1911 Classical Revival – Waco, TX

Added to OHD on 8/25/16   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   64 Comments
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2420 Colcord Ave, Waco, TX 76707

  • $77,900
  • Foreclosure
  • 4 Bed
  • 2.5 Bath
  • 3653 Sq Ft
  • 0.43 Ac.
Historical early 1900's home has lots of original architectural detail. Formal entry features fireplace, staircase, & leaded-glass built-ins. Parlor opens to formal dining & beyond to sunroom. 4 or more bedrooms, 2.5 updated baths, & 3rd floor has lots of potential for office or hobby areas. Restore to your own taste. Deck & extended patio offer lots of outdoor entertaining space. 2 story apartment & BBQ shed. This property is eligible under the Freddie Mac First Look Initiative through 09/08/16.
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Pam Tucker, Coldwell Banker,
(254) 776-0000

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64 Comments on 1911 Classical Revival – Waco, TX

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  1. Franka says: 20 comments

    This property can be such a gem. So, so, so much possibility!

  2. Zoomey says: 526 comments

    I’ve never wanted to live in Texas, but this house might change my mind. It’s in pretty good shape. The 50s baths don’t bother me because they’re a bit kitschy in the context of this elegant house. Love the attic window in its little alcove. Very pretty, gracious house. She needs a little love by someone who appreciates her multiple charms especially the unbelievable price!

  3. Paul Tyler says: 41 comments

    I believe this house was on an episode of fixer upper on HGTV.

  4. Michael Mackin says: 2394 comments

    It is an awesome house. I’m glad they didn’t pick this house on Fixer Upper because they have a tendency to gut the character out of a home sometimes. This house needs an owner that appreciates the style and is willing to do the work to save it.

  5. Emily Hodges says: 3 comments

    Omg I need this house! I am so in love! If onky I could move it!!

  6. Jennifer HT says: 785 comments

    I love, love, love it! Oh my!

  7. tfd52 says: 2 comments

    A bit of an aside and a technical question, as well.
    How do you remove all the white paint that so many “restorers” seem to love to mar the original woodwork here in so many houses I see in OHD?
    Paint stripper, sandpaper and elbow grease? Is there an “easier” way to get back to “ground zero” ?

    • JullesJulles says: 540 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Used to strip furniture for extra cash. Heat guns can scorch wood and strippers are very messy and the good ones are caustic. You can buy a special set of scrapers with different shapes that work well when you get the hang of them. I also had a set of dental picks I would use to get the paint out of the carved details. I would use stripper first if it had those ten coats of paint to remove and then scrape. It is not as bad as you think to do it. Get a room with a lot of light and ventilation. Download some books from the library for free on to your phone and you can find a zen place scraping and picking while listening to your favorite author. My husband used to make me come to bed while I would want to continue working through midnight. I was just working away and enjoying the peace of stripping the paint off the furniture. Plus it is so nice to know that you have revealed something beautiful from something most people would throw away.

      • KarenZKarenZ says: 1219 comments
        OHD Supporter

        Julles-You actually made the hard work of paint stripping sound like a lot of fun! You may have converted a lot of people here to try it!

      • Duane says: 3 comments

        My brother and I once were laying floor and listening to a CD on a boombox. We didn’t realize it was on repeat and played the CD 3 times before we noticed. Music makes the time fly

    • LorinN says: 96 comments

      There’s a wonderful stripping product that I’ve used called QRB that can only be purchased on-line. The company is based in Santa Monica, CA if I remember correctly. IT is not cheap! But, removing the stripper after it sets, with pieces of CARDBOARD…sure make the process so much easier. Most strippers that I have used in the past, do not do the job they market it to do! QRB works great & with ease!

      • Chris says: 1 comments

        I have used QRB and it does work great. I have not been able to find it for about 10 years. I just figured they stopped making it. Do you have that website for them? I have not been able to find it.

