April 1, 2016: Link Exchange & Discussion

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Happy Friday! Share your old house finds in the comment section of this post.

Today's old house photo is a Craftsman found in Los Angeles, California at 2702 S Normandie Ave. The photo was taken 2 years after it was built in 1904. I used Google Street View to show what it looks like today, various view dates were used. Thanks to JimH for researching and finding the location.

The couple in the photo is Ellis C. Freeman and his wife Mary J. Reed. Ellis was born in Princeton, Illinois in 1852. He married Mary in 1881 in Mondamin, Iowa and by 1882 they were living in Los Angeles when they had a son named Kenneth. 1887 produced another son, Richard but 1892 came with the death of 9 year old Kenneth.

Ellis was a druggist and one of the directors of the Freeman-Liscomb Drug Company located at 1601 South Main Street in Los Angeles. Ellis passed away in 1918 at 65. Mary was born in Sinking Spring, Ohio. She passed in 1927 in Redondo Beach, California at age 70. Both are buried in Los Angeles at Angelus Rosedale Cemetery. Their son Richard passed in 1985. Ellis, FindAGrave - Mary, FindAGrave

143 Comments on April 1, 2016: Link Exchange & Discussion

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11474 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    By the way, click on the photos for larger views. 🙂

    • BethanyBethany says: 3201 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      Love the original awnings! I wonder why someone stuccoed over the brick on the porch 🙁

    • Laurie W. says: 1752 comments

      Kelly, I like the picture of the couple a lot. Mr. Freeman looks like a jolly fellow. This was a pretty substantial house when it was built. You also get a sense of peacefulness in the neighborhood. The picture of it now shows how life has changed, unfortunately — looks like businesses around it & somebody felt it necessary to put bars on the ground-floor windows. Too bad!

  2. HiJumpin1 says: 10 comments

    Really nice. How does one go about finding pictures of your house from the past?

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11474 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I shop on eBay and Etsy, you may get lucky there. Otherwise city/county/state historical societies may have something. Sometimes you may find things on Ancestry or archived newspapers if you know the names of previous owners.

  3. Doug GreenDoug Green says: 84 comments
    1929 Spanish Revival
    Glendale, CA

    This is definitely a different listing. It should make for some interesting reading especially for those of you like murder mysteries

    http://la.curbed.com/2015/9/21/9920706/los-feliz-murder-house

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2475-Glendower-Pl-Los-Angeles-CA-90027/20809000_zpid/

  4. Anne M.Anne M. says: 672 comments
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    1972 not a dream.
    Hopkinton, MA

    What a handsome couple & lovely house! (Or a lovely couple & handsome house)Here is an 1811 Georgian in a waterside town with terrific floors, among other features.
    http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Mattapoisett-MA/57535127_zpid/8961_rid/2-_beds/100000-750000_price/355-2666_mp/any_days/1800-1930_built/globalrelevanceex_sort/41.747494,-70.552826,41.528884,-71.017685_rect/10_zm/?3col=true

    • KarenZKarenZ says: 1123 comments
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      Love the house and that YARD! I envision a lovely pool surrounded by rocks that looks perfect with the surroundings! I also love that they left the floors as they were and you can see all of the footsteps that have gone before you!

  5. Lindsay G says: 584 comments

    Oh my goodness, that poor woman’s WAIST is tiny! How does someone breathe with such a tiny little waistline like that? It makes me want to gasp for air just looking at her.

    • Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 941 comments
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      1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

      People were indeed so much smaller in the 19th century through the mid-20th century! Maybe because there were fewer labor-saving devices and food portions were smaller. But I’ll bet Mrs. Reed was wearing a corset that cinched an already-small waist to minuscule proportions. (Incidentally, I saw a circa-1940 dress by Adrian, the Golden Age of Hollywood designer, up for auction. The waist was 23 inches!)

      • Jo Ann says: 91 comments

        When I was born in 1950 my waist as a new born was bigger than my mother’s had been prior to pregnancy. She didn’t wear corsets, just had a super hourglass figure.

      • JullesJulles says: 523 comments

        They were smaller and less intelligent because of poor nutrition and it was easier to stay skinny when your food had such less variety. Remember “peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot 9 days old.” When food is boring you tend to not over eat as much. Plus corsets took an average of 4 inches off your waistline and when your waist is that cinched in there is no room for much food.

        • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11474 comments
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          1901 Folk Victorian
          Chestatee, GA

          This particular couple was not dirt poor, her waist had nothing to do with poor nutrition.

