June 2, 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. No idea the location except for “204” by the front door. I found the backyard fence interesting, didn’t realize enclosing your backyard with that type of fencing was a thing back then.

196 Comments on June 2, 2017: Link Exchange & Discussion

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  1. Lancaster JohnLancaster John says: 563 comments

    Not sure why this gothic Victorian has languished on the market for so long, at a seemingly reasonable price, except perhaps the need to get rid of some paneling in the kitchen. The remainder seems remarkably original, down to the light on the stair newel. https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/305-W-Federal-St-Snow-Hill-MD-21863/37722717_zpid/?fullpage=true

    • JimHJimH says: 4197 comments
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      L-John, that’s an interesting house in Snow Hill with an obscure history:

      • Lancaster JohnLancaster John says: 563 comments

        My apologies everyone, I should have checked if it had already been posted. But sometimes it’s nice to see the old ones again!

        • AvatarWendi Sue says: 74 comments

          i don’t see why this hasnt sold either. its an amazing house with a lot of potential. The wood paneling isnt really that bad but yes i would have that removed as well. Is there something im missing?

    • AvatarDonald C. Carleton, Jr. says: 249 comments

      The exterior shots of the house are quite appealing, but the interior photographs are unremittingly gloomy, although obviously Old House Dream addicts can spot some very nice features.

      But from a property-marketing perspective it almost seems as though the realtor/client is trying to discourage potential buyers at all costs!

    • SueSue says: 1175 comments
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      1802 Cape

      John, One would think the realtor would go back and take better pictures of this beautiful home. It looks like the set designers for ‘Bates Motel’ did the decor. So many people cannot see the possibility in a house and need it to be “set up” for them.

  2. RosewaterRosewater says: 4542 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Yeah! I can’t wait to share this one!

    Kelly, this house for me is like the Ball Ground and Fairmont houses are for you, I’ve been itching to see in this one almost my entire life!

    When I was a kid the house sat empty and derelict for MANY years, but was owned by a family who at least kept the roof on and the water out; except for the OUTSTANDING, highly decorative, L shaped porch which collapsed in the mid-80’s. I have taken gobs of pictures of it. Peered in the dusty windows from time to time – etc.

    I was real happy that more than a handful of years ago someone new bought it and the signs of stabilization showed more and more each time I saw it.

    Well, here it is, on the modern market for the first time with interior pix available for all to see; and I’m heartbroken. 🙁 Yes they have done much good for the place; but THANK GOD they seem to have stopped what they were doing otherwise. HOPEFULLY ———– the next owner will backtrack some of the ___________ decisions the current owners have made and really preserve and restore this VERY FINE house. Fortunately, some of the once numerous fine Aesthetic Period details remain, and fingers crossed someone with means will come along to replace and replicate the others.

    Unfortunately, the listing focuses significantly less on the very fine antique qualities of the house than on the _________ flipper like “improvements” – growwwwllll – but one does still get a glimpse.

    The Jacob Eichel house:




  3. JimHJimH says: 4197 comments
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    This FLW house in New Jersey has been on the market awhile and I don’t recall if it’s been shared. I went to a couple of parties there years ago and loved it. It’s a fairly basic later Wright design on a large wooded site in an almost perfect state of preservation. Seems expensive but the price is average for the area.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 4542 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Cool. I’ve never partied in a Frank house myself = jealous! Reminds me of the first Jacobs house in Madison, which was in fact the first house he termed “USonian”. Both LR garden front aspects share that same great room height band of French door/windows; love that.


      I’d say the agent could do MUCH better with that listing considering the importance of the house, not to mention the price.

      • JullesJulles says: 532 comments

        I was thinking the same thing, Usonian, Jacobs house. Many of his other Usonians after that house tended to be a variation on the Jacobs house so this fits perfectly. If you had a beautiful backyard, how great would this house be to have?!

  4. AvatarCharlesB says: 411 comments

    The heart of downtown Brooklyn–Connecticut, that is. Greek Revival with Italianate accents from the 1850 period in one of the most beautiful villages in all of New England. Owned by H.M. Cleveland on the 1869 map of the town; called the ‘Appleton House’ in the National Register nomination:


    • AvatarDonald C. Carleton, Jr. says: 249 comments

      I’d have a blast spending a Saturday afternoon yanking down all those dropped ceilings with a six pack of beer, that’s for sure!

