March 11, 2016: Link Exchange

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Happy Friday! This is the post where you share your house finds, old house articles or chat about old houses. It's been a slow week for postings, having a health hiccup and not sure if next week will be better or worse. Be patient, I'll be back to normal postings eventually. :)

Today's old house photo is of poor detail quality. Written on back is "Seattle" and "mom and dad". Anyone recognize this home, tell us in the comments. Have a great weekend! -Kelly

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  1. CharlesB says: 479 comments

    Someone in the Queen Anne era did a bang-up job snazzing up this plain-jane Greek Revival:
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/3-Main-St_Fultonville_NY_12072_M30682-44402

    • JimHJimH says: 5105 comments
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      Thanks CharlesB for the Fultonville link. I saw that one on Street View a few years ago when the house across the road was for sale and wondered what it looked like inside. Needs a little work but very nice, and seems pretty cheap.

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    • Pookha says: 132 comments

      Oh, I like this! It feels homey, and one can live nicely while spiffing it up. I wonder if the fireplace is functional.

  2. jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1050 comments
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    1947 Ranch
    OR

    I love the photo you’ve posted Kelly! That is a fantastic house—would love to see inside *sigh*… I’ve been trying to find a tudor to post here, yet every single one has been remuddled too much, especially the kitchens and baths. ugh. I’ll keep looking ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Jamie Boots says: 8 comments

    Here’s another Victorian in Des Moines, IA.

    http://desmoines.craigslist.org/reo/5484706840.html

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11880 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      That would be fun to restore, glad they have an old pic to see the before exterior.

    • MW says: 902 comments

      Holy cow, that is sad. I was thinking, not bad, not bad, workable…..then those last 2 photos and I almost fell out of my chair! Was like looking at a monster.

      I’m almost the opposite of Kelly. I kind of wish I had never seen that original photo. Somebody really seriously gutted the soul out of that house when they stripped it down and re-sided it. How could anyone ever think that was a good idea to do at any point in time is beyond me. It is not really my preferred style of house, but still, I hate to see such an interesting house be stripped so thoroughly and then rewrapped in all white ‘plastic’. Literally a cry’n shame.

      • Ian says: 27 comments

        Yeah that original photo made the new exterior photos extremely depressing. Talk about total devastation of the original architectural details. Surprising so much of the interior survived.

    • CharlesB says: 479 comments

      Hope this is of some help–and be sure to click on the HABS link at the bottom for some great 1930s photos. Quite a house!

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clark-Keith_House

    • Mary McG says: 13 comments

      Wow, that house is sandwiched tightly between two interesting looking little shops, right on the edge of Caledonia’s downtown area. And what a *cute* little downtown! Probably the most likely use for the place would be something commercial – restaurant, antique shop, quilt shop, –? Maybe a B&B, although there would have to be more bathrooms put in, and it’s right across the street from the fire station…
      Now I want to go shop at that Giggling Pig store next door ๐Ÿ™‚

    • JimHJimH says: 5105 comments
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      Thanks Anna. The HABS link CharlesB mentioned has some great history in the data pages – http://loc.gov/pictures/item/ny0260/
      Built by James R. Clark, who left home on foot in 1817, ran out of money here and settled down. He bought the lot for $65 in 1827 and sold the house 15 years later for $1859. It’s a wonderful late Federal stone house, mostly intact, in the middle of a cute little village with a state historical marker out front. Very cool for $40k!

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6727 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Here’s a pic of the marker in front: https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8439/7999168009_30a2dbec1e_b.jpg

  4. JullesJulles says: 520 comments
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    been holding on to these this week.
    Love me some craftsman
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2494-2nd-St-Baker-City-OR-97814/86287341_zpid/

    1891 Queen Anne, I think the price is pretty good for what your get.
    http://mansiondistrictinn.com/905-2/

    The price was just too good for this one.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/904-Pine-Bluff-St-Paris-TX-75460/78843360_zpid/

    This was built in 1835 and is called Rose Cottage
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/135-New-Rd_Elverson_PA_19520_M44575-24851

    And I hadn’t seen this one before. I think you might need a new category for it.
    built in 1975 in MS.
    http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Diamondhead-MS/77950173_zpid/24387_rid/2-_beds/2-_baths/0-250000_price/0-903_mp/any

    Have a good Weekend!

    • Coqu says: 251 comments

      The PA home is quite the place–Wow!

      Pic 4 of the Oregon home looks so inviting to read a book on a nice quiet night (OK–the Internet, I don’t do books)! The kitchen and bathroom pics are even really neat. “Home”

    • MW says: 902 comments

      Wait a second, now how in the h*** can that 1891 QA only be worth $422K and FURNISHED! to top it off? That really seems crazy low for all that. What am I missing?

      • JimHJimH says: 5105 comments
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        Agree there’s quality real estate, great original detail and some nice furnishings there for $422K, but it’s in little Smethport PA, a town that lost its place in the world 100 years ago. I’d love to live there in that grand old home though I like the original paint job better:
        http://www.smethporthistory.org/mainwest/900.block/mccandless/mccandless.htm

        • John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

          Smethport, like nearby Bradford, PA, experienced an influx of wealth and new residents during the Oil Boom days of the late Victorian era. (1880-1910) As Jim notes, the regional prosperity started to dry up about a century ago thus allowing some of the old houses and buildings to survive to the present. During our 2009 visit to Bradford I witnessed two Victorian era houses being demolished so neglect was and probably still is an issue. The David Phillips Sr. house in Bradford https://www.flickr.com/photos/11236515@N05/3566039217/in/album-72157618714282071/ was priced under $150K at the time. It sold to an individual from Los Angeles almost immediately after our visit. Housing prices in the area have since stabilized and even increased in some cases but there are still affordable houses to choose from.

