April 14, 2017: Link Exchange & Discussion

Happy Friday! This is where you share your old house finds, articles or general chit chat. Link to real estate or newspaper sites that do not require you to register to view and make sure your link goes to the house you want to share. Just paste the link in the comment box below, no HTML codes needed. Keep the links to a maximum of 5 per post (keeps email notifications from getting marked as spam.)

I also share an old photo from the header you see above and supersize it for you. As usual, no known location or date.

134 Comments on April 14, 2017: Link Exchange & Discussion

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  1. Lancaster JohnLancaster John says: 563 comments

    Just saw this on Philadelphia’s Main Line. Interesting early 20th century “summer home” mansion which has echoes of an Italian villa. Listing agent says it was designed by the architect of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The pool is over the top…https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/200-Pine-Tree-Rd-Radnor-PA-19087/9423091_zpid/

    Here’s one in Philadelphia City on acreage complete with a horse stable so you can go riding in adjacent Fairmount Park. Yes, it’s 1.35 million, but that seems rather reasonable for the understated elegance, acreage and of course the stable — all within city limits. https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6925-Scotforth-Rd-Philadelphia-PA-19119/10275534_zpid/

    • Cathy F.Cathy F. says: 1879 comments

      IMO, the first house… the whole thing is over the top! However, I do actually rather like the pool; it looks so very relaxing. The second house I find to be much more livable & pretty. Enormous, but nice.

  2. Lancaster JohnLancaster John says: 563 comments

    And one more…a very unusual 1930’s international style moderne home with an exterior in the ubiquitous Philadelphia schist stone but an interior out of vintage Hollywood…https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/641-Saint-Georges-Rd-Philadelphia-PA-19119/2094674446_zpid/

  3. AvatarLindsay G says: 589 comments

    That’s a darling little house! It reminds me of the little houses down south in the bayous of Alabama or Mississippi. That little girl is the sweetest. 😊

    This 1899 home in San Diego is a bit pricey but I adore it. I’d love to live in San Diego someday!

    This 1931 home in Riverside CA reminds me of a little mini castle.

    Just take what you will of this 1888 victorian. I can’t decide if I like it or not.

    • AvatarAnne M. says: 559 comments

      Love that San Diego house, just fantastic!

    • AvatarTeri W says: 137 comments

      I love the San D house! Sometimes bright paints can look a little crazy as we’ve seen here, but that bright blue is really cool against the wood trim.

      For a larger million dollar plus home, it looks somewhat relaxed and welcoming. I’m also a fan of gray (in home decor and wardrobe…I think I hold a record for how many gray sweaters one person can have).

      I know it’s not usually a period-correct color, but with that palette you can use accessories in bright colors to define a room, and if you change your color preference on a whim, you don’t have to repaint but instead can just get new accessories in your “color of the moment” (I’d love to know what that phrase is in French because it would be more fun to say…Google translate say it’s “La couleur du moment”).

      The gray tones provide a true blank slate for decor. I hope folks can appreciate that even if it’s not an authentic shade for whatever home uses it.

      Thanks for sharing this one, it was fun to check out!

    • AvatarBugLady says: 69 comments

      That Broad St. house in Columbus has been up for a while. Not sure if they’re asking too much or if it just hasn’t been the right time for the right buyer (when I win the lotto!!!). But they have had a few open houses for it. I keep meaning to stop by and walk around.

  4. Avatarkstout says: 48 comments

    I’ve been waiting all week to post this CRAZY house. Please promise you’ll look at all the photos because the outside does NOT match the inside. Freaky!


    • AvatarAnne M. says: 559 comments

      The kitchen and baths are nice in this house, the rest I don’t quite know how to respond!

    • AvatarEonaK says: 1 comments

      That is definitely “unexpected.” Though the view of the spiral staircase qualifies as art as does those enormous candlesticks on the dining room table. Thanks for sharing!

    • Lancaster JohnLancaster John says: 563 comments

      What a place! I’m there (if they do a half-price sale LOL). Amazing staircase and detailing. Thanks for the share.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 4542 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Mar-a-Lagito! Tacky – fabulous – FREAKY – fun. Poor dead John Foreman would go nuts for the plumbing in this house. Love the pressure gage and regulator on the toilet.

    • AvatarTeri W says: 137 comments

      Wow you are right! What a terrific surprise on the inside! There are too many awesome features to list them all, but maybe my faves are the bright white tiled bathrooms, the incredible detail in every room, and while it’s not part of the architecture, I love the lantern on the table in the third photo.

      In my area, those lanterns are immensely popular, though usually smaller and overdone in a “primitives” look (if primitives are not a thing in your area, I recommend you search it a bit online, you’ll likely find that you dislike the look, but in my region it’s a ridiculously common style of decor). I like to see this house taking trends and tweaking them to fit the home. They’ve done that well IMO.

      Some observances on second look at the link: the magenta room (even if photo filters created that bright color) is so cool; the ceiling beams in the billiard room are killer and I don’t know if the table is original; and the kitchen in photos 14-15. That kitchen is fabulous!!!

      Thanks for sharing it!

    • AvatarMary says: 55 comments

      This is so cool! I absolutely love the kitchen and those bathrooms are amazing. I think I could be happy there…even in Florida 🙂 Thanks for posting!

