February 26, 2016: Link Exchange & Discussion

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11866 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    The old photo is one of my favorites. I’d love to know what it looks like now, if it’s around still. Found, see comments below.

    A few finds I wanted to share.



    This one is a Shoppell design:


    Maybe a Barber design?

    • Amie Back says: 41 comments

      Is the kitchen of the Armstrong IA house in the foyer?

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6683 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Too bad about the few / c–p pix in Spencer, NY. That’s a GREAT house!

    • Chris DiMattei says: 268 comments

      Kelly, great historic photo of the house in Elgin, IL. Are you aware that this house is a George Barber design? It is an example of Barber’s design #12 from his Cottage Souvenir No. 2 pattern book. Thanks for sharing this.

    • Chris DiMattei says: 268 comments

      Kelly, the house you linked to in Carthage, TX is definitely a Barber designed home. It is a rare example of a full two story version of a popular one story cottage, published in the “revised and Enlarged” edition of Barber’s “Cottage Souvenir No. 2” pattern book.

    • JimHJimH says: 5101 comments
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      Kelly, nice find in Armstrong IA! Not a Powerball dream, great restoration candidate or a kitten needing rescue – just a solid, inexpensive, completely livable house with great presence and some nice details that can be be backdated or not as desired.
      Armstrong IA is out there a bit though there are houses like this all over that are good as is, or could be great over time as you fix them up room by room. And when you get a good bonus, you can replace the vinyl siding.
      Porches on two levels and a tower room!

  2. SummerD says: 3 comments

    The image of this house showed up in a meme last week – a kind of “Would you live in this creepy old house?” type of thing. Lo and behold it showed up in my Facebook feed today as shared by Abandoned, Old and Interesting Places because it is actually for sale! http://www.howardhanna.com/Property/Detail/4-North-Main-Street-Coudersport-PA-16915/NorthCentralPA/128203

  3. says: 15 comments

    I LOVE how little these houses seem to have been updated:
    And if you want the feeling of Texas living (almost) on an island with your on chapel to boot:

  4. Chris says: 670 comments

    Here’s a Grand Old Dame if I ever saw one. Looks to be in terrific condition. Not sure I’d want to be the only person with a big house in the neighborhood, but it’s a large lot with lots of nice trees. http://www.century21bradley.com/Property/IN/47501/Washington/101_W_Maple_Street

  5. evers310evers310 says: 109 comments

    Beautiful Antebellum home not too far from me. Known as Windemere Plantation and also as the George Sims House.


    Here is the National Register nomination form:


    • Laurie W. says: 1705 comments

      The outside is so nice & the landscaping. Inside, it might be as attractive but it’s stuffed so full, it’s hard to tell. Hope it’s bought by someone who will take equally good care of it.

  6. evers310evers310 says: 109 comments

    I thought this house had burned down last year but it’s still listed for sale. Beautiful Antebellum home built in 1827.


    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6683 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Any idea what the “medallion” is about?

      Great bunch of shares Evers. Thank you! 🙂

    • Laurie W. says: 1705 comments

      Just beautiful outside. Wish the inside hadn’t been quite so Victorianized at some point in its life, but that’s only personal. The front door looks like a commercial entry. The property is very nice too.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6683 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Another very successful Victorian re-do. Gorgeous. Rare to see a B&B this authentic and lovely; avoiding all the clichés.

  7. evers310evers310 says: 109 comments

    The Dovecote house, circa 1830, though it appears to have had a makeover around 1900.


    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6683 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Ornate, Victorian makeover is great! Contemporary, insensitive, overly personalized makeover is horrid. Pity. Great house.

  8. evers310evers310 says: 109 comments

    Circa 1845, needs a bit of work, seems to me the price should reflect that a lot more.

    Love the brer rabbit paintings on the walls, would be perfect for a kids room.


  9. evers310evers310 says: 109 comments

    Steal of a home for $49k! Though it is in Sparta which is somewhat of an economically depressed area. Circa 1810


  10. evers310evers310 says: 109 comments

    An absolutely beautiful example of Plantation Plain style architecture, circa 1816.


    • Laurie W. says: 1705 comments

      Well, I’m in love! Beautiful and not over-restored, special prize for that. Plus, set up for your horses — and in Madison GA, what more can you ask? Close to perfection. Let me take a look at my bank account…..

  11. evers310evers310 says: 109 comments

    This property is amazing! 300 acres, even has it’s own covered bridge! Circa 1854 Greek Revival cottage.


    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11866 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I think you found my new dream house. It helps 1 story (as in not a full two story) Greek Revivals are my favorite but 300 acres and a covered bridge?!