          • Coqu says: 251 comments

            John, I fell in love with that house clicking through your pics via your link above, and longed for more (sole picture is black-and-white dated unknown)–and here you posted a separate link of it loaded with pics! That house is spectacular, and the windows divine. I even like the buttercream paint-color.

          • Julles says: 520 comments

            John those photos are incredible. I’ve never seen so many incredible homes in one town not even in Atlanta or Savanna or Charleston. This looks like a good place to go on vacation if you like old houses. Since you have been to so many of these places, would you consider making a top ten list of places to visit if you are an old house lover in the North or in the USA? I know that I and many others would appreciate it.

            • Coqu says: 251 comments

              Would love to read it, or some other sort of weekly/monthly contribution here! I don’t do FB, so this site works great for me.
              I really appreciate John answering my silly/naive/random questions! It’s so cool when I learn something new here and can apply it to the next house, or the real world.
              And Kelly always picks just-right houses for my tastes.

            • John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

              Hi Julles,
              Right at this time corresponds with a busy time for us personally but I’ll give it some thought and try to come up with a list of places to see old houses. Old houses are generally more common as one goes East. The West Coast wasn’t even part of the U.S. until after the Mexican-American War in the 1846-48 although there were small Spanish-Mexican settlements and sites dating before that. My interests in old houses are primarily Victorian era so someone else would have to suggest areas (New England, I would assume) where Colonial era and early Federal era houses are still relatively plentiful. Newport, RI is its own outdoor Gilded Age museum and nothing corresponds to San Simeon, the Hearst Castle or George W. Vanderbilt’s Biltmore estate in Asheville, NC. Then there’s Santa Fe with its Spanish Colonial Adobe houses. The more I think about it, almost every part of the U.S. has interesting architecture. I will offer a menu of albums from Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/11236515@N05/albums (alternately, PM me vintrest at Yahoo dot com if you have specific questions)

        • Coqu says: 251 comments

          “a town that lost its place in the world 100 years ago”
          That actually sounds enticing, JimH!

    • Mary McG says: 13 comments

      I just can’t… un-see… the black-painted walls with neon green woodwork in the Paris, TX, place. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ
      That one might be a good candidate for that Fixer-Upper couple from HGTV. There seem to be some interesting bones underneath there still, somewhere, under the shockingly bright paint and tinfoil window covering.

    • Nancy Pirone says: 1 comments

      Awesome house for a great price! Wish I was in the mood for a move!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

        That Paris Texas house dates from the Teens and is a Foursquare in form that someone tried to “Victorianize” with creative porch treatments and the semblance of a Queen Anne tower. Nothing inside ties this house to the Victorian era but of course the next owners can do as they wish. A couple of seasons ago, Chip and Joanna (HGTV’s FIXER UPPER show) did make-over a Foursquare type house in Waco. Although their clients seemed pleased with the results, the house was gutted and altered substantially along the lines of “open concept”. It may have been that episode where Joanna began her love affair with Shiplap boards. A fine entry with leaded glass Colonial sidelights was removed and the porch completely rebuilt. The Paris house has already been altered over the years so someone else can do their “Fixer Upper” project on this house. It would take quite a bit of work and creativity to make it look like a real Queen Anne style house inside.

        • jeklstudio says: 1050 comments

          We actually just watched that episode (having only stumbled onto Chip and Joanna recently). If anything gets me riled and upset is people who harp constantly on the ‘open concept’ to those in search of a home. If they want a new home they should buy a new home instead of trying to turn an old home into a new home. The ‘Property Brothers’ while funny and engaging are also guilty of doing the same thing. Chip and Joanna do that on basically every episode. They’re funny and charming, but when they crassly take a sledge hammer to a vintage tub and sink it makes my blood boil.

    • Marie says: 202 comments

      Love the Craftsman in Baker City. Built-ins get me every time.

  5. Debbie W says: 4 comments

    Fayetteville, NC – Year built: 1859
    SPECTACULAR GREEK REVIVAL HOME WITH ITALIANATE TRIM.SITUATED ON 1.8 ACRES IN HEART OF HAYMOUNT.HIGH CEILINGS,HEART OF PINE FLOORS.HUGE TREES SURROUND HOME W/LARGE COVERED FRONT AND BACK PORCHES.6 ORIGINAL OUT BUILDINGS.THIS HISTORIC ANTEBELLUM HOME IS ONE OF A KIND AND MUST BE SEEN TO BE APPRECIATED.ROOFS HAVE BEEN REPLACED ON HOUSE AND OUT BUILDINGS.12’CEILINGS.
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1507-Morganton-Rd_Fayetteville_NC_28305_M52193-38507

  6. Pacific Northwest Girl says: 28 comments

    Love the picture you posted Kelly! The Seattle house may have been located in either the Capitol Hill or Queen Anne districts of Seattle, both of which have many lovely historic homes. The brick porch structure was likely constructed with Tenino sandstone as many of the older homes were. The town of Tenino is about 70 miles south of Seattle.

  7. BethinMD says: 4 comments

    The Washington Post ran an article about an 1890 “castle” for sale in Bethesda, Md. The person who restored it seems to have had the soul of an OHD devotee. Plus, the house had electricity before the White House did, which speaks to real luxury.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/where-we-live/wp/2016/03/04/want-to-live-like-a-king-or-queen-set-your-sights-on-this-1890-castle-in-bethesda/

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11880 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Want to see before pics (not many, mostly of the exterior)? link

      I’ve not yet updated with the afters but you can see just how much work they did to the place.

      • jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1050 comments
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        1947 Ranch
        OR

        I couldn’t get the photos to load on BethinMD’s link, but yours came out Kelly. Beautiful, simply beautiful. I would have it in a heartbeat.

  8. Carlyn says: 11 comments

    We’re hoping to entice someone who loves old houses to be our neighbor in Des Moines. This 1915 craftsman house is across the street. It has some great features – a built in buffet, colonnades with stained glass and the original kitchen cupboards, hardwood floors under the carpeting. It also needs a new roof, broken windows repaired, repainting, remove the shag carpet and the junk. It has so much potential. Won’t you be our neighbor?

    http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Des-Moines-IA/120721711_zpid/17759_rid/3-_beds/any_days/0-1920_built/41.59736,-93.643963,41.581857,-93.67233_rect/14_zm/0_mmm/

    http://web.assess.co.polk.ia.us/cgi-bin/web/tt/infoqry.cgi?tt=card/card&dp=09001974001000

    • KarenZKarenZ says: 1150 comments
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      What a lovely street! That house really does look like it has potential–once you get rid of those 1970s “updates”! I hope that you find a great neighbor!

  9. Jennifer HT says: 747 comments

    I LOVE all these fireplaces!! Do you think the pink tiles are original?
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/308-N-Church-St-Hertford-NC-27944/2128800553_zpid/

    Kind of eclectic. Not a fan of the glass around the entry.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/615-Federal-St-Lynchburg-VA-24504/79153336_zpid/

    I really want to see more pics.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/137-Holbrook-Ave-Danville-VA-24541/79104692_zpid/

    Love all the beadboard. Sorry for all of you that cringed when seeing it painted.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/601-W-Jefferson-St-Monroe-NC-28112/6368021_zpid/

    Needs a little sprucing outside, and a whole lotta love in the kitchen.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/344-E-College-St-Jackson-GA-30233/69827047_zpid/

    • John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

      Jennifer,
      Yes, I think those pink hearth tiles in the Hertford house are original but the white paint over the furniture grade hardwood mantel and current monotonous colors in the rooms are not. Imagine the fine wood mantel was once stained and finished to contrast with the tile; there were wallpapers perhaps with patterns one sees in old red and pink transfer-ware plates tying the room’s decor with the pink tiles. Now they simply look odd and out of their context. White has its uses but it tends to dominate interior decor today even in old houses.

      • Jennifer HT says: 747 comments

        Thank you! I have never seen pink that far back. I was also bummed about the paint, but still loved the fireplaces.

      • Laurie says: 36 comments

        Could someone give me a wag at what it would cost to have someone come in and strip the woodwork, let’s say on the first floor.

        • John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

          Laurie,
          I would expect any contractor-refinisher will charge based on time and materials. Stripping painted interior wood is very messy work although experienced pros can minimize the mess. Under no circumstances should any contractor be allowed to remove mantels, doors, and millwork trim and take them off to a dip vat shop. Such vats have heated water and a very strong solution of Sodium Hydroxide better known to us as Drano or in an aerosol form as Easy Off oven cleaner. Wicked stuff! While submerging any painted wood in a Lye vat will rapidly strip off many layers of paint the chemical continues to eat into the cellulose of the wood causing it to have a very raised grain requiring heavy sanding. It will turn Oak black. (but is reversible with an acidic solution) It’s imperative to neutralize the strong alkali levels for a finish to stick so the piece is dipped a second time in a vat of Oxalic Acid + hot water and then pressure washed off. Better by far to strip pieces in place although doors and other easily removable items can be put outside on saw horses for stripping. Heat stripping is another option although a fair number of houses have been burned to the ground by careless workmen using blow torches which ignited wood and combustible materials. There is a newer infrared heat stripping tool that is supposed to be less likely to cause a fire. (no personal experience using) Last, there are environmentally friendly strippers like 3-M’s “Safest Stripper” which is citrus based or Franmar Chemicals Soy gel stripper. Both are much safer but the tradeoff is they work slowly. That may not be a problem here because it appears the white paint went directly over the old shellac so it should come off fairly easily and quickly with the less toxic chemicals. The worst is painted bare Oak because little pieces of white paint can get trapped in the larger pores of the wood. As for costs, I would expect most refinishers to charge less than a carpenter but it all depends on who is making the estimate. If done right, you’ll only have to strip off paint once. (unless some other nefarious individual sneaks in with a brush and bucket of paint again)

    • Coqu says: 251 comments

      Glazed tile addict here! (Addict, not expert hehe).
      Wow, first I was in love with the seafoam green ones, then the mottled, then the pink, then the bright-blue mottled.
      I’ve never seen pink ones; as John said, imagine the original scene–bet it was magnificent!
      “So, why’d you paint over the wood…?”

    • Rach P says: 11 comments

      Gosh! I love the Hertford house, even with the dreaded painted woodwork! I’m off to find my fairy godmother!

    • Lottie says: 355 comments

      The NC house is beautiful! Love all the details and the view of the lake/river/? across the street.

    • Marie says: 202 comments

      Love the Monroe, NC house, even with the painted beadboard. A little out of my price range and not a Craftsman, but wonderful just the same.

    • CarolCarol says: 72 comments
      Washington, PA

      Hi Jennifer. I haven’t seen you on OHD for quite awhile. You are one of my favorites and I always look forward to the homes you share. Have I just missed your comments? I hope everything is ok.

