1897 Queen Anne – Chillicothe, MO

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Added to OHD on 12/14/16   -   Last OHD Update: 10/27/19   -   29 Comments

919 Calhoun St, Chillicothe, MO 64601

  • $192,500
  • 4 Bed
  • 2.5 Bath
  • 3539 Sq Ft
  • 0.31 Ac.
Walk into this beautiful 5 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home and be awe-struck!!! Oversized front doors lead into the grand staircase and fireplace in the foyer and into the living room! The living room includes a large living/sitting room with lots of natural light coming from the original stain-glassed Windows and another stunning fireplace being the centerpiece! The main floor also entails a huge dining room, family room, large updated kitchen and 1/2 bath! Make your way up the grand stately staircase or the back staircase to 4 spacious bedrooms including the master suite with yet another elegant fireplace! On up another staircase, you will find another 527 square feet of finished space to be used as another bedroom or storage! This home has so much to offer and much potential to be a family residence or even ran as a bed and breakfast! Come take a look today!
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29 Comments on 1897 Queen Anne – Chillicothe, MO

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  1. John Shiflet says: 5392 comments

    The interior appears later than 1890…more like 1900 with all the Colonial Revival motifs. Still, I love the unusual arched mantel-piece with the curved inglenook seating next to the staircase. Lovely home for lovers of the late Queen Anne style.

    • Don Carleton says: 246 comments

      I totally agree with you regarding the appeal of that wonderful–and really rather trippy, in a “fin de siecle” kind of way–front hall fireplace!

      It looks almost like something Alice might have seen after having consumed a piece of that mushroom!

  2. JulieC says: 270 comments

    Very nice home and the first fireplace shown is really different. I note the transom windows? above the doors. I guess that was for good air flow – I am new to learning about old houses. I like the big leadlight window on the landing as well as the ceiling light fixtures. And it looks like the house has centrally ducted heat and air which is a real bonus.

  3. John Shiflet says: 5392 comments

    Julie,
    In the days before central air conditioning builders and architects had to come up with ingenious ways to help the residents cope with summer heat. Double hung (an upper sash and a lower sash) allowed the upper sash to be lowered thus venting heat from the rooms. Inside and exterior louvered shutters kept sunlight out of the rooms. Transom windows over doorways allowed air flow while maintaining privacy. Generous porches and shade trees also helped. In some cases, screened in “sleeping porches” were used on hot evenings to provide some comfort. Hanging wet sheets over windows and doorways also helped with the cooling. Skylights above a staircase created a ventilation pathway for the rising heat. Finally, in the 1880’s, the electric fan was perfected and they became common in households with electricity after 1890. My grandfather related back in his younger days (1920’s) his way of staying cool was to fill a wash basin with ice shards from a block of ice and place it on a table in front of a fan near his bed.. for a couple of hours, it was fairly cool. Thank goodness today we at least have window cooling units if not central air conditioning. It makes us appreciate the hardships our ancestors put up with during the hot summers.

  4. JulieC says: 270 comments

    Thank you,John. I didn’t realise the electric fan had been created so early. My Dad told me about sticking a bowl of ice in front of fans to make things cooler and a high school friend who moved to Abu Dhabi 22 years ago did the wet sheet thing when she moved to the desert there to live with her in-laws who had no a/c. I have lived in New Zealand for 19 years sans a/c (after growing up in Florida) and didn’t have a/c or central heat until earlier this year. I wonder how complicated it would be to install central a/c and heat in a house like this. Perhaps it would be easier to do the wall mounted units. Of course there is always the window mounted ones but aesthetically speaking “invisible” climate control would be better. But you can’t beat open windows and fresh air on a pleasant day.

  5. John Shiflet says: 5392 comments

    Unico Systems makes a high velocity, small duct cooling system designed to be retrofitted into older homes that never had central A/C. Mitsubishi makes a “Mr. Slim” central air system with wall units (the compressor is outside) I believe it also doubles for heating. One story houses are easier to retrofit with standard ductwork than two story or taller homes but it can be done. The Unico system was running between $20-30k the last time I checked. The only drawback I’ve heard is that the small outlet ducts (around 3 inches wide) blow air at high velocity so standing directly below one can be distracting.

    • Robinjn says: 252 comments

      I looked at a 1920s Spanish Revival home in Florida that had a retrofit system; not sure of the brand but it was very small apertures, maybe a couple of inches across. It was two stories and it was comfortable.

  6. Chris DiMattei says: 272 comments

    Everything about this house screams George Barber to me. It is fairly similar to two published designs, yet it doesn’t match completely. The interior details surrounding the staircase, fretwork, and fireplaces are spot on. I will be researching this one further, to be sure.

  7. JulieC says: 270 comments

    John, the system I had installed earlier this year has a controller whereby you can adjust the fan speed and therefore control the force/strength of the airflow coming through the vents. It can also dehumidify and be programmed to come on at a certain time or day, etc. It’s a Fujitsu and was pretty easy to install but then our house was built in 1997. I opted for a ducted system because I just don’t like the look of a wall unit and I certainly would not want it in a beautiful old home ;).

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

    Posted in 2014. I don’t believe this ever sold but noticed it was back on the market. Updated with new photos and moved to the front page.

    I’ve had company staying this week so no time to post, just updating some old posts and moving a few to the front when they’ve been on the site a while and just came back on the market or have updated photos/new price.

