1928 Craftsman – Garrison, IA

Added to OHD on 12/6/16   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   23 Comments
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104 N Sycamore Ave, Garrison, IA 52229

  • $42,500
  • 4 Bed
  • 1.5 Bath
  • 1785 Sq Ft
  • 0.35 Ac.
4-Bedroom family home is ready for your improvements - most of inside has been demo'd and is ready for your remodel. Lovely original hardwood throughout - including a "preacher's" bench, large kitchen pantry, and sunroom off of potential master bedroom. Newer Roof. Large 30'x40' Detached Garage. Large Lot!
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Alan Michael, Johnson Real Estate,
(319) 472-5029

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23 Comments on 1928 Craftsman – Garrison, IA

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11931 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    How funny, I bought the book written by Mildred Armstrong Kalish called “Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression” yesterday! Takes place in Garrison, Iowa.

    Glad they did not tear out that fabulous kitchen. Did you notice the wood ironing board?

    • Betsy says: 157 comments

      Kelly it is a wonderful book – you will love it !

      Thank goodness they left the woodwork alone- maybe they are just re-doing electrical and plumbing ?

    • Sue S. says: 274 comments

      I loved that book “Little Heathens,” simple and direct writing. The era described is when my mother grew up, and I imagine many of her experiences were similar.

      Another book is the memoir “When the Meadowlark Sings,” about a schoolteacher and her children (the father left them) on the Montana prairie in the ’20s and ’30s.

      Yes, love the built-in ironing board!

      • SharonSharon says: 633 comments
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        2001 Contemporary
        Sedalia, MO

        So makes me want to run home to Iowa and snatch up this treasure now. It’s close to the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls (the setting of the movie Sleeping with the Enemy. We saw that house from the film on this site a short time back.) I remember when my folks did the 1960’s and then 1970’s remodels on our 1924 Craftsman: no more bookcases and collonades, no more built in ironing board, no more hardwood floors. Replaced with orange carpet and avacado sink and oven. Sigh. But when I go home to Mom’s now, I can still run downstairs to the basement and see the stored away kitchen cupboards, bathroom pedestal sink, and yes, the old ironing board–complete with the attached little sleeve board. I did manage to grab one of the old bookcases, though, and bring it home where it now proudly displays my collection of art pottery. How I love Craftsmans.

    • Cathy says: 2208 comments

      I sure did! Right next to the breakfast nook! Cool!

  2. EileenM says: 290 comments

    An original kitchen and nothing they could put in today would equal it. Love it!

  3. Kevin says: 6 comments

    I was nervous when they said the interior had been “demo’d” but surprised at how much has survived. Fab woodwork. Lots of openings created for new wiring and plumbing, but so much character still remains. A great find.

  4. Vicki says: 5 comments

    Garrison, IA. . . not much left in the town. Most residents would commute to Cedar Rapids for work. Cute home for the price however.

  5. Anne M. says: 887 comments

    wow, so wonderful! love the “preacher’s bench” too!

  6. jeklstudio says: 1106 comments

    This place has tons of potential. Yes, saw the ironing board, we have one in our laundry room (1935 house). They are actually incredibly handy, much more so than a board you have to put up and take down, LOL. The 1947 rancher we’re restoring has one in the kitchen.
    Really like the staircase with the built in bench…sweet. Pretty woodwork and an incredible price.

  7. StevenFStevenF says: 186 comments
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    1969 Regency
    Nashville, TN

    Please, home buyer, don’t replace the tile kitchen floor! it looks like Pewabic, then again, it could be some faux tile vinyl flooring from the 1970s

  8. says: 172 comments

    Beautiful kitchen cabinetry.

  9. Johnny Price says: 7 comments

    Love it all the woodwork and the bench at stairs is beautiful

  10. akd1953akd1953 says: 195 comments

    When I saw “demo’ed” I thought all the insides were gone! I did see the windows were still there, thank goodness. I am pleasantly surprised that the kitchen and woodwork are still there and in good condition. I guess they took out “everything” down to the original walls except the kitchen. I can see this as a nice retirement house project. Or someone who can work from home and not have to go anywhere every day.

  11. dreamin'bout'oldhouse ownership ~Colleen~ says: 1156 comments

    This is really a cute house! I think the in the wall ironing boards are awesome, guess they are not put in newer homes anymore because people don’t iron as much. I for one, iron, not by the basketfull like my mom did but as I wear I usually iron my outfit, I would definatly keep that ironing board, wish there were more pictures of the kitchen it looks so interesting! The street view is interesting too, the house is across the street for a cute little church. This house will be really nice finished!

  12. JimHJimH says: 5157 comments
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    Can’t recall more pristine, unpainted 1920’s kitchen cabinetry, with a matching trestle table and breakfast booth to boot!

    This could be a period museum if desired, as most of the defining elements are still there.

  13. Warbon says: 114 comments

    I’m afraid the kitchen flooring is vinyl. I have the same stuff on my kitchen floor! I’ve lived here for 25 years and it was here when I moved in, so it’s worn like iron. I would say time frame on mine is late ’60’s to early ’70’s as mine is harvest gold. If this floor is like mine, and not too scratched up, etc., I’d keep it. Loved the ironing board, too. The banquette looked a little small, but it fits the house and should be kept, too.

  14. Lottie says: 369 comments

    Love this house for all the reasons mentioned above! I can just “imagine” the AFTER pictures after an Old House Dreamer buys and restores this house!

  15. Michael Mackin says: 2655 comments

    Another Iowa cutie! At least when the demo’d the inside, it was selectively done with the obvious thought of keeping all the features that make this house special. I can see new plumbing pipes and new wiring and yet all the trim is intact.

    The kitchen with the built in nook and built in ironing board is the real prize though!

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