      Ok. Looked at more photos, it is my new favorite, favorite, favorite.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6683 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Wow! Nice. Good eye! Thanks for the share..

      • RosewaterRosewater says: 6683 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        I can’t stop looking at this place. Don’t know which part I love more: the HOUSE = wow; the cabin = wow; the dependencies = W O W; the bridge; the land; it all adds up to super fabulous. Something tells me the agent may feel the worn / dated, (= fabulously preserved, original), interior is not worthy of featuring in pix. UNFORTUNATE! I’ll bet a nickel nearly every inch of that house is like butta! Perhaps the owners are concerned about privacy: if not, AGENT, PLEASE post 1000 more photos of this remarkable – outstanding – important property – – pretty pretty please!

        • Laurie W. says: 1705 comments

          Couldn’t agree more, Rosewater. Wow & wow some more & then woweee. I WANT more interior photos of this gorgeously original and gorgeous house. Ditto the schoolhouse, please, and the other outbuildings. What I really want is to spend days & days there, soaking up its history & grace.

    • JullesJulles says: 517 comments
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      Ok Guys, It is incredible but I might remind you it is $1,750,000. I can’t seem to get past that price tag.

  12. Paul Tyler says: 41 comments

    The first old pic is a house in elgin il. I will send u the link to the pic of it now.

  13. Paul Tyler says: 41 comments

    I was just about to send you the link… lol… I live in west chicago Il but our business is in elgin il. So I knew when I saw the old pic which house it was.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11866 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Well, you are my favorite person of the day. I can’t believe how fast someone was able to tell me the location, figured it had probably been torn down by now.

      • RosewaterRosewater says: 6683 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        Continually amazing the info about these houses from the site’s gazillion readers. So cool..

        • John Shiflet says: 5357 comments

          I too was curious to learn about the current state of the house seen in the period photo. It looks amazingly intact and nice to learn it is a Barber design as well.

  14. Paul Tyler says: 41 comments

    How did you find the old pic?

  15. Paul Tyler says: 41 comments

    It was on the elgin housewalk years ago. Here is the history of it.


  16. Paul Tyler says: 41 comments

    Np.Glad I could help.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6683 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      You clearly have a GREAT eye. Hope you’ll watch Chicagoland for interesting listings and share them here. Cheers!

  17. Could someone please rescue this poor house? It’s in an historic district so it might be eligible for programs.


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

    Here is a nice 1920’s house. The style is very unusual for this area.

  19. KarenZKarenZ says: 1150 comments
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    Talk about being addicted to this site! I cannot sleep and it’s 4am-I have been looking at homes since about 9pm yesterday! I think that I need to try to get to bed, but thank you all so much for your links and information. Once again, thank you for this great site, Kelly!

  20. Amie Back says: 41 comments

    A friend posted this beauty on a forum I read, and I wondered if anyone is in the Chicago area and knows if it ever sold? Was it saved?


    • Mary Brittany says: 1 comments

      I actually toured this house…. We were very close to putting an offer in for it. However, it needed a new roof (quickly), had the gutted bathroom that requires immediate remedy to update to Chicago code, and at least one of the furnaces needed to be replaced (upstairs). None of this counts the garage/coach house….. Going in there was amazing, but completely burnt out and practically nothing left. Last I saw it had finally sold, but I’m unsure. This house is absolutely amazing though!! I fell in love with it, and if it was for $200-250k then maybe…. But we just couldn’t justify it with the immediate needs (specifically the roof). But seriously…. Amazing. I actually have further photos and a video tour of the place. I still watch it because the place is simply fantastic!

  21. Dave says: 69 comments

    Kelly, have you ever done any on the Heritage Hills District of Grand Rapids, Michigan? There are some phenomenal homes there! Sadly, many of them have been broken in to apartments, which is a shame.

  22. 67drake67drake says: 268 comments
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    1993, hey I’m still looking! Boring
    Iowa County , WI

    My wife and I went through this house about a week ago. Loved the house,but a bit overpriced for this area. Should be around $250K. It does have our horse stalls,but not really room to ride. Very little pasture. Looking for more like 10 acres.
    Typical updated kitchen and 1 of the 2 bathrooms and most windows,but better than most houses we see. I could do without the outdoor waterfall/pond junk and deck,but the owner is a landscaper,so I guess this is neat,to him. Judging by the pics the listing agent is not an “Old house person”,as she missed some of the best features,like the light fixtures,leaded glass,woodwork,and focused on the modern things.
    10 acre farm,untouched,in our price range and area are hard to find!


