August 12, 2016: Link Exchange & Discussion

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Today's old photo comes from a home in Muir, Michigan on West Superior Street. At the time the photo was taken (between 1905-1910) it belonged to general merchandiser William Kirkwood Pringle and his wife, Josephine. (I cannot say they were the original owners but it's possible.) Both were born in 1857 (William in NY and Josephine in Ohio), married in 1882 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They had three children, Eva (died at 18), Dr. Maynard and Walter. By 1920 William, Josephine and their unmarried son Walter moved to Detroit, Michigan on Charlotte Avenue. It shows Josephine employed as a housekeeper (the 1920 census also mentions rooming, I don't know if that meant they had turned their home into a boarding house or she was working at one.) The 1930 census shows they moved up the street to Virginia Park Ave (possibly this home). By then Josephine no longer worked. Josephine died in 1943 and William a couple years later in 1945. (FindAGrave.com)

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  1. Jennifer HT says: 795 comments

    YAY! I have been waiting to share!

    I wanted to post this yesterday, but had to sit on my hands until today. Former Lieutenants quarters. AMAZING. I am willing the universe to send someone to restore this beauty.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/17-Hartshorne-Dr-Highlands-NJ-07732/2097513706_zpid/

    • keith says: 53 comments

      What an amazing house!! Beautiful potential. However, I’m confused about the pricing. Every site I check lists the property for rent at $100 a month. Is it for sale or rent? I know $100 a mont is cheap rent but who would invest the money to renovate and not own?

    • Laurie W. says: 1770 comments

      They are offered on a 60-year lease, for $100/month, investors putting in the renovation cash & then, I guess, either living in them at that rent & passing on to heirs if they don’t outlive the lease, or establishing businesses in them. It’s a fabulous place for both living and small cozy commercial use. What a view, on the water! The house has so much potential too, could be really elegant & comfortable. 7400 sq. ft. — how many lieutenants were expected to live there, lol?

      • SueSue says: 1160 comments
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        What a great deal. How prefect for someone that doesn’t want a mortgage anymore but would love a home they can restore.

    • Ross says: 2524 comments

      Zounds! Jennifer, I just LOVE this house!

      And close to NYC! I would be fine, too, with the odd 60-year lease. Many properties in London are like this.

      If I still lived in NYC I would SO go after this fascinating opportunity. Wow.

      Thank you!

    • Carolyn48 says: 35 comments

      Jennifer,
      Those houses look very similar to the houses on the VA Hospital grounds in Dayton OH. I was intrigued by them, but haven’t had a chance to look them up yet. I will definitely do some research now. Thanks for posting.
      Carolyn
      The view of the NJ houses is a lot better than Dayton’s!

  2. Jennifer HT says: 795 comments

    I heard angels sing when I saw the first interior pic.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4361-Westminster-Pl-Saint-Louis-MO-63108/2983540_zpid/

    Cute MCM with sunken fireplace and seating. Not sure on the year. It may not be as old as I think it is.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3712-Runnymede-Dr-Saint-Charles-MO-63301/2583215_zpid/

    • Lindsay G says: 582 comments

      That first house is AMAZING! I’d make that little room beneath the stairs be like my secret hide-out, lol.

      Can’t say I was that excited upon seeing the next house…until I saw the sunken fireplace. Now that’s a cool little nook that I’d probably relax in everyday. The rest of the house is like straight out of Better Homes and Gardens issue 1973. I was expecting the Brady Bunch to appear in any one of those pictures.

    • LynnLynn says: 70 comments

      I’m not too far from St. Louis so I couldn’t wait to see these two. The Central West End is a very desirable area of St. Louis. The homes in this area do not disappoint. I expected the home on Westminster to be priced higher. Love it.

    • Jeklstudio says: 1119 comments

      I heard the same Angels! OMG the built in buffet/sideboard!

    • SueSue says: 1160 comments
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      Oh my goodness, the Westminster house is just stunning. Can you imagine what that would cost to built today? if you could find the artisans. A treasure.

  3. Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 835 comments
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    1918 Bunkhouse
    WestOfMiddleOfNowhere, KS

    Two houses with lots of original varnished woodwork and roomy front porches:
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/488-4th-St-Phillipsburg-KS-67661/91242405_zpid/
    and
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/311-E-4th-St-Mc-Cook-NE-69001/108945736_zpid/

    • Ross says: 2524 comments

      Eric, the two houses you link to have similar facades, and other aspects. I wonder if they are by the same architect?

      • Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 835 comments
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        1918 Bunkhouse
        WestOfMiddleOfNowhere, KS

        It’s quite possible that they were built from the same mail-order plans. Very few old houses in my neck of the woods were architect-designed. These houses, when compared side-by-side, are a good illustration of the power that paint has to change the appearance of a place!

        • John Shiflet says: 5348 comments

          Eric; Ross,
          I’m fairly certain both were from a mail order source. The first one to come to mind is David S. Hopkins of Grand Rapids, MI, (because one of the houses is said to date from 1893 which was perhaps the most popular Hopkins plan book that was also published in that year) However, the millwork details in both houses suggest a c. 1900 date. More research is needed. I certainly agree with Eric about the transformation powers of carefully applied paint palettes. Thanks for sharing, Eric.

          • Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 835 comments
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            1918 Bunkhouse
            WestOfMiddleOfNowhere, KS

            I am not very familiar with the work of Hopkins, so your comment inspired me to run to Amazon and order a reprint of a catalog of Hopkins’ work. One can never have enough old house plans! Thanks for the info. – it will be fun to see if a match can be made to these houses!

            • John Shiflet says: 5348 comments

              Eric,
              Gosh, I wish you had mentioned you were interested in some of the catalogs that Hopkins published. I’ll link to several now in the Internet Archive (free read and download) Hopkins numbered his catalogs and published at least 10 over his career. I find his early work from the late 1870’s into the 1880’s to be the most interesting but alas, they are the most difficult to find with most in academic and institutional libraries. Here’s some plan books from Hopkins: (Houses & Cottages Number 4; 1891) https://archive.org/details/DSHopkinsHousesandcottagesbookno40001 (Houses & Cottages Number 6; 1893) https://archive.org/details/DSHopkinsHousesandcottagesbookno60001 (Houses & Cottages Number 7; also 1893) https://archive.org/details/DSHopkinsHousesandcottagesbookno70001 I think one of these is the same you ordered from Amazon. (I too have that reprint) If you run across any of the seven other Hopkins plan books I’d consider it a real favor if you linked to a public accessible source. Hopkins was as prolific and well known as George F. Barber in the late Victorian era but today is relatively obscure. Thanks for your interest in the topic.

              • Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 835 comments
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                1918 Bunkhouse
                WestOfMiddleOfNowhere, KS

                I’m definitely a fan of Hopkins’ now! Great stuff; thanks for the links. I’m surprised that he is not as well known as other Victorian-era plan-book architects; he’s certainly deserving. And, yes, should I run across any of the other 7 plan books which are publicly accessible I will link to them. Thanks!