    • Avatarshellbell67 says: 138 comments

      Wow! That was very unexpected! What an amazing house!

  5. AvatarCharlesB says: 411 comments

    A patrician 1890s estate that presides over the beautiful town of Wellsville, New York, in Allegany County:


  6. AvatarAnne M. says: 559 comments

    This is a beautifully restored 1812 house in Dunstable, MA on the NH border:

    1898 Victorian, soapstone sink in the butler’s pantry

    1850 Italianate in Fall River, MA – known as the Borden-Durfee House – not a lot of pictures, though if you google the house name there are a few more

    The house was included on a tour of “Fall River’s Painted Ladies”

    • jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 948 comments

      Anne, what do you bet the kitchen itself had a soapstone counter originally? A character in one of my novels is putting it a restoration she’s doing. I love, love love the look of it. If I could have afforded it for the restoration of my current home, I would have..but, dang, it’s so expensive.

      • AvatarAnne M. says: 559 comments

        I bet it did! A friend of mine put it on her counters when she reno’d her 1860 village colonial – it is just beautiful. The kitchen is small so not much counter to cover.

  7. RosewaterRosewater says: 4542 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Toledo Ohio – urban pioneering paradise? I keep seeing really great properties in Toledo cheapcheapcheapcheapcheapcheapcheap, (comparatively). Must be pretty bad up there.


    • AvatarAnne M. says: 559 comments

      Love this house, great leaded glass & the banister is terrific, too!

    • Ed FerrisEd Ferris says: 311 comments

      They’ve posted more pictures of 11 Bronson Pl. I take back what I said about “mansion quality”. It’s pretty good, but not that good. There’s a patch of fallen plaster, dropped acoustical tile ceiling with water damage, improvised built-ins, and the kitchen is poor. Still, good leaded glass and a great main stair.
      Lagrange in Toledo, according to city-data.com, is very bad, but this house is in the Northwest corner of the neighborhood.

  8. AvatarTeri W says: 137 comments

    I worked in Zanesville, Ohio this week so I was inspired to find worthy OHD homes there. This is a neat one.

    Listed as a 1901 Victorian, 4420 square feet for $199,000. Says the builder was a decorator for Weller Pottery (Antiques Roadshow fans take note!). Also if you can make it past the ho-hum kitchen photos at the start, you’ll be rewarded.

    The exterior is extremely symmetrical and the three arches on the front porch have three matching eyebrows on the roof. Check out the carpet in photo 4, I’ve only seen that design on wood and not carpet. Is that carpet original? The full wall built ins in that photo are killer as well.

    In photo 9, it’s hard to tell but the stained glass designs seem to be of people? One holding an umbrella, another holding scales? And I’m wondering if the fireplace tiles in photo 12 may have been designed by the owner himself…which would kind of make it a custom Weller-tiled design! They do look more like pottery and less like ceramic.


    Bonus, a link to one of the Weller pieces attributed to this decorator (Levi Burgess):

    The other Zanesville links will be all together in one post. I thought this one deserved to stand alone.

    • AvatarAnne M. says: 559 comments

      That’s a beautiful house & the price is astonishing (well to me, anyway!)

      • AvatarTeri W says: 137 comments

        I agree Anne, $199k for this home is a good deal even in Zanesville (I didn’t mean that to be derogatory to Zanesville, just noting that it’s not a major city nor is it a suburb of one…though it’s a reasonable distance to Columbus). It might even be sold for less if the owner took an offer. I could see even $150k if it didn’t sell at the asking price.

        It’s so unique to me! The overall design and exterior color is unlike most other homes I’ve seen of this era. And I think the Weller Pottery connection is pretty cool. My fiancé and I are looking for a home, and we would have seriously considered this one if it were just a bit closer to our workplaces. I hope it finds the right owner to keep it going.

        Funny side note: my iPad wanted to autocorrect “Zanesville” to “Sanesville”! Not sure if I’d be allowed to live in a town of that name haha.

  9. AvatarTeri W says: 137 comments

    Here are the rest of my findings for Zanesville Ohio. Thanks for checking them out!

    If you only look at one link in this post, please look at this first one. (The others are decent and I decided to post them after I looked at every older home in Zanesville, but this first one is a gem.). It is 1101 Sunset Ave, c. 1907, $179,900

    Says has “bottle bottom” windows, I don’t know what that means. Does anyone know that term? Love the butler pantry, cool Newell post fixture, two stairways, and I’m confused by photo 16: look to the left side, is that an odd single pocket door in front of that window?


    Next is a cheap one: 353 Woodlawn Ave, $25,750, 2084 sqf, c. 1901
    Nice exterior color but needs paint; bathtub is cool and maybe original?


    Another cheapo: 587 Brighton Blvd, c. 1898, $34,900
    Kitchen and bath nowhere near original, but most wood remains unpainted, mantles look good, has pocket doors and green tiled fireplace surround.


    On the other end of the price spectrum, 1903 Masonic Park Rd, c. 1811, $875,000 3200 sqf, 11.3 acres.

    From listing: “Extraordinary offering of the historic Elizabeth and Joseph Barker homestead. This acreage is part of the original Ohio Territory land grant to Joseph Barker, the architect credited with the design of numerous important Federal style commissions including the Blennerhasset Mansion. The main structure (circa 1811) is one of the most sophisticated Federal era residences in Ohio.” Not many photos with this. Is known as Fernwood Farm. Floor plan in photos.


