January 6, 2017: Link Exchange & Discussion

Added to OHD on 1/6/17 - Last OHD Update: 9/30/19 - 202 Comments
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Happy Friday! This is where you share your old house finds, articles or general chit chat. Link to sites like Realtor, Zillow, Trulia, Redfin; no hidden listings that make you register to view. Just paste the link in the comment box below, no HTML codes needed. Keep the links to a maximum of 5 per post (keeps email notifications from getting marked as spam.)

I also share an old photo from the header you see above and supersize it for you. As usual, nothing was written on the photo to indicate where or who the people are.

202 Comments on January 6, 2017: Link Exchange & Discussion

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  1. CharlesB says: 481 comments

    Wow, what a portrait of a house and the people who occupied it! Almost seems to suggest a summer boarding house with the multiple couples.

    Here is the 1763 Bartlett Tavern in Guilford, Connecticut, being sold for the value of the land apparently as a tear-down:


    • Zoomey says: 531 comments

      Oh my. That is a tragedy if they are selling that house as a teardown! It looks like it needs some updating and TLC, but unless it’s structurally unsound or riddled with termites, it has so many beautiful details worth preserving! I hope an old house lover buys it and saves it. Those floors alone almost make me cry!

      • Teri R says: 283 comments

        So pretty! I love the barn too 🙂 Wish I could pick this up and move it to the mid-west. I would love to live in such a charming home. Looks like some TLC is needed but it has obviously been loved.

      • Cathy says: 2217 comments

        I agree – unless there’s really bad damage which we can’t see…
        IMO, the wood just needs refinishing, and some other updates/repairs need doing, but it looks very appealing, in general.

    • Mélissa M says: 45 comments

      I don’t understand why the “need of total rehabilitation” ? Perhaps electricity… She seems totally livable, without water damage..I’m not an expert, but I found her lovely !

    • Diane says: 557 comments

      What a wonderful home and it reminds me of a movie set from a British mystery. Hope someone saves it.

    • CharlestonJohn says: 1126 comments

      One would think that an 11 acre property in CT could be subdivided into two or three additional estate size lots similar to the surrounding area, and the profits used to restore this historic home.

    • Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

      How very disappointing that this house is marketed as a tear-down. Impossible to tell from photos what its true condition is, but someone is obviously living in it with pretty nice furniture, so how bad can it be? “Total rehabilitation” sounds a little exaggerated. There’s so much there! 12/12 windows, tons of old old woodwork, flooring, maybe glass too. At least it’s worth seeing if a history buff or society could move or store it. Horrible waste!

    • Colleen Johnson says: 1168 comments

      Yes needs lots of TLC but please don’t tear it down, it’s so pretty on the outside, and the inside just needs some TLC. If you must parcel off land to help renovate so be it, it would be worth it to save this house. Charles thanks for sharing.

    • says: 10 comments

      Love that kitchen! I wouldn’t change a thing.

    • SueSue says: 1130 comments
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      1802 Cape

      What a fabulous house!! I always wonder when a realtor says a house needs to be total rehab what the existing owners have been doing. Clearly it is lived in. Tear down to me is one wall and a fireplace with 2 x 4’s holding it all up.

    • Joseph Rice says: 412 comments

      Unless I missed something in the listing, it didn’t say “tear down”. And if it was, why so many pictures of the interior (compared to land photos). I think it is just listed that way (lot/land) because it is sub-dividable, making it a far more attractive proposition (since a similar home in better condition would be easy to find for this price or less).

      But it does look like it was more or less maintained, but probably last updating was in the 1970s. So, by the time you do kitchen, floors, baths aside from any maintenance issues, it is a fairly extensive project.

  2. BethanyBethany says: 3496 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    I so look foward to Fridays and your old house picture, especially the ones with people in them! This one does not disappoint; just look at the faces! Fabulous!

  3. Cathy says: 2217 comments

    Nice curb appeal, & I like the extensive second story porch. Some very delicate trim on the porch. Wondering if this was an inn?? Or else they’re the adults of an extended family? Who could afford a cook/maid/housekeeper…

  4. Dianna says: 2 comments

    I would love to see more current and for sale listings in Florida. If you’ve got them, please post them. Thanks.

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

      Hi Dianna, just thought I’d mention that I get regular listings from a Florida realtor. I am looking for something very specific — 1930s, Art Deco/Streamline Moderne/International/Spanish/Mediterranean — and it seems that these styles, while relatively rare, are often concentrated in California and Florida. This realtor noted my preferences, and sends me every listing that falls within my build-dates and price range. (My challenge: most of these houses have been gutted and remodeled, so only the exterior reflects the architectural style, and the interior is generic.)

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments

        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        Same reason I don’t post much of Florida. A lot of houses down there seem to have been gutted and de-charmified.

      • Evan says: 1113 comments

        There’s another word I’ve come to loathe. Gutted. Right along with ‘update’ and ‘upgrade’. When is the pendulum going to swing back and people realize that not everyone wants can lights, cheap fixtures (just because they’re new) and granite counters…? I also love all the styles you’ve mentioned. And, eventually you should be able to find one, possibly in the Miami area?