                • John Shiflet says: 5348 comments

                  Glad you find them interesting, Eric. I’ve corresponded with his great granddaughter who is trying to collect enough information to write a book about her architect ancestor and sort out existing homes he designed. Hopkins is best known for designing the over-the-top Hackley-Hume museum houses in Muskegon, MI. However, his later designs were quite sedate by comparison indicating he paid close attention to changes in stylistic tastes and was able to change with the times. Good luck finding the non-accessible Hopkins plan books. Every once in a while, an institution will put up a previously not shared planbook. An example might be this rare plan book from Chicago architect (and former early editor of the National Builder Magazine) George O. Garnsey: http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/aapamphlets/item/1279 A number of Garnsey’s designs look similar to those of George F. Barber in their details. I find the topic of Victorian era plan book architects and publishers very interesting but the numbers who published plans between 1840-1915 are substantial so sometimes finding the design source is the proverbial needle in a haystack. (as in the case of those two you shared from KS and NB) I’ll also post and invite anyone else finding more Hopkins resources to do the same if they find online information. Good luck on your search!

              • ChrisICU says: 625 comments

                John, thanks as always for sharing your knowledge. Do you know of any plan books from the 1920’s – 1930’s?

                • John Shiflet says: 5348 comments

                  Thanks, glad you find some of the information useful. Once you get past 1910 the plan book field explodes. Big retailers Sears, Roebuck & Co. Montgomery Ward, and many kit house sellers entered a very crowded market in the “Roaring Twenties” Dover Publication has many reprints from this period in their Architectural book category. Check also Internet Archive and Google books. Plan books from this period are too numerous to list here.

  4. Charles B says: 481 comments

    Here’s a stone-and-brick Craftsman in Westfield, NY, right in the heart of the ‘Chautauqua County Riviera:’

    http://ccbrmls.com/public/search/advanced/summary.asp?Listing_ID=1039706

  5. Jennifer HT says: 795 comments

    Seems like it has a lot of potential. The inglenook and butlers pantry are nice.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/918-N-Fountain-Ave-Springfield-OH-45504/33323740_zpid/

    Such a lovely house.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2332-York-St-Quincy-IL-62301/91314046_zpid/

  6. tc says: 313 comments

    We did a rehab on this street,in Salisbury, MD, in the early 70’s. Walking by this house I always thought it adorable. The neighborhood association maintains a children’s playground a couple blocks away. This house also has deeded waterfront property across the street.

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/314-New-York-Ave_Salisbury_MD_21801_M66958-58928

    https://www.google.com/maps/@38.3765282,-75.5994925,3a,75y,180h,90t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s41K1RJJtUMhNiDnDw2PQXQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

  7. Lindsay G says: 582 comments

    Original home of the Concord Grape! This place is just lovely and it’s fascinating to see a place where history was made. http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/491-Lexington-Rd-Concord-MA-01742/57061978_zpid/

    This house is just gorgeous if a bit eccentric. But those stained glass windows…SWOON! http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/400-Shady-Ave-Pittsburgh-PA-15206/11625109_zpid/

    I’ve heard Pittsburgh had some monolithic homes but for some reason I never thought any would be THIS big! http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/116-Woodland-Rd-Pittsburgh-PA-15232/11629505_zpid/

    Lots of beautifully sculpted wood. http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5303-Stanton-Ave-Pittsburgh-PA-15206/11620644_zpid/

    I praise the former owners for keeping this house looking so timeless. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/834-Washington-Rd_Pittsburgh_PA_15228_M35657-69955#photo0

    Oohh boy that fireplace when you first walk in! http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1120-Harvard-Rd_Pittsburgh_PA_15205_M32799-72672#photo4

    • Lancaster John says: 715 comments

      Woodland Road — 50,000 a year in taxes. Definitely for the plutocracy. If I can get on my soapbox for a minute Pennsylvania definitely has to do something about its property taxes. But then, New York (generally) is worse…

      • John Shiflet says: 5348 comments

        …and New Jersey worse still. High property taxes are leading to disinvestment in some historic areas. Old houses (Pre-WWI) should have a lower tax bracket because of their extreme age and general need for constant maintenance. Of course, once an old house is demolished the taxes drop considerably so that is an incentive to demolish rather than rehab. Old house owners deserve every property tax break possible, not another burden on top of everything that it takes to keep an old house going. Just my 2 cents worth.

        • Lancaster John says: 715 comments

          Yes, wouldn’t it be so much easier just to provide a general tax reduction or exemption for homes based on age than having to administer the historic rehabilitation tax credit programs. This is preaching to the choir but people who buy and simply maintain (let alone renovate) old properties are contributing to the preservation of our history, which is a social good. Hasn’t anyone noticed that some of the places with the highest tourist attractions contain plenty of old architecture and character? But until we fix the way we fund public education the taxes are going to remain prohibitive for many. In my area (Lancaster PA) I could rent a decent apartment in a complex with a pool and other amenities for the cost of my monthly property tax bill on my 1870’s farmhouse — and my home is not a palace, it is assessed at only $170,000.

        • dragonflyspirit14dragonflyspirit14 says: 262 comments
          1913 farmhouse
          Dillon, SC

          here here! I applaud you both. High taxes are destroying our heritage! The only old homes that will be saved are those in rural areas far from the big cities at this rate.

      • Kristl says: 31 comments

        Illinois is horrific as well. On our home that we paid just under $125,000 for, we pay $3400 in taxes a year. Makes me sad.

    • says: 2186 comments

      The Shady Ave. house is cool! You’re right, the stained glass is great. Like the alcoves, the foyer’s ceiling, all of the gothic details… really neat!

    • SueSue says: 1160 comments
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      Lindsay, The first home is just so beautiful and charming. So many touches that have it be so very unique and precious. The second home is just enchanting and one that could steal my heart. Lastly,I am stunned at the size and majesty of the Pittsburgh house. It makes me think of the house in Citizen Kane.

  8. John Shiflet says: 5348 comments

    Everybody likes free stuff, right? How about a 5,000 sq. foot Queen Anne for “Nada”? Ok, so whats the catch… because when a house is offered for free there’s always a major reason for it and in this case, the county land bank wants the house acquired by someone who’s willing to sign preservation covenants as well as having the wherewithal to renovate/restore the house to a semblance of its former glory. Here’s the link to the house photos on This Old House: http://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/save-old-house-ohio-queen-anne-free And, in streetview: https://goo.gl/maps/BUk6LhLNBAG2 (notice that your recliner waits for you by the curb; how’s that for convenience and comfort?) This house has been posted in the past but I think this is the first time its been offered for zilch. Now it is.
    It’s in a cluster of Victorians and early 20th century homes along North Park Avenue but I don’t think its in a protected historic district in Warren, OH. Warren, along with its larger next door neighbor Youngstown, has had an economic tsunami hit it in past decades. One of the world’s largest steel making facilities closed in Youngstown in the late 1970’s putting many thousands of well paid steelworkers out of work. Warren, where GM’s Fisher Bodyworks division made car interior components, closed it large facility as well hence the apt economic Tsunami comparison. This deep economic damage accounts for this house, featured on Old House Dreams, selling for a pittance: (a mere $20K) https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2012/02/02/1890-queen-anne-warren-oh-22900/ The Free house and its formerly grand neighborhood (now a commercial and mainly rental residential mix) keenly need someone with energy and vision (an ample budget would also be beneficial) to demonstrate historic preservation at work. Among the nice features of this house is an elevator but like the house, it too needs work. Looking at the outside, there’s too much paved surface area. Reduce the pavement footprint, put in beautiful landscaping and a privacy fence. Paint the house in period colors as part of the restoration plan and you’d have a dream Queen Anne Victorian to call home. There’s a large original carriage house in back as well. Some of this home’s neighbors are equally grand but the neighborhood is at a tipping point and if there isn’t more effort made to save it, everything may be lost.

