February 3, 2017: Link Exchange & Discussion

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I also share an old photo from the header you see above and supersize it for you. This awesome photo is captioned. I'm enjoying the detective work some of you are doing with these homes so I leave finding the location and if it's still standing to you. Can't wait to see what turns up! The part under "Photo By" was torn and could not read the photographers name. My photo was also cut at the bottom, I did not crop it that close to the name of the town. Thanks for a fun week of comments and conversations. Have a glorious weekend! -Kelly

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  1. Annabelle says: 89 comments

    That is some rooster!

  2. Cathy says: 2200 comments

    This week’s house… wow, porches galore! And various decorative details galore! And then, there’s the lone chicken on the lawn… ? Hope it had pals around someplace!

    1) Good-sized Tudor revival, 1924, Des Moines, Iowa. Tree-dappled lot. Pretty iron-railed terrace, plus patio. Lots & lots of windows, incl. bays. I esp. like the entry hall. Like the feel of this one, in general! (The only thing I’d for sure change is the modernistic built-in seating in one of the bays.)

    2) Pretty big & pretty pricey, but lovely IMO. 1922, Omaha, Nebraska. Not sure how to classify this one… Prairie?? Lots of windows, lots of French doors – many with transoms. The kitchen has been completely redone, but I like it a lot. Neighborhood looks really nice.

    • Coqu says: 259 comments

      !***** Two hours later and I think I’ve found a current picture of the home *****!


      As noted in my link above, the third floor was removed, so it looks quite different. Please tell me I’m right, because I KNEW I was going to find it in all my sleuthing (and got butterflies when I did)! If I’m wrong, let me down gently πŸ™‚

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11887 comments

        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        Coqu, you win awesome of the day award. Pretty sure that is it by looking at the window placements, it appears so. Wow, what a change. I’d share it in comments but since it’s a personal persons photo, people can visit the link. I’m disappointed at how different it looks but from the sounds of it someone had to do something or risk losing the whole thing. But still, all those details that made the house what it was are gone. Thank you Coqu and everyone that posted links about the home. You all never cease to amaze your detective skills on these houses! πŸ™‚

        • Coqu says: 259 comments

          Thanks! You’d never think those two pictures were of the same house—the upper oval windows were the “proof” for me. That’s why I’m so amazed when I see such stunning, original condition homes–this one must have taken a beating in the wide-open Iowa weather. It really lost so much external beauty indeed (it sounds like the interior is still beautiful!). Who’d ever think that regular “Iowa farmhouse” was once that GRAND three-floor opulent home? It says volumes, really—about practicality vs. ornamentation, simplicity vs. intricacy, etc. that those in the area must have learned from all those years ago. I can about imagine my grandmother’s thoughts on all that gingerbread—she probably saw it all rot off the old homes!

          • MW says: 904 comments

            Wow, that is one sad transformation. Maybe had a fire that burned most of the 3rd level so they just ripped it off and salvaged the bottom 2. Besides all the fabulous trim detail gone, those lovely porches are as well.

            That is rooster is probably rolling in his grave.

            • Coqu says: 259 comments

              My thought was lightning fire. I looked and sure enough it does have several lightning rods (and maybe some plain rods). Perhaps they weren’t working (do they REALLY work anyway?) and ZAP!? I bet this monster with numerous metal rods was an easy target for lightning out on the prairie.
              My other thought was a TON of ice/snow damage. There were NUMEROUS roof lines here–very good possibility for havoc.

            • Coqu says: 259 comments

              “the largest tornado in the OBrien County area was an F4 in 1952 that caused 4 injuries and 0 death” — this is the year that the link above says something happened. Still searching! πŸ™‚

            • Coqu says: 259 comments

              ***** “Wests Complete Remodeling of Farm Home – Pictures Illustrate Remarkable ‘Before – After'” *****

              You wouldn’t believe the time and energy spent to find this article, I don’t know why it’s buried so deep from outside Google, lol!

              I’d think you could paste the picture from there (although it’s blurry).

              They made no mention of why the third floor was removed–so strange.


              • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11887 comments

                1901 Folk Victorian
                Chestatee, GA

                Awesome, thanks for finding the link about the remodeling.

              • DANPDX says: 80 comments

                Great job researching! Sounds like the newspaper might be the source of the 2008 Chronicle-Times story. Amazing how different the home looks…I’m just imagining what some homes I drive by with asbestos siding and missing porches from this era might have looked like when they were new…

              • JimHJimH says: 5148 comments
                OHD Supporter

                Thanks Coqu! Next mission – interior photos, pref. vintage and high quality.

                • John Shiflet says: 5454 comments

                  Such radical transformations of 19th and early 20th century homes was common later in the 20th century. The 1952 article mentions remodeling (wish I could have been there to pick up the ornamental salvage pieces) and its entirely possible the owners at that time did not need so much interior space so they Ok’ed the removal of the third floor. The labor to paint and maintain all of the ornamental porches, balustrades, gable ornaments and other Victorian details would have been substantial; moreover, in the early 1950’s lovers of ornate Victoriana were few and far between. That said, the house was mansion grade in the early photos and was most likely architect designed. Less, in this instance, did not equate more. Thanks for all of the hard research that went into finding the facts about this home.

                • Coqu says: 259 comments

                  Since you asked! I found this picture earlier on in the quest for the sunset exterior photo. I initially didn’t post it because it has people, but it’s a public picture on the Internet, so I wouldn’t think the person would mind too much posting the link:


              • MW says: 904 comments

                Since the article doesn’t mention fire damage and the interior apparently was mostly left alone and remains, I guess we can assume they just wanted to downsize and modernize the exterior look of it. What shame. Hard to imagine. But the 50’s everything was about the modern future. So they probably just wanted a more modern looking house so they stripped off all the old looking stuff. Not sure why they chose to lose a floor, but maybe wanted a more modern looking roof too and no longer needed the space.

                Surprising they didn’t just tear it down and build a big ranch style house.

