March 17, 2017: Link Exchange & Discussion

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  1. Tim O says: 8 comments

    Cabin in the woods
    3596 Leeds Manor Rd, Markham, VA 22643

    $390,000 | 2 Bed • 1 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/3596-Leeds-Manor-Rd_Markham_VA_22643_M64424-45290

  2. Alan says: 2 comments

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/45072312_zpid/
    3 bed 2 bath home in tampa. Pretty unusual to see a home this old around here with so much still intact. No clue about the neighborhood or flooding, but I think a lot of South tampa is pretty safe, but I know some of the streets flood when it rains.

  3. Cathy F. says: 2186 comments

    Laundry day! But I give up… what are those rather large hive-shaped things to the right of the house?

  4. Molly Rosentreter says: 1 comments

    1867 Victorian Hobby Farm
    5 bed, 4 bath, 4100 sq ft, 1000+ sq ft of porches, 10 acres w/3 outbuildings
    completely remodeled with all original charm intact. Carlinville, IL
    $469,000
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/14976-Stagecoach-Rd-Carlinville-IL-62626/89985829_zpid/

    • Colleen Johnson says: 1211 comments

      This is my dream home and property. Loved it! Thank you for sharing!

    • SueSue says: 1160 comments
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      Love the way the decorated. Wonderful find Molly.

    • David says: 29 comments

      Not only is this house fantastic, but the ad is a textbook example all realtors should follow in how to sell a house. 79 wonderful, clear and lucid photos all with captions clearly labelling what we are looking at. Hat’s off to that realtor.

  5. Sunflower & Poppy says: 52 comments

    Forgive me if someone else already noticed this wonderful Taft-Haywood House on the Preservation North Carolina site — just appeared there recently!
    https://www.presnc.org/properties/haywood-taft-house/
    Mount Gilead NC looks like a very small remote place, but what a project for a dedicated preservationist and the price would seem appropriate for the right individual. No doubt preservation covenants would apply but so would tax incentives.

    • Colleen Johnson says: 1211 comments

      At that price, why not take on the work to make this home loved once again!

    • Laurie W. says: 1770 comments

      I fell in love at first sight! More in love at 2nd & 10th. WISH I could take this adorable interesting house & give it the attention it deserves. Curved wall under the stairs, yes! Fireplaces all over the place. Lovely gingerbread, not overdone. A SLATE CHIMNEY? Never encountered one before — I presume they work ok or that one would have been gone long ago. You learn something every day. Gosh, all this for almost free. Sigh.

    • SueSue says: 1160 comments
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      A treasure. Reminds me of the Truman Capote’s accounts of his Aunt’s house.

    • Lori says: 117 comments

      So much potential with this quaint house!

  6. SonofSyosset says: 58 comments

    Late 18th century house in the Sandwich/Cotuit area of Cape Cod. The asking price is almost $400,000 less than the home sold for in 2007.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/40-Old-Kings-Rd-Cotuit-MA-02635/55842831_zpid

  7. Cora says: 2026 comments

    A Ft Worth find. Needs a bunch of love, but oh, that front room…

    4500 Meadowbrook Dr in West Meadowbrook, Fort Worth, TX 76103
    $100,000 | 3 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/4500-Meadowbrook-Dr_Fort-Worth_TX_76103_M85548-43622

    Time capsule, again in Ft Worth. Love that bright pink bathroom tile:

    2541 Cockrell Ave in University Place, Fort Worth, TX 76109
    $470,000 | 4 Bed • 3 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2541-Cockrell-Ave_Fort-Worth_TX_76109_M88924-87063

  8. LUCINDA HOWARD says: 238 comments

    Good Morning everyone. Please check my post that Kelly helped with on last Fridays chat. I now know the home was occupied in the early 1900″S. Thank you

  9. Diane says: 537 comments

    For those that hope to recreate period landscaping, “Old Time Gardens” by Alice Morse Earle is a gem. Released in 1901 by Macmillan Company. The original is no longer printed. It was re released in paperback, with introduction by Virginia Lopez Begg, in 2005 by First University Press of New England. Although Alice Morse Earle had her favorite time periods and plants, her historical research is vast.

  10. John Shiflet says: 5348 comments

    Lucinda; Kelly, I replied to Lucinda about her recently bought old house (a popular James Daverman & Son design) in the previous weekend discussion page. The subject house of this post is also probably a planbook house. (I’ll have to look up the design) If its the one I’m thinking of, there’s one like it in Kansas and I’ll link to it in streetview.