    • SueSue says: 1160 comments
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      John, such shame. How likely do you think it is that someone with enough money, that wants to live in Warren, Ohio and in this neighborhood with a convenience store next store will want this home? Can someone get grants to help with the historic reservations?

      • John Shiflet says: 5348 comments

        Sue,
        Therein lies the problem: Location. (and we all know about the location thing in real estate) It’s not necessarily a bad neighborhood but its a mix of commercial and faded Victorian era residential without any immediate prospects of improving. Given the transitional location, it might make more sense to move this house a few blocks to a more cohesive residential area where a neighborhood context remains and where some investment could someday be recovered. Interested parties will need to contact the Trumbull County Land Bank and explore what options might be available as well as ask about any possible grant money available.
        Almost unbelievably, Ohio has been demolishing over 100,000 structures per year now for several years. Some of them truly needed to be razed but others appear to be a case of throwing out the baby with the bathwater. Someone needs to get through to closed minded state officials that neither a community nor a state can demolish its way back to prosperity. I suppose the thinking is, once old houses in Ohio become very scarce, the few remaining will appreciate in value. However, the whole demolition based “right-sizing” concept has yet to be proven as helping communities long term just as the similar demolition based “Urban Renewal” programs of the 1950’s-1960’s did not spur widespread economic activity as envisioned. Nearby Youngstown, OH, also has bargain basement priced old houses. (that is, those that are not demolished, yet) In summary, such a shame indeed.

        • SueSue says: 1160 comments
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          It’s sad. Such beauties being lost. When we had our house on the market six years ago two realtors told us our house was just gorgeous but “No one that lives in Maine wants old houses.” Meaning it was only out of state buyers that want them. Indeed people came and saw it and gushed but in the end said that old houses are too much bother. How short sighted. This house has stood strong since 1802 and will for another hundred years. Can’t say that about most new construction.

  9. JimHJimH says: 4850 comments
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    Nice one, Kelly! I always wondered where Pringle’s came from. 🙂

  10. Michele says: 93 comments

    Here is a “don’t judge the book by the cover” listing. I’ve been looking for a retirement home in my home town and almost did not look at the pictures when i saw the first one. I figured it had been modified beyond what i want to renovate….but i was so surprised when i saw the rest of the pictures. This one may be worth flying back to Indiana to look at!

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2801-Main-St_Elwood_IN_46036_M30898-16093#photo0

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 880 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Indeed! Beautiful woodwork!

      • John Shiflet says: 5348 comments

        I recall driving by this house last year and noticing the stained glass. As stated, its best not to judge a book by its cover nor a house by its exterior especially since this one has been altered extensively at some point in the past. I speculate the original exterior probably was just as ornate as the interior but later remodelers decided to “Colonialize” the house. Nice interior!

        • Michele says: 93 comments

          That is one concern i have with seriously considering buying this one, is the cost of trying to restore the outside to a more original appearance. I hope someone in the community might have a “before” picture that would help. And then there is finding a good contractor in such a small town to do the work. But I stayed awake last night decorating the interior “in my mind”!!!!!

          • John Shiflet says: 5348 comments

            Elwood is but a short distance from the much larger city of Muncie and to the north of Indianapolis. Although it is faded like many other towns in the region, it does have a very nice downtown (Streetview: https://goo.gl/maps/YLBMXSUoniA2 ) and a number of fine late Victorian residences. Take this one, which was formerly posted on Old House Dreams: https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2010/11/09/1895-queen-anne-elwood-in/ It remains one of my all-time favorite Victorians anywhere so there were a number of high style homes in Elwood during the late 19th century. Here’s another personal Elwood favorite which until recently had long been vacant: https://www.flickr.com/photos/11236515@N05/22097432169/in/album-72157659574840968/ The dollhouse-like Queen Anne cottage directly across the street is in the “drop dead wonderful” category: https://www.flickr.com/photos/11236515@N05/22097432219/in/album-72157659574840968/ As for finding an old photo of your favorite Elwood house, both Madison and Tipton Counties have historical societies. Your best place to check might be the local Library. Elwood had a late Victorian growth explosion between 1890 and 1900 when its population went from 2,284 in 1890 to 12,950 in 1900. As for pontential contractors, check with Brad King, historic preservation officer for the City of Muncie, IN, he might know of a local contractor specializing in historic restorations because there are a fair number of old houses being restored in Muncie these days. Good luck with your Old House Dream!

    • Lindsay G says: 582 comments

      You’re absolutely right, I would’ve completely over-looked this house if I was just driving down the road there. I love the intricate designs of the wooden staircase. And the old-fashioned telephone in the kitchen!

  11. Rusty Slider says: 34 comments

    Love this place in Hamilton, GA. One of the old Callaway family properties with some interesting history:

    http://www.landandfarm.com/property/The_Lodge_At_Blue_Springs-3032957/

    Nice one in Cherryfield Maine:

    http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/pmf,pf_pt/house,condo_type/2097516835_zpid

    Interesting house with a fantastic price in Titusville, PA:

    http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/pmf,pf_pt/house,townhouse_type/78600956_zpid

    • Gail M says: 156 comments

      I like the Cherryfield house a lot, especially of the different wall paper and the kitchen paper made me smile.

    • SueSue says: 1160 comments
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      Oh my. I am in love with the Cherryfield house and all it’s vintage wall paper. Although I live in Maine and can’t imagine living that far up. Winters are just so long here and longer still there.

      The Lodge is a dream property. I wish we could afford that much land to watch over and care for. Just an amazing place. I often go to that website and dream.

  12. JimHJimH says: 4850 comments
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    Here’s a pretty nice island house in Maine and an article about the family and some other old homes they’ve “fixed up”.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/122-Tremont-Rd-Bass-Harbor-ME-04653/2105682954_zpid/
    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/14/realestate/an-island-in-maine-four-sisters-four-houses.html

  13. ChrisICU says: 625 comments

    Anyone fancy a partially private island a boat’s ride from Annapolis MD? Lovely 1920’s classicism, amazing setting. The listing even has floor plans. http://tour.truplace.com/property/406/42096/

    The island even has a wiki page: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Helena_Island,_Maryland

    • Laurie W. says: 1770 comments

      Quite a history the place has. Nothing like a little drama. The whole place is fabulous — I fell in love at the first photos. 1930s meets Greek Revival, happy marriage in this case. The views are heavenly & the property beautiful. I want to move in before breakfast.

    • SueSue says: 1160 comments
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      Guard houses? I haven’t seen that before. Also a carriage path. Are there facilities for horses? I couldn’t find the acreage. I wish they had told more about it’s history. Quite a wonderful find.

