1889 Queen Anne – Council Bluffs, IA

Added to OHD on 4/6/17   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   36 Comments
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331 S 8th St, Council Bluffs, IA 51501

  • $172,400
  • 6 Bed
  • 2.5 Bath
  • 4024 Sq Ft
Imagine 1889. W.C. Loomis built his mansion, with 10 1/2 foot main floor ceilings, at 331 S 8th Street. The Eifel Tower opened as the world's tallest building. Grover Cleveland and Bejamin Harrison were president. North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Washington were admitted to the union. Imagine what the world was like when this home was built. Imagine yourself living in 1889. Imagine.
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36 Comments on 1889 Queen Anne – Council Bluffs, IA

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11866 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks to the agent for sharing this home. To note, the oak “bricks” are original!

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6683 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      – And aren’t they something else! At first glance I, (like many surely), thought; dear God how could they have done that! Well lo and amaze, NOT tar brick board from the 70’s. THAT is some very unusual and impressive work for sure. How curious! Such a SPLENDID house! The sepia pic from the teens is so VERY RAD! I’ll bet the original lighting fixtures in this house were VERY fine indeed. Thanks’ for sharing agent! More pix pretty pleeeeeease!

      “Beware of Occupant” Priceless!

  2. Cherlee says: 20 comments

    Is that a closet within a closet?

  3. Scott CunninghamScott Cunningham says: 393 comments
    1856 Tudor (fmr Victorian)
    Leavenworth , KS

    Have never seen oak bricks like that. There is a lot to like with this place!!

  4. Warbon says: 99 comments

    The kitchen was a little strange. It had an awkward work flow to it. A little updating wouldn’t hurt here. That entry way is to die for. Those oak “bricks” are very impressive and eye-catching. I loved the “Beware of Occupant” sign above the doorbell. A very well-kept and loved home. It’s even in my home state, too.

  5. Kimko says: 11 comments

    I grew up in Council Bluffs. This house is from its heyday in the railroad days. It is now more of a bedroom community just across the Missouri River from Omaha, NE. There are many beautiful mansions still waiting to be loved here!

  6. Shannah302 says: 40 comments

    That DOOR!!!! Wowza!

  7. Arkham says: 69 comments

    Love the secret door under the stairs!
    And that door is magnificent!

  8. Dinah says: 4 comments

    Lovely! I wonder why there are no pictures of the bathrooms…

  9. JimHJimH says: 5101 comments
    OHD Supporter

    William Wheeler Loomis (1836-1928), born in New York State, was a successful railroad agent and later farm implement dealer. Local architect Charles Emlen Bell designed the house for Loomis and his wife Luella, and it was constructed by English-born builder Alfred T. Lainson. Around 1905 Loomis sold the house and moved to Los Angeles, and the Davis family lived here for most of the 20th century.

  10. Michael Mackin says: 2661 comments

    I like the oak bricks but I’m wondering if they are original. I’ve never seen that before. That front door is amazing though!

  11. Bethany Otto says: 3429 comments

    Lovely photography like this beautiful house deserves. Well done!

  12. Don says: 5 comments

    A beautiful house. Love the wooden bricks!

  13. EricHtownEricHtown says: 387 comments

    Where can I get one of those plaques that says ‘Beware of Occupant’? I love it!

  14. Jo Kramer says: 5 comments

    LOVE!! There is so much “WOW” to this house.

  15. Annabelle says: 83 comments

    It has a dining room like the Beverly Hillbillies! Of course, some of y’all are too young to know who they were! Love the staircase – of course! If I had a pool table that good looking, I would put it in the dining room too.

  16. Cathy F. says: 2184 comments

    I really like how the porches used to be, as shown in the historical photo. This house has lots of interesting facets to it. Incl. that closet within a closet!

  17. Lindsay G says: 531 comments

    can someone explain the “beware of occupant” sign?

  18. Ross says: 2411 comments

    The remarkable, even extraordinary, interior demands that the exterior be fully restored to its original appearance.

  19. Jerry says: 33 comments

    I wish I could see the green room. Wonder if it might be a butlers pantry. And of course bathrooms. It is just a gorgeous place.

  20. Kim says: 5 comments

    LOVE THIS HOUSE! The “Oak” bricks are truly amazing. The door, entry, 2 stairways. Beautiful!

  21. Colleen Johnson says: 1061 comments

    I loved the hidden space within a space, this is an interesting property for sure!

  22. TonimarTonimar says: 73 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Omg! One of my favorites! That door and those wood bricks! Kelly you can’t be thanked enough for all of your work! Someone please tell me that in the pic of the closet with the additional door inside that the wood bricks on left going up the stairs was NOT painted and they just appear that way due to photography or my tablet!

  23. Linda Smith says: 60 comments

    Wow its a good thing I don’t have dentures !! They would have been on the desk when I seen the beautiful wood brick ! Unbelievable !!

  24. Teri W says: 129 comments

    The picture quality here is top notch (having a great subject doesn’t hurt). It would be awesome if every agent would take such crisp and well lit photos,

    As for the house, I love it. I like some of the owner’s items, too…the model ship, the decanters, the pool table, the funny plate on the door. I’d like to hang out with them and play some pool!

  25. Melody Koontz says: 46 comments

    Sears cabinets in kitchen?

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