  9. Sue S. says: 306 comments

    Nice to know, from the listing, that the living room contains a living room. Seriously, though, nice house. That staircase, wow!

  10. EileenM says: 288 comments

    This home is stunning!

  11. JimHJimH says: 4867 comments
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    From a local article:
    “The house was completed in 1897 by well-known businessman Abraham Lowenstein and his wife, Mamie Marks Lowenstein. According to his death notice printed in The Chillicothe Constitution on Feb. 12, 1919, Lowenstein was born and raised in Germany until the age of 16. He lived in New York City until moving to Chillicothe in 1877. Lowenstein operated a produce business on the corner of Locust and Calhoun streets for 38 years before his death in 1919.”
    http://www.chillicothenews.com/article/20130502/news/130509699

    I’d love to take a time machine back to see this one in its prime, before the whitewashed exterior and the contemporary decor neutered its grand style.

  12. RosewaterRosewater says: 5611 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Wow. Fabulous house. Amazing condition. A gaggle of really great original, (electrified and missing their original gas shades 🙁 ), electro gasoliers downstairs. Quality finishes and fixtures abound. Bit on the tract house side upstairs, but relatively easily fixable. AMAZING KITCHEN! Soooo preeeety. I love it all white too. Nice.

  13. Michael Mackin says: 2043 comments

    I love the house but it needs a better paint color other that the white it is wearing now. So much of the great details are lost in the white paint.

  14. Dottie10 says: 12 comments

    I installed a Unico system. Noisier than a traditional system but discreet and effective. Generally if you have a two story house with basement and attic access you’re good to go. My house was built in 1931 and has an attic fan the size of a chevy, but the ac is great for the humidity.

  15. Ross says: 2524 comments

    My heart stopped at the first image of the staircase.

    Then stopped again when I saw the mantel.

    Oh my. What a treasure this house be!

  16. Lissie says: 270 comments

    I’am so ignorant about Vintage homes. I have learned a lot by reading all of your comments.
    Thank you so much. Lovely home.

  17. dreamin'bout'oldhouse ownership ~Colleen~ says: 1211 comments

    This house had me at the front porch, into the hall with that fireplace and stairway. Anything after that is just icing on the cake. Not so fond of the back porch, but that’s minor!

  18. LorenN says: 98 comments

    A lovely home with many beautiful light fixtures, stained and clear leaded glass and transom windows abound! Our ancestors were very clever in keeping air flow, ventilation etc. with those transom windows, large windows, trees for shading the home & pocket doors whereby rooms could be closed off for comfort reasons other than privacy. I’ve always thought our modern homes could be better served by these elements to reduce some of the dependency on the power grid & the expense. We have lots of trees that shade the west and s.w. and lots of double paned windows in our 2 1/4 Story home & often wish we had transom windows inside to utilize better airflow in hot temperatures. That said, we still are able to reduce our central A/C bill by at least 30-40% when temps get 90 or over.

  19. Sandy says: 19 comments

    The chandelier at the base of the stairs is dreamy!
    Does anyone know who would have made the wood wreath swags above the stairs? My house has that exact detail! It would help me date my home. Thanks!!!

    • John Shiflet says: 5392 comments

      Sandy,
      The Colonial Revival fretwork with wreaths, garlands, and/or swags was very popular around 1900. Here’s a similar example from the huge regional millwork house Foster-Munger in Chicago: (model R 1409 from 1903) https://archive.org/stream/GeneralCatalogueOfE.l.RobertsCo.WholesaleManufacturersOfDoors/E.L.RobertsCo.0001#page/n145/mode/2up
      Its possible the delicate Colonial Revival designs are actually made of “compo” which is a paste-like molding material that once it dries out and becomes firm can be finished like wood. Compo was extremely popular at the turn of the last century because it allowed rich decorative effects for a fraction of the cost of hand or machine carved wood details. Decorators Supply, (Chicago) still in business since 1883 (video of their products: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J32ApWxO4-M ) continues to make Compo and plaster applique decorative designs to this day. As for dating your house, if the matching fretwork details are original, it’s unlikely to date much before the mid 1890’s when Colonial Revival designs started being offered from millwork supply houses. Around 1900 is a good ballpark date as this kind of fretwork centered around that time period. After 1910, the popularity of Victorian era fretwork declined steeply and after World War I, like everything else Victorian, it was obsolete in the marketplace.

  20. Sean Lowry says: 30 comments

    OK time to write a letter to Santa and let him know THIS HOME is just what I wish to have for Christmas…..(kidding of course) Boy! I love this elegant home! what a beauty. All the elegance of yesterday with all the convenience of today.

  21. Teri says: 290 comments

    I love the double entry doors !

  22. montana channing says: 256 comments

    you know that word Ross uses – gobsmacked – we’ll I would use it to after seeing that door and then the woodwork – this place absolutely oozes VICTORIAN! !!!!!!
    I would paint it more authentically outside but i’m even in love with the kitchen and I usually hate how kitchens are butchered.
    thank you Kelly – I bow to your greatness.

  23. Eric says: 370 comments

    Absolutely beautiful home in perfect original condition inside and out. I luv it!!!

  24. Eric says: 370 comments

    Anybody that loves old homes could move in here and not change a thing and be completely happy. The intricacy of the woodwork would mesmerize for years. I’d get around to changing the entry hall wallpaper and eliminating carpet but I’d be happy while I worked.

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