          Just because our society today is more advanced does not mean they were not intelligent nor did levels of intelligence have much to do with nutrition.

          • Coqu says: 263 comments

            Lots of misconceptions.
            The woman really isn’t -that- skinny. Her waist isn’t much narrower than her shoulders in reality–I’d venture to say her waist is ~30 inches, “normal”.
            Their nutrition was better than ours, especially in CA. Foods today have about 1/10 the nutritional value as they did when this picture was taken. Nutritional levels do affect intelligence, as well as every other human measure. The processed foods in our society today have no nutritional value—you can see the results, visible and otherwise!

    • melissa says: 247 comments

      If you ever get a chance to see the clothes worn by King Edward and Wallis Simpson, don’t miss it. I saw them while I was in high school and they wouldn’t have fit me then!

  6. MW says: 806 comments

    Cool house and looks largely the same outside except the unfortunately stuccoing over of the front porch brickwork and the roof finials. Not sure why someone would have chosen to stucco over the brickwork there. Maybe they wanted to hide the patterning to make it seem more modern at some point. I wonder if it is still in good condition under the stucco. If lucky, maybe the stucco could be pulled off without the brickwork being damaged by some future renovation work.

    • KarenZKarenZ says: 1123 comments
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      My jaw dropped when I first saw it!

      • Lindsay G says: 584 comments

        Yeah the outside looks like a big mess of house parts all put together like LEGOS. And the sharp angles make it look uncomfortable… But the inside is very warm and homey. I especially like the little sunroom in the front that has those straw mats and other Asian things. I’d make that into my little meditation room.

  7. CharlesB says: 477 comments

    Windsor, Connecticut, the oldest town in the state–the earliest brick house in CT, built in either 1670 or 1690 (according to the historical society) and reminiscent of the 1679 Province House that once stood in Boston:
    http://www.watchforeclosure.com/foreclosed-homes/connecticut/hartford/windsor/10991362/119-deerfield-rd.html

  8. RoKinkade says: 2 comments

    Look at this amazing Victorian – the Lockwood Estate in Malvern, PA (Philly suburbs).

    I toured it during an Open House on Wed. Needs so much work but has amazing potential. Here is a blog from someone who toured it the same day with interior photos and links to history about it:
    http://chestercountyramblings.com/2016/03/30/insideoutsidelochaerielockwood/

  9. Momof6 says: 3 comments

    This gem is 2 doors up from my house. Quiet island 12 miles off the coast of Maine, accessible by ferry boat!
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/14-Atlantic-Ave-Vinalhaven-ME-04863/112659776_zpid/

  10. tim hildebrandt says: 65 comments

    I’d love to share my new, old house with you and your viewers, but I’m not sure how to do that, I have many pics, and an address, But the original listing might not function anymore. Its a 1927 craftsman in Indianapolis right on Garfield Park, and we love it. 2245 S. Garfield Dr. Indianapolis, IN 46203

  11. LUCINDA HOWARD says: 234 comments

    Tim, if that is your house…..lucky you.

    • Lindsay G says: 584 comments

      Wow! I know Reading isn’t an ideal place to live but why are these gorgeous homes so cheap? Are they in a bad place of town? That last one is like a princess’ palace! I really like #4 and #5. And I love how they decorated #5.

      • John Shiflet says: 5252 comments

        Reading, which was once a railroad hub, has suffered decades of decline from its late 19th century peak. Housing prices align with demand and there aren’t a lot of folks moving to Reading. (same for a number of other towns with cheap old houses like Scranton and some communities surrounding Pittsburgh) I was amazed to see in streetview the large numbers of towered Queen Anne rowhouses in Reading. They also have a tall 1920’s oriental Pagoda structure as a scenic lookout over the surrounding valley. Thus, Reading, PA, is on my bucket list of places to visit someday.

        • Cora says: 2018 comments

          After perusing the available real estate in Reading, PA last night, I decided I would like to visit, too. I had to limit myself to just 5 to post here…there are many, many beautiful old homes for sale there.
          At bargain-basement prices!

        • Lindsay G says: 584 comments

          Oh don’t get me wrong, Reading PA is a neat city to visit in its own right. I live 35 minutes away from it and the night life is nice, there’s lots to do, like going to The Works for instance. I love that place! And the surrounding mountains are beautiful. But most parts of the city are really run down. It’s amazing to think it was once in the running for our nation’s capitol!

