March 25, 2016: Link Exchange & Discussion

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Happy Good Friday! This is where you share your old house finds, articles or general old house chit chat. Today's old photo is a George F. Barber designed home. Thanks to Chris DiMattei for pointing me to the location, White Sulphur Springs, Montana. I do not know the exact date of the photo but the paper it's printed on feels like the 1940's or '50s. The new photos are from 2008 (sorry no interior photos found), check out the street view here. It was built c. 1888. According to the old listing description the home was purchased by the Ringling family for housing summer circus acts around the turn of the century. It also stated "...Main floor original wood, oak floors and light fixtures in living room, dining room, entryway, receiving room with fireplace...". I did not find any more than that but perhaps the wizards of house history can turn up more. Have a great weekend and blessed Easter. -Kelly

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  1. Melissa says: 230 comments

    Happy Easter, Kelly! Thanks for everything you do!

    • KarenZKarenZ says: 1150 comments
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      My gosh, isn’t that crazy? Almost a million dollars to tear it down and start over!

    • Janna says: 7 comments

      Why would anyone want to tear that house down? People are crazy!

    • churtterph says: 2 comments

      We looked at a sears home when we were buying! Not many around anymore. We ended up choosing a different one, but the sears home is just up the street. New owners just moved in and they put a pink flamingo in the yard. UGH LOL

    • Ian says: 27 comments

      That is a deal for an acre in Vienna! And with a nice older home too! I wish our budget were about 250k higher, I’d be all over that. I doubt anyone will tear it down, it’s in a nice residential neighborhood with lots of well kept older homes. What a crappy realtor to even suggest that home as a tear down.

  2. Michele says: 90 comments

    Wish everyone a Happy Easter. Here is a house in Rochester, In.

  3. Betsy says: 156 comments

    Kelly— the house in White Sulphur Springs… I am currently ( yesterday and today) re-reading a great book called This House of Sky, by the author Ivan Doig. At one point he, his father and his grandmother rented rooms in this very house. I remember because of the Ringling name + White Sulphur Springs.. crazy synchronicity.

    Thank you again for a wonderful website

  4. Joseph says: 11 comments

    Happy Easter! Speaking of the Ringling family, if any old house lovers find themselves in Sarasota FL they should go check out Ca D’Zan at the Ringling Museum. Its the completely restored winter home of John and Mabel Ringling (built in 1925 I believe). Not only is the architecture fascinating but it also houses beautiful artwork and decorative accents from several different centuries. You also can get a look at the service areas (pantries/kitchen). It’s really worth a go!

  5. annaP says: 25 comments

    Ohhhhhhh…. I just want this….

    • KarenZKarenZ says: 1150 comments
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      Now, that is a true beauty! Those rooms all look big enough to host a HUGE party (and, if I were lucky enough to own this, I would hold parties all of the time)! I love the kitchen upgrades and they balanced it by keeping the lovely pantry! Great find, Anna!

    • Chris says: 672 comments

      I agree very nice home and grounds. I’m guessing the distance from NYC accounts for the low price tag but appears to be in good shape. Kind of cringing at the thought of the winter utility bills though

    • churtterph says: 2 comments

      Oh dear!! That is my PERFECT home 🙂 FANTASTIC

    • Melody says: 502 comments

      I want it too!!

      Room for all the books I could ever want. Room to bake a whole lot of cookies. Room to sock-slide everywhere! Room to get away from people. And a whole lot of grass for me to stay perfectly happy mowing. 😀

    • Jennifer HT says: 747 comments

      LOVE this. I would be proud to own this home.

      • jeklstudio says: 1050 comments

        Holy-freakin’-moly!! Beautiful, just beautiful!! The only thing I would change is toning down the brightness level on a couple of the colors. Not the hue itself, just bring down the brightness a bit. The house is spectacular, bathrooms too! **Sigh**

  6. Cora says: 2054 comments

    This house…I’ve no words. Is the cupola original…and is it large enough to hold a comfy chair for reading? Love love love…

    122 Port Rd
    $799,900 | 3 Bed • 4 Bath

    122 Port Rd
    $799,900 | 3 Bed • 4 Bath

  7. JimHJimH says: 5105 comments
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    Great house and old photo in Montana. There’s a book about the Ringlings in Montana – the review suggests this house was owned by Richard T. Ringling, a nephew of John Ringling. He married a local girl, but died young and is buried nearby.

    Happy Easter from me too! And thanks to Kelly for all the great houses you give us all year long – better than dyed eggs and chocolate bunnies with their ears bit off, or Peeps!