  5. AvatarCarolyn says: 259 comments

    Happy Friday! I don’t know if anyone has posted this house before but when I was younger I used to drive up and down this street every chance I got just dreaming of owning one of the gorgeous houses some day. Hands down the best street in Fort Wayne.


    • Avatarpeeweebc says: 856 comments
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      1885 Italianate.

      Wow! quite impressive ! my husband loved the mechanicals in the basement. I love the house.

    • AvatarBluestar says: 1 comments

      Carolyn – this house is gorgeous! The woodwork throughout is stunning, but my favorite part is the adorable window seat with the built in shelving around it. What a great spot to crack open a new book. The statues out front are such a bonus! Thanks for sharing.

    • AvatarRusty Slider says: 34 comments

      Absolutely stunning!

  6. CoraCora says: 1891 comments

    So, now I’m scouring every 200 block of every old neighborhood everywhere…trying to find the 204 in your photo. I need therapy. 😉

    This one has been for sale a long time. Every time I look through the photos I see something even more amazing. It’s a quirky, funky, Tudor mansion. The gargoyles, the inglenook… 10,000 sqft of omg.
    The butler’s pantry is the best I’ve ever seen:

    30 Pelham Rd,
    Philadelphia, PA 19119

  7. AvatarLindsay G says: 589 comments

    This home is MA built in 1885 is my absolute FAVORITE. My only gripe is that there’s not enough pictures!

    This 1909 home is pretty quirky on the outside. I really like all the colored stones in the fireplace. And I definitely like the staircase.

    This 1914 Toledo Ohio mansion is decently priced which I’m pretty surprised about. I feel like there’s got to be a catch somewhere…

    And this victorian Cape May NJ bed and breakfast definitely has its own style and I figure everyone should check it out. I love all the different themes of the bedrooms.

  8. AvatarTeri W says: 137 comments

    Both of these were used as Civil War hospitals:

    c1806 farmhouse 19414 Keep Tryst Rd Knoxville MD, 7br/6000 sqf/5 acres/$775,000
    “Historic home and estate for sale in Knoxville.Home has modern facilities while retaining it’s 18th Century charms. Civil War history abounds.Used for C. W. hospital, distillery, Pony Express stop and B & B. Springhouse was a One Room School House-has the potential for a shop or tack room.Carriage House also filled with history.”

    c1795 farmhouse 18125 Lappans Rd FairPlay MD, 4br/3600 sqf/40 acres/$789,900
    Killer spring house, huge barn, love the bright interior

    • natira121natira121 says: 314 comments
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      1877 Vernacular
      Columbia River Gorge, WA


      Wow on both! A bit too “new” on the inside for me, but both are still awesome. I love the grounds and outbuildings, especially the killer spring house.

      But most of all, I’d love to know the history of “Keep Tryst” road.

      • AvatarTeri W says: 137 comments

        I thought the same about “Keep Tryst Road”! I found another house (in a different post here) on “English Muffin Way”! Really curious about that one too!

  9. AvatarTeri W says: 137 comments

    Suggestions for you to spend your lottery winnings on:

    13193 Mountain Rd Lovettsville VA, 9br/7449 sqf/$2,150,000

    38454 John Wolford Rd Waterford VA, 5br/3959 sqf/$1,699,000

  10. AvatarTeri W says: 137 comments

    Realtor.com is turning out some awesome listings tonight! Here are some to check out:

    c 1820 15856 Great Cove Rd McConnellsburg PA, 6br/4588 sqf/$349,000
    Per the listing: “Google The Memoirs of David Hunter Patterson to read a full narrative”
    Sits on a lovely little stream, has an occupied chicken coop, great fireplace and kitchen

    c 1846 306 N. Main St. Mercersburg PA, 4br/3748 sqf/$299,900

    c1930 1568 Gerrardstown Rd Gerrardstown WV, 3br/1152 sqf/$139,000
    This has a killer kitchen sink!

    c1888 Victorian farmhouse 92 English Muffin Way Berkeley Springs WV, 4br/2662 sqf/30 acres/$425,000
    Property borders a state park. Looks like it has an unusual wooden roof? Also, how can you not want to take a look at any house on a street called English Muffin Way??

