says: 1 comments

    Amazing! I’m in love! I feel like the little gingerbread guy from the holiday creamer commercial- “She’s beautiful!”

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  18. David Redlands says: 75 comments

    Unfortunately that has nothing to do with what a house will bring. Location, Location, Location and also the surrounding economy. Anyone knows that these houses are in most cases not replaceable.

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  19. lara janelara jane says: 468 comments
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    Wow. I love it. And I am so sad for the family who had to leave.

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  20. Eleyena says: 1 comments

    Actually since I work in Real Estate law, just a thought. If the photographs are from 2011, and the house is now for sale after a foreclosure, has it been stripped? All the lovely features could very well be gone now. That needs to be taken into consideration.

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    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12421 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      That’s why I captioned those photos are archives from 2011 and then said in comments, “I kept the old photos, showing furniture but be aware they were taken in 2011 and the house may have changed since. New listing photos are also included above.” And the current photos show what is there now and I’m sure the people that view the house can obviously see what is still there and what has been taken and usually don’t buy the house before they’ve seen it based on the archived photos.

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    • Sapphy says: 371 comments

      I hope it hasn’t been stripped. It really breaks my heart when that’s done to a lovely old house. And i feel sad for the family who had to leave too. Foreclosures always make me sad.

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  21. LisaO says: 3 comments

    If only this house wasn’t in the middle of no where, I would buy it up and love it forever.

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  22. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12421 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Reduced to $110,000!

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    • Sean Lowry says: 27 comments

      Reduced! Wow,,… Unbelievable! such a beautiful old home . I hope whomever buys it will appreciate what a gem they are getting for peanuts.

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  23. Rick says: 2 comments

    Trying to get my wife to like it, but unfortunately she doesn’t ! My son and I went there to see it ( she was out of town). I loved it and was willing to buy as a second home, but unfortunately can’t get her to like it….worst part about the whole house is it’s vicinity to the road….very close!

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    • Sapphy says: 371 comments

      Rick
      How does the house compare to the photos? The photos all seem to be from 2011 and i’m wondering if it changed a lot since then.

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      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12421 comments
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        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        The photos up at the top are from 2015 (they are captioned.)

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        • Sapphy says: 371 comments

          Ah! How I missed those, I have no idea.

          This place sort of reminds me of the lovely old house that George and Mary bought in It’s A Wonderful Life. That house has serious love from me. So does this one. I’d seriously be tempted if I didn’t mind living a long way from things that I need access too. Or if I lived in a family who could give me rides when my car breaks down. Or dial 911 when I’ve fallen and can’t get up to reach the phone myself! 😉

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  24. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12421 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Dropped to $100,000!

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  25. Dee says: 7 comments

    I’m absolutely in love with this house!’

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  26. Rocco Rego says: 1 comments

    Is this house still available ???

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  27. debalou says: 1 comments

    I always loved this house, I spend time there in my early teens when a friend’s family lived there. It is way to close to the road, there is no way to do plantings because of the rightaway for the highway and the lot doesn’t slop it is a steep bank, even as a kid , my friends and I couldn’t get up and down it. There would have to be steps built to get down the side of that hill. I would love to own it but at my age I am not going into that kind of debt, especially not in that location.It is a really bad spot. Too bad too, it is a gorgeous house. I love old homes they have so much character and class.

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  28. Kara Berg says: 2 comments

    Who shall I contact about this home?

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  29. Kara Berg says: 2 comments

    I bought and lived in an 1990’s home for 20 years.
    I was only the third owner.
    It had pocket doors, tiger eyed hardwood floors were beautiful.
    Built in Buffet, closet build insurance a sleeping deck on the balcony on the 2nd floor and amazing woodwork back when true craftsmanship was the only way to build a home back then.

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  30. Rick says: 2 comments

    Sapphy,

    It’s changed some I would say…but not much. For instance, the island in the kitchen has been removed, there is damage in one of the bathrooms…half the ceiling fell onto the floor. Apparently they had some rough in plumbing in the bathroom above that one. Well….it had a slow leak and no one was in the house for months…by the time someone did enter, it was too late. Some idiot that was looking at the house several months ago broke one of the windows on the back addition so one of the windows doesn’t match the other 10 or so windows! Overall I really loved the house, but the location to the road is really going to kill it for most people…

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  31. Carl says: 1 comments

    So sad. According to tax records the owners tried to sell the house as far back as 2010 starting at $429,000. Then after 10 months reluctantly reduced to $399,000. Year after year reducing until the bank foreclosed for $6,000. I feel the pain and dispair these people must have gone through.

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  32. Kipp Yeakel says: 4 comments

    Now the new owner of this home. The features were not stripped, although two of the fireplace mantle tops and the little bathroom sink were removed. I found a previous owner and bought back the mantles and some of the furniture. The leak in the bathroom has been repaired, I still need to fix the ceiling. I had a replacement leaded glass window made to match the missing one on the sun-porch. Other repairs are being done as needed.

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  33. Kipp Yeakel says: 4 comments

    Funny story, my wife saw this house here on Old House Dreams. We immediately called the realtor to get an appointment to see it, only to find out someone else beat us to it. We were disappointed but kept looking here for other possibilities. A few weeks later the realtor calls us saying the previous buyer had to drop out and did we still want it? We made an appointment to see it a few days later, and put in an offer on the same day. My wife said to the realtor that Old House Dreams should get the commission as she felt the website did more to sell the house than the realtor!
    We love this site, keep up the good work.

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  34. Old house stalkerI was born and raised in the south NJOld house stalkerI was born and raised in the south NJ says: 47 comments
    1973 bungalow
    Chincoteague Island, VA

    This house is every bit a lady. Striking inside and out. Sorry to read that Kip took out that sweet little sink though. When I saw it ,I wondered if it was a one off, or available somewhere. I hope that they are still having good luck with this pretty girl. Very lucky buyers!

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    • Just to clarify, we didn’t take out the little sink in the bathroom, it was missing when we bought it. It was a Koehler iron works historic sink, not original to the house. We have now finished restoring the maids quarters. Had missing molding recreated, matching doors made and the 2nd bathroom renovated.

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