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

    A 1925 English Revival – looks like the kitchen and several of the baths are original. Its’ “twin” shares a courtyard with it!,-72.407456,42.114778,-72.872315_rect/10_zm/
    Here is a bit more about the twin houses:

    • KarenZKarenZ says: 1150 comments
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      What a great story–houses for sisters! The house is such a great price for a fantastic house! Your link to Zillow made me find several lovely old beauties in Holyoke, MA. It looks like a really beautiful place to live and if these houses were in some of the major cities, they would be over a million dollars! I’m going to link a couple of the houses that I found below. Thanks for a great share!

  9. KarenZKarenZ says: 1150 comments
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    Thank you so much, Kelly, for all you do here, I hope that you are feeling much better now. Happy Easter to all!

  10. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1025 comments
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    1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

    Happy Easter, Kelly and everyone!

  11. Noelle says: 25 comments

    Happy Easter everyone…

    I thought share a Dutch house for a change. This is a house in Maastricht. A great small town in the southern the Netherlands. It’s close to the center and the train station. It’s more than worth it’s asking price. And honestly… I’ve never seen a house like that here. Almost all of it is original.

    • KarenZKarenZ says: 1150 comments
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      What a great house and location. It looks like a great place to live. I especially love the sleek kitchen and the great lighting!

    • LoriSW says: 9 comments

      Thanks Noelle, a refreshing home. I like it, even with it’s more modern style!!!

    • Noelle says: 25 comments

      I wanted to add more info in the style of building. It’s called “Amsterdamse School” and was used mainly between 1910 and 1930. So this house not that modern. It’s about 100 yrs old. The most amazing thing is that this type of architecture mainly exists around Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam… Not where I live. So I would say this house is fairly unique especially with this many original components.

  12. Chris says: 672 comments

    Years ago I read a biography called Grace In China. It’s the story about a Chattanooga debutante who met and fell in love with a Chinese guy. They married and moved to China where she lived until the 1970’s. Her fascinating story tells about raising a family through WWII and then communist China. For some reason I remembered the story and imagine my surprise when I saw the house that Grace grew up in when I was looking at old houses in TN.
    Here’s the book. Tales about the house and a photograph is in the book.

  13. Mike E says: 368 comments

    This old house is only a dream for most, but it doesn’t hurt to dream! This house was built for the original owner of the Brown Shoe Company of St Louis, so this is “the House that Buster Brown built”!!

  14. LUCINDA HOWARD says: 242 comments

    Michele, the home in IN will do just fine for me. I’ll take it furnished, please.

  15. Ian says: 27 comments

    Wife and I finally put in an offer on a place:

    We were originally looking for a place with more land a little further out, but I have started a new job closer in to DC, so the commute was a deciding factor. We were just happy to find something we both loved that was within 40 minutes drive from my job. Other than a few changes in the kitchen and some stripping of paint/refinishing wood, we generally like the design of the home. Might repaint the exterior. Fingers crossed they’ll accept our offer, it’s strong and the home has been on the market a while, so I think we are good to go.

  16. KarenZKarenZ says: 1150 comments
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    This is the house that my mom and I got to tour for an open house–it’s the house that got me hooked on old homes! I would have jumped on this (my mom claimed the carriage house to live in) and I wanted to put in a pool that looked like a natural pond. The only problem with this home is that there is a waste dump about a mile away that was just recently put under armed guard! The tray at the bottom of the stairs was to hold a “calling card”. The visitor would wait in the parlor and when the General came down the stairs, they would be announced! The wood in the dining room was not painted when we toured and I was disappointed to see that in the listing photos.

    • Ian says: 27 comments

      Well, location aside, the price and beauty of the house captivate me. One instance where you might want to reconsider removing lead paint (if there is any). Thank you for sharing! Houses like this make me happy, with so many original details intact.

    • Lottie says: 355 comments

      But my goodness, what a beautiful dining room it is!

  17. BethanyBethany says: 3431 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    This amazing historic mansion in Minneapolis has a video tour that is worth your time. It switches back and forth betweeen the imagined life of the home in the 1920’s and the modern day. An amazing restoration showcased in a unique and mesmerizing way.

    • Marianne SF says: 1 comments

      I love the one in Lost Nation. My father used to have some extended family in the area and went there for a family reunion once. Pretty little town too.

    • Lottie says: 355 comments

      Love the stained glass windows on the stairs in Sparta, GA.

      Really a darling house in Monticello, GA, too! Love the fireplace in the kitchen.

