1904 Queen Anne – Elmira, NY (George F. Barber)

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930 W Water St, Elmira, NY 14905

  • $184,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 2.5 Bath
  • 3857 Sq Ft
  • 0.51 Ac.
Incredible Historic Queen Anne Victorian located on a beautiful lot in West Elmira. This 4 bedroom home has many large, gracious rooms with beautiful woodwork and amazing built-in cabinetry, pocket doors, wood floors and book shelves. Gorgeous stained glass windows and the original Vermont slate roof impeccably maintained annually. From the huge wrap around porch where you will enjoy sipping lemon aide on lazy summer days to the finished rec room on the third floor, you will cherish this home for a lifetime.Newer high efficiency furnace, water heater & replacement windows keep utilities low.
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Ruth McLennan, Keller Williams Realty,
(607) 795-2900

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24 Comments on 1904 Queen Anne – Elmira, NY (George F. Barber)

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12125 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I’m not sure on some of the rooms shown being upstairs or downstairs. This is the kind of home that needs a floor plan shown because the layout is confusing.

  2. Rosalee Decker says: 1 comments

    One of the prettiest homes I’ve seen in a long time.

  3. Matt Ziehnert says: 104 comments

    Ahem..Barber 😛

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12125 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Probably but I wanted to be sure from Chris before I labeled it as one. I found a similar design in one of his catalogs.

      • Chris DiMattei says: 268 comments

        Correct, this is a George Barber design. This house sits on a nice lot, on a prominent street, in the nicer historic part of Elmira. It could really be a gem if the interior were to be put back the way it was originally, and the Kitchen renovated.

  4. Joanne says: 7 comments

    Really nice home. Lots or charm and original accents

  5. AlliAlli says: 13 comments

    A well manicured yard does wonders for exteriors. This house was hard to follow, but charming nonetheless.

  6. MW says: 910 comments

    A very nice, charming house. That kitchen is a bit unfortunate. But maybe that just means a good opportunity to do it the way you would want.

  7. RosewaterRosewater says: 7110 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Seems odd. Why would someone close off the door to the front balcony on 2 and install a shelf and cabinet, (pic 20)? Weird..

    • JimHJimH says: 5242 comments
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      Jeff, why?
      a. Because the nice columned arch above the porch looks so much better with a blank wall behind it.
      b. Because the wonderful large space created by ripping out the wall upstairs required a spot for the stereo.
      c. Because they felt like it.

    • Chris DiMattei says: 268 comments

      I know, right? Maybe the person who did that, hit his head when he was removing the wall between those two rooms?

    • Rick says: 70 comments

      Great comment, I would of never thought twice looking at the exterior and the interior photo until your comment now I’m going back and forth at the images and wondering the same question. Inconceivable!

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7110 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Guess that makes the most sense Jim. They must have felt that the door somehow hindered the cohesion in their “Golden Girls” room. If I bought the place the first thing I’d do would be rip the silly thing out and put the door back. It might be nice to have a family room on 2, but having access to the balcony would be nicer.

  8. John Shiflet says: 5426 comments

    Elmira has long been known for its wealth of Victorian era homes. This house is a fine example. Locals seem to take a lot of pride in preserving Elmira’s past which probably helps attract folks to see and buy some of the town’s old Victorian gems.

  9. Paul W says: 466 comments

    Good woodwork the outside needs better paint colors , Great entry door and woodwork, doesn’t get much better than this for under 200K. I am pretty sure based on the locations of the sconces this would have had gas lighting and maybe that explains that chain to that one fixture so I’m guessing some electrical upgrades may be needed.

  10. JimHJimH says: 5242 comments
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    Kelly had this one in a sampler last year and I was surprised then that it’s not recognized as a historic resource by the NRHP or by the state, despite Elmira having a long list. It’s an excellent house and its owner was an esteemed figure in New York state a hundred years ago.
    The house was built around 1898 for Isaac Seymour Copeland (1849-1919), the son of an Irish immigrant who founded the very successful Elmira Evening Sun newspaper here in 1888. Copeland was admired for the concise, fair and unbiased presentation of the news, and the paper and editorial policy became the foundation of the Gannett chain, the largest in the country. Copeland’s widow and grandson owned the house for decades after his death.
    Copeland’s biography runs four pages in The History of New York (1927):

  11. Don Carleton says: 297 comments

    There are some extremely interesting features here which I’m surprised didn’t excite more attention from our eagle-eyed crew:

    1. Bullseye glass glazing in front door. Really nice and not that common as a glazing treatment for a front door, I think! (I do note that PaulW did mention “Great entry door”)

    2. Strange alterations to columned screen separating entry hall from parlor (?). Why was one column cut down so it doesn’t rise to its full height? What is that peculiar diamond-shaped infill screen inserted next to it?

    3. Parlor(?) mantel features helical/twisted columns a la St. Peter’s Baldachin, at least for me the first time I’ve seen such in an American residential mantelpiece! Also, nice tilework!

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7110 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Don, the column detail is likely original. It would have probably been used as a perch for a bust or a plant or the like. I’d use it for plants. The panel is odd, but probably necessary for support. That, along with the doors and the mantle are decidedly top-shelf features for a Barber house, and fortunately all in original condition. This house has great style..

  12. Ahodson says: 19 comments

    Is that dart board hung on an exposed beam in the attic supposed to be the “finished rec room on the third floor” that the agent wrote about in the description? That’s a stretch!
    I do love all the variety of gorgeous windows on the third floor. It would make a neat space.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12125 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      It’s possible they finished the attic since the photo was taken since it’s from the previous listing photos. Although why didn’t they take photos of the attic if it were finished?

  13. D Finlayson says: 1 comments

    And in New Zealand we are looking at a million in Auckland for a nothing tiny property… this is beautiful

  14. Karen Baker says: 1184 comments

    This makes me want to move to Elmira. I love the doors!


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