  11. Misstessa says: 1 comments

    Hello everyone, I thought I’d share this house because it has such a beautiful & unique “storybook” exterior. It is a 4 bdrm, 1.5 bath, built in 1927. Located in Appleton, WI.

    https://www.trulia.com/property/3260452077-815-S-Pierce-Ave-Appleton-WI-54914

    • Colleen Johnson says: 1211 comments

      Love love love the second one!

    • SueSue says: 1160 comments
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      When I lived on Nevins St. I used to love to walk at night and look into the brownstones. I did this when I lived in Boston too. It was so much fun.

      I adore the Sterling St brownstone I can see it filled with beautiful things that compliment it’s lovely design. Wish there were more pictures.

    • Cathy F. says: 2186 comments

      They’re both in really nice shape. The floors & details are great!

  12. DANPDX says: 80 comments

    I’ve been watching reruns of the “Restore” show on DIY Network (thanks, Kelly and others for turning me on to this show) and loving it! The selections I’m sharing today are inspired from the host’s enthusiasm:

    1. Amazing Hollywood(land) castle, once occupied by Clark Gable and Carole Lombard. Appears mostly untouched…can you get anymore “Old Hollywood” than this?

    2720 Woodhaven Dr
    Los Angeles, CA 90068
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2720-Woodhaven-Dr-Los-Angeles-CA-90068/20806723_zpid

    2. This old beauty is in a Historic Preservation Overlay Zone – exciting to see. Just have your paint stripper ready! I’d love to see the natural stone on the facade exposed under all that minty green paint:

    2420 7th Ave
    Los Angeles, CA 90018
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2420-7th-Ave-Los-Angeles-CA-90018/20595054_zpid

    3. Colonial revival built in 1908…needs a lot of work, but a great example of the early high-end architecture of Los Angeles’ close-in neighborhoods. I am amazed the original woodwork and fireplace have been retained, even what look like some of the original kitchen cupboards. Grittier neighborhood…the house next door, which is also for sale, did not fare as well (interior modifications):

    1546 S St Andrews Pl
    Los Angeles, CA 90019
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1546-S-St-Andrews-Pl-Los-Angeles-CA-90019/20602733_zpid

    4. Nice old home in Angelino Heights…well preserved and in a great neighborhood:

    855 E Kensington Rd
    Los Angeles, CA 90026
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/855-E-Kensington-Rd-Los-Angeles-CA-90026/20740281_zpid

    5. Great craftsman cottage built in 1912 that just needs a lot of love inside. All of the original woodwork seems to be there under miles of paint. The neighborhood is full of comparable homes in nice shape…not a premium address in LA, but doesn’t appear to be terrible, either:

    4607 S Wilton Pl
    Los Angeles, CA 90062
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4607-S-Wilton-Pl-Los-Angeles-CA-90062/20569203_zpid

    • Colleen Johnson says: 1211 comments

      Wow all gorgeous, number 4 please being my favourite!

    • Bethany Otto says: 3313 comments

      In regards to the first house: I’m a bit surprised more attention to staging wasn’t taken with a $3 million house. Unmade, rumpled beds do not show a home to its best advantage, just saying.

  13. Colleen Johnson says: 1211 comments

    The following link I’m going to show you is the problem I have living in my city. I can not find a good deal on an old house. Living in a not so old city finding old homes in western Canada is like finding a needle in a haystack. Our old farm houses barely exist and this is cowtown too, so it’s frustrating. I am trying to get my husband to think of going east where we could find something much better. Anyway here is my link, I certainly don’t put many links as like I said, they are extremely hard to find. Also finding one that is true to period is really impossible. https://www.remax.ca/ab/calgary-real-estate/na-1723-24-st-sw-na-wp_id168211057-lst/

  14. tess says: 313 comments

    Seneca, SC Livingston-Stribling Historic home, 4600 sq. ft interior, 1800 sq. ft of porches, carefully redone leaving the original woodwork and fireplaces intact.

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/210-S-Townville-St_Seneca_SC_29678_M64418-67775?ex=SC624675990

  15. SueSue says: 1160 comments
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    Going through a very big Herx with my Lyme so I have been looking at a lot of houses for fun. I came across this. Oh my. Each picture holds more treasures.