        • Blake says: 25 comments

          Well, I found a recent photo of the house. I had to go into extra-creepy detective mode but here she is as she stands today. 4750 Roosevelt Ave. Paullina IA


          • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11887 comments

            1901 Folk Victorian
            Chestatee, GA


            I’ll add it this time since the Instagram photo looks like it is not working anymore. Poor thing, that tornado really did a number!

      • Laurie W. says: 1736 comments

        Wow, what a change. Better than losing the whole thing, but sad to lose all that ornamentation. I can’t help thinking about the sheer toil that went into it, that is now gone. All built by ONE guy, amazing! Great detective work, Coqu! You have a good eye — I wouldn’t have recognized it.

        The note on the photo mentions Crimson herd, Duroc Jerseys — found these are not cows as I first assumed. They’re pigs, resulting from cross-breeding NJ Jersey Reds and NY Duroc Reds in case you ever wondered, lol. For your future reference, they have fairly aggressive temperaments, so watch out for the boars, very dangerous.

        • Coqu says: 259 comments

          I just had a feeling that I was going to find it!
          Isn’t the story cool? It’s great to hear the interior is still intact at least.
          I assumed cows as well–not familiar with breeds of hogs (I hate hogs), but neat that you pointed it out because Iowa is the #1 hog-producing state (the smell proves it). Interestingly, I am aware of how these devils can be–there’s an old, old story I heard about a farmer in a pig-pen that I won’t repeat because it’s too gruesome!

        • RitaB says: 108 comments

          According to a copy of American Swineherd from 1915, Mr West was a leader in the cross between the Jerseys and the Durocs. The article mentions his location and comments that he was a “great culler”.

    • JohnRHuffJr says: 172 comments

      Thanks for the article and photo. Quite an interesting
      story of the history of the house.

  3. JimHJimH says: 5148 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Great house and easy find – Obadiah S. West residence and farm, Paullina IA

    House is here on old maps, but I haven’t found a recent photo:

  4. MW says: 904 comments

    Ha, ha, I love the rooster. Perfect timing for the Chinese New Year, year of the rooster. Gung Hay Fat Choy!

  5. BethanyBethany says: 3511 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    What an amazing house! Thanks for the close-ups of the multitudes of details.

  6. Diane says: 68 comments

    I haven’t dug deeply, and it’s way too late for me to search more, but it is a 1910 post card: Paullina Iowa~Evergreen Park Farm~Crimson Herd Duroc Jerseys~O S West~1910 RPPC. I saw it at https://www.hippostcard.com/listing/paullina-iowaevergreen-park-farmcrimson-herd-duroc-jerseyso-s-west1910-rppc/4884633
    I see now that someone already did more looking, but I feel better for at least specifically identifying the picture.

  7. Carolyn says: 304 comments

    I love, love, love the exterior of this house. Not so much the “upgrades” to the interior.

  8. SarahV says: 8 comments

    Log home with 1900s stone addition.


    Has been empty for years and vandalized. Sad backstory. Looking for an old post with pictures from the 1990s before its abandonment.

    • Ashley403 says: 77 comments

      To SarahV’s comment on the Log home with 1900s stone addition in Huntington WV. I found an article from 01-24-2011 about this house I will leave out the people’s name involved if anyone wants to read the stories.http://www.topix.com/forum/city/huntington-wv/T17P365LR33UBE6CC This is the story I as talking about:The story attached to the house.”The house is vacant. The lady who lived there had mental health issues and was swindled into trading it to a thief. He lived there for awhile and the family of the lady got involved and he was booted. Shortly after that vandals(The Thief’s Cronies) did major damage to the residence. It was then occupied by some very well-to-do homeless people that were booted out by police. It was then secured by an unknown reality company. I was in the residence several times before and after it was destroyed. It would take a very hefty amount of money to make it right again.”

      • SarahV says: 8 comments

        Thanks Ashley, that is the basic story.

        I had a small picture collage that might be from that article. It was from a local magazine. I think the pictures were from the mid 1990s.

        The damage is pretty extensive. It would take the price many times over to salvage. There are comments towards the end of that thread you posted by family of the lady.

        As a side note, I’m a new poster and have loved everyone’s finds. Thanks for the hard work that goes into the page Kelly and everyone!

    • Lynn Kajzer says: 83 comments

      Sad that it’s been so neglected. It looks like it was once something to admire. I love the fireplaces and fountain and the high ceiling in the main part of the cabin. I could live there!

    • Laurie W. says: 1736 comments

      Such a stylish house not to be loved as it deserves! Sad sad story. I really hope it sells to someone who is willing & knowledgeable enough to restore it well.

  9. Wesley says: 5 comments

    The photo of the house above was built in the early 1890’s and was home to the West Family of Paullina in O’Brien County, Iowa. It is still standing today but was remodeled. The tower and third floor was removed and I got to see inside the front door but not go in. It is an amazing house. I live only thirty minutes from it.

    • Cathy says: 2200 comments

      A really nice batch! Each one has something(s) lovely to offer! I think I’ll have the oriental rugs of the second house, and then live in the 3rd/Federal or 4th/Colonial revival one. ??

    • CharlestonJohn says: 1123 comments

      The house built in 1892 at 1419 Cass Street is a remodeled Queen Anne that was given a facelift in the Richardson Romanesque style. I think Kelly featured it at some point in the last year. It’s one of my favorites.

      Built in 1894 and remodeled in 1927, the house at 1431 Cass Street is another example of a typical Victorian being partially restyled into something else. In this case, by a son of the original owner.

    • Laurie W. says: 1736 comments

      Some nice houses! My fave is the 1928 colonial. So well done, it looks like the real thing. The stairs are really gorgeous. The Haddonfield house is also very attractive. I assume the exposed beams are a later addition. They make me wince, something of a mistake. Great design of the back yard, beautiful.

    • NEdebh says: 32 comments

      Love the 1892 Mansion..think it could be dismantled and moved? Thanks for sharing!

