July 15, 2016: Link Exchange & Discussion

Added to OHD on 7/15/16 - Last OHD Update: 9/30/19 - 160 Comments
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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.)

I also share an old photo from the header you see above and supersize it for you. This time we have a few interiors! This home was located in the North Capitol Hill neighborhood of Denver, Colorado. It was built by Erastus Hallack of the Hallack & Howard Lumber Company around 1890. According to the book, The Mansions of Denver: The Vintage Years, the home was located at 1701 Sherman Street. Excerpt, "The house was typical of the unrestrained exuberance of the era, when vast amounts of money were made quickly and there were no income taxes. No expense was spared in the construction of the home, from carefully chosen woods for the interior, much of it hand carved, to the imported cut-glass and stained-glass windows. The hardware, such as the locks and hinges, throughout the house were of brass or bronze. Specially made fixtures lighted the rooms. Attention was given to every detail of design, and nothing was overlooked. Much of the construction was overseen by Mrs. Hallack. The imposing house, built in the Queen Anne style, sat on spacious grounds with stables in the back of the property." Mr. Hallack died in 1897 and his wife Kate in 1938. The neighborhood was not what it once was. Now in a mix of commercial structures and boarding houses the home was sold after her death and demolished in 1941. The property today, street view link. The last mansion to grace this neighborhood was torn down in 2007. Mr. Hallack's resting place and Mrs. Hallack's resting place. They had 3 children but only one lived into adulthood. More reading on Hallack and Brother's Lumber Company. More on the History of Capital Hill Neighborhood.

160 Comments on July 15, 2016: Link Exchange & Discussion

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12610 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I want to thank JimH for his research on this home and the Hallacks.

    I purchased most of these photos last year. Unfortunately, the seller had sold the library and music room photos before she listed the exteriors, entrance and dining room photos so I am unable to give you close ups of those rooms (yes, they were all sold separately, ugh!)

    A triumph that we tracked down the location. The seller originally thought it was a house in New England. The only evidence of location was the word “Sherman Ave” and some undecipherable numbers (turns out it was 17th) on a street sign. With “Sherman” as the clue we went about searching the location. Happening upon an old postcard of “Sherman Street” in Denver of a street scene, the sidewalk and trees looked similar so I turned my search there. That’s when I saw the neighborhood view of North Capital above, the house! What I thought was going to be impossible turned out to be not that hard to find.

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    • JimHJimH says: 5645 comments
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      Thanks for sharing. I thought the exterior was beautiful when you showed it to me, and the details are incredible. The interiors, just Wow! Maybe someone can identify a few of the wonders inside.
      The building there now (Republic Plaza) may be the tallest building in the Rockies but it seems so banal compared to Kate Hallack’s home. It was her dream brought to life and she stayed there 50 years. When she died it seems the house couldn’t survive without her, and it soon vanished as well.

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      • Jeklstudio says: 1064 comments

        I wonder how they sleep at night?… Those that can destroy such magnificence..

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        • Preservation Matters says: 93 comments

          I agree with you Jeklstudio – it ought to be a crime to destroy a beautiful and historic building like this.

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      • Victoria Webb says: 130 comments

        Even down to the basement grating, the Hallack house details were just fabulous! So tragic that this one was demolished.

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      • John Shiflet says: 5731 comments

        Kelly; Jim; I’ve really loved this over-the-top Denver mansion since photos of it appeared on e-Bay. Denver experienced an unprecedented influx of wealth in the 1880’s from mining discoveries and development. (mainly lead and silver) Millionaires were created overnight from these discoveries and lavish mansions of this quality soon dotted Denver’s best neighborhoods. This incredible mansion building boom came to a halt with the “Panic” of 1893. Silver was demonetized and gold was established as the sole legal tender ruining the fortunes of many mining millionaires and causing a economic crash in Denver that took many years to recover from. The era of grand Victorian mansions ended. Sad that this representative from the boom years was lost to “progress”. Such lavish elegance belongs to that bygone era. This house was lost in 1941 but I’m dismayed to learn the last mansion from this vanished neighborhood was demolished as recently as 2007. At least here we can see how the most successful people lived in Denver before 1893 while the mining boom was at its peak. If anyone is interested. look up the story of Horace Tabor and his glamorous wife “Baby Doe” Tabor. Its a sad story of rags to riches and back to rags again which shows the winds of fate can change people’s lives in interesting and unpredictable ways.

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        • JimHJimH says: 5645 comments
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          John, interesting that you mention Horace Tabor, a close friend of the Hallacks. Erastus & Kate Hallack had built the first real mansion in Denver in the 1870’s, an Italianate house with fountains and great views of the mountains. They sold it to General Palmer, who brought the railroad to Denver and founded Colorado Springs. The Hallacks then moved as guests into the newly built large mansion of silver king Horace Tabor. They had front row seats to his scandalous affair with Baby Doe, and I suspect they were sympathetic to his first wife Augusta, who got the house in the divorce.
          We should also mention the famous 1887 mansion of “Unsinkable” Molly Brown, one of the few from the period that survive in Denver. She married into another great mining fortune, but wasn’t accepted into Denver society until she survived the Titanic. The house was designed by William A. Lang, a self-taught architect credited with 250+ designs in his time in Denver – possibly the designer of the Hallack house also.
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molly_Brown_House
          http://www.vintagehomesofdenver.com/artman/publish/denver-home-styles/Denver-Architects—William-Lang.html

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        • Lindsay G says: 518 comments

          Wow thanks so much for that fascinating history lesson! How sad would it be to suddenly make millions overnight and then have it all ripped from your grasp in just a few years?! I can’t imagine the emotional toll that would take on someone…especially in those days.

