December 30, 2016: Link Exchange & Discussion (Happy New Year!)

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  1. Graham says: 145 comments

    Happy New Year everyone!
    Our houses are soon to be a year older!

  2. Cathy says: 2217 comments

    Kelly – Wow, not easy writing to read! Congrats on what you figured out. I think I managed to decode some more, but not all. Among other things, she crossed her t’s *after* the t’s – over the following letter(s), which doesn’t exactly help. (I used to teach 3rd graders, so often dealt with rdg. odd spellings and/or not fully-learned cursive. ?)
    Dear Mrs. Davis – will be glad to meet you & Florence at our ? . Let me know what day to meet you. My sewing woman is putting me off two more weeks & Iam almost frantic. But have to wait. I think it will be ? (little?) for full ? before I get all seven ones made. Be sure & let me know where to meet you & whether day or night (time?).

  3. JOE says: 754 comments

    I think I have deciphered the postcard. Don’t know about June, because the postmark appears to be August. Written this way it makes some sense to me if she has her clothes made by a “sewing woman” scans for me. Here goes:
    Dear Mrs Davis – Will be glad to have you and Florence at any time. Let me know what day to meet you. My sewing woman is putting me off two more weeks & I am almost frantic. But have to wait and think it will be June for Fall clothes before I get any summer ones made. Be sure & let me know when to meet you and whether day or night train.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Yeah, that makes sense on what it could be about the sewing woman. How fancy she makes it sound, summer and fall clothes!

    • Cathy says: 2217 comments

      Yep, think you got!

    • Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

      I got a word more, not JUNE but TIME: “…think it will be time for fall clothes before I get any summer ones made….” Makes sense, as the card is postmarked August. There seems to be a 0 in the year but cant make more out. How is it signed? It looks like “lovingly, Vida” but that’s not likely from the tone & content.

      Anyway, is there a bridge to the house? Chillicothe is near the Grand River, in the Missouri River basin. Without any description on the postcard, the house must be a well known local one, I’d think, maybe on an embankment of the river. Imposing place — they didn’t leave a single ornamentation off it!

  4. Marshel says: 57 comments

    Dear Mrs. Davis, Will be glad to have you and Florence at any time. Let me know what day to meet you. My sewing woman is putting me off two more weeks and I am almost frantic. But have to wait. I think it will be time for fall clothes before I get any summer ones made. Be sure and let me know when to meet you and whether day or night train. Lovingly, Vida

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      LOL, Yeah, I think that’s what it says. Now if someone can find out who Vida is!

      • Marshel says: 57 comments

        In 1910, Florence Davis ( Mrs. Archie B. Davis) age 40 is living in Chillicothe Township in Livingston County, Missouri. Her daughter Florence is 9. She also has a 6 year old son named James. Her parents were both born in New York. There are several Vida’s on the census in the area. Since Florence ( Mrs. A. B. Davis) and her daughter Florence are taking the train, we can’t tell what distance they are travelling to get to Vida’s house, so I don’t know which Vida is the right one.

      • JimHJimH says: 5119 comments
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        Mrs. A. B. Davis was Florence Adelia Warren (1868-1947), the wife of attorney and judge Archie B. Davis (1870-1956) of Chillicothe. The Florence mentioned is their daughter.

        It’s very cordial, but it seems like business correspondence. Perhaps a dress shop? The house is pretty spectacular and should be identifiable even if it hasn’t survived.

    • JOE says: 754 comments

      I am sure that you are right. I wasn’t happy using the word “June”, “time” makes so much more sense. I find it interesting that our friend Vida often crossed her T’s at the end of the word and not actually on the letter T itself. I couldn’t come up with a word with a T even though I saw the cross mark over the end of the word. Wasn’t it fun trying to decipher the handwriting from an old postcard? Whenever I receive a hand written note or letter from someone, I rarely take as much time working out the exact words because I know the writer and have context, so getting the gist of it satisfies me. In this it was like doing a crossword puzzle.

  5. ReginaKTReginaKT says: 54 comments

    Interesting article about Lustron homes. I had never heard of these before and found the article quite interesting.

    • Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1016 comments
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      1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

      I love Lustron houses. In the 1970s, my sister and brother-in-law lived in Clemson University’s pre-fab housing, which had been installed after WWII. Theirs was not Lustron, but it was designed on a similar principle of efficiency and modernity. (Incidentally, a few years ago, Clemson sold the remaining pre-fabs, which were snapped up to serve as guest houses and weekend retreats. These had an abundance of front and corner windows, and would be fabulous as a “mod” mountain cabin.)