    • says: 12 comments

      Love this house!! The barn is amazing too! i’m glad to see someone else likes posting Texas homes on here too. There aren’t really that many that make it on here.

  10. nathan davis says: 47 comments

    Found this pic of the house which reveals more info:

    according to this it is in a town called paullina, in IA. I looked this up and such a town does indeed exist!

  11. Lynn Kajzer says: 83 comments

    This one will be out of most price range, but just happened across it. It’s the old Wrigley House in Chicago. It’s a beautiful home…oh but to dream! http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2466-N-Lakeview-Ave_Chicago_IL_60614_M82844-16296

  12. D says: 17 comments

    Here is a major restoration project near Austin, TX. Its only a shell, not even windows, water or septic, but could be very special.http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/211-W-Clearview-Cemetery-Rd_Bastrop_TX_78602_M87434-25186?ex=TX616128439

    • BethanyBethany says: 3511 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      That definitely counts as a major project, but what a neat property!

      • John Shiflet says: 5454 comments

        Good bones for an early 1900’s cottage. (nominally in the Queen Anne/Classical Revival flavor) Two things that are initially right are quite favorable: a proper new foundation and a long lasting metal roof. The listing language suggests some interior details have survived and with over 11 acres this could be made into a country Victorian dollhouse. Thanks for sharing, D.

  13. ChrisICUChrisICU says: 665 comments

    This bunch of listings are in Northern California.

    Eureka CA must be a beautiful place to live and this is a great example of Victorian architecture. Now I’m from the South and we love our double-wides. But I’ve never seen a double-width parlor pocket door. Very cool.
    I love the associated video.

    Another in Eureka. Fairybook house, but maybe they should have cleaned the house before taking pics! LOL I’m guessing it’s currently a rental. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/261-Hillsdale-St_Eureka_CA_95501_M13724-18991

    Nice Ferndale house with sympathetic but new kitchen

    Victorian linoleum lovers
    This one needs some good luvin, but it could be adorable. Commercial residential zoning, so it has multiple opportunities. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/885-5th-St_Arcata_CA_95521_M19559-75370

    If you’ve ever driven Hwy 1 in N California you know how beautiful and remote it can feel. Here’s 20+ beautiful (and pricy) acres with an interesting house. The property includes oceanfront and hills. Maybe a little over modernized for OHD lovers, but a special place. http://www.estately.com/listings/info/42501-north-hwy-1

    • daykopajj says: 10 comments

      This is where I went to college. If you are tired of the heat and would prefer fog and overcast skies, this is the place for you! Spent four years living in these “Humboldt Shacks”, you could feel the breeze and sometimes even see the sky through the walls! Good times!

      • ChrisICU says: 665 comments

        Hi Daykopajj, Thanks for your response. I didin’t know it was so foggy and overcast in the area. Funnily, if you look at the local agricultural posts on Realtor app several of them mention the upcoming new marijuana growing legislation changes coming and the opportunity to grow. I guess all that fog is good for growing things. LOL

    • Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1040 comments
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      1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

      Chris, I wanted to say thank you for your linoleum alert in the St. Arcata listing. The floral linoleum “rug” was especially eye-popping. I hope the buyer will keep the flooring intact — or sell the linoleum, if not a fan. The rugs are so rare and collectible now. Thanks for a real treat!

      • ChrisICU says: 665 comments

        Hey George’s Daughter, you’re welcome. Yea those are cool linoleum. My grandmother’s summer kitchen had a similar rug and while ilinoleum isn’t necessarily my thing I can appreciate them. And, I love sharing things that I think others may enjoy. Glad you did!

  14. ChrisICUChrisICU says: 665 comments

    I’m making this post separate from the other Northern California homes I posted today in case you don’t think this belongs in OHD. I haven’t seen a home like this posted on here before. But, it’s artist-built and 40 years old now and, to me, an important part of American vernacular mid-century style. Some, like the Mushroom House in Rochester NY – http://www.mushroomhouse.com – are being saved and preserved. Others are being torn down for their land with new mini mansions built in their wake.

    I don’t know what the style is called. Some words I’ve heard are Hippie modern, wood butchers, Earth built, eco homes, art homes, and others. Google ‘hippie modern’ and you’ll see it’s a style becoming popular with young people. While it’s indicative of rural California and the Pacific NorthWest, I’ve also seen examples throughout the country including Vermont, Tennessee, Colorado, New York, and North Carolina. Most of them are visions of particular people and not from a plan book.

    This particular one is on Usal Road in Mendocino and about 4 hours by car north of San Francisco. It was featured in the book “Handmade Houses”. Usual Road leads to amazing beaches and is very quiet. The house is on 50 acres and has only a few pictures, but something tells me it could be very fascinating if we only saw more. While not interesting to the majority, it’s unique.


    I believe it was built by the artist Narcissus Quagliata. Four of his stained glass work are in the house, but only one is shown. Here’s an article about him and of his building a house up in the redwoods.

    • BethanyBethany says: 3511 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      Looks like it could be really cool; however, people who look at listings a lot like us OHDreamers are going to infer that the inside is bad based on lack of photos, though.

      • ChrisICU says: 665 comments

        Hi Bethany,
        Thanks for your response. Yes, I know it’s hard without pictures. I hope there’s an OHD in the area who can share, but not too optimistic. I do think this has possibilities though.

  15. Maria says: 1 comments

    This 1900 home is located in Sloan, NY outside of Buffalo. It was the former home of Samuel Sloan, CEO of the Lackawanna Railroad, whom the village was named after. http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/153-Halstead-Ave-Sloan-NY-14212/30276405_zpid/?view=public

  16. BethanyBethany says: 3511 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    Kelly, would it be possible to have the links that people post on Fridays open up in a new browser window, leaving the OHD page intact? Just wondering.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11887 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Yeah, I’ll make some changes to have that happen. Ok, it appears there is not a way to do that. Sorry!

    • Coqu says: 259 comments

      If you weren’t aware, you can right-click any link and then click “Open in New Tab” (depending on your browser). I usually have about 20 tabs open in my browser πŸ™‚
      Edit: I see Eileen basically said the same thing a few comments below this, but maybe you missed it.