    • AvatarTeri W says: 137 comments

      I apologize, the last link in this post is from Marietta and not Zanesville. I spend a lot of time in both towns and I I had saved this link from my Marietta travels earlier in the week. Still a legit home to consider, and Marietta is a town steeped in history. This home dates to 1811 I believe. Marietta is described as the first settlement west of the Ohio river. I love working there and I try to learn more every time I go, which is pretty often. It’s definitely worth a look for those of you who can travel and/or relocate to the area of your choice.

      Additional note about this property: “This property will be sold subject to a restrictive covenant protecting the residential structure. In addition to the main residence there is a 4 car garage / 2 BR 2 BTH loft style apartment included.”

    • Lancaster JohnLancaster John says: 563 comments

      My previous 1886 Victorian had “bottle bottom” windows in the transom area of the living room and front entrance. Basically it is a type of leaded glass made with circles (of varying diameter) which I suppose are hand blown — so they look like the bottom of a bottle that has a dimple in it. I called them Coke Bottle windows but not sure if that is correct. If this link works it will give you the idea — although mine were basically clear glass not greeen. https://www.pinterest.com/johnquincy_9/bottle-windows/

      • jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 948 comments

        Pontil mark or punt mark windows. It’s a term for where the glass maker breaks the glass work from the ‘punty’ or ‘punt’. They’re fascinating.

        • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4708 comments

          Some of the panes included on the Pinterest sample window are embossed glass. The Mosaic Glass Company, later Addison Glass, made embossed small glass panes to go on the margins of Queen Anne style doors and windows. I also wonder if they made the oval and round embossed pieces? I’ve long been fascinated with unusual decorative glass products of the Victorian age. The rarest and most unusual specimen I’ve seen (shared by a fellow Victoriana enthusiast) was a unit of roof cresting in amethest glass. No information about the maker was known but given the fragile nature of glass, either very few examples have survived or very few were made to begin with. “Bull’s eyes” in glass have a long history. I have not seen roundels with pontil marks but don’t doubt they were used. Here’s a photo I took of a very unusual Victorian era abstract stained glass window in Cincinnati (Walnut Hills neighborhood) https://www.flickr.com/photos/11236515@N05/3535292294/in/album-72157618218718216/ that featured embossed glass pieces in the composition. I’ve yet to see another one similar to it. Charleston John, thanks for sharing that unique Pinterest example-I bet it would be worth quite a bit these days.

      • AvatarTeri W says: 137 comments

        Thank you for the description, it makes sense to me now.

  10. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4708 comments

    An impressive mansion grade Victorian house with nice details in the Farrington Grove historic district in Terre Haute, Indiana, is being offered: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/903-S-Center-St-Terre-Haute-IN-47807/94617002_zpid/ The year built is more likely to be from the early 1890’s rather than the stated 1879. (unless there was a major remodel of an earlier residence in the early to mid 1890’s) The house also has an in-ground pool and if the listing’s 5,000 sq. feet floor space is accurate, then the $180,000 asking price seems quite reasonable.
    Here’s wishing everyone a happy and safe Easter Holiday weekend!

  11. danpdxdanpdx says: 80 comments

    Tour of some of Portland’s finest tonight:
    1. Nice old craftsman in Irvington neighborhood. I love the stone fireplace and woodwork…

    554 NE Royal Ct
    Portland, OR 97232

    2. 1907 Colonial In Irvington…lots of retained original features and love the porches…

    2209 NE Schuyler St
    Portland, OR 97212

    3. Irvington beauty – great brick fireplaces spared from the white paint can…

    2242 NE 21st Ave
    Portland, OR 97212

    4. Rare 1913 duplex in original state. Beautiful woodwork and I love that built in buffet in the diningroom…

    2605 SE 23rd Ave
    Portland, OR 97202

    5. Prairie craftsman with lots of vintage millwork…

    3067 NE Pacific St
    Portland, OR 97232

    • AvatarSharon says: 98 comments

      Thanks, Dan, for lighting the fire of my dreams! Each one of these homes is everything I ever wanted. I can’t pick a favorite–even the duplex is grand. Add to it that they are all in one of the most beautiful places on earth–our lush American Northwest. Keep ’em comin’ and I’ll be packing up and heading west. Wow!

    • Avatarshellbell67 says: 138 comments

      If I won the lottery I’d have to flip a coin! 😉
      Every one of these is lovely! Thanks for sharing!

  12. CoraCora says: 1891 comments

    Insomnia house browsing:

    501 W Myrtle St, Independence, KS 67301
    $209,500 | 7 Bed • 5 Bath

  13. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 790 comments

    I’ll always be grateful to Kelly and OHD for opening my eyes to the range of architectural styles the world has to offer — especially my new obsession, Spanish Colonial/Mission/Eclectic/Revival.

    This Spanish bungalow listing shows just three images of two rooms, but enough to see that the 1920s elegance of this Illinois home is still intact. I love the living room’s symmetry: barrel ceiling, archway and palladian windows.

    But what really makes me swoon is that charming kitchen, complete with windowed breakfast nook.


    • AvatarSharon says: 98 comments

      Lucky person who snatches up this diamond in the rough. It’s just waiting for the right person to bring out the wonders it holds. No discount home-store nightmare “wreckstorations,” please!