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    • Cora says: 2087 comments

      Omg! Love these old photos.

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    • Ross says: 2443 comments

      Oh Kelly, Kelly, Kelly!!!!!!!!!

      What a thrill visiting the Hallack Mansion!

      Oh, and I want to track down the person who sold the images and smack them for breaking up the set!

      Argh!!!!!

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      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12610 comments
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        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        Yes! I was so mad the seller did that but I guess it’s more money for her because knuckleheads like me will run up the price trying to get ALL of them.

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    • Paulthedreamer says: 35 comments

      Amazing. I live in Denver and pass by this corner often. Over the years, Denver demolished much of its finer architecture. I remember the demolition of the Denver theatre, the Alladin theatre and the Moffatt mansion. Another great building was the Tabor Opera House. Denver is a nice place, but it would be so much better if more of the original architecture had survived. Thank you for sharing the photos. They are a treasure.

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    • Laurie W. says: 1679 comments

      Impressive place. It’s not my usual preferred style but the work & design is such top quality, impossible not to be dazzled. The last photo, of the house just before demolition, makes me want to shout, “Wait! You still have time to stop!” What a shame. The Tabor Opera House too was a great loss.

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    • Laurie W. says: 1679 comments

      Has anybody watched HGTV’s “Hunting Vintage?” Expected something neat, but what a disappointment! 1st episode I watched, a couple buys a 1750 house but complain about funky layout; presto, walls disappear for “openness” & ceilings are changed. Yack! Watched 5 minutes of another — somebody looking for a historic house in Key West — “historic” outside but he wants it modern inside! This show could have a very bad influence on old-house buyers. Me, I hate it!

      P.S. I also strongly dislike the use of the word “vintage” as a noun, as in, “we’ve decided to look at vintage.”

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      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12610 comments
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        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        Sounds like something I would have watched and been disappointed with. I was watching an HGTV show where someone was buying an old house to renovate and they said something like “All this old stuff, we can’t have it!” that was after going on about wanting “charm”. TV has brainwashed the good sense out of people.

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        • Laurie W. says: 1679 comments

          “Old stuff!” Didn’t you want to yell at the tv? I do! This Hunting Vintage thing was the same — they’re looking at their newly-bought lovely 1750 antique place & the husband says, “You have to modernize these old houses!” I don’t know that tv is all to blame — not sure how much good sense people had to start with, like the thousands of tear-downs in the 50s & 60s before “house tv” was born: “Let’s get that old eyesore out of the way. Plenty of room for a nice modern glass-clad tower!” TV does lead people astray now, I agree. I hope not too many watch that new program.

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          • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12610 comments
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            1901 Folk Victorian
            Chestatee, GA

            I did yell at the tv! “WHY ARE THEY BUYING AN OLD HOUSE IF THEY DON’T WANT AN OLD HOUSE?!” “THIS SHOW IS SO STUPID!” “GAH!!! PEOPLE!” :p

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        • Ross says: 2443 comments

          Kelly, you wrote: ” TV has brainwashed the good sense out of people.”

          Truer words were never spoken.

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      • Laurie says: 35 comments

        My thoughts EXACTLY when I stumbled on the show!

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    • SueSue says: 1100 comments
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      1802 Cape
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      This home was a work of art. Breaks my heart it was torn down. All that work, artistry, time and care just disposed of. It’s a crime.

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    • Amy Zimmer says: 4 comments

      Kelly, thanks so much for posting these wonderful interior photos of one of my favorite Denver houses! It was a joy to be able to see these for the first time. I have always been intrigued by this home as a showplace for Hallack’s lumber company. It is so sad what has happened (and is happening now) in Denver. I’m the author of “Denver’s Historic Homes” that you mentioned above, along with several other books through which I try to keep the memory of these beautiful places alive. Thanks for all the good work you do with your wonderful website! I’m addicted πŸ™‚

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  2. nathan davis says: 49 comments

    Heres a wonderful house for sale here in canada. Crazy price tag, because its in a hugely desirable location. of course its staged a little more modern than I like, but it seems to be in very good original condition for the most part. the exterior is amazing, as is the interior for the most part.

    https://www.realtor.ca/Residential/Single-Family/16817166/54-HIGH-PARK-BLVD-Toronto-Ontario-M6R1M8-High-Park-Swansea

    a few more websites with its info

    http://www.blogto.com/city/2015/06/house_of_the_week_54_high_park_blvd/

    http://torontolife.com/real-estate/houses/house-of-the-week-54-high-park-boulevard/

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    • Lindsay G says: 518 comments

      Wow that’s quite a price on that house! It’s definitely a beautiful home, no doubt but I don’t know for 3 million dollars! But I really do love all the big windows…I bet the house really shines during the day. And I can’t believe I’m saying this but I actually really like the modern bathroom, haha. It has such a calming “feng shui” to the atmosphere. But that’s the only updated part of the house I like though.

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  3. ken says: 64 comments

    Truly a work of art.

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  4. BethanyBethany says: 3467 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    What an amazing house! Thanks for all the close ups! I was very surprised to click through to the “property now” link and see skyscrapers. Ugh.

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    • Cathy says: 2336 comments

      LOL, I have no clue as to what’s going on with that one house’s back deck/extension thingy! I liked the last house, the Craftsman, quite a lot. Including its newel posts’ hexagonal caps.

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    • Gail M says: 226 comments

      What a fantastic light fixture in the stairwell of the Summit Avenue – Milwaukee house. Looks Moroccan to me, what do you think?

