June 10, 2016: Link Exchange & Discussion

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Happy Friday! This is where you share your old house finds, articles or general chit chat. If you share houses for sale, link to a site like Realtor, Zillow, Trulia, Redfin; no hidden listings where you have to login to view. To share just paste the link in the comment box below, no codes needed. Keep the links to a minimum of 5 per post (as in per post not per person.)

Today's old photo is not from the header but shows the interior of an undetermined house and location. I have no other photos from this home so don't know anything about the location or people that lived here. It may surprise some people that Victorians loved to put patterns everywhere! Ceiling, walls, floor and their decor. I blew up some parts of the photo to show you the details. Enjoy! Have a fabulous weekend! -Kelly

120 Comments on June 10, 2016: Link Exchange & Discussion

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  1. MW says: 806 comments

    I always like the way you zoom into the shots Kelly. And you must scan them at pretty high resolutions to get that level of detail. Thanks taking the time to do that. Probably is a bit of work.

    Well, I’ll start off the list of user listing postings with another one from the wacky San Francisco Bay Area.

    http://blog.sfgate.com/ontheblock/2016/06/10/opulent-infamous-de-guigne-estate-lands-back-on-the-market-with-60-million-price-cut/#photo-764030

    https://www.redfin.com/CA/Hillsborough/Undisclosed-address-94010/home/1047574

    Yes, it is ridiculously expensive, even by local standards. But hey, it just had a big price drop! That $450K/yr. maintenance cost might be a deal breaker for some though.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11525 comments
      Admin

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I think this particular one was 4800 dpi. I have more interiors to show eventually, one set has multiple interiors and exteriors. πŸ™‚

      That ginormous stove is a work of art! If the home ever sells, hope the next owners don’t do anything stupid.

      • MW says: 806 comments

        And lucky for the next owners, the current owner will no longer be sold with the property, LOL!

        But my guess is that anyone with enough money to buy this, is likely going to make some less than desirable renovations to the property as far as historical preservation goes. Sadly, that kitchen and stove will likely be one of the primary targets for the “updates”. The owner likely won’t care what happens to the stove in the least, but if the contractor is sensitive enough, they will possibly try to get it salvaged instead of just scrapping it. People with enough money to buy this house, just aren’t the kind usually to bother themselves over that kind of thing.

      • KarenZKarenZ says: 1126 comments
        OHD Supporter

        I really love these interior photos that hint of life in these old homes! The “fretwork” on the chairs is really cool and I’ve never seen that on furniture. Thank you for these great old photos that you share in addition to the homes for sale feature. I have to admit that I love it when I change pages and the old home photos change!

    • Wow, that stove.

    • ChrisICU says: 620 comments

      Many of the furninshings from the estate were sold a few months ago at auction. Some were pretty spectacular and realized some impressive prices.

  2. Wendy says: 46 comments

    This one is for sale down the street from my parents. I LOVE the old wallpaper and the pink bathroom!

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/119-Lincoln-St-Bath-ME-04530/85011756_zpid/

  3. Lancaster John says: 671 comments

    Here is a pre-revolutionary war stone home which seems to be in good condition. The location is just outside Lancaster city, in Pennsylvania. It has an unusual pent roof. This home was built by (very distant) relatives of mine. I am very tempted to buy it but I have restored two Lancaster Victorians in the last 5 years and my energy for another project is lacking…but I will go take a look!

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1200-Ranck-Mill-Rd_Lancaster_PA_17602_M44095-85474

    • MW says: 806 comments

      Renovation? Looks close to move in ready to me. If the schools were better rated for the kids, I’d seriously think about buying this and moving back to the east coast. Seems kind of cheap to me, even it needs a bit of work not readily apparent in the photos.

      I’ve actually come across this house before in searches. But dismissed it because of the school ratings. Have 2 young kids, the cost of private school would really add to the expense of house moving to an area where that would be required.