      • ChrisICU says: 625 comments

        Yeah I have no idea what the guard houses are for. Perhaps added when the island had the casino. I believe I t’s a bit over six acres and the entire island is under 17 acres. Not sure if horses would be appropriate though. Looks mostly wooded and little place to grow hay/feed. Everything has to be brought in by boat, On a side note I get a chuckle when the listing says the house is “minutes from dining, shopping & major commuter routes” when there’s always the boat ride.

        • SueSue says: 1160 comments
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          That’s for the people that don’t understand what it is like to live on an island. Very different when you are only there for summer season.

  14. Cora says: 2026 comments

    BARGAIN…

    907 King St in Signal Hill, Rockford, IL 61103

    $59,500 | 3 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M87746-92782

  15. Cora says: 2026 comments

    Another bargain:
    910 S 6th St in Midtown, Rockford, IL 61104
    $22,900 | 4 Bed • 2 Bathhttp://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M89924-45204

    339 Perry St in Southwest Elgin, Elgin, IL 60123
    $189,900 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M74625-67477

    144 Hill Ave in Gifford Park, Elgin, IL 60120
    $189,000 | 3 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M78451-99011

    608 E Gambier St, Mount Vernon, OH 43050
    $129,900 | 4 Bed • 3 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M35224-74236

  16. Cora says: 2026 comments

    Humor me on this one. It’s pitiful.

    507 Owens Ave in Mckeesport-White Oak, Liberty, PA 15133
    $29,900 | 2 Bed • 1 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M39873-17191

  17. says: 11 comments

    I can’t remember if this one was on Oldhousedreams in the past or not. I searched and didn’t see it on here, so if it was I apologize! It’s a great house and has the awesomest library ever!

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/8-Orange-St-Marcellus-NY-13108/31755601_zpid/

    • Paulthedreamer says: 36 comments

      Amazing library! The ceiling is fantastic. Reading in here would be especially enjoyable.

      • says: 2186 comments

        That library is just amazing!! Wow!

        And… don’t quote me on this, but I’m pretty sure that chair in the lower left with the (prob matching, but covered by a throw) footstool is a Leopold chair, made by Stickley. Costs a *lot* but is the most incredibly comfortable chair imaginable. I sat in one at the Stickley showroom in Fayetteville (nr. Syracuse), NY, and aahhhhhh…. could’ve dozed right off. They have it positioned sort of near the showroom’s entrance; when I remarked on how exceptionally comfy it was, the sales woman said everyone, no matter their height or size, says the same thing & that it manages to fit them just right. (No, alas… I didn’t buy one… $$)

    • Lancaster John says: 715 comments

      That library room is one of the most amazing I’ve seen in any price range. Love it!

    • JimHJimH says: 4850 comments
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      The house in Marcellus NY was on the site, I remember looking it up. Kelly removed it – an owner issue perhaps? Still a great house.

    • dragonflyspirit14 says: 262 comments

      Oh my! what a great job they did on this house! the before and after photos on Zillow are amazing. As an avid book lover with a 12’x15′ library I have to say that the library in this home is swoon-worthy. I can just picture all the imaginative stories coming to life in a room like this. Tolkien and C.S Lewis belong in a library such as this one.

    • SueSue says: 1160 comments
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      I remember this house!! Who could forget that library. I don’t remember the pool though. I think that is a new addition.

    • Arkham says: 72 comments

      Oh, that study. I literally gasped for air.

      Let me pack my bags…

  18. Cora says: 2026 comments

    1820 N Main St, Bechtelsville, PA 19505

    $274,900 | 5 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M34042-74308

    110 Park Rd, Portsmouth, VA 23707

    $320,000 | 4 Bed • 3 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M60813-66280

    110 Park Rd, Portsmouth, VA 23707

    $320,000 | 4 Bed • 3 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M60813-66280

    2330 Woodbine Ave in Parkridge, Knoxville, TN 37917

    $264,900 | 3 Bed • 3 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M82816-28075

    122 N Sheffey St, Marion, VA 24354

    $843,000 | 5 Bed • 5 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M51997-94156

    • SueSue says: 1160 comments
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      1802 Cape
      ME

      I don’t know if I am more scared or excited about the closet thing in the Bechtelsville, PA. Makes you want to buy it just for the closets.

      • dragonflyspirit14dragonflyspirit14 says: 262 comments
        1913 farmhouse
        Dillon, SC

        Oh yes Sue, really talented realtor who does know how to pique interest, “In the top floor of the home there are four closets. Three have NEVER been opened by the current owner. The one that was opened contained Civil War era boots which will remain with the house. The other unopened doors have been preserved as a time capsule. If you choose to open them who knows what you will find?”
        Now I am so curious…. and a little scared.. how could someone NOT OPEN THE CLOSET DOORS?!?

  19. Cora says: 2026 comments

    3 Elm St, Tidioute, PA 16351

    $79,900 | 5 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M37115-29467

    89 Fields Ave in Cazenovia Park, Buffalo, NY 14210

    $59,900 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M40336-02899

    What a beauty:

    17 Elm St, Cooperstown, NY 13326

    $350,000 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M43396-12445

  20. Cora says: 2026 comments

    Seriously. I could never only take 5 photos of this:

    182 S Main S Eddy St Unit Fish, Hancock, NY 13756

    $65,000 | 5 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M33281-45000

    1419 Oneida St in Cornhill, Utica, NY 13501

    $169,900 | 4 Bed • 4 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M35388-96564

    53642 State Highway 30, Roxbury, NY 12474

    $115,000 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M49930-91046

    833 Swaggertown Rd, Charlton, NY 12019

    $449,900 | 4 Bed • 4 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M45924-74979

    • says: 2186 comments

      The Hancock house… I really didn’t expect to see that staircase’s paneling! Have driven by the Utica house many times & never noticed it – or its ivy! Its neighborhood is kind of iffy. The Roxbury house has a bunch of what look to be cool, original ceiling light fixtures.

    • BrianO says: 39 comments

      The Roxbury house is right down the street from me. Roxbury has lots of nice homes on its Main St (Rt 30). It was 1800s robber baron Jay Gould’s hometown and his daughter and her friends summered there after his death. Today it gets lots of visitors who stay at the Roxbury Motel with its cool theme rooms. Check its website and see them

    • SueSue says: 1160 comments
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      1802 Cape
      ME

      I adore the Utica, NY house. Even the garage is adorable.

    • JimHJimH says: 4850 comments
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      The sad little Hancock house is in the little hamlet of Fishs Eddy (spelled like that), a unique name that inspired a housewares store:
      http://www.fishseddy.com/history/

      Sullivan County NY is a less expensive area within 3 hours north of the city and many old houses are being snapped up and Brooklynized.