    c1908 cottage 59 Hageman St Berkeley Springs WV, 3br/1482 sqf/$197,500
    I totally understand why they save all exterior shots until the end…it’s not pretty. But inside is gorgeous!

    c1917 farmette 3881 Cito Rd McConnellsburg PA, 5br/2408 sqf/$119,900
    Bring your horses! 4.5 acres, barn, riding arena, plus a nice old house!

    c1810 Anderson Tavern 163 Hollow Rd Gore VA, 3br/3500 sqf/$450,00/30 acres
    Seriously massive old built ins!

    c1787 “eclectic” 49 Main St Mercersburg PA, 3br/2172 sqf/$139,000
    Very cute and has an awesome old stove. Nice price.

    c1908 Victorian 9 State Hill Rd Waynesboro PA, 5br/2971 sqf/2 acres/$349,900
    Very pretty. Third floor is funky! And yard with azaleas is lovely.

    • AvatarBethany Otto says: 2656 comments

      To each his own I guess –I think the outside of the 1908 cottage in Berkeley Springs is great! And the inside, as you said, is gorgeous.

      • AvatarTeri W says: 137 comments

        I guess maybe it’s the colors that make it look “worn” to me? Perhaps brightening up the colors would make it pop. I do still think it’s a great place, in a resort town, for a nice price. I’d take it and wouldn’t complain about any part of it! 🙂

  11. AvatarTeri W says: 137 comments

    This one is so fantastic it needs its own post.

    c1850 farmhouse
    911 Laurel Grove Rd Winchester VA, 4br/3826 sqf/$795,000/16.65 acres

    First line of the listing reads: “Lovers of historic properties will be enchanted.” That is an understatement. Even if this era is not your favorite, it’s still beautiful. And the property…huge old trees, old outbuildings with great patina but functional,some of the photos are pretty enough to be framed or put on a calendar.


    • Avatarlissie says: 277 comments

      I’am enchanted, Teri this place is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

      • AvatarTeri W says: 137 comments

        I was so blown away when I looked at the photos! I hoped you guys would be too. The last several photos, of the outbuildings, are so beautiful one could frame them and hang them in a gallery. And so much originality in this home! I’m more of a Victorian fan but I sure wouldn’t turn this house down if someone wanted to give it to me! 🙂
        Coincidentally, Powerball is back up over $300MM for tonight…

        • AvatarLaurie W. says: 1602 comments

          Lovely old place & lots of antique equipment around. Can you imagine how much fun it would be to take your buckboard into town for groceries?

          I like the Anderson Tavern house too, good bones. You’d have to like your own company, though — it looks pretty isolated. The wildlife woud be just fabulous.

          • AvatarTeri W says: 137 comments

            I agree about the isolation…I didn’t do a street view, but when I saw the (barely) one lane gravel road, I figured it was not a tavern commonly visited in the last century or so. Maybe that makes it even cooler!

    • CoraCora says: 1891 comments

      So much loveliness and charm. The property with the outbuildings – just walking the grounds would melt any stress and cares away. Love it Teri!

    • AvatarTeri W says: 137 comments

      I went and looked at the pics again, because I just can’t help it…the kitchen with the old butchers block island keeps dragging me back in…and then the apparently period (or not long after) cabinets in the next photo just send me over the edge. I love that the agent saw these features as worthy and highlighted them. BTW, do you notice the small ladder and unidentified tool hanging on the side of that cabinet in picture six? Plus that cabinet at the base is worn to oblivion, yet the owners keep it in a 700k plus home. They know what’s up with old homes. Love it.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 4542 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Fantastic! Thanks’ Teri

  12. danpdxdanpdx says: 80 comments

    1. Beautiful Tudor Revival home built in 1912, first owned by Richard W Muzum, a prominent civil and criminal attorney. The home was designed by Cutter & Malmgren. I love the original woodwork, and beautifully preserved exterior. The bathrooms have been updated, but the interior modifications are very subtle. The house is a designated historic home http://properties.historicspokane.org/_pdf/properties/property-2047.pdf

    503 W Sumner Ave
    Spokane, WA 99204

    2. Ralston house is a well preserved example of a Queen Anne with some Tudor influences in the West end of Spokane North of the Spokane River. The home is on the National Historic Register (http://www.historicspokane.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Ralston-House-NR-Nomination.pdf). The house has been cosmetically modified over the years in the interior, but the details are there and just asking someone to free them from years of paint (staircase, fireplaces, etc):