      • AvatarKate says: 6 comments

        Except not really lucky, despite the lovely house – $4,500 property taxes a year! Illinois has ridiculously high property taxes and with our pension problem and billion-dollar deficits the property taxes won’t be going anywhere but up. Not to mention Rockford’s crime rates…

        My family is looking to get out of the state and we’re considering Indiana, among a few other states, and I enjoy browsing this site and daydreaming. Love the LaPorte property linked above!

        • AvatarScott Cunningham says: 375 comments

          Property and school taxes are like a permanent mortgage in some areas. I looked at one place in Davenport Iowa that was around $350k. Annual taxes:$14k. That eliminated that house from comsideration despite everything else being great.

    • AvatarBethany Otto says: 2656 comments

      Fantastic find! I just love it.

    • AvatarLaurie W. says: 1602 comments

      This has a lot going for it. Somebody could score a very nice house if they gave it what it needs.

    • AvatarMary says: 55 comments

      This is wonderful. I love everything about it but I would spend half my time just standing in front of the sink at that amazing window in the kitchen!

    • Avatarshellbell67 says: 138 comments

      What a lovely little house! That kitchen/breakfast nook is awesome! It just needs some cleaning up. Wow!

  14. AvatarJOE says: 633 comments

    I have questions for the experts on the color schemes used on old houses. The comments on houses, which are painted one color with white trim, or white houses with white trim imply that the original color schemes were very different. Many remarks bemoan the lack of color, stating that it would look so much better if it had the original colors. I see spectacular uses of color on many of these houses and I certainly like it a lot.

    My questions are:
    How do you know what the original colors were?
    Were any houses in the day painted plainly?
    How do you select a color scheme for a house?
    Are the “historic” colors on the sample folders at paint stores correct in their combos?

    Thanks for considering my questions.

    • Ed FerrisEd Ferris says: 311 comments

      I don’t call myself an expert, but I do have some experience and lots of opinions about old house colors.

      How do you find what the original colors were?
      If you’re lucky, they’ll still be on the house, underneath 150 years of paint. One of my projects had twelve layers, but I knew the bottom ones were original because the primer layer was red ochre, which was not used in the Twentieth Century. On one window trim the newer paint came off as a rubbery scab, revealing the original, nearly fluorescent, turquoise blue. Old colors are much cleaner than what you get nowadays, which is another way to identify them.
      Usually, however, when you sand a patch down through the layers you end up with what was put on forty or fifty years ago. Oil paint comes off in flakes when it is neglected too long and then has to be totally removed, which is what usually happened. If you can find an old photo, you can get a black-and-white version of the colors at that time. Many cities had histories written around 1900 with photos of the prominent houses. Nearly every county had one published then, but very few have photographs.

      Were any houses in the day painted plainly?
      Sure. There were nearly as many all-white and mud-color houses back then as now. If you want a simple color scheme, don’t worry about it being inauthentic.

      How do you select a color scheme for your house?
      There are color scheme books from the Victorian era available online.
      Some of the colors have darkened and some have been tweaked by the scanner, but the color names are reliable. Look at paintings from the era. I thought red-violet was a modern fake until I saw an amateur’s painting of his house on Euclid Ave. in Cleveland which was that color (with black trim).
      Architects’ plan books sometimes indicate colors. That doesn’t mean the houses were actually painted that. Palliser & Palliser went in for two shades of red with black accents, which I have never seen.

      Are the “historic” colors on the sample folders at paint stores correct?
      No. The SW district manager once admitted to me that their folder was Photoshopped: there never was a house painted the ways they show and the colors are not even what the SW paint is. Basically, the folders are some decorator’s idea of what would look old-fashioned. You can tell how sharp these decorators are by the fact that SW Scarlet is bluer than SW Crimson. Dr. Roger Moss, Jr. specified Heritage Colors for SW thirty years ago, but they’ve changed their pigments, dropped colors they didn’t like, and added unhistoric ones, so you can’t rely on the SW 2800 series.
      The other companies are the same. Why they don’t show the original building I don’t know, but the pictures they give are fake. Again, there wasn’t a house painted like that and the paint doesn’t even look like that.

      If you can get the Fine Paints of Europe brochure, that’ll show you the difference between good oil paint colors and the grayed stuff you get at the paint store.

      • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4708 comments

        Well stated, Ed. I might only add that the aforementioned Roger Moss published a helpful book in the 1980’s (which has been through many reprints) titled VICTORIAN EXTERIOR DECORATION with helpful color combinations for early to late Victorian era homes. For post 1900 homes (Craftsmans, Bungalows, etc.) there’s this site with period paint color palletes: http://oldhousecolors.com/ The best and most reliable resources for choosing paint colors it to look at publications from the same time as your old house was built. As you noted, some houses (especially fairly plain homes often called “Folk Style”) never had the complex polychromy of elaborate Queen Annes which at times had a dozen or more original colors. One or two colors (body and trim) sufficed. Elizabeth Pomada and Michael Larsen wrote the PAINTED LADIES series of books and they said a minimum number of colors needed to be considered a “Painted Lady” was three. Some of the modern day paint schemes in places like San Francisco number well over a dozen and the sometimes shrill atonal colors on display were never seen during the Victorian era. In the end, it boils down to the colors you like and the amount of money and motivation you have to reach a specific goal in using paint colors to decorate the exterior of your home. Restraint is not a bad thing; better to paint a house in 2-3 carefully chosen colors than have a gaudy house that folks make fun of. (that was true in the Victorian era as well)