    • FloridaOHDjunkie says: 146 comments

      What a stunning house, I can’t believe the price

    • FloridaOHDjunkie says: 146 comments

      here is a site that has 56 pictures, visited Lancaster many years ago is the fabulous Amish market still there

      http://www.berkshirehathawayhs.com/homes-for-sale/1200-Ranck-Mill-Road-Lancaster-PA-17602-132136525

    • Lynn says: 88 comments

      The home is beautiful and doesn’t look like it would take much work. How wonderful it would be to live in a home once built/owned by your ancestors!

    • Lindsay G says: 584 comments

      I posted this one another time. I live a stone’s throw away from this beauty in Lampeter. It’s especially beautiful at night with candles in the windows. The only thing I’ve struggled with is there’s got to be secret entrance. I’ve driven around and around the block a bunch of times and never found a way in and none of the aerial shots give away any clues. Perhaps there’s a secret tunnel somewhere! πŸ˜‰

  4. Wendy says: 46 comments

    I’ve driven by this place a few times and have been intrigued by the stone and interesting porch windows. I love seeing the inside, finally! – built in 1730.

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/360-Ridge-Rd-Cedar-Grove-NJ-07009/38641227_zpid/

  5. Cora says: 2019 comments

    A little Montana love:

    303 S Idaho St
    $379,000 | 4 Bed β€’ 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M79171-83664

  6. John Shiflet says: 5252 comments

    I always enjoy looking through these “windows into the past” you find in vintage photos. Had not photography been invented earlier before the mid-19th century, much of our visual information from the Victorian era into the 20th century would be missing. Handed down stories and tales can differ from actual facts but old photographs are pretty reliable. Too bad that the survival of old photos was haphazard. I know of several valuable historic collections of photos that have gone missing. Tons of 19th century photos (and glass plate negatives) were discarded in the 20th century as having no value. The oldest known photo (c. 1868) of Weatherford, Texas, west of Fort Worth, was found in a garbage dump among smoldering discards in the 1920’s. Apparently, the widow of the early photographer thought they were worthless and sent them off to the dump. Still, old photographs are of incalculable value when they show period homes and buildings. Many of them are long demolished or have been remodeled beyond recognition so having a long ago photo shows details that would have otherwise been lost to history. The fancy parlor photographed here has some very nice details from the period (c. 1895-1900 as best as I can ascertain) The multiple tea cups and piano makes it appear this parlor was often used for social gatherings. Palms, Palmetto plants, and Ferns were almost mandatory for indoor household plants in the 1890’s and gilding of furniture was very popular as well. Inside wood shutters in the windows kept out light that might fade fabrics and prints. They are very rarely found in old houses nowadays. It would take a lot of work to faithfully recreate this parlor scene today. Thanks for sharing!

    • Anne M. says: 675 comments

      I have a small collection of “real photo” postcards of houses & local scenes from the early 20th century. I get them on ebay. I have even found 2 which include my grandfather, born in 1887 died 1936.

  7. John Shiflet says: 5252 comments

    Saw this one in the small picturesque Indiana town of Williamsport (near Lafayette) http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/32-W-Center-St-Williamsport-IN-47993/85742311_zpid/
    Can’t say I’ve ever seen identical millwork as some that is seen in this house. Some of it may have been custom made or perhaps was made by the builder or original owner.

  8. John Shiflet says: 5252 comments

    Sorry for the repost…didn’t see it already in the listings.

  9. lara janelara jane says: 565 comments

    http://estately.com/listings/info/322-west-mccord-street

    I’ve always admired this sweet Second Empire cottage sitting at the top of the hill with a lovely view of downtown and the park below.

    They’ve modernized it in ways I wouldn’t have done, and the iron cresting that was present for the historic survey 25 years ago is gone, but there’s still potential for it to be fabulous once again. The price is a little steep for me, considering I have a specific vision for my “old house dreams” (I am thankful to be in good company!) and don’t want to pay for someone else’s, but I know most people who love old homes would be thrilled that this one has a new kitchen and baths, CH/A… πŸ˜‰

    • Jennifer HT says: 797 comments

      I love this house as is. I know some of the updates are not quite right, but its the first Second Empire I have really liked.

