January 29, 2016 Link Exchange & Discussion

Added to OHD on 1/29/16 - Last OHD Update: 9/30/19 - 223 Comments
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This is where you can share links to your old house finds, on or off market since most of us just like to look. Can also be links to articles about old houses or related topics or just chit chat. Be careful when you submit your comment, if you do not want new comment notifications be sure to choose "Don't subscribe" in the drop down menu below the "Post Comment" button. Sorry for the lack of house posts this week. It's been a bit of a rough week for me, maybe next week will be better. Have a great weekend! -Kelly Two old photos this week. Dates and locations unknown but I bet someone can figure it out by the cars. You can click on the photos to see a larger view.

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  1. Melody says: 529 comments

    This house is no longer on the market, but HGTV still has the pictures. Time capsule anyone?? http://www.hgtv.ca/photos/gallery/?gid=6de87f25228a34488b5868fba7132c55&cid=sf19699503+sf19699503#!/0

  2. John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

    I don’t often post a link from a rival site but yesterday someone shared on Facebook interior photos of this c. 1903 Queen Anne house in Sterling, KS (address unknown) and it had some interesting details: (note the dragon light fixture) http://www.oldhouses.com/8601?searchlist=24888,8601&searchname=Listings%20In%20Kansas&searchdest=%2Fcf%2Flistinglist.cfm%3Fq_listingstate%3DKS%26searchname%3DListings%2BIn%2BKansas It’s for sale by the owner and apparently not in the MLS so it doesn’t turn up on real estate sites.
    Next, (thanks, Paul W.!) is a towered Queen Anne house in Portland, INDIANA at 503 W. High Street that was listed for about 35K without interior photos as I recall last year, now, also for sale by owner at only $22,900: http://www.trulia.com/property/3200479244-503-W-High-St-Portland-IN-47371 (19 photos) Here’s the streetview: https://goo.gl/maps/JUcPgjxtRHB2 It’s missing the original front porch and a mantel inside (but the hearth tiles remain) Unusual pocket French doors. Nice inlaid patterned floors even upstairs. Side of house in streetview shows a central A/C compressor so it has (or at least had) central air, another plus. A lot of house for a good used car price, in my opinion. Two car garage as well.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Good stuff John. That Chinese dragon chandelier in Kansas is just TOO COOL; though it looks just awful with those hideous Obama bulbs sticking out of it.

      I can see why Paul sent you the link for that house in Portland. That has J.S. written all over it! Has tower – check; needs porch – check; tons of character – check; cheap taxes – check; $15K – check – checkmate: whatcha waitin for! πŸ˜‰

      • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

        Jeff, yeah, that Kansas Queen Anne is really quite nice but I’d be happy with just the dragon light fixture with some etched dragon shades minus the pigtail bulbs. As for the Portland, IN house, I’ve followed that one for over a year and thought it had been sold, (probably was but now maybe a low end, zero improvement flip?) Period Victorian porches are a specialty of mine; I just need an old photo showing what was there. I’m sure I could find a decent mantel to put back in; refinish the floors, and find a newel post lamp with “drama”. Add an awesome stained glass landing window, and then I’d be a happy camper. The only thing lacking would be some shop space to work on projects but just extending from the garage out to the end of property line next to the alley might work. Oh…you asked: what am I waiting for? Must get our Ft. Worth Victorian sold. Developers are swooping around again after a several years’ hiatus. But I’ve been playing the waiting game for so long that I no longer get fixated on any old house that I fancy. Hope the Portland, IN house goes to someone who will properly restore it AND put a period porch back on it. Howa’bout you, Jeff?

        • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

          That Portland Indiana towered Queen Anne is now dropped to $14,900 (not a typo!) Now I’m seriously wondering what’s the real story there? If its an Ok property, does anyone have some spare change found behind the sofa cushions? A first hand look (and plausible explanation for the unreal low price) is needed…this just sounds too good to be true and we all know what that usually means.

          • RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
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            1875 Italianate cottage
            Noblesville, IN

            That’s what I’m sayin – 15K!!! Me, I’m not retired so no hinterlands for moi. I’ve got to be close to the city. Portland isn’t to far out if one did not have to be close though.

      • Kevin ONeill says: 154 comments

        “Obama bulbs” that’s funny. Oh how I loathe those hideous things. The light they emit reminds of a gas station convenience store. I stocked up on the old ones but I’m running out.

        • RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
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          1875 Italianate cottage
          Noblesville, IN

          Yup, those things are really annoying. I use dimmers – everywhere – to save energy.

        • Ed Ferris says: 301 comments

          Incandescent light is yellow; fluorescent is green. There are “daylight” fluorescents, but I’ve never seen them in the twisty replacement bulbs. I once bought a “true daylight” tube lamp only to find that it was worse than “daylight”, “true” in this case meaning “false”, evidently. The temperature in degrees Kelvin (K) is what to look for, higher being better.
          Paint color matching in the store is a joke because of the green light (and because it’s not paint on the swatches, but a varnish made by a different company).
          With old wiring, you can’t assume there’s no power to a fixture just because the light is off. A “Michigan three-way” can have both wires hot, which of course lets no current flow. If there’s more than one ordinary two-way switch controlling the light, that’s what you’ve got.

          • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

            I had to wince when I read your description of a “Michigan three-way”. I didn’t know what it was called (except dangerous) but an elderly neighbor asked me one time if I could wire in a replacement porch light fixture for her which I agreed to do without charge. I mistakenly thought with the switch turned off, it was safe to touch the wiring. After being thoroughly electrocuted, it was obvious two of the wires were hot with one being hot even with the switch in the off position. I then turned off the main breaker temporarily to avoid repeating the experience.

            • Michael Mackin says: 2532 comments

              I’ve done a bit of wiring myself. The power is obviously going to the fixture and then to the switch, making a switch loop. Turning off the switch doesn’t cut the power to the fixture!

            • RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
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              1875 Italianate cottage
              Noblesville, IN

              Heh, heh – been there. Lesson being, always throw the breaker; and when it comes to old houses, ALWAYS THROW THE MAIN. You never know which one really carries the current, despite (sometimes inaccurate) labeling! πŸ˜‰

      • Don Carleton says: 264 comments

        “Hideous ‘Obama’ bulbs?”

        I agree that some of the energy saving bulbs leave a lot to be desired in terms of aesthetics, but hopefully we’re moving toward a better world of less energy wastage (i.e. LEDs seem to be a more pleasing energy saving choice).

        BUT I did think that the friendly, community spirit of this blog obliged us all to check our political biases at the door.

        • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11831 comments
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          1901 Folk Victorian
          Chestatee, GA

          I didn’t see calling them Obama bulbs as political bias.

          • Don Carleton says: 264 comments

            Funny, but a little online research suggests that the origins of the regulations underlying the “Obama” light bulbs lie in the “Energy Independence and Security Act” of 2007. Let’s see, that legislation was signed by President Bush.

            Doubtless the Obama administration EPA played a key role in how that act was implemented, but I have to say that calling compact fluorescents (which I don’t like either) “Hideous Obama bulbs” conjures up to me an image of a malevolent (illegitimate?) occupant of the White House putting one more burden on “real people.”

            I’ve got to say that sounds to me like the kind of partisan politicization we don’t need to see on this very nice site like OldHouseDreams. I can turn on the news at any moment to hear that stuff, thank you.

            • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11831 comments
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              1901 Folk Victorian
              Chestatee, GA

              You are taking what he said way too seriously. It’s a light bulb joke not a political diatribe.

            • jehousejehouse says: 107 comments

              I’m with Don.

            • RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
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              1875 Italianate cottage
              Noblesville, IN

              Yeah – heh heh. Said completely tongue in cheek. I support the president, despite his effort to make all of our homes radiate with the light quality of a Walmart. Whether one uses those “pig tail” bulbs (thanks’ John) or not, a rational person would likely agree that that particular variety of bulb has no place in an antique or vintage chandelier. Heh heh. My goodness.. Like I said, I use dimmers on all my fixtures, saving more energy than with Obama bulbs, and preserving the human warmth of incandescents in my home. πŸ™‚

            • JimHJimH says: 5121 comments
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              GE announced today that production and sale of CFL bulbs will end this year as they transition completely to LED bulbs. It’s about economics, not politics.
              http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/02/business/energy-environment/ge-to-phase-out-cfl-light-bulbs.html

              • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

                That is major good news. The “pigtail” compact fluorescents had their day but had few fans. Unlike the old incandescent bulbs, which some people went to great lengths to buy up and hoard when their production ending was announced, I seriously doubt there will be any rush to stock up on CFLs. Besides, LEDs are far more versatile design wise, generate little heat, and produce a lot of light for little wattage. (some of the new LED flashlights will literally blind you!) The biggest obstacle to their widespread acceptance has been higher costs but that is now coming down to make them competitive with CFLs. I can even see a small niche market for specialty makers to make LEDs that mimic the old Edison bulbs. (with less damage to antique glass shades due to their low heat output) LEDs also last for an extremely long time which up until now has somewhat offset their higher costs. I’m bullish on our LED future.

                • SueSue says: 1130 comments
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                  As a designer I can tell you I do not like the CFLs. All of a sudden you pale blue walls start to look green. Ick. I can’t even find my pale pink bulbs that I love to put in a bedroom. Not happy.

    • says: 9 comments

      The Kansas house is a George W. Payne Design. The floor plan for this house can be found in “Payne’s Modern Homes” https://books.google.com/books?id=FqcaAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=PAyne%27s+Modern+Homes&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiJ2OG-0tLKAhVMTSYKHdn1AI8Q6AEIJTAA#v=onepage&q&f=false

      I also seem to remember seeing this design on a home somewhere in Carthage, IL. There are many Payne designed homes there as that was his hometown.

      Another version of this home also appears in “Scientific American Building Addition” available on Google Books, although I can not remember which addition.

      • Ed Ferris says: 301 comments

        Thanks for the link to the Payne pattern book. The photographs show that most of the designs were actually built, and that Victorian homeowners did paint the beads on turned porch columns different colors, and they did paint shingled gables in stripes. I was wrong about that.

        • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

          Jason; Ed,
          I’ve done a little online research on George W. Payne and his architect son and business partner, Edgar A. Payne. Much of the downtown square and business district of the small Illinois town (2,600 population) of Carthage was designed by the Payne & Son firm. But his jump into the national spotlight was through the trades magazine/journal Carpentry & Building. Between 1888 and 1915 his work appeared in the journal twenty fives times, more so than any other plan book architect. (and this included other well known published architects including George F. Barber and David S. Hopkins) Apparently, Payne’s long awaited plan book did not appear until 1906, well past the period of popularity for his predominantly late Victorian designs. Some of the designs in the book go back to the early 1890’s.
          There’s a list of Payne’s known works and most are concentrated in Illinois. Perhaps his best known residential design was the William DeHart House in Carthage featured in the February 1892 Scientific American magazine-Architects & Builders Edition. All of this information is available via Google search.

    • CherylC says: 9 comments

      John, the Portland, IN house at 503 W High St. is now in foreclosure and can be purchased for $14,900. Water stood in the basement all summer ruining the furnace and hot water heater. It also needs a new roof, just to name a few.
      I’m new and learning a great deal in your discussions. It’s good to know so many others love these beautiful homes.

  3. Evan says: 1113 comments

    Wouldn’t I love to have the little roadster in the first photo. The house too! How ’bout a package deal?

  4. Peggy Farre says: 2 comments

    I love seeing all the different houses but I would like to see more of the inside and a little less outside.

  5. JimHJimH says: 5121 comments
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    Thanks Kelly! We need to send more love and prayers your way to help you get strong again. C’mon peeps!

    Nice old snapshots! Both cars are Fords, that much I know. The shot with the fashionable couple could almost be an ad if they were smoking cigarettes. Ford made a lot of those Roadsters, though most that survive have been hot-rodded with their fenders ripped off.

  6. Phillip says: 49 comments

    Kelly, Hope for a better week next week and in those to come. Regardless of how many listings you post, I enjoy each and every one. Thanks.

  7. Linda M says: 19 comments

    Here’s one in Virginia for those fans of unpainted wood and/or lots of acreage.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1341-Christiansburg-Pike-NE-Floyd-VA-24091/2112447084_zpid/

  8. Tommy Q says: 462 comments

    This house is just down the block from mine. You can see what happens when you move to California. It’s a beautiful, modestly sized home for more than half a million. The pictures make the rooms look far bigger than they are in real life.

    And Sacramento, the state’s capitol, is modestly priced compared to Marin County, SF and its suburbs. That’s why I so love OHD. I see glorious houses in really nice places around the country that I can afford to retire to. :- )

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/389-Santa-Ynez-Way_Sacramento_CA_95816_M19362-99750

    • Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

      Nice house, Tommy. I really like the windows. Love seeing places where everything hasn’t been eradicated & “updated.” The yard is excellent too. Thanks for putting that up.

  9. Linda M says: 19 comments

    This grand house in Petersburg is even more beautiful than the pictures suggest and it’s right on the park in the restored area!
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/241-S-Sycamore-St-Petersburg-VA-23803/94184300_zpid/

  10. Linda M says: 19 comments

    Hoping that you feel better soon, Kelley!

    In the meantime, a few more from Virginia.
    Very cute little farm house with beautiful flower and vegetable gardens –
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/24457-Prince-Edward-Hwy-Rice-VA-23966/108022809_zpid/

    1840’s classic Georgian. Gorgeous! –
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/24457-Prince-Edward-Hwy-Rice-VA-23966/108022809_zpid/

    Colonial Revival on the outside and wonderful Craftsman details on the interior. Staunton is a great place to live -.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/108-S-Washington-St-Staunton-VA-24401/108131102_zpid/

  11. Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

    Kelly, hope you get to settle in & rest & get well this weekend. Big supply of best wishes always at your disposal!

    https://www.presnc.org/properties/james-a-cheek-house/
    This house has sold but judging from its recent history, it may be on the market again before long, who knows? Let’s hope not. I sighed when I saw the photo of its front — beautiful in its simplicity & grace, with the wonderful warm old bricks. My best wish for it is that it will find an owner who’ll bring it back to its antique dignity. If I could, that would be MOI!

