January 22, 2016: Link Exchange & Friday Discussion

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I want to take a moment to thank everyone for your well wishes and prayers. A lot of you have been asking about my health so this is a good time to update those that want to know. If you missed what was the matter, I was in the hospital with pneumonia, blood clots in each lung (known as pulmonary embolism) and pleurisy. All the chest stress going on even caused my heart to become enlarged. I've been home a week and although I have moments of feeling fine the moments of feeling not so fine set in after a short time so this is messing up my ability to sit at the computer and work. I know, everyone is telling me health first but I've never been one to just sit around and do nothing! So not going crazy with house posts has been more frustrating than the discomfort of being ill. It's meant a lot to me, all your comments and emails. I may not be able to respond to every single one but I've read them all and want to thank you for the kind words. I'll be back to normal eventually, in the meantime I'm afraid it's going to be slow going. I appreciate your patience until I'm back to normal. :)

Now for fun times. Each Friday will be a post where you can share your old house real estate finds, articles related to old houses or just general discussions. A quick note, last weeks post came a few complaints about new comment notifications. If you want to leave a comment below and not receive new comment emails you must make sure you select "Don't Subscribe" from the drop down below the "Post Comment" submit button. You can also unsubscribe from comment notifications, just follow the directions in the comment notification email to unsubscribe (it may also be called "Suspend".)

An extra treat. Some of you have been asking for larger photos of the old houses you see above in the header of the site. I'll include one house in each link exchange post. This particular home I do not know the location, date it was taken or anything else about it. I'm terribly in love with the window boxes, window trim and fence, aren't you? Have fun and enjoy your weekend!

163 Comments on January 22, 2016: Link Exchange & Friday Discussion

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  1. MCB says: 4 comments

    I adore your website! I love old houses also and you do such a great job! So sorry to hear of your illness and I hope you feel better and heal soon! Hugs and prayers!!!

  2. Dave says: 1 comments

    One of my favorite houses in town is in foreclosure!!! Great 1920’s style and bay views! Hopefully someone will restore it to its former glory!


    • KarenB says: 321 comments

      Very enticing house. I love it, though I not fond of the commercial usage at the back of the house. I even love the train track. Trains don’t bother me in the least, I rather like them. Beautiful. Would love to see what a sensitive decorator would do with the interior. Great property to share, though way out of my price range.

    • Heidi says: 156 comments

      OMG this is a blast from the past! My aunt and uncle live on one of the “wood” streets and when we were little and the weather was nice we used to get to walk down to Squalicum Beach park. I was enchanted by the ‘fairy tale house’.

    • AnnaP says: 41 comments

      O.M.G., Dave! That house is beyond charming. I can see how some might be turned off by the industrial buildings surrounding it,but it seems quite lovely otherwise – a nice lot size too. I hope someone snatches it up and takes care of it.

    • SueSue says: 1111 comments
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      1802 Cape

      Oh my goodness Dave what a spectacular spot and house. This realtor really knows how to take pictures too. The rooms look so inviting and beautiful. I adore it.

    • Judy says: 3 comments

      What a beautiful estate! I live in Washington State, too. Bellingham is a lovely area.

  3. LEE says: 2 comments

    Love your site and missed your posts. Glad you are on the mend!

  4. John Shiflet says: 5425 comments

    Thanks for the extra comments/links section. I always enjoy reading the interesting discussions and information others post here. I’ll post a link to the 1900 edition Foster-Munger Millwork and House parts catalog from Chicago, Illinois: (Internet Archive; free read and download) https://archive.org/details/TheFosterMungerCo.CCA114238
    As many know, the Great Fire of 1871 left much of the Windy City in ruins so a massive and rapid reconstruction effort began almost immediately. But the silver lining from this massive tragedy was the development of Chicago into a regional center of construction materials, talented architects, and factories turning out mass quantities of house parts. From catalogs circulated nationally, the ordered products were then shipped by rail to all parts of the country. No doubt, some of the late Victorian homes featured in the pages of Old House Dreams had parts supplied by Foster-Munger. The firm disappeared in the 20th century but I saw a photo of the old company headquarters which is (or was) still standing. Note the incredible variety of house parts,(windows and staircase parts) fretwork screens, and art glass windows available at the time. I downloaded a copy for personal reference so hope others might also find it useful.
    As for the Craftsman style “mystery” house, to me it has a West Coast feel and I could see it as being found somewhere in California, Oregon, or Washington state. But that is merely a guess and nothing more.

    • Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 138 comments
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      Wow! That Foster Munger Catalog is an amazing treasure trove! These kinds of millwork catalogs really help to put into perspective the variety of stylistic options available at the turn of the century… at that time you could still purchase Italianate style four-panel doors with arched panels (page 76) popular in the mid-19th century as well as the latest word in staircase millwork (page 304) which foreshadowed the explosive growth of the Arts and Crafts movement, still in its infancy.

      This catalogue is a fantastic resource for all who want to learn more about American architecture at the turn of the last century. Thanks for sharing this, John! And I completely agree that the “mystery” house was built on the West Coast… it has vibe reminiscent of Greene and Greene, though not quite of the same quality. It wouldn’t surprise me to learn that it was done by some other noted California architect. Hopefully someone will recognize it.

    • Sarah says: 4 comments

      John, I enjoy reading your comments and knowledge on these homes. Do you know anything about this house plan by chance? It’s about $100k overpriced, I walked through the other day and am thinking about putting a bid in. Needs lots of work. Thanks!