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/918-W-Boston-Blvd_Detroit_MI_48202_M38200-45141#photo95

    Love this one. Hasn’t been renovated to death. It also has the most beautiful floating staircase.

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1075-Burns-St_Detroit_MI_48214_M31692-19973#

    Beautiful stained glass and an upstairs room that looks like it was a ballroom?

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/858-W-Boston-Blvd_Detroit_MI_48202_M34487-99743#photo32

    Hate the kitchen but the house is enchanting.

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/670-Virginia-Park-St_Detroit_MI_48202_M42596-60643#photo19

    Looks like this fixer upper hasn’t has too much ugly renovation to undo. Could be brought back to it’s former self.

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2432-W-Boston-Blvd_Detroit_MI_48206_M42607-32948#photo0

  16. Cora says: 2026 comments

    As lovely as they come:

    1536 W Walnut St in West Walnut, Allentown, PA 18102

    $179,900 | 7 Bed • 3 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1536-W-Walnut-St_Allentown_PA_18102_M48384-77491

  17. Laurie W. says: 1770 comments

    Unusual Mediterranean-meets-rustic on Lake Lure NC. https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Rutherford-County-NC/fsba,fsbo,new_lt/house_type/2100372172_zpid/3015_rid/3-_beds/1700-1960_built/globalrelevanceex_sort/35.632186,-81.617432,35.160336,-82.355576_rect/10_zm/3_p/0_mmm/

    Disassembled & stored to preserve it, the 1808 Israel Demeritt-O’Kane house is for sale. Interior photos from 1955 and pictures of it as pieces were numbered & dismantled, plus video & links to further info: http://www.preservationtimberframing.com/israel-demeritt-okane-house/. Unique crown moldings, chair rails & casings, original sash windows with Indian shutters are stored with the entire antique house. Photos provide an interesting look at its construction methods and materials.

    Love the house and family in your photo, Kelly. It’s a substantial place. Pretty lady on the steps. Must have been washing day. What are the items to the right of the house? Bee skeps? Piles of leaves? I can’t tell!

    • SueSue says: 1160 comments
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      I can’t open the second homes photos but I am in love with the first house. Oh and what a spot! Imagine sitting out looking at the view at dusk on a warm summer evening. Heaven.

    • Lori says: 117 comments

      What an unexpected southern European house in North Carolina! Would want the exterior to be a bit more yellow like in provence!

  18. MaryS says: 17 comments

    This is an over the top remodel (remuddle) If you look at Google street view you can see what the outside look like is 2015. Love the bathroom mirrors. I was told that the re-muddle cost almost $700,000.

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/101-S-13th-St_San-Jose_CA_95112_M14705-65316

  19. JullesJulles says: 530 comments
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    I found this on the coast of NC. If you like them really old, big, affordable and beautiful take a look at this one! And the Furniture! I’m in love. Do you think they would throw it in for free?

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/333-Jay-Trl-Murfreesboro-NC-27855/113753040_zpid/

  20. LUCINDA HOWARD says: 238 comments

    Charleston John, thank you. When the recorders office showed a build date of 1945 I was in shock.

    • SueSue says: 1160 comments
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      This is one of those homes that from the outside does not hint to what awaits you inside. Just fantastic. I could live in the solarium.

    • Cathy F. says: 2186 comments

      A large & lovely house. Neat doors leading into the library, & very nice bathrooms. The staircase is cool, but notice how horizontal slats have been added onto the upper hall landing? Whenever I see staircases with large openings, I wonder how namy kids & pets fall through!!

  21. Beautiful Victorian home in Redlands, Ca built in 1888 with Citrus Grove! Northside in a University district. Near where I live. Great price but I have seen many houses go in bidding wars lately.
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1329-Sylvan-Blvd_Redlands_CA_92374_M21146-44248

    • SueSue says: 1160 comments
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      Wow, a citrus orchard. I am often attracted to a home because of the land it sits on. This is a beautiful home that is also on a wonderful piece of land.

  22. John Shiflet says: 5348 comments

    Kelly,
    I found out the subject photo for the weekend discussion is a Palliser Brothers design number 24, estimated to cost $1,700 to build in the early 1880’s. I sent you a scan of the planbook page (Dover publications reprint) as well as a photo of this house design in Hiawatha, Kansas that I took about a dozen years ago. But alas, I have no idea where the subject house is or was located.

