1889 Queen Anne – Atchison, KS

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1301 Kansas Ave, Atchison, KS 66002

  • $259,000
  • 5 Bed
  • 3.5 Bath
  • 5198 Sq Ft
  • 0.51 Ac.
Historic McInteer Villa features intricate woodwork throughout, five gorgeous fireplaces and attention to detail that is hard to find. Home on the Historic Homes Registry and has 100-year slate roof that was put on in 2000. Wide stairwells and halls make this beautiful home easy to maneuver and second level includes a second kitchen. Gorgeous stained glass windows can be found throughout the home and the outside features unmatched character. Massive rooms! Possibilities for this home are endless! 10 ft ceilings.
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Edie Waters, Edie Waters Team- Keller Williams,
(816) 452-4200

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11881 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I’m a little uncertain if this is Chateauesque or not. I’m seeing features of it but I’m not 100% enough to call it that yet. As much as I wish I was perfect in style identification, it’s a lot harder than you think it is.

    Realtor.com has a few different photos of the house.

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    • Eric Unhinged says: 1014 comments

      While this house has a complicated and steep roof similar to that of many Chateauesque houses, none of the dormers here are flanked by pinnacles – a common identifying feature of the Chateauesque style. Like many houses of the period, this one is eclectic. It seems to fit the McAlester’s category of Queen Anne – Patterened Masonry subtype very well. It’s Queen Anne appearance would be strengthened if the lost front porch were to be restored. The staircase is pure happiness!

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      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11881 comments
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        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        Ok, thanks.

        • John Shiflet says: 5456 comments

          I concur with Eric about the Queen Anne stylistic label. Atchison has several large Victorian mansions from the 1880’s and 1890’s still standing. Take some colors and patterns to the interior after removing the modern details and one would have a very impressive home. Seems reasonably priced to me as well.

  2. Todd McFarland says: 12 comments

    Not stylistically pure for sure. Lot’s a Queen Ann details too.

  3. Kristl says: 31 comments

    Those newel posts are amazing! The whole house is, really.

  4. JOE says: 751 comments

    I love the exterior, although it cries out for a porch where the side steps lead to a door. It also needs porch railings and accurate columns on the existing side porch. The drop ceilings and carpet hide a lot, but I bet the floors are great throughout. I would say it is a grand Victorian if not chateauesque, however I have no credentials to define a style. I would love to see an old photo to tell if it had a side porch and what the railing looked like.

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    • Ross says: 2461 comments

      Hi Joe!

      You wrote: “It also needs…accurate columns on the existing side porch.”

      The columns look entirely original to me. Close-up:

      https://www.google.com/maps/@39.5631035,-95.133509,3a,30y,1.73h,93.55t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sL940r_hfs2uOciyLv6pyHg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

      • JOE says: 751 comments

        I just thought that the simple square columns on the porch with the metal roof to the left did not fit with the high style columns of the larger porch. I am still learning every day and perhaps the smaller corner porch would have had a similar column like the larger one. Guess I was wrong.

        • Ross says: 2461 comments

          Hi again, Joe!

          The porches are a bit confusing!

          From what I see there were three porches originally:

          FRONT: This faced the side street. Its doors entered into the stairhall. This porch has been removed, and the outer entry has been inexplicably blocked up. The inner doors appear extant (see image).
          SIDE: This is the extant large porch. Fabulous!
          REAR: This is, I now understand, the porch you were referring to. I agree; the square columns do seem a bit odd.

          • joe says: 751 comments

            Thank you Ross,
            I now see why I was so confused. It never occurred to me that the double front door from the stair/entry hall to foyer didn’t exit to a double exterior door. I looked and looked, but I couldn’t find it on the exterior. I also looked for the stained glass window on the stair landing to the third floor and couldn’t find it from the outside. Until you noted that the front door faced the side street, and it had been covered up, I was stumped.
            Incidentally, I noticed on Google maps that in the header below, there is a picture of the house listing it as The Atchison Lion’s Pool. It also lists the address as 201 Thirteenth Street. maybe an early photo with original porches can be found under 201 Thirteenth Street.

            • PWilliam says: 8 comments

              The boarded up opening that can be seen and is on the National Register looks too small to be a grand entrance door, even as a single door. Do you think that the entryway may have been bricked in early on to narrow it for some reason?

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              • Ross says: 2461 comments

                The large scale of the house can easily deceive the eye.

                The boarded up opening is actually large enough to hold a pair of doors. If you look at the stair-hall images, you can see the pair of extant inner doors, and you can also see the boarded up opening, which is the same size.

        • David says: 46 comments

          It’s not at all unusual for the era to order turned posts for the “public” porches and have box posts built on site for the service porches. The fact the gingerbread remains intact suggests these are original. My is is that a closer inspection would reveal chamfered corners on the box posts.

    • Jennifer says: 2 comments

      I happen to know the new owners. They plan to pull the carpet to expose the original hardwoods underneath. The (eventual) plan is to restore the original entryway/porch where there was a fire. Good things are coming!!!!