          My mother grew up in Scranton and she says it breaks her heart to see it in such disarray now. She has many fond memories growing up there and our family’s cabin still sits north of the city in a beautiful wooded area. I miss what it was like when I was a child.

      • Cora says: 2018 comments

        I thought the same thing Lindsay! I could own a mansion…a GORGEOUS mansion…for less than $200k?!

      • KarenZKarenZ says: 1123 comments
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        Reading is also a great place for outlet shopping!

    • Ed Ferris says: 311 comments

      What a color scheme on 742 Centre! Black and brick! Who says classical columns have to be white?

    • Laurie W. says: 1752 comments

      The 1st one is gorgeous! Well preserved. I also love the 4th one, wow, atmosphere like mad, would be fun to live in.

    • Julie says: 1 comments

      These houses are just beautiful. I love seeing historical houses and building and learning all the history about them. My parents farm house has been passed down from generation to generation on my dad’s side of the family. I love looking back at all the old pictures they have. I wish they had more pictures of the inside though from years ago. For the most part I believe most of the house hasn’t changed.

  12. AnnaP says: 25 comments

    are the details (especially the ceiling!) in this house original? Far more than I expected from the outside! https://www.redfin.com/MA/Boston/444-Gallivan-Blvd-02124/home/11835128

    • John Shiflet says: 5252 comments

      Anna, as for the house itself, it appears to be as old as it is claimed. However, few houses stay unchanged for over 200 years. The decorative tin ceiling most likely dates from the 1890’s and might have been added to reduce a fire hazard. The newel post on the staircase looks newer than the 1700’s but its hard to say for sure. Most of the simple mantels appear to date from the original period and that attic shot nicely shows the timber frame construction of early American houses. (Balloon framing, a predecessor of today’s platform framing, didn’t emerge until the 1830’s but in many areas appeared just before the Civil War era.) If that house were mine, I’d probably keep the tin ceiling as its been there for over a century, The house has potential.

      • Laurie W. says: 1752 comments

        The tin ceiling would bother me; its style & period clash too much with the rest of the house — newel post excepted as John says. It could have been added at any time from around the turn of the century to now — you can get repro tin ceilings, even made of plastic. Anyway, it’s a really nice house that I’d love to have.

  13. Les H says: 4 comments

    Hello Kelly from Ontario Canada. This is the most fabulous site on old homes that i have ever followed. As well some of the subscibers/followers are extremely knowledgable, Jim H comes to mind as one of many. We live in a Georgian style house that was built in 1875 in a small historic lakeside hamlet called Gores Landing. As you may know there are not many houses here that are pre 1820 so i am able to get my Colonial period fix from your site. I can offer a link to one of our cherished village gems that was for sale until last fall at $850k Canadian, 650k us.
    Also all the best of luck with your health concerns and for a speedy full recovery.
    http://whitehouseatgoreslanding.com/

    • SueSue says: 1160 comments
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      1802 Cape
      ME

      Kelly,

      What a beautiful house. Gores Landing is adorable. You are lucky to live there.

    • Laurie W. says: 1752 comments

      Les, I loved seeing & reading about your house. What a beauty & so much personality! The views are marvelous. Also like your Lotus! Have you had it long, did you restore it, or whatever? Ditto your house!

      • Les H says: 4 comments

        Hi Laurie, the Whitehouse in the link is not my house. This one was built in 1854 and about a mile from mine which was built in 1875. I wish the Lotus was mine! The current owner of the house has been there for about 25 years but im sure it will come back on the market this spring.

        • Laurie W. says: 1752 comments

          I’m sorry, Les, I must have read that too quickly! Ah, too bad you can’t claim the Lotus — but its wheels aren’t original anyhow. Gores Landing looks like a super place — winter photos remind me of growing up near Rochester NY! From the Expedia webpage I want to move into the Victoria Inn.

          • Les H says: 4 comments

            Hey Laurie, the Victoria Inn was built by an artist Gerald Hayward, known for his miniatures and local scenes of our town on Rice Lake. I now collect his art. Sadly the inn was just sold but the good news is that it will become a private retreat and wellness centre. If you want any historic pictures of it let me know. Maybe I could post a historic house from our village each week in the exchange. I find it amazing that a 300 page book was published in 1986 by 3
            historians on Gores Landing while it only has a population of 250.
            Cheers.