      • John Shiflet says: 5425 comments

        Thanks for the kind words. I can categorize the Kansas City house loosely as a “Tudor” style house popular after 1900. As for identifying the house plan, if I had a few weeks to sort through all of the planbooks from the 1900-1915 era, there’s a fair chance it could be found. But the period between 1900 and 1915 was a time of explosive growth and urban expansion into the early suburbs. Kansas City was booming at the time and had a fair number of talented architects as well. If you look at old postcards of Prospect Avenue (at its peak in the early 1900’s) and what little remains today, it will make you sad. Some plan book names that come to mind from this period are William Radford, The Keith Co. in Minneapolis: (a 1905 catalog; free read and/or download) https://archive.org/stream/MLKeithKiethsarchitecturalstudies0001#page/n61/mode/1up Herbert Caleb Chivers out of St. Louis, (his 1901 planbook had over 1,000 house plans!) and towards the end of the first decade, even Sears Roebuck & Co. and Montgomery Ward got into the house building business offering kit houses and plans. The house plan field was very crowded during those years with sometimes very similar designs so making a positive design ID can be challenging. Someone very knowledgeable about KC architecture at the turn of the last century might find some information pertaining to the house. I think there’s about a 50/50 percent chance its either from a plan book source or an equal chance its from a local architect.

        • Sarah says: 4 comments

          Thanks for the feedback – the plan is typical of a four-square style but has been hacked up a bit over the years. It’s pretty unique for the area on the outside, typical on the inside but wasn’t sure if the unusual look of the outside rang any bells for you. It’s a sad example of a ‘rehabber’ trying to do work and totally screwing it up – moving basement stairs from the side to the back, moving the kitchen to the porch, poorly done windows, etc. However, there is still a lot of original stuff left that makes it attractive to rehab properly. I’m pretty sure it’s been empty for a long time.

          • JullesJulles says: 526 comments
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            I love the woodwork. I know many of you don’t like that coffee colored patina but I think it is beautiful. The kitchen and bedrooms seem like they have been chopped up. It would be great if you could find the original floor plan and put it back to the way it was. The family room is just so warm and elegant. Sigh…I wouldn’t mind coming home to this home everyday.

  5. LEE says: 2 comments

    Love your website and missed your posts, glad you are on the mend!

  6. BethanyBethany says: 3448 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    I like this new thing as I have always wanted to share this story of one of my favorite, alas demolished, old houses, and didn’t know where to do it.

    This link is to an old listing picture.

    The picture is from 2009. I lived across the street from this 1926 home growing up and my close friends lived there so I knew every nook and cranny, including the bomb shelter in the basement, obviously added in the 50’s. In my youth it was covered with ivy and had fabulous landscaping, not to mention copper gutters and an abundance of wrought iron inside and out. The vintage bathrooms were to die for. Alas, it fell into the hands of people who couldn’t afford it and was allowed to eventually get into an abandoned state after it was foreclosed on. I had the opportunity to sneak in through the garage door when visiting my folks and the inside was time-capsule from my childhood in the 70’s. Unfortunately an unscrupulous developer in Wheaton, notorious for his tear-downs of great old houses, got his hands on this property and now there is a 6000 square foot monstrosity and a concrete paved backyard with pool obliterating the footprint of this gracious 1920’s home.

    I have better photos of my own but this is the only link I could find since a search of the address turns up photos of either the McMansion or the empty lot after the demolition.

  7. SueSue says: 1111 comments
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    1802 Cape

    Goodness, how terrible. I am so glad you are home and on your way to recovery. Please rest and take care of yourself. I know how hard it is to sit, heal and rest but it is crucial. Your body has been through so much.

    Thank you for this new category. This site is so much fun. I learn a lot, get to “shop” houses and keep looking for my future home in Texas. Thank you.

  8. martha k says: 4 comments

    I love your website, take care of yourself.

  9. Michael Mackin says: 2835 comments

    Pretty scary but glad to hear that you are on the mend! Please get some rest and don’t push yourself too much!

  10. Kevin O'Neill says: 154 comments

    Glad your feeling better Kelly. Didn’t want to bug you with a personal e mail but thought of you often.

  11. Tommy Q says: 445 comments

    Praying for you Kelly!

    My brother sent me this because it is near my other brother’s home. This is a most cool house in Florida. Check it out!


  12. Lynn Schaefer says: 12 comments

    I am new to this site and I am addicted!!!! Absolutely love looking through all the page’s of beautiful homes. Each night I go through several pages. Thank you so much for all the information.

  13. Michael says: 14 comments

    Take your time and rest, rest, rest. Do what the doctors tell you to do. An enlarged heart is a dangerous situation when you have lung issues, too. They work against each other. We can wait on houses. You’re our best bet for finding an old home to buy, but your health is much more important.

  14. lbbj says: 46 comments

    Glad to hear that you are on the mend, Our OHD Goddess. You are a national treasure and we will see to it that the site continues to grow from strength to strength. And then you’ll be back to help us with our addictions!

  15. AnnaP says: 41 comments

    Kelly, glad to hear you’re doing better! Please take care of yourself first and foremost, and all of us can enjoy exchanging links. Sending positive thoughts your way for your continued recovery!

  16. says: 19 comments

    Take care of yourself, Kelly!

    I love this house and was excited to see it on the market. Yard is beautiful. Doubt it will ever sell at this price; its location is not so hot.

    • Diane says: 560 comments

      Thank you for posting this. I’m a gardener and garden writer so love it when I get to see the landscaping of an old home.

    • BethanyBethany says: 3448 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      Wow, what an awesome house! Really really well done. I am drooling over the kitchen and the screen porch and the yard in particular!