  15. AvatarTeri R says: 294 comments

    Large Brick Tudor/Prairie Style home in Galesburg, IL – beautiful variety of windows (stained glass, leaded, and arched), deep wrap-around porch, sunroom – looks to be in great condition: $229,000
    Realtor’s listing states this was the former Knox College president’s home

  16. AvatarKathySE says: 18 comments

    Another Marietta, Ohio beauty. It has its own cobblestone sidewalk. I love the detailed woodworking, the view over the Muskingum river bluff, and of course the nostalgia of my childhood being brought back by seeing doilies on the chairs like my Grandma used to do!

    • Ed FerrisEd Ferris says: 311 comments

      The “doilies” are antimacassars. Victorian gents used a lot of hair oil and those cloths were used to keep it off the upholstery. I know some oily people I won’t allow to sit in my high-backed easy chair.

      • AvatarChrisICU says: 555 comments

        Many men in the Victorian and Edwardian era were very fashionable and in particular their hair was glossy and sleek. The preferred product was called Macassar Oil, and it was very oily. So, the antimacssars were to keep their oily head off the furniture. My grandmother used to tat (make lace) and had them on all of the upholstered furniture.

    • Avatarshellbell67 says: 138 comments

      Oh gosh, that 3rd floor is astonishing!
      I love, love, love this house!

  17. JimHJimH says: 4197 comments
    OHD Supporter

    I love the old photo Kelly posted! The house is much more typical of 19th C housing than the bigger and fancier homes we usually see. The construction looks professional though the stump foundation indicates a low budget and/or a wetland site. The 2 doors with the ladies sitting in front suggests a two generation setup, called mother-daughter in modern Realtor-speak. That’s somebody’s great grandmother, gg grandma and ggg grandma there, and I hope they have a copy of the photo. Chicken wire fencing (with rooster to the left) was ubiquitous in all but the “best” neighborhoods.

  18. doug greendoug green says: 86 comments

    Here is one for those that like to do a little work (ha). This could be a real showpiece.

    • AvatarLaurie W. says: 1602 comments

      Wow house! You could sink a million bucks into it and in the end you’d have an exquisite place, a true Jazz Age special. I wish I had those bucks to do it!

    • Lancaster JohnLancaster John says: 563 comments

      Actually the mansion doesn’t look too bad. The landscaping is a different story. Something about this appeals to me in its current condition (minus the boarded up windows). I could see living in a “Grey Gardens” eccentric way in this place, pretty much as it is.

  19. AvatarEricHtown says: 313 comments

    What a kool house! It looks like somebody just walked off and forgot about it. How many years did it take for the vines to cover the house and the backyard grow into a dead forgotten mess of debris? This would be a fun project.

  20. CoraCora says: 1891 comments

    Needs some help, but I’ve seen worse resurrected:

    207 N Main St, Warrenton, NC 27589
    $189,000 | 3 Bed • 2 Bath

    • AvatarTeri W says: 137 comments

      Cora, I love your shares, and this one is no exception! I used to travel to Warrenton for work back when I lived in NC. Haven’t been there for over a decade but I do recall that I liked its small town feel. This house definitely has potential! Based on current home prices in that region, I think the asking price is fair (barring any catastrophic unseen issues). Also props to the photographer because these photos are nice and crisp.

  21. AvatarRT says: 110 comments

    I’m staying with my in-laws this weekend and happened to drive past this. I really want to see what the inside of that “treehouse” looks like.

  22. FergusFergus says: 266 comments
    1420 Perpendicular Gothic

    This week I’ve found myself trawling the upper end of the UK property market and have turned up some real beauties that cost more money than I could ever hope to see in my entire lifetime:

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-58859560.html – For £12 million you can buy Old Battersea House in London, a late 17th century home built on Tudor foundations that was recently home to the Forbes family’s private art collection which recently sold at auction, the promotional video for the collection’s sale shows a lot more of the house’s interior too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIb17HnUfkE

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-63098996.html – Alternatively for £12 million you can buy the gorgeous Trafalgar Park that was built in 1733/1766 and later gifted to the descendants of Lord Nelson after his death at the battle of Trafalgar.

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-56823472.html – Or for £32 million you can buy a pair of rather large Georgian terraced homes in Queen Anne’s Gate, Westminster, London. The interiors are certainly very elaborate and have a lot of potential.

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-65517521.html – Then there’s St Anne’s Court, a 1936 Modernistic Masterpiece in an 18th century estate. The main house is quite the LGBT icon as it was built to allow its owners to live comfortably together away from the prying eyes of an unforgiving public.

  23. AvatarMary says: 55 comments

    Here is a nice little place in St. Louis. A friend of a friend did the photos. Off market but coming here shortly…right by Forest Park. I am mostly in love with the porch room with that amazing window in the ceiling. What would that type of window be called? I am thinking there is a better term that a skylight?

  24. AvatarSharon says: 98 comments

    I see someone loves art nouveau as much as I. Sculptures, posters, that purple wallpaper. Just amazing, as is every single inch of this dreamy estate.

