c. 1900 Queen Anne – Farnhamville, IA (George F. Barber)

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Added to OHD on 4/18/17   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   28 Comments

450 Main St, Farnhamville, IA 50538

  • $44,900
  • 4 Bed
  • 1.5 Bath
  • 2428 Sq Ft
  • 0.57 Ac.
Attention Victorian Lovers! This home has it all including original oak woodwork throughout, 3 pocket doors, tall baseboards, ornate fireplace, turrets, bay windows, curved glass, almost 2500 sq ft of living space plus a finished attic! Add renovations and restore this beauty to it's original glory! Located only 21 miles from Fort Dodge. "See attachment for PAS requiremenets and WFHM offer submittal information in MLS document section" Please submit all offers to the listing broker/agent. To report any concerns with a listing broker/agent or to report any property condition or other concern needing escalation (including concerns related to a previously submitted offer), please call 1-877-617-5274. Please call/text Jo at 515-320-5162 for more details and private showing.
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Jo Berkland, Fort Dodge Realty,
(515) 574-4663

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28 Comments on c. 1900 Queen Anne – Farnhamville, IA (George F. Barber)

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12601 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
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    “”See attachment for PAS requiremenets and WFHM offer submittal information in MLS document section””

    That’s part of the listing description, there’s no attachments on this site to view and don’t know where you can view that information.

  2. GeoffreyPS says: 101 comments

    Second picture is strange. At first I thought I was seeing ductwork added as a later modification, but then I realized the dropped part is the landing for the stairwell. That would mean this is part of the original construction. It seems so oddly out of place and hurts the appearance of room and a I love a good rounded room.

    • LadyBelle says: 61 comments

      Maybe some kind of support for a bathtub being over that area?

    • Joe says: 776 comments

      It looks like the waste pipes for a bath above were put below the ceiling in the room below, (which would be the room in the photo). They then boxed in the area with pipes. This is a cheap way to plumb a bath, particularly if the joist arrangement is unusual. Alternatively, there could have been a problem where the joists were not supported properly and they just put more support below. That photo appears to be a first floor view of the round room and there is another that I assume is the second floor round room with no sign of a bath. In either case, there are better choices that can be made to maintain the esthetics of the room below. I usually look at this kind of thing as a plus because it brings the price of the house down.

      • Tina says: 1 comments

        The room that has blue walls is the downstairs round room.Trudie’s are more leaded glass in appearance. I would say the one with the odd box structure in the ceiling is the upstairs round room.

        • Michael Mackin says: 3371 comments

          When you look at the street view, you see that there are two round structures on the house. The round room shown with the dropped ceiling is on the side of the house, concealed by bushes on the side street. It is on the main floor. While it could be a dropped ceiling for plumbing, I think Goeffrey is right. The location fit in to where I would expect to see the stairs going to the upper floor. You can also see the slope of the boxed in area, something they wouldn’t do if it was plumbing. The door under the boxed area most likely goes to the basement.

          • dawnn says: 6 comments

            The door under the box (the landing) is to a closet. The basement door is at the kitchen,the basement steps run u der the servents staircase

        • GeoffreyPS says: 101 comments

          There are two sections that have rounded rooms. One is the tower visible in the first picture the second is one the opposite side of the building. Its roof can be seen by opening the streetview and zooming out until you are at the satellite view.

          I’m still pretty confident in my assessment that it’s a landing. If you look to the left of the large column into the adjacent room, you can just pick out moulding running diagonally up the wall (decoration beneath the railing).

    • dawnn says: 6 comments

      It’s the landin.

  3. JimHJimH says: 5641 comments
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    Photo of the house from the 1911 Calhoun County Atlas:

    Charles Beacham (1868-1957) was treasurer of the Farnhamville Bank, which he founded with his father. He and wife Laura Wilson raised their 4 children here, daughters Fern and Francis, and twin sons Oscar and Orville.

    • Warbon says: 104 comments

      It looks like there was another porch with steps to the right of the front entrance in 1911. Looks like they closed it up and took out the steps. It’s also right where that funky box-like thing is in the ceiling on the inside. I don’t know if that would have bearing on that weird thing or not. I would live to see the original blueprints of the house.

  4. Lindsay G says: 518 comments

    What’s the big wooden domed thing with the little…door is it? on the left side in the last picture?