            • Laurie W. says: 1752 comments

              Amazing about the book, Les! I’m sure everyone would love to see the historic houses in Gores Landing — sounds like much material there. I looked up Hayward; his miniatures are very very nice, lot of talent there. Neat that he’s connected with that super house. I hope the new owners don’t tear stuff out for their business.

  14. John MJohn M says: 36 comments

    1950s Mid Century House not as old as most on here but very interesting house on a huge corner lot in nice subdivision in Metropolis IL. http://www.homefinder.com/IL/Metropolis/1-Crestivew-133570497d

  15. says: 1 comments

    Not sure if this one’s been posted before, but it’s a beauty and a real shame a shell of a home is being sold for $577,000

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longfield_(Bristol,_Rhode_Island)
    http://www.trulia.com/property/3157631817-1200-Hope-St-Bristol-RI-02809#photo-13

  16. Cora says: 2018 comments

    I guess I’ve just got a thing for curvy staircases!

    Realtor.com dates this 1880.

    211 W Olden St
    $119,500 | 3 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M74975-91376

  17. Laurie W. says: 1752 comments

    Beautiful Federal worth watching in the video even if you don’t have a spare 1.3 mill. Love the description of the attitude of its former owner, teaching B&B guests about old houses — and much more.
    http://historicrealestate.preservationnation.org/viewlisting.php?id=2533

  18. SueSue says: 1160 comments
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    1802 Cape
    ME

    I was looking at horse farms in Maine and this one came up. Beautiful house in a beautiful spot in Newcastle.

    http://meservier.com/listing/1255080/22-the-kings-hwy-newcastle-me-04553/

  19. DanPDX says: 80 comments

    I love this forum and am a faithful follower…Kelly, you have a real knack for “finds” and all of the regular commenters informational shares enhance the homes presented immensely.

    For your viewing pleasure a few “finds” in the Portland, Oregon, area. In the past 11 years I’ve lived here Portland real estate has retained value and is currently red-hot in the city of Portland. There are still homes that retain original features, but they come at a premium. Cheers!

    3604 SE Oak St
    Portland, OR 97214
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/53900160_zpid

    3247 NE Glisan St
    Portland, OR 97232
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/53899045_zpid

    2711 NE 23rd Ave
    Portland, OR 97212
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/53885768_zpid

    1503 NE Schuyler St
    Portland, OR 97212
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2133398468_zpid

  20. Zilla says: 41 comments

    I love this one. It badly needs someone to love it.
    http://www.oldhouses.com/25343?searchlist=24435,24661,2734,25257,24841,4416

  21. http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/23454-Front-St-Accomac-VA-23301/107802067_zpid/

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2300-Drummond-St-Vicksburg-MS-39180/78101010_zpid/

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/622-Front-St-Lovingston-VA-22949/2103372067_zpid/

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/8789-Little-England-Rd-Hayes-VA-23072/94128159_zpid/

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4311-Marlowe-Rd-Wilmington-DE-19802/72969074_zpid/

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/445-S-Waukeenah-St-Monticello-FL-32344/45292175_zpid/

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/9067-Big-Valley-Rd-Warm-Springs-VA-24484/107927704_zpid/

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3823-E-Britt-David-Rd-Columbus-GA-31909/76566017_zpid/

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/415-Park-Ave-Warren-IL-61087/105619354_zpid/

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1103-Franklin-St-Galena-IL-61036/105620503_zpid/

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/253-E-Peace-St-Canton-MS-39046/54408041_zpid/

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/401-4TH-St-Galena-IL-61036/105622026_zpid/

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/450-S-White-Oak-St-Annville-PA-17003/86546797_zpid/

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/210-N-Brinton-Ave-Dixon-IL-61021/115688783_zpid/

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2312-S-Main-St-Princeton-IL-61356/2146133777_zpid/

    http://www.saukvalley.illinoisproperty.com/Home/500-West-Lincolnway-MORRISON-IL-61270/MRD/09139766?s=Zil

    http://www.saukvalley.illinoisproperty.com/Home/722-East-Fellows-Street-DIXON-IL-61021/MRD/09153214/

    http://www.saukvalley.illinoisproperty.com/Home/1316-West-DOWNER-Place-AURORA-IL-60506/MRD/09076106/

    http://www.saukvalley.illinoisproperty.com/Home/34768-North-Elm-Street-INGLESIDE-IL-60041/MRD/09138465/

    http://www.saukvalley.illinoisproperty.com/Home/1475-IL-Route-38-FRANKLIN-GROVE-IL-61031/MRD/09169658/

