1896 Queen Anne – Washington, PA

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45 S Wade Ave, Washington, PA 15301

  • $250,000
  • 8 Bed
  • 3.5 Bath
  • 0.58 Ac.
*Historic Landmark* A classic Victorian with turret, stained glass, leaded glass, 7 large bedrooms, 7 fireplaces, 2 staircases to the second floor, main level laundry, large covered front and back porches, totally updated electric, a 3 car garage and extra parking in the driveway. This treasure of yesteryear awaits your personal touch to bring out her showplace potential.
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Lisa Conklin, Howard Hanna,
(724) 222-6040

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22 Comments on 1896 Queen Anne – Washington, PA

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  1. Bethany Otto says: 3512 comments

    This house wins my all time award for favorite fireplace! Love that first one so much!

  2. JimHJimH says: 5149 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Part of the East Washington Historic District, the house was built for Milo Clinton Treat (1841-1925), a wealthy oil and gas producer. The son of a yeoman farmer from New York state, Treat was a player in the early oil boom at Bradford PA, and followed up with lucrative natural gas investments. An influential Baptist and amateur archaeologist, Treat later built fine mansions in Pasadena and San Diego CA.

    I love this place and the look of “benign neglect”, but the floors need help and de-whiting is needed (and much more no doubt). The art glass and mantels are really fine.

    • John Shiflet says: 5454 comments

      I visited Washington, PA back in 2009 and was extremely impressed with the selection of historic homes there. This is house the Treat house looked back then: https://www.flickr.com/photos/11236515@N05/3544524798/in/album-72157618437859030/ We continued on to Bradford and it too had many fine Victorian era homes. The interior here does not disappoint.

    • Mike says: 12 comments

      In reference to your “de-whitening” comment. I personally dig the unpainted wood. But the current and future buyers of these homes (GenX and younger) seem to prefer the white painted woodwork (and they generally dislike the victorian pattern wallpaper that was so popular in the 1980’s / 1990’s). I’ve watched dozens of homes in high end markets with painted woodwork sell in days / weeks, while the homes with unpainted woodwork just sit on the market for 6-12+ mos, suffering multiple price chops, until that unique / rare buyer comes along.

      • Ross says: 2458 comments

        I would be inclined to doubt that homes with painted trim sell ASAP and homes with unpainted trim take a long time to sell.

        I would imagine that other factors are involved. Like, are the “painted” homes updated?

        My realtor tells me that buyers LOVE unpainted trim in old houses. I also often attend open houses, and enjoy listening to what other people think. I constantly hear: “Oh! I just LOVE all the unpainted trim!” And I hear this from all age groups.

        Also, I am hardly a GenX or younger (I am 59), and I generally loath the “Victorian” pattern wallpapers that were so popular in the 1980’s/1990’s.

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  3. says: 2203 comments

    Love that first tiled fireplace!! And the landing’s window!

  4. Jennifer HT says: 767 comments

    That fireplace is COOL! I even like the colors of the tiles. All of the fireplaces are beautiful.

  5. jeklstudio says: 1105 comments

    Extraordinary tiled FP, beautiful windows. I agree with JimH, need to get to those floors; I hope that under all that carpet is some undamaged hardwood. Really like to see more photos… I also LOVE the curved walls!

  6. Eric says: 397 comments

    The fireplace tiles are beautiful.

  7. Ross says: 2458 comments

    …and WHERE are the images of the third floor? It looks to be an amazing space!

  8. Rick says: 70 comments

    Even the chimneys had style back then.

  9. Cocoa G says: 72 comments

    I live in Washington, PA and know exactly where this house is. This area used to be the wealthiest section of Washington. There are many beautiful historic homes here but most of them have been turned into apartments. This area is very close to shopping, churches, restaurants and the local hospital. You could walk to W&J (Washington and Jefferson) College. We are approximately 20 minutes south of Pittsburgh. This home has an almost park like yard beside it. Very pretty.

    • John Shiflet says: 5454 comments

      Cocoa,
      Since you mentioned Washington & Jefferson College, they should be cited positively for outstanding preservation on their campus. This mansion grade house, https://www.flickr.com/photos/11236515@N05/3544461620/in/album-72157618437859030/
      in the middle of the campus grounds, is one of the finest institutional restorations, in my experience. Not far away and being used at the time as an admissions office was this fine Victorian: https://www.flickr.com/photos/11236515@N05/3543609363/in/album-72157618437859030/ More often than not one reads about historic homes and buildings on college campuses being razed to make way for new construction rather than being restored. I have nothing but praise for Washington & Jefferson College for showing by example the benefits of historic preservation. There are many other old houses in town needing a restorer’s touch but overall Washington, PA gets high marks in my book for its preservation ethic.

  10. Paul Tyler says: 41 comments

    I believe the 13th pic is a room on the third floor.

  11. lara janelara jane says: 480 comments
    OHD Supporter

    That first fireplace is stunning but I might be more in awe of that ginormous stained glass window. They’re usually not operable, right?

    And I adore stained glass in a bathroom. No worries about being nekkid without window coverings!

    • Mike says: 12 comments

      Even when operable, you typically leave the stained glass windows closed for fear that they suddenly slam shut when open, shattering the glass (this has happened to me several times on plain leaded glass windows). Or for fear that the framing and/or sodder is just unstable enough that operating the window could cause pieces of glass to crack / pop-out, sodder to bow out, etc.

      The wood frames of old windows are usually old growth wood which is how/why they’ve lasted so much longer than new windows. But the wood also expands and contracts with the cold, heat, and humidity (especially in PA). That or else the rope pulleys inside the window are unstable if they haven’t been restored.

      In many of the homes I’ve visited with the huge stained glass stairway landing windows, the owners typically outfit the exterior with a storm window to protect the window from the elements, vandalism, etc. And then on the inside, they might have a sheet of translucent plastic outfitted to protect the window from indoor accidents (moving furniture, bumping into the window when vacuuming, etc). The indoor plastic protector can be removed for special occasions. (But beware of drunk friends falling down the stairs.)

      The takeaway: Too many unknowns = don’t risk opening that stained glass window!

  12. Lottie says: 369 comments

    I love so much about this house. Not only are the fireplaces pretty and the stained glass gorgeous, but those curved walls are beautiful at the bottom of the stairs! I wish the agent could have shown the kitchen and bathrooms. Thank you John for the 2009 exterior photo. I like the red trim around the windows.

  13. LynnLynn says: 74 comments
    OHD Supporter

    This house is one of my all time favorites! When I lived out in Elkton, MD I would drive back home to Missouri a couple times a year and would always stop in Washington, PA for a meal. The people of Washington were always so friendly and down to earth. Very fond memories of the town.

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