    • Joe says: 776 comments

      It appears to me, and this is just a guess, that the domed roof structure was made as a sort of half bowl and installed before the rest of the roof. It would be easier to build that way, particularly if they weren’t quite sure where the peaked roofs would hit the dome. The part of the dome inside may have become needed to keep the structural strength of the roof on both sides. They might have also not needed it for support of the other parts of the roof, but thought that it was neat. I can just imagine the person having the house built seeing it in progress and saying to the builder,”wouldn’t be cool if you left the interior portion in place put in a door and make a ________????? Fill in the blank where the question marks are I would put “kids space” in the blank. It might have even been a child’s idea. Anyone else have a use that could fill in the blank. Please don’t say, place for one’s mother-in-law to stay.

      • Warbon says: 104 comments

        “Kid’s space” it what I assumed it was; that they finished the attic as a play room/area for the kids! It is another anomaly that begs reasoning like the “box” in the turret on the first floor! I think it is a wonderful house all together. I love houses that have a lot of trees around them. It sort of “anchors” a house to the earth and makes it more homey. This house is in my home state and not all that far from where I live now, only about an hour or so away!

    • Wendi Sue says: 65 comments

      was just wondering the same thing.

  5. Love this diamond in the rough! Wish there were more photos – I’d especially like to see the staircase. What a great price, and looks to be within reasonable driving distance of several larger towns / cities.

  6. Lin says: 60 comments

    the only pipes I see are from a missing Radiator? and I don’t see the stair way deep in the floor either ? I looked 3 times, are we all looking at the same photos?? . I love this old home !!

  7. Colleen J says: 1026 comments

    Oh gosh I hope this home gets an owner soon, so it doesn’t just sit and rot.

  8. Dawnn says: 1 comments

    Pic 1: looking NW at house
    Pic 2: downstairs room, looking west. Fireplace on the right, foyer to left, where main staircase goes upstairs, ‘box’ on ceiling is the landing. Door under it is a closet

  9. Dawnn says: 6 comments

    Pic 3: looking east. dining room, thru the window on the far right, youcan somewhat see the sunroom. living room is to the right of dining room.
    Pic 4:looking West. Door to back porch is by stove. If standing at that door, the pantry and half bath are to the right. Doors to basement stairs and narrow stairway to second floor are on the left side of kitchen in this photo.

  10. Dawnn says: 6 comments

    Pic 1: looking NW at the house
    Pic 2: first floor, looking west. Window seat opens for storage. Fireplace is to the right.Dining room is behind photographer. Foyer is to left, where main staircase is located. ‘box’ on ceiling is landing. Door under it is closet.

  11. Dawnn says: 6 comments

    Pic 5: second floor bedroom,living room is below (SE corner of house)
    Pic 6: second floor bedroom, foyer is below (SW corner of house)
    Pic 7: upstairs bedroom, dining room is below (NE corner of house

  12. montana channing says: 253 comments

    WHAT A BARGAIN – you can really tell the true value and build quality of one of these beautiful places when its beauty shows through even these god awful photos. what a wonderful house. you had me at the round room with the window seat and built-ins. if that’s not cozy, what is.
    i’m sure it needs a thousand things, but at that price you’ve got enough to fix it.

  13. Dawnn says: 6 comments

    Pic 8: second floor bedroom. Kitchen is below (NW corner of house)
    Pic 9:upstairs bathroom, above back porch.
    Pic 10: looking South. shows half of attic turned bedroom with huge closet behind photographer. Little dome was always like that like that, used as another closet.
    Not shown in pics is one second story bedroom, living room,foyer, sunroom, pantry, half bath, staircase, and half of attic. House was immaculate when sold to latest owners in 2006. The chimney, where it goes through the second and third floors, has suffered water damage. Plaster has come off of walls in several places, and floors are not in great condition anymore.

  14. Christopher DiMattei says: 267 comments

    This home is yet another example of the architecture of George F. Barber. It was first published around 1901 under the moniker “A Charming Home For Any Place” and was originally designed with a neat staircase in the center of the home. With the photos presented it is too difficult to see what is really going on inside this house and it seems likely that much of the character elements are no longer extant. Too bad, this was an exceptional home, built from an elegant design, when it was originally constructed. What I would give to see more old or historic photos of this gem.


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