  25. AvatarBugLady says: 69 comments

    Hey all. So I toured four homes today and am debating two of them. See comments after links for my thoughts. Both of these are in Marion, OH

    If any of you know much about these architectural styles, history, etc. that would be great! I know some of these come from books that were available at the time.


    The first one below has a lot going for it, but I have serious concerns about the foundation. Gray rocks holding it up on the sides and some appear to be falling. But I like the openness and floorplan. Other issues too, some small, some not-so (needs electric redone, etc). The second home is in a lot better shape, but the location isn’t my favorite.

    • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4708 comments

      In looking at these two homes, the main thing they have going for them is affordability. 561 Girard Ave. dates from about 1905 to circa 1910 and is a Foursquare type (not style) house. As for style, I think it fits into the Colonial/Classical Revival that was so popular in the early 1900’s. It is in my opinion the lesser of the two examples although it seems roomy and more updated.

      Some folks here freak out about the bowl type “vessel” sinks added in old houses but they mimic in form the old washbowls of the past. Perhaps the best thing about them is they can be easily removed and replaced without spending a ton of money; a more period friendly pedestal sink can be purchased for around $150 and the plumbing hookups are the same. On the other hand, I’ve seen some authentic Victorian era sinks so lavish that I’d be afraid to use them for fear of damaging the painted/glazed sink finishes or scratching their fine marble.

      Moving on now to the next home, I agree its far more period intact-that early electric newel post lamp is a real treasure. (I’d be happy to buy it from the next owner if he or she did not want it) The staircase and other interior millwork pieces are also of high quality.
      It’s disappointing to hear about the marginal neighborhood the home is in but if someone restored the house to its period glory, it might be a catalyst for a neighborhood renaissance. A fair number of now coveted neighborhoods were formerly derelict but enough investment went into the faded neighborhood homes (via so-called “urban pioneers”) that a turnaround occurred and property values went up. The East Church St. house appears to date from around 1900 to 1905 and belongs to the Queen Anne style which was then in its sunset years. The foundation described as “grey/gray rocks” may very well be rusticated concrete blocks which were very popular in the early 1900’s. (trade magazines of that time were full of ads for concrete block making molds and machines) I recall an Old House Journal magazine article where a talented homeowner/restorer replicated a number of badly damaged concrete foundation and porch blocks and was able to save a porch that otherwise might have been lost. There are now concrete additives to make much stronger blocks than were available over a century ago.

      Last, you raised the possibility of these house being built from published planbook designs. I can’t off the top of my head identify either house as being from a planbook, but that theory seems quite plausible. The Internet Archive Building Technology Heritage Library has many period publications from the time of these two homes:https://archive.org/details/buildingtechnologyheritagelibrary?&sort=-downloads&page=16 The Queen Anne style house has characteristics (despite the added aluminum/vinyl siding) of some of George F. Barber’s residential designs but additional research would be needed. Thanks for sharing; if the choice were mine to make, I’d choose the Queen Anne style home but everyone’s needs and tastes vary. Whichever home you choose, here’s wishing you good luck in getting it.

      • AvatarBugLady says: 69 comments

        Thanks for your reply! I’ll peruse that book to see if there are any similar ones.

        The foundations are both stone, jagged looking. I’m going back out today to see how I feel about them. The Four Square (didn’t realize that’s what that one was) looks to have more deterioration in the stones when I walk around the basement. The neighborhood isn’t horrible, but it’s not bright green on the Trulia map either. Looks like B&E is an issue there.

        The roof on the Queen Anne is throwing me a bit. It looks like they extended the roof out to enclose those two areas. I normally see gables on windows like that smaller one. I wonder if that was altered at some point. Would love to isolate the upper bay and add a cone to it and put a gable over the side window.

        Going back out today. Wish me luck!!!

  26. AvatarTeri W says: 137 comments

    Other findings from my travels this past week:

    From McConnelsville Ohio:

    C. 1858, 2866 sqf, I’m unsure if its Queen Anne or Gothic Revival?

    On the other end of the same street is a 3600 sqf home currently a B and B, C. 1869, lots of original wood and also has huge potential in attic.

    Lastly, 315 east Bell Avenue, $166k, c. 1843, period details intact, plus heated marble floor in master bath (definitely NOT period-authentic but still a killer feature).

  27. AvatarEileen M says: 243 comments

    I’ve already called the movers, but I can’t decide into which of today’s shares I’ll move!

  28. AvatarJanet Gale, no relation to Dorothy. says: 6 comments

    Interesting old house in Wichita. 30 photos. I like the dog in front.


  29. AvatarMikey says: 1 comments

    Here is our old home that is for sale in Birmingham, AL. This is the Dubose-Malloy House that was built in 1900. Dr. Dubose was a state senator, wrote three books and was an educator who had a school on the property.


  30. CoraCora says: 1891 comments

    Bargain alert! This is gorgeous!

    Ohhh I hope there’s an OHD-er that has been hunting a home in this area…1890 Dutch Colonial Revival:

    423 W 1st St, Marion, IN 46952
    $28,900 | 3 Bed • 2 Bath

    • AvatarScott Cunningham says: 375 comments
      1856 Tudor (fmr Victorian)
      Leavenworth , KS

      This one is just screaming for an urban pioneer type to move in and start a life long refurb. What a wonderful treasure of a home, and amazing opportunity for someone.