    • Oh thank you for posting this. There is a Lustron house in my town and, ironically, I drove by it this week, but couldn’t remember the name of these houses. So thank you for reminding me (I bookmarked this link so I won’t forget again)! The Lustron here isn’t in the best neighborhood and doesn’t look like it has been well maintained, but I would still love to look inside!

  6. Shannon Barger says: 22 comments

    I’ve been dream apartment hunting on Craigslist and I could not pass up posting this gem/wishlist one. If you have $12k a month to spend on rent, might as well do it here. Absolutely stunning.

  7. Curiouser George says: 142 comments

    Vida may well be the wife of Judge A.B. Davis (aka, Arch B. Davis), of Chillicothe, MO, who was a judge of the 36th Circuit, 1906-1925. His son, James W. Davis, also served as a judge on that circuit.
    Additionally, his father, James M. Davis, was a prominent judge, and his brother, W.W. Davis, was a lawyer too.

  8. RosewaterRosewater says: 6541 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Happy New Year old house lovers!

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

    I kept thinking that the “sewing woman” was a “serving woman” which threw me off on the rest of it. Glad that smarter heads than mine were able to decipher!

    Here are a few houses to peruse this week…Happy New Year!

    A Queen Anne in Oneonta, NY. I like how the wallpaper matches the curtains in the dining room…I haven’t see that in years. However, I can’t help but think it would sell faster if the exterior was a different color.

    A lovely Greek Revival farm in Meredith NY with handsome barns and even more fun vintage equestrian wallpaper in the entry.

    An interesting horse farm on 76 acres in Rockingham, NC. The pictures leave a little to be desired, but what a fun place to fix up. My guess is that this was originally a winter home for a wealthy northerner…hence no central A/C which is almost unheard of, even in the older homes down there.

    An adorable little colonial revival in Kershaw, SC at a great price.

    An interesting 1924 French Normandy pile in Shaker Heights whose owners really liked pink and baby blue. This one is probably too updated for purists, but it’s a cool house. That being said, it’s a little surprising that when they retrofitted the central A/C, they only installed in the 2nd and 3rd floors. I guess you just sweated a lot in the living and dining rooms.

    • Cathy says: 2217 comments

      I esp. like the Oneonta/first one. A pretty staircase & interior, in general. Agree that a different exterior color would help. A deep brick red, or a light sage, maybe? Something to make it cheerier looking, at any rate.

    • Colleen Johnson says: 1168 comments

      Oh my gosh that farm in NY is priceless and pretty and fantastic price … oh wow!

    • Mary says: 51 comments

      I really want that stove in the one in Meredith and that gorgeous barn! I suspect the taxes are horrid but what a beautiful home.

    • Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

      The first house made me gasp! Spectacular house through & through. Long ago I lived on York Ave in a crummy studio apt. & walked past this & other houses nearby on my way to work — always wondered what they were like inside. More amazing than I pictured. Thanks for showing me!

    • Cathy says: 2217 comments

      Joseph – Both are the link to the same house, not two different ones. Anyway, like it when floor plans are included, and this one’s master bedrm. has two separate en-suite bathrooms!

      • Cathy says: 2217 comments

        Now I’m getting the two different houses. That first one’s stairway, circular skylight, and bay window…wow!!

      • Joseph says: 11 comments

        Hey Cathy! Did you try clicking on both links? They look similar because of the search settings I used to find both but the listing numbers in the addresses are different (and should bring you to both houses). It seems to be working fine for me.

        • Cathy says: 2217 comments

          Yeah, that was what was so weird, and I still can’t figure it out. I swear earlier today I clicked on each link, but got the second house both times. Tried again, same result. Then, several hours later, tried again, and lo & behold, the two different houses appeared. Mini-mystery.

    • Jenny McCoy says: 145 comments

      Awesome finds, Joseph! The staircase in the first one and the art nouveau tiles in the second — either would do. Thanks!

  10. Garth says: 13 comments

    Here’s the most bizarre MCM house I’ve ever seen:

    …and any of us can have it for the miserly sum of 15M!

  11. Tamara says: 2 comments

    I don’t know who Vida is but I spent an enjoyable few hours researching the A.B. Davis family. Interesting family.
    I do have a couple of old house links to post this week. One that is just sad and neglected and the other a magnificent castle that is way beyond my bank account, but it’s nice to dream about.
    The sad one…
    And the castle…

  12. Lindsay G says: 567 comments

    The Joseph Thorpe mansion in Mass. is an architectural masterpiece (at least in my opinion.)

    Stunning Portland Oregon mansion built in 1908. Check out the room with the murals of big-mast ships. Just incredible.

    Beautiful 1891 Iowa victorian with an unbelievable view overlooking the city.

    A 1918 four square found in Altoona PA with a lot of beautiful woodwork and craftsman qualities.