    • Lucinda Virginia says: 56 comments

      If you’re a pc person, you can right click on the link and choose Open Link in New Tab or Window. Leaves OHD page intact.

  17. Nurse Ratchet says: 8 comments


    Just a fun house find. 1950s nearly time capsule house. Frank Lloyd Wright kinda home.

  18. Eileen M says: 290 comments

    I am using Google Chrome. If I right click on the link in a post, I then have the option of opening the link in a new tab. Don’t know if it works the same on Internet Explorer.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11887 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Depending on how your shortcuts are set, you can also hold down Ctrl and left click to open in a new tab.

      • MW says: 904 comments

        Oops, I said about the same above. But on my Mac, it is command + single click to open in a new tab. Maybe it is ctrl + click for a PC?

        I can set the preference to be a new window, but I have mine set to a new tab.

    • BethanyBethany says: 3511 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      You are a genius! Thank you so much for pointing that out! I will open the links that way from now on!

      • Cathy says: 2200 comments

        And rdg. these posts, it’s just dawned on me – finally!, that I can do the same thing on my iPad, by holding my finger down & then opting to open in a new tab in Safari. Yay!

  19. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11887 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I’m going to have company this upcoming week so am setting up scheduled posts through the week. For anyone that sees a house that they’ve shared and not my comment thanking them, I’m not able to schedule comments along with the post so won’t be able to do my usual “thanks for sharing…” comment until later. Thanks for your patience. πŸ™‚

    • David says: 26 comments

      Enjoy your company. Thanks for all the work you do on this website, it’s very meaningful to all of us.

    • doug green says: 83 comments

      I don’t recall seeing any posts on how your house is coming along. If you get a chance, I know we’d all love to see how it’s progressing. Gosh, you could even make it the OHD mascot πŸ™‚

      • Laurie W. says: 1736 comments

        OHD mascot — great idea!

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11887 comments

        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        I’m still trying to decide if I want to share what we’ve done…not that we are going around knocking down walls or removing anything original.

        A list of things we’ve done: bathroom roof re shingled with new fascia boards, resealing our metal roof, an expensive pruning for our 150+/- year old oak tree, termite damage repaired after pulling up all the stone flooring in our living room (after we removed the indoor balcony) new flooring in our living room since the original was beyond repair, kitchen cabinets/counter/sink (we will be putting down new kitchen floor as the old one is warped and splintering apart), new water line, some new electrical along with a new breaker box…is that it?

        I’m trying to find someone that can build custom windows for our attic windows that will match the one original attic window but no one returns my calls/emails! (If anyone can recommend someone in Georgia or that ships to Georgia, let me know.) In a few months we will be gutting the bathroom and laundry room (don’t worry, it’s a bathroom from the 1990’s) for a better layout.

        I guess our house has become the “branding” on the Facebook and newsletter.

        • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11887 comments

          1901 Folk Victorian
          Chestatee, GA

          Did I ever mention we found the original front door transom and sidelights? I’m also looking into finding someone local that can repair them and make a new door but so far, no luck.

          • Cathy says: 2200 comments

            Good find – how cool! Hoping you can find a carpenter qualified to replicate the door!
            When I bought my house, there was a wide rectangular archway between the LR & DR. Found the original French doors – one in the attic, the other in the cellar. And… attached to the doorknob was a little fabric bag closed by an old diaper pin, with all of the hardware – incl. the brass screws, needed to put them back up. Just needed to dig out the areas in the framing for the hinges where the former owner had very, very neatly put in wood filler.

            • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11887 comments

              1901 Folk Victorian
              Chestatee, GA

              Luckily we have a neighbor/relative that remembers how the house use to be BEFORE my father-in-law made the changes. πŸ™‚ So the door design is the easy part, finding someone local to build it has been difficult.

              • JOE says: 750 comments

                Send me a picture of the surviving parts and what the current front door looks like. If you have a picture of the old door, I’d like to see that too. Is the new door in the old frame, or has it been gutted out?
                I expect to be in door making mode in the spring for my Federal Townhouse and may be able to make up something for you. If it looks feasible I will do it at my cost. It is the least I can do for all of the pleasure that your site has given me. I make no guarantees, but I may be able to do it.
                If I can’t do it, I suspect that I can give you instructions on how to do it correctly yourself.

                • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11887 comments

                  1901 Folk Victorian
                  Chestatee, GA

                  Thanks, I appreciate the offer. The opening is now larger than it was originally so it’s going to need a new fitting with the old parts and new door, something we’ll have to hire out as that kind of work is over our skill.

                  Current front door:

                  Parts found:

                  The custom front door will be similar to this front door, nothing fancy:

                  • JOE says: 750 comments

                    From what I can see, you will want the door to be the same height as the sidelights, with the transom above. The ends of the transom will be in the same line as the outer sides of the sidelights. This will involve building a larger door frame with four openings. There will be one for the transom at the top, and three horizontal ones. The size of the two side sections will be the size of the sidelights, which you already have. If you measure the length of the transom you will get the larger frame width.The height of the larger frame will be that of the sidelights plus the transom width plus the size of the top horizontal partition. My instinct would be to have the top horizontal partition be the same width as the two partitions on either side of the door itself. The way to calculate that is to
                    1. take the long edge size of the transom. 2. Deduct the width of both sidelights. This will give you the width of your front door as well as the partition widths. Does this sound reasonable to you? I would think that you might want to make the door thicker than the transom’s and sidelights. I believe that it is traditional to match the height of lower panel(s) in the door as closely as possible to that of the sidelights. The upper portion could be pretty much any arrangement of panels and or windows that you want. From the link that you posted above, I suspect that you may want a four panel door with the bottom panels being the same height, style, and style of frame as the sidelights. The top panels wood be quite long if they match that of the sidelight glass. I am a little surprised at how thin the top rail of the sidelights is. It is likely that you would want a wider top rail on the door for strength. This is all just off the top of my head. Nothing is decided. I want you to think about what I have said, ask any questions you want, and be sure to tell me where I am off in what you want. Its your door, it should be made the way you want it.