    2421 W Mission Ave
    Spokane, WA 99201

    3. 1890 Queen Anne house built by James Jones, a pioneer attorney and judge in Spokane. Drop dead gorgeous millwork and fireplaces:

    2022 W 1st Ave
    Spokane, WA 99201

    4. This beauty was once the home of a Pulitzer prize winner…love the leaded glass windows, great tiled bathrooms and it looks like some of the original kitchen cabinets are still there. Newer addition on the back that doesn’t contribute, but doesn’t really detract, either:

    1019 Alvarado Ter
    Walla Walla, WA 99362

  13. AvatarLindsay G says: 589 comments

    A 1919 Queen Anne that has some updates to it but they can be over-looked as the older portions of the house are rather interesting.

    And I’m adding this 1913 craftsman not just because of the amazing woodwork but because I’m crazy about the backyard! It looks like a pristine fairy-tale with the hedges, ivy and trees all in the right places. Whomever landscaped this area should’ve gotten an enormous check for all that beautiful work!

  14. AvatarJoe says: 633 comments

    I went on a mini-adventure as a result of this post by Cora from the OHD 5/26 link and exchange. You may go back and see our correspondence at that page.

    Cora (927 comments) – 05/27/2017 at 12:34 pm //
    The listing says it’s a tear-down, and it probably is. But there’s something about it – especially that last photo – I still wanted to share.
    642 Cherrytown Rd,
    Westminster, MD 21158
    2 beds · 2 baths · 600 sqft

    Since this property is within an hour of my home, I was thinking about going to see it and said so in a reply to Cora. Her enthusiasm made me go. Thank you Cora!

