1901 – Big Run, PA (George F. Barber)

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Added to OHD on 9/20/16   -   Last OHD Update: 10/27/19   -   31 Comments

200 E Main St, Big Run, PA 15715

  • $75,000
  • 6 Bed
  • 3.5 Bath
  • 4240 Sq Ft
  • 0.73 Ac.
Super spacious 4-6 bedroom brick home on corner lot in Big Run, PA. Main level has kitchen, dining room, den, large living room with fireplace and bay window, half bath, and 2 multi-purpose rooms. Second level has 4 bedrooms (two with fireplaces), and two full bathrooms. Third level has 3 additional rooms and a full bathroom. Full unfinished basement. Large level lot. Paved driveway with loop around. Upgrade this home to fit your needs.
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Kevin Singer, Century 21,
(814) 269-3491


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31 Comments on 1901 – Big Run, PA (George F. Barber)

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  1. BethanyBethany says: 3322 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    So much potential (and work) for only $75K! Why do the wood floors look like that? I mean, to my untrained eye, it looks like where the rugs were is knotty pine and around it is hardwood, but that can’t be the case. Is it mildew spots perhaps?

    • Keri says: 1 comments

      I always thought it was the builders cheap way out less expensive wood for a floor they assumed would always have an area rug.

      • Charles B says: 481 comments

        In that area of PA (Big Run is a ‘suburb’ of Punxsutawney) those floors are almost certainly hemlock. And, yes, the home’s construction date corresponds to the introduction of central heating and the widespread importation of oriental carpets; hence the hardwood border where the bare floor was meant to be seen.

        • Jenny says: 58 comments

          I didn’t know that; thanks for posting that info. Around here, sometime after the turn of the century, floors were often covered with a piece of linoleum that was designed to look like an area rug with a border and central medallion. Then, in the winter, rugs would be put down over that. My old floors made of American Chestnut, have pale places that show where the linoleum was for many years. There was even part of the original linoleum runner in the hallway when I bought the place. I’ve never heard before of the floors themselves made of a cheaper wood outlined with hardwood. For some reason, that fascinates me.

          • John Shiflet says: 5392 comments

            Moreover, floors with central placed rugs were often unfinished because the horse-hair pads (horsehair padding between a burlap blanket) needed to not slide as they would on glossy shellacked flooring. We found such a pad (no one in the estate sale wanted it) in our 1889 parlor when we bought our house and it was unfinished under it but was shellac finished all around the rest of the room’s flooring. I had hoped here the interior would be just as impressive as the exterior but changes, not necessarily sympathetic to the original period, are evident inside. Enough remains that with some salvage mantels and other architectural elements it could again resemble its original appearance. Priced well for a Barber designed house of this size but that also reflects its condition.

  2. Connie says: 1 comments

    In the olden days that is exactly what was done. A secondary wood was laid in the center of the room for an area rug to cover it. Better grained wood was laid around the room’s perimeter and finished. It was well before wall to wall carpeting.

    • Michael Mackin says: 2043 comments

      Your exactly right! I’d bet the floors with wall to wall carpeting will have the same floors under them as well.

    • Elizabeth says: 2 comments

      In my house (1909) the wood is the same for the whole floor, the middle was just never stained or finished. The color is still off from the amount of dirt and what not the ended up in the wood that was under the rug.

  3. Barbara says: 1 comments

    This was the home where I grew up with my parents, three siblings, and a wonderful woman who helped my mother keep our home in pristine condition! Those were the days when there were routines and schedules to keep a house good repair and make it a home! Many many Wonderful memories, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter! Playing out in the side lawn, swimming in the pool! I hope the next owners will love the house like my parents did and bring it back to its full glory! My understanding is that the roof is needing replaced and soon. I can not believe the water damage in the good living room.

    • Bethster says: 933 comments

      How cool! I’m glad you found us and posted here. I hope someone rescues and restores it.

    • Chris DiMattei says: 272 comments

      Barbara, thanks for posting here, regarding your family home. This house is an important piece of our national heritage, because it was designed by a nationally significant architect named George F. Barber (1854-1915). Barber just might be America’s most prolific architect. There is much that I can share with you regarding the design of this home, and the man who created it, if you are interested. If so, send me an email at crdimattei@gmail.com, and I will share what I have with you directly. I am hoping you might have some old or historic photos of this home, that you can share with me for my documentation of Barber’s architecture. Thanks again for posting your comment.

    • dreamin'bout'oldhouse ownership ~Colleen~ says: 1211 comments

      Oh Barbara to have to see your beloved house you grew up in not loved … it’s a beautiful home and surely someone will bring it back to glory. My first thought was repair that roof to stop any more damage.

    • jennifer says: 1 comments

      I have seen photos of my dad’s of this house when he was growing up in the 30s and 40s… It was his grandparents or great uncle’s home. I’ll have to locate those!