  18. KarenZKarenZ says: 1150 comments
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    I was looking at the beautiful house linked by Anne M. in Holyoke,MA and found two more gorgeous old homes. I might just have to move as this town really looks like it is a wonderful place (great old homes with great prices)! This first one is beautiful and even the kitchen reno was done really well (in my un-expert opinion)!,-72.347374,42.094401,-72.932396_rect/10_zm/?3col=true

    The second one looks like it is out of a movie! I really love the sun rooms on this one, although the first thing that I would do is to change the frightfully red Dining Room!,-72.347374,42.094401,-72.932396_rect/10_zm/?3col=true

  19. Denise says: 28 comments

    Trying to post a link but my phone is the worst! (admin edit: added link)

    130 Button Bay Ln.
    Ferrisburg, VT

    Sweet lakeside home on Lake Champlain. Built in 1945. I have fond memories of many summers hanging out with my friend in this home. My family’s lake home is right next door. When my friend’s mom bought this home it was falling apart and had been vacant for some time. Her mom spent years improving and preserving the home and it was used by her family as a summer place, though it is fully winterized. My family’s home is just beyond the lattice in photo 15. Button Bay is a great place as the majority of the bay is a state park, so few homes. The lane is a true lane, one lane dirt road dotted with a few full time homes and majority of summer cabins that have belonged to the same families for generations. There was one cabin that was torn down and another large thing was built in its place. But small lots and strict codes prevent that sort of thing.
    I’d buy the home if I had the money. But it does sit smack on the property line (lattice) with my mom’s place, and the lotis

  20. says: 1 comments

    Here is a west coast victorian from Washington’s Victorian Seaport- Port Townsend,Wa-

    I loved the house so much as a youth- I actually spent on part of my honeymoon here-

    The current paint scheme does not do the house the justice it deserves.

  21. Cora says: 2054 comments

    I like it…

    1150 Franklin St
    $219,000 | 6 Bed • 5 Bath

  22. Cora says: 2054 comments

    What style would this be?

    361 Bliss St
    $409,900 | 5 Bed • 5 Bath

  23. Mara Melena says: 7 comments

    My mom lives in Champaign, IL. Every time I go visit her, I gawk at this house when driving by. I just feel drawn to it.

  24. Kristl DeBord says: 31 comments

    I’m posting this one because of the woodwook! And the butlers pantry, and it even comes with the original icebox. I also knew who the previous owner was, she was an elderly woman who passed away a few years ago. She lived there as long as I can remember. Not sure why there’s a kitchen on the 2nd level. It was never a duplex to my knowledge, but who knows!

  25. John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

    Thanks for the George F. Barber designed house archival photo. Barber marketed heavily in his ads to small town folks via popular magazines of his time. His widespread appeal was to offer a fine, impressive house for clients to be built in towns that lacked architects. However, his designs were so popular that even in cities with an abundance of local architects some still chose Barber’s house plans over others. I spent the weekend helping our son with enclosing and screening a back porch to keep our notorious Texas mosquitoes at bay during our summers. Hope everyone had a pleasant Easter weekend.

  26. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11880 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I’m about to post a house in Portland that made me think of the book by Virginia Lee Burton “The Little House”. I did not know there was a cartoon made.

    • Lucindy says: 54 comments

      Oooh. I remember the book and maybe the short (had to watch). Thanks for refreshing a memory. (Suzie the Little Blue Coupe is another nifty short, in a similar vein.) Makes you want to give the little house a hug and pat its roof shingles reassuringly.

    • John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

      That facade is typical of Mesker, a family firm that sold and shipped storefronts nationally from two locations in the Midwest. Mesker Bros. was based in St. Louis and George Mesker had a factory in Evansville, Indiana. In Texas alone, there are estimated to be 500+ Mesker storefronts and today many can still be found in smaller towns across the Lone Star State. Facades and components were selected from Mesker catalogs, a price was quoted, and then shipped to the customer upon approval. Here’s a blog devoted to the study of the Mesker architectural legacy: (a couple of rare original catalogs are accessible there as well)

  27. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11880 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    The description of this one sounds like more trouble than it’s worth. I’ve always been fascinated by the house, shame no interior photos.

    Wiki has better exterior pics.

    • MW says: 902 comments

      Man, they certainly warn about those “existing tenancies” enough times. Sounds like the tenants have secured the anchors and now the owners are basically done with it and want it off their hands. Too bad. It is a really nice looking house from that one photo. But we see the same thing up here in the San Francisco area. Is pretty common actually.