  17. Andrea Megan says: 7 comments

    So glad you are home and on the mend! You were really missed. I”m not sure if it’s possible- but it would be fun to embed photos in our Friday conversation replies.

  18. JessG says: 6 comments

    So happy to see you’re home and getting some much needed rest! I adore this site and all the hard work you put in to make it great!! Take it easy πŸ™‚

  19. Doug GreenDoug Green says: 82 comments
    2000 Spanish Revival
    Eagle, ID

    Here is a nice one from my hometown. The Knudsen Family has been in the dairy business for years. The entry reminds me a little bit of the McCray Mansion listed here last year. The house has suffered somewhat over the years from insensitive remodeling but still has some nice features.

    Glad you’re feeling better, Kelly.

  20. SueSue says: 1111 comments
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    1802 Cape

    One of my favorite houses in Maine is the Norumbega Inn in Camden. It is exquisite.
    They now have put up the “carriage house” for sale. This spot is amazing. Of course it all comes with a hefty price tag. I would have loved to see the inside before the renovation. I bet it was as enchanting as the outside is. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/8-Marine-Ave_Camden_ME_04843_M32748-87354

  21. Rose says: 3 comments

    Very happy to see you are getting better! Every day is a step closer!!! Yeah!

  22. Jim Darlington says: 7 comments

    So glad to hear you are getting better. Great idea for Friday.
    Wish you’d add in some tutorials for hunting these wonderful old houses.

  23. John MJohn M says: 35 comments

    Hope you are feeling better! Here is one but not very good pictures http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/314-E-3rd-St_Metropolis_IL_62960_M74796-65571 looks like a stick Victorian 1880s like the one that just sold down the street from this one.

  24. Jenny says: 1 comments

    I just wanted to thank you for all of the time and research that you have put into this site over the years. I have so enjoyed the different posts. I hope that you are on the mend and feeling better soon. Praying for you!

  25. Dave says: 54 comments

    I already emailed well you wishes before I read the update. Oh, well, you can never get enough!

  26. Debbie says: 14 comments

    Wow…I’m sorry you’ve been so ill. Please take care of yourself! I pray that God will heal you quickly and thoroughly. It’s been a season of severe sickness for me as well. It’s slow recuperating and I’m facing sinus surgery AGAIN…yuck.
    I absolutely enjoy this website! I LOVE old homes especially Eastlake/Aesthetic Movement Victorian homes. I also like 1950’s homes. This is a great idea for Fridays and I look forward to it. Thank you for all you do and please take it easy.

  27. Chris says: 678 comments

    The town of Washington Georgia remains a charming village with an amazing selection of antebellum and postbellum homes. They don’t, however, appear often on realtor.com. Here’s a particularly nice one and the same realtor has several listings for sale.


    Thanks for all your hard work to make this site so addictive – and glad you’re doing better.

  28. Anne M.Anne M. says: 949 comments
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    1972 raised ranch.
    Hopkinton, MA

    This is a nice one in Holyoke, MA, 1910 many original fixtures, etc. (that kitchen tho. . .)

  29. Deb says: 5 comments

    So happy that you’re on the mend! I understand the frustration of not being able to do all you want to do, but please take this time to rest and heal. YOU are far more important than this site right now!

  30. Sandimus says: 3 comments

    Well I am so happy that you are back! Please, do take care and don’t do too much. I must admit I truly missed the posts. They have become part of my morning ritual.. I get my cup of coffee, and sit down at the computer,open my e-mail, and there you are with these wonderful photos.
    My husband and I are moving to Texas, so I have an extra reason to look at your posts as well. Thank you for your time and this super website you have created. What a joy this brings to me.

  31. Judybug says: 5 comments

    Kelly,I just read your morning post. I am happy to hear you are back home and recovering. Your health is important and I will continue to pray that you recover fully. You are such a joy for us all here. I appreciate all your hard work that you do for us all that love old homes with souls. πŸ™‚ Take care,rest,and we love you. xoxo Judybug

  32. Veronica says: 13 comments

    Thank you for all you do, Kelly. Please take good care of yourself. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

  33. Kay says: 3 comments

    I love your website, this site helped me find my life long true passion. I go on it everyday, so you were missed and I was Blessed to be one of the one’s who’s email you responded to while out sick, what a treat for me. Thank you and in God’s speed.

  34. TamiJaney says: 2 comments

    So glad you’re feeling better Kelly, but don’t overdo it. Your health is far more important than keeping old house junkies happy. The new link exchange is the perfect opportunity for me to stop lurking and start posting, so here I go.
    This has always been my dream house. There is just something about castles that capture the imagination. It’s been for sale for a long time but at that price, it will probably never sell. Unless I win the lottery of course.

  35. Sandy says: 130 comments

    Here is a great home that I have followed for a few years. It is located in Riverside CA-and “Inland Empire” location, which is in Southern CA. not coastal, about 1 hour from the ocean, location in a historic district on the best street. I first looked seriously at this home about 6 years ago, but it was priced at over $890,000, with so much work needed. It was sold, to the current owners who fixed it up-but did some questionable changes. The master bath is over the top, the kitchen, the river rock along the back wall of the hime is totally inappropriate and the city would not have allowed it, but, all can be restored back. It is an amazing home with rich history. Riverside has a strong historical preservation group, and is improving. Close to a train station and freeway. My family has history here and my Grandfather was instrumental in the fruit industry, so it is close to my heart. I would live there-it is a good place to live if concerned with CA earthquakes as it is mostly granite based. Good art district, the Mission Inn is down the street ( I suggest checking out the Mission Inn-a delightful place and experience) Close to mountain resorts, but about 10 degrees hotter than coastal cities, so air conditioning is a must. This house has been on the market for a year off and on, and the price has dropped, but needs to drop to $780 or so. But the current owners bought of rover $770k and put at least $200k into the home. The need to apply of the Mills Act-a CA tax incentive savings that would cut the property tax in half at least. Hope you enjoy this home and be sure to check out the Mission Inn-worth visiting if you are ever in CA…