      • John Shiflet says: 5348 comments

        Well, Jim, “Brooklynized” may still be preferable to “Mahattanized”…I ran across this quote several years ago written by someone disgusted with the lack of preservation sensitivity in Manhattan where money dictated what was saved and what wasn’t:
        “How do you Manhattanize an old town house? First, you pay a seven or eight figure price to buy it. Then you destroy it—except, of course, for the street front, if it is in an historic district. You gut it. Your toss any Federal or Greek Revival woodwork into the convenient garbage scow outside the front door. You cut in new windows. You tear out the lower back wall. You change the floor levels. You remove some floors altogether to create double height rooms. That, your architect triumphantly explains, reduces your Floor Area Ratio! You expand the back with a rear yard addition; you expand the top with a rooftop addition; you expand underneath with new underground levels, which may include a swimming pool, a dog-grooming-room and other such essentials. If the swimming pool is of Olympic dimensions, you may ask to excavate the entire rear yard as well, turning the existing garden into a roof terrace. Your landscape architect and his arborist will testify that this will have no impact on the neighbors, because the roof of an Olympic-style swimming pool can be incredibly verdant and beautiful, when planted with trees with shallow root systems, such as crab apples! Or bamboo, perhaps. And your engineer will explain that of course there is no danger; the excavation will be painstakingly monitored and the shoring will be state of the art!” —-Christabel Gough

        • JimHJimH says: 4850 comments
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          John, you’re right that Brooklynizing is a bit less brutal than the Manhattan version but no less annoying. You’ll see vintage bits that were “saved”, usually painted, in gutted loft-like spaces with new bamboo floors, exposed brick, bogus tin ceilings and such. The preservation bar is set so low that a vintage staircase, a couple of mantels and an original floor may earn a plaque if they don’t know about the doors, trim and fixtures that went into the dumpster.

          • John Shiflet says: 5348 comments

            Either approach is anything but preservation friendly although I agree that the Brooklyn (famous for its iconic Brownstones) version seems less severe. Even in San Francisco with its fabled Victorian townhomes, Silicon Valley tech entrepreneurs sometimes buy them and proceed to totally gut their interiors. What results afterwards may look way cool to a 31 year old Uber Geek but retains no connection to the home’s origins. I see preservation education in our country as something of a failure; how else can so many cities be re-embracing the failed Urban Renewal policies of the mid-20th century? (sometimes also used as an unspoken form of demographic control) In the meantime, the National Trust and many local preservation organizations devote an inordinately amount of time and energy towards structures from the mid-20th century while those from over a century ago, receive far less attention.

  21. Cora says: 2026 comments

    730 Circle Dr, Defuniak Springs, FL 32435

    $695,000 | 4 Bed • 5 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M57050-17526

    What is above the dining room table?

    805 Highway 61 N, Natchez, MS 39120

    $595,000 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M84500-92083

    • eatonclark says: 2 comments

      That is a fan that gently cools those dining. Very old south. There’s a wonderful scene in an old Bette Davis movie – Jezebel with a fan just like that in it!

      • John Shiflet says: 5348 comments

        Indeed. They were called Punkah-Wallah fans (Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punkah_wallah) as they originated in the Indian Sub-Continent under British rule. Soon, wealthy American planters in the South in the antebellum era installed different versions of this fan over their lavish dining tables. (I’ve seen photos of a few in Charleston, SC, as well) The manually operated fans (usually by a servant standing some distance away from the table pulling back and forth on a long decorative rope) provided some air circulation for the diners below. It also helped shoo flies away. Certainly a quaint relic from the past. This particular one looks a bit crude making me wonder if its original or not. (it is in historic “touristy” Natchez, after all)

        • says: 2186 comments

          Thanks for that explanation. The funny thing is, in the dim recesses of my brain – waaay back, I think I’ve heard of these at some point, many years ago. I was thinking the same thing, re: its design. Or lack of design. It looks very, very plain & simply utilitarian. Were they made of wood or a type of metal, do you know? Because that thing looks mighty hefty, and I just keep hoping it was very securely atrached to a joist/rafter above that ceiling!! Otherwise, could rather wreck the table setting…

        • Lancaster John says: 715 comments

          May I just say I am in awe of your general knowledge and/or research skills? Your comments add a great deal to this site.

    • dragonflyspirit14dragonflyspirit14 says: 262 comments
      1913 farmhouse
      Dillon, SC

      oh my gosh, 730 Circle Dr, Defuniak Springs, FL is one of my dream style homes….

  22. says: 2186 comments

    Bronxville, NY, late 1800’s houses:

    Dutch Colonial with stone & shakes exterior. Large, expensive, and very nice, inside & out! (although the kitchen was taken too far…)
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/12-Sunset-Ave-Bronxville-NY-10708/69551434_zpid/

    Also large & pricey, with decor that, IMO, is OTT. But… the staircase landing & its window – beautiful!
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/34-Prescott-Ave-Bronxville-NY-10708/66526619_zpid/

    And even pricier, but pretty and elegant. I’m not a purist re: painted woodwork – because I prefer light & bright, so the aesthetics of this one this appeal to me, a lot. And, the breakfast room has a mural.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3-Wellington-Cir-Bronxville-NY-10708/69553192_zpid/

    • Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 980 comments
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      1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

      I would want that Bronxville house for the breakfast nook alone! It would be so pleasant to sit and look at that mural every morning! And I also appreciate painted woodwork. If it was good enough for Thomas Jefferson, it’s good enough for me!

    • Lindsay G says: 582 comments

      I remember seeing the story behind the owners on Prescott Ave. They were an older couple (husband & husband) who made their big home into a ritzy party place where they lived for many happy years but they’re selling it because they want something smaller and I believe they said they wanted to travel. From what I recall, there was a picture of the one owner and he definitely seemed like the type to own such a flamboyant house. I wish I could remember what it was that they did for work though.

    • dragonflyspirit14dragonflyspirit14 says: 262 comments
      1913 farmhouse
      Dillon, SC

      The Dutch Colonial makes my heart flutter but not for the interior. Maybe it’s my Italian heritage but I absolutely love stonework and gardens and this one has it galore. I love the patio, the stone porch/balcony and the stone arches WOW! and love the beautiful gardens with the stone steps. Just let me live outside and I will be happy happy happy.

    • Laurie W. says: 1770 comments

      Cathy, the house is kind of Greek Revival..er..Revival, lol — painted woodwork is intrinsic to that style. Unpainted trim would not be really appropriate — and often the wood used was not of a quality you’d want exposed, since it was meant to be painted anyhow. I really like the last house. I went to college in Bronxville; it’s full of great old houses. I used to want to see their interiors — thanks for the chance on a few!

      • says: 2186 comments

        You’re welcome! I should’ve realised the Greek Revival deal. Maybe the windows’ gothic paned arches threw me off a bit?? I am not familiar enough with the details to know, and didn’t look it up before posting. .And yay, I’m at least semi-vindicated re: painted woodwork! ?

    • SueSue says: 1160 comments
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      1802 Cape
      ME

      I always think it is architect’s genius when a home can be as expansive and grand as the Wellington Circle home but still be so inviting and cozy. I adore this house.

  23. dragonflyspirit14dragonflyspirit14 says: 262 comments
    1913 farmhouse
    Dillon, SC

    1900 Colonial in East Hampton CT. Lots of potential and a great price. foreclosure @ 144,900. .78 acre, Quaint 1900’s farmhouse with large 2 car detached garage/workshop, level back yard. Home has new furnace, enclosed front porch. Home still needs work so will not qualify for government financing. boohoo ~ if it did I would be interested.