    http://www.saukvalley.illinoisproperty.com/Home/15960-Capp-Road-MORRISON-IL-61270/MRD/09045429/

    http://www.saukvalley.illinoisproperty.com/Home/1310-South-Main-Street-PRINCETON-IL-61356/MRD/09084362/

    http://www.saukvalley.illinoisproperty.com/Home/2312-South-Main-Street-PRINCETON-IL-61356/MRD/09037861/

    http://www.saukvalley.illinoisproperty.com/Home/767-Fremont-Avenue-MORRIS-IL-60450/MRD/09026743/

    http://www.saukvalley.illinoisproperty.com/Home/15289-1100-North-Avenue-TISKILWA-IL-61368/MRD/09082311/

    http://www.saukvalley.illinoisproperty.com/Home/607-East-PELLS-Street-PAXTON-IL-60957/MRD/09162762/

    http://www.saukvalley.illinoisproperty.com/Home/1303-West-3rd-Street-STERLING-IL-61081/MRD/08974853/

    http://www.saukvalley.illinoisproperty.com/Home/3509-South-MAIN-Street-PRINCETON-IL-61356/MRD/09100562/

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2503-Starkweather-Rd-Rockford-IL-61107/5523634_zpid/

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/106-Harrison-Ave-Charleston-IL-61920/80647956_zpid/

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2359-Highway-58-Buffalo-Junction-VA-24529/2106093400_zpid/

    • Chris says: 615 comments

      Hey I’m not sure if you’re aware, but one of your listing was already sold, another is listed as Off Market, and the Saukvalley website ones seem to require a User/password to view.

    • EileenM says: 280 comments

      415 Park Ave, Warren,IL. Another BEAUTIFUL curvy staircase.

    • Lottie says: 397 comments

      I’m in love with the house in Columbus, GA. The simple lines and beauty in this house are wonderful. Even like the simple kitchen!

  22. EileenM says: 280 comments

    I want to move to 620 Center St, Reading, PA!!!!!

  23. Anne M.Anne M. says: 672 comments
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    1972 not a dream.
    Hopkinton, MA

    I think I may have posted the listing for this 1868 Second Empire before, but now it has been featured as a “House of the Week” so there are a *lot* more interior pictures in the second link (which also includes some history)
    http://www.zillow.com/homes/83-Pomeroy-Terrace,-Northampton-MA_rb/?fromHomePage=true&shouldFireSellPageImplicitClaimGA=false&fromHomePageTab=buy

    http://www.masslive.com/living/index.ssf/2016/03/house_of_the_week_historic_northampton_victorian_comes_with_curved_staircase_sunny_porch.html

  24. Just came across this 10 acre gem in my ongoing home search across the south. It really is a lovely farmhouse. “Country Home With Heart Pine Floors Situated On 10 Acres With Old Barn, Rocking Chair Front Porch, Several Large Producing Pecan Trees, Garden Area, Peaceful Country Setting”
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/7837-Friendship-Church-Rd_Bartow_GA_30413_M63206-65478#photo13

  25. Cora says: 2018 comments

    This listing dates the home at 1700, but in the listing details it says, “circa 1700s manor” It looks about 150 years newer than that to me but I’m hoping someone out here will date it more accurately.

    With 105 beautiful acres, this could be someone’s magnificent homeplace. Needs a lot of love.

    7341 Magnolia Pl Unit A
    $749,900 | 3 Bed • 4 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M61853-77511

  26. Cora says: 2018 comments

    Perusing old St.Louis.

    There were so many beautiful homes, some that could be purchased for almost nothing.

    It seemed like the more expensive historic homes in St. Louis were more apt to be “over-renovated,” thus losing much of their original features and charm. I picked a few that had, for the most part, been restored instead of ruined:

    4515 Holly Ave
    $65,000 | 6 Bed • 3 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M79021-03340

    2922 Victor St
    $94,900 | 3 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M72216-46306

    8237 Jackson St
    $98,750 | 4 Bed • 1 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M70995-95789

    1828 Victor St
    $100,000 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M75342-44404

    1456 Telegraph Rd
    $139,900 | 2 Bed • 1 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M85880-73471

    4023 Washington Blvd
    $165,000 | 6 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M71711-43434

    1723 Pennsylvania Ave
    $400,000 | 5 Bed • 3 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M78386-14953

    3036 Hawthorne Blvd
    $725,000 | 7 Bed • 4 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M80726-40700

  27. Paulthedreamer says: 36 comments

    This house is calling me! Does anyone reading know this house or neighborhood? Thank you for a fun site!