  5. RossRoss says: 2469 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    Kelly, I love love love when you highlight the people, and details! SO much fun seeing the people and details SPRING to “life”!

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

      Totally intriguing!

    • Colleen Johnson says: 1168 comments

      At that price, it’s all expected, wish there were interior pictures! She’s a beauty on the outside for sure.

    • nic says: 58 comments

      wow, did the home inspector find anything right with this house? Hard to match that one gorgeous picture with the doomsday description.

    • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

      The former “Patent Medicine man” Whitmire House has been featured on Old House Dreams in the past: https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2015/11/20/c-1900-seymour-in/ I’ve been inside and there have been some updates but all of the issues mentioned in the property listing are applicable. Still, considering how many original features remain, this towered Colonial Revival influenced Queen Anne retains lots of period appeal. A house from the 1880’s (Italianate style) was expanded and updated to the Queen Anne style around 1900 but some of the earlier millwork remains in some of the rooms. Seymour is about an hour’s drive north from Louisville, KY, and about the same going south from Indianapolis, IN.

      • BradW says: 1 comments

        As the great grandson of H. C. Whitmer (Not Whitmire) I spent a lot of time in this house as a kid. I responded on the original feature linked above and provided some additional details. It appears the house is back on the market. The current listing has just the one picture but if you follow the link provided by John above, there are many others. There is also some information by those that have seen it fairly recently. It is a beautiful old home that deserves to be rehabilitated. While I can’t speak to the current condition of the house, I can fill in some details about it and the history of the family.

        • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

          Brad, My apologies. I was spelling from memory and regret the incorrect surname spelling. It is a phenomenal house at this price and I sincerely hope the next owners give it the TLC it richly deserves.

    • SueSue says: 1130 comments
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      1802 Cape

      What does it cost to eradicate termites?

      • JullesJulles says: 533 comments
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        It depends on how much damage is done. The worse they are the more they eat studs and beams. You have to replace every stud they were in and ate. If they are still live or active, you have to have them professionally killed. You can’t even fix things until they are all dead. I just replaced a window sill that the termites had eaten because a window hadn’t been caulk and leaked. Termites love wet wood. I replaced it with treated lumber which should determine them.

        • SueSue says: 1130 comments
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          1802 Cape

          Thank you Julles. Here in Maine we hardly ever hear of termites. However, we want to move South were they are an every day issue.

        • Diane says: 68 comments

          I don’t know if it is still done, but when my family lived in Florida mumble-mumble years ago, it was common to have the house tented once a year (enclosed in a special tent) while we went elsewhere. The tent was flooded for however long with insecticide to kill the termites, any wood replacement was done after the tent was removed, and then everyone moved back in. I suspect we all breathed more than our share of insecticide after the fact.

    • says: 174 comments

      This is beautiful. There is another Victorian just down the street listed for the real estate firm on the page.

  6. DANPDX says: 80 comments

    Today I thought I’d share some classic examples of “old Los Angeles” homes.

    1. This beauty is just over the mountain from Griffith Park. I love the massive beamed ceilings in the living room, large mantels and the red room with the arched niches:

    3648 Shannon Rd
    Los Angeles, CA 90027

    2. Just up the road from the Shannon Road property. What a restoration! The bathroom is killing me:

    4915 Los Feliz Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90027

    3. A surviving Craftsman home (now a duplex) in Harvard Heights, an early 1900’s high-end neighborhood adjacent to the West Adams residential area in LA. Wikipedia notes this neighborhood contains the last surviving example of a Green and Greene Craftsman home in LA. This home has outstanding millwork in the entry, and public areas, masonry still in its original state. Could be a great restoration project, but would take some significant investment:

    1411 S Oxford Ave
    Los Angeles, CA 90006

    • Cathy says: 2217 comments

      I really like house #1; lots of lovely details, & a great bathroom. And at present, a very cute, fluffy dog. Have to agree that house #2’s bathroom is really something!

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

      Your first listing is incredible, but the second one on Los Feliz is sheer heaven. That bathroom is extraordinary. Wonder if the tile-work is Claycraft?

      • DANPDX says: 80 comments

        Looks like the tile is supposed to be From Malibu Pottery – here’s some addtional information from a more detailed, previous lisitng (had been on the market previously):

        DRASTICALLY REDUCED! Price firm. Great entertainment 5,387 sf home, with two folios #’s 36,020 sf lot. Majestic 2 story spanish mediterranean, built in 1927. Priceless Malibu tiles and original charm. Among many amenities Casa Domingo enjoys a lovely foyer with a 2 story cathedral entry, original murals on ceiling and an elegant ironwork staircase in foyer. Four bedrooms on second floor, two of them master bedrooms. Strategically designed with an incredible air flow. Living room w/ chimney, large family room or office with lovely view to back patio, guest bathroom. Formal Dining room, eat in kitchen, movie room, maid quarters, guest house, tennis court, semi-basketball court. 3 car garage. Lovely gardens and pool area with jacuzzi. A truly Magnificent home priced to sell and enjoy the best of your own world.