  36. Rob says: 3 comments

    Your website played a role in the fulfillment of a life-long dream to live in an old home. Eight months ago I made the decision to sell my Seattle war-box home and purchase a historic home approximately 90 miles south of Seattle. Looking at your site kept my motivation alive and strong as I faced the many obstacle in this process. I also learned important information about old homes from many of your posters. I am now beginning to restore this home to its original beauty and glory. Last week the false ceiling in the stairwell came down!
    I understand your need to work, even when faced with health challenges. It is our passions that keep us alive!

  37. Bethster says: 827 comments

    Kelly, I know it must be truly frustrating not to do something you love so much, and to sit around doing nothing. But I’m part of the “your health comes first” crowd, so I hope you don’t push yourself. Do you have a laptop? If so, would that be less of a strain than sitting at the computer? Please take care–we’ll wait patiently. xx

  38. Lynn says: 6 comments

    Kelly you are too good to us! I love what you do and you are the best. Please take care of yourself. Taking time to heal is the most important thing you need to do! Thank you for the posts this week!

  39. Lawrence Garman says: 1 comments

    Sue, I am new to this site. I wanted to write you a note. I hope your feeling better and you are recovering. It must be a very difficult time for you and your family. I wish you and your loved ones all the best. Lawrence

  40. Teresa says: 1 comments

    I’m so glad I found this website! I too pray you are feeling better.

  41. Teri says: 72 comments

    Just be safe and heal! Remember how much good you do with posting these pictures of old houses. I love the fact that the old house in Richmond has been purchased by Heaven J and will soon start to get renewed. This would not have happened without you posting this on your site. Keep up the great work but HEAL!!

  42. Robin Nuttall says: 242 comments

    There’s a really sad situation going on in Jefferson City, Missouri; a woman who owns many historic homes, is refusing to sell, and they are rotting. Jefferson City is the capital and has many lovely historic homes. Apparently this one person owns over 30 homes in this neighborhood. I’m very afraid they may end up razing them all. πŸ™


    • John Shiflet says: 5425 comments

      The same thing existed in St. Joseph, MO. An older lady owned a string of rentals in the Mid-Town neighborhood that were original single family homes from the late 1890’s and early 1900’s then later converted to multi-family. She too got afoul of City code enforcement and refused to maintain the properties so the city rewarded her defiance by knocking them down one by one. Missouri is a strong private property rights state so this sad situation has played out many times. It would be better if Jeff City could declare them abandoned, file for a quit claim deed, and then sell them to someone who cared, but condemnation and demolition are the only legal tools they have, unfortunately.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7106 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      THAT is a damn shame. I’ve seen this kind of thing before. She’s probably using them as a tax shelter and could care less if they rot. Sick..

      The same thing happened to a very important antebellum estate house in MS Called Mount Holly. FOR YEARS there were many efforts made to acquire the house and save it. Unfortunately the __________ who owns it just left it there to rot; happily writing it off the whole time. The house miraculously remained in fair condition until last year when it was finally ransacked and brutalized by hooligans. Later in June last year the hooligans broke in again and burned it to the ground. SAD. I’m sure the ___ __ _ _____ ________ is still writing it off, having collected on the insurance of course.



      You can read the whole LONG sordid tale in the comments here;

      https://flic.kr/p/w8VJ4J https://flic.kr/p/w9z2VV

      • John Shiflet says: 5425 comments

        Sad indeed, Jeff. The perpetrators behind the Mt. Holly loss are also the kind of low-lifes who sneak into historic cemeteries and smash grave markers and monuments. It’s difficult to comprehend the kind of mindset that leads to this kind of criminal behavior but among mainly youth, there’s always been a small element of criminal delinquents. As for the Jefferson City houses, I looked in streetview, and the area still retains a historic feel and residential context. However, its exactly the same kind of centrally located area that developers like to do projects in. It’s more likely the houses will be allowed to deteriorate to the point where demolition is mandated. If that happens, new condos and apartments taking their place are even more likely.

      • SueSue says: 1111 comments
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        1802 Cape

        I am heartbroken by the story of this home. Just so sad. I do not understand why more people don’t see these old homes as precious works of art to take care of.

    • JullesJulles says: 526 comments
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      If she has 30 houses that are like this then I doubt that she is looking for any kind of money. She is most likely a hoarder. I’ve seen people do this with cars, animals, junk and now houses but it makes sense why she won’t sell them. To her, the houses mean something belongs/loves her. Even the thought for a hoarder of letting something go brings them huge anxiety. The thought that the houses are deteriorating means nothing to her. It is a mental illness related to OCD. It is sad and she needs mental health help.

  43. Sandra G. McNichol says: 72 comments

    I am so happy to hear that you are on the mend, Kelly! It is serious stuff that you’ve been dealing with, so please do take it easy so that you can get well 100%! I know that it is hard to be still when you are normally a busy person, so you’ll have to come up with some activity that keeps your mind busy but takes little physical effort – handwork, maybe? How about making yo yo’s in 1930’s actual or reproduction fabrics so that you can sew them together to make a beautiful yo yo quilt? Making yo yo’s is easy & fun, and selecting the fabrics for each one of them will keep the aesthetic part of your brain busy, while your body rests….?? Just a thought. 1930’s is a fun time for fabrics – little conversational prints, and cheery colors….Thinking of you and wishing you well, every day.