    This 1931 English cottage in Yonkers NY is my favorite out of my list.

    A 1914 Tudor home found in Portland Oregon that seems to be stuck in the 70’s.

    I love this victorian from Rochester NY and it’s amazing honeycomb ceiling!

    An 1897 beautiful birthday cake victorian found in Virginia. And if anyone can find pictures from inside the tower, please post them! I couldn’t find any photos.

  13. GraceDepot says: 3 comments

    Dear Mrs. Davis- Will be glad to have you and Florence at any time. Let me know what day to meet you. My sewing woman is putting me off two more weeks and I am almost frantic. But have to wait. I think it will be time for fall clothes before I get any summer ones made. Be sure & let me know where to meet you & whether day or night train. Lovingly Viola

  14. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1016 comments
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    1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

    Just wanted to say Happy New Year to Kelly and everyone!

    Kelly, OHD is the best of all the old-house sites! It’s a joy, every day. Thank you!

  15. CharlesB says: 481 comments

    Urban Queen Anne mansion priced at $48,000 (OK, it’s in Scranton…)

  16. Kristen says: 1 comments

    This house is a beauty in my neighborhood. I thought everyone here would appreciate seeing it before the photos are taken down.

    I also highly urge you to view the 360 VR Tour as it shows hidden details in the tower on the property and much more!

  17. John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

    I’m merely popping in to wish everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year. May all your old house wishes and dreams come true in the year ahead.
    An interesting house is featured for this week’s comments section. I’ve been through Chillicothe, MO a number of times but do not recall seeing this house. (it may have been extensively altered or in an out of the way location or more likely, (and sadly) it was razed in the past.

  18. Jp says: 42 comments

    Happy new years, everybody! Today I brought along a grand victorian in Northport, Long Island. I live on the island, but iv’e unfortunatley never seen the house in person. Hope you all enjoy the house, and 2017!,-73.305374,40.882144,-73.382278_rect/13_zm/

    Update: I also included a street view with an adorable little turret and porte cochere!,-73.3485377,3a,36.1y,239.2h,95.42t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1shHRMAflPdxuYgHfM2u7hPQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!6m1!1e1

    • Colleen Johnson says: 1168 comments

      Holy Moly what an amazing house and property on a gorgeous street, now if only I could win a lottery!

    • SonofSyosset says: 96 comments

      Thanks for posting this impressive Northport house. I am sometimes skeptical of the Zillow estimate on price, but a $1.4 million differential would make me pretty nervous if I were a potential buyer. Is there any consensus among Old House Dreams posters as to the reliability of Zillow estimates for most antique home listings?

  19. JOE says: 754 comments

    I was randomly going through OHD archives which I only noticed today. There was a much discussed house on Academy Street in Amsterdam New York. Everyone was saying how cheap the houses were with high taxes. A quick search brought up this house at 11 Academy Street for only $19,900. I don’t love it, but it isn’t bad at that price.

  20. Mandee K. says: 2 comments

    Dayton, Ohio. One of the historical mansions in the Oakwood area is up for sale. There truly are some beautiful homes in the area.

  21. NonaK says: 248 comments

    I ran across these two related properties this week. I love the potential. Hopefully someone will buy them together, it’s a shame to split them up.
    Main House 1928 Tudor:

    Carriage House:

    • Colleen Johnson says: 1168 comments

      85 thousand for two homes, why not sell them together! Now to get the insides of both as pretty as the outside. How did anyone leave this house go to that state I’ll never know, it’s really a nice property.

    • StevenFStevenF says: 186 comments
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      1969 Regency
      Nashville, TN

      These are amazing. I tried looking at the street view, but it doesn’t seem to work for this address. I keep seeing what looks like a different location. Regardless, what a fun project this would be to work on. I know nothing about Paragould, AR, but it must be pretty sleepy if these two houses aren’t selling for the combined price.

      In the meantime, it looks like these poor properties haven’t just been neglected, but almost abused. Something this nice going to waste breaks my heart!

    • Bethany Otto says: 3497 comments

      Wow, how could you not buy both with those awesome tunnels connecting them!!!!

  22. Cathy says: 2217 comments

    In Williamstown, MA (NW corner of Massachusetts, home of Williams College):

    The only thing I find really jarring in this home are the kitchen flooring and the master bath/dressing rm./closet. Otherwise, quite charming. And large! And includes an apartment.

    Farmhouse with gorgeous views:

  23. AndyD says: 38 comments

    Not sure if this has been posted before. 1908 mansion in Saint Louis. 9000+ sq ft.

  24. Colleen Johnson says: 1168 comments

    Happy New Year Everyone! Tonight my husband is working the nightshift, so I spent my evening in here dreaming, oh someday I’ll get my little old farmhouse! All the Best to you Kelly and to all of the rest of us as well, may 2017 bring you your heart’s desires!