                    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11887 comments

                      1901 Folk Victorian
                      Chestatee, GA

                      Thanks Joe. Replacing the door/sidelights/transom is a project a few years away since there are windows and other things that will take priority. You are correct though, I was wanting the sidelight panels to align with the panels in the door. The original sidelights are really short to us so we’d probably need to have a frame thick enough yet having everything align properly (or if the old sidelights cannot be repaired, replicas made), which is why we think we’d need someone that could take the pieces we have, repair or duplicate and to build a whole frame and door. Expensive for what amounts to a cosmetic change but knowing how beautiful the door once was and how boring it is now, it’s in a future plan to make that change,.

          • Lancaster John says: 836 comments

            Custom Door Design in New Holland PA (Amish dudes) will make most anything you want. They specialize in fancy doors for high end agricultural buildings, but I had them make a set of heavy mahogany double-entry Victorian style doors for me and am very satisfied. Not sure if they ship — I’m local.

            • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11887 comments

              1901 Folk Victorian
              Chestatee, GA

              Thanks. I think we will keep looking for a local to do it. I’m a bit paranoid at ordering something like that online and if something goes wrong, we are stuck with a door that may not fit properly or align well with the sidelights/transom. Now windows…finding someone who will do windows would be nice. The one place in my area that everyone suggested never got back with me. The only other place everyone suggested only does vinyl!

  20. CharlesB says: 481 comments

    In my humble opinion Angelica in Allegany County is the most beautiful and atmospheric village in all of Western New York. Here’s an 1860ish home there priced in the twenties:


    • NEdebh says: 32 comments

      CharlesB..do you live in Angelica? My gggrandfather and gggrandmother were married there back in 1840.

      • CharlesB says: 481 comments

        I live about a hundred miles west in the Chautauqua County Grape Belt, but I love to take visitors to Angelica to see the incredible old architecture and to visit the shops and restaurants and send them home with a loaf of the village’s famed salt-rising bread. A couple of years back I was given a tour by the former town historian that gave me a REAL understanding of just how unique and important Angelica is.

        • NEdebh says: 32 comments

          Thanks..was hoping you lived in Angelica and that I could possibly talk you into doing some genealogical sleuthing for me.Β  Love what you had to say about Angelica!

  21. DANPDX says: 80 comments

    Here is a collection of homes that are listed on local and National historic registers located in Oregon…enjoy:

    1. On the NHS (https://npgallery.nps.gov/nrhp/GetAsset?assetID=ab3bda03-aea8-4bd3-afc3-34b457bd33cb), you’ll love the Dr. William Cusick home if you love unfinished millwork and colonial revival style homes:

    415 Lincoln St S
    Salem, OR 97302

    2. Known as the “Sears House” in the Albany City Historic Inventory, the home is in the Craftsman style built in 1900 (https://www.cityofalbany.net/departments/community-development/historic-preservation/historic-inventory). Beautiful, solid house…not crazy about the modern decor, but nothing irreversable and lots of original features here intact:

    615 3rd Ave SE
    Albany, OR 97321

    3. The Ralston-Miller house, built in 1892 in the Queen Anne style. The home is listed in the State of Oregon List of Historic Properties (http://www.ci.lebanon.or.us/sites/default/files/fileattachments/community_development/page/890/main_street_481.pdf)…the owners have done a good job restoring the exterior and the house is largely intact:

    481 S Main (- 461) St
    Lebanon, OR 97355

    4. John E Povey home: John and his brother David operated the Povey Art Glass Company in Portland beginning in 1888. The home is on the NHS (https://npgallery.nps.gov/GetAsset?assetID=4c70030a-9338-40dd-bda4-9eb69b49bf15). There are also additional photos here (http://www.oregonlive.com/hg/index.ssf/2017/01/art_glass_queen_anne_povey_hou.html). The home has been owned by the same family since the early 1970’s:

    1312 NE Tillamook St
    Portland, OR 97212

  22. ATLBrysco says: 2 comments

    My House… πŸ™‚ Labor of Love at this point… built in 1903.


  23. Eileen M says: 290 comments

    I agree with David. You do a wonderful job of giving us peeks into these old places. Thank you!

  24. says: 3 comments

    Hi everyone. This is my first t I me posting on this site, but have been looking for a while and I absolutely love this site.
    There is no intierior pictures of this house. Recently spoke to a realtor friend to see if I could get a walk through. If i can get one will post pics. For the price and the neighborhood I cant believe this hasnt sold yet

    Another house I think is a great investment that has been on the market a while and I cannot figure out why.

  25. Cora says: 2060 comments

    The windows and siding are unfortunate. Still lots to love:

    307 E Columbia Ave, Greensburg, KY
    6 bds β€’ 2.0 ba β€’ 3,836 sqft http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/105827257_zpid/

  26. Jennifer HT says: 767 comments

    I posted a bunch Thursday night in last weeks thread, because I thought it was Friday. I was on autopilot!

    Here are some lookers-

    The first interior is quite nice.

    Love the simple kitchen.

    OH MY! Wood and tile and so much more!

    Needs better pics…

    Kitchen is a bit too updated, but the house is in what looks like good condition.

    • Cathy says: 2200 comments

      The middle one, in Ridgefield, NJ… Its foyer’s mosaic tiled floor, and then the wood floors throughout the rest of the house, are beautiful!