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      • Lindsay G says: 518 comments

        I know that light fixture is just gorgeous! Definitely has a bohemian type quality. And it looks so perfect hanging in the stairwell like that.

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    • Michael Mackin says: 3369 comments

      Great houses, Lindsay! The one with the crazy back deck reminds me of a Monty Python line: ‘and now for something completely different!’

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    • Gini says: 19 comments

      The Atlantic Ave. home begs the question: if you love mid century modern, why buy a turn of the century home? That back addition looks straight out of MCM. Lordy.

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  5. Cathy says: 2336 comments

    The Hallack house… Whoa, talk about attention to details!! And I’m trying to decide if they had a pet turtle, or if the one at the base of the staircase is just a decorative item, perhaps brass?

    Two homes for sale in Clinton, NY. (Hamilton College is located in Clinton, whereas Colgate University is in Hamilton – a bit south of Clinton.)

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/48-Williams-St-Clinton-NY-13323/31589596_zpid/

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/17-Marvin-St-Clinton-NY-13323/31589591_zpid/

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  6. Charles B says: 479 comments

    That Denver house is scrumptious–they should build an exact replica of it at Disney World!

    I always liked the idea of a Greek Revival ‘ranch’ house built all on one floor, but they’re scarce as hen’s teeth. Here’s a beauty in Westfield, NY priced at $132,000, surrounded by extensive grape vineyards and a mile or so from both the center of town and Lake Erie. Although the listing says it was built in 1950, records show it was built by Daniel M. Farrington (1795-1881), probably in the middle 1830s:

    http://ccbrmls.com/public/search/advanced/summary.asp?Listing_ID=1039031

    http://app.chautauquacounty.com/hist_struct/Westfield/7378EastMainWestfield.html

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    • Laurie W. says: 1679 comments

      That is a lovely place, Charles. Rare indeed, Greek Revival houses on one floor. I’m looking for one in Virginia & even there, don’t hold your breath. Zillow lists it as Off Market, maybe it’s sold — hope to someone who values it enough. (Amazing price.) Any idea what that contraption in the kitchen is? A woodstove?

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      • Charles B says: 479 comments

        I think Zillow screwed up–sign out front of the place still says ‘For Sale’ as of a half-hour ago, and they usually change it to ‘Pending’ and ‘Sold’ in a heartbeat around here when that happens. My bet for the contraption in the kitchen is some kind of ventless propane grill.

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        • Laurie W. says: 1679 comments

          Zillow must be behind times, then. I hope the right people come along soon. Its location sounds divine too. Wonder where the 1950 came from — pretty amusing when you just look at the place. Interesting idea on the grill; that’s a new one on me. I miss NY countryside; grew up there & it always will feel like home. I’d sure love that house to be home!

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  7. Cora says: 2087 comments

    I found another beautiful bargain. Neat as a pin:

    1357 S Broadway St
    $149,900 | 5 Bed β€’ 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M70752-70849

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  8. Cora says: 2087 comments

    I’m pretty sure there’s at least one or two little old houses on the property…would like to peek inside those too.

    161 Quarry Rd
    $659,000 | 3 Bed β€’ 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M89336-37376

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  9. Rusty Slider says: 34 comments

    Nice one: “Knoll Mansion” located in Meridian, Mississippi. Good price, too.
    http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/fsba,fsbo,fore_lt/pmf,pf_pt/house_type/2097994559_zpid

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    • Lindsay G says: 518 comments

      Wow that place is simply breathtaking! I think I gasped at every picture. I can’t believe such gems still exist in this world. Kudos to the owners for all the upkeep and love they’ve given this gorgeous home. Good find Rusty.

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    • Cora says: 2087 comments

      Beautiful! Wow!

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    • Imbroglio says: 64 comments

      If memory serves, this fine house was sold at auction last year for around $160K (it was on the market for a while before that, at a very high price); the contents, collected by a “colorful character” as my fellow southerners would say, were auctioned off at the same time. Those are the furnishings you see in the pictures. With a lot of work and an interior scheme that is perhaps less steroidal, it could be a knockout. There is an original bowling alley in the basement. If you google “Knoll Mansion” and “Meridian,” you can probably find local press on the former owner and the vicissitudes of the property. Certain parts of Meridian are very nice; this part of town is questionable, but somewhat gentrified; there are, however, a lot of tornadoes.

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    • Victoria Webb says: 130 comments

      Incredible, another dream house with fantastic interiors. You can tell the owner had many wonderful parties and gatherings in the home. Too bad I’m petrified of tornadoes.

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    • SueSue says: 1100 comments
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      1802 Cape
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      Oh my. It’s like it’s stopped in time. A museum where you hear whispers as you walk through. I could write a whole novel set in this house.

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    • Scott Cunningham says: 395 comments

      Hmmmmm. They sure did embrace the tudor spirit of this place…

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    • Lottie says: 341 comments

      Incredible decorating in Knoll Mansion! I love everything about it, except…the monkeys in the bathroom. Beautiful house!

