December 9, 2016: Link Exchange & Discussion

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Not many posts this week. We are getting the house in order for a family thing this weekend so haven’t had time to do much other than paint, clean, Christmas stuff, put in a kitchen and a finish floor and trim (ok, so I may have just watched with the kitchen and floor.) The beginning of next week may be zilch with postings too. Hope y’all have a nice weekend. πŸ™‚

    • Ross says: 2469 comments

      Kelly, I love love love when you enlarge portions of the vintage images!

      Such treasures revealed!

    • Cathy says: 2217 comments

      You’re right, the people are even more interesting than the house! Some of these peeps and their expressions… Most look perfectly normal for having a photo taken, but then there’re:
      The woman on the far left appears to be holding a chain of sorts,
      The woman who is in profile – looking sideways instead of toward the camera,
      The woman next to her, who is frowning mightily!!,
      The little girl who’s sticking out her tongue,
      And the little girl with her hands on her hips! ?
      Also wondering what the occasion may’ve been, with a fiddler/violinist in attendance. And sort of wondering about the fencing, since it seems closer in towards the house than is usual. The Priscilla curtains in the windows look crisp & just right, with matching ones even in the attic window.

      • akd1953akd1953 says: 197 comments

        There didn’t need to be anything special going on for the fiddler to be there. It used to be anyone that played a musical instrument brought it and every played, it was a part of getting together. It was a part of all our gatherings with family and friends until my parents generation started dying. I think my best friend and I were the only ones in my generation that played with them. We played piano and everyone else played guitar, fiddle and banjo. I think we had a mandolin player occasionally too.

      • Jenny says: 56 comments

        Pics of my old house at that age has close in fencing like that, because they cut the yard with a reel mower and beyond the fence was pasture. It was a very little yard.

    • Sharon says: 46 comments

      Such mysteries you present to us, Kelly. Why the profile shot? Who resembles whom? Who’s the wife? The husband? Oh, those little tykes in the knickers and caps. Little sisters holding hands. Hands on the hips girl–so confident. And the fiddler! Quite a large, handsome brood. Happy hometime, Kelly.

    • tess says: 303 comments

      Perhaps this was an Easter photo. The woman on the far left holding a “chain” could it be a Catholic rosary? Anyone of that faith that can tell us?

      The fencing is what puzzles me. I’ve never seen iron pipe top rails with twirling, metal ribbon wire. What they were trying to keep in or out?

    • Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

      Hope your family to-do goes beautifully, happily, warmly, and noisily, Kelly! And that you don’t tucker yourself all out doing it. Expect you’ll tell us how everyone oohed & aahed, because of course they can’t help it!

      Love these folks in this photo. They’re facing straight into the sun, which must account for the frowns. Obviously the 2 women on the far left are mother & daughter — the mother must have looked just like the daughter at the same age. A fairly hot guy in the middle, translated for the times. Love the left-most little boy; he is about to say something wise-alec. Everybody is always dressed in such crisp white in these old pics; I wonder what the colors really were & how very much time it took to get them washed, starched & ironed.

      This looks to me like the midwest. It’s flat & treeless except for the saplings by the house & a belt of mature trees in the distance, possibly by water or as windbreaks. The house could pretty much be anywhere; looks built with care. The fence is unusual. Akd1953, cool info about the instruments. Lucky you!

      • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

        The subject house for this week’s Discussions page does appear to be in a rural setting although in smaller communities residents with small plots of land continued limited farming operations until their area became more densely built and urbanized. The family has turned out for what must have been a festive occasion. Given the formal but lighter attire (indicating it was during warmer months) and the efforts required to corral all of the younger children and keep them in place until the photo was made, it must have been important-perhaps Easter but also possibly a family reunion or other significant event. The homeowners were obviously “house proud” to be standing in front of their home. The spiraling wire in the fence seems like an early type of barb wire but I can’t tell if it has serrated edges as those used for ranch fencing back then had. This is the Holidays season and your first in your new home so those obligations come before OHD. I hope your family likes what you’ve done to your home so far.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6541 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Sounds like you guys are moving right along with the house. Hope you don’t over do it – it’s easy to do when you’re feeling under the gun, ESPECIALLY before the holidays. Take care of you. πŸ™‚

      A friend sent me this link yesterday. Its a nice big – TALL – Victorian cottage with most of it’s bits remaining, (including a “solid” slate roof), despite the mass theft of it’s plaster and lath. If you like VERTICALITY, (and I sure do), you won’t beat this very do-able project house in Petersburg VA for UNDER $30k!!!

      https://www.trulia.com/property/1073213984-849-W-High-St-Petersburg-VA-23803#photo-17