  25. Cathy says: 2217 comments

    Huge house, huge price tag; 1853; conservatory, pool, you name it… lower Hudson Valley, with views of the river:

    Another Hudson River view house/mansion, 1868:

    • Ed Ferris says: 301 comments

      The cottage at 9 Washington Terrace has the same fireplace tile as my house does! Good taste, but a bit subdued.

      • AndyD says: 38 comments

        Bad post of mine a few back. I forgot to link to the house this is referencing.

        There are many amazing houses around that part of Saint Louis.

  26. DANPDX says: 80 comments

    Happy 2017 everyone! Here is my contribution for the first day of the new year from Portland, Oregon:

    1. This one is a lovely craftsman with some pretty rough treatment over the years…good bones, though and some great existing original built-ins and features:

    7881 SE 48th Ave
    Portland, OR 97206

    2. This home has been “updated” but still retains some nice features (front stair & bench):

    1435 SE Salmon St
    Portland, OR 97214

    3. Fantastic features in this one – the dining room built-ins are amazing:

    3242 NE 58th Ave
    Portland, OR 97213

  27. SueSue says: 1130 comments
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    1802 Cape

    Happy new year everyone. My wish is for all to have a happy and healthy 2017 filled with many loved ones.

    I had no idea that Galena, IL is full of old homes. I read an article about the town and went and looked what was for sale.

    This is an old Marine Hospital. This could be just amazing.

    A restored 1852 Greek Revival called The Orrin Smith house.

    Love to see this brought back to life. They don’t say much accept it was built in 1890.

    “THE GRAF HOUSE was built in 1892. The 2-story side of this beautiful Victorian was the residence of a doctor & his family & the 1-story side was his medical office until 1903 when it was purchased by the Graf family.”

  28. Kelly says: 1 comments

    It will be time for fall clothes before I get any summer ones made

  29. Riki says: 2 comments

    This house is very very pink in person. It was on my walking route in my old neighborhood.
    Here is an article about the house

    • CharlestonJohn says: 1126 comments

      Nice find. It’s pretty rare that a 100 year old house has been in the same family since new. Hopefully the new owners will take a gentle hand with any updates, as there are many vintage details remaining. The author of the linked article confused the Italianate Style of the mid nineteenth century with Italian Renaissance Revival popular in the first few decades of the 20th century.

  30. Ronda Naifeh says: 5 comments

    I like the original copper shower, hardwood floors and radiator of this 1902 home:

  31. ChrisICU says: 23 comments

    A charming home in Rome Georgia. Rome has a vibrant downtown.

  32. ChrisICU says: 23 comments

    A fantasy southern mountain retreat. Lots of room for an extended family or rental. The main house is really the historic of them all, and what a delight.

  33. Rachel Shoemaker says: 84 comments

    1925 Gordon Van Tine Brentwood for sale in Phoenix, AZ.
    This model was also known as #602 and #711

    Definitely worth a look! It’s on the National Reg as E Payne Palmer house, a noted Phoenix physician.

    • Cathy says: 2217 comments

      Very pretty house. The only things I don’t like are the foyer flooring and the master bath. The new built-ins of the hobby room’s wall are useful & cool, with built-in dog/cats beds, no less! Wonder why no kitchen pics? Guessing that it’s not up-tp-contemporary-date, and they feel that would put a bunch of people off?

  34. ChrisICU says: 23 comments

    Smart looking traditional home in Columbus, Ga. Perhaps not enough bathrooms for the modern buyer, and a wonky kitchen. Nevertheless it’s charming.

    • Cathy says: 2217 comments

      Ooh, I really like this one, too! Along with many of the furnishings! Yeah, the kitchen’s island – not a fan of those pointy corners. Bruises just waiting to happen…

  35. Sandra says: 318 comments

    Looking for some lace panels for my new old house, I came across this photo. It’s one of the coolest lace designs I’ve ever seen!

  36. ChrisICU says: 23 comments

    A beautiful home in Memphis. Unfortunately, also the crime scene of a 1995 home invasion where the wife was attacked. She later died in the hospital from the wounds. Not sure how I would feel about living here despite it’s beauty.

  37. ChrisICU says: 23 comments

    Wow, look at that trim detail. Not sure if it was always painted. And on lots of acreage, too. I’m feeling kinda sad for the family who owns this and wonder why they are having to sell.

  38. John Serrell says: 1 comments

    Historic home for sale built in 1790 center chimney 5 fireplaces in Tolland, CT with tons of great history. Please consider posting on your facebook as well to help with exposure to save this wonderful old home.

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