  12. Anne M.Anne M. says: 862 comments
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    1972 raised ranch.
    Hopkinton, MA

    This 1856 house in Longmeadow, MA is attributed to Calvert Vaux, the partner of Frederick Law Olmstead, it includes a carriage house built in 1999 in a similar style, too. The windows and interior doors on the original house are wonderful as is the landscaping.
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/796-Longmeadow-St_Longmeadow_MA_01106_M41671-11149

  13. Adrienne says: 1 comments

    The state of NC is selling off some of their properties. They don’t advertise or use any type of realtor so these won’t come up in a search or Zillow. (Which doesn’t make sense!) Click on the map or the direct links to Wake county, there are several historic homes for sale. Be sure to scroll through to the bottom of the pdf files to see vies of the lots. Also, there is an entire block of Victorian homes for sale, but only listed in one of the Blount Street links (which is odd, since they are all on Person Street) The best think is to Google the address (407 Person St, I think) and check out the street views down the block. http://www.doa.state.nc.us/spo/forsale.aspx

  14. RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Just a few 1%er eye candy houses for funsies…………..

    Authentic, antique, mud adobe, estate compound in Santa Fe, (don’t look at price)
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2-Cerro-Gordo-Rd-Santa-Fe-NM-87501/6824966_zpid/

    AL, Oceanside estate compound;
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/16801-Scenic-Hwy-98-Fairhope-AL-36532/2102116888_zpid/

    Vast – Gorgeous;
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/105-Rumson-Rd-Rumson-NJ-07760/39365809_zpid/

    Amazing, gorgeous, shingled Queen Anne mansion with (bad) acid trip interior;
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/34-Prescott-Ave-Bronxville-NY-10708/66526619_zpid/

    F.L. Olmstead in your back yard!
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/9-Thissell-St-Beverly-MA-01915/59227962_zpid/

    • Ed Ferris says: 301 comments

      Exactly. You walk into the Bronxville house and it doesn’t seem odd — at first — but why does that chair look like the back end of a zebra? — and then …

      • RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        I like the orange sherbet tower room; but those “Beetlejuice” chairs in the foyer – oy..

      • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

        This is precisely why real estate agents advice seller clients to not personalize interiors..use muted colors, stage with regular furnishings suitable at the listing price point. Only one buyer in a million would want a house exactly like this and at its price point, it’s already limited to a smaller pool of buyers. Might appeal to a younger buyer or a wealthy foreign investor. That said, someone went to a lot of trouble to customize the house to their tastes..very artistic.

        • RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
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          1875 Italianate cottage
          Noblesville, IN

          – Maybe a “Merry Prankster” from “Persia”. Heh heh.. Such a great house, and it really is a pity all of that nonsense is keeping it from going to someone who will love it.

    • Matt J. says: 3 comments

      That Rumson NJ house is one of coolest, most awesome houses I have ever seen in my life. Every photo is jaw dropping. This house makes many others look junky.

      • Ed Ferris says: 301 comments

        Frankly, I expected something more interesting from H. Hudson Holly. Could be the client wanted a copy of Mount Vernon and all the architect could do was sneak in a few Queen Anne details. Overall, a box house. But if you have $7 million to spend, don’t let me stop you.

        • RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
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          1875 Italianate cottage
          Noblesville, IN

          Yeah, heh, heh, right you are Ed. The front elevation is a bit weird considering the back. Bit scattered stylistically. Really, I just thought it was a big beautiful house; especially the grounds and such. Great dΓ©cor, great photography; worth a peek Aneehoo.

  15. Joseph says: 11 comments

    I haven’t checked to see if anyone has posted this on here yet, but this is one of the most beautiful and authentic home I have ever seen.

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2015-Faraon-St-Saint-Joseph-MO-64501/110494417_zpid/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=emo-propalert-button

  16. Chris says: 662 comments

    How’s this for a 1930’s classic styled house in NC. Not too far from Charlotte. Listing photos are great and hard to believe that 9000 sq ft can be so inexpensive. I do think it’s interesting that they don’t show the kitchen or bathrooms though. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/400-W-Church-St_Laurinburg_NC_28352_M50247-70391

    • Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

      Funny it’s priced so low, Chris. There must be a catch. It’s a gorgeous house & obviously in great condition. Nothing wrong with the street it’s on. Laurinburg is kind of in the middle of nowhere — about an hour from Fayetteville, too far from Charlotte to commute. (I live in Charlotte.) There are so many people who telecommute now — this house is a bargain for anyone!

      • Chris says: 662 comments

        Yes it’s beautiful and imagine the price were it closer to a more developed job market. I imagine that the kitchen and/or bathrooms missing photos are because they are either vintage (ideal for a RetroRenovation fan like me) or a 1970’s botched up renovation.

        • Bob says: 1 comments

          We have been to the house twice. Kitchen and bathrooms are fine. Not original as everything was re-done in 2002. The updates are not offensive. The biggest drawback to the house is that Laurinburg, while a nice town, is pretty isolated and the community won’t support that price of a home. Financing because of that is a challenge to the average buyer. Unfortunately, the seller is letting emotions stand in the way of making a deal. Keep your fingers crossed for us that something changes!

  17. SunnySunny says: 18 comments

    Marlow Oklahoma im in love …. https://vimeo.com/139699409
    Home is on the National Register of Historic Places & Oklahoma Homes Past and Present. Charming historic home offering 4209 sqft, 3 stories, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, formal living, parlor, office, formal dining, kitchen/breakfast bar, 3 floor recreation room w/ wet bar, inside utility, spacious master suite, elevator, sprinkler system and more located on large corner lot.

    • Chris says: 662 comments

      Beautiful house. It’s interesting they chose a brick facade for the garage when everything else is wood. And the obviously ’70’s renovation didn’t help the house any – particularly the mauve shag carpeting and sunken tub in that one bathroom. But my absolute favorite is what appears to be a bath tub in the entertainment area. Perhaps that room was intended as a Master but the owners decided climbing to the third floor was too wearisome. Or, maybe they just like a different kind of pool party.

      • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

        Looked on Zillow, showing the listing (at $399K) was removed last October. Agreed about the clash of periods…hollow core Luan doors; brick fireplace, and other modernizations not sympathetic to the home’s original period. I’m puzzled by the hanging fretwork pieces around the porch perimeter. If they were original to the house, they should go back inside. If not, such delicate adornments were never part of a house’s exterior from this period. The house has a plan book look and with research could probably be identified as a specific design. I would not expect a historical purist to be the next buyer despite the historical designations. Large lot, a plus.

  18. Chris says: 662 comments

    OK this one is really interesting…and a poignant reminder of the decay of the mid-20th century of old houses.

    The state of NC is selling this amazing Raleigh house. http://www.ncspo.com/sale/309NBlountSt.pdf They are looking upwards of 1.7 Million for the house. While it doesn’t sound unreasonable, the interiors are in serious decay and will require extensive renovation. This house was purchased by the state (in the 60’s I believe) with the plan to tear it down and turn it into parking lot. Perseverationists protested the tear down so it remained. It’s unsure when most of the decay occurred – before or after purchase by the state. The street it’s on is a mix of nice period houses and parking lots. Directly behind it is a 70’s windowless building. The house looks like it lost it’s back yard at that time.

    While its quite a spectacular house, I’m not sure who would purchase and renovate it appropriately. Such a shame.

    Another article

    http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/wake-county/article37367313.html this one has a few depressing interior photos

    • JimHJimH says: 5121 comments
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      The Heck-Andrews House in Raleigh is apparently sold to the NC Association of Realtors, which must make local preservationists shiver.
      http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/wake-county/article57011073.html

      • Chris says: 662 comments

        The fact that a corporation purchased this building is probably the best solution. Don’t think that the fitments and restoration costs would be affordable for someone who wants to live in this area. I hope they do a spectacular job.

        • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

          Slightly better than being entirely lost. The Heck Family had three similar Second Empire houses in the area. Heck-Andrews is probably the most lavish among them. Efforts to sell it have extended over a long time period. Since National Register designations extend to the exterior (the interiors are usually not included in the nomination) the next owners have a carte blanche to gut and completely make over the interior which they probably will. At best, some of the old details may be retained but keeping it as a museum house reflecting Raleigh’s history is probably too much to hope for. The problem with such up-to-the-minute modern makeovers is that within a decade, they start to look dated again. On the other hand, keeping the interior sympathetic to the original period means it will never go out of style. I’ll be curious to see what happens to this prominent home.

          • Linda M says: 3 comments

            A huge light-blocking parking garage is on the mansion’s back doorstep. I find the interior photos of the unrestored mansion quite wonderful.

  19. Betsy says: 159 comments

    This house is no longer on the market. Located in my sisters home town.
    I love how they modernized with a light touch

    http://www.wausaurealestate.com/504-franklin-street-wausau-wi-54403-kreutzer-knox-home/

  20. Local. Bluestocking says: 25 comments

    Pretty bungalow near historic Mystic CT. Not many people think of Connecticut as a beach state, but it has a nice shoreline. And high taxes.

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/72-E-Shore-Ave-Groton-CT-06340/58058272_zpid/

  21. Paul W says: 470 comments

    1860’s Italianate with an 1895 wing (right side ), Great staircase, Double Parlor with marble mantels, stained glass, 2 car garage AND its right down the street from Bolins Donut Shop. Could be live/work

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1318-E-Broadway-Logansport-IN-46947/85137875_zpid/

    If you need a big place the Vurpillate Opera house might be the ticket. In Winnimac a great small town

    http://www.harrisonpm.com/property/in/winamac/46996/-/101-e-main-street/564e9cf4bb97524b12000128/

    • Chris says: 662 comments

      I love the opera house, but not sure the townsfolk of Winnimac would be ready for me. For if I lived in an opera house I’d have to dress like the Phantom of the Opera. On good days I may even stroll through town like a Norse god or Elmer Fudd looking for Bwunhilde. ‘Cause that’s just the kind of guy I am.

      • Nikita says: 1 comments

        LOL! I bet you throw awesome Halloween parties πŸ™‚

      • Misty says: 4 comments

        Chris, RE the Opera House:

        It seems I have found a kindred spirit. I would totally dress up as Christine or chime along in a refrain of “Kill the Wabbit!” with you. Too bad that small town in Indiana doesn’t look to be the place for such shenanigans.

    • Ed Ferris says: 301 comments

      The Opera House listing page says, first thing, “Get Help!” Does that refer to one’s mental state?

  22. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11831 comments
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    Did anyone happen to watch HGTV late last night, I think the show is called My Lotto Home or My Lotto Dream home. Lotto winners go shopping for a house, it’s like House Hunters only newly rich people. Last night was a woman that won $5M, she looked at three different places and picked a townhome. One of the places was a tin can looking thing and I immediately recognized it.

    You can right click and ‘View Image’ to see a larger view. Sad, sad, sad.

    • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

      In the first photo, the c. 1880’s house looks like it was already gutted and its eyes, I mean windows, had been gouged out.

      The middle photo reflects the results of a very low budget makeover and I’m glad to have been spared a look at the interior.

      The last photo reflects an substantial effort to “retro” the house to a vaguely modernist 1950’s look. Gone are any vestiges of the past that might have remained. Someone went to a lot of expense and work to change the rooflines but essentially this is a new house and there’s no turning back. For lovers of old houses, there may have been some restoration/renovation potential during the first photo phase but that ended with the second phase make over.

      Some buyers will look at the last incarnation and like it not even realizing some fragment of it might be older. As for Lottery winners, instant wealth does not translate into instant sophistication and good tastes. After reading several hundred comments (mostly snarky insults) hurled at the 1880’s Fay Club house in Fitchburg, MA when Yahoo re-posted that listing, I’m convinced the general public is totally ignorant about our architectural past. (as well as American history in general) That also explains why radical changes like this to period homes (as well as continuing needless demolitions) are allowed to happen and even receive high praise by some people.

      This just made me remember that Halloween is still to come, so I nominate this visual lesson in what should not be done with an old house for inclusion in the “Old House Horrors” posting, if there is one.

      • says: 11 comments

        OH, that makes me stabby. So sad. Yes, there should be an What NOT To Do /Old House Reno Horrors section or site…just for educational purposes. (Who are we kidding; I would probably shame many, many people!)

    • Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

      That is so awful & senseless, I can’t do anything but stare in dismay. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention ugly ugly ugly. What a crime.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
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      Noblesville, IN

      Was that in Indianapolis? There are gobs of those “architect designed” “machines for living” down there; and they all look just like that. Looks like “to this” was a tear down for “then this”, which happens a lot. Silly hipsters. I’d look for an example, but would prefer to keep my dinner..

  23. Wilde1890 says: 1 comments

    A virtual 1905 Time Capsule, just a Ferry ride away from New York City! Located in one of the Final Frontiers of NYC’s 5 Boroughs, soon to be home to the Largest Observation Wheel in the Western Hemisphere, this one’s a TREAT!!!
    http://listings.gatewayarmsrealty.com/idx/details/listing/b042/1099136/248-Fillmore-Street

  24. BethanyBethany says: 3497 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    All these links makes me really appreciate Kelly’s format for OHD. With an older slower computer, looking at these reader links and their slow-loading pictures is too tedious for me. I rarely make it through more than one or two before getting discouraged. Thanks Kelly!

  25. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11831 comments
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    No interior photos, the exterior is fantastic!
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/369-Kings-Hwy-Mannington-NJ-08079/2100011592_zpid/

  26. Andrew says: 38 comments

    Not sure if this 50’s house has been posted before. http://u.zillow.com/pMy2t

  27. Thomas M says: 3 comments

    Kelly,
    I have never posted before. I live for your site.
    I love all historic houses and sell them.
    I am so glad you are on the mend.
    Tom M

  28. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11831 comments
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    Working on new comment system changes…if you read my comment before ignore it because everything with the new comment system is broken and will need to be worked on later.

    If you have no clue what I’m talking about…move along, nothing to see here.

  29. Melody says: 529 comments

    Here’s one that will appeal to a variety of TV show enthusiasts! Fixer Upper – buy the worst house on the best street! Or is that Property Brothers? Income Property – Scott McGillivray approved rental suite in the basement! (Scott posted the link on his FB page) This Old House – take an old house and make it new! Or maybe just Leave It To Bryan.

    http://thekavanaghgroup.com/mylistings.html/details-54343858 Welcome to real estate pricing in Vancouver! πŸ™‚

    • Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

      Are you kidding???? Wow! I knew Vancouver has crazy prices, but holy smokes! Gotta be a joke! No?

      • Melody says: 529 comments

        No joke. Toronto is getting to be the same way, you can drop a million on a 2-3 bedroom townhouse that needs complete renovation. The space is worth more than what occupies it. Watching Income Property really highlights this.