        The home was first owned by Arthur Bard, a contractor who partnered with his brother Louis Bard to build several theaters in LA in the 20’s and 30’s ( from Los Feliz Improvement Association Historical Survey, 2nd Edition). Besides the bathroom, there is supposed to be a massive tile mural above the front door…

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

      I love it when Kelly or others post SoCal houses. My heart is in the midwest but my body is here in San Diego and I have learned to love the local old houses just as much as the more midwest/east coast Victorians, etc. The first house is my favorite, it looks more liveable and family oriented. That last house is such an amazing diamond in the rough! I sure hope the right person buys it.

    • Colleen Johnson says: 1168 comments

      Amazing listings, I like the first one best, the second one is beautiful and ornate! The third has a lot of charm but looks like a lot of work as well.

    • SueSue says: 1130 comments
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      1802 Cape

      Oh my the Los Feliz Blvd. home is a dream!!! A very expensive, beautiful and romantic dream. Wish there were more pictures. You would think if a house is priced at millions of dollars there would be at least 36 pics.

    • JullesJulles says: 533 comments
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      Dan, you have excellent taste in houses. They are all beautiful. The second one is drop dead gorgeous. That entry is so spectacular, you expect to see Joan Crawford walk down the stairs. But I love the third one. You could make that so nice and rent the three other duplexes to pay down the mortgage. Although how Californians afford the houses, I’ll never know.

    • Zoomey says: 531 comments

      I can’t get over how much houses cost in CA!! That last one on Oxford Ave will be lovely when it’s fixed up, but $900K for a fairly messy, not huge house seems a bit steep to me. Do any ordinary folk live in LA?

      • DANPDX says: 80 comments

        Housing cost in LA and most metropolitan areas on the West Coast is high because of demand. Lots of ordinary folks, just “getting by” because of the cost….mult-family living scenarios, inadequate housing and growing homeless populations are all real scenarios. Wages are higher, but don’t generally offset the huge cost of buying a home. Pre-1930 vintage homes like the ones I’ve shared are typically going to higher income buyers or developers (shudder). “Fixers” like the fantastic homes Kelly shares in the mid-West/South/East are becoming rarities these days in places like LA and Portland because there is great demand due to population surges and often out of reach for most of us. I share them because even though the are out of reach economically, they are important examples of our architectural heritage and I think should be celebrated. I’m with you…wish I could afford one…

  7. Cathy says: 2217 comments

    284 acre estate in central NY state, with the main house being stone. Out in the country, and West Canada Creek nearby. Prob just borders on qualifying for OHD since it’s listed as 1953 – the main house I assume, although there appears to be at least one home older than that included.

    • Zoomey says: 531 comments

      Love this house. It looks like it was built in the 1920s. Love the deep windowsills, the staircase. I could live here, despite the weather.

    • MW says: 902 comments

      Not sure about the houses, but WOW, those barns! I really need to have some barns like that!

    • Tony says: 77 comments

      40 miles north of me…And what a nice little compound this is. The only thing that could scare anyone is the NY property tax.

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

      What a stunning, dream-fulfilling property! This is not my usual preferred style but this house is just exquisitely done. I would take it lock, stock, and barrel. I love the wallpapers and decorating. Dream home . . . .

    • Rosemary says: 3 comments

      This is a gorgeous home! The home, the decorating everything!

    • SharonSharon says: 636 comments
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      2001 Contemporary
      Sedalia, MO

      The wainscoting on the stairs is incredible craftsmanship. Jaw-dropping craftsmanship. What a lovely place.

    • Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

      Beautiful!! The house is gorgeously done, the barn worth drooling over, and the property sublime, the best of lovely (& expensive!) NY State.

    • Teri R says: 283 comments

      what a wonderful property! very peaceful setting!

    • Colleen Johnson says: 1168 comments

      One word “STUNNING”

    • SueSue says: 1130 comments
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      1802 Cape

      May I just say that that is a very good price for for the manor house and the other two year round homes (one 2,272 square feet and the other a two-family farmhouse of approximately 2,916 square feet), over 200 acres, ponds, the barns, the gardens….Phew. Amazing!!! Wish I had the money. This would be a perfect place to establish Aloha Farms. If you farm some of the land then you also get your property taxes much lower under farm tax. Our property is under homestead tax. Sigh, a girl dream.

  8. JOE says: 754 comments

    I found a Youtube video from this old house for those interested in consolidating plaster that is coming loose. So here is the link for the rest of you do-it-yourselfers.
    The products used are from a company at plastermagic.com, although I believe the same technique may be possible with off the shelf products. Big Wally’s plaster magic has Youtube videos also. Hope this is useful to some of you.

  9. ChrisICU says: 23 comments

    So here’s a house of architectural importance, but in need of lots of work. It’s in south central Massachusetts, on lots of acreage and one of the oldest modernist houses in New England. I’ve found lots of reference info.