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/543-Locust-St-Lockport-NY-14094/114475264_zpid/

  28. says: 73 comments

    It’s been pretty gutted and modernized…

    http://realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/939-Rivenoak-St_Birmingham_MI_48009_M49332-20511

    BUT, it’s interesting to see what’s been done with a Sears catalog home – the original design is still very much evident in the living room, foyer, and dining room (though sadly the photographer didn’t spend all that much time there).

    http://www.searsarchives.com/homes/images/1921-1926/1926_C3245.jpg

  29. says: 73 comments

    And a couple locals. First, some Craftsman simplicity (gorgeous woodwork!).

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/38-Winsor-Ave-Watertown-MA-02472/56374049_zpid/?view=public

    And of course, a pipedream. I love that they included the older photo, it’s a shame the porch has been reconfigured and the tower deconstructed.

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/51-Garfield-St-Watertown-MA-02472/56373520_zpid/?view=public

  30. says: 73 comments

    Okay, one more. From the shingles to the windows, the bathroom tile to the metal countertops, totally original in every way, and I am in love!

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/7-Leverett-St-Gloucester-MA-01930/56044840_zpid/?view=public

  31. KarenZKarenZ says: 1123 comments
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    I’m sorry if this is a duplicate post, but I can’t find the link for a fabulous house in Dallas that I wanted to share! It is a castle-type house with the coolest Art Deco bathroom! Because of Old House Dreams, I am now obsessed with vintage tiled bathrooms and love finding them in listings! I don’t like the kitchen on this one, but the staircase is really great too! Enjoy!

    http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Tulsa-OK/house_type/22176136_zpid/20859_rid/500000-_price/1776-_mp/any_days/0-1940_built/priced_sort/36.266421,-95.542946,35.951885,-96.213112_rect/10_zm/0_mmm/?3col=true

  32. John Shiflet says: 5252 comments

    Here’s a fairly intact early 1850’s brick Greek Revival house in Delphi, Indiana: http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/312-E-Main-St-Delphi-IN-46923/111822453_zpid/?view=public High quality millwork is featured downstairs that doesn’t look like it was ever painted. For sale by owner at $59,000.

  33. MW says: 806 comments

    This house down the street from us just went on the market.
    http://bebemcrae.idxre.com/homes/2/4406/2900-BUENA-VISTA-WAY-BERKELEY-CA-94708/40734423

    It is very hard to see much of it from the street (even though it is right at the street on 2 sides) and I’ve never had a chance to get in it, so it is nice to see some photos of it finally. Be sure to check out the virtual tour for some good info. I’ve never met the owners, but have seen them outside often when driving by. It is a great neighborhood, but no, our house is not anywhere near this nice! Wish it was though. 🙂 Just a touch out of our price range.

  34. MW says: 806 comments

    I just notice in the virtual tour (page 14, ) that there is a painting that appears to be a Picasso from his blue period.
    http://www.daydaypaint.com/blog/tag/pablo-picasso-painting
    Somehow I’m guessing it is not the real one being hung over the tub. But guess it could be. If so, it might be worth more than the house.

    Be sure to check out the video too! https://vimeo.com/161222966

  35. joyjoy says: 71 comments

    I saw this on Facebook:

    http://desmoines.craigslist.org/for/5489568219.html

    “Free house, come and haul it away. Beautiful woodwork. Newer windows that tilt in to clean. Fairly new carpet thoughout. Newer kitchen with island and six wooden stools
    Come look if you need a house that is well built. This house needs to be moved or torn down. BUT I have 9 acres of land that is only 3.5 miles away to move it. If you are looking at a great farm house and some land in beautiful southern Iowa. This land is in the heart of deer country or off the beaten path. Might get 10 vehicles by a day.

    Thanks for looking.”

    • MW says: 806 comments

      Free house, just haul away? Weird and unfortunate. Must be trying to clear the land for some sort of development, likely a strip mall or big box store if they are ok with it being moved to another property they apparently own and are willing to sell also. But at least I give them credit for not just tearing it down without trying as many would. Giving it away at least potentially saves them the cost of tearing it down and hauling it away. And some times moving a house is a potential chance for a house to be structurally and mechanically updated and refreshed more easily since a lot of that has to be redone anyway. A nice house like that in the right hands could be a good opportunity for somebody in the right situation. Looks like the house is just sitting on short piers so might be a pretty easy house to move actually.