    • Annie says: 1 comments

      The header pictures are always wonderful. Yes. The people in them are always wonderful and interesting. Super Size more often. The faces are very telling. Big Farm Families. A hard life by today’s thinking and standard. Please consider super sizing photos more often. This was intriguing. Happy Holidays and thank you for all the years you have been sharing historic homes with all of us who love Old House Dreams

  2. Douglas Green says: 83 comments

    Kelly, you go right ahead with your house. I think I can speak for most of us that we would rather see you with your house fixed up.
    Meanwhile, there has been very little come on the market on the “left” coast. I don’t know if it is the season or the market of wildly overpriced houses has about run it’s course. Anyway here is a good example of the worst house in the best neighborhood. A fixer for sure but in one of Glendale, California’s best neighborhoods.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1524-Ard-Eevin-Ave-Glendale-CA-91202/20827178_zpid/

    • BethanyBethany says: 3496 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      That house doesn’t look like a fixer to me! I would even probably keep the 80’s kitchen which looks in good shape, especially since I wouldn’t have any money left after buying the house. Totally adorable!

    • Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

      Wow, what gorgeous texture & so much original left. I hope whoever buys it treats it gently; all it needs is some tender polishing up. I fell in love!

    • Zoomey says: 531 comments

      Only in California do you pay $1.2 Million for a “fixer-upper.” I love the house, BTW. It is utterly charming and very “left-coast.” It needs a few updates, but a total rehab would destroy the kitchy chic.

  3. Zoomey says: 531 comments

    I wonder what the occasion is? The boy playing the violin at the far right is interesting. Some of the men are in suits, and others in shirt sleeves. But overall they look pretty dressed up. Could it be one family?
    What really strikes are the women’s elaborate hair styles! How long must it have taken them every day to put their hair up? The house must have been built recently judging by the skinny little trees planted around it. Could it be a housewarming party?

    • Cathy says: 2217 comments

      I have a couple of pics of my paternal grandmother, taken in 1914-1918, and she has a Gibson Girl hair up-do, similar to those of these women. And my father, an infant in 1918, is in a dress with cotton stockings. Pics taken a few years later, in 1923-25, show his girl cousins with large bows in their hair.
      Good idea, re: a housewarming party.

  4. Steve Fischer says: 15 comments

    Sometimes I travel to places like Buffalo or other midwestern towns just to gawk at old buildings– I always ignore “No Trespassing” signs on abandoned buildings. There are some real treasures. The few times I’ve had encounters with police, I explain that I used to be an elected DA and have no criminal intent.

    This first one needs more photos -its by the Southwests most famous architect Henry Trost 1910.
    http://www.zillow.com/savedhomes/for_sale/27487994_zpid/1_pnd/33.337412,-103.658752,30.979964,-108.663025_rect/7_zm/1_rs/1_fr/
    Tell me what you think.

    I was told the inside of this is stripped -nice outside

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/20-Prospect-St-Fort-Plain-NY-13339/31058028_zpid/

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/41-Church-St-Ellsworth-ME-04605/84962216_zpid/

    http://www.zillow.com/savedhomes/for_sale/1_pnd/49.781264,-65.478516,12.897489,-145.546875_rect/3_zm/2_p/1_rs/1_fr/

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/151-Central-Ave-Silver-Creek-NY-14136/98581214_zpid/

    I’m most interested in hearing about the top one– I do have more inside pics but not sure how post them.

  5. JosephFortHill says: 412 comments

    Worcester listings

    Since you just had a listing for the west side neighborhood of Worcester, Massachusetts (my home town), I thought I find you a few more. Worcester has the benefit of being within an hour of Boston, and is centrally located. There is a lively arts and dining scene, both new trendy and old established. Having seven colleges also keeps things hopping.

    Traditionally a manufacturing area, like others, it has suffered as these businesses moved out. Like any city, there are issues and areas that are not as desirable as others. The following listings, like the one that appeared on OHD yesterday, are on the “west side”. These neighborhoods have been incredibly stable over the years, and for all you “never painted woodwork” fans, some seem to have never progressed from their original ownership.