    • John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

      The F.M. Mooers House has been a landmark home from day one. Interesting that no architect’s name is cited. It does superficially resemble some of the work of the Newsom Brothers who in the 1880’s built a number of fine mansions in Los Angeles like the L.L. Bradbury House and the Sessions House (still extant) I believe by 1893 the Newsom brothers were working independently with only one (Joseph Cather Newsom?) still based in LA. I find the mansion’s price both intriguing and troubling as a house of that caliber in Los Angeles is often in the multi-million dollar range. It also makes me think the interior may be in poor and/or trashed condition. If I were able to buy a house in that price range, I’d be willing to move to LA for that Victorian Queen Anne masterpiece. It has both Moorish details in the onion tower dome; a hint of futuristic Art Nouveau to come in the upper balcony porch and generally a uniqueness that few other houses have. I sincerely hope it sells to someone or an organization that is preservation minded. It is one my favorite Victorians in the Golden State.

  28. anna P says: 25 comments

    Can we call the late 70’s “old house” yet? I apologize if this is borderline… but too cool not to share. It was the personal home of architect James Johnson, who designed Rochester NY’s famed Mushroom House, as well as many other unique buildings. Mr. Johnson passed away recently… and I really hope his home falls into the right hands! Original kitchen, awesome. Original carpets?? eek!

  29. Cora says: 2054 comments

    Underneath the peacocks, the peacocks, and…The peacocks…this is a historical and unique home.

    I just know I’m going to dream about peacocks tonight.

    519 N 9th St
    $118,500 | 5 Bed • 2 Bath

  30. Victoria says: 131 comments

    Interesting home in south Georgia, wish there were more photos of both the interior and exterior. I haven’t seen this one posted here and recently joined the site. Am enjoying every minute! Thank you, Kelly.

    “Available for purchase for the first time in almost 40 years, Burbank Cottage is a classic late nineteenth century Shingle Style home situated on over an acre in the popular Tockwotton Historic District. Constructed in 1885 by Evelyn Burbank as a winter cottage, the home possess unique architectural elements including the two story Gambrel roof and a three story tower. An orangery, complete with Spanish tile roof, adds to the architectural interest of the home and serves as an incredible sunroom that is well suited for entertaining.”,-77.56897,28.926439,-88.884888_rect/6_zm/3_p/?3col=true

  31. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11880 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I’m looking through New York listings and came across a sad, sad Queen Anne. Not for sale (the house across the street is, link poor thing.)


    • Cora says: 2054 comments

      Ooooh. What a sad, beautiful girl. That chimney is majestic.

      I wish we knew the history. How does one simply walk away from a home such as this?

  32. John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

    Location is the reason for something like this. Elmira is a town of 29,000 on the Chemung River in far southern NY near the Pennsylvania border. Like so many old towns in this broad, multi-state region, Elmira blossomed in the 19th century but began to decline in the 20th as factories and businesses closed and jobs became scarce. In 1973, the Chemung River flooded out of its banks and caused significant flood damage to the town. As many know, Elmira has a historic connection to Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) and the famous writer/Victorian celebrity is buried there. His Octagonal writer’s study is a local tourist attraction. As Elmira depopulated, scores of fine Victorian homes were left behind. Some were bought cheaply and converted to low income rentals, others were left in this state. (as seen in the photo) In a best case scenario, most of the interior is intact but it would not surprise me if period details (millwork, art glass, even ornamental hardware and tiles) have been removed. If most or at least some details remain, this house might restoration potential but it would still be in the major project category. I can safely assume the selling price would not be very high as fixer uppers there are usually bargain priced. The town does have a dedicated group of preservationists but they have more old houses than they have restorers. The Queen Anne style house is undoubtedly architect designed and likely belong to prominent Elmira citizens in its early days. Time has not been kind to this once fine old home. Thanks for sharing.

  33. John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

    Here’s one in the southern Indiana town of Evansville in the Washington Ave. historic district that got my attention: Priced at only $90K and currently a 6-unit dwelling but it looks like most of the original fine period details survive. Doesn’t look chopped up inside but would take a bit of work to bring it back to single family. Vinyl siding outside but I think it could be removed to reveal the original appearance. Streetview: Washington Avenue was once lined with the mansions of Evansville’s elite, went through a long period of decline, but is now slowly experiencing revitalization. The recent demo of a large house next door would now allow this to be a Victorian mansion with a large corner lot. Comments (Jeff?) would be welcome…

  34. Cora says: 2054 comments

    I’ve been saving up links for the next link exchange, but I wanted to post this one right away…”The Castle”

    1155 N River Blvd
    $3,500,000 | 17 Bed • 17 Bath


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