  36. SeanSean says: 162 comments
    1928 Spanish Revival
    Long Beach, CA

    One of Los Angeles’ few remaining ornate Victorians just went into foreclosure and on the market on March 26th. The Frederick Mitchell Mooers House… interesting name, in that it’s in a Queen Anne/Moorish style. Originally built for a winner in the late-1800’s California gold rush. It sits next to a sister Victorian, the only two remaining on the block – kind’a sad.

    I haven’t been able to find any pics of the interior.

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/818-S-Bonnie-Brae-St-Los-Angeles-CA-90057/20625100_zpid/?view=public

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Mitchell_Mooers_House

    • DanPDX says: 80 comments

      Here is a site that provides some interior views of the home from the late 60’s/early 70’s as a television filming location…

      http://www.iamnotastalker.com/2015/05/22/the-frederick-mitchell-mooers-house-from-mod-squad/

      No other interior shots on the internet,, including NPS

      • John Shiflet says: 5252 comments

        Sean, Dan; I’ve shared the situation surrounding the Mooers house with a couple of preservationists I know in California. The consensus seems to be that the neighborhood is marginal and getting the hostile tenants out would run up a huge legal bill. And then, putting the house back together would require another large investment. In summary, although no one disputes its a remarkable home, no one seems to think the investment required to have it fully restored is worth it. I continue to hope this unique Los Angeles interpretation of the Queen Anne style somehow gets saved and restored. I’ve found no architect’s name associated with the design but it has some of the characteristics of residences designed by Joseph C. Newsom who with his brother Samuel made up the renowned Newsom Bros. firm. I hope during the process of restoration that historical research is conducted to ascertain the architect of this home’s unique design characteristics. Not sure if this has been carefully researched or not: “The Frederick Mitchell Mooers House was designed by the Bradbeer & Ferris architecture firm in 1894. The 4,617-square-foot, 5-bedroom, 2-bath dwelling was built for a contractor named Frank Wright and his wife, May Gertrude Wright. Just four years after its construction, the Wrights sold the residence to gold miner Frederick Mitchell Mooers (hence the reason the home is sometimes referred to as the Wright-Mooers House).”

        • SeanSean says: 162 comments
          1928 Spanish Revival
          Long Beach, CA

          Thanks for the valuable information, John. It’s really sad that the house is not only in the physical condition it’s in, but in the legal condition as well. Los Angeles desperately needs to hold on to every Victorian left in the city, and this one is spectacular.

          • John Shiflet says: 5252 comments

            From one of my preservationist friends in California this AM: “The house has a full price all cash offer so it has sold! Hopefully they will restore it.”
            Agreed, hopefully they will restore it so it will regain its place of prominence among the few remaining Los Angeles Victorian era gems.

  37. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11474 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    No interior photos but the one exterior is intriguing.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/60-Laurel-Hill-Ave-Norwich-CT-06360/58978681_zpid/

  38. Cora says: 2018 comments

    Ok…not so old. 1972. But I’ve looked at this 3 times now and notice some new, quirky detail every time. I hope you all will indulge me, I had to share. VERY unique home:

    546 S Wetmore Ct
    $585,000 | 3 Bed • 4 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M79001-41114

  39. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11474 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Just found out my contact form has been broken at least since February. So if anyone has tried contacting me via the contact page, that’s why you never heard back. The messages were saved but there are so many it’s impossible to reply to them all.

  40. Cora says: 2018 comments

    The rural setting for this Victorian Mansion is just perfect. I can imagine the stress melting away…

    1300 Breneman Rd
    $494,900 | 8 Bed • 4 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M46719-63602

    • Jennifer HT says: 797 comments

      Cute from the outside, overdecorated and too many creepy dolls inside. eek! I would love to see how the next owners decorate.

  41. Jennifer HT says: 797 comments

    A bit new for many of you. Mid century cuteness. Just think, for the cost of this one house you can buy 3-10 other houses on this site depending on the area. haha!

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/20542168_zpid

    This home will be a bit updated for some, but still has much of its character.

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/52497142_zpid

  42. Shelly says: 37 comments

    Found on FB today – Cleveland foreclosure. So many fabulous original details!