  10. Cora says: 2019 comments

    More Montana!!!

    306 E Idaho St
    $395,000 | 5 Bed β€’ 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M89031-25433

    This is super cute:

    306 E Idaho St
    $395,000 | 5 Bed β€’ 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M89031-25433

    A pretty little old schoolhouse in GORGEOUS rural MT:

    5 School House Rd
    $290,000 | 2 Bed β€’ 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M76245-98417

    Unique:

    117 N Excelsior Ave
    $120,000 | 3 Bed β€’ 1 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M71007-27095

  11. danielle says: 2 comments

    Has anyone shared the Pitcairn House by Richard Neutra yet? It’s been on the market for about 2 years now, and the price has been cut in half.

    http://www.curbed.com/2014/3/13/10132886/richard-neutras-1962-pitcairn-house-wants-6m

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2860-Paper-Mill-Rd-Huntingdon-Valley-PA-19006/81950465_zpid/

    • Carolyn48 says: 36 comments

      Oh my! I absolutely love mid-century homes. Both are fantastic, but I think I like the first one more. Need to inherit from a long-lost relative or win the super lottery! Thank you for sharing.

  12. Cora says: 2019 comments

    The realtor mentions demolition in the listing. Beautiful, BEAUTIFUL old church with stained glass windows intact, and a very old house next door, $49k. I hope someone saves them:

    137 Main St W
    $49,900 | 3 Bed β€’ 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M35193-50836

    Would LOVE to see more of this one:

    16931 Raven Rock Rd
    $124,900 | 3 Bed β€’ 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M53242-05054

    And this:

    14137 Old Rte
    $154,900 | 3 Bed β€’ 1 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M38307-96349

    Such a wonderful old place. I try hard to have pretty flower beds, but this gardener has a serious green thumb:

    9 State Hill Rd
    $395,000 | 6 Bed β€’ 3 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M34792-89948

    Check out the bathroom sink, photo #10. Original or repro?

    11309 Rocky Ridge Rd
    $1,200,000 | 4 Bed β€’ 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M53970-42207

  13. Cora says: 2019 comments

    I found the Seven Dwarves’ abode. I can almost picture Snow White in one of those rockers!
    I don’t love this, but I like it alot:

    1660 Pine Grove Rd
    $69,900 | 1 Bed β€’ N/A
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M46531-31706

  14. says: 101 comments

    Not a listing, but a curiosity for old house lovers none-the-less; mansions, and how they got their names (these naturally are in the Pittsburgh area). Of course, no one I know in the real world gives a hoot, not even the area old house Facebook pages, but oh well… And yeah, Thornfield, that’s us!

    https://archives.post-gazette.com/image/86401170/?fcfToken=324566744e2f7a54756d6350632f64746b6458444974684e6251762f423154333950417451652f657061466c546c614837576244746631506d77612b33366476

  15. nailwhacker says: 9 comments

    Found on another site looking for Craftsman home to retire to.
    http://www.trulia.com/property/3059620037-220-W-Wisconsin-Ave-Deland-FL-32720
    4 beds 2 bath 280k 1917 restored craftsman plus inlaw cottage

    http://www.trulia.com/property/1039722004-112-Jackson-St-Trenton-NJ-08611
    5 beds, 1 1/2 bath 1886 175k partial restoration done

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/815-N-Webster-Ave-Scranton-PA-18510/9561462_zpid/
    8 beds 8.5 baths 7,840 sqft 495k “The Castle”

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1745-N-Washington-Ave-Scranton-PA-18509/9553809_zpid/
    7 beds 2.5 baths 3,850 sqft 289k looks like original kitchen with the old stove in basement

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/746-N-Webster-Ave-Scranton-PA-18510/9569351_zpid/
    5 beds 4 baths 6,916 sqft 495k “Victorian Tudor”

    • Jennifer HT says: 797 comments

      Love the first house. Adorable. The second home is fantastic. Tiniest kitchen nook ever. Needs some love in the kitchen and yard. I love it! 3 is a stunner. I don’t know much about that style, but wonder if the wood would have been unpainted originally. I take it all back. The last one is the house for me.

