1884 Stick Victorian – Hannibal, MO

Added to OHD on 8/31/16   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   66 Comments
SOLD / Archived Post
Are you the new owner? Comment below, we'd love to say hi!

1121 Center St, Hannibal, MO 63401

  • $112,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 1.5 Bath
  • 1700 Sq Ft
Andrew G. Brown House built in 1884 and retains many original details.Approx 1700 sq ft with so much to offer.This home features a 3-story wood spiral staircase. 3 sets of wood grain pocket doors join together to shut off the foyer from the double parlors.Original ornate lamp graces the newel post. Gorgeous matching mantels in the double parlors complete the late Victorian style.Situated on the corner of Center/Maple this property offers a private yard, cozy side porch, and a garage that once served as a Carriage House. In addition the garage features a loft area which is perfect for the hobbyist or artist.4 large rooms plus a breakfast area and half bath provide wonderful living space on the main floor. There is a option for a main floor bedroom.4 bedrooms and full bath on the 2nd floor can also be accessed by the back staircase.The 3rd floor tower room is truly a charming get away.Stained glass windows provide warmth and charm. Roof 2009, furnace 2008, Maple Ave Historic District.
Contact Information
Lisa Kairy, Prestige Realty,
(573) 221-8171

State: | Region: | Associated Styles or Type:
Period & Associated Styles: , | Architect:

66 Comments on 1884 Stick Victorian – Hannibal, MO

OHD does not represent this home. Comments are not monitored by the agent. Status, price and other details may not be current, verify using the listing links up top. Contact the agent if you are interested in this home.
  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11880 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Fairly certain this is a Palliser design.

    • Eric Unplugged says: 1018 comments

      Definitely. This one even looks like the image in the plan book… details, proportions, roof pitch and all!

    • Allyn says: 6 comments

      OMG! Loving this one! Wish I could pick her up and move her. She is SO original,she’s creepy in a classic kind of way. (warms my heart) Hard to come by beauties such as herself. Great furnishings as well.

  2. Babebleu says: 10 comments

    Just love this!! So very charming!!! I had the same stained glass window in my home…so wonderful to see it again!!!

  3. says: 17 comments

    Oh that stairwell, I am in love!

  4. Kristl says: 31 comments

    My oh my. This is a dream!! Love it.

  5. I LOVE the stairs (tho they are pretty steep)… and the beds, I especially love the beds…and the fireplaces. OK, I really like this house. Would they leave the furniture if I asked nicely? The first thing I would change tho is the outside color. But the gargoyles HAVE to stay because they set the tone for the rest of the house!

    Hope you are feeling well Miss Kelly! Thanks for all you do!

  6. Jennifer HT says: 747 comments

    HOW CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The beds! The newel post! The glass collections! The lighting! The everything! WOWWEE!!!

  7. CharlesB says: 479 comments

    I’m glad KELLY said it and not me!


    As you can see, the tower on this house deviates somewhat from the pattern book plan–a common occurrence with Palliser designs. As architectural historian Michael Tomlan stated, the Pallisers went beyond the publishing of house plan books and ‘invented’ the concept of mail-order architecture in America. A client would select a basic plan out of the book and send a list of preferences and requirements to the Palliser headquarters (Bridgeport, CT up until 1883 and New York City afterwards) for a ‘custom’ adaptation. This accounts for the larger-than-standard tower in this place that accommodates a more ambitious main stair than in the generic book plan. A few years back Kelly posted a house in Friendship, NY, also built from this design. Having been in that ‘off-the-rack’ house, I can attest to the steep, narrow, breakneck ascent of that stair and the near-impossibility of gaining access to the tower room. How fortunate that the homebuilder in Hannibal here foresaw that problem and shelled out the few extra bucks for a decent upgrade!

    • MazamaGrammy says: 341 comments

      Thank you for your well-informed comments. Makes these old houses really come alive to understand how they started out.

  8. BethanyBethany says: 3431 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    Amazing interior, and I love the kitchen!