    The George B. and Ruth D. Wells House is a historic house on Durfee Road in Southbridge, Massachusetts. George Wells was a scion of the Wells family, which owned the locally prominent American Optical Company, and the grandson of architect Daniel Burnham. Wells and his wife, having seen International Style houses on travels to Europe, decided to build a house in that style, eventually commission Boston architect Paul Wood to do the design. The house, built in a rural section of Southbridge near his brother Johns French chateau-style house, was a marked contrast. The house consists of a series of brick and steel block-like shapes, with all of the major living areas facing east, south, and west. Steel framing allowed for the use of wraparound windows to maximize light. The house exterior was painted white, in keeping with the International Style. The house, one of the first International houses to be built in the eastern United States, was written up in 1933 in House Beautiful. (Ref: http://www.placebeam.com/?r=poi&l=42.0501&g=-72.03285&type=all&title=Town%20of%20Southbridge%2C%20Massachusetts%2C%20United%20States)


    An article of the house is in this magazine: https://www.etsy.com/listing/219743901/house-beautiful-coverbody-by-fisher-ad

    The second of two houses listed in this article: http://blog.samseidel.org/2014/07/two-houses.html

    Was on a Decomomo tour in 2014: http://www.docomomo-us.org/tour_day_2014_massachusetts

    Has a Wikipedia page: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_B._and_Ruth_D._Wells_House

    • Gail M. says: 202 comments

      Thank you. What a beautiful home.

    • StevenFStevenF says: 186 comments
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      1969 Regency
      Nashville, TN

      The George B. and Ruth D. Wells House is AMAZING. I can’t believe that with this style of architecture so “hot” right now, that this hasn’t been snapped up by some wealthy design aficionado and restored. I think I read in one of your links that it was originally painted white, which would help the exterior dramatically. This is the house I’d buy and restore if I hit lotto.

    • Zoomey says: 531 comments

      I don’t generally like modern houses, but this one is a beauty. What a lovely setting and an exquisite house. I would feel like I’m living in a work of modern art if I lived there. What a shame it’s been vacant. I don’t understand the “staging” with all the furniture especially underneath that torn out ceiling! It could be lovely, if only I had a couple million to fix it up! I hope someone saves it before it collapses. Has anyone seen it? It may be in much worse shape than the photos show, especially since the listing says its uninhabitable!

  10. Wendi Sue says: 69 comments

    I look at these old photos and hope one day I might recognize someone, maybe get lucky and see someone from my family? So far i haven’t. its sad that these people have no identity. kind of like the old houses you post. A lot of them, their life, their identity has been lost through the years. I swear I’ve grown up in the wrong era! thank you for posting. I look forward to them.

    • Diane says: 557 comments

      I come from a family of people who “keep things” so when I cleaned out my parent’s home, I made sure none of the pictures went to the sale. I’m so sure I didn’t want to go into a Cracker Barrel and look up and see my grandparents looking down at me. I went through them all, kept those that have meaning to me and gave the others to each family represented. Most extended families have one person who keeps the pictures and old records. I found out who that person was and they enjoyed seeing a whole new set of keepsakes.

  11. FlaOHDjunkie says: 158 comments

    Happy 12th night everyone
    Wonderful ornamentation in the old photo
    Here is a sweet house in Union Springs Alabama, has it been shown before? Union Springs is the home of the national bird dog field trials they have a statue of a bird dog in the middle of town, lots of historic homes as well.


    • Colleen Johnson says: 1168 comments

      Other than the kitchen looking out of place, I really like this house. I think the top cupboards looked out of place in the kitchen for me. I’m sure that could be fixed. Great house!

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

      Even a foreclosure deserved better pictures than this! I like what I can see of it, wood floors, cool light fixture . . .

    • Colleen Johnson says: 1168 comments

      Foreclosures make me sad, I’m sure people wanted to love this house but circumstance wouldn’t allow them to. This will be a great find for the right family. It’s really not in that bad of shape. Great bones!

  12. says: 174 comments

    Interesting old photo. People seem wealthy. Noticed the black servant in the front. Very generous of them, I suppose. Not sure what time period.

    • Zoomey says: 531 comments

      The black servant could be a slave if this is in the pre-Civil War south.

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments

        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        Based on the clothing this is not that old of a photograph.

        • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

          Agreed. The porch millwork of this type was common from about 1885 to 1895; the “Queen Anne” style balcony door with small colored glass panes surrounding a larger central pane seen in the last photo had a longer period of popularity beginning in the mid-1880’s to the first decade of the 1900’s. The cove siding was also common from the mid-1880’s to the early 1900’s. Based on the attire and architectural details, my best guesstimate for the photo would be in the 1890-1895 period or perhaps a couple of years later. Certainly nothing visible here is consistent with a Civil War era date.

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

    Iconic Tucson house is pretty boring except for one utterly spectacular blue/green heaven tiled bathroom, and a super duper rad kitchen sink:


    • Colleen Johnson says: 1168 comments

      That house is AMAZING!!!!

    • Cathy says: 2217 comments

      Gotta agree about that beautiful turquoise bathroom!

    • Anne M. says: 862 comments

      I really like this house, especially how they incorporated the original sink in the kitchen. Also intriguing is why the upper cabinets in the butler’s pantry need to be locked. The “House Hunters” folks would be crazy about the two sinks in the first bath, too!(because you know you can’t possibly buy a house that only has one sink) That blue/green bath is fabulous!

    • Evan says: 1113 comments

      I actually like this house and like you, love that turquoise-ish/black bathroom. I think they overdid it a bit with all the gold trimmings and I wouldn’t have added the room off the back, but it’s pretty nevertheless.

