1896 Queen Anne – Mankato, MN

Added to OHD on 3/21/17   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   27 Comments
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811 S 2nd St, Mankato, MN 56001

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  • $69,900
  • 4 Bed
  • 3 Bath
  • 4685 Sq Ft
Lots of work needed but lots of space inside this historic home. Built in 1896 by the owner of the first newspaper in Mankato. Circular stairway, plenty of character in this 4+ bedroom, 3 bath home. NO RENTAL LICENSE AVAILABLE FOR THIS HOME! BUYER TO PURCHASE "AS IS".
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Peg Ganey, Century 21 Atwood Realty
(507) 387-3131
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27 Comments on 1896 Queen Anne – Mankato, MN

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  1. LadyBelle says: 61 comments

    That staircase looks really out of place. That would not be historically accurate, would it?

  2. Kevin O'Neill says: 157 comments

    I was just going to post this. This is a college town with a lot of rental property and it looks like this is sandwiched in between two rental properties already. Its a big house for the money and I would love to get my hands on it.

    • Peg Ganey says: 1 comments

      Thanks for thinking of posting, Kevin. I’m the listing agent. I actually live on the other side of the very lovely stucco 6 plex next to this historic home. I’ve loved this neighborhood! I think the variety of people, both renters and non, add to the vitality of the Lincoln Park neighborhood! If you or someone you know needs a serious fixer upper, let me know! This one is a diamond waiting to be polished!

      • Kevin O'Neill says: 157 comments

        Can you give me an idea of what this house would sell for if it was restored?
        What is the market like there? What is the ratio of renters versus homeowners in that neighborhood.
        My brother in law is just finishing college at Mankato State and I could put him to work.

      • Susie says: 1 comments

        Peg, are there more photos available? I live in Minneapolis.

      • JB says: 95 comments

        Yes, Ms. Peg, please provide more photos. This is a beautiful home for what several pictures provide. I am thankful the wood has not been painted over! I haven’t left many responses on OHD, but I have been a fan for years and read the posts nearly every day or evening when I have some free time. I have learned a vast amount of knowledge from everyone who provides input.

        If you continue to view most of the entries within Kelly’s fine OHD site, you’ll see most of the entries include LOTS of photos of the houses interiors and exteriors—even the “trouble spots” so people can view/assess any damage they might need to content with. It’d be nice to view the bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, cellar/basement, attic, sides and back of the house, even the inside of the garage/carriage house, if possible. Thank you for your time; your efforts are greatly appreciated and I imagine your ROI would be multiplied!

      • RosewaterRosewater says: 7273 comments
        OHD Supporter

        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        Yes please Peg, more pix; even if only of the stair hall window detail; it’s like a psy. 60’s color wheel and I’m fascinated. Thanks’ in advance.

  3. Shawn Cripe says: 24 comments

    Wow! This house could be so lovely! Beautiful exterior – would love to see the balcony area above the porch restored and I hope future owners make an effort to keep the existing porch elements. The dining room built-ins are fantastic! I am fairly certain that the curving staircase is original to the house and its construction is stunning. If the paneling were removed from that area, the staircase would stand out even more and be a show piece. I wish I could give this house a go – but I just don’t think I could handle Minnesota winters. I hope this place is given the love and TLC it rightly deserves.

  4. jeklstudio says: 1053 comments

    This one has a lot of potential, could be a stunner. Too bad there aren’t more photos.

  5. Bethany Otto says: 3466 comments

    Looks like besides the removal of the fake wood paneling there’s a lot of yumminess left in this house.

  6. Anne M. says: 980 comments

    What a cool looking house! would love to see more of the interior!

  7. Don from Manassas says: 41 comments

    Why would anyone put flooring on the stairway wall? That is just odd. Not enough photos on this one. Would love to see what under those carpets. Those would go right after that “wall flooring”. Love the built-ins though. A gem for sure.

  8. Michael Mackin says: 2960 comments

    This house has some amazing curb appeal! There are some things I’m not fond of, the addition on the side, but for the price and potential, this house is a gem. I would love to see more pictures of this house!

  9. DANPDX says: 80 comments

    Interesting home – I like the tower and the stairs. Here’s a little more info about the original owner:

    In April, 1881, Lewis Hunt purchased George Chamberlain’s interest in the Free Press and a year later bought the interests of W.W. Woodward, thereby becoming sole proprietor. In 1883 he was commissioned postmaster of Mankato by President Chester Arthur, succeeding O. Brown, and retired in May, 1885 during Grover Cleveland’s administration.
    In April 1887, Mr. Hunt organized the Free Press Printing Company and started the Daily Free Press with himself as editor and general manager. He continued in this business until March 1902 when he disposed of his interest in the Free Press Company to his brother, F.W. Hunt, M.D. Fritz and J.W. True. He later engaged in the canning business in Alaska. Several men from Mankato joined with Mr. Hunt in the organization of a salmon canning company (Alaska Fish and Lumber Co.) that operated a plant in
    Alaska. Hunt was general manager of this company for several years before moving to Seattle, Washington.
    Lewis P. Hunt was married in September 1874 to Lisbeth (Lizzie) Putnam. Lizzie was a native of New Hampshire, born about 1858.
    Lizzie Hunt was a building contractor and very much her own person…together she and her husband built four homes in Mankato. He provided the money and she supervised the building, spending all day on the site overseeing the workers.

    See the whole obituary and more here: https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=38508141

  10. KarenZKarenZ says: 1169 comments
    OHD Supporter

    There is a lot of beauty in this house! Those tin ceilings are beautiful and I would also love to see the stair treads that have probably been protected by the carpeting for all of these years!

  11. NancyN says: 25 comments

    I was raised in Mankato and I went by that house often. I went to the church across the street.
    I wish I could snap it up, but it is too much house for just me and my feline kids. Also I don’t have the pockets to restore this wonderful house.

  12. Momof9 says: 88 comments

    Beautiful home, sure is a far cry from the days that “Pa Ingalls” would travel to Mankato!

  13. bill whitman says: 230 comments

    what a stunner and a lot of house for the money and yes Peg more pix. love the stairs especially the way they continued the first few spindles all the way to the floor.
    More more more pictures please

  14. Colleen Johnson says: 1049 comments

    Oh my God what a beauty this would be, even if it’s sandwiched between two apartment buildings, if I could get this here where I am I would beg my husband to move !!!!!

    • says: 20 comments

      Colleen, when I first subscribed and commented here years ago, I joked with Kelly that I could not risk asking my partner one more time if we could move. Of course it was usually across the country to a region we knew nothing about. I was only half-joking with Kelly. I can’t count how many times I’ve proposed a move since – likely close to as many “favorites” in my list. Don’t ask. Meanwhile, I’ve researched and learned about numerous towns I’ll likely never see. :/

  15. John Shiflet says: 5547 comments

    It has been a number of years since I visited Mankato and some of the surrounding southern Minnesota towns. I agree with others that this house has potential and architecturally, no one could claim its “cookie cutter”. Some of the exterior details look older (maybe early 1880’s and a variant of the Italianate style?) and perhaps a decade later the circular tower and curved front bay were added. Just speculation on my part, not based on solid documentation. The curved staircase balustrade and newel post are not stock millwork catalog items; in fact, they look hand made-perhaps in a local shop or by the builder/carpenter. The ornate tin ceiling and built in cabinetry are big pluses. Someone could roll up their sleeves and turn this faded gem into a real showplace. A few extra photos would be helpful and provide a ballpark idea of the scope of work needed. Many fans of this site including myself prefer to see old houses being marketed with multiple photos that highlight the entire house, defects included.


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