    This 1920 storybook Tudor is almost all original:

    https://www.trulia.com/property/3238271101-10-Chippewa-Rd-Worcester-MA-01602

    Six bedrooms, killer woodwork and one of best butler pantries around:

    https://www.trulia.com/property/3213830212-16-Germain-St-Worcester-MA-01602

    Another one with great woodwork, and the very definition of “move in ready”

    https://www.trulia.com/property/3244480184-15-Berwick-St-Worcester-MA-01602

    This Federal is a bit out of place; I suspect most of the original property was subdivided and houses built after WWII.

    https://www.trulia.com/property/3240089581-116-Mower-St-Worcester-MA-01602

    Substantial 1912 (don’t be scared by the steep front – Worcester, like Rome, has seven hills.

    https://www.trulia.com/property/3221809792-34-S-Lenox-St-Worcester-MA-01602

    This one seems to be a nice manageable size, but still plenty of room and storage. Listing says 1980, but I think that is typo and closer to 1890. Wish there were more interior pics.

    https://www.trulia.com/property/3256075874-919-Pleasant-St-Worcester-MA-01602

    Another quirky 1920’s. Wish the location were a bit better – this is a very awkward street to get in and out as you are immediately off a busy street. Would be quite charming with approximately 30% of contents moved out.

    https://www.trulia.com/property/3115581078-32-Baxter-St-Worcester-MA-01602

    • BethanyBethany says: 3496 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      I love the little Tudor; that yellow bathroom is the best feature in my opinion! The next house down, the six bedroom giant, is just yummy! I could do without the ‘updated” kitchen but everything else is move in ready. What a gorgeous place.

    • jeklstudio says: 1113 comments

      Some very nice offerings JosephFortHill. I liked the Tudor too (it is my favorite style after all). Plus that house with the pink and black bathroom! OOh!

    • Zoomey says: 531 comments

      I love the woodwork (is it maple? I love the honey color) in the Lenox St. house. Unbelievable price for all that space, and it looks like it’s in perfect condition. Love the bathroom with original subway tile and the “updated” pink and black bathroom. Very elegant house.

    • Don Carleton says: 264 comments

      JosephFortHill:

      Thanks for the great Worcester posts! Some fine architectural millwork, indeed!

      I lived in “Wormtown” from the summer of 2007 through the spring of 2013, and really came to appreciate how much wonderful housing stock survived from its industrial heyday. I remember some especially fine houses in the neighborhood surrounding by Becker College, and in the area just north and west of the American Antiquarian Society, the latter clearly an enclave of the city’s late-19th and early-20th century industrialists.

      I also remember, to my everlasting disgust and dismay, the destruction of many fine buildings on the Worcester State Hospital campus during my stay there (in Worcester, not the hospital!). I guess I’m glad they rebuilt the belltower that was decapitated from the main pavilion of the original Kirkbride campus, but seeing all that fine masonry knocked down was to witness a crime against our architectural heritage, not to mention the memory of the long-gone craftsmen and laborers who sweated to built it.

      Still, Worcester is a fascinating place, and I hope it is able to capitalize on its many advantages in the years ahead. It deserves better, and to be better-appreciated!

    • Lucindy says: 57 comments

      Wow. What woodwork in Worcester! My family is fortunate that I value them more highly than unpainted oak, maple, walnut, etc.. Perhaps I could rent the butler’s pantry from the new owners as a summer cottage.

  6. Lindsay G says: 567 comments

    Wow I love those pictures Kelly! The faces on the people are so expressive..almost like the photographer was able to capture each person’s distinct personality.

    So this first house that I’m posting is my all-time favorite. If you don’t check out any of my other links, AT LEAST check out this one!
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1715-Van-Lennen-Ave-Cheyenne-WY-82001/15016239_zpid/

    This 1915 home seems to be lost in time.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/430-Cumberland-Hill-Rd-Woonsocket-RI-02895/2115506906_zpid/

    Gorgeous 1853 southern mansion inside and out but the location seems kind of iffy. Mobile AL has really built up lately and you can clearly see that in the pictures.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/250-Saint-Anthony-St-Mobile-AL-36603/116144565_zpid/

    I adore this 1899 victorian but the slanted hill it sits on would probably be a real pain during the winter months.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/16-Germain-St-Worcester-MA-01602/56735713_zpid/

    • BethanyBethany says: 3496 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      The Woonsocket house is just amazing. I’m intrigued by the flooring. Looks like linoleum or linoleum rugs in every room, but you can see woodunderneath. This house piques my imagination. Just yummy.

    • jeklstudio says: 1113 comments

      I love that 1915 Woonsocket. That could be so, SO gorgeous. At this price, I fear for its safety, if you know what I mean. In a blink all the woodwork could be painted and other… changes. I think it is lino Bethany, sure looks like it.

    • Zoomey says: 531 comments

      Beautiful house that would show much better with more appropriate decor. It cries out for antiques and oriental rugs. The house can be lovelier, but needs to be appreciated for the lovely old girl she is.