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      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11880 comments
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        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        You’re the second person that’s wondered where she’s gone. She’s not subscribed to comments in this post, I’ll send her an email.

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        • Jennifer HT says: 747 comments

          Thank you Carol and Kelly for reaching out! Life took away my free time since about February, but Iโ€™m working on finding some again. I have some serious catching up to do!

  10. WhenIWinTheLottery says: 61 comments

    This beautiful lady recently sold in Riverside, CA. I live about an hour from there and never knew QA’s that weren’t museums or completely derelict still existed in Southern California.

    http://thesisterteam.com/4811-brockton-ave-riverside/

    My daughter and I are going to go on an old house scavenger hunt. I’ll be sure to take pictures.

  11. Danina says: 4 comments

    Such a beauty and well maintained!
    Sewickley and Sewickley Heights areas are packed with beautiful old homes, usually with nice acreage. None of them are in our price range, but its fun to explore the houses through pictures!

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/834-Blackburn-Rd-Sewickley-PA-15143/11519017_zpid/

  12. Danina says: 4 comments

    Another beauty that I came across while digging on Zillow! Cool use of the attached old silo. I love this one!
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/512-Backbone-Rd-Sewickley-PA-15143/11555486_zpid/

  13. South Cakalaki says: 4 comments

    The Wilhite House, Anderson, SC C.1851 and expanded/ updated around 1910.
    Dr. Wilhite invented Ether with Crawford Long. The home has sat empty and vandalized for years during the foreclosure process from the events facility that is responsible for the crazy colors and mural. Pray a flipper doesn’t buy it and bring in vinyl siding/ windows.

    http://app.dsmobileidx.com/166940/445/#s=Details&m=%7B%22propertyId%22%3A151562918%7D

  14. Pete says: 7 comments

    Here’s one that recently sold. A 1908 gate house for an estate now subdivided. Only one owner since it was built. Time capsule material!!!

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/100-Queen-St_Bristol_CT_06010_M32595-56866

  15. John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

    Then there is this house which appears to be a George F. Barber designed Queen Anne at 429 Rivermont in Lynchburg, VA: http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/429-Rivermont-Ave-Lynchburg-VA-24504/117847581_zpid/ Although the exterior is largely intact the interior has suffered from many years of rental use as a four-unit. Perhaps with some careful deconstruction one could eventually get back to the original floor plan…no telling how many original details are now missing inside. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn the current simple staircase newel and balustrade were relocated from the back of the house and was the servant’s staircase back in the day. I suspect the house might have looked inside very similar to this other George F. Barber designed beauty in Lynchburg that was mostly spared the rental abuse: https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2016/02/05/1902-queen-anne-lynchburg-va/ In any case, the 429 Rivermont house was also beautiful at one time but it would take a lot to bring the period flavor back now.

  16. John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

    One more towered Queen Anne that was posted on FB today: I’m not sure if its still on the market or not but it has some very nice period details inside: http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1107-McClellan-St_Tama_IA_52339_M89248-30598 It’s in Tama, Iowa, a town I’ve never heard of, but it looks like a peaceful setting. Streetview only goes through the main street in town so earth view is another option. Wondering as well if this might be a Barber design but if not its still probably from a planbook of the period.

    • Coqu says: 251 comments

      Tama is not only a name of a town in Iowa, but also a county, and many streets in Iowa! Named after Chief Taimah (Tama). His son was Chief Appanoose (Appanoose County, Iowa).

      • John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

        Thanks for that bit of historical information. Not only is the streetview very limited (basically just the main road through town) but an older version with low resolution…difficult to make any assumptions about the town or the neighborhood where this house is located. I imagine there are literally hundreds of smaller towns like Tama in Iowa.

  17. Lottie says: 355 comments

    Here are my favorites this week!

    1890 beauty (Very comfortable home!)

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/500-South-St-E-Talladega-AL-35160/76052907_zpid/

    1887 Middleton House (pink house on NRHP)

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/514-South-St-E-Talladega-AL-35160/2099986445_zpid/

    9 1/2 acres comes with 1889 house with 5 bedrooms – needs restoration in Abbeville, South Carolina.

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/293-Cochran-Rd-Abbeville-SC-29620/2099584536_zpid/

    • Julles says: 520 comments

      Great collection. The one in Abbeville is very appealing to me. Question though, is the house older than stated and are the columns in the foyer a later addition?

      • Lottie says: 355 comments

        I wondered that myself.

        • John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

          The Abbeville house does have some nice period details. However, the Foursquare house form itself is later than 1889 here and all of the millwork, (with the exception of some green painted pieces) seems to date from between 1900 and 1910. It does make me wonder if parts of the house could be older and were part of a major remodeling in the 1900’s. The outbuilding in the back looks like it was originally a residence; perhaps its the part of the property that dates back to the 1880’s? Essentially, this Foursquare form (because Foursquare is a type of house, not a style) house is post 1900 based on the evidence in the photos. (columns included)

  18. SueSue says: 1111 comments
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    1802 Cape
    ME

    After looking at large tracts of land in Jefferson, Texas (of course not one came with an old home) I decided to look at their historical offerings.

    At the top of the price list a Greek Revival.
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/403-N-Walnut-St_Jefferson_TX_75657_M79885-97379

    Wait I was wrong. There was a 1957 almost time capsule with 211 acres

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/403-N-Walnut-St_Jefferson_TX_75657_M79885-97379

    This beauty with three rentals on the property.

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/502-Taylor-St_Jefferson_TX_75657_M72675-06679

    This 1895 landmark B&B that is hard to see under the busy decor.