    This house is a tiny, unplumbed, 5 room house with a covered hand dug well. It appears to me to be late 19th or early 20th century. We tend to admire the grand houses of the past. This one is the smallest house that I have ever seen. My suspicion is that it was built by someone that JimH will find it difficult to research. They may have lived and died without anything about them being written down.
    The house is in Carroll County, MD close to the Pennsylvania line on a little country road called Cherrytown. I would suspect that very few of us have an image of how or where the people living quiet working lives with little money back then lived. This house gave me a small peak into what it may have been like.
    I took nearly sixty pictures that I have uploaded to Flicker. I must warn one and all that there is graffiti inside that reflects the prejudices of ignorant, frustrated teens. When I was a boy they would have said boys will be boys, today they are considered “juvenile delinquents”. If you are offended by seeing weathered red spray painted swasticas, the F word, the word pens with an extra i towards the end, or primitive drawings of male genitalia, DO NOT LOOK at the pictures that I have put in a Flicker album, which I will link to this post.
    To offset that graffiti, there is one wall where someone repeatedly and carefully printed LOVE in green.
    This house was originally a two story, frame building with two rooms up and two down. It had a lean to first floor third room on the right side, which has a loft above. There is even a rear window into the loft. The hand dug stone basement has an outside entrance as well as a ladder like stair down from the inside. It has wood siding on the exterior, a tin roof, and a front porch. At some point in the past, the siding on the front over the porch and the lean-to addition were covered in sheets of tin. The porch is now a concrete slab with iron posts, but I imagine that it was originally wood with a rail. I really don’t know. There is a picture of the side of the porch roof which shows that it had shaped shingles attached.
    There are old paneled doors of good quality between the rooms. One, which takes you from the central room into the room to the right was quite ornate. The front door has a modern aluminum storm door on it. Most of the window sash are out, but lying inside on the floor. All of the glass in them is gone. The siding is missing in many places, but again, it looks like someone threw the pieces inside when they fell off. You can hear the birds nesting inside the walls. The exterior cellar entry is blocked with an old mattress.
    There is a square of dirt surrounded by what is probably concrete on the ground, which I believe is the covered hand dug well. It could also have been the privy for all I know. Remember that I saw no sign that the house ever had any plumbing. Further back on the lot is a square concrete block shed with a peaked roof. It had a plywood floor, but the plywood has been gnawed through by a groundhog, which has made his borough below. I can see the hole in the ground quite clearly.
    The property is being listed for the one and a quarter acre lot. The land is beautiful. There is an area next to the shed that has two trees and a large overgrown shrub. For the gardeners out there I believe that it is an Elaeagnus bush, which is an old fashioned favorite, but not much seen today. I took numerous cuttings to try to start some for my garden. The land slopes gently down from the road, with the slope increasing as one gets to the back. It backs to not terribly old woods, which may or may not be a portion of the lot. There are modern houses on either side. Neither I, nor my agent could see significant markers of the perimeter. My agent believes that the lot alone at a price of $69,000 is a good deal.
    As for the interior, I will start my tour with the 1st floor center room. This room is entered by the front door. There is a window in the back wall. The inside depth of the house is a little over thirteen feet. I didn’t measure the exterior dimensions. I would guess the inside of the room, including the stairs is nine to ten feet wide. If one turns right as you walk in, there is a passage to the next room. There is a door to the left of the passage leading under the stairs and a window out the front, which is the one you see to the right of the front door. There is a door/hatch in the floor which covers the basement stairs, which, although open and hooked against the wall of the stairwell to the left, had a piece of ¼” plywood loosely covering the opening to the ladder-like stair down. That is why one photo has my right foot holding up the plywood so I could take a picture down the stair.
    The stairway is enclosed and starts in the back going up. It starts at a one step landing. There is an elevated door covering the landing area. From the stair wall to the wall to the left room, it is only about seven feet wide. In the center of the wall to the left is the incongruously ornate door. Through that door is a room that I would guess is about nine by thirteen. As with all of the rooms, there is some furniture and debris all around. There is a centered window out the front wall and another one on the side.
    If you go to the room on the left of center, you are obviously in what must have been the kitchen. There is a cabinet on the floor to the right of the front window, which is clearly old. On the other side of that window there is a built-in corner shelf about four feet off of the floor. In the center of the wall shared with the center room against the stair wll is an approximately twelve inch square chimney. There is a round hole toward the ceiling which I expect was for a stove pipe. I feel certain that it had a wood burning stove. I want to mention that at no time while looking at the house did I feel that any of the floors were soft or unsteady. There is a window out of the side wall about two thirds of the way back as well as a door to the yard to the far right of the back wall. Although there is no window to the back, there is a door to the landing at the bottom of the stairs. The landing is covered with debris. I took quite a few pictures of the stair up. I tried to give a sequence that would give you a feel for approaching from the kitchen, the landing, the door into the center room, the bottom of the stairs, and on up.
    The stairs, as I said before are enclosed. There is a door/hatch, which covers the opening when closed. It opens to the right and is hooked to the rail in the room above the 1st floor center room. I took numerous pictures of this door and how it is hooked to the rail.
    The room at the top, which is over the down stairs, center room has the right hand second floor window out the front. There is a hatch in that room’s ceiling to a storage loft. I stuck my camera up through the hatch and took the badly focused photo, which appears to show nothing comprehensible.
    There is a door into the next room. To the left of that door is where someone practiced his or her penmanship. Through the door is a private bedroom with a window out the front and another out the side.
    On my first trip up to the second floor, I failed to notice a small door to the left, which opens to a loft over the kitchen. The odd high window shown in the exterior photo, back left, although covered with plywood, provided light to this loft. I took a picture of the little door and three inside the loft. In the Flicker album there is a sequence that shows the loft door, followed by the rear of the loft with covered window, another rear of loft toward the side, and one front of loft toward the side.
    I decided not to try to move the mattress blocking the exterior entry and braved the interior ladder-like stair. This time I tossed the piece of plywood blocking it aside. In the cellar, I could see that the house has a stone foundation. Even though I expected the cellar to be under the two-story part of the house. It extended a foot or so more toward the kitchen (wing?). Perhaps that was for the chimney footing to be inside the basement. Under the stairs there is what appears to me to be a trough. I took a picture of it as well as a close-up of the old carved furniture legs, which had been cut off and put there to add support. Near the ceiling on the back wall are a series of square wood things, which I think might have been for chickens to nest. I forgot to take a picture of them. I have heard of keeping animals under a house, particularly in the winter for the heat. Maybe the basement was at one time the home to a cow and chickens. I really don’t know. There are further pictures showing the room with the stone foundation. Light pours in from outside where the house meets the foundation.
    When I got home, I began to think of the historic significance of such a house. It would make a great little museum. We really don’t know how people lived back when. That house may have been the home to generations of a family. The husband and wife would have the private bedroom, the children might have all bedded down in the warm loft over the kitchen. I can only guess.
    The flicker album that I created is at this link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/organize/?start_tab=one_set72157684600419755
    Yahoo has just bought Flicker and I am having trouble getting the link. If it doesn’t work for you, the album is set for public viewing and can be searched under: 642 Cherrytown Road.