    • nathan says: 46 comments

      Its astounds me when I see A pristine victorian manse on an estate sized lot is for sale in the US for >200,000 while my dinky little fixer upper farmhouse on 4 acres, 1.5 hours from vancouver is worth around $1,200,000.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
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      $1.7 Mil US. Still shocking!

  30. John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

    Probably being sold as a teardown so a McMansion can be built on the lot. Alternately, being marketed to wealthy Asian investors for the same.

  31. JimHJimH says: 5121 comments
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    RIP Paul Kantner.
    Jefferson Airplane had an Old House Dream too, a Revival mansion at 2400 Fulton Street across from Golden Gate Park in SF. They bought it after their early hits for communal living and wild parties. Built before the earthquake by the Vance family and their lumber fortune, the house was fully intact and still owned by the family in 1968 when the band bought it for $20,000 down and $358 a month. Not a fashionable neighborhood then but worth a few millions now. Would love to see a set of interior photos, then or now!
    https://goo.gl/maps/dd48ARqemcp
    http://www.gotarevolution.com/fulton.htm

    I bought an Airplane LP in 1967 and as a punk 7th grader tested the limits of JBL 15 inchers (and the neighbors) with this song, which still sounds good LOUD!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFASP_jYQbk

    Wooden Ships, with great Kantner lyrics:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAm_C6sGWa0

  32. Carlyn says: 12 comments

    This house is across the street from us in Des Moines, IA. We had our realtor take us through. Behind all the junk are built in bookcases with stained glass in the colonades, a built in buffet and original kitchen cupboards in great condition. It has a solid foundation and a dry basement. It does need a lot of work, though. The bathroom needs to be redone, new paint inside and out, take out the carpeting, repair the water-damaged ceilings in the second floor bedrooms and reopen the porch. The roof is leaking and needs to be replaced, but you can get a $10,000 forgiveable loan to renovate from Neighborhood Finance Corporation. We would love to buy it and fix it up, but we can’t afford two mortgages.

    http://www.bhhsfirstrealty.com/aspx/FindAHome/listingdetail.aspx?list_numb=502214

  33. Evan says: 1113 comments

    I’m sorry Kelly if this is too far off topic, but what do you know about the house shown in the photo of last week’s forum. That vintage photo/house is so interesting.

  34. Noelel says: 46 comments

    This house has been on the market for a while and I’m surprised it never showed up here. It seems fairly original to me.

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/151-E-Main-St-Cambridge-NY-12816/32904311_zpid/

    • JimHJimH says: 5121 comments
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      Thanks Noelel for the link to the Dr. Jonathan Dorr house in Cambridge NY, a very fine Federal house from 1779. Great detail inside and out, 2 acres, cute village.

      Walk-through video >>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OAweoY_n98

    • JullesJulles says: 534 comments
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      Beautiful colonial with 2 acres under $300,000. Large rooms, plenty of light and it looks like it has many original features. I would love to put a library back in the sunroom. Wow. Also, the town seems like a nice place to live. I could definitely see living here. I would worry about the taxes though, $7800 last year. Ouch.
      Thanks for the link and the video was a great bonus.

  35. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11831 comments
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    Bad news. I’m going to have to change the comment notification system. The service I was using decided all the links that are going out are spam and delaying notifications for hours (including new account passwords!) There is no fix for this other than giving in and switching how comment notifications are handled.

    The old comment system is still here, sending out emails on old posts but from now on when you subscribe to comments in new posts you’ll be dealing with WordPress.com to confirm email notifications. It doesn’t appear you have to sign up for a WordPress account but you will be confirming subscriptions on their site instead of mine. You’ll see what I mean when you do it. There will no longer be the ability to sign up to comment notifications without commenting.

    If you start getting double email notifications of new comments, one from Old House Dreams and one from WordPress.com that means you were signed up for comments with the old system and need to follow the directions in that email to unsubscribe (or suspend as it is called on the management page.)

    I know, it’s confusing the way I’m explaining it but you’ll see what I mean as time goes on. If you hate everything and want to unsubscribe from all old comment notifications, just contact me or follow the directions in the comment notification to unsubscribe (or suspend.) With the new email notification there is no way for me to unsubscribe people (you’ll actually have to read the email you get in your inbox to find out how.)

    Don’t hate me. πŸ™‚

  36. John R. Huff Jr. says: 174 comments

    Thanks Jim H. for the information on the Portland Indiana House

  37. John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

    Just wanted to thank “BanjoJason88” for the George W. Payne planbook link. I’m always interested in late 19th and early 20th century planbooks and have come to believe a surprisingly large number of homes from that era were based on published designs.

    I’m a bit disappointed in the changes for posting comments but I understand the reasons. Wish there was some kind of workaround as we could enter replies and additional comments right below the original post.
    Thanks for the head’s up about the changes. I just singed up on the gravatar log-in and get a blank screen on their site. Hope this is an anomaly or this may be my last post.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11831 comments
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      You should be able to still reply to individual comments (I still see “Reply” on the same line as the user name/date/etc.

      The gravatar thing, I’m currently trying to hide since it’s broken.

      Don’t understand why you say this is your last post. I do my best here, sometimes things don’t work out like I want. Perhaps if I were richer I’d give money to a developer to handle all this stuff but I’m not so it’s up to me and I’m not a coder that can just jump in and fix things immediately.

  38. Evan says: 1113 comments

    Don’t worry about it Kelly. We’ll figure it out.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11831 comments
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      Thanks, I appreciate that.

      Got the reply thing fixed, the comment box now goes to underneath the comment you are replying to. If it doesn’t clearing browser cache will work or waiting 24 hours for it to clear itself will work too.

      The stupid little Gravatar thing you see right next to the email input (may not show when logged in), that’s more complicated. Ignore it for now, I’ll eventually figure out how to hide it.

  39. Chris says: 662 comments

    Awesome Halloween parties, yes. Awesome life, too. After all, it’s the only one I’ve got. :O

  40. Elizabeth says: 21 comments

    This little 1740 home in Orland, Maine, (on the ocean Orland, Maine) is only $33,000 but it only has 1/3 of an acre. Unfortunately it has been “updated” but somewhere in there are remnants of its old self.
    http://www.themainerealestatenetwork.com/listing/1249813/36-old-county-road-orland-me-04472/

    • JullesJulles says: 534 comments
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      Not bad for $33,000. Not a lot of details left but for that price, you could break out the lumber and start putting them back. It looks like it is about 20 miles to Bar Harbour which is a great town.
      Think Kelly, summers in cool Maine instead of the Georgia heat? Grab a boat and the kids and it would be pretty great.
      Don’t worry about the computer stuff, people just get irritated a lot when they are stressed. Any of us would go into OHD withdrawals if they left. We love you and the site way too much. We’ll be patient and maybe one of us knows what she is talking about with her comment problems and could help her iron them out.

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11831 comments
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        I gave up with the email service and contacted my host. They set me up, got some problems with AOL rejecting comment notifications otherwise seems okay…for now. πŸ™‚

        Georgia heat…ugh. I already miss winter and it’s not even over with.