  27. JOE says: 750 comments

    On Friday, February 3, 2017, I visited went to see a Second Empire house for sale in Highspire PA,
    which had been posted by Diane on Old House Dreams in the January 27, 2017 link and exchange. https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2017/01/27/january-27-2016-link-exchange-discussion/
    Diane’s post was made at 12:38 PM on 1/28/2017 if you want to see it. She and I corresponded via post after I decided to go see it. Go to the link for that information. (the exchange lists me as Joe)
    The pictures of the house on the listing were disappointing because I like to see the stairs and although the Reator had posted photos of the entry hall from the back to show the entry and the grand hall doors, there were no stair shots. The house is divided into four apartments. As one enters, Apartment one is to the left. Apartment two is above that on the second floor, and it appears that someone started to turn the third floor into a fifth apartment, but has not worked on it recently. I was not able to see apartment three or four, so missed seeing one half of the house.
    I started by taking some pictures of the exterior of the house. The front portion is a typical second Empire square brick building with a slate fishscale Mansard roof. There is a two-story wing behind it which is also brick with the same detailing. There is a long two-story side porch, which wraps on the first floor around to a rear wood sided, one story addition on the back.
    To make a long story short, it has a magnificent three-story, stair with a continuous oak bannister from first floor to the third. The beautifully turned balusters are also oak. Although I only saw two apartments and the third floor, the detail is amazing. When I got home I realized that I had taken 136 pictures, of which I would like to post 133 that turned out. I will be happy to answer any questions.
    I am afraid that posting this file of pictures either won’t work or will take up too much space on the OHD site. They are all in one file on my MAC desktop and I have given each photo a somewhat descriptive name. Any ideas on how to show them or if it is safe to post this many?

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11887 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      It would be good if you could upload them to Flickr or if anyone has suggestions on where to post them. It’ll take a while but would be best with that many photos.

    • JOE says: 750 comments

      Thank you Kelly. I have joined flickr and uploaded the photos, created an album and created a link to the album which has 133 photos of the Highspire house. Here is what I think is a link to the album. https://www.flickr.com/gp/dersie/08uYZs Hope it works, if it doesn’t, let me know. By the way, I somehow copied the first photo from later in the stream, so the album has 134 photos. If you skip the first one. it will come up later and make more sense in the stream of the photos. In the second photo showing the side porch, I am taking it from the side road and the back of the corner house blocks the view a bit.

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11887 comments

        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        Thank you Joe!

        Look at those yummy details. Those (I assume faux painted) wood doors are gorgeous!

        • JOE says: 750 comments

          I particularly want to thank you, Kelly. In less than a year, OHD and its community has taught me more than any other use of the web. It has shown me that I am not alone in the world as one who appreciates the finer aspects of old homes. I have also learned a lot from the comments on properties that you post and the weekly link and exchange posts. I have a new confidence in redoing a house properly by my view as opposed to pandering to the “decorating channels” that shill for big box sellers and plastic products, which call laminated wood veneer flooring hardwood for example.
          This site has given me the courage of my convictions and I am grateful.

        • JOE says: 750 comments

          The original doors throughout the house appear to me, as a professional woodworker and furniture restorer and finisher, to be solid oak with a very dark stain. Many have been painted. The trim appears to be the same. The surface of the door panels appears to be either a walnut burl veneer or grain painting to make it look that way. If I owned the house, I would take a scraper to a painted panel to remove an area of paint and then wet sand it to see if the wood was the oak or if it had been veneered. If veneered it would make them much finer and considerably easier to restore to their former glory. The burl or faux paint is also on a flat section of the interior foyer door. where someone painted all but the burl white. I did show that in a photo. By the way, the foyer and exterior doors look to my eye like they are two inches thick!

          • says: 5 comments

            Is there a basement? There’s a little window left of the front door and it looks like a slab was poured next to the porch over an outside stair down?

            • JOE says: 750 comments

              I would say that there is a basement, but the listing agent only gave us access to the entry, front hall, the first and second floor apartments to the left of the hall as one walked in, and the third floor. I never got to even see half of the house, so I can’t speak to the condition of it. There are lots of vinyl replacement windows, but not on the third floor. The 1st floor rear of the front hall has been blocked off under the stairs. There is a door in the apartment that was locked, which appeared to me to have originally returned to the hall under the stair landing between 1st & 2nd floor. It is clear that there is some leveling needed in the front. If you look at the baseboards in the pictures of the interior of either side of the outside front door you can see that the entry side baseboards are way below the ones on the exterior wall.
              I know exactly what you mean by the slab in front . My guess would be that that was not an entry, but a window originally because of the lack of frontage from the road. The porch is clearly not original with the plastic columns and railings.
              It was cold and my hands felt like they were frozen by the time I took all of the front details at the end of my visit. I started in the back and left side yard originally, went inside next, and finished with the front. I did not walk the other side. There did not appear to be much land on that side. I don’t know why, maybe because I had not been allowed to see the apartments on that side, I was psyched out of thinking about it.
              Hope I have answered any questions that you might have. If not, feel free to ask more.

      • JimHJimH says: 5148 comments
        OHD Supporter

        Great job JOE! I was afraid the stair had been altered for the apartments – I’m glad that’s not the case! Beautiful. It looks like a very doable project. The economics are difficult, since it’s priced for income (4 units x $30k), and the single family market isn’t very strong there.
        Right across the river from Libby’s great house in Mechanicsburg – a different style but a much easier project!

        • JOE says: 750 comments

          Thank you. Coming from you, Jim, that is quite a compliment. I am trying to educate myself as I rehab my Federal townhouse and my 1880’s “Plain Jane” Victorian at the same time about styles and what houses are available. I hope to be finished my current projects in two years, at which point I want to know a lot more about what I want to do next. I hope at 59 that I have about ten more good years of restoration in me.
          Although the house in Mechanicsburg needs less inside, I prefer to take things back as closely to original as possible. I would much rather rescue a wreck, than fix up something that is not at risk. I am a terrible snob about woods and the stains and finishes on them. I want to restore the wood like a piece of furniture and not a “floor grade” finish.
          I give all credit to Diane’s eye for a house. She posted the house originally and it had no stair pictures, and it was near enough to me for a half day trip to see it. I just had to see if it had a stair, and it was such a treat to see such a great stair in easily restorable condition. I only saw the hallways, the left side of the house, and the third floor. I did it for fun. I always take lots of pictures, and with flickr I don’t need to filter out those that are redundant or not so good.
          I repeat, Thank you for the uplifting compliment.