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  10. Cora says: 2087 comments

    This one is lookin for love…beautiful millwork:

    5735 E Main St
    $98,900 | 5 Bed β€’ 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M75775-49173

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  11. Anne M. says: 1052 comments

    Wow, thanks so much for the wonderful tour and background info on the Hallack Mansion, Kelly & JimH!
    For sale in Sterling MA is the Richardson Tavern, original building date 1730, expanded in 1777. Here is the link & below is some history from a town of Sterling document from 2002 – quite an illustrious history!
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/321-Princeton-Rd-Sterling-MA-01564/57649989_zpid/
    “Richardson Tavern – Located on Route 62 just before the Princeton town line, Richardson purchased this property in 1777. Benjamin Richardson was born in Leicester and served as a captain in the Revolutionary War under Lord Stirling, with whom he became friends and for whom Sterling is named. His friends included George Washington, with whom he shared a birth date, and the Marquis of Lafayette, who visited him in 1824 on his tour from Boston to New York. He was a prominent citizen of Sterling, one of its incorporators, and was involved in town politics most of his life. Benjamin’s son, William, improved the house and added a large arched hall, which was used as a Masonic Hall. At its height, this farm had four barns, a chair ship, a cider mill, a store and a gristmill. The house was also a frequented tavern on the stage road from Boston to Albany, until the coming of the railroad removed much of the traffic. However, the Richardson family continued to run it as a tavern until 1894. Henry David Thoreau stayed overnight on his famous walk to Wachusett. This site is included in the Pottery Village Historic District.”

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  12. Ga Dan says: 7 comments

    Hello everyone, I was wondering if I could get some good feedback on this 1836 raised cottage in Monticello Ga. Kelley posted it last year and everyone got caught up talking about it being across from RR tracks and the house just kinda got lost. The train comes through about every other day around noon and super slow. So not an issue.
    https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2015/06/27/c-1830-monticello-ga/

    The house is supposed to be a Greek revival but much of 1836 has been changed. Two panel doors a few simpler mantles, original Windows, and floors are about all that remain. It seems to have gotten a post civil war update including big southern front porch etc. and a few Victorian mantles.
    Kelley has updated with some pics I sent. I’m getting really interested and have started some inspections since price has dropped. Been keeping my eye on this one but need some critiquing. This was my family hometown years back. I currently live out in the county. Good overall house but just want to ask the “pros” for yalls advice on this one. The barns and outbuildings are great! It’s a in town farm!
    Thx so much!
    Dan

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    • Laurie W. says: 1679 comments

      I remember this house when it was 1st on OHD — loved it then & still. I wish I were expert enough to advise you, Dan, but I’m far from it. It looks to be basically Greek Revival with some Victorian treatments as you say. None of those look too difficult to return to the earlier period. Looks like there might be a great deal of expense in other areas, though I’m not qualified to tell you much. If you get it inspected, be sure to use a specialist in antique houses — anybody else could steer you wrong, positive or negative, by not knowing enough about building techniques & materials of those days. Please let us know if you buy it!! I’m gonna come visit you!!

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      • Ga Dan says: 7 comments

        I will definitely let y’all know if we buy, and everyone is welcome to come visit. It will be a lot of clean up and paint at first and trimming of trees and bushes. You ought to see how grown up it is now a year later. The owner likes the natural look…. You can hardly see the house from the street. So fun fun!
        We are already in contact with a good inspector and he is niche is old homes, so it will be very interesting to see what he says .

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    • Reneau de Beauchamp says: 69 comments

      You’ll have to be more specific on what sort of feedback you wish. The word ‘good’ implies nothing negative. Below stairs there appears some serious drainage/dampness issues that would have to be addressed. And a major investment on the dangerously deteriorating pier with its mortar & brick loss.

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      • Ga Dan says: 7 comments

        Yes the water issue under the porch is what I believe has caused the brick pier to fail. And yes that is going to be a big one as far as repairs. We are working on a serious offer so that will definitely be in negotiations. I believe I had just about answered most of my questions…. It’s a Greek revival updated as most are, porch added…..just wanted to see what other thought about the house. When originally posted people only commented on RR tracks across street and nothing in regards to the house. Nothing seems to be altered so much that it can be returned easily. The cool factor is that it has 3 bathrooms, and with our family that is a definite plus. That is the main reason my wife is okay with actually moving into this one.

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        • Laurie W. says: 1679 comments

          Needless to say, I think it’s a peach of a house, if you can stand a repeat comment. I do hope a purchase works out for you! It’s unique, a real prize for an old-house lover.

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    • JullesJulles says: 546 comments
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      Thanks for getting us to take a second look at this house. Dan were you planning on buying the house? If not, I wouldn’t mind taking a look at it. We are trying to downsize the mortgage. The house is incredible and I agree it needs an inspection but I don’t think you are looking at a lot of money on fixing it up. It looks like the foundation has already been shorn up as for the damp in the basement, welcome to Georgia where the water table is about a foot. I took house building courses at SouthFace Energy Institute in Atlanta and they said putting a basement in Georgia was like putting a swimming pool in the ocean. I have two questions. What is the pit? and What is the small door in the basement? Also, having mature pecan trees in your backyard is great. They are beautiful and they take a long time to mature and produce thus why they are very expensive to buy. Any you didn’t use yourself, you could give as gifts or sell them and make some money.

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      • Ga Dan says: 7 comments

        Hey Julles
        Yes we are in process of getting an offer together. Trying to finish researching it all out to the full extent. The “hole” that steps down into the ground is a root cellar. Awesome part of history that it still remains but not sure how much use we will get out of it. That small door goes out under the front porch, this way you can keep the root cellar vented. After emailing with Kelley this last week, the big front porch appears to be a later addition, probably 1880ish when everyone started doing the huge front porches. The downstairs of this house will be where all the work will be, upstairs is ready to roll as is. I’ll keep everyone posted on this one, hopefully it will all work out. My wife and I also are trying to get rid of mortgage and get a good old house that’s already in decent shape. We have looked at many but were too much of a labor of love since we still have kids in the house.
        Thanks for your comments… And hopefully before long I’ll report we are moving in!