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

        Evan, this house was pretty much original up until the second to last owners “updated” it. When it was for sale a while back it still had it’s original tiled kitchen, and the pantry was unpainted and retained it’s rad Formica counters as well. The house is in a very good mid-town neighborhood, and everyone walks by as it’s just a few blocks up from the UofA main entrance. Just down the same street you can walk by at night in season to see the most spectacular display of a rare, very old, night blooming Cereus cactus plant, (they bloom at night to attract their pollinators, desert bats);

  14. says: 8 comments

    I live in “upstate” NY and there are so many endangered big old houses in the area. Please come buy them and fix them up. I can’t stand watching any more of them be torn down for a new community or a gigantic McMansion. These are all right in the village of Jeffersonville.

    I’ve had my eye on this one for a few years now. It’s on a fairly busy main route through a few small towns, set up on a hill right around the corner from the lake.

    These next two are pre-foreclosures. Gorgeous homes at decent prices. The taxes in this town are on the lower end for this area. This first one has no inside pictures.

    This house right down the road has a few indoor photos.

    This one is fairly updated but has some really nice features, like the staircase, paneling, older kitchen, and nice wraparound porch.

    A nice craftsman style, built in 1935 according to the listing.

    • Colleen Johnson says: 1168 comments

      I love the one down the street up on the hill, it just seemed to stand out for me. All of these are nice wish we could have seen more indoor pictures. Again foreclosures make me sad.

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

    Hi….a few 20th century finds this week:

    1. A sweet Peoria, IL 1922 Colonial Revival (of sorts) with some serious 1970’s mylar wallpaper in one of the bathrooms.

    2. A charming NC Colonial revival, ca 1948.

    3. this one’s a stretch, since it was built in 1966, but it’s around my age, and I feel old, so I guess it can count! A Florida French Provincial with some extremely loud Zuber Wallpaper in the dining room. This is the only Zuber wallpaper I’ve ever disliked which is a shame, since it probably cost multi thousands.

  16. Teri R says: 283 comments

    A charming 1870 home in Princeville IL, large porch (warning white painted woodwork, but lots of original built-ins)

    Darling 1921 Brick Tudor Chalet/Cottage in Urbana IL – needs TLC – from the listing “Selling “AS IS” Estate Of Professor Turquette, Renowned Author and Mathematician” great neighborhood

    1920 brick tudor in Champaign IL – Love this one! Looks move-in ready to me 🙂

    Steamboat Gothic “Forest Hill” on 2,000 acres in Kentucky with the sweetest old outbuildings (very expensive but two homes and all that land!) see listing information for many interesting historical details

  17. CharlestonJohn says: 1126 comments

    Story in yesterday’s paper about the demolition of a 1852 Greek Revival house in the city that arguably started the trend of serious historic house preservation and restoration efforts and policies.



  18. Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

    Love the photos with people especially, Kelly! This one is interesting — from the clothing, maybe the 1880s? 1890s? It’s morning, I think — the bedroom windows are open as they used to do, to air the rooms. Could be a holiday with visiting extended family but it does look like an inn or even a rooming house: there are no young people; everyone is of basically similar ages. I imagine the group on the steps & maybe the woman standing in the doorway are the owners, along with their maitresse or maitre d’hôte. It’s an impressive house, well-done trim & a lot of it, 2 chimneys, plenty of room. Well cared for. The trees are bare but the hammock still out on the porch, so either early spring or late fall, which??

  19. Julie R says: 10 comments

    Does it make me crazy that I kind of like the mylar wallpaper in that Peoria house?

  20. CocoaG says: 72 comments

    I have three listings I’d like to share today.

    1. This is a 1912 Traditional with beautiful woodwork, stained & leaded glass and butler’s pantry all for only $165,000.

    2. 1870 Traditional that looks like a castle.

    3. 1912 Neo-Classical 4 Bed, 4 Bath on over an acre. Has been in the same family since 1912. Sumter, SC.

    • Zoomey says: 531 comments

      That Sumter house is amazing amazing amazing! If I could, I’d get on my horse and ride on over there and snatch it up! What a find!!

    • StevenFStevenF says: 186 comments
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      1969 Regency
      Nashville, TN

      Wow….I’d love to rescue that Cincinnati “castle” from the tacky bordello decor! There’s a great old house suffocating under all that lurid paint and abuse.

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

        We saw that house a few years back in a sampler, (I’m pretty sure); it was filled with all sorts of crazy cool stuff from the artist who lived there. Someone must have hit the ivy with stump killer because before you literally could not see the house at all. It was a trip.

    • Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

      The Sumter house is just a big Wow! I would love to wander around inside & take it in slowly. The entrance, front hall & stairs looks like a stage set — in a good way.