  7. Galen Marie Brown says: 5 comments

    What an interesting family portrait. This made me realize how special it was just to have a photo taken, and all the preparation for the big event—the photographer’s visit!. Some family members must have travelled from their homes—23 people couldn’t all live in that house, or could they? Everyone is scrubbed and in their Sunday best, and notice that all the women and children all are wearing clothes from the same bolt of fabric. I am intrigued by the young woman who is facing sideways and in profile–sporting a devilish smile on this most serious occasion. Just delightful.
    This is my first post here. Just want to say I really enjoy your OHD posts and the great comments that follow. Thanks!

  8. Devon says: 50 comments

    Check out this home at Realtor.com
    $4,995,000
    7beds Β· 5+baths
    6 Chestnut Ave, Bronxville
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/6-Chestnut-Ave_Bronxville_NY_10708_M34105-25203

    • Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

      William Bates designed some really lovely houses — this sure is one. Each room seems to introduce some new interesting element; easy place to love living in. Bronxville is full of great old places. This one, built by Custer’s widow — cool provenance!

    • jeklstudio says: 1113 comments

      Well for 5 mill at least you get a wine cellar, LOL. No, very nice, very impressive. Love the Dutch door!

    • Cathy says: 2217 comments

      Broxville has tons of lovely homes, & this one certainly among them – both the house & the grounds!

    • Cathy says: 2217 comments

      Lovely! Bronxville is chuck full of beautiful homes.

  9. Lynn Kajzer says: 83 comments

    I was really surprised to see what this one looked like on the inside. It has lots of updates, but the wood work inside is absolutely stunning and fully unexpected. The kitchen is my absolute favorite!! If you look at the “Google” photos, the lot is quite overgrown. I think someone must have bought the house and flipped it. I would love to see what is under the new carpets. Not the greatest neighborhood, but full of beautiful, historic homes. Some still operate as B&B’s.
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1033-W-Colfax-Ave_South-Bend_IN_46616_M45734-31287#photo0

    • Carolyn says: 299 comments

      WHAT!!! I totally didn’t see that one coming. It’s like wrapping a Tiffany necklace in a brown paper bag! Amazing woodwork. Too bad about the Home Depot updates but still they did a really nice job.

    • akd1953akd1953 says: 197 comments

      The inside of this house is so surprisingly beautiful! I am amazed at the intricate woodwork. I wouldn’t mind living in this house either.

    • BethanyBethany says: 3496 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      Wow! Who would ever guess what’s inside this plain box? I agree it looks like it’s been flipped, but I respect the people who did it for treating that woodwork with respect.

    • Teri R says: 283 comments

      WOW! The woodwork details and kitchen are amazing in a house with such a plain exterior! Worth a look!

    • Lindsay G says: 567 comments

      Whoa, I was totally not expecting that to look like that on the inside! The kitchen cabinets are amazing!

    • Kevin O'Neill says: 154 comments

      The person that is flipping this house must own a woodshop. All the woodwork appears new, and its knotty pine.

    • The ceiling of that house is to die for! And totally unexpected. This is a house version of the Tardis – entirely unremarkable on the outside but a mansion on the inside.

    • Cocoa G says: 72 comments

      I would never have given that house a second look from the outside. The inside is amazing. Gorgeous woodwork and that kitchen! Did you notice the mailbox in front of the house?

    • Don Carleton says: 264 comments

      Makes you wonder if the original owner was in the architectural millwork business, or maybe a skilled craftsman himself, who happened to have a lot of paneling left over from a client who’s project was never completed, or who failed to pay the bill…!

  10. Mary B. says: 32 comments

    1905 Craftsman(?) in Iowas http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/115-S-Akir-St-Latimer-IA-50452/86941793_ Priced at $45,000 Do hate that the only pictures shown are on the outside so there is no way to tell what needs to be done to move in. What makes this property really interesting is a two-story structure out back that looks like an old hay loft styled carriage house turned into a garage.

  11. Paolo says: 22 comments

    Gorgeous Greek Revival built by Quaker John Vail in a quintessential Vermont village, Danby, Vermont, with some of the best views in Vermont and close access to the Appalachian and Long Trails.
    http://mcchesneyrealestate.com/index-ZANCANARO.html

  12. This house is located in Junction City, Kansas. JC is the town right next to Fort Riley, and is a 30 minute drive from Kansas State University in Manhattan.

    I lived up the street from this house for eleven years, until 2011. I did not expect so much of the original woodwork to have survived.

    The lot is not nearly as large as the photos make it appear.

