c. 1890 Queen Anne – Peru, IN (George F. Barber)

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153 W 3rd St, Peru, IN 46970

  • Auction - April 9, 2016
  • 7 Bed
  • 4.5 Bath
  • 3899 Sq Ft
The price stated on this property is the assessed tax value (for MLS purposes). This property is being sold at public auction on Saturday, April 9th at 12:00 noon. This property may sell for more or less than the assessed value, depending on the outcome of the auction bidding. All offers will be accepted on auction day only. 3,900+/- sf, 7+ bedroom, 5+ bath victorian home on basement w/ carriage house in downtown Peru, Indiana. SELLS ABSOLUTE, NO RESERVE, SELLS REGARDLESS OF PRICE! This home features a large amount of original character (beautiful solid wood staircase, 4 fireplaces, stained & lead glass windows/doors and much more! This 3,900+/- sf victorian home features 7+ bedrooms, 5+ baths sitting a basement w/ a detached carriage house in downtown Peru, IN. Built in 1890, this home sits on a corner lot and brings tons of curb appeal. Features like the wraparound front porch to the steeple roof make this home stand out above the rest on the block. Beautiful stained & lead glass windows/doors throughout the entire home gives a since of elegance and love. Behind every door this a new special of character with embossed & tapestry ceiling tiles, embossed wall paper designs, 4 fireplaces, original hardwood floors and cast iron bathroom features. This victorian home is a diamond in the rough but with some TLC this home will be the most brilliant diamond in Peru.
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Timothy McCulloch, Scheerer McCulloch Real Estate,
(260) 441-8636

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23 Comments on c. 1890 Queen Anne – Peru, IN (George F. Barber)

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11712 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks John S. for the share! He thought this might be a Barber too.

  2. Hijumpin says: 10 comments

    Wow, I love it! Stunning!

  3. LadyBelle says: 62 comments

    It needs love, but I still want. The stained glass and little details make it special.

  4. WhenIWinTheLottery says: 71 comments

    I’m in LOVE! All those fleur-de-lis stain glass and leaded windows. Did anyone else notice the Vic on the opposite corner in the 12th picture from the top?

  5. JimHJimH says: 4864 comments
    OHD Supporter

    The Cottage Souvenirs group says it’s a Barber, and a few others in Peru also.
    Would love to see what John could do with this one given some time and money.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11712 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Cool, thanks!

    • John Shiflet says: 5380 comments

      Kelly, Jim H., yeah, I’d be all over this one if the timing were right. But we were at a meeting with the City (Ft. Worth) and developers this afternoon and the City is not keen on dense urban development around us. Simply put, we may not be in the market for another old house anytime soon but if we were, this would be a great candidate. I do wonder why an auction was deemed the best venue to sell it. Who knows, if all the stars align, maybe we will get a chance to find something like this. It is by all appearances the quintessential American Queen Anne with all the details lovers of this style look for. I’m not sure why someone glued a piece of tapestry to the ceiling? But the embossed fruit detail does look original. I hope this house goes to someone who will appreciate it for the gem it is and not try to gut the interior to make it modern. It’s the kind of house a purist would appreciate. Peru has a historical legacy as an old Circus town, but this house is a Queen, not a clown.

  6. painted ladies says: 13 comments

    Oh! I want want want-how beautiful from the veranda to the stain glass and that staircase. Want to see more. The bathroom and kitchen are always a must for me to see. In any case I love this house plus it is a G. Barber-my favorite. I bet it is gorgeous inside.

  7. LouB says: 85 comments

    What a lovely house.
    This would be so much nicer even with an originally correct paint scheme.
    A worthy endeavor for restoration

  8. Paul W says: 539 comments

    Peru is a great little town and they recently announced a downtown improvement plan. Interestingly ,while it is about an 1:15 minutes to the north side of Indianapolis/Carmel, more and more people are moving North and restoring to escape the crime (and very high prices) in Indianapolis. This house would likely sell for 300K in Indy and it would not surprise me to see this one sell for 30-50K. I met a couple over the weekend who came in the shop, we are in Logansport about 15 miles away, who were from Rochester IN (even further north) and they both commute to Indy daily for work. This home has a lot of potential for the right person , especially if you are not “location dependent”.

  9. Pookha says: 141 comments

    A snippet of iron fence! Sweet house–I hope a restorer gets it. Even where I am in the middle of nowhere, the word “auction” brings out the flippers.

  10. says: 45 comments

    How is it that something that needs all the love I have in my heart is so far away from me? Stunning house that just needs me to love it.

  11. Jaime Saul says: 1 comments

    Ahhhhhh! ❤️ This is similar to ours! I will say to anyone interested in this, they are so worth the effort! Hope you are doing well Kelly!!!!! ?

  12. Chris DiMattei says: 272 comments

    This is the Dr. Charles J. Helm house and it is most certainly a George Barber design. It is one of four Barber house examples that I know about, built in Peru. One of those four was lost, years ago. I too, would be all over this one, if I were retired and looking for a project.

    • WhenIWinTheLottery says: 71 comments

      Dr. Charles J. Helm died in the house on April 27, 1920 of pneumonia. He was survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.

      I tried to find a photo of this lovely lady in the archives but came up with nothing.

  13. Jeklstudio says: 1121 comments

    To me it appears larger than the stated sq footage. Wish there were more photos.

  14. David B Bernstein says: 7 comments

    Almost looks like two houses melded together. Anyone have that impression?

    • JimHJimH says: 4864 comments
      OHD Supporter

      David, if you’re referring to the two fronts on the exterior, this house was designed specifically for a corner lot, as were many of the larger plan book houses. The corner lots were the most desirable, and designs with turrets on the corner and porches facing both streets looked twice as impressive.

  15. Michael Mackin says: 2038 comments

    Oh for a few more pictures!

  16. WhenIWinTheLottery says: 71 comments

    Is anyone going to the auction? I would love to know how much it went for. Then again, maybe not if it was within my budget. Then I’d just cry.

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