  23. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11699 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I see similarities in the design. Was Palliser known for modifications on planbook houses?

  24. John Shiflet says: 5348 comments

    The Pallisers were not as flexible about making design modifications as were other later plan book architects such as George F. Barber. The main difference I see is the two story front bay with three windows instead of four. But that is a minor modification and may have been a choice made by the builder rather than the architect. The bay on the side in the subject photo was probably a similar modification from the house plans. However, the tower with the diamond diagonal window is too similar to the published design for me to accept this is not a Palliser plan.

  25. John Shiflet says: 5348 comments

    Saw a monumental Italianate in Jacksonville, IL, for sale on Zillow: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/876-W-State-St-Jacksonville-IL-62650/105673559_zpid/ According to a local tourism sheet, a massive mirror from this house was removed and put in the reception center of a local college. However, the large period lighting fixtures remain. I visited Jacksonville in 2014 and took a couple of photos of the house: https://www.flickr.com/photos/11236515@N05/22481136196/in/album-72157660334130225/ and an evening shot: https://www.flickr.com/photos/11236515@N05/22481136196/in/album-72157660334130225/ The 1857 Augustus Ayers house is a local landmark.

    • JimHJimH says: 4850 comments
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      Thanks John, for the impressive Jacksonville house. I see that some of the exterior detail is cast iron, which explains its condition. Nice Flickr album of the variety of architecture there as well!

      • John Shiflet says: 5348 comments

        Thanks, Jim. I’m glad you also liked the Jacksonville, IL, album. I discovered that Mike E. had already posted a link to the Ayers House above before I did. (above) My apologies to Mike especially considering that this was his first post. I think the massive period (gas?) light fixtures in the house are phenomenal. As mentioned, oddly a local tourist info sheet makes note of a massive mirror coming out of the Ayers house and going over to a local college. If I were the buyer of the Ayers House, should the college not consider returning the mirror then I would want to have it replicated. A correct period restoration of this landmark home would make it stellar inside. Not many grand antebellum homes of this early Italianate style remain extant so this one should please a purist. I bet the house has quite a history to go with it and may also have a connection to Abraham Lincoln from the days before he ran for president. Did you happen to look for any history on the property?

  26. Ed Ferris says: 311 comments

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1060-Madison-Ave-Evansville-IN-47714/77099374_zpid/
    $55K
    A Mission-style 1915 bungalow in — Evansville, Indiana?

  27. Cora says: 2026 comments

    Craftsman:

    838 S Filmore St in Southside, Allentown, PA 18103
    $135,000 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/838-S-Filmore-St_Allentown_PA_18103_M41007-69058

    Not normally a fan of painted wood, but this is nice:

    801 N Wood Ave, Florence, AL 35630
    $792,500 | 4 Bed • 5 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/801-N-Wood-Ave_Florence_AL_35630_M85668-13419

    Bargain!

    300 Second St W, Tuscumbia, AL 35674
    $79,000 | 5 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/300-W-2nd-St_Tuscumbia_AL_35674_M79187-08419

    Even better bargain:

    156 Central Ave, Cortland, NY 13045
    $59,900 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/156-Central-Ave_Cortland_NY_13045_M48373-24603

  28. Cora says: 2026 comments

    14 bedrooms, 29 acres, seems too good to be true:

    35 Thorne Way, Keene Valley, NY 12943
    $795,000 | 14 Bed • 7 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/35-Thorne-Way_Keene-Valley_NY_12943_M39749-66572

    The build date on this seems a little early. Beautiful old home:

    253 Clinton St, Watertown, NY 13601
    $379,900 | 8 Bed • 6 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/253-Clinton-St_Watertown_NY_13601_M44912-68598

    The carriage house, the butler’s pantry, and that little front balcony make this a favorite of mine:

    27 Church St, Moravia, NY 13118
    $179,000 | 5 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/27-Church-St_Moravia_NY_13118_M35683-97828

    • Lancaster John says: 715 comments

      Cora, that Watertown home is very cool. It almost seems like a hotel or something with the indoor pool. Unfortunately the last time I was through Watertown it looked very economically challenged. Hopefully someone will have the resources to take this jewel on.