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        • Julles says: 546 comments

          Congratulations on a truly beautiful home. May God bless you and your family there with plenty of love and laughter. Keep us updated. Oh and Madison is a great city. There is an old warehouse restaurant downtown there that we went to for my b-day lunch 2 weeks ago and it was really good.

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  13. Cora says: 2087 comments

    I love this one right down to the vintage console TV:

    424 Oneida St
    $68,500 | 5 Bed β€’ 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M31996-14400

    They’ve painted a bunch of the wood. :/ Still a nice old home with what looks like the original carriage house. $29k! :

    23 Maple Avenue Ext
    $29,900 | 4 Bed β€’ 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M38810-91616

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    • JullesJulles says: 546 comments
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      Cora, I checked out the house in Pulaski for 29,000. It is in a good area, walking distance to a gorgeous river and about 5 miles to Lake Ontario. Do you know if it has a flat or missing roof? You can’t see it from the photos and that would explain the low price. Have you seen this house at all because for $29,000 a nice italianate and 1.6 acres sounds incredible.

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      • Cathy says: 2336 comments

        Well, you do have to like – or at least tolerate – plenty of snow in the winter. πŸ˜‰ Where Pulaski is situated, it is smack in the path of lake effect snows off Lake Ontario. I’m guessing a flat roof?? Which would mean shoveling snow off it during heavy storms, since the snow wouldn’t be able to slide off.

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      • Cora says: 2087 comments

        Hey Jules – I only know what the listing shows. I street-viewed the home and got a closer, better look at it – I’m guessing a flat roof by the style.
        I would think if it had no roof at all, the realtor would (or should!) mention that, as it would likely be a deal-breaker for most.

        Here is the street view link if it is helpful:

        https://www.google.com/maps/@/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1ssHdv58efbplLfrnDpr1HYg!2e0

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  14. SF says: 132 comments

    This is a great little Craftsman in Anaheim CA. A bit steep in price, and not the best location, but Disneyland close, and not far too from the coast.(20-30 minutes)
    The best part of this listing description is “gooby tile”. It is meant to read “grueby tile” . It made me laugh anyway. Enjoy.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/521-N-Zeyn-St-Anaheim-CA-92805/25126350_zpid/

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  15. Charles B says: 479 comments

    Stately stone mansion in New Jersey for $154,900. Talk about patrician pathos!

    http://www.watchforeclosure.com/foreclosed-homes/new-jersey/cumberland/vineland/11136222/1045-e-landis-ave.html

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  16. Laurie W. says: 1679 comments

    Heartbreaking. It’s beautiful, or should be.

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  17. Cathy says: 2336 comments

    Three listings in different parts of upstate NY…

    Tudor Revival sort of meets center hall Colonial Revival. Many nice features, notwithstanding (IMO) the kitchen & baths:
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/31-Wilshire-Rd-Rochester-NY-14618/30901157_zpid/

    House & horse barn w. paddock, etc:
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/0-County-Highway-12-East-Meredith-NY-13757/2097861517_zpid/

    House, barn converted to workshop/studio, tons of land, garden, etc:
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/277-Center-Valley-Rd-Worcester-NY-12197/31642104_zpid/

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    • SueSue says: 1100 comments
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      1802 Cape
      ME

      As a horse person when I see a house with property for horses I want to see the inside of the barn in detail and get all the details about the facilitates. So often they don’t show enough as with the lovely house in Meredith.

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    • Victoria Webb says: 130 comments

      The Worcester, NY house with barn is incredible. Can’t really make it out, but a printing press might come with the barn/studio. What a find with almost 200 acres just 3.5 hrs. from NYC!

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    • dragonflyspirit14dragonflyspirit14 says: 241 comments
      1913 farmhouse
      Dillon, SC

      wow the house and barn conversion in Worcester NY is to die for. Looks like he has been trying to sell since 2009 and the price has dropped almost 400k during this time. Still far out of my price-point but dreaming is free.

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  18. Adrienne Thomas says: 1 comments

    What a beauty, sometimes I think it’s a blessing that the home builders are not here to see their beautiful homes demolished. …so sad?

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  19. Denise says: 26 comments

    Love the “north wind” chairs! In our family summer home we have several pieces with similar characteristics including a buffet with “north wind” pulls, and a Morris Chair with very beautifully carved “north wind” heads at the end of each arm rest. And carved feet too! Funny thing is that all the furniture in the summer home are cast offs from various relatives in NYC when the summer home was completed. Basically the home was furnished with furniture family members no longer wanted, including 2 fabulous park benches my great uncle “borrowed” from Central Park in the early 1920s. My mother recently had those pieces restored after they spent 70 plus years outside, exposed to the elements.

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  20. Anne M. says: 1052 comments

    Just came across this wonderful 1866 Greek Revival on Cape Cod – price includes 2.6 acres, also a guest cottage & barn needing work.
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/West-Harwich_MA_02671_M30517-64937?ex=MA590875793

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  21. Betsy says: 156 comments

    That place in Worcester NY is like a dream come true..the setting is gorgeous. Just beautiful.

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  22. Pat says: 1 comments

    Here is a beautiful 1904 Queen Anne in my home town of Marysville KS. It is known as the Pusch-Randell-Anderson home. OHD posted two homes in Waterville KS that is 20 minutes south of Marysville. This home was built by Charles F. Pusch. Pusch had a cigar factory and was mayor of Marysville. The Pusch family sold the house in 1930 to Dr. and Mrs. J. W. Randell. When Dr. and Mrs Randell passed away their daughter Bernice Randell Anderson and her husband lived in the home. The house was sold after the Anderson passing and is now up for sale again.