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/59-S-Main-St-East-Hampton-CT-06424/57853792_zpid/

  24. dragonflyspirit14dragonflyspirit14 says: 262 comments
    1913 farmhouse
    Dillon, SC

    Here’s another sad baby in need of love. This one is in Clinton CT ~ cash offers only or 203k financing per Realtor.com. Zillow has a lot more to say, “white Colonial set on majestic lot of almost two acres. 1930’s home offers a timeless design and curb appeal not found in homes today. Expansive bright entry hall with hardwood floors lead to the stately living room with amazing fieldstone fireplace, oversized eat in kitchen with outstanding cabinet and counter space, and cozy family room round out the first floor. Upper level has the remarkable Master Bedroom with spacious balcony, four additional large bedrooms, and bathroom. Great covered side porch is perfect for outdoor entertaining throughout the rest of the summer and fall.” /at $124,900 it is a steal.

    Love the fieldstone fireplace and woodwork ~ doesn’t it look like blood spatter on some of those walls?!
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/15-Menunketesuck-Dr-Clinton-CT-06413/57844234_zpid/

    • Charles B says: 481 comments

      Clinton is one of the state’s shoreline towns and the area is beautiful. But this house to me definitely looks like an 18th-century saltbox gutted and extensively remodeled in the 1920s or ’30s. Connecticut’s house prices certainly seem to have taken a nosedive in the past year or so.

  25. says: 5 comments

    Heather House in Marine City, Michigan has been up for sale on and off for years. It has been used as a Bed and Breakfast for many years. This Queen Anne Victorian was built by Captain William Sauber, Chief Engineer for the Mitchell Fleet of Great Lakes Steamers. Started in 1883 and finished in 1885 it has a great view of the St. Clair River, a connector for he Great Lakes. The Captain was born in Berlin, Germany in 1848, had 10 Children and died in 1916. http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/409-N-Main-St-Marine-City-MI-48039/2146990945_zpid/

  26. Steve Fischer says: 18 comments

    “No man is an island” but look at this one.
    https://realestatesales.gov/gsaauctions/aucitsrh/?sl=BOSTN116010001

  27. Kathy SE says: 11 comments

    Oh my goodness, this link exchange is full of richly detailed houses that I somehow missed in my searches.

    Beautiful houses and article about the Maine sisters, Jim H.

    John S you are such a treasure-trove of knowledge!(RE:Punkah-Walla fans)

    I agree with you and Lancaster John about the property tax situation. It has more than doubled or tripled out West here in the last few years as well as the prices of homes.

    I was quite astounded to see a Victorian house in Yreka, CA go from last being sold for $288K just in 2013 and is up for sale again now for $1,200,000 million. I don’t know how they justify that much of an increase. I suspect that since they mentioned in the description that there is a new casino there, they are anticipating buyers from an influx of people.

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/223-N-Oregon-St-Yreka-CA-96097/15978013_zpid/

    I love the Poughquag, NY house Jennifer HT. Thank you all so much.

    My favorite style is a George F Barber rather than this somewhat of a foursquare, but for this house, I like the creativity in decor such as the curtains around the outdoor swing, the painted diamond shapes on the deck floor.

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/433-E-Rich-Ave-Deland-FL-32724/47939364_zpid/

    I have to have an Art Deco statue on a Newell post one day. How about that dining room ceiling. Love that too.

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/27-S-Franklin-St-Athens-NY-12015/30490513_zpid/

    • RonnieH says: 80 comments

      I agree with you Kathy that the sellers of the house in Yreka are extremely optimistic (in my opinion). They are building an indian casino there currently, however, a recent article in the local Medford, Oregon newspaper, The Mail Tribune, is quoted as saying, “He said the casino generally will offer a “living-wage” job to employees that will average about $15 an hour, money that will be spent in the local community, Attebery said.” I guess time will tell on any houses asking price.

  28. says: 1 comments

    A good friend insouth central Souh Dakota is about ready to demolish this awesome house unless they can find someone to pay to move it! https://www.facebook.com/james.birkel/posts/10210279472166632

    • Laurie W. says: 1770 comments

      Wow, great house. Its woodwork & proportions have almost a more Southern character than expected in Maine — attic room (which I also love) excepted. Beautiful stairs too.

  29. Cora says: 2026 comments

    This little cupcake would make those Minnesota winters totally worth it:

    149 River St, Pine River, MN 56474
    $110,000 | 2 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M73861-33987

  30. RosewaterRosewater says: 5589 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Drool inducing, (kinda)-Stick Aesthetic house is a whirlwind of mixed styles, has a STUNNING interior, but suffers from “wrongporchitis”.

    http://www.trulia.com/property/1033774369-1046-N-Jefferson-St-Huntington-IN-46750#photo-17

    • Lancaster John says: 715 comments

      I rather like that porch. It could be the camera angles which are making it appear out of scale. In any event its sturdy presence grounds the more exuberant detailing and verticality of the house. Also I am impressed that the listing agent mentions “lincrusta”!

    • JimHJimH says: 4850 comments
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      Thanks Rosewater for the great house in Huntington: 1882 Julius Dick House, “a landmark example of the Stick Style”, so the NRHP report for the Historic District says. Some amazing woodwork there. The brick parts of the porch are later.

      • John Shiflet says: 5348 comments

        We paid a visit to Huntington about a year ago and were in awe of some of the fine mansions still standing there, especially in a several blocks area north of downtown along North Jefferson Street. I took photos, but streetview is excellent so no need to link to them. The landmark Purviance house, a massive Romanesque castle of a home, is just a few houses away. Next door to the Purviance House is another brick and Terra Cotta Romanesque mansion that is arguably in the same league as the Purviance mansion. Undoubtedly, in late 19th century Huntington if you counted yourself among the town’s elite families this is where you lived. As noted, this Stick style house has had some changes over the decades but doesn’t fail to impress 125 years later.
        On a side note, I have an absolutely mint condition “Geisha Girl” door plate set (still has the factory lacquer on it) but it’s missing the distinctive Geisha Girl doorknobs. Any idea where I might find some? (replica’s might do as I expect originals sell for hundreds or even thousands-the backplate set I bought at an auction for $25 about 20 years ago, and keep them in my sock drawer…) In the early 1880’s as the British imported Aesthetic Movement fad swept the country, American makers responded with decorative accessories like the doorknob set. A few mansions (like the Cohen-Bray House in Oakland, CA) were decorated almost entirely in “Aesthetic Style” (often combined with so-called Americanized Eastlake decor) but by the mid 1880’s the short-lived artistic fad was largely over. Blue and white ceramics were also very popular as part of this fad as were ceramics generally.
        Huntington still has an impressive downtown and fine Victorian residential district. I recall more recently, Carrier, Inc. (air conditioning/heating) announced the closing and outsourcing of a large manufacturing plant there which surely can’t be good for the community. Indiana particularly has had a difficult time adjusting to the post-industrial age. In some regions, a mansion like this one would be over a million but not here even though it remains in a nice neighborhood.

        • RosewaterRosewater says: 5589 comments
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          1875 Italianate cottage
          Noblesville, IN

          Hah! I knew I’d seen and discussed that porch with someone somewhere, just couldn’t remember who or where. Of course it was you on your Flickr page! https://www.flickr.com/photos/11236515@N05/22247022022/in/dateposted/ I couldn’t remember, and was surprised it wasn’t on OHD. What a treat to see inside this FINE home. I’m sure you agree 🙂 Those amazing locksets are no doubt worth a fortune!