    The only thing bad about Jefferson Street is that it is a busy street because everyone uses it to avoid all of the stop lights on Washington Street.

    http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Geary-County-KS/77199851_zpid/521_rid/39.327924,-96.263581,38.761579,-97.201539_rect/9_zm/2_p/1_fr/

  13. This $189,900 limestone house built in 1900 on 1.5 acres is located at the “T” Jefferson Street meets Ash Street, the same street as the other house I posted. It has a yummy limestone porch. This house is to die for in person.

    http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Geary-County-KS/77202564_zpid/521_rid/0-1925_built/39.327924,-96.263581,38.761579,-97.201539_rect/9_zm/1_fr/

    The only possible downside to this house it its location. The house has apartment buildings next to it on the north side, and two run down motels on its southeast side. It this house was located three or four miles north or northeast, the asking price would probably be doubled.

    I lived in JC on Jefferson Street from 2000 to 2011. We still own a rental property on that street. JC is a great place to live. That part of JC is an especially great place to live if you like walk your dogs -lots of cool old houses and two parks within walking distance (South Park and Homer’s Pond).

  14. This limestone house was built in 1900 and is for sale for $234,900. I love the small balcony above the entrance. It’s walking distance from the other two houses that I posted earlier today. I think that this property would sell more rapidly if the owners would invest in a privacy fence. Directly behind the property is (what used to be? still is?) a hospice. The house looks like it is part of the hospice campus. I always thought that the house was an admin building for the hospice until I saw it listed for sale just now.

    http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Geary-County-KS/77199270_zpid/521_rid/0-1925_built/39.327924,-96.263581,38.761579,-97.201539_rect/9_zm/5_p/1_fr/

    • Scott Cunningham says: 394 comments

      Impressive homes, but unfortunately located in JC KS… unless you are stationed at Ft Riley, the town doesn’t have many opportunities.

  15. Sue S. says: 277 comments

    I don’t have any house links to share today, but do have some chit-chat. We bought our current home, a modest Craftsman built between 1910-1916, two and a half years ago and have been fixing it up ourselves except for the monster jobs like a new roof. The only spaces left are the kitchen (saving the worst for last) and the upstairs landing.

    On this landing is a large built-in cupboard that we use to store bedding, board games, and miscellany. It sits on a hollow base about 10″ high and I asked my husband if he could open that up. We’re going to put drop-down fronts on it to match the cupboard doors above and I thought we could store extra blankets there.

    Well, opening it up yielded some interesting items, albeit nothing valuable in the money sense: poker chips, a few coins from the 1950s, fish hooks, a package of shoelaces, part of the box of the board game “Going to Jerusalem” (1955), crayons, a page torn from a magazine with a 1933 copyright, a b&w boy’s school photo that looks to be from the 1950s, a pocket mirror with a child’s name written on the back, a newspaper item, a handwritten note asking someone to “call for a car at 7 a.m.,” and best of all, some photo negatives.

    I scanned the negatives and inverted the colors (b&w), and they all are of babies and toddlers and I’d guess they were taken in the 1940s. There’s one very cute one of a chubby baby sitting on the kitchen table. Anyway, that was our find of the week. Some of the names written on various things are helping me research and confirm our house’s history. πŸ˜€

    • Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

      Finding things like that makes you feel closer to the house in a way, doesn’t it? Fun to see the folks who lived there — I’d be tempted to print off the photos & hang the good ones somewhere in the house. Sounds like you’ve done a great job there, congratulations!

    • Meka says: 4 comments

      That’s really amazing! I think about my house’s history a lot, but I’ve never made finds like that. Best of luck with your research… do you have a local historical society that can help you out a bit?

    • Anne M. says: 862 comments

      I love stuff like this!

      • Sue S. says: 277 comments

        Thank you, Laurie, Meka, and Anne! You’re right, these things make me feel closer to the house. They also remind me that we don’t really own the place, but are caretakers and only passing through in this lifetime.

        I do plan to print and hang some of the photos; the baby is so cute!

        I’ve done most of my research at the local library by using the old city directories — you can look up by address, then when you have the names of the residents from that, you can look up by name and get occupation. Then I go to online census records and get more info that way. Fascinating stuff.

    • Victorianinmymind says: 9 comments

      That is awesome! Even if it isn’t valuable, it is treasure nonetheless. Thanks for sharing the story.

  16. tess says: 303 comments

    Slow week for new listings, guess everyone is getting ready for the holidays. This is an investment opportunity. Greenville, SC quadplex, nicely converted with original touches left alone. Live in one apt. or one floor and rent the others out.
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/11-David-St_Greenville_SC_29609_M66106-24593#photo15

  17. Rhonda@Homer Ridge says: 8 comments

    No mystery on the fence–this was likely taken on a farm so the fence is to keep the milk cows from grazing Ma’s flowers! And we farmers don’t figure on wastin’ good farmland on lawns! Lol. I’ve got a similar house/people photo of my house taken around 1918 and there is a barbed wire fence in that one too.