    I’ve been in this house twice. It is as beautiful inside as it is outside. I don’t know the asking price since the real estate agent never puts prices on her web site. I included the pictures from the time the house was put on the historic registry.

    http://pdayrealty.com/1000%20elm.htm
    http://focus.nps.gov/GetAsset?assetID=739ee313-d94a-4f64-b47a-f717cf3c3ec5

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    • JimHJimH says: 5645 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Pat, thanks for the beauty in Marysville KS. If it were falling down we’d all be crying for it to be saved, but it’s in boring near-perfect condition! A towered Bricktorian with fine stone detail, fully finished with nice oak millwork, fretwork, art glass and very old (if not original) fixtures and stenciling. Not the fanciest house we’ve seen but one of the most well-preserved. It’s even older than 1904, since it was on the maps by 1901 (but not in 1896). One quite true line from the NHRP report: The Pusch-Randell House maintains a very high degree of external and internal architectural integrity.
      Foolish of the realtor not to list the price – lots of folks will see it and figure they can’t afford it when they probably can.

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    • Anne M. says: 1052 comments

      That is a beautiful house, Pat! I’d buy it just for the butler’s pantry. Thanks for posting it.

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    • says: 19 comments

      I’m in love, but positive it’s beyond my reach.

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    • Michele says: 89 comments

      Wonderful home, love how kept up it has been. I LOVE the butlers pantry!

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  23. Lindak says: 125 comments

    Totally in love with the house in Wichita and I can afford it. Not sure about tornadoes but hey it’s survived this long.

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  24. Cora says: 2087 comments

    I like the exterior more than the interior:

    106 Second St
    $349,990 | 4 Bed β€’ 3 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M62069-54218

    Filtered photos, sorry:

    85 Garber St
    $114,900 | 4 Bed β€’ 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M48607-23915

    Sharing mostly for the iron gate:

    14715 Charmian Rd
    $269,000 | 4 Bed β€’ 3 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M33688-70960

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  25. Nancy says: 29 comments

    Let me introduce you to Magnolia, an Antebellum plantation located along the Roanoke River in Scotland Neck, NC. 19 ACRES, 2 guest/storage buildings, 40×90 wired barn with concrete floor, and a gorgeous, move-in ready 5560 square foot home with 4-5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths, large kitchen, heartpine and hardwood floors, 12′ ceilings, a unique and incredible WISHBONE STAIRCASE and a fabulous wrap-around porch. Abundant possibilities – personal residence – full or part-time with tons of privacy or make it an event/income producing property for weddings, B&B, livestock, gardens, and so much more. Historic tax credits are available. http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3539-Us-Highway-258-Scotland-Neck-NC-27874/2101109887_zpid/?view=public aerial video showing all 19 acres https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9G3GToBxImA

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  26. Cora says: 2087 comments

    New listing, I like this one; they’ve preserved it’s character:

    null
    $649,000 | 4 Bed β€’ 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M37993-96355

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  27. Cora says: 2087 comments

    This one seems low-priced for the area – could be because it will require a mammoth restoration.

    I kinda like the retro feel of it though, and the carriage house is a plus, as well as the newly updated electrical.

    I’ve not seen this much seafoam carpet in a long time.

    159 Hamilton Ave
    $499,999 | 7 Bed β€’ 3 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M49230-76104

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    • dragonflyspirit14dragonflyspirit14 says: 241 comments
      1913 farmhouse
      Dillon, SC

      Must have been a sale on sea-foam green carpeting??!? It is a lovely home and being so close to New York you would think the price would be higher. First thing that popped into my head when I saw New Rochelle NY was and image of Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore πŸ˜€

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  28. Cora says: 2087 comments

    In Virginia:

    7617 Greenwood Station Rd
    $695,000 | 5 Bed β€’ 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M58831-86151

    182 Lyles Rd
    $79,900 | 4 Bed β€’ 1 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M64634-20360

    North Carolina:

    301 S Madison St
    $250,000 | 3 Bed β€’ 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M59178-02480

    West VA:
    1103 Juliana St
    $205,000 | 6 Bed β€’ 4 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M40033-92447

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    • Bethster says: 796 comments

      Thanks for including the states, Cora. I’ll look at houses all around the country (even the world), but if I’m in a hurry, I try to at least look at ones that are in places I have an interest in. Often the location is given in the url, but when it’s not, I don’t have a clue where they are!

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  29. says: 71 comments

    Let’s go to Northville, MI! Why? Why not!

    Both of these have had large modern kitchen/family rooms built on, which are tasteful in their own way, but I don’t even care – the old parts far outshine the newer anyway.

    That foyer! The windows! The light!
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/711-N-Center-St-Northville-MI-48167/70866576_zpid/

    So much Craftsmen woodwork! And stone exterior swooniness! I’ve always wanted to live in a house that had a secret passage, which this house does not, but it *does* have a porte cochere, which I’ve also always wanted!!!
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/332-S-Rogers-St-Northville-MI-48167/88568332_zpid/

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    • Cathy says: 2336 comments

      The Craftsman – As you noted, great curb appeal, neat porte cochere, and lovely interior woodwork – which personally grabs me because it’s light, not dark. Plus floor plans.

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  30. SueSue says: 1100 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1802 Cape
    ME

    In MHOP it just doesn’t get much better than this.

    “Built in 1898 and completed in 100 days by 100 ship builders & craftsmen, the Estate on Clapboard Island West is sited on 22 acres in the pristine boating waters of Casco Bay. The 10 bedroom home, 5 beaches, a playhouse, a guest home, a large barn, a boathouse, & meandering trails make the Island a wondrous summer playground. The impressive stone pier welcomes some of the largest boats in the anchorage, & the helipad makes the island accessible from the air.” sigh.