  44. Susan says: 80 comments

    Glad you’re home and feeling a little better. Slow and steady…

  45. jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1051 comments
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    1947 Ranch

    My thanks to you Kelly or this wonderful site. My husband and I both adore old homes and have restored two ourselves. We’ve just now found you, previously watching historicproperties but it doesn’t give near the information, fewer photos, and no where to chime in with comments. This is like what I’ve always wanted to do; you do it very, very well!
    Be well, and thanks again.

  46. jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1051 comments
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    1947 Ranch

    My thanks to you Kelly or this wonderful site. My husband and I both adore old homes and have restored two ourselves. We’ve just now found you, previously watching historicproperties but they don’t give near the information, fewer photos, and no where to chime in with comments. This is like what I’ve always wanted to do; you do it very, very well!
    Be well, and thanks again.

  47. Tara says: 6 comments

    Glad you are on the mend! Take it easy and don’t over do it. Thank you so much for your love of old houses and for this site!!

  48. Judy says: 3 comments

    Take good care of yourself! Thank you for everything you do to share these beautiful old treasures with all of us. Love this site.

  49. Sadie says: 48 comments

    Thanks for bringing a smile and lots of ideas to consider or dream! So glad you are on the mend. As you can tell – you make a difference! Many thanks, Kelly! Your site is a gem!!

  50. Terry Burrough says: 2 comments

    So glad you are back. Please go slow and know that each of us will wait patiently till you are back to your old self. Makes me realize how much I look forward to seeing all the wonderful old houses you post and I am truly thankful for your returned health.

  51. LauraL says: 9 comments

    Sounds like someone is a fighter and will be fine πŸ™‚ Looks
    like your following is growing!! Keep up the great work and healing Kelly!

  52. RosewaterRosewater says: 7106 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Kelly I’m delighted you’re still on the mend and feeling better. You bring joy to many people by your efforts; and new owners to old houses – WHICH IS JUST BEYOND COOL! If anyone missed it, check out my comment at the bottom of the post for this MANSION to see one of Kelly’s great triumphs!

    If you were one who used to check out my posts on the old forum you’ll have seen this one before. I mention it again because it is quite BEYOND fab. Many folks have mentioned their old house dream should they win the lottery; this is mine. It came to mind today having checked in on “BigOldHouses”. Seems John Foreman is unlikely to live much longer short of being accepted for a highly experimental cancer therapy in it’s early trials phase. Prayers for John that he may be accepted for that experimental treatment. Searching for more info. about the place is what led me to his blog some time back. He visited there; took GOBS of great photos; and wrote an interesting and (always) entertaining article as ever.
    So here’s the house. When I win my gabillions I’ll snap it up right away: of course I’ll have to have it moved to Ulster County since those Millbrookers would not know WHAT to do with lil ole ME πŸ˜‰


  53. Pamela Hicks says: 23 comments

    Kelly, as a trauma RN, I am very aware of your illness. My best advice would be to listen to your body, let its’ needs be met first. Patience is a virtue….. You only get ‘one go around’, use it wisely. And as a new fan of this site, I send a big thanks! I enjoy every email received. And, last, I love the photo you posted, I’ve seen either that house, or its twin, on my late grandparents street, Ocean View Dr. In Oakland, CA. Wonderful old neighborhood of Craftsman homes. Again, thanks for your site, and prayers for a full recovery. Pam

  54. Paul Price says: 194 comments

    So thankful we are able to share and enjoy this wonderful site with Kelly back at Control Central! And Rosewater,one feels obiligated to remove your hat with the Middleton, OH property. I would love any comments you have regarding this one! I already shared it with Ross. I think the front porch use to have different lines with the unusual piers of the quarried stone. Nora and I and the kids got to see it a few weeks ago but it was dark by the time we got there. As wonderful as the downstairs is, there are is all tacked tile ceiling squares and 70’s paneling on every wall upstairs. The floors are intact with the same high ceilings. There is a back staircase with a tread broken through. The kitchen has a low ceiling compared to the rest with cheaper appearing cabinetry from the 50’s. There is a butler’s pantry? that is long and narrow backs up to that unusual china cabinet? that I think may have been a serving window perhaps? We are in love with this old house! Anyone what to venture a guess as to style, period, etc. Do I see Eastlake details inside? Queen Anne with the exterior dentils under the bay windows removed with the siding? What about the stair banister and mantles? Thanks for any input.


    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7106 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Paul – you have found a REAL GEM there for sure – and that price! Nice! Are you all going to make an offer? I sure would! That place is just loaded with character and really great features, (as John succinctly described). I’ll tell you what; if the original exterior cladding looks as good under all that aluminum as the floors do protected by that old carpet; that’s a HUGE +. One could darn near pay for all the paint and supplies necessary to make it right by selling the existing siding for scrap. Dang. I’m jealous! Snatch that sucker up post haste. Just love the 19teens, glazed terracotta tiled, pagoda style roofed garage! So cool. Looks like somebody bought a Caddy back in the 60’s and had to bump it out a bit – heh heh – but you can work with that. Do your due diligence and find out what the comps are, and where you can expect to end up when you’re done. If it’s on the + side – GO FOR IT! From the looks of it, this place was well cared for over the years; and probably pretty solid build to start with too. That river stone foundation is SOLID, and it looks like a nice deep daylight basement too. That porch is a re-do for sure, but with that DELUXE foundation still there, putting it back right will be far easier than otherwise usually exists with old porches. Lord have mercy – $74K ask! JEALOUS!! πŸ™‚ Jeff