  18. dreamin'bout'oldhouse ownership ~Colleen~ says: 1168 comments

    Kelly thank you for all that you do to give us so much history and ideas and so much more. Thanks everyone for today’s tours, there were so many beautiful properties. Have a great week everyone.

  19. Joseph Griffin says: 34 comments

    Kelly, the first photograph at the top of your post looks like the cast of a wonderful 19th century play assembled for their final bow after a performance. Thank you for this evocative look into the past.

  20. Ed Ferris says: 301 comments

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/900-Park-St-Mckeesport-PA-15132/11425812_zpid/
    $17K
    A fixer, to put it mildly, but big and brick and with a tower. What’s McKeesport like?

  21. CharlestonJohn says: 1126 comments

    Here’s a recent listing from Charleston built in 1920, and designed in an unusual style for the city. When the low battery along the Charleston harbor was constructed in 1909-11, it created additional land suitable for building. That’s the reason for the collection of 20th century houses right along the South Battery section of Charleston where you’d expect to find 18th and 19th century homes.

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/111-S-Battery-St-Charleston-SC-29401/10903918_zpid/

    1921 Sanborn map closeup showing it as one of the first completed in this “new” section of Charleston…
    http://digital.tcl.sc.edu/utils/ajaxhelper/?CISOROOT=SFMAPS&CISOPTR=3395&action=2&DMSCALE=25&DMWIDTH=512&DMHEIGHT=512&DMX=1024&DMY=1024&DMTEXT=&DMROTATE=0

    • Lynn Kajzer says: 83 comments

      What a nice home in a perfect location. Charleston is my absolute favorite, but unfortunately, way outside of my price range. This home feels very warm and cozy. The upstairs has a lot more room than I would have imagined. Thanks for sharing.

    • Don Carleton says: 264 comments

      Fascinating house, CharlestonJohn!

      I am particularly enamored of (a) the bas-relief panels on the exterior showing what appear to be dancing nymphs or maidens and (b) the wonderful round-arched brick fireplace with the inset terra cotta (?) ornaments.

      The former remind of eighteenth-century “blue jasper” Wedgwood stuff.

      Too bad some misguided soul had to slather the white paint on the FP though, though! Would be the devil to strip it properly.

      Withal, a most charming and distinctive property.

    • Cathy says: 2217 comments

      What a nice house! Incl. the green tiled roof.

  22. Teri R says: 283 comments

    Cute,craftsman exterior! Yellow shake shingles and white trim and deep porch! http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1716-Emoriland-Blvd-Knoxville-TN-37917/41622488_zpid/

    • Marie says: 236 comments

      Cute house in Knoxville, TN, but too much white paint and wallpaper for me. Have you ever tried to strip paint off brick? It’s painful and time consuming.

      • Teri R says: 283 comments

        Yes, agree about your statement about the white paint and wall paper but I love the exterior architecture!! Shakes, columns, and that front porch! The front porch is soooo deep! I am in love with the exterior on this one.

  23. dragonflyspirit14dragonflyspirit14 says: 250 comments
    1913 farmhouse
    Dillon, SC

    I am always amazed at the detail noticed by commentators. This photo made me chuckle. Why so serious? Probably because photos took awhile in those days so staying still or smiling for so long must have been a real chore. The real mystery is the woman in profile. She isn’t blurred at all which is what you would expect if she moved before the photo was completed. So then was she purposely posed sideways? That seems unlikely. Curious for sure. Maybe she is from another exposure that the photographer forgot about, a double exposure? Or, maybe she really wasn’t there physically ….. ooooooooh.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments
      Admin

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Photos by the time this was taken didn’t take as long as it did decades before. Somewhere on the internet is an article that gives a timeline on how fast exposure time was over the early years of photography. In 1900 the Brownie camera by Kodak started selling, I don’t remember the exposure time but it was either a few seconds or almost instant (maybe someone knows the answer.)

  24. Noelle says: 46 comments

    Not sure if this has been posted, but I just found this lovely house in West Virginia.

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/7379-Queen-St-Kearneysville-WV-25430/22576838_zpid/

    • akd1953akd1953 says: 197 comments

      This is a nice house, not muddled up by later owners. It reminds me of a building in Aldie, Virginia. That building is very old too and build onto several times so the upstairs rooms aren’t all on the same level. You go up the stairs and some of the rooms are then a step or two higher than that.