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  5. PhillipPhillip says: 276 comments
    1910 Tudor/craftsman mix

    I mean a new slate roof on that place would be 100K. The exterior is simply exquisite and in amazing shape. The interior just needs to be unmuddled. What a deal for someone.

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    • Scott Cunningham says: 394 comments

      $125k to be exact. Talked with owners a few years back and that’s what it cost, but they got help through some grants.

  6. Glen says: 72 comments

    Amazing, Drop ceilings def have to go, along with the 70’s brady bunch carpeting, a little paint stripping on the wood work on some of the windows. But easy fix’s. Really good price as well.

    • Jamie K says: 22 comments

      I agree! There are acoustic ceiling tiles in almost every room. Were said ceiling tiles a popular choice in ceilings back in a day? If so, I’m at a loss. They don’t fit anywhere in this amazing home. The kitchen needs to go as well.

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  7. Rick says: 11 comments

    The kitchen although functional and in decent shape really does not fit the house. The drop tile ceilings would have to go as well as the carpet.. But beautiful house overall.

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  8. marion z says: 68 comments

    What a phenomenal place. That entrance hall is swoon worthy, with its beautiful floor and staircase.
    With a bit of ellbow grease, this will be a complete stunner again!
    And for that price, one can’t go wrong.

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  9. Kay says: 63 comments

    I know this home must have been truly majestic looking on that hill in its day! It still is for that matter. This could really be a showplace.

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  10. Andrea N says: 83 comments

    I agree with others that the drop ceiling and the carpet need to go. I love the house.

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  11. Rachel McCulloch says: 1 comments

    I would buy it in a heart beat. We live in NC.

  12. Ross says: 2461 comments

    Oh.

    My!

    I might need to abandon my house in Emporia and snap up this knock-out in Atchison!

    Yes, the lost front porch needs to be recreated. STAT! You can better view What Was here:

    https://www.google.com/maps/@39.563327,-95.1331358,3a,42.1y,271.17h,103.73t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sHQcn6OvQotLWmDl9kfwOVQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

    Luckily, the side porch is largely intact and its details could be copied.

    Soooooo much to love! I am DYING to see the attic of the tower!

    NOTE: Kansas is the only state I know of which offers outright grants to restore historic homes. My house has now received two very substantial grants. I would not have purchased my house without the possibility of this grant.

    More info here:

    https://www.kshs.org/p/heritage-trust-fund/14617

    • JOE says: 751 comments

      I am so confused. I thought that the front porch was the existing one with the great details even though I don’t even see a door from it, because the address of the house is on that street. I just can’t get a feel for the layout from the pictures in the listing. Maybe Jim H can find an old photo to show original porches, entries, etc.
      Please don’t abandon your beautiful house, you are doing such a great job on it!

      • Ross says: 2461 comments

        I was teasing about my house. I will never leave it! The love is WAY too strong!

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        • Michael Mackin says: 2622 comments

          Glad to hear that. It is an awesome house and you are doing an amazing job!

        • joe says: 751 comments

          I thought so, so my response was tongue in cheek. Of course if your house becomes completely finished, and you were to receive an offer that you couldn’t refuse, you might find yourself, after an appropriate time to enjoy it, with the itch to rescue another that would never be properly done without you.

    • Karrinina says: 1 comments

      Thought of you, Ross, as soon as I saw this. I must say that your house with its stained glass is even more magnificent. But did you note the striped floors on this one? Your instincts are so right on!

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  13. Don from Manassas says: 46 comments

    Very nice house. First things first – Carpets must go.

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  14. Margaret says: 61 comments

    MGP whisky distillery is down the street. There was a chemical spill and plume that caused respiratory issues for folks in the neighborhood. Something to think about.

  15. AutismDaley says: 1 comments

    Love the gargoyle in the attic! I have to admit that I always hope to see unfinished attics, my imagination runs wild with the possibilities.

  16. Michael Mackin says: 2622 comments

    I’m as anxious to see under the carpets as I am the dropped ceilings! What an amazing house!

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  17. Diane says: 556 comments

    I want my own villa! In Kansas! With thousands of beautiful features! And cement mushrooms in the attic! I’m mentally throwing myself against the side of the home, arms outstretched telling her “Mamma is here to save you!”

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  18. says: 71 comments

    I would love to love there! From the Celtic Crosses at the stairway on, I love it. Not a fan of most of their wallpaper, but that is an easy fix!
    Thanks for sharing this!

  19. Ernie says: 117 comments

    Here is a bit of info on the house’s original owner. The article features photos of yet another house that may have been designed by the same architect/builder
    http://www.kansastravel.org/atchisontrolleytour.htm

  20. John Nevitt says: 105 comments

    I wonder if this was designed by W.H. Sternberg. He was a prominent New York architect who settled in Wichita, Kansas. His own personal mansion was on this site for a while. This house seems to have a lot of his hallmarks like those tall chimneys and peek-a-boo balconies popping out of the roof line. It looks very similar to one of his homes (now demolished that is on a site about historical Wichita.