  16. See that upright piano in the second photo? Well there is one in the garage right now that my father put there many years ago. When I move I am taking that front panel with me… not sure what I’ll do with it but it’s going with me.

    I just had to share this adorable little house I just found on Zillow… cute cute cute. http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/103-Watson-St-Trenton-SC-29847/2098978447_zpid/

    • Jennifer HT says: 797 comments

      You would find me in the inglenook in that first one. I was ready to move in, then I saw the dreaded “offices” in the description. Boo. The second is pretty awesome too, except the giant tub.

  17. Carla Minosh says: 1 comments

    Another blog post for those of you who love old bricks…http://danvilleexperience.blogspot.com/

  18. brokentoe says: 12 comments

    The F. Scott Fitzgerald Row House (circa 1889) in St. Paul is for sale – there is even an open house from 11-1 on Sunday! http://www.edinarealty.com/homes-for-sale/599-Summit-Avenue-St-Paul-MN-55102-180260820

  19. JullesJulles says: 523 comments

    Kelly, in the last two weeks you have blown me away with the amount and quality of the homes you have found. I think I have pressed the “add to favorites” button at least three times a day since then. Don’t work so hard you make yourself sick again. But bravo and thank you for a job well done!

  20. RonnieH says: 79 comments

    Home in Southern Oregon (Medford). Listing says Spanish revival. I’m not totally knowledgeable on styles, but will go with listing description.

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/220-N-Barneburg-Rd_Medford_OR_97504_M25964-42564#photo36

  21. JimHJimH says: 4757 comments
    OHD Supporter

    The Realtor.com House of the Week for most views isn’t usually an old house that needs some work. For a lot of house for the money, this one is hard to beat:
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2272-Scottwood-Ave_Toledo_OH_43620_M38860-05463

  22. Noelle says: 46 comments

    Victorian summer cottage in Brooklin, Maine. Looks great and in good shape.

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/7-Steamboat-Rd-Brooklin-ME-04616/126105784_zpid/

  23. Noelle says: 46 comments

    Brownstone in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. This looks like a gem and I hope the person who buys it doesn’t β€œrenovate” the life out of it.

    http://streeteasy.com/building/715-halsey-street-brooklyn/house

  24. Paul W says: 553 comments

    In case anyone wants a project, the price on Nagele-Merz house has been dropped to 25K. Still lots of work to do but looking for offers as we don’t have the time to pursue its continued restoration since we opened the shop:

    http://www.historicproperties.com/detail.asp?detail_key=nccin031

    It would make a great weekend getaway for the right person, as there is a 19 acres nature preserve up the street and its close to downtown and Findlay market. Lots of restoration in the area now and another of the save-not-raze properties just sold.

  25. Cora says: 2019 comments

    The interior of this has been abused and neglected. The exterior is really stunning, albeit in alarming condition. The beautiful, ornate millwork looks like it may come crashing down…and then be ruined forever.

    6 N Fulton St
    $44,900 | 4 Bed β€’ 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M39069-97897

  26. Paul Tucker says: 31 comments

    Old House Dreams is one of my favorite spots on the internet and I always enjoy looking through the great photographs. I must confess that I have a particular focus when I’m perusing the photos. Victorian Fretwork. Stick and Ball. Especially geometric patterns and those that invoke Moorish design traditions. I have my own page on Facebook entitled Moorish Fretwork where I share images of fretwork grilles and furniture that interest me. Many of my posts originate with fabulous fretwork that I see on OHD. Thank you all very much,

  27. Lottie says: 397 comments

    Just wanted to share two of my favorite houses that are not that old! πŸ™‚

    Built in 1930, this stately Georgian, white brick, 5 bedroom, 5.5 bath home in a tree lined park like garden on Anderson Heritage Tour of Homes, numerous garden tours, and North Anderson’s National Register Historic District.