    • JimHJimH says: 5119 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Thanks Noelle! The house in Middleway, WV is really special – a pioneer log cabin from the 1790’s, improved over a few decades, then left alone for 180 years. The entire village is a time capsule historic district.
      http://focus.nps.gov/AssetDetail/NRIS/80004025

  25. This is a circa 1900 house in north Ontario, California for $359,900 that has managed to escape the flippers so far. I grew up six miles south, southeast of this house.

    http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Ontario-CA/house_type/17574905_zpid/13108_rid/1700-1930_built/1_pnd/globalrelevanceex_sort/34.10953,-117.496033,33.958453,-117.730523_rect/11_zm/

    This is another beautiful Craftsman? Spanish colonial revival? at the same price point in north Ontario that has not yet been flipped.

    http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Ontario-CA/house_type/17575534_zpid/13108_rid/1700-1930_built/1_pnd/globalrelevanceex_sort/34.10953,-117.496033,33.958453,-117.730523_rect/11_zm/

    • MΓ©lissa M says: 45 comments

      The school is lovely !

    • Cathy says: 2217 comments

      Love the Madison, NY house! I even love the wallpapers in the main downstairs rooms. And the Chippendale style built-in cabinet. And the stairway & hallway mural. All very pretty, & quietly elegant. Plus a brick exterior which looks to be in nice shape. Madison & nearby Bouckville are antique centers, which host a huge antiques show (1000 dealers) each mid-August.

  26. Jp says: 5 comments

    Hah, I might be a little late but since nothing new is up on the website, I figured I’d share a few of my home-island favorites.

    This little home has so much potential (Just look at the original subway tile!)
    http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/32757752_zpid/1.5-_baths/1885-1925_built/globalrelevanceex_sort/41.055408,-72.43372,40.881722,-72.741337_rect/11_zm/

    This Queenanne is really nice, but personally I’d get better fireplace mantels for it

    http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/31429506_zpid/1.5-_baths/1885-1925_built/globalrelevanceex_sort/40.778852,-73.297176,40.604439,-73.604794_rect/11_zm/

    I’ll leave off with one of my favorites, Look at that woodwork!
    http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/59551804_zpid/1.5-_baths/1885-1925_built/globalrelevanceex_sort/40.907999,-73.309278,40.821019,-73.463087_rect/12_zm/2_p/

  27. Teri R says: 283 comments

    Three story exterior, deep and wide front porch, cool built-ins, needs work and sorry, woodwork has been painted. Still, the hall closet and kitchen pantry are worth a look πŸ™‚ Built in 1900

    http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/IN/fsba,fsbo_lt/house_type/102854863_zpid/22_rid/7_days/1700-_size/1799-1900_built/globalrelevanceex_sort/42.102298,-81.589966,37.409437,-91.30188_rect/6_zm/0_mmm/

  28. CharlesB says: 481 comments

    Second Empire in Madrid, NY (in St. Lawrence County in the northernmost reaches of the state)–listing comes with an 1898 photo of Teddy Roosevelt on the front porch:

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/3537-County-Route-14_Madrid_NY_13660_M46390-66854#photo19

  29. Jennifer HT says: 775 comments

    My contribution πŸ™‚

    The bathrooms!
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/705-Cherokee-Cir-Waycross-GA-31501/2140837334_zpid/

    I feel like this has some great touches left and could easily be fixed up.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/86-E-Chicago-St-Quincy-MI-49082/106261253_zpid/

    I want more pics!
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/842-Monterey-Blvd-San-Francisco-CA-94127/15138329_zpid/

    This right here is my dream Spanish Colonial. Swoon. I love the bathrooms and the kitchen. The tiles on the stairs are my favorite.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1981-San-Pasqual-St-Pasadena-CA-91107/20702594_zpid/

    This is a lovely, welcoming home.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2725-Mooresville-Hwy-Lewisburg-TN-37091/41925170_zpid/

    • Sandra says: 318 comments

      I wonder if the kitchen floor in the Quincy MI house is original. I think it probably is. Great border. That’s a nice looking house.

      Agreed about the San Francisco house. How does an agent get away with posting only 4 pictures for a home with an asking price of $1.395 million??

      • Teri R says: 283 comments

        I like the cabinet wall in the kitchen!

      • MW says: 902 comments

        About the S.F. house, it is because it is probably being marketed to Asian investors who are mostly just looking to park cash in CA real estate. Second option is as a tear down for new construction. In either case, it will likely be sold within a month and possibly to several all-cash offers at quite a bit over asking. Although the S.F. market has cooled down slightly recently apparently – maybe from ridiculously crazy to only just seriously crazy. So it might not go over asking as much.