    • Ruth Ann says: 2 comments

      Barb I hope someone shows some love and brings this home back. So many memories of the beautiful rooms. It needs a grand piano in the big living room again.

  4. Robert Sherrick says: 1 comments

    I am thinking the floors could be a fruit wood or pecan all the trim appears to be oak.

  5. Michael Mackin says: 2043 comments

    I love the style and the shape of the house…..great bones! I do hope they put on a new roof soon. It looks like it’s on it’s last days, especially in the back.

  6. Chris DiMattei says: 272 comments

    This beauty is just another wonderful example of the architecture of George F. Barber. Loads of potential here. I hope someone sympathetic to historic preservation buys this gem and restores her.

  7. Lynn Emery says: 70 comments

    Love this house! This is one of my favorite Barber designs. No staircase pic though, pooh. I would love to make this house a true beauty again but stuck in Missouri for now. In a couple of years it might be possible to move any where in the country, but this house needs help STAT!

  8. Laura Dempsey says: 4 comments

    This beauty can be so Glorious, what a treasure it would be to have a group of people join together in ownership and restore her.

  9. RachelS says: 1 comments

    I was in this house about 7-8 years ago while visiting friends. It was absolutely beautiful. I was never in a house that size before and I loved it. I can’t believe that water damage! It wasn’t there when I was there. I hope someone comes around and brings it back to its former glory.

  10. says: 14 comments

    I wish I knew where to go to learn how to do repairs on tile and slate roofs. Then I would buy one of these old places on the cheap and restore it over time in my retirement years, instead of walking out the door of my condo and down to the beach. (I think something’s wrong with me, although nothing’s been proven–yet.)

  11. Maria Anderson says: 2 comments

    Does anyone have an idea what it would cost to put a roof on this house?

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11723 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Sorry, you would need to contact a roofer as the price would be dependent on roofing materials and roof damage (I also do not allow quotes like that here, sorry.)

  12. Pamela Ky girl says: 49 comments

    A gorgeous home. I do hope it gets the love it needs. So many beautiful things about this home. Well, I live in a Victorian Home in Iowa that was built in 1883. It is large like this one. We had a new roof in the spring this year. It has a life time warranty & it cost a little over $20,000.00. We were told before they started with all of the architect it would be more expensive. It is Tall. They had to have a helicopter or small airplane to take pictures of the roof to estimate how much it would cost.

  13. Ruth Ann says: 2 comments

    Wow I cannot believe the condition of the house. This was such a beautiful home as Barbara stated. The staircase hopefully still has the wood panels. I always loved this home. The photos are lacking in showing the lead glass, pocket doors and the den. My grandmother was the house keeper so I remember the former glory.

  14. Karen says: 133 comments

    Cheaper wood in the middle of the floor was common well into the last century. Our 1930 house had that in the living room and dining room. We were going to rip up the carpet and refinish the floor, but there was only oak hardwood around two feet at the edges of the rooms. I think the rest was pine, if I remember right.

  15. Christine Schulze says: 26 comments

    Ive always been sad to see the damage an unattended roof causes. Ive been thinking for several years that any local roofing company could get a couple of big fat tax deductions and quite a few advertising miles out of donating a roof or two a year to these fading beauties. Its a win/win for local history and a small business with community spirit.

  16. Donna Maines-Martin says: 1 comments

    I just found this site. I purchased this house and plan to restore it. If anyone has any pictures to share please let me know. I am especially interested in the front of the house. There is a door on the 2nd floor leading out to a porch however the railings have been removed and I don’t know what the original looked like. A previous owner has pictures of the inside however she said the porch railings were removed before they owned it. I totally plan on making it a great house again.
    Donna

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11723 comments
      Admin

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Congratulations Donna! I hope you’ll keep us updated with your progress. 🙂

    • Chris DiMattei says: 272 comments

      Donna,
      Congrats. You now own an important historic home, designed by George F. Barber, a nationally significant “pattern book” or “mail-order” architect who practiced out of Knoxville, Tennessee. I can help you with images of similar examples, showing the front of your home. Please email me directly at crdimattei@gmail.com, so we can continue to correspond. Thanks.

    • Selly says: 1 comments

      Hi there Donna, this home belonged to my best friend, his three little siblings, and parents, I know the inside and out of that house like I did my own, even how their used to be a little hide out on the roof through on of the windows. I remember this house back before it had aged and taken so much damage, and dreamed of having it myself one day for my own family. I’m glad someone who dreams to make it beautiful found it, and I wish you all the best on doing so. If it wasn’t covered up, there used to be a little hiding place in one of the kitchen cupboards, my friend hid his snacks there so his siblings couldn’t get them. And that blue room, it was fun helping put the fire place together at preteens. I wish you all the best with this house, I remember its beauty well, and hope to drive past and see it beautiful like that again. Best of luck -Selena

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