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/111-North-Ave-Anderson-SC-29625/10784894_zpid/

    Built in 1925, this 3 bedroom, 4 bath, 4,000 sq ft is across the street from Anderson University and a block from Rainey Fine Arts Center.

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/401-Boulevard-Anderson-SC-29621/10791781_zpid/

  28. Toni says: 11 comments

    A piece of Fort Wayne history. While it was built in 1908, it is most well known for its chapel which was built in 1935. Bishop John Francis Noll resided there. He founded the weekly newspaper Our Sunday Visitor.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1415-W-Washington-Blvd-Fort-Wayne-IN-46802/73111508_zpid/
    http://www.news-sentinel.com/news/local/Historic-mansion–complete-with-chapel–could-be-yours

  29. A.P. Callis says: 5 comments

    http://www.tranzon.com/FX1832

    Hello everyone! Get ready to drool…..Here’s the most beautiful Victorian I’ve ever seen. Located in Smithfield, VA this house was built with ham money by P.D. Gwaltney, Jr for he bride Estelle in 1901. And that’s Gwaltney as in Gwaltney ham. Yes, ham and bacon are a BIG DEAL here. The home is now owned by a granddaughter and has undergone a museum-quality restoration. It was on the market a couple of years ago a few years back for 1.2 million but no takers. Now she’s putting it up for auction (she lives in NYC) and giving the proceeds to charity. Opening bid $450,000. Now I have to get back to scrounging up all my pennies….;) Also, I have an instagram act devoted to old homes @pastpresentathome for old homes in the Tidewater, VA area. Please follow and let me know that I’m not crazy!!

  30. Cora says: 2019 comments

    1395 Sherwood Rd
    $199,900 | 5 Bed β€’ 1 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M35372-78749

  31. Cora says: 2019 comments

    50 South St
    $182,900 | 5 Bed β€’ 3 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M40026-59571

  32. Cora says: 2019 comments

    728 W Reed St
    $42,000 | 4 Bed β€’ 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M87538-24984

    Everything about this house is confusing, especially the bathroom with way too many sinks.

    305 S 5th St
    $167,500 | 5 Bed β€’ 6 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M86194

    This is just beautiful. Seems like I’ve seen it before, sorry if it’s already been posted. Worth looking at again anyway.

    305 S 5th St
    $167,500 | 5 Bed β€’ 6 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M86194-06729

    • Ed Ferris says: 311 comments

      The New Britain, Connecticut, house has taxes of $5500 a year. Capitalized at 2%, that is an additional $275,000 over the asking price, making $339,000. (A $275,000 CD that yields 2% would provide the $5500 each year.) You’re going to pay taxes everywhere, of course, but in Indiana you could pay $226,000 for a house and have the same overall investment.
      As for the “contents” being the “reasonability” of the buyer, how many house shoppers are reasonable?

  33. Cora says: 2019 comments

    One more. Sometimes I come across one that just pulls at my heart.
    This big, beautiful old girl costs less than a new car. There is no hint on the exterior of what is on the inside. I want a staircase pic, and just more photos altogether.

    Never judge a book by it’s cover.

    224 Cardiff St
    $25,000 | 3 Bed β€’ 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M86926-99483

    • John Shiflet says: 5252 comments

      When I lived and worked in the old Pony Express town of St. Joseph, MO, there were scores of houses similar to this one. They were faded on the outside, often their original beauty was obscured by vinyl, aluminum, or asphalt siding, but the interior was much better than expected. I saw them occasionally come up for sale in this price range, slightly above it, and once in a while even lower priced. They often sold to landlord-investor types who would go in, do some minimal updates and freshening up with paint or carpets, and then quickly rented out. Can’t say that is the case here but with some TLC the house could look much better.

      • Cora says: 2019 comments

        I hope someone who loves it’s original features buys it and makes it beautiful again. I *think* some if the light fixtures may be original? Wish there was an old photo of the exterior.
        I haven’t looked at the street view, it’s possible that could be affecting the price as well.