  8. John Shiflet says: 5363 comments

    Before I decided to post, I was wondering if Waco’s celebrity Fixer Upper couple had ever been around this house. All I can say is I’m glad they did not choose it or it would have been gutted, walls moved around and mantels removed leaving exposed bricks. Farmhouse Rustic is their style and they do it well but please, not on this house. As for stripping the woodwork, the first thing I would do is see what kind of wood is under the paint. If its the lower cost Yellow Pine, I’d be tempted to leave it painted as that species tends to finish out with an orange tint naturally. (even more so if the original orange shellac is used) If its Oak or other hardwood, then yes, stripping is justified. Some of the newer strippers are soy or citrus based but they take a while to work. I won’t recommend a heat stripper (gun or heat plate) unless one has lots of experience using heat tools safely. Orange toned Yellow pine can be made more neutral with a stain like Van Dyke brown. It all depends on how much work one is willing to put towards stripping the millwork. Best if done by a crew or one room at a time…it’s messy as most assume it to be. Infrared stripping guns/plates are less dangerous than heat coil guns with blowers but can still cause a fire if not used carefully. Great price on this one.

    • PhillipPhillip says: 246 comments
      1910 Tudor/craftsman mix

      Have stripped wood for 30 years using various methods and they are all arduous. I bought a 1910 tudor with craftsman influences that has a ton of oak woodwork, but at age 53 I did not want to strip wood the rest of my life. Sadly the foolish people before me painted it white, so my answer was to at least go back dark brown and get the shadow lines and contrast back. I have done some research on the infrared strippers and I think I will buy one for my exterior restoration to use on the half timbering and other fascia boards. The newest one has a gold reflective coating that is supposed to even out the heat distribution. If it works it would be worth the 540 that they want for it. I will let you know how well it works.

      • John Shiflet says: 5363 comments

        Thanks for posting, Phillip. I’m also curious how the newer Infrared heat tools work so any feedback on the new and improved model would be much appreciated. I’ve stripped more woodwork than I care to remember using standard (two or three speed) heat guns and if not careful, its easy to create smoldering embers. I always have two water spray bottles on hand and a garden hose at the ready. Typically, I’ll pre-moisten by spraying water to the area to be stripped with an emphasis on cracks or voids to make sure nothing can start smoldering. After stripping, I will go over the voids and cracks a second time as well as search for any signs of smoke where hidden combustibles might be present. When possible, if heat stripping is chosen, best to have the item (doors, windows etc.) placed out on sawhorses to work on. Chemical stripping has its own challenges but no method is easy in my long experience.

  9. MommaP says: 2 comments

    It’s a beauty!! To strip old paint…unfortunately I don’t think there is an “easy” way. There may be new products that make it easier but, not matter what method you use, it’s always a pretty labor intensive job. I hope someone gets this that appreciates the historical value and doesn’t gut it.

  10. kathy stokes-phillips says: 202 comments

    this house was on the tv show,FIXER UPPER, with joanna and chip gaines, the buyers didnt choose this one tho. i do recall he said those columns had to be redone, rotten wood base? hope someone restores it, would probably take 200k, never know about elec or plumbing or termites, etc. skeery stuff

  11. Pamela Ky girl says: 49 comments

    Beautiful home so many nice features inside & out. Texas is too hot for me but some people enjoy it.

  12. dreamin'bout'oldhouse ownership says: 1196 comments

    Indeed a beautiful home who needs lots and lots of TLC. I watch fixer upper but I must have missed the show this girl was on. This house needs Rehab Addict’s Nicole Curtis, she is all about bring a house to her former glory.

    • Eileen says: 290 comments

      Yes, you are so right about Joanna vs Nicole. While I generally love Joanna’s style, it often comes at the cost of the charm of an old house. Especially in the case of the house she and Chip turned into a bed & breakfast. She replaced the charming old stairs with modern, open ones and I was really disappointed. While she may have had to bring that stairway up to code, especially for a bed and breakfast, she could have found a way to do it that said it had always been like that. Nicole is my heroine.

  13. Ed Ferris says: 305 comments

    There’s that Home Depot pedestal sink again, in the gray bathroom.

  14. LorinN says: 96 comments

    In defense of Chip & Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper HGTV show: They don’t just do farmhouse style…did you see the episode of the Mid-Century Modern home they restored or any of the traditional 1970’s-1980’s homes? As for being purest, when it comes to RESTORATION or saving a home from the Wrecking Ball, it is not always possible to be pure (even for Nicole Curtis). Electrical & Plumbing is important for SAFETY reasons & often requires walls, ceilings or floors to be removed. A buyer does not want to be plagued with expenses or possible damage to be done to the home & want to be FIRE safe. Not everyone can afford to redo Plaster Walls & finding expert plaster crew is not always possible. To that end, I do remember a huge old house that Fixer Upper did that was in a horrible state on one of their 1st half dozen episodes, that was for a Female Athlete & her family. I was amazed at what they did! It was not “farm house style” & beautifully done. To this day, it is still one of my favorite homes that they brought back to life.