          • John Shiflet says: 5348 comments

            Jeff,
            I agree, this Huntington, IN house is phenomenal, stellar, or other superlatives you may want to use, but whatever words chosen, it definitely has the “Wow!” factor going for it.

            I looked up the “Geisha Girl” (what the book calls it) patterned lockset (backing plates, spindle, doorknobs) in H. Weber Wilson’s ANTIQUE HARDWARE PRICE GUIDE Krause Publications; (my edition is from 1999) and found out this particular Japanese influenced set was made by the American firm of Russell & Erwin, an enterprise making quality hardware from 1846 until it merged with the P.F. Corbin Co. in 1902. In the early 1880’s, according to the guide, Russell & Erwin came out with its Anglo-Japanese Collection which by some is considered the pinnacle of American Victorian era artistic hardware design. The Geisha Girl pattern set doorknobs were made in three sizes: larger entry door size; medium passage door size, and smaller doorbell pull size. I now realize the only way I’ll ever have matching doorknobs for my backing plates is to see if any reproductions are being made. Otherwise, I’ll have to get extremely lucky or wealthy (neither frequently occur in my personal experience) to ever afford originals. I do know some of the suggested prices in the GUIDE are too low, while a few, like the famous “Doggie” doorknob designed by Ludwig Kreuzinger in the late 1860’s and made by the Metallic Compression Casting Company of Boston (later bought out by Russell & Erwin) were once selling for upwards of $5,000 because of rarity, but since numerous examples have been discovered in recent years, bringing it down to the $500-1,000 range today. There are antique hardware collector’s clubs and one should find one to learn what hardware might be worth in today’s market. Antique hardware is a fascinating topic because since the 20th century most hardware pieces have gone back to being strictly functional and non-decorative.
            Since architectural theft is already too big of a problem in many American cities, I won’t post any prices here but pay attention to what I wrote about their acclaim and you can get some idea of their value. Enough said.

    • says: 2186 comments

      I love the doorknob that appears to be a Japanese lady in a kimono in the center with a parasol forming the circumference of the knob! And the newel post with the decorative tile inset – cool! And the landing with its stained glass… lovely details!

    • SueSue says: 1160 comments
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      1802 Cape
      ME

      What a beautiful house. Wrong porch or not this home is beyond stunning.

  31. JRC says: 139 comments

    When I lived in Ann Arbor MI, I drove past what appeared to be an abandoned cobblestone farm house. In 1973 this house was acquired by the city and sat further deteriorating. I found a 1982 79 page PDF of the city’s plan for reconstruction of the property with a detailed history of the farm with photographs. I found this facinating! Here is the link.
    https://www.a2gov.org/departments/planning-development/historic-preservation/Documents/Reports%20and%20Surveys/cstone.PDF

    • Laurie W. says: 1770 comments

      As I was about to blow my stack at the state the house was in, I looked it up & find that it has been restored — and very nicely. What a relief! It’s a terrific place & the photos in the report you linked bring its history and people so much to life. Looks like it hosted hardworking satisfying lives & now provides a cheerful look at its past & a good future. The herringbone pattern of the cobblestones is artful. Loved reading about this, thanks!

  32. Charles B says: 481 comments

    1938 Flash Gordon Modern-style house priced in the sixties:

    http://ccbrmls.com/public/search/advanced/summary.asp?Listing_ID=1040214

  33. Kevin O'Neill says: 156 comments

    Bronson Pinchots home is for sale in Hartford PA. I used to watch the show but I wasn’t crazy about the interior work he did. http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3905-State-Route-547-Harford-PA-18823/2097491137_zpid/

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 880 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Funny, way back when he had that show where they took apart houses (or did they ever do those, I never watched any of his shows) he emailed me asking if I knew of any pre-Civil War homes that were going to be demolished. I later saw some of his interiors, they were certainly interesting. ?

      I was shocked at that price but after seeing the interior I see why now. I’d say something about it but vow to keep that opinion to myself.

      • Laurie W. says: 1770 comments

        I watched 2 episodes of his show about a house in NY state & agree with what you aren’t saying. If he really bought houses about to be axed, at least they’re still standing, that’s positive.

      • Michele says: 93 comments

        I agree! My mouth is zipped so i won’t be saying what i’m thinking! Poor house.

      • RosewaterRosewater says: 5589 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        Oh dear gawd. Congrats to Balki for surpassing the twins, that chic, and all those other horrid shows which routinely destroy the design integrity of vintage and antique homes in their pursuit of the home center box store, tacky suburban design aesthetic for all. oy… Poor little temple.

    • SueSue says: 1160 comments
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      1802 Cape
      ME

      What did they do inside the house? Why the horrible tile floors? Where are the original floors? Such a shame. Although I love the pug. Does the pug come with the house? I could easily add to my three.

  34. Reno says: 1 comments

    2 old beauties (seemingly well maintained & in great condition for age) And priced only in the $60K range

    *Lovely Old Historical Farmhouse-Built 1860s?
    Beautiful setting w. spectacular sunsets!
    (3788 Neunert RD Jacob, IL 62950)
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3788-Neunert-Rd-Jacob-IL-62950/105610174_zpid/?view=public

    *Beautiful Brick Bungalow-Built 1898*
    Great location & walk-ability
    (2017 Pine St. Murphysboro, IL 62966)
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2017-Pine-St-Murphysboro-IL-62966/105611791_zpid/?view=public

  35. Cora says: 2026 comments

    400 W 11th St, Ellis, KS 67637
    $160,000 | 5 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M73711-12510

    709 Washington St, Independence, KS 67301
    $32,000 | 3 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M83618-28082

    5959 Waterman Blvd in Skinker Debaliviere Historic District, Saint Louis, MO 63112
    $324,000 | 5 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M73276-74210

  36. SueSue says: 1160 comments
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    1802 Cape
    ME

    For 139,000 you can live on Islesboro Island and have a view of the sea. Wish there were more interior photos.

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/338-Main-Rd_Islesboro_ME_04848_M34485-15677#photo8

    Or for a little more you could have this darling home being sold “as is” with all fixtures and furnishings. Love this house.

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/279-Pendleton-Point-Rd_Islesboro_ME_04848_M34368-51437#photo15

    Another cutie right across from the water.

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/185-Hewes-Point-Rd_Islesboro_ME_04848_M30723-92536#photo0

    This stunning 1905 Cottage style for 500,000. What a beauty.

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/439-E-Shore-Dr_Islesboro_ME_04848_M47873-80566#photo0

  37. DanPDX says: 80 comments

    It amazes me that this home has survived with the woodwork unpainted and intact all these years in Portland. There are high rise apartments all around and the property is quite valuable. Many of its contemporaries were torn down to fuel growth in this residential area so close to downtown. It has been offices for many years and I’m not a big fan of some of the modernizing, but the wood trim is over the top and we’re fortunate it is a survivor.

    931 SW King Ave
    Portland, OR 97205
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/80932465_zpid

  38. John Shiflet says: 5348 comments

    Wow! That interior is stunning. I totally agree it is a rare survivor in Portland. Pricing seems reasonable for the local market and the features offered. I’ve seen archival photos of some of Portland’s lost mansions and they were as grand and opulent as anything built in San Francisco.