    • Ed Ferris says: 311 comments

      A similar white-painted six-room cottage, maybe a little smaller but more interesting on the outside, sold at the Richmond tax title sale a couple of months ago for nine hundred dollars.

  34. I skimmed the links folks posted and the homes in Maryland on the site, I hope this isn’t a repeat.

    This place is lovely: https://www.coldwellbankerhomes.com/md/catonsville/1301-edmondson-avenue/pid_12638775/

    There are no pictures of the baths and the kitchen seems mostly intact from the only pictures shown.

  35. says: 73 comments

    A couple posts last week got me looking around some Midwest towns. Turns out, Boonville, MO is *adorable*!

    Some cute older components still evident, but it’s one of those listings where the photographer was so intent on capturing details that you can’t get a sense of the spaces at all:
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/14-Riverside-Dr_Boonville_MO_65233_M77778-62814#photo0

    No interesting interior architectural details whatsoever, but something about the exterior just charms me.
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/104-Spring-St_Boonville_MO_55000_M81191-24963#photo0

    Anyone in their right mind should want this house. Desperately. Don’t say you haven’t been warned.
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/519-High-St_Boonville_MO_65233_M86424-93240?ex=MO605072599

    The fact that there are no interior photos, especially of that wine cellar they mention in the (too too brief) description, *really* grates me.
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/809-Locust-St_Boonville_MO_65233_M85974-35964

    Last stop in Boonville. Gor. Geous.
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/400-High-St_Boonville_MO_65233_M74250-29726#photo0

    Finally, jumping over to Attica, IN, this one is very cute, but it’s a little difficult to tell what is and is not original…
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2641-N-US-Highway-41_Attica_IN_47918_M40681-08439?ex=IN589672157#photo0

    I’m not saying I necessarily *like* what they did, but I’ve definitely seen worse. Also, pretty sure that staircase is newer.
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/100-Ruby-Rd_Attica_IN_47918_M31658-59740#photo7

    Naturally, I saved the best for last. $200,000 is the price tag. I’d pay quadruple. There is nothing, not one single damn thing, that I don’t absolutely ADORE about this house. I’m totally serious. Love love love love love.
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/303-E-Monroe-St_Attica_IN_47918_M38851-23245?ex=IN583542305

    • Ed Ferris says: 311 comments

      At least Joe Everhart has stopped Capitalizing Every Single Word In His Listing Descriptions. Instead, he repeated the 303 E Monroe, Attica description to make sure you got it.
      Well, some people like pink brick. If it’s been painted pink for 160 years, who am I to kick. You see some naturally (not painted) pink brick in Louisville and Cinci. What I do dislike are frame additions to brick houses. Like there’s not enough room, already. Like you want to look at chipboard in an historic house. Where do you put the garage? On the back alley, and make it look like a carriage house.
      The “pool cue” balusters in the Monroe St house are authentic for the 1850’s.

  36. John Shiflet says: 5252 comments

    While I can’t speak much about Boonville because it is not on the list of places I’ve visited, I can speak highly with praise about Attica, Indiana, and its smaller neighbor, Williamsport. The Ruby Road house is a mid-19th century Italianate and agreed, the staircase doesn’t look original. (covered in white paint, there’s no way to ascertain its actual age) The original staircase was probably of black walnut, with a beefy Italianate newel, turned balusters, and curved as it went upstairs. That last house on Monroe St. has been featured in the past on Old House Dreams and is a mix of circa 1850 details and 1890’s updates. Intriguing house, just like the town it’s in.