    • John Shiflet says: 5363 comments

      Saw an ad for our local furniture mega-store, Nebraska Furniture Mart, which is located where else, but in the far-flung affluent northern suburbs of Dallas-Fort Worth. The ad was about Joanna Gaines’s new line of furnishings which the big-box retailer is featuring in their store. I also saw Chip & Joanna on CBS’s Sunday Morning show when that episode was focused on design. Looks like they have “arrived” because as I was reading a recent Texas Monthly magazine one of their articles was about a writer’s trip to Waco, TX (where the Gaines business interests are based) to visit their converted grain silos repurposed as a furnishings market. The writer gushed about the Silos market and commented about how busy it was on a weekday. Chip & Joanna also own a Bed & Breakfast operation in nearby McGregor, TX, own Magnolia realty, Magnolia home builders, and more. In summary, Chip and Joanna are far more than promoters of farmhouse rustic but I still maintain that is Joanna’s signature style. (which as you pointed out she can work outside of when its called for) Good thing they have a large family; they’re going to need a lot of help in the future with their growing business empire.

  15. Laurie W. says: 1759 comments

    Great house! Would richly reward the person who rescued it. What is the..er..item..on the wall of the 2nd bathroom photo (16th down)? An early exhaust fan?

    • Ed Ferris says: 305 comments

      That’s an unvented, open-flame gas heater. Very nice to have on cold mornings. If you have kids who like to play with fire it might not be a good thing to let them use. You light it with a match, no pilot or ignition.

  16. Ashley says: 79 comments

    That thing on the wall is probably either gas or electric wall heater. I grew up with these never thought about it. I would not use one today as an adult as we all know water and electricity do not mix well.

  17. SueSue says: 1142 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1802 Cape

    Love this house. In fact I love most of the houses in the neighborhood. I have done faux finishing work and also have stripped miles of wood in my day. I did an entire historic library that had been damaged by fire many years ago. It is long and labor intensive process but it is rewarding. I would follow what John said. Make sure it isn’t wood that looks better painted then stained.

  18. wacoan says: 1 comments

    We actually inquired about this house a while back, but decided against it because it is in a neighborhood that is less than desirable and with a high crime rate. I was really wanting this house because it could be so beautiful restored.

  19. JullesJulles says: 540 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Trulia lists it in a not so great area but if you look the house is on the corner of N. 25th and Colcord Ave. N. 25th does not look good as in cheap apartments. Colcord Ave. has beautiful, large, historic homes on it so I expect the crime tends to be centered on the N. 25th area. I don’t know if this makes a difference but Colcord Ave. looks very nice and this house restored would fit beautifully. Of Course, I just want to believe fixing this house up would be totally worth it. Although if I had this house, I might just start breeding rottweilers.

  20. LizzieJ says: 4 comments

    Good comment by LorinN! Chip and Joanna Gaines are capable of good work beyond their typical “look” and they have created some beautiful, livable older homes that retained their key features and charm. However, I don’t think any of them were as large as this one.

  21. traci ostrander says: 7 comments

    Wow. I love this house! Has a lot of potential. Great porch.

  22. Denise says: 3 comments

    The fixer upper episode is on now with this house. At that time it was being offered at 144,000

  23. Joe P. says: 1 comments

    On hgtv. Asking $144,000. On the show, not 85K. Fixer Upper show.

  24. JullesJulles says: 540 comments
    OHD Supporter

    The Fixer Upper episode is season 2 episode 12, “Island Couple wants a house close to water”. Wish I hadn’t missed it but it will be back on in I think two weeks. You might want to DVR it because you can’t get the episode online unless you pay for it.

  25. Linda says: 1 comments

    I love that house, if I were privileged enough to buy it, I would restore it to its original time period with lots of research to ensure I did it right. I would like to move it to acreage so it would have all the glory of being the only one and the focal point of the entire area.