    • Laurie W. says: 1705 comments

      I can see your problem, but it is a really neat house. The bedrooms look like a wormhole into history; I even like the wallpapers, so contemporary to its time. The landscaping is beautiful (I know you want grazing space). Thanks for sharing this.

      • 67drake67drake says: 268 comments
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        1993, hey I’m still looking! Boring
        Iowa County , WI

        No problem. Thanks for looking at it.
        The house itself is not a 10 for me,maybe an 8,but the property as a whole has enough of all the quality’s we were looking for that we’d get it-EXCEPT it needs another few acres minimum,the deal breaker more than the price even.
        Speaking of wallpaper,the realtor that showed us the house had never heard of Lincrusta! She said “I bet there’s cracks in the plaster here,they put this thick wallpaper up to hide it” LOL
        One bit of hope,maybe- My wife found this house as a friend and her drove down this road on the way to look at another home about 1/4 mile away. Our friends offer was accepted just this week. Her property has 19 acres,but is not set up for horses yet,but she plans to,as she owns many. If we can keep our horses at her new home,just 1/4 mile away,maybe 4 acres would do for us. Lots of details to work out of coarse.

  23. CharlestonJohn says: 1093 comments

    Here’s one of the most significant properties for sale in the country. Included is 1700 acres of two rice plantations containg a really special early 18th century transitional colonial called Mulberry Plantation.

    Well if you’re going to dream, dream big…

    National Register nomination:

    • Laurie W. says: 1705 comments

      So many good houses this weekend, I can’t keep my mouth (er, keyboard) shut. I like this example of the gracious design of the 30s — somehow they made even small areas feel spacious. Here they even made a tiny little vestibule so guests didn’t barge straight into the living room, a small but pleasant civility.

  24. Adam says: 3 comments

    In process of buying this house. Build date is 1910 but could it be older? Check out this 3 bds • 2.0 ba • 1,824 sqft home at 1504 Cumberland Ave that I found on Zillow: http://u.zillow.com/p6OwO9

    • SeanSean says: 158 comments
      1928 Spanish Revival
      Long Beach, CA

      Great house Adam. Congratulations!

      It looks like it is a good solid base for restoration; whether you want to make it look like a simpler “farmhouse” or plus it up a bit with wallpapers, trims, etc.

  25. Noelle says: 25 comments

    Lovely really old housen in Waldoboro, Maine. House is from 1790 and the owners have gone full museum-mode on it…


  26. Noelle says: 25 comments

    Also This 1912 house in Augusta, GA. Needs some updating…


  27. LUCINDA HOWARD says: 242 comments

    Adam. good for you. I am definitely jealous. My favorite so far on this weeks link is the one in Peoria, IL. It looks move in ready to me. Kelly posted another on recently that was very reasonable and close to Peoria.

  28. LUCINDA HOWARD says: 242 comments

    Don’t know how to do the “link” thing but I want this house in MO. 502 Jackson, Macon, MO. It has a servants staircase that I love (one of my old house requirements).

  29. Michele says: 90 comments

    Wonderful house with lots of great woodwork in Nappanee, In. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/352-E-Market-St_Nappanee_IN_46550_M30620-73021

  30. Jennifer HT says: 748 comments

    interesting dual curved staircases


    • Laurie W. says: 1705 comments

      Lovely house — I’m surprised the price is so low. The staircases are interesting — usually they would face the front door; I’ve never seen them sideways like this. The oak tree is spectacular!

    • says: 355 comments

      The dual curved staircases are beautiful! I’m even in love with the laundry room and barn!

  31. Jennifer HT says: 748 comments

    I wish there were more, and better quality, photos of this! The grounds are awesome.


  32. Jennifer HT says: 748 comments

    love this house and all its outbuildings. those attic stairs are crazy!!


  33. Jennifer HT says: 748 comments

    This home is grand, but all the wood has been painted.


    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11866 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      It’s been on the market forever it seems, don’t think the price has changed much.

      • Laurie W. says: 1705 comments

        It’s a real beauty. Quite a number of old houses like this seem to stay on the market for years. I always wonder why: are sellers waiting for that special buyer among a limited group? Are they kind of testing the waters as to price? Hard to imagine some fatal flaw in the places make them unappealing — most are gorgeous. Perhaps not many who can afford these houses have the courage to take them on; they are a big responsibility but certainly reward every second of it, to my mind.

        PS Jennifer, the wood should be painted in a Greek Revival house. It’s well done here.

  34. Jennifer HT says: 748 comments

    Does that upstairs porch look ok? I know they are usually slanted for drainage, but this seems more extreme.