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1009-S-Line-St_Jefferson_TX_75657_M72478-30261

    The Haywood House Hotel comes with a legend that was confirmed when a brick tunnel was discovered during renovations to turn the hotel into a single family home.

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/202-S-Market-St_Jefferson_TX_75657_M74810-76267

    The story about the tunnel.

    https://books.google.com/books?id=viOF0Abzin8C&pg=PA89&lpg=PA89&dq=slave+tunnels+of+jefferson+TX&source=bl&ots=ASU5jHqsCg&sig=vc_goGwUurz4j4IvZ4fiQbaJ40o&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi-_6iPs7zLAhXIbj4KHe_DDugQ6AEIIjAB#v=onepage&q=slave%20tunnels%20of%20jefferson%20TX&f=false

    This 1869 cutie that needs some work and an ugly spiral staircase removed ASAP.

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1111-S-Line-St_Jefferson_TX_75657_M72989-22418

    Now why don’t any of them have land?

  19. Anne M.Anne M. says: 903 comments
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    1972 raised ranch.
    Hopkinton, MA

    A beautiful Second Empire in Northampton, MA – not many interior photos, tho.
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/83-Pomeroy-Ter_Northampton_MA_01060_M33023-54066
    There’s a condo for sale in this towered Queen Anne on the same street – you can see some lovely original details:
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2-Pomeroy-Ter-Apt-3_Northampton_MA_01060_M38233-94399

  20. CF says: 37 comments

    Question– is anyone in this group located in Springfield, Mass? Familiar with the McKnight area? Looked at a house there… it needs 65-70k of big repairs right off the bat, I’m really on the fence. It’s a patchwork mess, but the first floor interior is spectacular. Hard to get an accurate feel of the town/neighborhood/how sketchy without actually living there. Didn’t feel like that part of the neighborhood was too bad, but people kept making horrified comments. Seems like the McKnight Council is really trying to encourage people to buy there and restore, wondering what incentives they offer. Going to call and chat them up this week, just curious to see if anyone in here had info.

    • Anne M.Anne M. says: 903 comments
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      1972 raised ranch.
      Hopkinton, MA

      Hi, CF – I grew up in Western Mass & still have family in the Springfield area. Springfield is a struggling city for a lot of reasons but there are dedicated homeowners who work hard & take pride in their neighborhoods and the McKnight area is one of them. Here is a link to their neighborhood council – you could probably contact someone there for specific questions:
      http://www.mcknightcouncil.org/
      I am sure you are aware that there is going to be a casino built in Springfield in the next several years – timeline has been pushed back because of infrastructure repairs that need to be done. People are either thrilled about the economic potential for a casino in the city or horrified at potential crime that may come with it.

      • CF says: 37 comments

        Thanks! I have to say, the people were one of the highlights of my trip, everyone was so nice and just very friendly and welcoming. Really terrific. I spoke to someone in Housing regarding the Historic Commission rules for house alterations/maintenance, but was going to call the Council this week. I’m in Los Angeles, so I’m used to the police helicopter and the occasional fireworks/gunshots at night– and I live in a fairly nice residential neighborhood. It’s just city living. When I was in Springfield, everyone kept making comments about how bad the neighborhood was.. but I drove through several times to see, day and night, and it seemed pretty quiet– guy walking his dog, kids coming home from school with backpacks. I spoke to a woman who’d been there 25 years on Bowdoin street, completely redid her house herself, and asked her who lived in these houses– she pointed out doctor, lawyer, family, halfway house for sober women.. A mix, but seemed mostly okay. I’m really on the fence. The house is a big mess… but structurally solid and unbelievable woodwork on the interior. Knocks your eyes out. But, very expensive initial repairs. I think the casino will actually be great for the town– I went to high school in Elgin, Illinois, and it was nearly identical to Springfield. Once a wealthy, thriving city with 19th century architecture, fell into poverty and disrepair when the industry left. Really sketchy. Went back years later for my reunion– and it was all pretty and nice. They even had a Gap. The casino had completely rebooted the economy/provided jobs and tourism, made a huge difference. If it’s a fancy casino, it will be terrific. If it’s a crummy low-rent one… then it’ll drag the city down. The woman told me it was supposed to open 2017, but now in 2018. Thinking about making a lowball offer, lots of pros but also lots of cons. Seems like there is a small but dedicated community trying to encourage the neighborhood.

        • Anne M.Anne M. says: 903 comments
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          1972 raised ranch.
          Hopkinton, MA

          Sounds like you are doing your due diligence! The casino is an MGM & was originally going to have an 25 story hotel but has recently dropped to 6 stories. Good luck with your decision.

  21. says: 14 comments

    Check out the home I found on Zillow:
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/52034019_zpid

    I am buying this house a 1930 Georgian Revival in Marshall, Texas. I want to keep the original bathrooms but I am think about tearing out the bottom kitchen cabinets & installing new ones. I am leaving the uppers. I wanted to get some feedback from the group
    Or if they think this would be an issue since I they are original from 1930 era? The master bedroom wing was added on but I am not sure when. They did a good job of matching the brick.

    • Chris says: 672 comments

      Cool house and hope you have a great time in it. I’m the type who would keep the existing kitchen cabinets. Then again, I bought an old kitchen for my house and had additional cabinets made to match. Nice space in the kitchen, but maybe a bit awkward. That should be pretty easy to fix though. And don’t forget to put in some of Pam’s laminate on the countertop!