  9. Sunny Ferrell says: 14 comments

    I love it esp the furnishings omg … heart be still

  10. Ernie says: 116 comments

    Incredible time capsule of high Victorian décor. If not original to the home then most certainly a very tasteful collection of period correct interior architectural embellishments, high quality Renaissance Revival and Eastlake furnishings and accessories. Among others, I recognize a period progression of several early Bradley and Hubbard oil, gas, jeweled candle and electric hanging and tabletop lighting fixtures especially that spectacular newel post gas light !!!. If the contents could be made available as part of the sale rather than see it go piecemeal under an auctioneers gavel I would gladly kick in a substantial amount to keep the entire package intact.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6717 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Here, here!!

    • Lori says: 28 comments

      I agree Ernie…can I come sleep in each & every one of those gorgeous beds?? I think in the blue room ….that piece of furniture is a pull down type bed. Is that called a Murphy bed?? Amazing!!…Just Beautiful!! A step back in time for sure! I love everything about it except the fact that it isn’t already mine!! LOL!

  11. Sue S. says: 271 comments

    This is the nicest Victorian I’ve seen in a while. It’s not a mansion but it’s not too small either. LOVE that kitchen. The clutter seems homey without being “too much” (keeping in mind that to Victorians there was no such thing as “too much”!).

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6717 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Not too much for sure! They’re really living it, and soooooo stylishly. LOVE the contemporary TV on the mantle to shock the eye back to reality. Outstanding. I’m guessing the relief image on the parlor summer screen is a native warrior on a rearing horse. Anyone guess differently? Wow. That master bed is BUTTA! Ooohh – aaaahhh. Though the rest of their collection is not as top shelf as the bed, it’s all really good stuff; and fascinating from piece to piece and object to object. The entire gestalt of the interior is really SUPERB. The colors and patterns are cohesive in their richness and also blessedly restrained; very masculine also without a hint of brutishness. This is the most interesting (really lived in) Victorian interior I’ve seen in years. Blah blah blah. So much to see. So much to say about a remarkable HOME!

  12. DenDen says: 93 comments

    I love this house so much! Not one thing I don’t like… And the kitchen! How sweet. I love it!

  13. Rick says: 70 comments

    This would be the perfect situation to negotiate for any furniture above the first floor or I would definitely hire people to move mine up and down those gorgeous stairs.

  14. Ed Ferris says: 299 comments

    This is the Palliser & Palliser Modern Cottage. The hoods on the tower windows are characteristic. In Palliser’s American Architecture (https://archive.org/details/pallisersamerica00pall_1) complete plans are given at page 91.
    The period furnishings are delightful.

  15. Jackie says: 11 comments

    I LOVE this house!

    Did anyone notice the old telephone on the wall of the incredibly charming kitchen?

  16. JimHJimH says: 5104 comments
    OHD Supporter

    A fun house to look at with a ton of period stuff, maybe a good buy too.
    Here’s an interesting photo album from 2008 before the kitchen was redone, and other changes made in the recent restoration. Looks like a different house.

    • Ernie says: 116 comments

      Wow after seeing those photos I’m even more impressed at what the current owners have achieved! Especially with the kitchen restoration

    • Diane says: 534 comments

      The “before” pictures JimH posted should be encouragement to every person looking at the possibilities of bringing an old home back. The current home owners made their work look “old” and I can’t imagine how hard it would be for them to sell this work of love.

    • Hope Douglas says: 43 comments

      Thank you for posting that link! Very interesting to compare and notice the additions of some of the stained glass and the total renovation of that cute kitchen!

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11880 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      What a marvelous restoration indeed! Bravo to the owners that made those changes. This fuels my desire to post more homes like that one was prior to being, to give it a chance for an OHD’er to get a hold of it and bring it back to life. Thanks Jim for finding those pics.

    • lara janelara jane says: 470 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Tremendous! Thank you so much for sharing!

