1901 – Decatur, MI (George F. Barber)

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217 N Phelps St, Decatur, MI 49045

  • $159,900
  • Sold for $130,000
  • 5 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 2552 Sq Ft
  • 0.4 Ac.
One of the best Victorian homes you will ever find! Built around 1900 this home features original woodwork in beautiful condition, including pocket doors. Antique fireplace, beveled glass windows, beautiful curved window in staircase.Built in cupboards that open into dining room and butlers pantry.Parquet and wood floors, 2 car attached garage,plus a carriage house. The grounds are meticulously maintained and are gorgeous with plants, shrubs and flowers. Beautiful curved stone porch in front and small porch on one side of the home and sunroom on the other side off of the kitchen.All major appliances included ( washer and dryer are Whirlpool Duet) Recently completely sided with vinyl siding , including the carriage house at great expense to the owner. Colors are in keeping with the era.
Contact Information
Linda Gunther, Cressy & Everett Real Estate
(269) 782-2877
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6 Comments on 1901 – Decatur, MI (George F. Barber)

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  1. Lindsay G says: 531 comments

    Ooooo I love the colors to this! I always felt like if I ever owned a Queen Anne, I’d never be able to figure out a good color scheme for the outside. Or maybe they have professionals and computers that do that now, idk.

    I like the crescent shaped leaded windows on the stairs too of course. That’s easily my favorite feature!

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

    Purists will not like the vinyl siding but I have to say I think it looks pretty good. Gorgeous interior although the kitchen layout would need some adjustment, the way the stove is stuck between the fridge and the wall. Really cool though and I love MI.

  3. Christopher DiMattei says: 268 comments

    Kelly, you just made my year! I have been looking for this specific home, for over 10 years now. Yes, this is a George F. Barber design, and yes Barber did publish it in some of his later pattern books, but Barber only mentioned that it was built in “Northern Michigan” so it has eluded me for so long. Now that you have found it, you can see that Barber’s idea of “northern” was not what was commonly thought of, as “northern Michigan”, which is largely why I could never track this one down. Anyway, I could not be happier to have finally located this gem. And what a gem it is. Aside from the new vinyl siding, this house retains much of its original character, although it is missing a rather unique balcony rail that could easily be replaced. Awesome, simply awesome. As always, thanks for posting.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11871 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I wondered if it was but thought it could have been any of the other architects up there too. That’s awesome though, glad you finally found it! 🙂

      • John Shiflet says: 5357 comments

        Wow! I thought Chris had discovered almost every extant Barber designed house in the country so I too am thrilled to see this heretofore unknown example. I would be curious to see what the published design looked like. (with the railing missing here) Lovely house overall…I especially like the Oriel type landing bay with its leaded glass windows. Vinyl siding can be removed but that could be a future project for the next owner(s) if wished to make it period perfect.

  4. Steve H says: 142 comments

    I’m surprised the siding is vinyl. Usually they can’t make it in darker colors (I think it has something to do with darker colors absorbing too much heat and warping). It really doesn’t look bad, although still not a practice that I would endorse for an old house.

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