    • Cathy says: 2200 comments

      I’ll happily take the Tudor rivival! Plenty of curb appeal, then lots of cool niches & bays, nice windows, that huge stair landing with room to sit & read (or nap!)… ??

    • Cathy says: 2200 comments

      I like the Westerly house! Nice floor plan, esp downstairs – goes round & round, instead of U shaped plan. Although I wouldn’t have opened up the kitchen wall on the DR side, but that’s just me.

  28. Richard M. Fiske says: 1 comments

    1849 Greek Revival House for Sale – Remodeled

    My name is Richard Fiske. I completely restored this Home inside and out, over a 2 year period. It had lots of detail to this historic house. Old beauty’s like this don’t come on the market too often.

    Check out the MLS listing and Zillow for all the info.
    1849 Greek Revival House For Sale
    85 Mentor Ave. Painesville Oh 44077



    Here is some info on my remodeling company and the work I do:

    Construction, Remodeling, Home Improvement

    • says: 5 comments

      Also, the street viewing Google Maps is blurred out in all directions. Anyone know why? I found it referred to as the Segar Chaney house. There are a few interior photos on the inspection PDF attached to the auction listing. Hope this one gets restored!

    • Cathy says: 2200 comments

      Ooooh, that second house! So, so, so many lovely aspects! Incl. the blue bathroom; its toilet even still has the matching porcelain cover for the pipe which connects the reservoir with the bowl! And matching basketweave tile flooring. Great! I’m not fond of the dark cabinetry of the kitchen, but… it does have a ton of storage, with a great view out the window above the sink! Overall, the house is so beautiful that I think I could forgive the dark kitchen.

  29. JimHJimH says: 5148 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Here’s a handsome Colonial Revival Foursquare on the National Register in Newark Valley, a small village in the southern tier of New York. It’s a half hour to Binghamton for major shopping. Not a true period restoration but most of the original features are well-preserved – except it needs its roof balustrades back! The modern kitchen and baths are nicely done IMO. Love the barn too.

    Excellent web-site also, with a great vintage photo and story. The toddler on the porch in 1911 lived in the house her entire life until 1999.

    • MW says: 904 comments

      JimH, nice post. I really like this house, and seriously, that barn is calling my name! I like how the house is very nice on the outside, even a bit plain and understated and unpretentious, but also very nice and wonderfully detailed inside. It even still has the original gazebo in the yard. If you look at the satellite view, it appears to have even more barns in the back, not just that one we see in the photo. But maybe those have been divided off to what looks like another house further back?

      I agree on adding back the roof balustrades – or maybe even also adding in a matching center dormer to the front for more light into that glorious attic room. I love good attics and outbuildings!

      Only thing I see that I’m not big on about this house is the schools seem to rate less than inspiring. Having 2 younger kids, we’d have to possibly factor in the cost of a good private school, and that isn’t cheap. Unfortunate as the typical NY taxes aren’t the best either.

    • MW says: 904 comments

      If you look at the map on Homesnap, you can see the property lines and it does confirm that those other barns are now part of the other house in the rear and over to the side. That’s too bad. But I guess how many barns do you really need for an in-town house, right? No need to be greedy.

      It does also show some nice added open yard space over to the right too though, so that is nice, good for the kids to play in.


    • MW says: 904 comments

      Oh no, poor old house! Hope somebody can save it. It is interesting to see it all opened up like that and see things you usually don’t get to see. How this really old homes were built, all by hand basically, is really interesting. I hate to see all the old originally material removed and probably lost. But it is interesting to see the insides from an archeology perspective.

      Nice set of houses farmher1988. Thanks for sharing!

      • JOE says: 750 comments

        As a man who loves to restore old houses, I want to say, “Do not despair”. That house still has a lot of its key original features. The hardest part is already done. No need to do much, if any demolition. No need to angst over the little details about what to keep. There is a lot of original moldings left that can be copied if needed. The former, or current, owner has already made a lot of the tough choices. It is now time to inventory what is left and rebuild. It can be great with little demo time and expense. When one buys an old house, not knowing the condition underneath is one of the biggest risks. If I weren’t doing two already I would give this one a long look.

    • John Shiflet says: 5454 comments

      In some areas, this would be a cherished landmark home. Majestic towered Second Empire homes like this one are increasingly rare. The former mansion appears to be relatively intact on the exterior although often realtors will not photograph faded but intact interiors thinking that prospective buyers only want to see new and improved. But this 1860’s-1870’s house also has problems related to location. A streetview tour of the neighborhood reveals a very diverse architectural inventory. It’s also demographically diverse with Hispanic and African American churches. However, lacking is evidence of investment and/or restoration activity making this house https://goo.gl/maps/Ge3KkP5vfYB2 (streetview) a less than ideal candidate for a full restoration. Not far away is this faded towered Queen Anne desperately calling out for someone to save and restore her: https://goo.gl/maps/pnodggmgT4N2 But if the neighborhood is considered unsafe, then no one will buy and invest there. Connecticut is also among states with the highest property taxes which is another disincentive to buy and invest in a historic home there. Wish I had any solutions to offer but the relative robust asking price (probably based on the value of the land or rental income potential) is yet another obstacle in the path of a neighborhood renaissance. In summary, the fate of this former Victorian era mansion is doubtful at best. It really tugs at the heartstrings of anyone who loves old houses like it yet is powerless to save it. Thanks for sharing.

      • JOE says: 750 comments

        If you take the GM link to the house in my post above, look at the one on the next block east and south on the corner. It is fighting between being Victorian and Second Empire. It has two towers that have lost their roofs. If the tower roofs were put back and it was properly painted, I suspect it could be a gem.

    • CharlesB says: 481 comments

      God, what a horrible picture! Here’s a better one:


      Located in the East Bridgeport National Register district and the Pembroke City local historic district. I was on the inside a couple of decades ago (it was a doctor’s office and residence) and the place was in a museum-like state of preservation and quite opulent.