  35. Jennifer HT says: 748 comments

    don’t mind me and another Carolina home… my dad and aunt are moving out there so I am helping them hunt…

    Love this home


  36. Jennifer HT says: 748 comments

    I prechecked this one!

    It is a Barber!

    • says: 355 comments

      Oh Julles, thank you for posting this link! I visit Washington, GA, at least once a year and my husband and I always walk by this house and wonder what it looks like inside! I was able to see interior photos from the link. Incredible!

    • Laurie W. says: 1705 comments

      Yet another fantastic house in Washington GA! If I were going to live in Georgia, Washington & Madison are where I’d look first. Just wow. This house is so well furnished & decorated, I drooled looking at it all!

  37. Sandra says: 302 comments

    I don’t think it’s for sale but I think everyone here will enjoy looking at the pictures of this neglected mansion outside of NYC. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3468085/Grand-pianos-vast-shoe-collection-creepy-children-s-toys-Inside-abandoned-mansion-outside-NYC-frozen-time.html I pray that if it is ever sold that the new owners restore the house and don’t tear it down to put up some ugly monstrosity.

    • Rach P says: 11 comments

      My goodness that’s incredible. Why would someone do that to a home, not matter how big?!. Some of that furniture is gorgeous- I’d be happy to save some of that!

  38. says: 355 comments


    $25,000 Known as The Gables ( I count 8 gables) 4 bedrooms and 2 baths. I believe it was built in 1875 instead of the 1850 date listed. In 1966, work was begun by the Landmarks Foundation of Talladega to restore this quaint Gothic Revival house for the benefit of the community. As of 2008, three rooms, an enclosed porch and a catering kitchen had been renovated. The house was rented for small community gatherings during this time. This is the cutest house with a picket fence around it! As I walk by it often, I notice it needs painting. From the backyard, you can see the police station and Piggly Wiggly grocery store. (a good thing) 🙂 My husband’s first impression is to ask about insulation. Price is right to finish the renovation. Small yard so you can spend all your “free” time working on the house !D

  39. JayStar says: 20 comments

    I mostly like what folks have done here, in terms of the color palette, but there’s something about this renovation that makes me twitch, and I can’t put my finger on it.

  40. JayStar says: 20 comments

    And while I’m sharing homes discussed on Curbed… http://atlanta.curbed.com/2016/2/26/11118368/ponce-de-leon-mansion-for-sale-atlanta

    I assume this will end up being a teardown, which makes me sad, even though there’s nothing left of the interior but the studs.

  41. Cora says: 2053 comments

    A very unique, ROUND house. 1892. The realtor has dubbed the style, “historical.”

    I’d like to see it with less stuff in it. I haven’t followed the link yet to see the restoration history:


  42. JullesJulles says: 517 comments
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    For those of us who are Frank LLoyd Wright fans, grab your wallets and head for Phoenix, AZ.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11866 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Nice finds! Some of these are on the site and have been for sale a while, don’t know why because the interiors are amazing.

    • Laurie W. says: 1705 comments

      Barry Gordy’s house, cool! Some things are beautiful in it & some over the top. Bet there were some outrageous parties there in his day — glad it was restored.

  43. Chris B says: 8 comments

    Another house blog worth checking out:


    Young couple doing their best to lovingly restore a time capsule 1928 tudor style house in upstate new york.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11866 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Nice! It’s a shame the photos are a little lacking. This is the kind of house that needs to focus on some of the details since the house has a lot going on. The kitchen is pretty cool, look at the ice box! Going further into the archived photos shows an old photo too. Great find!

    • shelly says: 37 comments

      What a beauty inside & out!!! I agree with Kelly regarding the kitchen & ice box – so cool!

  44. Ursula says: 1 comments

    A close family friend is now selling her beautiful Victorian and I would love to see it go to someone who won’t split it up and will restore it.


  45. Chris says: 670 comments

    Here are a few south of Atlanta, But not too far

    This one has a nice combination of classic home touches with 1940’s elements.

    In nearby Grantville, Georgia

    LOVE the stained glass in the porch. Probably not original but so nice. And what about the backyard! That Gazebo!

    OK maybe this one is a bit further away, but it’s a special place. It’s currently a museum of sorts for a southern folk artist.

  46. shelly says: 37 comments

    I don’t think I’ve seen either of these on the site or the link exchange as yet. I try to check before posting but sometimes get a little carried away… The MA home carriage house elevator (carriage hoist pulley system) in photos 37-38 is amazing – I doubt many of these have survived over the years. The NY gothic cottage is adorable and what a lovely lake view!



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