    • John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

      I don’t think anyone could find fault with wanting to update the kitchen and bathrooms. The bathroom with the blue/teal fixtures is later than the 1930’s, probably 1950’s. The bathroom with the basket weave tiles is probably original to the house. I’m surprised about how unimpressive the kitchen is compared to the rest of the house. The only suggestion I’d make is to avoid mimicking the designer/trendy bathrooms and kitchens on the home improvement shows. Thinking timeless and classic is your best guide to a bathroom or kitchen which if you do it right will never look terribly dated. Traditional materials like Carrara marble and subway tiles have stood the test of time. Otherwise, if you do want to keep these rooms sympathetic to the period, spend time looking at successful bathroom makeovers in vintage homes (on Old House Dreams and places like Pinterest) and notice the things you find appealing about them-what give them their character? I think based on the things you like you can come up with a kitchen and bathrooms that others will react positively and still offer the modern amenities you expect. At least you’re not trying to makeover an 1860’s farmhouse as one purist did in the Old House Journal. That example’s kitchen was done by a woman who specializes in period looking kitchens so she went to extreme lengths to hide modern appliances and otherwise convince the viewer that if they had had today’s technology back then, kitchens would have looked like that. I think most of the old house lovers here will agree some makeovers here are a good thing. Don’t destroy those old sinks, tubs and fixtures as they have a fair amount of salvage value. Advertise them on Craigslist or e-Bay (as a “buy it now”) and price them slightly lower than what specialty antique plumbing dealers do. (expect folks to try to haggle on the price anyway) If you’re lucky, you might recoup enough to help with your project. Last, if you are successful, your home’s value will increase substantially because ask any realtor and they will tell you bathrooms and kitchens sell houses-Good luck!

    • Anne M.Anne M. says: 903 comments
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      1972 raised ranch.
      Hopkinton, MA

      What a terrific house & the price is amazing. Bathrooms are definite keepers. I would keep the lower cabinets for consistency/integrity. Best of luck!

    • SueSue says: 1111 comments
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      1802 Cape
      ME

      Oh lucky you!!! I love it. As a designer I would leave the cabinets and change the hardware. I am jealous over those bathrooms. Adorable. Keep us posted on your progress please.

  22. Laurie W. says: 1706 comments

    This isn’t terribly old — 1952, but it’s adorable. Wish it were mine!
    http://jfbrownrealestate.com/details/residential/129407/

  23. Violet says: 1 comments

    Currently on mobile so not sure if this one will work. Im in love to say anything!!

    http://u.zillow.com/pgdBM

  24. Gorgeous woodwork and exterior – kitchen and baths a bit too modernized but still a beautiful property and wow, that carriage house with original stalls & tack room!!
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5105-Lindell-Blvd-Saint-Louis-MO-63108/2989327_zpid/

    Off market but sharing because the original cabinetry throughout this otherwise very modernized home is so awesome!
    http://www.trulia.com/homes/Missouri/Saint_Louis/sold/1015377-5165-Lindell-Blvd-Saint-Louis-MO-63108#photo-1

    Original butler’s pantry and more fabulous woodwork. Quite a mansion.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5035-Lindell-Blvd-Saint-Louis-MO-63108/2989325_zpid/?view=public

    • JullesJulles says: 520 comments
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      These are all beautiful homes! The last one to me is the most impressive. It looks like an Embassy. How do you fill 10,000 square feet of a house like that with life? I would need a dozen kids and parties daily to fill it. This might be a good house to be owned by a charitable foundation that had offices, classes and holiday parties similar to Callanwolde in Atlanta Georgia. It might be plebeian but I can’t imagine a modern family of 4 living in a place like this.

  25. John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

    Anyone want to hazard a guess as to whether this might be a George F. Barber design? Going up for auction in Peru, Indiana April 9: (Zillow listing) http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/153-W-3rd-St-Peru-IN-46970/94511447_zpid/?view=public

  26. MaureenD says: 1 comments

    Hello: I am a longtime reader and first-time poster. Thank you for the hours of enjoyment and education you have provided to me.

    This home is an 1875 Eastlake Victorian in Fanwood, New Jersey, which is where I live. It is located in the Fanwood Park Historic District, where there are many other fine homes from the same era.

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/60-N-Martine-Ave-Fanwood-NJ-07023/40000400_zpid

    What is most interesting to me, however, is the website the prior owner maintained in order to document his meticulous restoration of this home. When you read it, you will understand that the restoration was a true labor of love: http://ourvictorianhouse.com

  27. BobaFelt says: 1 comments

    Here is website with pics of my parents house in 1892:

    https://thisileave.wordpress.com/tag/home/

  28. Michaeljoe62 says: 97 comments

    http://reecerproperties.idxbroker.com/idx/details/listing/a347/201552386/1415-W-Washington-Boulevard-Fort-Wayne-IN-46802

    How about this? Who would’t want an estate with its own CHAPEL?!?! (In the house, no less!)

    I can honestly say this incredible historic home looks as good as the photos (we went through a recent open house). Though I don’t know what practicality it holds for a homeowner, the chapel on the second floor is just a bit of amazing, I must say. We have met the owners (socially) over the years, and know this has truly been a longtime labor of love for them. Family health issues and downsizing have brought them to this crossroads. It is situated in one of Fort Wayne’s main historic neighborhoods, though somewhat on a rather busy boulevard – so not sure how to comment on the asking price (though it just dropped $100K).

    The home is worth every penny in my opinion, it’s just one of those wonderful anomalies that breaks the rules – the location could be better, but hopefully it won’t deter buyers (particularly out-of-towners without pre-determined prejudices). It’s a great area – and the downtown here is finally experiencing that long-hoped-for resurgence that so many of us have prayed (and worked) for for a long time.