    I plan to label all of the pictures eventually, but haven’t had time yet

    Please let me know if you have enjoyed this post.

    • AvatarJRC says: 106 comments

      I enjoyed your post very much. Thank you for taking the time to investigate the house. I could not bring up your photos in Flicker, only one of the front of the house by Joe.

    • CoraCora says: 1891 comments

      Joe, what a cool adventure! Thanks for your insightful thoughts on the little old “homeplace.”

      Although I’m sad that it’s been vandalized, I know that’s to be expected to a degree, in its current state. I’m amazed it was sound enough to explore all levels!

      Although small and plain, and without any conveniences at all, it was built in a time when having a “master suite” the size of an apartment complete with jacuzzi and wet bar were not a necessity. Actually hearing about it really makes you want to know about who lived there.

      I too wasn’t able to access the photos on the link, it takes me to a screen to sign in to Yahoo. I tried the Google search but only found the various real estate listing sites for the property. Do you use Dropbox at all? I’ve used it a couple of times to post photos in a link, it may work?

      Thanks again for the wonderful, descriptive view of this little old house!

      • AvatarJoe says: 633 comments

        Dear Cora, I am crazy enough to have gone in to Baltimore County zoning and found that I may move this house, 642 Cherrytown Road), to my yard as a shed. Then he said,”but it has to be fifteen feet tall or less or you can try to get a variance.” I am not in a position right now to make it an in-law quarters house which would require the same variance process for approval. He sent me to permits and the permit people sent me to building inspection to see if I could pass inspection if I took the house apart and rebuilt it. The inspector said that I would have to get an engineer to certify that it would be sound. They just love to put obstacles in my path, but I haven’t quite given up.

        • CoraCora says: 1891 comments

          Hey Joe! Well, I’m paraphrasing a comment someone once wrote in OHD (can’t remember who), but it was something to the effect of, “Some folks are crazy about sports. Some folks are crazy about cars. All of us here, we’re crazy about old houses ”

          We may all be crazy, but we’re in good company. 🙂

          So will you be purchasing the property where the little house stands? It was lovely! If you reassemble the house on your property, would it still need to be under 15′ tall? How tall is it as it stands? The upper floor, was it a full story or 1/2?

          • AvatarJoe says: 633 comments

            I didn’t measure that! It never occurred to me to do it when I saw it before, and I’m afraid to ask my Realtor, who would get no commission, to measure the height. I want to go back, but am having trouble finding two hours to spend on a pipe dream when I don’t have enough time to do the things I am already committed to. However you are right, I am crazy. I know that if I do get out there, I will take two ten foot sections of 1/2″ pic pipe. The first one will rest on the ground, and I will mark the second every six inches and hold it up to the peak to get an idea of the height. Tape measures always, always bend just as i get think that they will reach the height I want. The house is 1 1/2 stories, but I am 6’4 and can easily stand up in the rooms on both levels, and that doesn’t include the peak crawl space. You are a temptress. You have me wanting to go out there again. Shame on you and thank you. Who me, CRAZY? DID SOMEONE SAY I’M CRAZY? Oh, that was me.

          • AvatarJoe says: 633 comments

            I finally went out again this evening. It is nineteen feet tall. Unfortunately, after looking more carefully, I realize that moving it, although possible, would not make sense. I would need a variance. The rooms are between six and a half and seven and a half feet wide, which doesn’t allow room for much furniture. If it There is just too much weathering on the siding. It has reached the point where it is thin and curled if it is still there. It was a fun dream to pursue. Thanks for bringing the house to my attention. I haven’t a single regret.

    • AvatarCarolyn says: 259 comments

      Thank you so much Joe! That was fascinating. I spent years exploring old abandoned houses and taking photos of them always wondering what life was like for the people who once lived there. I eventually bought and restored one of them. I can’t wait to see the pictures you took.