  21. Cora says: 2059 comments

    Decent old farmhouse + 6 acres:

    2466 Road C, Americus, KS 66835
    $106,400 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath

  22. Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

    Train Depot residence that kept its depot-ness. Wonderful. Only drawback is its location on the highway. Will 2 acres compensate? http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Madison-NC/pmf,pf_pt/70134462_zpid/49476_rid/36.497079,-79.780655,36.264345,-80.149727_rect/11_zm/2_p/

    Attractive farmhouse, 1900, with a good deal original intact, river frontage included. The low price surprises. http://www.virginiaestates.com/property/CAARResDetails.asp?pref=534592&realtor=13

    If you’re in the mood for something grand, Walnut Hill, 1954, should fit the bill. Some millwork from nearby Long Branch Plantation (1816). http://www.virginiaestates.com/property/CVRResDetails.asp?pref=1526069&realtor=8

    Victorian on the South River in Waynesboro VA for a great price: http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/620-Chestnut-Ave-Waynesboro-VA-22980/108142498_zpid/

    I’m in love with this 1787 house in Salem NY. Well preserved. http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4183-State-Route-29-Salem-NY-12865/71222426_zpid/

  23. Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

    1930 Stone Bungalow in Wadesboro NC, unique & delicious. http://www.andersonrealestate.org/-/listing/NC-CMLS/3208325/507-W-Wade-Street-Wadesboro-NC-28170?display_page=1&lpp=20&total_listings=148&ss_id=5647907&from=saved_search

    Absolutely stunning 1923 home in Warrenton NC for a startlingly low price. On OHD in 2013 at the same cost, with what seem to be the same photos. If I weren’t looking to downsize instead of upsize, I’d take out my wallet. http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Warrenton-NC/pmf,pf_pt/2114078089_zpid/27774_rid/36.605882,-77.744751,36.14037,-78.482895_rect/10_zm/2_p/

    • StevenFStevenF says: 186 comments
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      1969 Regency
      Nashville, TN

      The Warrenton home is amazing. The proportions are elegant and the millwork in the entry is beautiful. I love how the screen porch extends beyond the front facade so you have three open sides.

  24. Cora says: 2059 comments

    2377 N 44th St in Uptown, Milwaukee, WI 53210
    $119,000 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath

    Uh…I want it. I’m sure the price reflects issues. I still want it:

    2109 Collingwood Blvd in Old West End, Toledo, OH 43620

    $49,000 | 4 Bed • 3 Bath

    • StevenFStevenF says: 186 comments
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      1969 Regency
      Nashville, TN

      The toledo house must have been amazing…that semi-circular front porch or room or whatever they’ve added on the front over the original entrance needs to go!

    • Betsy says: 159 comments

      “Uh…I want it. I’m sure the price reflects issues. I still want it”

      The neighborhood is VERY challenging

  25. Dwight says: 34 comments

    This home is in my hometown of Danville, KY. The current owners purchased this home a few years ago. They are retired, and they are fortunate enough to be able to buy old historical homes and restore them and re-sale them and then buy another one and start over again. As you can see they do a wonderful job.


    • Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

      Very nice job bringing the house into the 21st century while keeping it well in the 19th. I wonder what it was like when they bought it. How great to be able to do that! P.S. The chandelier in the dining room is a beauty, new or old. We found one similar that is gold plated rather than brass, doesn’t tarnish therefore, and wasn’t horridly expensive, to our surprise. Anyway, lovely house!

    • Lori says: 113 comments

      Love that house! Thanks for sharing!

  26. GeoffreyPS says: 105 comments

    I believe this house would be considered a French ecclectic. Built in 1936. It’s in Sequim, WA which is on the Olympic Peninsula. It’s in an area with a very temperate climate.


  27. Ashley403 says: 77 comments

    In regards to gquagliara’s post on 01-06-2017.”Only one picture accompanied by some scary words (termites, electrical, structural), but it still looks interesting.”The inspection must have been done after the people bought the house it last sold in 10-2016 for $30,000.00. This is the site to see inside pictures from the first listing: http://www.century21scheetz.com/Property/IN/47274/Seymour/615_N_Chestnut_Street

    • Zoomey says: 531 comments

      That house looks very nice, doesn’t look like it needs a ton of work. What could make it worth only $30K? Is it the neighborhood? It looks like it needs a new roof, new systems, maybe, but the walls, floors look OK. Very pretty house.

  28. ChrisICU says: 23 comments

    TeriR I was having difficulty with your link, is this the one? http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/4469-Castle-Hwy_Pleasureville_KY_40057_M30383-35286. Regardless, the author of this listing deserves some sort of award. Garrulous? Loquacious? I think not. Reading this was like siting in a creaky folding chair at the local historical society. Or sitting on the hearth and listening to Nana talk about the depression. I sure hope they find a buyer who appreciates southern gothic stories. BTW, here’s the Wiki page of Sally Ward and it includes the painting the realtor mentioned. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sally_Ward_Lawrence_Hunt_Armstrong_Downs

    • Zoomey says: 531 comments

      Except for the “updates,” that’s the picture of a romantic Southern house! I could not love it more! Those high ceilings, great old doors, long central hallway, huge tall windows, very gracious and elegant!

  29. Clay Rammage says: 6 comments

    Since Kelly posted a listing for a commercial building for sale this week I thought I’d share a blog about another commercial building that was in my in-laws family for 50 years. They sold it in 2013 and the people have been working on it ever since. They are a couple and plan on renting out office space, which is what the original upstairs was used for and then there is retail space on the ground level Here is the website: http://delanojerome.blogspot.com/ The buildings were in really bad shape when they bought them, mostly from water damage from the skylights. They have worked really hard at stabilizing and making sure they can last another 100 years. They’ve been at it for almost 4 years and still haven’t made any money on rent, it is a labor of love for them.