  41. Elizabeth says: 21 comments

    One more from good ‘ole Maine. These fishermen’s shacks are all over the place. This one is only a short walk to the water, naturally, and downtown Boothbay Harbor. Not bad for $89,000.
    http://www.themainerealestatenetwork.com/listing/1237381/188-hendricks-hill-rd-southport-me-04576/

  42. This house is down the street from mine in Versailles, KY. I love it! Would love to hear what you guys think is original to the house. http://www.weichert.com/59210188/

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      BETTER LINK: http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/153-Elm-St-Versailles-KY-40383/2104855233_zpid/

      Wow Heather; that is a VERY fine property for sure! Thanks’ for sharing. At first I wondered about the classical porch, but after considering, it probably is original to the house. The columned divider between the front parlor and the hall, as well as some of the trim in the hall may be later, but I’m not sure. Really, aside from the newel post elephant lamp, all of the decorative features are original to the house, and some delightful specimens at that. The fireplaces are and were all originally meant to heat with gas. They are a very unusual form, and their insert gas burners are rare as well: and may still function, (though far from decoratively). I’d be in heaven out back using the guest house as a shop. Sweet!

      Versailles is a beautiful town, full of beautiful houses, and you are lucky to live there. Hope you’ll keep your eyes peeled for great houses in central KY. Cheers! J πŸ™‚

  43. Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

    Spectacular house! Even if it isn’t your favorite style of architecture (it’s not mine), it is undeniably superb. The carved elements are beautifully done — and I LOVE the pillars in front. The floor in the front parlor, now dining room, just knocks me out. Above all, it looks like a comfortable-living house. Very nice landscaping too.

  44. Kim K says: 4 comments

    Hi Kelly, Hope you are recovering well. I love your blog so very much. I have a deep love for old houses and their history. I love to imagine the people who lived there and what their lives were like. My husband says it is my vice. Thank you for all your hard work on this blog.

  45. says: 23 comments

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/120-S-Church-St-Fincastle-VA-24090/111689980_zpid/

    Want, want, want… Full of character, interesting little historical town, nice centralized location near larger cities, historical sites and mountains. A cemetery is your neighbor at the rear of the lot!

  46. RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Whoa – check out this bandstand in Jacksonville! https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/b9/b6/3c/b9b63c9d2b49c6e589d8dd3203a55d01.jpg

  47. I got a chance to write up this great 1845 cobblestone country manse just outside of Rochester, NY.

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4929-W-Ridge-Rd-Spencerport-NY-14559/30998746_zpid/

    Its quite special.

  48. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11831 comments
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    I guess we are going back to the old comment system but until I can figure out how not to have my email service flagging my account as a spamming account, the link exchange will have to be stopped until then. It’s not anyone’s fault, just the email service I have to use to have emails sent out and they don’t understand that the links are not spam.

    • Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

      What a pain for you that you have to spend time on that sort of junk, Kelly, instead of the fun parts. I send wishes for luck with the email — mine does the same when I write on a forum I’m on, makes a big deal of it as spam. I wish the servers would manage more flexible systems. Thanks anyway!

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11831 comments
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        It is a pain. I intended to start the day with posting some houses but have been stuck with finding a solution that doesn’t seem to exist. I’ll figure it out eventually. πŸ™‚

        • RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
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          1875 Italianate cottage
          Noblesville, IN

          Yeah, that sux. I wish I knew half of what you do about that computer stuff. It would probably take me a week to figure it all out. Don’t want to be a bother; so stop posting links – just here – or on any page? Thx! πŸ™‚

          • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11831 comments
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            No, keep on posting links but if I can’t fix this by Friday than we’ll have to skip that days Link Exchange. The email service I use flags my account when it sees emails being sent out that are all the same to multiple people in a short period of time. Posting links here and there hadn’t flagged me before so should be fine.

            • Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

              You start on it, thinking it will take only a half hour & most of a day later you’re STILL in the middle of it. Sucks up time enormously. We’ll manage, even if it doesn’t work out perfectly. Hate for you to drive yourself crazy.

    • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

      I obviously made a BIG mistake…thought I had to sign up with Gravatar to post a comment: “You created a WordPress.com account with your Gravatar sign up. Gravatar is just one of several glorious doodads brought to you by the jolly people at Automattic. Click the button below to activate your account.”

      I did not click on the button (and won’t as I already have too many passwords to try to remember) Hope this explanation will post; if not, then I guess the previous reply was my last post. I’m sorry.

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 916 comments
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        No, I’ve avoided comment systems that require signing in like that. The one I tried had the option of signing in with WordPress but it was not a requirement. The Gravatar link was for adding an avatar, the link was not removable so I switched back to the old comment system. I contacted my host to see what can be done about a new email service that won’t delay sending emails to people that signed up for comment notifications, right now there is a two hour delay in the email service sending out the new comment notifications and passwords for new accounts. Nope, never would commenting here require anyone to create an account elsewhere. πŸ™‚

        • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

          Thanks Kelly. I love your site so much I’d be willing to pay an annual subscription if needed. But the idea of having to sign in to a third party site to post a comment here freaked me out. It’s an immense relief to find out that’s not the case. Hope you get to feeling better soon.

  49. Chris says: 662 comments

    I’m surprised I haven’t seen this one on anyone’s list. It’s pretty unusual to see an all marble house out there in the market. With a complete lack of landscaping, POOR staging, and lack of kitchen/bathroom shots I imagine this once belonged to a Snow Bird. Regardless, it’s a beautiful house with room for a pool and just waiting for the right buyer.
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1704-Avondale-Ave_Jacksonville_FL_32205_M62801-11361

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11831 comments
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      Wow, that exterior is fantastic!

      • Chris says: 662 comments

        Yeah it’s got a great exterior and I bet the interior could be amazing with some work. Would someone please tell realtors not to paint everything inside stark white? Esp on houses like this. I doubt a single room here would be all white and this is just wrong. Wish I had the coin for this one.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      A marble BBQ – Only in FL – heh heh. Now I’ve seen it all! Thx!

  50. says: 11 comments

    Hi Kelly – you just crossed my mind; so I wanted to stop in and see how you are doing. Hope you’re still improving. I couldn’t resist commenting above – got drawn in to the conversation. Best of luck with the commenting issue.:)

  51. Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

    What a spectacular place! How do they keep that marble from staining? Does it need to be sealed?

    The inside is great too, just needs a good paint job, as Chris mentioned. Not a bad place to hang your hat.

  52. John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

    Hi Jeff,
    I took a photo of the first property last September and I think it was still being used as a dress shop/clothing outlet at the time. It was originally a fantastic house but has been compromised with alterations inside in recent years. As for the second house, I did some research on the seller-he lives out of town (in Springfield, I believe) and buys distressed cheap properties at tax sales. The house was in an abandoned condition when I saw it but looks like since this past September someone tried to “improve” it for a quick flip. I wouldn’t have given $20k for it before, and since I’d have to tear out all of the “improvements”, even less today.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      I know it. Isn’t that a darn shame?! Unbelievable some flipsters thought sticking a CEILING FAN on that amazing plaster medallion was acceptable. The density of those types never ceases to amaze…..

      • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

        Jeff, it is MUCH worse than that, compare the photo I took of it: https://www.flickr.com/photos/11236515@N05/22481385426/in/album-72157660334130225/ with the listing photo. They took out all of the upstairs windows and beautiful curved cornices, slapped some vinyl siding over the wounds, and then put some wrong sized home depot type windows in their place. The old looking porch fixture is gone; the outer storm doors are gone, what could have been an outstanding Italianate has almost been mutilated beyond recognition. The only positive thing I can find to say about it is that at least is was not demolished. Sad, sad, story, otherwise.

        • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

          Correction: I’m confusing two similar but different Italianate style houses-my sincere apologies. The R.E. listing photo is at 807 South Main while the one I photographed is in the 600 block of South Main. Presumably, it’s still available from the Ballinger real estate firm seen in the sign on the porch. (the information about the firm buying distressed properties is correct however) Let’s hope the Italianate in the 600 block is still standing and further pray that a flipper doesn’t buy it and do to it what was done to 807 S. Main. I feel the vacant house (600 block S. Main Jacksonville, IL) I photographed may be just as nice if not nicer, as far as period details, as those at 807. Again, my mistake, and I apologize for any confusion as a result.

          • RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
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            1875 Italianate cottage
            Noblesville, IN

            I can see how one might confuse the two: they were probably constructed by the same builder, and probably a year or so apart. They’re very similar..

  53. lara janelara jane says: 484 comments
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    I posted this on a random listing, sorry I haven’t shared it here before!

    http://joplin.craigslist.org/reo/5389662009.html

    I found a bit of information about its history but I can’t access my file with the links I saved. Maybe Jim can help?

    I’m sad about the porch (but at least we know what it looked like and there are parts to replicate it) but the kitchen (pantry? dining room?) looks amaaaaazing. There’s obviously a lot of work to be done here, the brick off of the one side is scary, but the potential here is seriously tempting. I’m still trying to find “the” perfect house nearer to work/school but this isn’t any closer for us. ?

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 916 comments
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      Oh, wow! That one is beyond awesome! That poor porch, would definitely need to be rebuilt.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Oh heck yeah Lara Jane! That one is MEATY! Looks like the folks selling really care, and that’s a big plus. I’ll bet, (and sure hope), they’re keeping a tight eye on the place to keep the “pickers” away. Sure would hate to see any of those great fixtures or other bits “picked” off. If this one was anywhere near me I’d be all over that offer. Just my type of house, and just the right size too. Sweet!

      Kelly, I’ll bet they’ll send you all kinds of pix if you e-mail them you’re gonna post it. Sure would be great to find a savior for it!

    • JimHJimH says: 5121 comments
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      Well it is Groundhog Day, so I’ll say it again πŸ™‚
      Lara Jane, that’s an amazing house in Baxter Springs that needs an angel! https://goo.gl/maps/5Kkipu5BWEq
      Info on the Niles – March House:
      http://focus.nps.gov/AssetDetail/NRIS/06000772

    • JimHJimH says: 5121 comments
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      Lara Jane, you’ve been obsessing about this one for a month – just do it! Make a deal now so you can get in there when the weather gets better to fix the roof and cupola structure before it collapses. The porch and innards can wait. One more winter without help and this one might be done for!
      You don’t have to live there and can’t now anyway.
      Rescue it, Stabilize it, Represent it!
      Be the heroic, crazy cool woman who Saved the Most Important House in Baxter Springs KS!

      • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

        Jim and other Baxter Springs House fans,
        Please note the front porch is gone, pieces of it were saved so maybe enough to reconstruct it. We used to drive through Baxter Springs on our way from Texas to Kansas City. (and from there to St. Joseph, MO) I never saw this house, though. I wonder what the seller considers a “reasonable” offer? I have no wish to live in Baxter Springs but I would be willing to share porch reconstruction advice as I’ve reconstructed several of them and built a replica Gothic Revival porch on a c. 1860 landmark California house from scratch. Hope this rare Italianate gem gets saved soon.

      • RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        Dang Jim! lol. That’s a BIG project now. It intimidates me, and I’m an old house masochist by nature. Let the poor girl find something A BIT easier than that challenge. Heh, heh, heh. πŸ˜‰
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XqyGoE2Q4Y

  54. Chris says: 662 comments

    I don’t think there’s another small town in Georgia that epitomizes the 19th century life like Washington Georgia. It’s a charming downtown circled for blocks by bold examples of pre civil war homes. Here are a few interesting examples of real estate for sale there today.

    http://georgiarealtysales.com/208LibertySt.htm Not feeling comfortable with one house, a previous owner combined two earlier houses into one. They put a central hall between them and then the colonade to make this a cohesive whole. It’s a very visible house in Washington, and I’d love to visit it. You really should read the write-up – it’s got such a colorful history.

    http://georgiarealtysales.com/Chantill.htm This one looks like the prototypical Tara that so many people find endearing. And it’s on 20 acres near town with more acreage available. Nice!

    http://georgiarealtysales.com/wilheitgreek.htm At only 100 years old what this one lacks up in provenance it makes up for in restoration – and a much lower price. I’ve seen this one on a stroll in town and is certainly a charmer.

  55. says: 11 comments

    Was digging around Rochester for a friend; and ran across a couple. Lots of older houses there under $70K..why is that? Just a plethora of them? Or the location? Anyway; here are several (more expensive than $70K, ufortunately) that caught my eye:

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/34-Argyle-St_Rochester_NY_14607_M34987-49374

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/644-W-Main-St_Rochester_NY_14611_M47266-06997
    (That one is a little over-muddled for my taste..is that a *replacement-from-Home-Depot* front door?? Horrors!! but still very beautiful.)

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/21-Shepard-St_Rochester_NY_14620_M43194-81255

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/10-Birch-Cres_Rochester_NY_14607_M39017-01087
    (Is this possibly a Barber? I’m not educated enough yet to recognize one on sight.)

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2659-Lucas-Tpke_High-Falls_NY_12440_M33150-31427?ex=NY581558825

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/616-Long-Pond-Rd_Rochester_NY_14612_M42139-93967

    And check out the porch on this one: http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/43-King-St_Rochester_NY_14608_M49484-26789

    Hope this isn’t too much; I just kept finding lovely stuff.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Pretty sure the house on Birch Cres is not a Barber design. The turret detail, as well as the carved mantle are really great though. Thanks’ for sharing!

  56. John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

    For a mere $12,000 this Italianate in Richmond, IN looks like an outstanding value:http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/IN/fsba,fsbo,fore_lt/0_fr/1_fs/house,apartment_duplex_type/22_rid/0-200000_price/0-813_mp/0-1930_built/42.557127,-82.282104,36.919156,-90.609741_rect/X1-SSwyfwgd9f5mh7_88dza_sse/85774078_zpid/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=emo-savedsearch-forsaleaddress&rtoken=3b90d92f-a624-49c6-a3f1-361781350ca9~X1-ZUyww6ilhi9ts9_1acra&3col=true (I wish Zillow had shorter URL’s) I know, it likely has some issues condition-wise but these days even a $12,000 used car is probably not in pristine condition either. This is a large brick house with a nice staircase, nice woodwork, and very nice period mantel.

  57. JimHJimH says: 5121 comments
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    John et al:

    At the bottom of the Zillow pages is the property address which can be copied/pasted as a link:
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/309-N-14th-St-Richmond-IN-47374/85774078_zpid/

    It can be made even shorter by removing the address:
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/85774078_zpid/

    • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

      Thank you very much, Jim. I dislike extremely long links. I’ll give it a try next time. Now if you could share how I could convert my Dell XPS to a Mac OS to avoid the unavoidable Win. 10 upgrade, I would greatly appreciate that as well. I went to a lot of trouble to downgrade my Win. 8 pro to Win. 7 because I bought a “dummies” book for using Win 8 and still couldn’t understand it. My next system will be a Mac for sure…I’ve used the Mac Safari internet browser and found it logical and relatively simple to use. Microsoft is the perfect example of why if something isn’t broke, then why try to fix it? Anyhow, this isn’t the place to rant about such unwanted changes. Nothing stays the same, I suppose. (which might help explain why I like old houses rather than something that is trendy and will look dated in a few years.)

