1910 Mission Revival – Vicksburg, MS

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2430 Drummond St, Vicksburg, MS 39180

  • $209,900
  • Foreclosure
  • 6 Bed
  • 5.5 Bath
  • 7418 Sq Ft
  • 0.95 Ac.
Drummond St Mansion, 7400sf of living area, 6 bedrooms, formal areas, several porches, beautiful woodwork, numerous stained glass windows, heavy moldings, hardwood floors, detached guest house. Large attic and basement, approximately 1 acre. Call Jim Hobson 601-415-0211. This is a Fannie Mae HomePath property.
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Jim Hobson, Varner Real Estate
(601) 636-0502

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25 Comments on 1910 Mission Revival – Vicksburg, MS

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  1. Imbroglio says: 64 comments

    If you google “Stained Glass Manor” in Vicksburg you may find photos when this house was a b&b a few years ago: sadly, it has gone down hill since then. It was built ca. 1910 for Fannie Willis Johnson, a famed local philanthropist who was a member of the family for whom Vicksburg is named. At that time Vicksburg was the largest and most prosperous city in Mississippi. Johnson willed it on her death in 1931 to an old women’s home; in 1966 it returned to private ownership. It was placed of the National Register in 1988, as the best Mission Style house in the state:

    http://focus.nps.gov/AssetDetail/NRIS/88000241

    I am glad a realtor has finally published proper, though poor, pictures of the house. It has been on the market for years, starting out, incredibly, at $2.4M in 2010. It needs someone to save it.

    • Cathy says: 2192 comments

      Yep, it worked – got some more pics via Google Images, from when it was a B&B and was still being taken care of.

    • PatsyPatsy says: 1 comments
      1970 California Rustic
      Charlotte, NC

      My cousin, Billy Smollen, owned this gorgeous house. He and his wife, Shirley, ran it as a B&B. After his death, it went on the market. The windows alone are worth more than the price of the house. They are stunning. Shirley told me that a room in the house was haunted and a review by a guest expresses outrage that he was not told about the ghost and put his children in the room. They were terrified when the ghost showed up! It would be a simple matter to send the poor spirit off to the other side. She is only confused and trapped there. I wish circumstances allowed me to rescue this beautiful home and the windows. I hope someone does and preserves it all.

  2. Sandra says: 302 comments

    Amazing. Don’t know what to say here, I’m in love. 5.5 baths! 1 acre! The neighborhood looks nice too. (sigh)

  3. Ronda Naifeh says: 5 comments

    Built between 1902 and 1908, Stained Glass Manor was the home of Fannie Vick Willis Johnson, a descendant of the Vicks, for whom the town of Vicksburg was named. It’s a turn of the century mansion, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
    It was built as the home of Fannie Vick Willis Johnson, Vicksburg’s greatest individual philanthropist, and owner of the famous Panther Burn Plantation. (She is a direct descendant of Burwell Vick-the first Vick to Vicksburg – 1812.)

  4. Bethany Otto says: 3431 comments

    I simply love this house. I appreciate empty interiors, they fire the imagination. And most of the baths are not remuddled. I don’t even mind the kitchen. Sweet deal if my husband could find work in that area!

    • jeklstudio says: 1050 comments

      I agree Bethany. I too simply love this house. Those original baths are sweet with the single leg pedestals. I could live with the kitchen if I could just have the rest…*sigh*
      I love Tudor but right behind that is Mission Revival and Spanish Revival. Now how do I convince my hubby that we NEED this?

  5. dkzody says: 236 comments

    The front porch is just wonderful. I would love to have the house just for the porch.

  6. Jennifer HT says: 747 comments

    Oh my. What a grand home. It had me at the fence and porch tiles. It is so grand and nicely detailed.

  7. Jim W. says: 2 comments

    Thia is what I can add to the picture. This home has been for sale for over 5 years now. Sadly, one of the owners of the B & B passed away, triggering the sale attempts. We looked at this home about 6 months ago, but were unable to reach a deal with the family. It has some issues. It appears to have foundation failure under the sunroom on the left side and it appears to bhave foundation subsidence under the front arch area. Some rewiring has been done, but may still have knob and tube to the second floor. It has a partial basement under the rear half of the home. It has no air above the first floor, and I’m not sure about heat to the second and above. I don’t know if there was a boiler, but I do not remember seeing one. The first floor appears to have complete HVAC but don’t know any details. The kitchen is a mess, as well as all of the unoriginal bathrooms. The old ones are pretty nice, in my opinion. There are, now enclosed, porches on the rear of the home, one a laundry, didn’t look at the other. They both are a mess of poor work, and the upper one has stucco? over the bricks that looks like a five year old did it.