  37. Rachel Shoemaker says: 47 comments

    While looking in to a couple of Sears homes with testimonies I came across this Sears Hollywood on the market. This house is one of four Sears houses with in that square block and all have been highly modified, two beyond recognition. Oddly enough those two are the two that have testimonies!
    In St Charles, Illinois
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/606-N-2nd-Ave_Saint-Charles_IL_60174_M70394-81237#photo22

  38. Sunflower & Poppy says: 52 comments

    Don’t know if anyone has spotted this already– a 1819 Brick Federal in Reading PA? Forgive me if you have! I see many lovely interior features intact. Looks to me like nobody has had a chance to ruin it! http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/106-S-6th-St-Reading-PA-19602/8831598_zpid/

    • ChrisICU says: 620 comments

      Such a good price for the space. I’m wondering what it would cost to do a nice restoration. Thanks for sharing

      • Sunflower & Poppy says: 52 comments

        Yeah, I thought for the price it would leave some extra room for the cost of restoration/rehabilitation. The only drawback would be that anything in Reading PA is unlikely to have a very big end value even after the best restoration. I guess it might be hard to flip it — i.e. it would be more suited to a long term romance! I always find it difficult to think like a developer with these things and my husband is still amazed when I suggest that I would be perfectly happy losing money for the right project! I suppose even with a carefully prioritised programme of works for this property you could easily spend $100,000 on top of the asking price — just a wild guess of course! One thing I noticed is that locally they call it The Candlelight House (which I take to mean early, historic, untouched, and unmodernised) and it is also located in part of a commercial district, so I’m imagining it as the ideal property for a young energetic couple who loves historic buildings and wants to develope a business space there — a new use that would respect and enhance the character of the building. It might even be a project for a local historical society as a museum or the like. I was sort of wondering if there could be some tax incentives or regeneration grants available, which would begin to make a project there stack up better financially. Anyone have ideas?

  39. JimHJimH says: 4757 comments
    OHD Supporter

    This one’s not for sale – a castle from the 13th century, being built from scratch using traditional tools and methods:
    http://www.greatbigstory.com/stories/get-medieval-on-you-building-a-castle-with-centuries-old-techniques/

  40. says: 73 comments

    I… I love it, but I have no idea what to do with it. I feel like I’m looking at an interior that maybe started as Carpenter Gothic and took a sharp turn at Italianate? Or the other way around? The staircase reminds me of a pared-down version of something out of a Calvert Vaux catalogue! The exterior looks like it wants SO bad to be “whimiscal,” but is more just sort of… sad. John Shiflet? JimH? Anyone else? Any style clues to help out a fellow enthusiast? πŸ™‚

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/145-North-St_Catskill_NY_12414_M31889-89080#photo0

    • John Shiflet says: 5252 comments

      Nick, The house itself is primarily Gothic Revival with its multitude of pointed arched windows, quatrefoil designs, and other distinctive Gothic details. However, you are entirely correct in that the house form is essentially cube-like Italianate. Therefore, this c. 1860-1875 house appears to be a hybrid of these two styles. Both the Gothic Revival and the Italianate style began appearing in the U.S. in the early 1840’s after having gained some popularity in Great Britain in the 1830’s. There is more to note here…the front facade shows doors opening up to a non-existent upper porch deck and since porches or smaller porticoes were hallmarks of both styles, one can only imagine what the front of this house originally looked like. (any vintage photos available?) It’s possible the house originally had steep gables and additional Gothic Ornamentation and was changed to an Italianate with a lower pitched roof at some point. When major details are missing, about the only thing one can do is speculate about what may have once been there. By the way, the listing is now showing an “accepted offer” notation which I assume is the same as pending.

      • says: 73 comments

        Thank you!

        Also interesting to note, is that from interior photos and window-matching, you can see that the room opening to the non-existant upper porch deck is actually a bathroom. Makes you wonder how the floor plan has been reconfigured over the years. Additionally, the roof has, as you noted, a very shallow pitch, but the photo of the second floor landing shows a rather prominent staircase leading to the third floor, makes you wonder why they’d leave such a large stair to a space that an adult probably couldn’t stand upright in…

        Also of interest, it was built (I found a listing of town residents from the late 1800s/early 1900s) by a wagon-builder, and his brother lived in the still-existant house right next door, so it has *always* been on a teeny tiny lot!

        You can clearly see that, at one time, it was very special, I really hope the person who buys it restores it. All crossables are crossed.