      • JimHJimH says: 5121 comments
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        Sorry, John, I can’t help you with that – I’ve got my own issues with a Mac. It’s a perfect 27″ iMac that works great except it wants a new OS.
        Go to the iTunes Store and we’ll take it from there.
        Steve Jobs is up there just laughing his ass off!

        • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

          Well…it was worth a try. (sigh) My survival strategy right now for the significant investment I’ve made in graphics software in the past is to take an older but still perfectly working PC (my son’s, which because he was a fanatical World of Warcraft gamer, it had many costly upgrades and tons of RAM, a thousand dollar high end graphics card, and other goodies and runs a Win. Vista OS.) He would have probably kept going and upgrading but marriage cured that affliction. I just need to go pick it up and use it offline exclusively. I can transfer graphics files and photos by flash drive or CD from that computer to a Win. 10 OS upgraded machine (at least I hope so) When I was in college, students were still expected to write simple programs in BASIC and the Apple IIe was my first machine. Yeah, I know, that was back in the Stone Age of computers but they were more user-friendly in some ways than now.

          • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11831 comments
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            1901 Folk Victorian
            Chestatee, GA

            John, I read somewhere that you would have the option of upgrading to Windows 10, it won’t be automatic but you will have a say before it does anything. My husband said they are ending support for Windows 7, meaning no more updates, I don’t know when that will be. I REALLY did not want to use Windows 10 but then I got a tablet that has it, isn’t so bad now they’ve had time to work on the bugs. The biggest annoyance so far is having to sign up for an account (XBox?) to play some of the games (Mahjong is no longer a standard game!)

            • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

              According to tech reports over the past couple of days, transferring OS changes to Win 10 will begin this week with regular Windows updates. (not reversible) Once the 3GB Win. 10 OS files are downloaded an automatic conversion will be prompted to begin. There’s a Win. 10 “blocker” called GWX control panel that I installed but at best I expect it to hold off Win. 10 only temporarily. My biggest gripe is Win. 10 is not backwards compatible with older software so overnight a fair number of older graphics programs I have installed are likely to be disabled and no longer accessible. Then there’s the Win. 10 interface…I never could figure out how the Win. 8 (so called “Metro” but I have no cell phone either) interface worked so I went to a lot of trouble (with Dell techs who sent me a Win. 7 pro disc to downgrade my Win. 8 pro) I’d complain about this unwanted change (which benefits Microsoft far more than its OS users) but the lines of dissatisfied users stretches to the far horizon. Once Microsoft joins such artifacts at Netscape and perhaps soon Yahoo (which laid off 15% of their work force yesterday and openly stated their core assets are for sale) some archivist of the future will state MS could have remained a viable company if they had treated their customers better. I won’t even get into the increasing International cyber warfare that is on-going. The future of the Internet itself may be at risk. Anyhow, my focus is on the past with its great architecture, not dwelling on possible future scenarios. I survived in the days before the Internet and could probably adjust to not having it again.

  58. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11831 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I’m running behind on this weeks searches but here’s a few.

    No interior photos on this Italianate.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/10924-9th-St-Fontanelle-NE-68044/6660674_zpid/

    Maybe someone already shared this? It looked familiar. No interior photos. The exterior looks really bad.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/506-E-3rd-Ave-Red-Springs-NC-28377/78344117_zpid/

    And this lovely one in Cedar Rapids. Looks really cared for.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1800-2nd-Ave-SE-Cedar-Rapids-IA-52403/73065841_zpid/

    • says: 11 comments

      The Red Springs NC house..I’m doing some serious digging and not coming up with much, but I have a sneaking suspicion that this was on the Preservation NC site not long ago. I remember because the grainy interior pictures had a absolutely WONDERFUL staircase and newel post decoration; and the two trees outside triggered my memory also. I’m going to see if I can find any reference to it from PresNC. Meanwhile; the house is mentioned under the architect here: http://ncarchitects.lib.ncsu.edu/people/P000266 ; it’s called the William Gibson House. But when you look it up by that name; it doesn’t come up. I’ll keep at it. Hopefully the realtor will put up some interiors soon.

      • says: 11 comments

        K, I was wrong..it isn’t the William Gibson House. It’s the Coxe-Arrington House; and it *was* featured on Preservation NC in 2013 (maybe ’14 also). I had to check an archive site to find it. So it *is* the one I remember w/grainy photos..but the entryway is SPECTACULAR. It was priced at $72K in ’13.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      That house in Cedar Rapids has the nicest basement shower I’ve ever seen! My grandma had three perfectly good bathrooms in her house; but forced everyone (family) to use the showerhead over a cesspit in the basement. Needless to say she kept her house VERY clean. Lol..

      You might like this one Kelly. The price is a bit much, but Jasper is a VERY nice town in Southern IN, and the place does have potential;
      http://www.trulia.com/property/3208280091-410-Riverside-Dr-Jasper-IN-47546#photo-24

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11831 comments
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        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        Wow, that is a high price. A ton of work needed but love the entrance and the door, I assume from the entrance into a parlor?

        • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

          Jeff; Kelly,
          Even at half the asking price, that would be optimistic for the location so I wish the sellers good luck. That said, its a nice house with original details.

  59. pdcknox says: 36 comments

    http://www.whitehallmanorbb.com/
    This is for sale in a charming little town.

  60. michael hope says: 4 comments

    Some one here may know someone or want them for themselves .. a single door nobb set free for the taking you simply pay shipping

  61. John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

    Wow, that’s a very nice (likely) sand cast bronze set from about 1898 to around 1905. The pattern can probably be found in this 1904 Yale & Towne book/catalog: (I did not have time to search through every pattern but found several that were very similar) https://books.google.com/books?id=tm0JAAAAIAAJ&lpg=PA173&dq=Barf-Bower%20finish%20hardware&pg=PP7#v=onepage&q=Barf-Bower%20finish%20hardware&f=false Michael, I’m sure you know that such sets have value so please make sure the recipient of your generosity is not a dealer or someone who will resale the set. These tarnished sets can be cleaned up to mint condition in watchmaker’s cleaner (a blend of ammonia and emulsifiers) An example of antique brass hardware I cleaned: https://www.flickr.com/photos/11236515@N05/5001893682/in/album-72157623757520396/
    Or you can just use household ammonia-vent well, and avoid anything containing chlorine coming in contact with it as it reacts and makes toxic chlorine gas.

  62. Cora says: 2060 comments

    Very unique, with an interesting history in small-town California:

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/303-S-Rine-St_Alturas_CA_96101_M28084-24574

  63. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11831 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    The old photo of the Colonial Revival with the man and woman and awesome car out front. I looked today on the back (was going from memory since the cards were in storage.) The back says, “Chott’s home 1932, Harold & Ethel.” Harold & Ethel couldn’t have been more proper names for the fancy duo.

    • lara janelara jane says: 484 comments
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      I love it! Our kids are Henry (16) and Agnes (4), so these names are right up my alley! Harold and Ethel have such great style, too. It’s a fab photo!

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