  30. Kay says: 63 comments

    I can’t get passed the rooster! He is facing one way in the top picture and another way in the bottom one. Now, that boy gets around. Love the house . Love the history more.

  31. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11887 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Just a reminder, this week I’m doing scheduled posts so some of your shares will not be thanked like usual until later. I have a few you’ve shared that will be going up this week, so thanks ahead of time. πŸ™‚

  32. says: 1 comments

    Here is a gorgeous 1890 Victorian by the locally-famous architect Joseph A. Leonard, located in an area of Alameda noted for its beautiful homes, which used to be called “Leonardville”.


  33. AaronAaron says: 43 comments


    The Howard House, La Reve, for sale in Knoxville, Tennessee. It’s a pretty remarkable house, not only because it’s survived on its large lot amid the commercial development of North Broadway, but in its own right. Threatened a couple of years ago for the construction of a Walmart, the heirs to the property couldn’t get the necessary rezoning (with the attendant legal wrangling that’s left the house in a sort of limbo). The current price, reflective of its current zoning, is probably awfully reasonable considering what someone is getting and where.

    You have to click through to the photos – it’s a commercial listing, so isn’t organized the same as most.

  34. Colleen Johnson says: 1156 comments

    Kelly your pictures this Friday post are amazing, what a charming house and liked the rooster too!

  35. Ed Ferris says: 299 comments

    As a farmer’s grandson, I am basically cheap. Also I have worked in the rehab business. So these houses may be too ratty for most people. There are several good listings in Springfield, but if you are interested in Massachusetts, Orange is not far away:

    Needs paint and the porch roof rebuilt, but has good details and seems habitable. Listed Dec. 28th and not snapped up yet.

    $40K, on Zillow 240 days
    Boy, does this house need paint! But it has some architectural interest and they’ve knocked $10K off the price recently. What would you call that dormer — an angular eyebrow?

    A former church, “fixer-upper”, 11K sq. ft.

    In my home town:
    A cute bungalow that somebody picked up in a tax sale four years ago and is trying to make a few thousand on without doing any work. Will be shown the house Thursday, so if anybody’s interested let me know.

  36. Teri says: 134 comments

    Not sure if I’m doing this incorrectly, the only way I could find to send a link of a home for your consideration is to go to the weekly link, then scroll down to the comments section as I have? I’m not an agent nor am I technologically advanced haha. Of there is an easier way to send links please let me know. Until then, how about a West Virginia home for the list?

  37. Teri says: 134 comments

    1890 wheeling wv, great woodwork and great price. Issue is it’s on an island in the Ohio river so flood zone. But nice opportunity.

  38. Teri says: 134 comments

    Really cool Victorian in WV. Gorgeous courtyard with outdoor metal spiral staircase, looks great inside, awesome view of Ohio river. Not too sure about the blue and white bathroom fixture, seems too small to be a tub?

  39. Teri says: 134 comments

    Great home overall in one of the best neighbourhoods in town. Needs work but it’s not too bad.


  40. Teri says: 134 comments

    This 5000+ square foot home was once only a carriage house. In WV, about an hour commute to Pittsburgh.


  41. Teri says: 134 comments

    This pretty home has been in pending status for 8 weeks. My fiancΓ© and I considered it, and we might have bought it but for a few issues on our end that have come up. The caveat (there’s always one with a home like this at such a cheap price, $69k) is that it sits in an island in the middle of the Ohio river. Which does flood (last big one 2004). And the general area isn’t the best in town. But man does this one have potential!

  42. Teri says: 134 comments

    2400 sq foot built 1890, $89.5k. On the Ohio riverfront (technically it is on Wheeling island which is a recognized island of the Ohio river). About 3k residents on the island and maybe another 30-40k in the town overall? It is in a flood zone so beware. But really cool home and land.


  43. Teri says: 134 comments

    Very quirky place in my town. Large and has some unique accents, including the odd peacock mural on the garage wall. Large and in an excellent area of town, but is still on the market.


  44. Tan says: 9 comments

    This beautiful North Knoxville home has been on the endangered list. thankfully Walmart pulled out of the deal and it is up for sale as a private residence. It’s absolutely beautiful and I hope someone will love and preserve it for another century!


  45. Matthew Jacobi says: 2 comments

    Hey, I have an old house for sale in Moosomin, Saskatchewan(Canada) and thought you might like it listed on this site. I will attempt to send a link but I’m afraid I’m not all that computer literate.

    Matthew J.

  46. CallaR says: 1 comments

    Queen Anne Victorian home with a summer house priced to sell! Prime location 2 blocks from Lake Michigan and fronts the Historic Library Park. Excellent rehab and investment opportunity! Check out the link below!

  47. Cora says: 2060 comments


    1202 NE Winfield Ave in Oakland, Topeka, KS 66616
    $32,500 | 4 Bed β€’ 1 Bath

  48. says: 55 comments

    Really late to the game this week, but still wanted to share some finds!

    A gorgeous home in Galena, IL that actually isn’t as outrageous of a price like most of the homes in Galena.

    Perfect home for a large family! Large home and a decent chunk of land!

    Sharing because of the exterior, home burnt inside so it was completely gutted to my knowledge. I am just glad the exterior was saved because it is absolutely beautiful!

    The price and the bathroom are to die for!

    There has been so many lovely homes from Omaha shared this last week that I thought I would add one more to the list!

  49. Bjh says: 5 comments

    I’m obsessed with this 1910 Salina, KS 3-story. Beautiful unpainted woodwork and built-ins, minimal remuddling, surrounded by other vintage homes and only $68,500. I’d gut the kitchen, tear out shelves and non-original French doors in room opposite front door. From street view it looks like there may be a second floor door to flat roof over kitchen. Wish there were photos of bathrooms, basement, back view of house, and third floor/attic. It would break my heart if the buyers painted the stained woodwork. Since I can’t buy it (we live in TX), I’m hoping an old house lover here will buy and restore it properly.

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