      – Also, I wouldn’t worry about dropped ceilings and paneling up stairs; as long as the place is solid and the numbers are right, (and you are reasonably DIY willing and capable), you can make a go of it. Cosmetics are the fun part. You can get around to the dated bits upstairs in due course. πŸ™‚

    • Paul Price says: 194 comments

      John S. and Rosewater—I had shown the Ft Scott property to Ross as well. But thanks so much for the feedback Our first step is to our house sold! We have had it listed since April. We have three at home including our youngest two and now have of our 8 year old grandson living with us.
      We have this dream of having an old home on a homestead that we can have as a fixer with vintage features. The market in our area is crazy fast moving. 20 acres on the AR side is $320K with nothing on it. Developers are tearing everything down in a 30 mile radius of NW Arkansas. So we are looking on the MO side of the line. We have been looking at moving an older home to a plot of land and then getting started. While that is not exactly a purists’ approach, we read on a blog the other day, that I reusing an older home saves least 2 acres of trees…and then what features like this house. We have been in contact with a structural mover in the Kansas City area. If anyone has any experience doing this we would love the feedback. Our hope, then is to move the house and not “rape and pillage” to extract old features to a new build. As Rosewater has pointed out, even the foundation would take much to match. However, there is much quarried stone in the area. Here is our listing, we have dropped the price again and hoping for the best!

    • Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 138 comments
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      Paul, regarding the front porch of the house in Ft. Scott you should be aware that the foundation of the porch is a re-do as well. The porch and its stone foundation all date to around 1920 or so. The original porch is not likely to have covered the entire width of the house and probably did not project past the front facade as it does now. It still would have been an “L” shaped porch; just a smaller one. The size of the porch is more consistent with those of the teens and ’20’s than of the 1880’s when the house appears to have been built.

    • SueSue says: 1111 comments
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      1802 Cape

      If you drove by this house you would never guess how beautiful and unusual it really is. What a beauty. I also love the brick? street. And that roof on the garage. Wow. Such a wonderful home.

  55. dragonflyspirit14dragonflyspirit14 says: 242 comments
    1913 farmhouse
    Dillon, SC

    this home is a town over from me and in one of the most picturesque areas of central CT. It has been on the market for awhile and the price has been steadily dropping but it cannot go through normal financing due to it’s condition so it will have to be a special project for a well-to-do restorer and hopefully not get bought up by a developer. I went and looked at it several months ago but it’s too costly a purchase and restoration for me. Not to mention the additional expense of the taxes. It’s on five acres and away from any big cities. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/165-Wright-Rd_Collinsville_CT_06019_M32315-14505

  56. John Shiflet says: 5425 comments

    Paul, I see a Queen Anne style house here (not all Queen Annes had towers) with all the goodies inside lovers of Victorian homes highly praise. Outstanding staircase millwork, pocket doors, (3 sets) and a lovely mantel of the period with a rare extant over-mantel and art tiles. (probably made by American Encaustic) I did not see the hardware but it probably fits into the “Eastlake” flavor. (never a formally recognized style) The exterior bears no resemblance to its original appearance; it may have been a gingerbread confection originally with lavish ornamental details. I’d date the original house to the 1885-1895 period. It’s rare to find a house like this so intact but the real issue here is location. It’s reasonably priced for the features offered and probably was owned by one family for many years to be so intact inside. Fort Scott remains relatively remote-its too far from Kansas City (94 miles) to be commuteable; Topeka is even more distant. But I’ve visited Ft. Scott a number of times and for a town its size, it has a very nice collection of 19th and early 20th century homes. The downtown district is well preserved as well. Great house overall provided the location is acceptable to the buyers.

  57. says: 38 comments

    Thank goodness you are on the mend! Please do not overdo and remember to rest your weary bones once in a while. I have to confess an addiction to your website-I adore it and have compiled my favorites so as to have a checklist for hunting my own “old house” some day. Speaking of which the details DO matter and the fencing shown in this one is a must-it is SO rare to find! Again, thanks for all you do and please take care of yourself!

  58. Cocoa G says: 72 comments

    Kelly, I am so glad to hear you are feeling better. I know what pneumonia can do to you. Years ago, I also had pneumonia and then pleurisy. It takes quite awhile to recover so please take your time and take care of yourself. I love this site and look forward to all the beautiful homes. You do a great job.

  59. RosewaterRosewater says: 7106 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Check out this WAY over the top, highly ornate, brilliantly preserved, beaux arts, hill top mansion with quite a view up Duluth. It has a VERY INTERESTING roof. I count 32 courses of an unfinished pyramid – so you tell me. Paranoiacs beware! Heh heh heh. Very impressive; ** make sure to click for view larger as there are nearly 100 pix total **; http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2309-E-1st-St-Duluth-MN-55812/61530764_zpid/

  60. Cassie says: 1 comments

    I hope you feel better soon! Being sick is the pits. Don’t worry about your blog (as much as we all love it.) It will be here when you feel better.

  61. John Shiflet says: 5425 comments

    A truly grand Italianate mansion in the town of Ottawa, IL from c. 1870: http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/805-W-Madison-St-Ottawa-IL-61350/117772630_zpid/
    Note the very unusual set of pocket doors with the porthole glass inserts. Nice mantels and other period details. Porch looks like a later add-on. Price seems optimistic for the condition of the house but perhaps its negotiable. Restored, it would again be a local landmark.

    • Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 138 comments
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      What an incredible house! Apparently it was turned into a funeral home in the 30’s which explains the ungainly, stylistically inappropriate, columns and
      matching porte-cochere. Here is a link to an historic photo of the house, which was built in 1870:


      The center gable is quite novel – kind of transitional between a low pediment and a full tower!