  30. DanPDX says: 80 comments

    Here are a few beauties from the “Left Coast”:

    1. Affordable elegance in Vancouver, WA:

    2914 K St
    Vancouver, WA 98663
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2914-K-St-Vancouver-WA-98663/23233643_zpid

    2. Beautiful built-ins and front entry. Not a fan of the “hand scraped” hardwood replacement:

    1175 11th St
    Astoria, OR 97103
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1175-11th-St-Astoria-OR-97103/86302594_zpid

    3. Major fixer in Astoria:

    3025 Marine Dr
    Astoria, OR 97103
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3025-Marine-Dr-Astoria-OR-97103/2097318373_zpid

    4. Lovely original 1929 home:

    902 Broadway St
    South Bend, WA 98586
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/902-Broadway-St-South-Bend-WA-98586/2097760146_zpid

  31. Look at this cool (Queen Ann-ish?) 19th century stone mansion in Uruguay:
    http://remax.com.uy/Casa-Venta-Prado-Prado_940041017-6?Lang=es-UY
    There are 51 photos shown in the listing.

  32. Jennifer HT says: 775 comments

    I want more pics of this too! The pocket doors mentioned, the kitchen and baths.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/138-Park-Ave-Dekalb-IL-60115/61699749_zpid/

    Wow. Very old and interesting. I have never seen such a long straight shot of stairs at this age before.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/311-E-Spring-St-Boonville-MO-65233/126977848_zpid/

  33. Tammy says: 2 comments

    Article about 2 old houses here in Peoria, IL that are about to be torn down because nobody came forward to move them. At least a salvage company was able to get out the woodwork and other vintage items.

    http://www.pjstar.com/news/20161212/no-takers-for-homes-on-perry-avenue-so-wrecking-ball-awaits

  34. Ed Ferris says: 301 comments

    In 1920, the Hoosier Manufacturing Company of New Castle, Indiana (they spell it Newcastle) sponsored a competition for kitchen designs using a Hoosier cabinet. Fifty of the submitted plans may be downloaded at:
    https://archive.org/details/KitchenPlanBookThe
    Although 1920 is getting into the Bungalow age, it is interesting to see that built-in cabinetry was not unusual and a big central table was. Of course, these are smaller houses, not country kitchens or ones requiring a servant.

  35. Ed Ferris says: 301 comments

    https://www.homepath.com/listing/index.html?src_ref=P160CV3
    $45K
    No interior photos, but the outside looks good. One of those houses with extensions tacked on to other extensions. Plenty of work room when you’re snowed in.

  36. John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

    Ed,
    It looks like a Greek Revival style original house with added later Italianate Victorian details. Too bad there are no interior photos…might be some interesting period details remaining inside. As always, due diligence and caution are advised for prospective buyers especially for foreclosed properties being sold “as is”. Some real bargains can be found in this category as well as some properties that can quickly change an old house dream into a nightmare.

  37. Jeremy L says: 1 comments

    Several old homes currently listed for sale or as sold in the Washington, Ga area can be found at http://georgiarealtysales.com several of these may be great for the site. Thanks for a great website!!!

  38. Michael says: 17 comments

    1926 Charles Barber designed mansion. Not really a fixer upper. Beautiful house.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1043-Craigland-Ct-Knoxville-TN-37919/41678972_zpid/

  39. says: 1 comments

    Hi Everybody,
    This is my first time posting on this site. But I wanted to share with everybody this beautiful home I just listed. It is in the city of Lowell Massachusetts. It was originally built in 1895 by the same architects which built Lowell City Hall. The house was built for Frank Hanchett which was an egg farmer. The Hanchett family also has a building at the Lowell General Hospital named after him. He had an elevator built into the house for his daughter which was in a wheelchair after her fall from a horse. The 4,000sf main house consist of 6 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, 2 half baths, 2 fireplaces, an elevator and stunning woodwork throughout the house with gold flak detail.
    The property also consist of a 2,200sf Carriage House with 2 bedrooms and 1 full bathroom and 1 half bathroom, 3 car garage and an in ground pool.
    Please visit the website for more info and a 3D tour of the house.
    http://www.89harvard.com

  40. says: 3 comments

    Hi! I’m sure to get fired now that I’ve found this site. I don’t know how I’ll ever get anything done while daydreaming about all these old homes.

    I’m sharing a link to a home I’ve been dreaming about in NH. I’d love to hear everyone’s opinions about the house and anything from people who know the area.
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/191-E-Main-St_Warner_NH_03278_M44759-49787

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