  26. Sharon M says: 49 comments

    Found the floorplan for this interesting house on Pinterest


  27. Chantelle Bibby says: 2 comments

    This is my dream house but I live an hour away. Wondering is an hour commute worth it to have my dream house (I think yes ):o)

    • JullesJulles says: 540 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Have you seen it yet? If not, time for a road trip this weekend. And I live in Atlanta the city with longest commutes to work. I commute long distances and it is not that bad. I gives me time to chill and think. Most of the time I listen to Audio books and I know a lot of people who use it for prayer time. So, don’t let an hour commute dissuade you if you really love it. But go see it. What are you waiting for.

  28. Chantelle Bibby says: 2 comments

    Does anyone know why its no longer for sale ? Finally got my loan together and now I see this..bummer.

    • Julles says: 540 comments

      Its not the things we do that we regret when we look back at our lives, it is the things we didn’t do. I’m 57 and my husband and I wish we hadn’t played our lives so conservatively. We so wish we could go back and take those chances that we missed. Don’t be my age and regret chances not taken. Call the Real Estate agent, be tenacious and see if you can get the house. What is the worse that can happen? They say no? If they do, they do. At least you would have tried. Good luck sweetie, this house is a gem.

  29. John Shiflet says: 5363 comments

    Chantelle, Its showing as a foreclosure: http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2420-Colcord-Ave-Waco-TX-76707/52095751_zpid/ It would be best to contact a Coldwell Banker office in Waco and get a status update as well as how you would negotiate a buy from the foreclosure lender. Good luck!

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11893 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Showing it was forclosed in May (Zillow will show as foreclosure even though it may no longer be.) But John is right, call the agent to see what the status is.

  30. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11893 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
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    Showing back on the market again.

  31. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11893 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
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  32. Jamie says: 1 comments

    My heart aches for this house. Someone snatch this up and save it! I live in Tennessee, but I would love to have this!

  33. SKayT says: 3 comments

    My husband and I live in Houston, about 2 1/2 hours away from Waco. He is set to retire in 3 years and Waco is our retirement city of choice for many reasons. That’s why we are currently in the process of buying this gorgeous home. This is a longtime dream of mine being realized. We may not completely restore the inside to its 1911 glory, but plan on getting it as close as we can with a bigger master bath and modern kitchen. Pray that we make wise decisions. That’s what we’re praying for.

    • HoltzDurrett says: 1 comments

      Oh SKayT, I’m so happy to hear this! I drive by this house every day on my way to work and it was breaking my heart to think that it was going to be left to decline further. If you want any free labor, my husband and I would be happy to help just because we enjoy doing restoration. We will pray for wise counsel and good decisions at 2420 Colcord.

    • Susan Browning says: 1 comments

      Did you get the house? It is no longer available but is vacant and continues to deteriorate. Wish I could rescue it.

      • SKayT says: 3 comments

        Yes, we sure did. We’re awaiting the final decision on our Application for Historical Designation. Then we have to have our plans for the exterior of the house and the coach house approved before we can proceed.

  34. Duane Harrison says: 3 comments

    SKayT Congratulations!

  35. Marianna Flamenco Lugo says: 1 comments

    This is actually my favorite house in the whole wide world. I found it a few years ago looking for real estate in the area and have see it twice. The inside is in amazing shape! Upgrades of course, but the inside is very well preserved. The master needs to be redone because the previous owners did a travesty trying to make a bigger closet, but it can be fixed. The outside really needs some work. I drove by a few months ago and some of the smaller columns were gone. Shame on the people who let it get this bad. It is an amazing house.

  36. Jody Gray says: 1 comments

    Although I love this history of this house, and what it represents, I am surprised that no one has commented about the quirky entrance to this home, and why the architect designed the front door off center from the grand stairs and columns leading up to the porch. It throws the house completely off. The front door really needs to be relocated to the center of the home, and the floor plan redone to give the home the grand entrance it deserves. As much as many of you tear down the design methods of fixer upper, Chip and Joanna have an exceptional knack for giving homes the curbside appeal they deserve. I am sure they would do wonders to this home and while still preserving a lot of its historical charm.

  37. SKayT says: 3 comments

    I love the quirky entrance to this house, which really wasn’t considered quirky back when Foursquare houses were common. Yes, I know it’s a Classical Revival, but it’s also a Foursquare. Offset front doors were quite common back when this home was built. We will be restoring the exterior back to the beauty it was, not what today’s esthetics call for.

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