    • RT says: 117 comments

      These buildings are in MN? I wonder if the folks fixing it up know Charles Marohn from strongtowns.org. He’s up in Brained and this is the kind of thing that he talks about all the time.
      Amazing work that they’ve done!

  30. Cathy says: 2217 comments

    Large house, 1845, Skaneateles, NY. Finger Lakes area; Skaneateles is a pretty village, at the north end of a lake. Gorgeous stairway/stairwell. I could do without the bathroom makeovers & the spiral stairway off the kitchen, though… On the other hand, great laundry room. *And* an inside-the-cupola view!

  31. Lori says: 113 comments

    Very interesting house photo, it does look like a boarding house or holdiay home. I would guess the owner and family are at the steps with the servant. The rest of the people appear to be grouped as singles or separate family groups. It is a really nice house!

  32. CharlesB says: 481 comments

    Here’s a pristine 1830s Greek Revival priced under $100,000 located just outside Warren, Ohio, “the historic capitol of the Connecticut Western Reserve:”


  33. ChrisICU says: 23 comments

    1. The mantle in what looks like the living room has unusual carving. It reminds me of furniture from RJ Horner. (The Man Of The Mountain http://bradfordsantiques.com/inc/sdetail/rj_horner_walnut_dining_table/542/1407) Here’s the listing: http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/3650-Spring-Hollow-Rd_Indianapolis_IN_46208_M48826-04496#photo7

    2. This mid-century modern has what looks like original and new details. The front door transom looks original and like it’s made of the bottom of wine glasses. I think I like it. http://www.estately.com/listings/info/215-williams-drive–1

  34. CharlesB says: 481 comments

    Oak Grove Plantation (1828) in Church Hill, MS, just outside Natchez. The second listing, from before it was foreclosed, has better pictures:



    • Zoomey says: 531 comments

      Such a lovely house! Foreclosures make me so sad. Only $450K, knocked down from $1.5M?? I don’t understand that. But what a beautiful home it is.

    • MW says: 902 comments

      A very nice looking house and appears to be a stunning $900K drop from the original asking price. I wonder what condition it actually is in right now. I guess the bank just maybe wants to get their investment back and get it off the books. Or maybe it was just never worth anywhere near what the owners had in it to begin.

    • Cathy says: 2217 comments

      Of these, I like #2 and 3 the best. Funny, because I was recently googling both Cazenovia & Skaneateles re: older homes for sale, but missed these two.
      The Marcellus house, #5, was on OHD in the past; its incredible library elicited a lot of comments!

    • Arkham says: 70 comments

      OMG, a lighthouse!
      The tower isn’t quite what it used to be, but still, I’ll take it!
      ( Checks pocketbook. )
      Err, I’ll look at it longingly from afar!

    • Diane says: 68 comments

      Boy, has the price of the 8 Orange St house changed since my house hunting days in the mid/late 1990s! I’ve always loved that library! I was just thinking of it yesterday, too. I’d love to curl up in that room! t

  35. Cora says: 2059 comments

    Cute! Bargain:

    711 Park St, Donnellson, IA 52625
    $32,200 | 3 Bed • 1 Bath

  36. Sandra says: 318 comments

    Every once in a while I look for large glass tiles like the old Vitrolite tiles from the 1920’s and 1930’s. Well here’s a merchant in Chicago who sells glass tiles in pale colors in larger sizes, including 8×16 which I think is similar too though a little bit larger than vintage Vitrolite tiles. But I would use 8×16 anyway if I were looking for a Vitrolite appearance. http://www.tilegallerychicago.com/tilestone-glass/studio-137/ http://www.tilegallerychicago.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/1-V137-Glass-Tile-Sizes-Color-Palette_2014.pdf I’m still sad that I no longer have my St Louis house which had pale gray Vitrolite in the kitchen and pale green in the bathroom. The gray was sublime, it was swirled with cream for a marbled look.

  37. Cora says: 2059 comments

    2742 Highway 61, Palmyra, MO 63461
    $120,000 | 2 Bed • 1 Bath

    1837? :

    9 Bacon St, Westminster, MA 01473
    $85,000 | 3 Bed • 1 Bath

    839 Lyons Ave in Upper Irvington, Irvington, NJ 07111
    $74,900 | 6 Bed • 2 Bath

    • Cathy says: 2217 comments

      Nice apt. (other than the wiremold, which I could do without), with character. And the article was interesting. The last photo in the article… noticed that some of the apts. have bay windows. Extra nice.

  38. LoriG says: 1 comments

    Beautiful, historic native stone executive home on 8+ park-like acres in southwest Missouri. https://joplin.craigslist.org/reo/5950122934.html

  39. Julie says: 5 comments

    I’d love some comments on this one in my home town.
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/737-W-Rollins-St_Moberly_MO_65270_M87559-11876 There are more photos on Zillow http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/737-W-Rollins-St-Moberly-MO-65270/77913515_zpid/ It’s a 1903 with a bare brick carriage house (single room) behind it. Moberly was a hip hop happing rail road town at the turn of the century. A carnegie library, cattle and farm plantations, a brick factory, the oldest Jr College west of the Mississippi. I keep drooling over this one but I’m sure it’s in need of repairs, not to sure about that roof line and potential for future water-damage. There are no photos of the basement. But that butler pantry and that entryway….

