c. 1890 – Howard, KS

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444 E Randolph St, Howard, KS 67349

  • $53,500
  • 5 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 2791 Sq Ft
  • 1 Ac.
1890 Original Build: All the wonderful wood plus lots of extras. Large open rooms with high ceilings. Stately Grand Mansion!! Bonus rooms everywhere and original wood shutters that slide open. Home is on a corner with a half block of land with it. Gardens and Trees. This is the one!!
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Judy Nungesser, Faith Realty
(316) 320-6372
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31 Comments on c. 1890 – Howard, KS

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  1. Lori Young says: 2 comments

    Wow that is great with lots of potential.

  2. Scully1963 says: 45 comments

    That house has some great features. The town itself, Howard, is really off the beaten path. It’s about an hour and a half or so south of Wichita but it’s in a nice, hilly part of the state.

  3. LadyBelle says: 61 comments

    For that price, I would expect mold, a collapsed roof, etc. It always amazes me when houses that just need a little love and updating are for sell at such low prices.

    All that wood is amazing, and I am in love with those shutters

    • Diane Eve says: 18 comments

      Maybe I’m dense, but I don’t see the shutters anywhere. I only see the old-style screens (replaceable with storms in Winter) that hang from clips atop each window. I do see some sort of lever mechanism on the porch window, but I don’t know if that is for the shutters or not.

  4. H.Bucket says: 16 comments

    I’m not usually huge into fixer uppers.
    But there is just something about this house that calls to me.
    The original shutters…*SIGH*

  5. Cora says: 2091 comments

    Howard is a nice little town. Sort-of Mayberry-ish. Great house.

  6. Ross says: 2426 comments

    I was sold at image #5.

  7. Robert says: 10 comments

    Are those little “balconies” outside the windows, for flower boxes?

  8. Lori says: 106 comments

    This is a great house! Hope someone buys it and takes care of it!

  9. Ladyhart says: 14 comments

    What a charmer. A little TLC and kick that 70s kitchen to the curb, and this would be a fab house. Are we missing a balcony on the front upper “window”? Looks like a transom above, and seems like at one time this was meant to be a walk out? Love the little French balconies on the one side.

  10. KevinB says: 116 comments

    great details in this house and it seems to be in really solid shape. pull up that carpet and polish that wood and you’d be well on your way to having a really sweet house.

  11. tc says: 296 comments

    Fabulous buy, so much potential. You can move into this one and fix it up as funds become available. My favorite feature is the wide, wide eaves/soffits. So nice to be able to open windows (photo 5) when it’s raining. Curious about the upstairs front door. Must have been a flat roofed front porch originally. Guess it makes a good fire escape now. LOL!

    • JimHJimH says: 5526 comments
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      tc, I think the porch roof is as originally built, only missing a decorative balustrade. The balcony’s still there, about 3 feet deep across the front with a jog in the middle. Using it might be a code issue, but you could open the doors for the summer breeze.

      Maybe the finest house in this little burb when built; I could move right in. Not much in Howard KS except for a good slice of Americana. The NRHP grain elevator is part of a museum which also includes an old home, a schoolhouse, a filling station, and a large doll collection. Toot’s Drive-in and Hubbell’s Rubble sculpture park aren’t part of the museum but could be.

      • Cora says: 2091 comments

        Although I haven’t driven through Howard in probably 15 years, I remember thinking what a nice, clean little place it is. Not near anything, really. Wichita is an hour away if you really need to go, but there is a small hometown grocery in Howard.
        The folks in Howard probably don’t lock their doors at night (more likely they leave them open for the Kansas breeze coming through the screen doors).
        Moe Bandy recorded a song called “Americana” several years ago. It describes Howard perfectly.

        This old house is such a steal. 🙂

      • MikeMike says: 379 comments
        1886 Queen Anne

        I’m sure you are right, Jim…our house was built in 1884 with an identical porch roof featuring a balustrade about 2′ high around the top of the mansard edge. In the early 20s, the porch was widened by several feet on all sides, the mansard was modified to a low-pitch slope, and the balustrade disappeared. We have restored the porch posts and railings to their 1884 appearance, and have plans to replace the long-missing balustrade on top.

  12. Betty Millwr says: 1 comments

    I would love to live in this house.I’m sure if there is any ghost in this house they are friendly ghost like Casper the friendly ghost

  13. John Shiflet says: 5630 comments

    I too like this one both for its reasonable price as well as some of its finer ornamental details. The ornamental balcony porches in photo #5 were favorites during the late Victorian era. (1875-1910) Our own 1889 house had two of them…one off the front bedroom paired windows and another off the paired parlor windows on the south side. They served no real essential purpose (perhaps as minimal shades) except to provide ornamental interest to an otherwise plain wall. They were not functional as real porches due to their diminutive depth but perhaps potted flowers and plants could be placed on them. Millwork catalogs of the period showed different choices available for corbels and brace supports, ornamental railings, as well as turned balusters and newels. Picked out in period colors, this c. 1890 house would really pop with its wealth of exterior ornamental details. (all available from millwork catalogs and shipped in by rail) Interesting interior here that could be brought to reflect the original period better with some minor changes in decor. As for as style, the house combines Italianate massing with some “Eastlake” ornamental details consistent with the Queen Anne style.

    • Don Carleton says: 314 comments

      Dear Mr. S:

      Your referencing “Italianate massing” and “‘Eastlake’ ornamental details” suggests that this house just has to be older than 1890, which is what my instincts are telling me…the place feels closer to the 1870s than to 1890…unless Howard, KS was really behind the times, architecturally-speaking!

  14. John Shiflet says: 5630 comments

    Don, you are probably right but then again a remote town in Kansas might have lagged behind national architectural trends by a few years. More research would be needed to pinpoint the exact construction date. I’ve seen some published planbook designed houses that were not built until well over a decade after their original publishing date. The best I can do is to try and match architectural details with a period I might recognize from when those details were popular. Some details are more specific to a certain narrow time period than others but trying to guesstimate construction dates by that method is primitive at best. Searching through archival records is by far more accurate by comparison which is why I pay particular attention to the information that Jim H. shares.

  15. GoddessOdd says: 382 comments

    some incredible wood work, and I would love to peek under the gold carpet and see what condition the floors are in, but I have to admit, my thoughts WERE stuck on how much it would cost to replace the one missing shade on the incredible light fixture in photo 12, until I saw something similar sitting on the mantle in photo 13, it looks like it might be a shade for that fixture.

    My cats would really love the little Juliette balconies in photo 5.

    I hadn’t been thinking of Kansas, but this house might make me change my mind.

    • Diane Eve says: 18 comments

      I had the same thought — OH! There’s a missing shade for that incredible fixture. Wonder where you’d ever find a replacement. Truly did LOL on seeing the missing one on the mantle in the next pic. 🙂

  16. 67drake says: 2 comments

    Sans gold carpet and kitchen counter tops-I love it!

  17. GoddessOdd says: 382 comments

    does anyone know what the pipe is between the two little balconies in photo 5? It looks kind of like a drain vent or something similar, but in a very odd location. I would also like to see photos of the basement…see what condition it’s in.

  18. tc says: 296 comments

    Gas vent like this I believe.


    We had a gas dryer and stove, a long time ago, and it vented from the basement like this.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12401 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Link doesn’t work.

    • Michael Mackin says: 3166 comments

      There is also a similar vent in picture 4. Most likely from gas appliances of some kind.

      • GoddessOdd says: 382 comments

        I didn’t notice that, but yeah, photo 4 looks similar. I think those would have to go. Either switch to electric appliances, or do a better job camoflaging those.

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