    • JimHJimH says: 4757 comments
      OHD Supporter

      NickWB, I can’t link to the CRIS page but it says that the house was moved when the RR was built in the 1880’s. The neighborhood was developed c.1870 so maybe those dates suggest original construction and later alteration. There’s a photo there from 1979 that shows it before recent changes to the roofline and loss of the frieze. I agree, sad but cool and interesting!
      https://cris.parks.ny.gov/

  41. ChrisICU says: 620 comments

    Hey I’ve got a OHD related question for all y’all. I the past I primarily used the Realtor.com app to do my Old House sleuthing. It was easy to use and I love finding interesting old houses. But with their recent updates I can’t find out how to put in a date range, so my queries show all houses, including newer homes that don’t have the same appeal to me. Because of this I’m looking for different options. So my question to you is what tools do you use to look for old houses? Zillow is nice, too but it doesn’t have all areas. Is there something else? Thanks for your thoughtful responses.

  42. ChrisICU says: 620 comments

    I can only describe this one as a sumptuous 14,000 square feet summer home.
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/200-Pine-Tree-Rd_Radnor_PA_19087_M36099-26582

    Here are additional details about a previous owner: http://www.phillymag.com/property/2014/06/30/rock-rose-edward-k-rowland-house/

  43. says: 30 comments

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/245-W-7th-St_Marysville_OH_43040_M39338-99719

    I have never posted a link before so I hope this works.

    This is located very close to where I work, if I was an in town type of person I would have definitely go for this one. Really don’t see it staying on the market long. The realtor has more pictures on her site.

  44. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11525 comments
    Admin

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Gorgeous living and dining room! Takes a wrong turn at the kitchen and falls off a cliff after that.

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3243-N-Summit-Ave-Milwaukee-WI-53211/2098751153_zpid/

  45. ChrisICU says: 620 comments

    Very cool modern on 6 acres near Chardon, OH. Looks like it’s really a 2 bedroom but the turned a den into a BR. LOTS of glass so stock up on windex. This house wouldn’t work for me if it weren’t so secluded, but as it is it’s pretty cool.
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/12821-Gar-Hwy_Chardon_OH_44024_M33410-35320#photo18

  46. Noelle says: 46 comments

    I know it’s already Wednesday and I should probably wait for Friday but…. I’ve just met the love of my life. Unfortunately my love and I will never meet due to financial and literal distance. A girl can dream right??? Ah well…

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/180-Ash-St-Hopkinton-MA-01748/2098226901_zpid/

  47. Noelle says: 46 comments

    And then there is this one. I’ve loved this house since I saw it a long time ago and it’s been in my day dreams untill it disappeared from Zillow. It’s in Blue Hill, ME on the edge of town. I love the teensy tiled stove. Looks like a cosy place to sit.

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/84-Union-St-Blue-Hill-ME-04614/112649377_zpid/

  48. brokentoe says: 12 comments

    http://www.edinarealty.com/homes-for-sale/2206-Parklands-Lane-St-Louis-Park-MN-55416-180682052

    An article was just published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune about this Frank Lloyd Wright designed house being for sale by the original owners. I have no connection to it but I think it’s gorgeous!

  49. Patsy Schlink says: 1 comments

    http://www.forsalebyowner.com/listing/207-E-Jefferson-St-Washington-IL/5745be64b0f839a1638b4567

    Historic home located 10 minutes from Peoria, IL and 30 minutes to Bloomington-Normal area. Would love if you could post on your site which by the way I love!! Thanks!

  50. brokentoe says: 12 comments

    Gorgeous home in St. Paul – I need to win the lottery!
    http://www.edinarealty.com/homes-for-sale/457-Holly-Avenue-St-Paul-MN-55102-181306767

  51. wk says: 1 comments

    I live very close to this house and it’s beautiful, but it’s RIGHT next to an apartment building, which is why I think it’s been on the market for so long. Built in early 1900s and was one of the first homes on this side of Silver Spring (right outside of DC on the Maryland side). There were 4-5 original ones, but they have all been torn down except this one.

    https://www.redfin.com/MD/Silver-Spring/737-Sligo-Ave-20910/home/11106424

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