  31. CoraCora says: 1891 comments

    This has been for sale a long time. I did a search and didn’t see that it had been posted before, so I apologize if it’s a repeat.

    It’s stunning, on the national register, and amazingly priced. 1855. A gem:

    224 N Washington St, Marion, IN 46952
    $139,900 | 5 Bed • 3 Bath

  32. CoraCora says: 1891 comments

    This is in the same town as the little one-room school that was posted recently. Breathtaking millwork and stained glass:

    222 N Independence St, Tipton, IN 46072
    $299,900 | 4 Bed • 4 Bath

    • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4708 comments

      A real stunner, Cora. The deceptively plain and severe exterior conceal a lavish opulent interior. Tipton is a small town near Muncie, IN. During our last Indiana visit, we drove through Tipton several times and I probably saw this house and except for the leaded glass entry, hardly gave it a second glance. The taxes are fairly low at $2,734 in 2015. The house was listed at $375,000 in 2012 so although $300,000 may seem steep, its down $75,000 from 2012. The interior is downright lavish with its ornate fretwork (I especially like the one with the carved griffin supports) and multiple complex stained glass windows.
      This mansion level home is likely the finest from the past remaining in Tipton. I would expect a former banker, industrialist, or mayor (sometimes one person was all three back in the day) may have been the original owner. The underwhelming exterior may have been intentional. Some folks back then did not want to flaunt their wealth feeling it in poor taste towards their less affluent neighbors but they still appreciated being surrounded by the finer things in life-this house allowed them to do both. As mentioned, I’d never expect a home like this to be found in Tipton which the real estate site claims the median home price in the small rural town is a meager $28,000.

      • AvatarSteveS says: 2 comments

        Completely agree with your assessment of the exterior, I have a question about the interior layout. shouldn’t the dining be on the other side of the house attached to the kitchen? Was there a set floor plan layout in older designs?

  33. AvatarVictoria says: 137 comments

    Pretty B&B in Eatonton, GA. https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/300-N-Madison-Ave,-Eatonton,-GA-31024_rb/?fromHomePage=true&shouldFireSellPageImplicitClaimGA=false&fromHomePageTab=buy

    From a historic home bus tour script for guides: “300 N Madison Ave. THE EZELL HOUSE. This is a wonderful Queen Anne Victorian. Built in 1887 by Evan Benjamin Ezell. He married one of the Prudden daughters & his heirs lived in the house until 1936. At that time it was bought by the Tatums (he was an undertaker) and their heirs lived in it until the 1990’s when a local lady , Alice Ashurst, bought it, renovated it & then sold it to someone for 3 months & then it was bought by Shelagh Fagan and Keith Rowell. This couple installed Bradbury & Bradbury wallpaper, many antiques, put in the boxwood garden and made many improvements ( like heat & air!). Shelagh ran it as a Bed & Breakfast from 2003-2008.” Note – Shelagh Fagan is the current Chair of the Eatonton Historic Preservation Commission.

    • AvatarScott Cunningham says: 375 comments
      1856 Tudor (fmr Victorian)
      Leavenworth , KS

      Thanks for posting. There is a lot to love about this one. I’m a huge fan of this kind of wall paper, but I’m almost scared to ask how much it costs to install. It sure does turn a room into a showpiece.

  34. CoraCora says: 1891 comments

    400 W Gillogly St, Newman, IL 61942
    $169,900 | 5 Bed • 2 Bath

    1885 church:

    1102 N Indiana, Hindsboro, IL 61933
    $29,000 | N/A • 1 Bath

    501 N Hickory St, Ladoga, IN 47954
    $215,000 | 4 Bed • 1 Bath

    • Lancaster JohnLancaster John says: 563 comments

      On the little church — wondering what denomination it was originally. The two doors may have been separate entrances for men and women, not unusual in 19th century churches. I’m fairly sure Quakers did this, as well as other “plain” sects. This building may be quite old. A fairly quick internet search did not bring up any history.

      • AvatarDavid says: 27 comments

        I do not know what the church denomination was for sure, but I do know Hindsboro is in the middle of Amish country.

      • CoraCora says: 1891 comments

        I did a little more research on the little church building…I believe it was originally Hindsboro Christian Church. In 1909 it was moved to its current location, and a new Christian Church was built. In later years the Hindsboro Primitive Baptist Church used the building.
        I found the information on the Hindsboro Christian Church’s current website. In the description, it sounds like this very building, with two front doors. As well, it is a bit older than 1885, but only slightly. The build date given on the church history page is 1879, although the original church formed in 1863, and the congregation met in a schoolhouse east of town until 1879. Here is the text from the church history page:

        “Later, as Hindsboro was platted and prospered with the coming of the railroad, it was decided to move the congregation into town. The church was organized on August 18, 1878 in Hindsboro, and the Sunday School became a part of the church program at the same time. In 1879 the first chapel was built in town, under the direction of Brother Humphrey, who was also a carpenter and did much of the work himself. This white frame building was dedicated in 1880. It was erected on land donated by Francis Marion “Frank” Hinds, the founder of the village, with the stipulation, that if there were ever no church, then the land would revert back to his heirs. The building faced the west and had two front doors. Latecomers and early leavers were in direct view of the whole congregation. Women sat on the north side and men sat on the south side. There were two wood stoves, one on each side.