    This is a recent newspaper feature, too, with more home information:
    http://www.news-sentinel.com/news/local/Historic-mansion–complete-with-chapel–could-be-yours

  29. JayStar says: 20 comments

    I feel like this house for sale (a teeny house built in 1920) is a poster child for the entire Cabbagetown neighborhood. Tiny! Lovely! Wow, gentrified. There are lovely original touches, for all that it’s thoroughly modern in many ways. http://www.georgiamls.com/211-Estoria-Street/SF/7604067#

    I rather like this place. Not least because I’d never expect to find it in the D.C. area: https://www.redfin.com/DC/Washington/3717-Camden-St-SE-20020/home/10155584

    Since it was built in 1962, I worry that this is too modern for the forum. I was just so fascinated by the architecture that I felt inclined to share. Look at this roof! And the front door! I’ve never seen a brick house with this kind of Asian-inspired styling before. It’s nifty. https://www.coldwellbankerhomes.com/ga/atlanta/2981-collier-drive-nw/pid_11037018/

  30. JullesJulles says: 520 comments
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    Cabbagetown used to be poorest part of town. It was a mill worker area built for the textile workers. It was named Cabbagetown for the smell of cabbages cooking in the homes of the workers. It was a ethnic slur really. So, to see it all fixed up and so expensive would truly have shocked the original occupants.
    The house on Collier Rd. is too cool. I am dying to know what it looks like inside and if it was built that way originally. This makes me think of the Hawaiian style home posted earlier. The 60’s and 70’s were quite adventurous when it came to architecture and other things. Breaking the rules was a culture trait.

    • JayStar says: 20 comments

      I’ve been amazed, over the last 15ish years, over Cabbagetown’s popularity. I distinctly remember being told not to go there (danger! danger!) when I was first exploring Atlanta. Now it’s posh and polished. I can’t find the Cabbagetown listing I recently tripped over that had a cottage decked out in electric purple trim. It made me smile. (and shows that it isn’t as posh & polished as I just said…)

      The aroma of cooking cabbage has always made the most sense to me, as far as the neighborhood’s name origin goes. I do have a certain fondness for the overturned cabbage-truck story, though. ๐Ÿ™‚

      YES! I totally agree – would’ve loved interior photos of the house on Collier.

  31. Sharing two remarkable PA homes found on FB today. The first is a must see – I have NEVER seen an interior like this – the woodwork!! My apologies – I’m sure I must sound like a skipping record at times with all my “woodwork” comments but truly – this woodwork is unbelievable… The mantels!!!! PA has some really magnificent historic homes.

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/407-North-Front-Street-Harrisburg-PA-17101/2100507515_zpid/?view=public

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/60-S-2nd-St-Lewisburg-PA-17837/2113710214_zpid/?view=public

    • SueSue says: 1111 comments
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      1802 Cape
      ME

      I agree Shelly, PA has an amazing amount of incredible homes. The first one you posted is spectacular. Truly like one of the old RI grand dames. Once upon a time it did have some lawn and landscaping.
      http://cdn.c.photoshelter.com/img-get/I0000lbQDP8roTqM/s/900/900/Cameron-Mansion-Harrisburg.jpg

      This is what I found out about it.

      “Notably one of Harrisburgโ€™s most significant historic landmarks at N. Front and State Streets, this was the residence of Simon Cameronโ€™s son, J. Donald, Pennsylvania U.S. Senator, Secretary of War during the Grant Administration and Harrisburg philanthropist. Built in 1863 in the Second Empire style, the building survives in its original form with chambers and hallways that truly embody 19th-Century Harrisburg. Legend has it that Grant once stayed here during a visit and sat out on the side porch (just behind those trees on the left) to smoke cigars.”

      What a treasure.

  32. Cora says: 2054 comments

    Anyone want to speculate why this lovely lady hasn’t sold?

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/106-N-Vine-St_Abilene_KS_67410_M80319-48064

    • Ian says: 27 comments

      It’s way out of commuting distance to any decent paying jobs. Thats my guess. Over 2 hours to KC. Sadly, lots of these beautiful houses are not anywhere near any jobs that one could work to afford such a home. Furthermore wall paper is heinous in some areas. I absolutely love the house though.

      • Cora says: 2054 comments

        I think it’s priced too high for Abilene, KS. Sweet little town, but as you said, where would you work to afford a half-million $ home? You would have to be independently wealthy or be internet-based. Imagine what the price of this home would be in a large city?

        I love it too, though. ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

    Why hasn’t it sold? Probably because it is too personalized inside. The previous owners, a decorator couple from San Francisco, wanted to show how an authentic house of the period might have looked originally. (from their SF shop they had sold period wallpapers, curtains, and other Victorian decorative accessories.)
    It’s the kind of bold face high style Victorian mansion inside that will only resonate with dyed in the wool lovers of Victoriana who seek a pure 1880’s interior. It was rare originally for mansions to have such over-the-top treatments in every room especially on the plains of Kansas but in any case the pool of potential buyers in this price range that are looking for such an “artistic” mansion is small, and probably even smaller for a market like Abilene, KS. Whatever you think about the decorative treatments its still a fine home and one of the finest ever in Abilene. It may be necessary to tone the decor down a little (i.e. paint a few rooms) but I couldn’t bring myself personally to paint over hand printed wallpaper that cost hundreds of dollars or more per roll.

  34. Jbilly says: 51 comments

    Switching it up…a MCM and it looks to be original down to the carpet.