    There is an additional carriage house in the rear, not pictured yet, that has possibly original slate roof, possibly leaking, likely repairable. The lower floor is half dirt, half perhaps concrete as I recall. The upper half appeared to be servants quarters, originally two, now combined into one with kitchen and bath. All of the carriage house needs significant work to be as it deserves to be. I do not think the carriage house could be used for autos in its present form. No or poor access to the rear of the lot where it is located.

    The neighborhood is pretty good on Drummond street, but the streets behind the home are topographically lower and not good. The house sits on six lots totalling about 3/4 of an acre, as I recall. The lot/s are ok but need significant work. Not a lot of flat ground to work with.

    The main house has a newer roof, probably under ten years, that replaced the original tile at some point in time. The second floor front porch is accessed from either front bedroom and appears to leak. There appeared to be water damage under it in the front entry. Our estimate is that it would take 100k in materials to give the home what it deserves, without touching HVAC or wiring as they were not adequately evaluated. The carriage house, maybe 25k more, depending on the desired outcome. I think the home could be livable for far less, if you can tolerate poor work. The B&B can be done again, and might be required to pay the bills, but won’t make anyone a highly profitable venture. Vicksburg has amazing history, but seems to be economically dead and B&Bs have to compete against the riverfront casinos. All in all, it could be a spectacular house, it you can find a way to make it work financially. Well worth the current price, in my opinion, but it doesn’t pencil out very well for us poor folk.

    • JimHJimH says: 5104 comments
      OHD Supporter

      JimW, thanks for the evaluation. What would it be like just to live there and enjoy it? For many folks the cost at less than $50 PSF completed would seem like a bargain for a house of this quality.

      • says: 12 comments

        Jim W., I also want to thank you, because I seriously would’ve boarded a plane to look at this. The foundation problems are heartbreaking to read about. I recently decided to sell my Florida beach getaway instead of retiring there, so this web site is tempting me constantly. Too, too bad about this wonderful home.

    • Bethany Otto says: 3431 comments

      Thank you for all your information! There is always so much behind the photos we see.

  8. Deb Crocker says: 48 comments

    Wow, a house in MS that has window airconditioners. That’s a huge investment to change that over. Seems to have a lot of issues for the price.

  9. Pamela Ky girl says: 44 comments

    Beautiful home sad it has been left to ruin… Maybe someone that wants to live there or a rich person can bring it back to its original beauty.

  10. SueSue says: 1111 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1802 Cape
    ME

    I adore the mural over the fireplace in the coral room. So sad how fast a house will fall apart once it is abandoned. I hope someone that can afford to bring this home back will come along. What a beauty she is.

  11. Michael Mackin says: 2671 comments

    I’m in love with those bathrooms! I’m sure those sinks aren’t easy to come by.

  12. Bob says: 9 comments

    According to Realtor.com this property is under contract.(Listed under key facts:Status) Will verify with agent Monday and update should Realtor.com be inaccurate.

  13. lara janelara jane says: 470 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Please don’t gut, buyer! There are some treasures here if you would be willing to work around them! Best of luck!

  14. Ann says: 90 comments

    Love it! Especially that peg leg sink in the bathroom!

  15. J. Armstrong says: 1 comments

    I read online that the house has over 30 Stained Glass windows produced by
    the Tiffany company, does anyone know if that is true?
    Also the architect was a mentor to Frank Lloyd Wright, is that also true?

    • PhillipPhillip says: 265 comments
      1910 Tudor/craftsman mix

      the architect was George Washington Maher, who at that time was probably as well known as FLW. The windows were by Louis Millet, who was one of the great masters of leaded glass. I looked at the house myself for several hours. The quality of build and workmanship was just amazing. It needed work but was potentially a museum house except that people in MS generally don’t “get” mission architecture. Were it in chicago or west coast or here in B’ham where i live it would have gone for far more. The leaded glass alone in it was worth a fortune, over 30 windows. You have to realize that this place was built by one of the wealthiest people in MS.

    • IdeasFromBob says: 1 comments

      I was thrilled to tour the home in 2009. The widow said the windows had been made by A TEACHER of Tiffany. If it has very recently been reopened, or will be, count me in for helping promote it.

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