      • John Shiflet says: 5425 comments

        Holy Cow! What a house that was in its day. It would be wonderful to take it back to it’s original beauty and it would certainly be worth the asking price if the interior showed no damage, but there are clearly condition issues (requiring a new roof to begin with) and if a new owner wanted to take it back to the original appearance deep pockets would be required. But again, if it struck someone’s fancy, perhaps the sellers would listen to logic and would be open to a negotiable price. If not, this house could be in ruins in a few years if the water infiltration continues. A past funeral home use would not bother me. Folks die, are then brought to the mortuary for a short stay, and then somewhere else to their final rest. Quite a few once elegant Victorian homes have been funeral homes in the past and owe their survival to such use. Back in they heyday it looks to have been a happy family home.

    • Paul Price says: 194 comments

      I have never seen pocket doors like them! Wow!

    • SueSue says: 1111 comments
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      1802 Cape

      Being the romantic I am this house is a dream for me, although knowing it was once a funeral parlor isn’t that inviting *wink*. I wonder what goes through peoples heads when they buy a house like this and then abandon the project, usually doing more damage than good in their wake. I was hired to do the decor for a grand Italianate in Gardiner ME many years back. It was stunning, with a round glass sun room and an attic that alone was magnificent. There was a paneled huge carriage house, an enormous butler’s pantry and just too much more to list here. I had had things done that made me cringe but mostly I was able to stop anymore damage. I did sketches, color specs, etc. The whole nine yards but at a big discount because I so wanted to work on this house. Yet, as I feared they ran out of money because they had no idea what they were doing. Now and then I drive past the house to see what is going on but it remains largely the same but at least it’s lived in so it doesn’t deteriorate more.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7106 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Looks like a do-able project for someone there John. Nice find!

      This former funeral parlor has been on the market for a minute; and one can have it, and all the other buildings for a song. It’s in a little town in Knox County, Indiana close enough to this or that other larger town this way and that for shopping and such. The little town is in pretty good shape too, and does have at least a library πŸ™‚ ; http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/122-S-Anderson-St-Sandborn-IN-47578/102866536_zpid/ http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/122-S-Anderson-St-Sandborn-IN-47578/2143884685_zpid/

      • John Shiflet says: 5425 comments

        It’s actually been listed in the recent past and available for some time but I agree it has some nice details and potential. I noted about the Ottawa, IL (also a former funeral home) c. 1870 Cheever House that it is assessed for taxes at less than $45K. Considering the interior damage and the $150k asking price that figure seems even more optimistic now. That said, the lower tax value assessment is a plus in a high tax state like Illinois. Thanks for sharing the Sandborn, IN house; doubtful it had columns as seen now in its original configuration.

  62. Daniel Jeffries says: 7 comments

    You are an amazing lady Kelly and will continue to pray that your health will be completely restored soon. I love OHD website and thoroughly enjoy all the posts, comments, and sharing of knowledge from everyone. No worries about the slow post, you take your time, and if anything we have all learned how much we take you for granted! Thanks so much again, and look forward to an amazing 2016 full of old houses!

  63. Amy Sue says: 14 comments

    Oh Kelly, it is so good to hear you are improving and feeling better! I was out of town on business and had not had a chance to check my favorite website till today. Please keep getting lots of rest and taking it easy, no relapsing now! But my days will now be better knowing you are able to post when you can!

    The South Carolina houses were so beautiful! I wish I could move them to Kansas as I cannot find anything close to their beauty for that kind of money in the area I live. Or maybe I need to buy a vacation home on the East Coast?! Only a couple hours to the beach would make a great place to visit. *Sigh* I will persevere and keep hunting for my perfect house.

    So glad you are on the mend, my days and weeks have felt incomplete. I think you feel like a close friend to many of us that love old homes! Take care and I am sending you hugs!

  64. Michele says: 90 comments

    This is not my favorite type of house but someone posted one of these on another link and I thought some of you would enjoy seeing this one.
    Want to own a piece of history? Don’t miss out on this wonderful 3 bedroom Lustron…

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7106 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Cool. A Lustron with a basement is rare, as is the breezeway and two car garage, both original options. As with the other post you mentioned, both houses are in remarkably original condition. Many Lustrons were very unfortunately modified in one way or the other over the years, effectively destroying them. This one looks great!

    • Sandra says: 302 comments

      A Lustron in Dixon IL! Small city in the northwest part of the state, one of the biggest employers is a large prison. It’s actually quite quaint there and to my knowledge the prison has never caused any problems. Lots of fun old houses, low cost of living, I wouldn’t mind retiring there.

  65. RosewaterRosewater says: 7106 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Great Italianate house for sale in Western Indiana. Pretty good deal too @ $85K ask; http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1201-S-4th-St-Terre-Haute-IN-47802/77131932_zpid/

    Also; #6 Powell Ave, Evansville is back on the market; http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/6-E-Powell-Ave_Evansville_IN_47713_M35014-84583

  66. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12114 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks everyone! I still am appreciative of your well wishes. πŸ™‚

    Hope you all had a good weekend. Added a few of the houses you shared to my to-post list, thanks for the shares!

  67. JullesJulles says: 526 comments
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    If I could find a job in Griffin Georgia, I would go for this. Home Depot has promised building materials at cost and volunteer labor to help fix it.

    • JullesJulles says: 526 comments
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      Here is a video about the building. https://youtu.be/aDKl0QF_tMA I should mention it is on the endangered list but has a new roof and the walls have been stabilized. The house is around 7,500 square feet and only $10,000., pretty cheap per square foot. The walls are down to the studs but they kept much of the architectural details. Think of it as a blank historic candidate.