    Video. https://vimeo.com/103719040

    Listing http://www.privateislandsonline.com/islands/clapboard-island

    And one more wondrous place. This is Mark Twain’s summer cottage ‘The Pines’ is up for sale. He bought it for his wife who had TB and was dying. In this house he wrote sonnets to her on the wall to the left of the living room fireplace and placed notes all over the property on trees with little messages like “Dear birds. Please be quiet. My wife is trying to sleep”. Years after he had left the property grounds keepers were still finding notes.

    https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/t/twain/mark/paine/chapter223.html

    http://www.aligoodwin.com/the-pines-at-6-towhee-hill-lane-york-maine.html#.V41fPbgrLIV

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  31. Cora says: 2087 comments

    Pretty in Pink:

    1914 Washington Ave
    $200,000 | 4 Bed β€’ 4 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M30954-09743

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  32. dragonflyspirit14dragonflyspirit14 says: 241 comments
    1913 farmhouse
    Dillon, SC

    here are two homes that make me want to stay in CT (if only I could afford them… alas the taxes make it just a smidge out of my reach…)
    This first one is breath-taking…”beautiful Circa 1750 Historic Sylvanus Griswold Home features 6 fireplaces, wide board floors, hand hewn beams, beautiful wood built-ins and wood panel walls. This spacious home has 3 bedrooms plus a den, 3.1 bathrooms, large formal living room and dining room with fireplaces, eat in kitchen with a fireplace, and beautiful outdoor spaces with a large stone patio perfect for entertaining. The outdoor space has beautiful rare cooper beach trees, maples, and lovely gardens. Close to the beaches and easy highway access.”
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/16-E-Society-Rd-East-Lyme-CT-06333/58047207_zpid/

    And the second one is almost as breath-taking… “antique Cape Cod situated on scenic route 169 in Canterbury sits on two park-like acres surrounded with the vintage stone walls. in addition to the two car garage. The walk-up, decked attic in the garage is a plus.The owner advises the home was built in 1780’s and the bathrooms and kitchen were added in the 1950’s. The fireplace in the dining/keeping room still has the cranes to hold cooking pots, beside a beehive oven. The property was once owned by the renowned Baldwin family of Canterbury, associated with the history in the region. It is the birthplace of Dr. Helen Baldwin, a prominent local doctor, after whom the Middle School was named.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/604-S-Canterbury-Rd-Canterbury-CT-06331/58108613_zpid/

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  33. dragonflyspirit14dragonflyspirit14 says: 241 comments
    1913 farmhouse
    Dillon, SC

    Okay here is another CT beauty I had to share. This one is in Norwich which is a high tax area so the taxes in 2014 on this beauty were $7,656. Ouch. Realtor writes, “Elegant Victorian era 5 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home. This historic beauty offers many period details including a graceful 3 story circular staircase with glass cupola above, multiple fireplaces, built-in cabinetry, butler’s pantry and hardwood floors throughout. In addition, enjoy the modern convenience of a bright, sunny updated kitchen. 3rd floor has potential for 2 more bedrooms and a bath. Large, private lot has multiple fruit trees and a detached workshop/garage. Updated plumbing and electrical. Crown natural gas boiler. The home needs some work but overall is a true gem.” Norwich CT is in the eastern portion of the state and has many beautiful old homes. It is the “quiet corner” and near the beaches but is also close to the casino so not so quiet anymore.

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/270-Washington-St-Norwich-CT-06360/61991827_zpid/

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  34. John Shiflet says: 5731 comments

    That three story spiraling staircase is a work of art. If one wants to live in CT (I recall reading somewhere that it has a median income of $60,000 per capita, among the highest anywhere) higher taxes go with it.

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  35. John Shiflet says: 5731 comments

    Posted on the web… (Fox News) The c. 1901 Oscar Meyer mansion in Chicago is currently being rehabbed for resale: http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2016/07/18/oscar-mayer-mansion-in-illinois-is-reborn/ I hope some period details will be retained but this statement by one of the rehabbers isn’t very encouraging: “This house, as presented, will in effect be a brand-new 2016 house inside the shell of a 1901 house,” Hargadon says.” Renovations are scheduled to be completed in August.

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    • says: 71 comments

      I don’t think it may be so bad. I mean, yes, I’m sure the kitchen and bathrooms will be all granite and stainless steel, but from the realtor.com photos, all the woodwork is wrapped and preserved, and the paneled dining room looks fully in-tact. There was the quote you gave above, but there was also “No one had made bad improvements we would have to rip out.”

      It sounds like they reconfigured the second floor plan and updated the various systems, but that may (hopefully, fingers crossed, knocking on wood, wishing on stars and avoiding ladders) be the only “2016” to be found…

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  36. Cora says: 2087 comments

    Not sure how to describe this one.

    18101 Horton Hwy
    $325,000 | 4 Bed β€’ 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M81549-49764

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    • SueSue says: 1100 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1802 Cape
      ME

      OK, granted there is a lot going on but I really like this house. Hard to know what is original and what was added but it is very charming.

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  37. Cora says: 2087 comments

    132 E Main St
    $44,900 | 4 Bed β€’ 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M42741-35235

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  38. Jennifer HT says: 732 comments

    Hello! I have been on vacation for a month, but have done a little “window shopping.”