    • JimHJimH says: 5119 comments
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      Julie, the house in Moberly was built for Christina Faessler (1856-1945), the widow of John Faessler, who owned an important toolmaking factory in Moberly. The date is right and the Sanborn maps confirm a lost porch on the front and right. Christina had the garage built in 1912 and sold the place in the 1920’s.

      I don’t know much about Moberly but $75k seems like a steal for a fine move-in ready home with many of its original goodies.

      • Julie says: 5 comments

        Jim, thank you so much for finding the name of the family that built it. I could tell there was once a wrap porch from the front to side and imagined it had issues due to that roof line. I believe the porch was pulled pre-60’s. It’s just been a concrete stoop since I was little. There are quite a few houses in Moberly that I love to drive by when I’m there to visit the family farm.

        Moberly is easy access to Columbia

  40. ChrisICU says: 23 comments

    So what do you think. Could you restore this one? It has some great original details, but needs lots of love…. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1704-Jefferson-St_Kansas-City_MO_64108_M70454-25294#photo14

    There’s something I like about the green roof – http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/3002-S-Ong-St_Amarillo_TX_79109_M79044-19943

    Ok here’s a surprise. The architect Cliff May is primarily known as a California architect and famous for the California Ranch style. Here’s one that’s in Lubbock Texas…. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1905-Vicksburg-Ave_Lubbock_TX_79407_M76687-02187

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

      In KC it looks like the “exposed brick” and drywall folks got to the upstairs, but many goodies remain for the right person should the numbers make sense, and the neighborhood has an upward trajectory.

      How about the May Cali. rancher in Lubbock! Wow. Super fab! That roman courtyard is TO DIE; and the house is so VERY fortunate to retain MUCH of it’s original interior treatments. Cliff May surely designed it with Texas in mind since many of the details are exaggerated and BIG. Heheheh. Outstanding! Thanks’ Chris.

    • Cathy says: 2217 comments

      The first, Kansas City, Mo house… Wow, that paneling, the frieze, staircase, and oriel/bay window!

  41. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Sharing Blake Hill House’s blog about a podcast they are doing. Some of you might be interested, if not participating then listening when it comes out!

  42. Morken81Morken81 says: 2 comments

    Not sure if this is how to share a home or not, but we’ll find out. This is one of Fargo North Dakota’s gems.

  43. Jennifer HT says: 775 comments

    I feel like I have seen this on here before…

  44. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    You can thank our internet technician for giving me the rest of the week off. Went to a funeral today, came home late to no internet. Called for him to come out to fix turning ours off when he was installing the neighbors cable, can’t be here until Friday. GRRR. In the meantime, comment moderation will be really slow as my phone Internet is way slow.

    • JOE says: 754 comments

      Thank you for the update. I’ve become such a junkie for this site that I look forward to what you choose every day. I guess what I am saying is, “thank you for all that you do”. I hope your work brings you great things.

    • Graham says: 145 comments

      Came here for this! I am glad that is all it is!
      Enjoy your weekend!

    • Cathy says: 2217 comments

      The second house… really like it. Esp. its broad, spacious hallways. I’ve never seen a fp like that, either. Looks almost Moorish to me. And… the decorative candles in it… at first glance they looked like good-sized marshmallows to me, all ready to be toasted. ?
      The third house, the Tudor revival is cute. Esp. its gothic-y arched interior doorways & its bathrooms.

  45. says: 1 comments

    MLS#16240878 1910 Bernard Maybeck Home for Sale in Brookings Oregon.

    This Old House: 1910 Bernard Maybeck Home. Built for the Brookings Family
    So beautiful inside and out just love it and the view is amazing. Great 4 bedroom 2 bath so adorable Love, Love, Love it.

  46. Cora says: 2059 comments

    Sweet bargain. Love this:

    1015 NW Pine Ave, Duncan, OK 73533
    $39,000 | 3 Bed • 2 Bath

  47. Cora says: 2059 comments

    402 W College St, Carthage, TX 75633
    $59,900 | 3 Bed • 1 Bath

    Maybe someone can find out a bit more about this one:

    200 W Main St, Utica, MS 39175
    $235,000 | 5 Bed • 2 Bath

    • Cathy says: 2217 comments

      LIke the lions on the inside of the front doors. They look as if they’re thoroughly scrutinizing whoever’s in the entrance hall. ? And particularly love the leaded interlocking circles window, which shows up several pics after the lions.

  48. Diane says: 68 comments

    I consider the entire house an example of what not to do, but is that a carpeted wall by the stairs? To carry through the texture of the floor carpet? I’m afraid I can’t say anything nice, so I will stop and not be rude, but what is on that wall?

  49. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Usually I sit with the photo in hand to be sure nothing is written on it to indicate location. The 2nd I found today where there was something written on back.

    This was an old photo card (not postcard) with a photographer’s stamp “D. S. Wilson Manufacturer of Frames, Easels and Screens
    The Leading Photographer of South Georgia – Valdosta, GA”

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