  29. Cora says: 2026 comments

    Another nice old carriage house. I really like the exterior of this Victorian:

    721 Utica St, De Ruyter, NY 13052
    $129,900 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/721-Utica-St_De-Ruyter_NY_13052_M46446-74110

  30. mariebushman is a says: 227 comments

    Great house in Evanston. Love the price and all the wonderful features: built-ins, green tile in the bathroom and garage.
    Wish I could tolerate Eastern winters.

  31. Wm Mann says: 32 comments

    I believe the beehive shaped piles behind the clothel lines are firewood

  32. says: 56 comments

    I love the green color they choose to go with the brick. This town is also known for its beautiful homes as a few others from Quincy have also been featured on the site.
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1422-Maine-St_Quincy_IL_62301_M82619-58720

    A home from my hometown in Iowa
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/195-Alpine-St-Dubuque-IA-52001/50168114_zpid/

    The wine cellar and treehouse are big selling points for me on this one!
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1720-Vilas-Ave-Madison-WI-53711/55405273_zpid/

    Not exactly for sale, but rather a quite gorgeous home with a “Make me Move” tile
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/607-Saint-Louis-St-Edwardsville-IL-62025/4945577_zpid/

    Large, rather well updated home in Des Moines
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5215-Shriver-Ave-Des-Moines-IA-50312/794225_zpid/

    • Ed Ferris says: 311 comments

      The green on the Quincy house is Light Bronze Green. We have one similar here in Richmond.
      Have you noticed how Gold paint looks metallic on the computer screen even when it isn’t? I wasted a lot of time trying to match it at paint stores before I realized this.

  33. LUCINDA HOWARD says: 238 comments

    Charleston John,
    Your information was a GREAT help. Thanks again. We now know that O.P. Hollingsworth moved to Bolivar in 1909 after completing his law studies. He set up his practice and later became a Polk County judge. When he, his wife and two daughters moved into the home it was painted red.

  34. Cora says: 2026 comments

    Such a darling exterior! It certainly doesn’t appear to be almost 3100 sq ft:

    516 Osage St, Leavenworth, KS 66048
    $139,900 | 5 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/516-Osage-St_Leavenworth_KS_66048_M73838-51655

  35. CharlesB says: 481 comments

    Didn’t anyone identify this week’s featured house as a Palliser design, first published in 1876? See Plate 14 of the following:

    https://archive.org/details/pallisersamerica00pall

  36. Cora says: 2026 comments

    Nice one in KC. Beautiful trim:

    1600 Armstrong Ave in Riverview, Kansas City, KS 66102
    $149,000 | 3 Bed • 3 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1600-Armstrong-Ave_Kansas-City_KS_66102_M87986-20299

    How about a cute, bargain craftsman on Iowa Street, in the town of Louisiana, Missouri?

    1123 Iowa St, Louisiana, MO 63353
    $49,500 | N/A • 1 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1123-Iowa-St_Louisiana_MO_63353_M80342-69587

  37. Jbilly says: 45 comments

    Same town as today’s Italianate – Jacksonville, IL but MCM yumminess! It has it’s original Yellow metal kitchen and it’s Big!

    6 Book Ln, Jacksonville
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/6-Book-Ln_Jacksonville_IL_62650_M81609-13445

    • John Shiflet says: 5348 comments

      An unexpected high-end Mid Century Modern home in a town full of historic architecture. It’s also architect designed and rich in the details folks love in MCM houses. A pox on anyone who buys and paints over the classic Mahogany paneling. My Grandfather was a general contractor and built his home in 1957 in Texas. It had this kind of paneling on some of the walls as well. Must have been a popular wall treatment back then. In later decades, the standard practice was to paint over the lovely grained woods-usually with white paint-so finding one untouched like this home is a rare treasure. The fine modernist staircase is also a cut above the average for those days. I hope someone buys the house and keeps it as the Atomic Age beauty it has always been. Thanks for sharing.

    • JimHJimH says: 4850 comments
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      Fantastic MCM example! Built for Lawrence D. Sibert and his wife Jessie. He ran a large bookbinding firm the street is named after – Book Lane.

      Maybe by the time Kelly posts this one on its own page, someone can come up with the architect. 🙂 The kitchen is Smithsonian grade, and the period Brunswick pool table must convey!

    • Cora says: 2026 comments

      Oh my goodness! So much to love. I would not change much…would enjoy it just as it is!

