c. 1895 Queen Anne – Ligonier, IN

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Posted October 2016. This home has been archived on OHD. The sold status is unknown.
Added to OHD on 10/24/16   -   Last OHD Update: 10/9/19   -   19 Comments

108 S Martin St, Ligonier, IN 46767

  • $29,900
  • Foreclosure
  • 3 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 2034 Sq Ft
  • 0.25 Ac.
3 Bed, 1 Bath home located in Ligonier, Indiana. This home is located in a nice neighborhood close to schools, shopping and downtown. This home has a lot of character but will need some new paint, wall/ceiling repair, porch repairs and kitchen appliances. This home has a lot of potential and is very unique! Property sold in its “AS-IS, WHERE-IS" condition. Seller does not prorate taxes. Buyer pays all closing costs including, but not limited to any and all transfer taxes, title, legal, and recording fees. Seller has no knowledge of condition. It is the responsibility of the buyer to do all research on specifics pertaining to this property.
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Amy Cavender, RE/MAX,
(574) 457-4495


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19 Comments on c. 1895 Queen Anne – Ligonier, IN

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  1. JimHJimH says: 4751 comments
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    From the NRHP Nomination for the Liqonier Historic District:
    Former Methodist Parsonage – 108 South Martin Street
    When the Methodists built a new Queen Anne style church in 1896, they also built this house in the same style. The design may have been provided by Sidney J. Osgood, the architect of the church. The design strikes a dynamic balance between an end gable on the front and the projecting conical-roofed tower on the side, which contains the stair landing within. The interval between these two elements is filled above the porch by a Moorish-arched corner porch. Under the front porch, the location on the front wall usually used for a parlor window is instead filled by a molded panel of similar size, and a window is place on the diagonal corner of the front bay. While the first floor is clad in lock siding, the second floor is covered with courses of cut shingles. The Tuscan columns of the porch replaced the turned posts and spindlework shown in a cut of the building in the June 6, 1895, Ligonier Leader.

  2. BungalowGirl says: 148 comments

    Lovely house with great bones! This one would fix right up!

  3. jeklstudio says: 1089 comments

    I like the curving stair with the hidey-hole seat!

  4. Daystar says: 47 comments

    Holy snikes! Awesome staircase, loving the hidden seat. Lovely bones here, with a caring hand she should clean up beautiful

  5. Paul W says: 553 comments

    Nice architecturally, not an huge project to restore. Hope this gets bought by someone who wants to restore it, too good to be flipped!

    • John Shiflet says: 5252 comments

      Agreed, Paul. Not a grand example of a Queen Anne style house but stylish and suitable for a parsonage. With an opening bid of $38,000 plus some auction related fees, the probable price still looks reasonable. The design is so distinctive I’m thinking its a published design from a planbook. (my best guess is a David S. Hopkins design from one of his first 4 planbooks; he published more than 10 over his long career) It’s pretty rare to see a winding, twisting main staircase like this from as late as 1896. Such winding staircases were more common in the 1870’s and ’80’s especially in Italianate and Second Empire style houses. Houses from that era also had niches along the stairwell for statuary displays (or perhaps object’s d’art in this case) The upper balcony porch may provide some clues about the original downstairs porch configuration. It shows a “Chinese Chippendale” balustrade and Moorish arches. The turret roof and unusual finial (if original) also suggest the intended effect was towards the exotic Orientalist flavor. Exactly what one would expect for a Methodist parsonage rising out of the corn fields of rural Indiana, right? One can understand why the Victorian Age was known as a dreamy romantic period greatly influenced by art and freedom of creativity in architectural design. I too hope the next owner will treat this unusual confection with respect and take a sensitive preservation-friendly approach in its restoration. It would border on criminal to go in, gut, and totally modernize the interior but that often happens in smaller rural towns. Keeping my fingers crossed for this one…

  6. Pookha says: 142 comments

    I like this. Love the second-story porch details. This has lots of potential.

  7. chichipox says: 223 comments

    I can see generations of children sitting on that little seat getting their shoes tied. This is a really special house and deserves a family. Any house that can pull off a shabby purple paint job has something going for it. This will require some work but does not look like a major project.

  8. Angela says: 200 comments

    It looks like the house was painted a deep purple. That would be stunning repainted in that color with appropriate Victorian accent colors. I would lighten up the inside colors, most of them remind me of living in a cave.

  9. LouB says: 85 comments

    Gosh, what a pretty thing to be so unloved.
    Hope someone can find the resolve to make it as nice as it obviously could be.

  10. Michael Mackin says: 1882 comments

    The front porch needs some work but that should be expected on a house this age. I love the stairs even though I can picture myself falling down them. Pretty steep on the inside radius!

  11. Susanna says: 4 comments

    Id love to see an historic photo of this house to see what it looked like originally. Anyone know of a place to find historic photos?

    • John Shiflet says: 5252 comments

      Susanna,
      The local history museum is located in an ultra rare (for a very small town of 4,400) former Jewish synagogue built in 1889. (Wikipedia photo) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahavas_Shalom_Reform_Temple#/media/File:Ahavas_Shalom_Reform_Temple.jpg They are the 3rd listing in this state directory of local historical organizations: http://www.indianahistory.org/our-services/local-history-services/local-history-contacts/noble-county#.WBDsZMmSbpg (no website, but apparently they do have a Facebook page) Another resource would be the local library which sometimes has period publications or donated photo collections which might have an early photo of this house. I have no access to the early David S. Hopkins planbooks (1 through 3) but if this is indeed from one of his designs, the planbook illustration might show the original appearance. The fact that this small community must have had a sizable Jewish population in the late 19th century may tie in to the Moorish Revival (a favorite style for 19th century synagogues, but not in Ligonier) flavor seen in this house. The Moorish period in Spain from 711 to Moors being driven out of Europe by Ferdinand and Isabella in 1492 was considered a golden age for Jewish people in Europe because under the Muslim Moors, they enjoyed religious freedom and tolerance. During the Victorian era, Moorish Revival was popular among those of the Jewish faith in America.

  12. Hoyt Clagwell says: 257 comments

    Other than the unfortunate colonial-revivalization of the original porch, this house is shockingly original and intact. I would love the opportunity to rehabilitate a Victorian like this.

  13. sherry says: 25 comments

    This is truly a lovely home ready for restoration. I love the purple and the staircase is just stunning. I love this type of home just screams fix me up.

  14. Lottie says: 397 comments

    Beautiful home on a nice street! Love the staircase!

  15. John Shiflet says: 5252 comments

    Showing as “already sold” on the Hubzu auction website. (wondering if that is accurate or not?)

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11474 comments
      Admin

      1901 Folk Victorian
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      On other listing sites it’s showing a price of $35,900 and for sale, no longer an auction sale. I updated the info but if anyone knows more, let us know.

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