        The June 11, 1909 edition of “The Hindsboro News” announced in their headlines, that, “The Official Board of the Christian Church now Preparing Plans for Improvement of Their Church.” At the time they were planning to make about $5000.00 worth of improvements, which included putting in a new basement under the existing building. Rev. J. S. Rose and an appointed building committee (Andrew R. Frantz, Emory B. Bradford, and Peter Cooper Eversole) were paving the way and had already collected funds. It is understood that the plans were changed somewhat and the frame chapel building was moved rather than remodeled, and a totally new church building was built instead, on the old Hinds property. The old, white frame church building was later used by the Primitive Baptist Church in Hindsboro.”

  35. David G 352David G 352 says: 9 comments

    This area has a lot of historical mansions in it and this is one of them.

  36. AvatarTony Bianchini says: 61 comments

    While the house needs some “un-remuddling,” it has great bones and you can’t beat the beautiful lot of over an acre: http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/505-Pacific-Ave_Terrell_TX_75160_M78925-44550

  37. AvatarDan Frering says: 1 comments

    Known as the Curran/Barker house the original structure on the property, a brick cottage that is now the rear section of the home, was built in the 1820’s. The main part of the house, a classic federal, Greek revival style townhouse, was built1842 and was the home of Clara S. Curran. Clara inherited the home and the family brush making business upon her father’s death. (It was rare in the 19th century for women to own property and businesses.) Clara married Calvin J. Barker in 1854. They manufactured brushes under the name Curran & Barker just up the street at 561 First Avenue. Lansingburgh was a large producer of brushes and in some ways brushes were to Lansingburgh what collars and cuffs were to Troy.

    The home remained in the same family until the 1970’s, when it was sold. It was lovingly restored by the current owners in 2008 to reveal much of the original details including the original wide-plank floors and elegant woodwork.


  38. AvatarMike Wigans says: 1 comments

    1880 Victorian in Muscatine Iowa looking for a new family…


  39. AvatarScott Cunningham says: 375 comments

    Very cool barn in New Oxford PA. Looks like it would be a lot of fun to live here.


  40. AvatarSam says: 1 comments

    Wanna buy a castle in Denmark? Well, now you can, a 1646-renaissance model is up for grabs for the neat price of $5 mil CAD.
    The site is in Danish, sorry about that, but thought it would be cool to share this amazing property from my home country 🙂
    A little info: king Christian the 4th built the castle for his son, who never got to live there as he died in the wars against Sweden, but the castle has ever since been owned by Danish nobility. The property is gorgeous and there’s 100+ pictures!
    Droll away:

    • Lancaster JohnLancaster John says: 563 comments

      Great post. You should put it up next Friday so more people see it!

    • JimHJimH says: 4197 comments
      OHD Supporter

      The castle is wonderful, and chock full of great old art and furniture!

      I noticed the cafe there, selling $4 coffees (danish with that?) Oh, how the European nobility has fallen!

  41. AvatarChristopherJames says: 11 comments


    The listing says the house has never been sold. Does that mean a lot of the furniture and such are original?

  42. AvatarTiffaney Jewel says: 84 comments

    Sears kit home for sale in Virginia!

    2759 Marshall St, Falls Church, VA

    Sorry I can’t link – Zillow is being weird.

    admin edit: https://www.redfin.com/VA/Falls-Church/2759-Marshall-St-22042/home/9553729

  43. Avatarlandroverlr4 says: 13 comments


    Here is a GORGEOUS MCM in Dallas. The Main living area is amazing, and the floors are awesome

  44. AvatarKTschnooks says: 56 comments

    The listing for this one states 54 acres, which unfortunately is false, but the house is gorgeous nonetheless

    There is obviously a lot of updates, but still has a lot of character left in it.

    I love the little curve at the top of the stairs!

    Such a strange, long home on the banks of the Mississippi

    So much detail in the floor!

  45. AvatarJane Miller says: 1 comments

    C1813 Dr. Alanson Porter house in Historic district of five Corners South Williamstown, MA This home is gorgeous, almost 2acres of which 1 is completely fenced. Great price, moments to Williams college, The Clark museum, Jiminy Peak ski area, and All the Berkshires has to offer. Take a look. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/61-Hancock-Rd_Williamstown_MA_01267_M39560-49721

  46. AvatarKTschnooks says: 56 comments

    Some more beauties I just had to share this week!

    Oh Mission Hills, the land of beautiful homes I need to win the lottery to afford.

    I love everything about this home!

    I actually really enjoy the paint color on the exterior of this house.

    Well maintained Tudor home with an amazing blue bathroom

    Wrapping it up with a charming home that rests right on the lake. The views are worth the cost!

  47. AvatarDiane2 says: 68 comments

    This house was on the market for a goodly period of time. It’s not far from my house, and I’ve driven by it fairly regularly. I could afford the house but not the taxes. I debated purchasing it and still leaving several apartments within to help pay for it while I had repairs and restoration done to the rest, but I felt it was more than I wanted to tackle considering the taxes and my pending retirement. Perhaps a few decades ago. I’d hoped to find more pictures for you but I can’t find an “old” listing with the accompanying photos that were still available recently on realty sites. It is 133 Maple Ave, Glenville, NY if you want to see it on Google Maps.
    If looking up information, one has to be careful to separate the Yates Mansion (summer home) from the Yates House.

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