  21. Ernie says: 117 comments

    Atchison_McInteerVillaNR.pdf

    Not sure how to send this but there is extensive information on the physical architecture of the house as well as a progressive history of alterations and ownership in this NHR writeup

  22. tess says: 300 comments

    Another interesting article about the house on the Atchison Trolley Tour.
    The McInteer Villa is just one of 24 buildings in Atchison on the National Register of Historical Places.

    “The first house on the 2004 tour was the McInteer Villa on Kansas Avenue. It was built by Irish Immigrant, John McInteer in 1890. John was a skilled harness maker.

    Among the activities reported in this house are lights in the tower which has no lighting, ghostly figures appearing in the tower windows and in family photographs. When things are active, there are footsteps, other noises and doors slam shut.

    The guide on my 2007 tour was a friend of the family who then lived in the house and had personal stories to share.

  23. Scott Cunningham says: 394 comments

    Have driven past the house dozens of time. I go to Atchison often on weekends to watch games down at Willy’s. This one is off the beaten path, unfortunately close to a massive distillery (about the size of a refinery) but it’s worth the drive. It’s not in the best neighborhood of Atchison, which has some that are simply packed with homes like this, but it still rates as my #3-4 favorite house in town, so that says something.

    Interior is certainly a disappointment, but those ceilings and carpets could be gone in a few weeks. I’d also look to expand the carriage house in back to a two story affair, but more than anything else, I’d utilize that attic!!!!

  24. Colleen Johnson says: 1157 comments

    That house is massive, beautiful with things needed to change of course, but wow. Now way too much for me to manage, but this would make a lovely B&B and/or wedding venue.

  25. SueSue says: 1127 comments
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    1802 Cape
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    Oh my that tower!!! I love how she sits up high and proud. That yard should be planted with gardens that show her off. Just lovely.

  26. sharon Masters says: 12 comments

    Oh what a beauty. I would have to move her out of Kansas, but she is such a lady. Needs a landscaper almost more than anything else. Beautiful.

  27. Kristin says: 27 comments

    Really like this one, Amazing work, One concern though looks to me like there might be a septic tank issue .

  28. PWilliam says: 8 comments

    Here is a really late update on the missing door. I was looking at something else and recognized this house from this thread. This very high resolution picture can be zoomed in on, and the boarded over doors are clear. https://fineartamerica.com/featured/haunted-mcinteer-villa-keith-stokes.html
    It appears to be a single door and two sidelights, each of which was below a stained glass window.

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    • lara janelara jane says: 481 comments
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      Cool image! Thanks for sharing!

      What you’re pointing out is not the missing front door, it’s the front window of the parlor shown in the fifth interior image. The front doors are to the right (street view, see Ross’s post) of that window. You can see the former original entry in the second interior photo, the interior double doors (with transom) to the vestibule are shown and the boarded up entry is beyond that. You can also see it in the third image from the top and in the NRHP pdf. They painted it off-white to match the trim! 😀

  29. Tommy Q says: 461 comments

    To my eye, there were other grand homes up the hill form this one. The concrete steps to the current more humble structures look old. The neighborhood also looks a bit run down. Are those aluminum windows on the second floor? I feel sorry for this house. It touches me more than about anything I’ve seen here. It’s been left behind, the other large structures are long gone replaced by ordinariness and cyclone fencing. I hope someone returns it to its original dignity but I imagine it will be cut up into cheap housing…

    • John Shiflet says: 5456 comments

      Atchison, like so many other Victorian towns, had no zoning restrictions for residences when the McInteer mansion was built. Thus, you may see a grand mansion and just two lots down find a modest worker’s cottage. Atchison lost much of its old downtown in past urban renewal efforts but at least a fair amount of its late 19th and early 20th century homes have survived. Since this location was near the old downtown, it was a desireable location in the days before automobiles. As you mentioned, when you go up the hill from here, the residential character gets denser. There are some areas where almost all of the old homes remain; other areas in Atchison are pock-marked with vacant lots where homes once stood. I would think the eventual buyer will buy this house for its uniqueness and quality. (if not for the bargain price) If the buyer is also community focused and involved, that may translate into nearby improvements over time. Atchison has many similarities with nearby St. Joseph, MO and economically has shared a similar long period of decline.

    • Jeff C says: 5 comments

      Almost all of Atchison is run-down compared to what it was 25 years ago. Now, if an owner so much as paints their house, their property taxes skyrocket. My Mom’s taxes jumped when she had to have her slate roof replaced after a bad hailstorm a few years ago…and her house is on same block of 13th St. as the McInteer Villa.

  30. Scott Cunningham says: 394 comments

    Drove by this grand old house last night. Its one of my favorite in Atchison. The main shortcomings are that its in Atchison (a somewhat remote town), its two blocks from a major grain mill/ethanol factory (plant noise and smell), and its easily the nicest home in an otherwise mediocre part of town (which is otherwise full of mansions and grand houses similar to this). Of course, that’s all reflected in the price, and you can get a hell of a lot of house for a moderate investment if you can deal with the shortcomings.

    Overall, had I not already purchased my place in Leavenworth, I would seriously be considering this place. Its an amazing house.

  31. David Martin says: 3 comments

    How do I contact the realtor for this property?

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