  39. Cora says: 2026 comments

    1109 Harrison St in College Hill, Lynchburg, VA 24504
    $20,000 | 3 Bed • 1 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M57989-73802

    Wow, great price:

    700 W 4th St, Appleton City, MO 64724
    $49,500 | 2 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M86069-63083

  40. Cora says: 2026 comments

    602 W 7th St, Sedalia, MO 65301
    $129,000 | 5 Bed • 5 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M89818-24256

    172 North St, Sun Prairie, WI 53590
    $299,999 | 4 Bed • 5 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M82286-83290

    Ooooo…

    33 N Whistler Ave, Freeport, IL 61032
    $169,900 | 5 Bed • 4 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M88539-56920

  41. Bohemian Valhalla says: 1 comments

    http://www.trulia.com/property/3229508984-205-W-Hill-Dr-Avondale-AZ-85323#photo-42

    205 W. Hill Dr. Avondale, AZ 85323
    $114,000 / Main House, Carriage House converted to Cottage

    Endangered Historic Homestead in AZ

  42. ChrisICU says: 625 comments

    I must admit if I had the money I wouldn’t have shared this one until I made an offer. But since it’s a bit over my budget I’m sharing. And you don’t see Chinese style houses every day in the USA. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/Coral-Gables_FL_33146_M56437-34159 Here’s a curbed article about the neighborhood. This place makes me feel happy.

    http://miami.curbed.com/2014/5/5/10107420/the-villages-of-coral-gables-part-1

  43. Cora says: 2026 comments

    There has to be some way to convince listing agents to post interior pics. Especially for a house like this. Not posting them makes folks assume the inside is apparently so awful, it’s not worth consideration.

    26656 Old State Rd, Crisfield, MD 21817
    $24,900 | 3 Bed • 1 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M62602-81997

  44. Cora says: 2026 comments

    1727 Larkin Rd, Upper Chichester, PA 19061
    $197,500 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M46998-40453

    106 Water St N, Chestertown, MD 21620
    $545,000 | 6 Bed • 4 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M60002-90967

    213 Broad St, Mount Holly, NJ 08060
    $345,000 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M62250-84666

    95 Williamsville Rd, Hubbardston, MA 01452
    $439,900 | N/A • N/A
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M36350-08762

  45. ChrisICU says: 625 comments

    Looks like the Beaufort SC home from The BIg Chill is for sale again. Same price as 2013. Wonder why it isn’t selling. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1-Laurens-St_Beaufort_SC_29902_M69541-66507

  46. Cora says: 2026 comments

    I’d like to sit on this porch and enjoy a big glass of sweet tea:

    3600 Auburn Rd, Phenix City, AL 36870
    $165,000 | 5 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M79906-77881

  47. Cora says: 2026 comments

    Hmm. When I click on the link in my browser, it shows the blank photo page, but I can see the photos on the Realtor app on my phone (which is where I always share from). I’ll share another and see if it does it again. Sorry!

  48. Cora says: 2026 comments

    6748 Lakewood Blvd in Northeast Dallas, Dallas, TX 75214

    $1,750,000 | 5 Bed • 6 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M76393-74808

  49. Cora says: 2026 comments

    310 6th St S, Moorhead, MN 56560
    $129,900 | 2 Bed • 1 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M72216-95831

    1233 Webb Rd, Lakewood, OH 44107

    $89,900 | 3 Bed • 1 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M41838-31236

    OH I want this one:

    13443 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107

    $289,900 | 3 Bed • 3 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M33072-01541

  50. dragonflyspirit14dragonflyspirit14 says: 262 comments
    1913 farmhouse
    Dillon, SC

    Did you know that Vermont has islands? And on those islands are some lovely homes? I didn’t until tonight.
    Look at this 1880 home with spectacular views! wow! http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/house_type/2102228029_zpid/3-_beds/2-_baths/globalrelevanceex_sort/44.803885,-73.151951,44.642155,-73.459568_rect/11_zm/

    Or how about this Farmhouse built in 1800 with over nine acres of beautiful countryside and outbuildings? http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/house_type/75438667_zpid/3-_beds/2-_baths/globalrelevanceex_sort/44.803885,-73.151951,44.642155,-73.459568_rect/11_zm/?3col=true

    And get a load of these yellow ceilings in this 1881 beauty. (I really really like all the yellow!) http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/house_type/75438887_zpid/3-_beds/2-_baths/globalrelevanceex_sort/44.763555,-73.22877,44.68269,-73.382578_rect/12_zm/?3col=true

  51. ChrisICU says: 625 comments

    1773 house in Georgetown SC. Nice street view, neighborhood with lots of nice houses. Fixer upper. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/320-Saint-James-St_Georgetown_SC_29440_M51971-49803

  52. HurleyGirl says: 1 comments

    18th C blacksmith shop-turned-lilac cottage in Historic Hurley, (NY’s Hudson Valley, near Kingston/Woodstock) – right off walkable main street lined w/ old stone homes and shops. 90 minutes to NYC via direct, scenic Amtrak. Low taxes, high charm. http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/pmf,pf_pt/32844827_zpid/41.931336,-74.04547,41.916872,-74.07388_rect/14_zm/?view=public

  53. ChrisICU says: 625 comments

    Why is this so cheap? Why are there no more pictures? Has anyone looked at this yet? The lack of details is intoxicating…. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/69-Deer-Hill-Rd_Cornwall-on-Hudson_NY_12520_M40802-82295

  54. Cora says: 2026 comments

    Cute.

    407 N George St, Clarks, NE 68628

    $69,000 | 4 Bed • 1 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M77993-94763

    312 N Taft St, Humboldt, IA 50548

    $175,000 | 5 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M72354-96732

  55. Cora says: 2026 comments

    Someone save her:

    202 Se 1st St, Gilmore City, IA 50541

    $27,900 | 5 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M80767-78135

    604 4th St Ne, Hampton, IA 50441

    $139,900 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M74129-56785

    507 N 1st St, Greene, IA 50636

    $219,900 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M78684-72461

    302 Se 1st St, Waverly, IA 50677

    $163,000 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M87634-91507

  56. Trina says: 3 comments

    Was looking at houses for sale near me and for some reason this one got included in my search list. It’s not anywhere near me but thought it would be a fitting house for this site.

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1634-Grace-St_Hannibal_MO_63401_M82196-22773#photo0

  57. candacelaine says: 7 comments

    I found a couple of beautiful homes this week!

    1890s Galveston home with Art Nouveau interiors
    http://www.estately.com/listings/info/25-85683847

    And this one was designed by architect William Price in 1895.
    http://www.estately.com/listings/info/100-pembroke-avenue–1

    Happy weekend, everyone!

  58. says: 1 comments

    Hello there. I am hosting an Open House in Elgin, IL (as we speak) and one of the people that visited mentioned this website, so here goes: 1881 Beauty with an amazing (and I was told one of the largest non-church stained glass windows in IL). Hope you like it!

    http://www.fourdaughtersrealestate.com/property/il/60120/elgin/northeast-elgin–elgin/465-douglas-avenue/57c65fb630e08a034b000282/

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