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2420-Derbyshire-Rd-Cleveland-OH-44106/33658428_zpid/

    • John Shiflet says: 5252 comments

      Incredible house; incredible price. The big question is, how safe is the location? A substantial investment would be required to restore this house so it would be essential to know if neighborhood property values would support the post renovation value or not. I agree it looks like a time capsule inside.

    • Chris says: 615 comments

      What a nice find. But I’m also suspect because of the price. Either it’s going to need LOTS of work, bad neighborhood, or both. But that’s the first house I’ve seen with what looks like a built in sweat box. Groovy

  43. Dragonfly says: 3 comments

    This house is on my street. The taxes on it are high due to the home not being homestead in over 5 years

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2211-Poplar-Springs-Dr_Meridian_MS_39301_M81103-51326#photo2

  44. Dragonfly says: 3 comments

    This house is next door. It is for sale not sure how much, it was both at a tax sales.

    Unfortunately does not quite look like the photo anymore but it is still beautiful.

    https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:2407_Poplar_Springs_Meridian.jpg

  45. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11474 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I’ve been house shopping around my area and found this gem (hey, it’s a gem for this town!) My husband said “Not too bad…” but it’s so close to other houses, he isn’t fond of the commute to work either. I had to share although didn’t think it was post material…or maybe it is. 🙂

    It was a Better Homes & Gardens Idea Home in 1955. You can barely see the kitchen but the rest of the house looks fairly original (bones wise.)

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1321-Northwood-Cir-NE-Gainesville-GA-30501/14849558_zpid/

    issue scans from peppermags.blogspot and wiki info

    street view

  46. annaP says: 25 comments

    This might be my all time favorite find. The mixtures of styles… jaw dropping! https://www.redfin.com/MA/Boston/35-Melville-Ave-02124/home/9074671/mlspin-71983362

  47. Chris says: 615 comments

    I know I know it’s out of everyone’s wildest dreams, but this truly is my wildest dream. Ever since I went to Morocco and fell in love with their courtyard houses I’ve wanted that kind of privacy. Look at this place – amaze balls!

  48. TyreenR says: 3 comments

    While not quite 35 Melville Avenue (I seriously love that one), this just came up for sale in my town here in NJ… I am part of the local historical society so have been gathering information & old photos to hopefully share with its future (and hopefully appreciative!) owner. If you are interested in more information about it, I can get it to you. Thank you for this great website and facebook posts! 🙂
    http://www.trulia.com/property/3229088875-259-Main-St-Metuchen-NJ-08840#photo-21

  49. Oklahoma Houses By MailOklahoma Houses By Mail says: 86 comments
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    Tulsa, OK

    Historic home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Tate Brady, founder of the city of Tulsa, mansion is for sale. Built in 1920. Brady shot himself in the head in the kitchen early one Saturday morning. He was distraught over the death of one of his sons in an automobile accident a few years before. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._Tate_Brady

    See the Brady Mansion here.
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/620-N-Denver-Ave_Tulsa_OK_74106_M83249-38529#photo0

  50. Cora says: 2018 comments

    Spooky old church for sale,ca. 1690. Needs saving. Too spooky for me:

    690 S Britain Rd
    $69,900 | 1 Bed • 1 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M47249-30244

    And this one, there are at least two very old photographs of the home included with the new ones in the listing…but no details at all!
    I’m hoping one of you all that always seem to be able to find the history of these old places can fill me in. I’m dying to know the story on this little place:

    201 Lakeview Rd
    $565,000 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M48295-87806

  51. JimHJimH says: 4751 comments
    OHD Supporter

    I’m not a big country music fan, but
    RIP Merle Haggard
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbEstJ98TcM

  52. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11474 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    JimH forwarded me this. I’m so sorry to say John Foreman of Big Old Houses passed away. link to NYSocial Diary & obit

    • Chris says: 615 comments

      Thanks for sharing this Kelly. He was a special person in the old house community and was followed and admired greatly. Best wishes for his family and loved ones as they go through this journey.

  53. DanPDX says: 80 comments

    Kelly, that’s so sad. I thoroughly enjoyed his blog and website – he was a special man. He indicated he was going through experimental treatment, which must have been brutal – my partner went through chemo and radiation, so am familiar with the agony and effects. My condolences to his daughter and family.

  54. Matthew Ziehnert says: 98 comments

    So sorry to hear about John’s passing. For the past few weeks I have been checking his blog to see if he had any updates on his condition. Very depressed to find out in the comments section that he’s gone. Hisblog posts were the highlight of my thursdays haha aside from your posts! 😉 RIP

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