    See what I found on #Zillow!
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/83177363_zpid

    The fence is a little scary…barb wire not really my thing….wonder what they were wanting to keep out?

  35. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11880 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Just realized we’ve hit over 4000 homes on the site. Holy moly, when I type it out loud, that’s crazy! :p

    • JullesJulles says: 520 comments
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      Congratulations! Good job, well done.

    • That’s really awesome, Kelly! You probably never imagined the site you created would draw so many fellow old house dreamers and moreover, that your seek and find efforts would eventually build to a library of 4000 homes!!! I think you owe it to yourself to start a subscription service. I realize other OHD loyalists may cringe at my suggestion but it takes time to maintain a site like yours and if I’m willing to pay 7.99/month for Netflix and more for other subscriptions, I’d happily pay a monthly fee for OHD to ensure its longevity!!! Thanks again for providing this fabulous service!!!!

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 938 comments
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        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        Not sure my site could get away with doing that, even if I wanted to. There are now other sites and Facebook page that do what I do, although I think they are more HGTV houses than the houses I tend to post. ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. Chris says: 672 comments

    Kelly congrats on your 4K houses – that’s an amazing feat!

    Here’s one I haven’t seen on there, but it sure ticks a lot of boxes for me….
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/426-Lake-Dora-Dr-Tavares-FL-32778/45354951_zpid/

    • John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

      Chris, this is indeed a stunning house. You did notice it sold for twice as much in 2006? At this price point I expect to see a “pending” soon. The entry and staircase with that unique spiral twist newel really stand out. Over an acre of land, lakefront frontage, although the house may be too large for some buyers. Thanks for sharing.

      • Chris says: 672 comments

        Yes It’s a terrific house and looks like most of the work would be relatively easy. I love the newel post, too. The grounds could be amazing – why is it most old homes I see in Florida have a huge lack of landscaping? I would make it a tropical paradise if it were mine. What’s interesting is this is one of the few houses I can see on the lake without a dock. Not sure if one is allowed or not and that could be some of the reason it’s not taken. Hope it goes to a good ole house lover. I expect someone will have to work awfully fast to get this one. And, it’s walking distance to town – and a sushi restaurant. ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. Cora says: 2054 comments

    Has anyone heard anything about Sternberg Mansion in Wichita since it was posted here? I saw a rumor on Facebook that it sold, and the listing is no longer active.

  38. voss99voss99 says: 2 comments

    It’s in french and it’s on youtube but WOW!!!!!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4sASMdKRDk

    • Chris says: 672 comments

      Beautiful home at one point. Here’s a Belgian photographer who loves to photograph abandoned houses. The buildings are so beautiful but it makes me sad sometimes seeing their current state. Here’s his link if you want to see his work. This page is the Manor houses, as opposed to the Chateaux or Villas. Not sure I understand the distinction. http://www.soulphotography.be/urban-exploration/chateau/

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11880 comments
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        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        Beautiful photos. It is so depressing when you see abandoned homes that still have photos in them. Makes me wonder why no one cared enough to save them or worse, no family left to care.

        • Chris says: 672 comments

          I actually think a lot of them are likely forced abandonment from family estate issues, taxes, legal battles, etc. There are a couple where the estate’s property was converted into commercial or institutional purposes and the institute just leaves the house to rot. Sometimes historic properties can’t be intentionally destroyed, but if they just rot into the ground then the property can be repurposed. Sad I know, but sometimes true.

  39. Melissa says: 230 comments

    This amazing house has been lovingly maintained by dedicated preservationists. Great schools, town dedicated to family…. http://www.raveis.com/prop/99137521/228weedstreet_newcanaan_ct

  40. Shannon says: 21 comments

    This one is really neat. Its a 1902 Train Station. How much fun would it be to live in this!

    http://www.trulia.com/property/3215290473-9-Tobacco-Rd-Accord-NY-12404#photo-27

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11880 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      2309 is fabulous!!!! My favorite is 2915. ๐Ÿ™‚ Great finds!

    • Shannon says: 21 comments

      Duluth has so many amazing homes! We are going up there over Mothers Day Weekend. I am going to make my husband drive so I can look at all the beautiful homes and we pass by. I am hoping we will have enough time to tour Glensheen. That place is my dream, I would love to live in a place like that!

    • Amie Back says: 41 comments

      I am deeply in love with the sink in picture 33 of the house at 2232.

  41. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11880 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Oh boy! No interior photos.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/715-North-Rankin-St-Natchez-MS-39120/2099381224_zpid/

    • John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

      Outstanding late Greek Revival transitioning to Italianate (all the porch corbels) hybrid. From the electrical service mast at least we know this house was electrically wired. The roof is a major point, any proposed restoration would begin with a sound roof. The damage to the masonry wall needs to be carefully inspected. Sometimes wall rebuilding is required and requires inside bracing and support from the basement to the attic so if wall reconstruction is required it does not cause floor collapse. Not sure about the pricing but Natchez has long been a preservation destination with its wealth of Antebellum mansions. I’d bring a structural engineer experienced in historic masonry structures to come up with a fix for the wall problem. It’s in an area of mostly smaller historic homes: https://goo.gl/maps/zgyJ34WHEwD2 (Streetview)

  42. Cora says: 2054 comments

    Aughh! Someone save this poor old girl…so pretty!

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M85763-80982

  43. Cora says: 2054 comments

    The listing says it’s been on the market for 993 days! It’s lovely and appears restorable. The price seems reasonable – I don’t know much about Osawatomie. Seems like I remember there being a detention center or mental hospital – or something there. Its quite close to KC, though. I’ll have to Google it.

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