  38. Kevin O'Neill says: 156 comments

    A nice English cottage that just came on the market. I know this community well and this is priced right. Great river views as well.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/647-Sibley-Memorial-Hwy-Mendota-Heights-MN-55118/1670058_zpid/

    • ChrisICU says: 625 comments

      Overall it’s such an interesting house. I’m guessing they liked the fireplace and took that. Not sure why the kitchen is so sparse except maybe they liked the cabinetry and took that, too. Otherwise it’s pretty nice.

      It’s not often that the realtor doesn’t show a pic of the front of the house – couldn’t find the front door.

    • John Shiflet says: 5348 comments

      A rather late example of the Romanesque style but highly doubtful its as early as 1890 unless it had a substantial makeover around 1900. However, the interior is suitably “baronial” as many of the large Romanesque style mansions once were. Doesn’t appear that much has been changed inside since the turn of the last century. To bring out the full potential of this period mansion some investment will be required but the good stuff that makes this house impressive is all there. Thanks for sharing.

  39. SueSue says: 1160 comments
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    I was born in Greenwich CT and grew up in Newtown. My mother grew up in Darien and Dad grew up in Stamford. Hard to believe the prices now for homes in these areas. It’s just crazy. I also find that some of the most historic homes and the most expensive have been renovated to death and no longer have the charm they once had when built. Perhaps after following this blog I have become a purist. Here are a few I think have retained a lot of their charm and originality.

    This home was the summer residence cosmetics magnate Helena Rubinstein.

    http://www.sothebyshomes.com/greenwich/sales/0068187

    We lived on Birch Hill Rd in Newtown. We used to drive past this house all the time. It was quite rundown then. I used to dream at how lovely it could be. Renovated now, a little too much in my opinion.

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/90-Birch-Hill-Rd_Newtown_CT_06470_M41603-25018#photo0

    This is my favorite. It’s lovely.

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/42-High-Rock-Rd_Sandy-Hook_CT_06482_M42758-64389?ex=CT592887509

    Main St. Newtown is lined with one historic home after another. This one was built in 1718 and has not been ruined by renovations. A beauty. A tiny bit about the house.

    http://historicbuildingsct.com/?p=4293

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/74-Main-St_Newtown_CT_06470_M37321-47806#photo26

  40. Lancaster John says: 715 comments

    Here is a national register traditional eastern shore house near the Chesapeake Bay for a low price that appears to need some decorating and historical detailing to be a showplace. https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/27067-Lawson-Barnes-Rd-Crisfield-MD-21817/37629417_zpid/

  41. says: 56 comments

    Large home in small town Illinois
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/415-2nd-St-Hopedale-IL-61747/5330575_zpid/

    Pricey, but worth it to be within walking distance of the Madison Zoo!
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2001-Jefferson-St-Madison-WI-53711/55404795_zpid/

    Legitimately drooling over this library room
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/116-W-Henry-St-Staunton-IL-62088/90001861_zpid/

    Another pricey one, but the street apparently has 19 mansions on it!
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/54-Janssen-Pl-Kansas-City-MO-64109/2341403_zpid/

    Not sure I would consider this a “mansion” as it states in the description, but goregous nonetheless
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/710-E-Armour-Blvd-Kansas-City-MO-64109/2338543_zpid/

  42. Cora says: 2026 comments

    Built-ins, cute bathroom and kitchen fixtures. Great price:

    315 N C St, Wellington, KS 67152
    $29,000 | 3 Bed • 1 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/315-N-C-St_Wellington_KS_67152_M83607-23402

  43. Hank Boswell says: 1 comments

    Have two-story 3/2/1/2 lovely brick home sitting on wooded 10.5 ac near downtown Longview TX for sale for $525,000. Classic 4380 sf showplace home from the 1930s Oil Boom era plus a separate apartment. Modern updates with much of the original flair preserved and restored. Detailed information at FarrellBoswell.com re MLS 20164651 or call me at 888-216-8890.

  44. First time sharing a link, and I hope I’m doing it correctly. Found this beauty just recently.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1550-Neeb-Rd-Cincinnati-OH-45233/34336428_zpid/

  45. Cora says: 2026 comments

    1920 Forest Dale Rd, Brandon, VT 05733
    $127,200 | 2 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1920-Forest-Dale-Rd_Brandon_VT_05733_M40884-37516

    3854 N Hollow Rd, Rochester, VT 05767
    $245,000 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/3854-N-Hollow-Rd_Rochester_VT_05767_M30424-28487

  46. Cora says: 2026 comments

    Awwwe. Something tells me this could be such a peaceful, sweet little farm. Great price, too.