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1136-N-Market-St-Wichita-KS-67214/77334452_zpid/

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    • John Shiflet says: 5731 comments

      Jennifer, this house has been on the market for quite a while. I really don’t know why except perhaps there’s a limited number of people in Wichita who are looking for project houses. The interior details are exquisite. I believe those portrait tiles may be from Cambridge Tile Co. rather than the more common American Encaustic Tiling Company. Question: does anyone know what a “Steinberg” Victorian is? (assuming maybe that was a local architect in the Victorian era in Wichita?) The front porch is missing but surely somewhere there’s an old photo showing it. Great house here for the price but will need lots of TLC. The neighborhood in streetview looks Ok and relatively intact. Thanks for sharing.

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    • SueSue says: 1100 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1802 Cape
      ME

      What a nice house and what a wonderful price. Shame it has been on the market so long. I would love to work on this house.

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  39. Cora says: 2087 comments

    Fancy;

    528 Paxinosa Ave
    $725,000 | 7 Bed β€’ 4 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M32015-39787

    I love this:

    229 Old Stage Rd
    $499,000 | 4 Bed β€’ 3 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M66011-26822

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  40. Shawn Cripe says: 24 comments

    Hi Kelly, Hope you are having a good day!

    I just found this home in Garnett, Ks…and I am completely in love with it, so I thought I’d share. I wish it had more interior photos, but the outside is just too wonderful!

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/812-W-4th-Ave-Garnett-KS-66032/91092364_zpid/

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  41. Lynn Lind says: 1 comments

    Gorgeous circa 1790 in an Antiques small town near Charleston, Beaufort & Savannah.

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/307-Savage-St_Walterboro_SC_29488_M64315-15883

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  42. dragonflyspirit14dragonflyspirit14 says: 241 comments
    1913 farmhouse
    Dillon, SC

    Interesting architectural features in this 1940 “Country Rustic Traditional” I love all the arched alcoves and the doorways. The little eating alcove in the kitchen is unusual and of course the great southern front porch ~ the property is a nice size too and all for 180k. http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/297-Old-Louisville-Rd-Newington-GA-30446/2098993623_zpid/

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  43. Gini says: 19 comments

    This one is relatively untouched. Great bathrooms and a unique kitchen among other features! 1932

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3939-S-Lookout-St-Little-Rock-AR-72205/289332_zpid/

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    • Bethster says: 796 comments

      That is just gorgeous! I love everything about it, but especially the pink/lavender and green bathroom.

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    • ChrisICU says: 691 comments

      Something tells me the sunken living area and bathroom as well as the kitchen are updates – not that they are bad they just don’t feel original. Interesting house though.

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  44. Jennifer HT says: 732 comments

    I know its a mess. But I hope someone restores this and doesn’t put their “remodeling stamp” on it.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/443-N-16th-St-Muskogee-OK-74401/2146021845_zpid/

    Huge lot. Still has some charm and original details. Marries with the updates nicely. I would possibly change a couple things though.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2594-County-Road-1405-Skiatook-OK-74070/93360400_zpid/

    Needs love
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/702-S-Phoenix-Ave-Tulsa-OK-74127/22146113_zpid/

    This could be quite charming with some tlc.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/629-N-Ash-St-Pauls-Valley-OK-73075/86015044_zpid/

    This is already charming. πŸ™‚
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/7111-E-Etowah-Rd-Noble-OK-73068/21763003_zpid/

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    • Lottie says: 341 comments

      When I clicked on the link for the Muskogee house I couldn’t believe it! What a beautiful house that needs a lot of work and a fat pocketbook, but oh what a house!

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  45. Cora says: 2087 comments

    Super cute…needs a ton of work:

    311 N Oregon St
    $147,000 | 4 Bed β€’ 3 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M24653-88364

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  46. Brian says: 1 comments

    No pics of inside, but here is a good one in Northern AL http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/21767-Easter-Ferry-Rd-Elkmont-AL-35620/2097994438_zpid/

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  47. William says: 4 comments

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/10-Wilcox-Ln-Avon-CT-06001/57690313_zpid/ My family lived in this beautiful colonial and restored it back to health! PLEASE CHECK IT OUT!

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  48. Cora says: 2087 comments

    For the ambitious and brave:

    306 S Center St
    $449,900 | 3 Bed β€’ 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M78195-45123

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  49. Cora says: 2087 comments

    Not so old – 1951…but the staircase is worth sharing all by itself.
    I don’t know how difficult it would be to uninstall the Easy Climber.

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  50. Cora says: 2087 comments

    220 Heatherdell Rd
    $1,250,000 | 5 Bed β€’ 4 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M38637-29416

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  51. Cora says: 2087 comments

    360 Albion Ave
    $549,000 | 6 Bed β€’ 6 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M34500-84914

    20105 Fisher Ave
    $199,900 | 5 Bed β€’ 1 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M68220-23922

    Posted this one a while back, but it was so crammed with stuff, you couldn’t really see the house. It’s empty now. Love the barn.

    100 S Michigan
    $75,000 | 2 Bed β€’ 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M83872-10895

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  52. Bethster says: 796 comments

    I hope this Spokane Tudor hasn’t been posted already. The current owners have framed elevations and floor plans of the house on the wall, and there’s an old news article about the house among the photos. The listing says, “”Beautiful 1937 built Clinker Brick just 2 blocks from Audubon Park! This lovely 4 bedroom, 3 bath home was originally built for M. & Mrs. B. R. Clark with F.M. Fanning as the original contractor.” (Oddly, the article is dated December 1936….)

    http://www.trulia.com/property/3191807354-3132-W-Northwest-Blvd-Spokane-WA-99205

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