    • JimHJimH says: 5104 comments
      OHD Supporter

      The house has had many addresses over the years. When written up for the NRHP Maple Street Historic District, it was 124 N. Maple:

      Andrew G. Brown House; 1884. Contributing.
      Carriage House; pre-1899. Contributing.
      This rare example in Hannibal of a highly unusual Stick style house with a massive square tower and distinctive roof details is prominently placed in the neighborhood at the comer of two major streets, Center Street and Maple Avenue. In addition the property contains a rare, extant example of a carriage house. The house was built for Andrew G. Brown who had a variety of businesses during the time he owned this house, but he lost the house in 1897 due to the financial reverses associated with the Brown and Robertson Implement and Transfer Company. It was purchased by the Matthew and Maria Quirk family, who owned and lived in the house until 1936. In 1936, they leased it to Henry and Hilda P. Kastner, who bought the property seven years later, continuing to live in the house at least through 1950. Quirk had a
      variety of positions, first as a foreman for the Burlington Railroad and later as a telegraph operator.
      124 N. Maple Street
      This two story, wood framed house with a three story, square tower between the cross gables, appears to be a rare example of the Late Victorian style known as the Stick style, which is characterized by the steeply pitched gabled roof, the decorative trusses in the gables, the curved braces over secondary roofs on the porches and bay windows, and the overhanging eaves with decorative bargeboards.
      [The description goes on but it doesn’t copy and I got tired typing. The 200 page report is here – https://dnr.mo.gov/shpo/nps-nr/02001404.pdf%5D

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6717 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Very impressive job indeed. Great Aesthetic period hardware details. Thanks Jim!

    • MazamaGrammy says: 341 comments

      The pics of the kitchen really surprised me! The remade kitchen looks so authentic. I really liked it. I think it’s hard to achieve such an original authentic look in a kitchen when all the real stuff was removed.

  17. L Adams says: 56 comments

    Hannibal, MO? Wasn’t that Mark Twain’s old stomping grounds? Imagine the writing to be done in a house like that provides its own inspiration!

  18. Chris says: 41 comments

    At a “mere” 1700 square feet on a tiny footprint, it’s a cute little dollhouse of a house. And I can’t be certain, but it looks as though that kitchen sink could be original?

  19. Lindsay G says: 531 comments

    What a cool house!! Every picture kept getting better and better. I really like the artsy boho theme throughout all the rooms too. This is EXACTLY how I want my home to look someday! I’m so in love with this it’s not even funny.

  20. Ceriess says: 4 comments

    The light fixture hanging from the ceiling in the 18th photo (Green glass with the heart cutouts) was made by WB Brown of Bluffton Indiana. Even the chains are made of oak. I have the same fixture in my kitchen. It dates to around 1910. Its worth a bunch of money!

  21. WindsongWindsong says: 11 comments

    Oh, I am in love! The kitchen, the stained glass, the fretwork, the unpainted wood. Wow! That is one seriously steep staircase!. My siblings and I loved sliding down the banister in the old house we grew up in. This one looks lethal, but I bet we’d be sliding on it anyway!

  22. Janet Vodder says: 133 comments

    What a awesome interior and great furniture collection. And the price is so good!

  23. Betsy Frisch says: 156 comments

    I was not prepared for the interior. Um, WOW.

  24. Anne Hamilton says: 203 comments

    I am not a Victorian fan, at all, I usually won’t even look at them. But this one stopped me in my tracks, amazing architecturally, and all the period furniture and lighting are delightfully correct and true to period. Other than the creepy alien painting by the bed, and those white plastic monitors on the headboard, plus that one pull top modern toilet, I truly felt like I was in a time warp!
    And what a great price!
    Truly, truly amazing!

  25. Allyf says: 6 comments

    Loving this one! Wish I could pick her up and move her. So many original features. Beauties such as herself are hard to come by. She’s kind of creepy in a sort of classic kind of way. (warms my heart) Awesome furnishings too! Although she looks it on the outside, It’s hard to believe she is only 1700 sq. ft. once your inside.

  26. Paul W says: 462 comments

    The before pictures in the link illustrate the possibilities of taking what many would have considered a pretty plain house with typical small town 1920’s siding and bringing it back to life to a period form. It also shows that you do not need a mansion to live it Victorian style.

    • lara janelara jane says: 470 comments
      OHD Supporter

      I agree, particularly the first bit.

      I see similar exteriors (sans tower) and wonder whether any original details are left intact. Sometimes they’re gone but often they’re just buried. Hopefully this home (and this site in general, thanks to our fearless leader!) gives inspiration and vision to those who might not look twice at a home with “no style.”

  27. Dallas says: 74 comments

    Spooky – the inside looks like a movie set.