  68. says: 11 comments

    I’m so glad you’re feeling better; Kelly. Don’t push yourself. Just wanted to say that. πŸ™‚

  69. Paul Price says: 194 comments

    Italianate with Craftsman porch and Mike Brady’s 71 kitchen remodel?

  70. SueSue says: 1111 comments
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    1802 Cape

    My two favorite cities are New Orleans and Savannah. I adore both. When I can’t sleep at night I look at houses. This is the plantation right out of my dreams.


    Then this side-by-side brick townhouse built in 1833 says “few changes to the structure. Architecturally significant by the Vieux Carre Commission. For someone who cares about Creole style architecture and authenticity, this is an opportunity. The three story dependency had a fire years ago. It’s unfinished.”


    And for millions the Garden District’s famous Cornstalk Fence Mansion can be yours.



    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7106 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Hey Sue, I’m with you on about the early Creoles. That one is really great: right out of 18th century Martinique. Nice. Check out this one I clipped a while back which sold quickly. It still has nearly all of it’s original dependencies, (unfortunately not shown), and a functioning cistern system!


      – Also, flipped, but not a flop;

      • SueSue says: 1111 comments
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        1802 Cape

        Both those homes are fantastic. There is a romance to those homes that is all their own. As if you would hear the rustling of crinolines late at night while you sit outside and sip your sweet tea.

    • Brosia says: 72 comments

      My best friend and I both have healthy, lifelong obsessions with Nola. I’m pretty fascinated with Savannah also…these cities certainly have something special happening. All the houses you posted are amazing but the one on Dauphine really gets me going. It is quintessential French Quarter and close to so much in the neighborhood. Thanks for posting!

  71. RosewaterRosewater says: 7106 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Wowski! Check out this palatial, Aesthetic re-do of an 1850 farm house in central Illinois. —
    From article; ” β€œElmwood,” was built in 1850 by German immigrant John Marbold. It was given a wonderfully detailed Eastlake-style renovation in the 1880s by John’s son H. H. Marbold. H. H. added indoor plumbing, steam heat, gas lights and a conservatory. He also added fancy new dormers and chimneys and a two-story gabled porch on the front of the house. Behind the house stretches a brick outbuilding that once housed a summer kitchen, dairy and coach house. The farmstead also has an ice house and the remains of a large barn and the original steam plant.


  72. Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 138 comments
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    For those of you who like church conversions, here’s one in Minden, Nebraska, which has just come on the market. Its sanctuary has a very nice ceiling:


    Minden is a small town in south-central Nebraska. It is also home to a ginormous (really, really, ginormous) collection of Americana known as “Pioneer Village”:


    • John Shiflet says: 5425 comments

      Beautiful homes, thanks for sharing. That first one reeks of old money (in a good way) as well as new money and is priced for one percenters. I do appreciate that the renovators took a respectful approach towards preserving the period details and I believe the new kitchen and palatial bathroom do not clash with the old opulence. As for the towered Queen Anne, its lovely as well but more modernized inside. I think its a bit ironic that last week it was announced Baltimore would receive funds to demolish 4,000 residential units, some of them historic but currently in slum areas. Seems like a tale of two cities; one prosperous, and the other, impoverished. It will take more than demolition money to fix that.

      • Ian says: 27 comments

        I would love to have seen that Queen Anne pre-rennovations, the original stuff thats left is pretty cool. I did tax lien work in Baltimore, so I saw pretty much all of the city. So many stunning houses just abandoned and rotting away, I hate to say it, but it’s probably never going to get better either. 4000? thats not even 10% of the abandoned properties in the city, I don’t even want to know what historic buildings are being knocked down.

        • SueSue says: 1111 comments
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          1802 Cape

          Ian, my brother lives in Baltimore. The city is listed as one of the most dangerous cities in the world to live in. Along with all the south american cities with drug trade. It is a wonderful city but just burdened by crime and drugs.

  73. Kristl says: 31 comments


    Check out this beauty! This is fairly close to where I live (20-30 miles). Only problem is, it’s pretty close to downtown and the hospitals, which are mostly very undesirable neighborhoods. Peoria is gaining a reputation as being “Little Chicago” in terms of crime. Which is unfortunate for these grand old homes along the bluffs.

    • JullesJulles says: 526 comments
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      Wow, wow, wow. That is beautiful! The ceilings got me at first along with that staircase but it kept getting better from there. The view is gorgeous but then the attic. The attic is magical and I know there must be a secret door to another world in there somewhere.

  74. AmyB says: 24 comments

    This one is pretty nice in the town I’m in. But if you don’t live in NJ or CA don’t fall over from the taxes!

  75. KIMKIM says: 69 comments

    Recovery is slow going Kelly but for positive folks like you (and ME, I survived a hemorrhagic stroke nearly 11 years ago), it is easier. My thoughts are with you as always. I found this home in nearby Agawam. I do not know but I fear it may be on a main ‘highway’. Built in 1746: http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/940-Main-St-Agawam-MA-01001/56145785_zpid/ Enjoy and go slowly!

  76. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12114 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Anyone catch Hooked on Houses latest post of Camarillo Ranch in California? She features the Queen Anne in the movie The Two Worlds of Jennie Logan. Something to watch if you like travel back in time movies and old houses.

    On DVD or you can watch it on YouTube (I am right now!) link to YouTube movie

  77. Noelle says: 46 comments

    I just wanted to leave this one behind. The photo’s are a bit weird though…


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