    1422 N Highway 99, Emporia, KS 66801 $45,000 | 3 Bed • 1 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1422-N-Highway-99_Emporia_KS_66801_M73155-61187

  47. Cora says: 2026 comments

    I LOVE this home.

    104 W Main, Burns, KS 66840
    $62,400 | 3 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/104-W-Main_Burns_KS_66840_M88048-12863

  48. Cora says: 2026 comments

    Oh… she’s GORGEOUS.

    315 W Mission St, Saint Marys, KS 66536
    $200,000 | 5 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/315-W-Mission-St_Saint-Marys_KS_66536_M82027-36624

  49. JasonRS says: 3 comments

    We just purchased our dream home and will be moving in soon. I’ve always admired old homes for many reasons that people here share. The home has been well maintained and we want to keep it that way. In other words, if we change anything, we want it to enrich the history, beauty, and character and not affect it negatively. I’m curious what others think. I’d like to move away from the aluminum siding and flashing. It has faded and dulls exterior appeal. The woodwork and doors are original and we will not be painting those. I’m also looking at adding some crown molding, but I’m afraid to make the wrong decision. I have the carpentry tools and skills, but I lack the historical knowledge to confidently start that project. Anyway, your thoughts?

    903 S Lincoln, Springfield, IL 62704
    $295,000 | 4 Bed – 2.5 Bath

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/903-S-Lincoln-Ave_Springfield_IL_62704_M87273-57330

    Postscript – I believe this home has a bit of history. A old deed has this home owned by Lawrence Yates Sherman, IL and U.S. Senator.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11699 comments
      Admin

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      That’s the home your buying? Too funny, it’s actually on my to post list! Well, congratulations! It’s a beautiful home! I can’t comment on your questions but there are others that know more than me about that. 🙂

      • JasonRS says: 3 comments

        Thank you! We’re incredibly blessed to be able to have this home. We’re giving our families a walkthrough this weekend. I want to get more photos of the interior. I’d love to post them for others to see.

    • JimHJimH says: 4850 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Congrats JasonRS! It looks like a fine house in Springfield and I hope you can return the exterior to its original look. Good research is important, and working with preservation groups and a qualified restoration architect can be beneficial.
      L.Y. Sherman moved to Springfield during his 1905-1909 term as Lieutenant Governor, and he lived at this address until 1924. The neighborhood was developed around 1900, so he may have been the original owner. Washington Park behind the house was developed in 1901, and Governor Yates built a fine home a block away in 1905.
      http://www.historicmapworks.com/Map/US/46815/Page+127++Washington+Park/Sangamon+County+1914/Illinois/
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Gov._Richard_Yates_House_Springfield_Illinois.jpg
      Sanborn Maps, deeds and newspaper accounts might nail down the construction date more accurately. I’d bet there’s an old photo of the house in a book or historical archive, given his prominence.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_Yates_Sherman

      • JasonRS says: 3 comments

        Thanks for the information, JimH. I believe we received a copy of the original deed from the seller’s realtor that lists William B. Robinson selling the home to L.Y. Sherman in 1910. I want delve further into records to see if I can uncover some more history. Maybe I’ll get lucky and find some old photos. I think we lucked out with the interior as only the kitchen and bathrooms appear to be updated. The new HVAC and electric was well done to keep the as much of the original appearance.

        I’m looking forward to some trips to the county building and the libraries.

        Also, I just joined the IL Historic Preservation Society after recently attending a presentation on our 1909 Race Riot. Time to get more involved!

        • JimHJimH says: 4850 comments
          OHD Supporter

          JasonRS, the Springfield Directory of 1909 lists L.Y. Sherman as resident at 903 Lincoln s., with no listings for the location before that year. William B. Robinson doesn’t match anybody and no Robinsons reside in the neighborhood, so the seller was likely the builder or an investor. I hope there’s a digitized newspaper archive in Springfield, which would almost certainly reveal a note about the Lt. Governor’s new home.
          The interior does look fairly pristine with some period light fixtures. Very nice!

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