  28. Kay says: 62 comments

    This house ought to be in a movie. The beds are fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. Amanda says: 46 comments

    i love it, would have to have the light fittings though, and at only “1700” square feet would feel huge to my little “1500” square feet. how lucky to have more space. whats below a dolls house? am going to look on the map see where it is. this will get me through a long day at my desk with stormy weather outside.

  30. dreamin'bout'oldhouse ownership says: 1061 comments

    Holy comments batman! … so many … this is my idea of an old house … got to share this one with my old soul daughter who wants an old house as her goal someday. Be still my heart, this house is just the right size … love it, love it, love it!

  31. Ohhhh, I really love her, what a grand ole girl.

  32. SueSue says: 1111 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1802 Cape

    It’s like a movie set. I love it.

  33. Barbie says: 3 comments

    Beautiful! I think iam in love!

  34. Allyf says: 6 comments

    I’m sorry peeps, I posted basically the same message twice. New to this. So I looked at the pre restoration pics. Did they actually remove all of that asbestos? WOW!!! Which picture is the tower room please? 🙂

  35. Serenity says: 1 comments

    My favorite Victorian thus far. Just breathtaking. Everything about it ! The stairs..love the kitchens..and the furniture !!!!! Love the bathrooms too esp. the sinks. I wouldn’t change a thing . (Needs a good floor dusting and cleaning though.) and the price!

  36. MazamaGrammy says: 341 comments

    I’m especially impressed by the beautiful furnishings and light fixtures. Everything looks like it “belongs” – even the kitchen!

  37. John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

    Center Street seems to have some of Hannibal’s best remaining Victorian homes. The hilly terrain makes for picturesque settings for these houses that the Victorians really loved. Although the exterior colors are not of the period they do bring attention to the house. I think previous owners are much like myself in their tastes and have incorporated bits of salvage items throughout the house as well as a large collection of old bottles. Anyone who has found old bottles knows it can be fun but only a few are truly valuable. Old medicine bottles seem to have been the most popular but everything from pickle jars. Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce (with glass stoppers)and a few other of the old brands are still around today. Back in the days before regular trash pickups, household garbage sometimes filled privies, or were buried in gullies and low spots. There’s probably 10 million old bottles still waiting to be found out there. Hannibal has seen its share of demolitions so salvage has probably been plentiful around there for many years. Two towns further to the south: Louisiana (the town’s name) and Clarksville, MO look like they would be interesting destinations for a day trip from Hannibal. Lots of history and legends originated from this old stretch of the Mississippi River-as most know, Samuel Clemmens/Mark Twain was from Hannibal and the ideas for some of his early novels originated in the old Riverboat town. One would expect prices to be higher in a town with such history but that is not the case; bargains can still be found here as this nice Palliser Bros. design demonstrates.

  38. Rozaroni says: 20 comments

    How absolutely wonderful! We have a chorus of concurrence about this fascinating 1884 stick Victorian! I am in love with this, everything about it. I appreciate this share and all the information and knowledge so many of you provide.

  39. Tony says: 76 comments

    Very wonderful pieces here….Love all the furnishings!

  40. Pamela Ky girl says: 44 comments

    I must agree one of my very favorite homes. I think this is the 1st Stick Victorian I have ever seen. I love everything inside & out. Would not change 1 thing just move in & be happy!!!!!!

  41. KarenZKarenZ says: 1150 comments
    OHD Supporter

    What an amazing restoration back to old on the kitchen! I also love that tiny powder room with the shelves above the stained glass window that hold the colored bottles! Those beds are amazing and it would be an honor to be the person to sleep in them. When I look at that final pic of the stairs, I know that if I lived in this house, I would face plant at least once a week either up or down lol!

  42. says: 4 comments

    Love this place. Gargoyles and all. <3

  43. Teri says: 129 comments

    They had me at the stairway. It’s beautiful IMO. A lot of character in a relatively small home. So many nooks and crannies, and I like the kitchen. I’d love to live in this.

Comment Here

To keep comments a friendly place for each other, owners and agents, comments that do not add value to the conversation in a positive manner will not be approved. Keep topics to the home, history, local attractions or general history/house talk.

Commenting means you've read and will abide by the comment rules.
Click here to read the comment rules, updated 1/12/20.

OHD does not represent this home. Price, status and other details must be independently verified. Do not contact the agent unless you are interested in the property.