    • CoraCora says: 1891 comments

      Oh wait, I did end up accessing the Flickr file! The graffiti is there, but not so bad.
      AWESOME photos. Whoever buys this will find a trove of interesting things in the old house.

      • AvatarCarolyn says: 259 comments

        How did you get there Cora? I’ve tried everything…..

        • AvatarJoe says: 633 comments

          Carolyn, I believe that you need to sign into Yahoo to access flickr. Yahoo has recently bought Flickr so this has just begun. I think, but am not sure that my link would take you to the album I made if you are already signed in to Yahoo. The first photo is the link to the album. I am not yet competent with Flickr so I do not know if this is correct. Please let me know if you are able to access the rest. I’d like to know so that I can do this better next time.

      • AvatarJRC says: 106 comments

        Where did you find the Flickr file? Thanks.

        • CoraCora says: 1891 comments

          When you click on Joe’s link above, it takes you to a Yahoo! sign-in page. I have a Yahoo! account so I signed in. It immediately opened Flickr. Then I just searched 642 Cherrytown road. That brought up the first photo. Once the page loaded I was able to scroll through the others. There are tons of amazing photos of this little farmhouse.

          • AvatarJoe says: 633 comments

            Dear Cora, That is why I said that Yahoo has just bought Flickr. I guess that I wasn’t clear that one may need to go to Flickr or sign in with Yahoo to see the pictures because of Flickr’s recent sale to yahoo.I was also getting the Yahoo sign in from my own link. The first photo is the cover page for my Flickr album on the house. I think that clicking on it opens the album, but I really don’t have Flickr figured out yet. I lost my work three times trying to set up the album as it was.
            By the way Cora, I am in the process of restoring a house on 3/4 of an acre in Baltimore County for my wife and myself. We are in the process of design and having an architect prepare plans that will get us a permit. At this point I am working on the landscaping which has been seriously neglected since 1971 when the last owners bought it. Once our house is done, we want to put in a pool. I was thinking of contacting the Realtor for Cherrytown Road and saying that, if the buyer of the property plans to demolish the house, I would take it and move it to my back yard. It would make a great pool house. What do you think?

            • CoraCora says: 1891 comments

              Wow, of course I would think it would be super-cool to have a tiny, turn of the century farmhouse as your pool house. Do you think it is sound enough to be picked up and moved, or would you dismantle it?

              • AvatarJoe says: 633 comments

                Dear Cora, …………………………………another long answer…………………………..
                The short answer to your question about moving the house intact or disassembling and rebuilding is, whichever works best, although there are a lot of things to figure out first. I am writing the rest of this as an exercise in organizing my thoughts about approaching such a project. I had all day yesterday working in the garden to ponder them. For some reason, every wreck of a house that I see that appeals to me consumes my thoughts as to how I would approach doing it right, while I am working in my house and garden, restoring furniture, or repairing other things. My life’s work has been fixing things.
                Don’t feel that you have to read the rest.
                The biggest issues I foresee are what the counties will allow. With my whining, tattle tale neighbors, in the plasticized sister house next door to mine, if I can’t get permits, then I won’t be able to do it.
                In Carroll County, where the house is now, I think I would have to get a permit to either move it intact or disassemble it, (demolition permit). There are also issues of filling the basement after I am finished, although the dirt from the new cellar can be transported to fill the old. In Baltimore County, I would need to determine if they would allow me to put it on my lot as an additional structure at all. I may have to apply for a variance.
                I have to figure out whether taking it apart would then require reassembly on my lot following modern code. I suspect that I would want to put plywood sheathing under the siding anyway if I am rebuilding it from the pieces, and I know there would be parts that need replacing. Fortunately I have a small but substantial lifetime collection of old southern pine lumber that I could use to make replacement parts. There must be some reason that I have been collecting it, removing all of the nails, gluing the splits in it, and storing it all of these years. I have even moved with it twice so far. Every time I moved, I have told myself that I am crazy not to leave it behind. All of the plaster walls would have to be rebuilt unless I went the drywall route. I am the type who wants to take on the challenge of plaster on wood lath. If I do the plywood under the siding it would add structural strength and I could use house wrap to make it more weatherproof.
                Disassembled, it would be a lot easier to repair the existing siding piece by piece. I would have to label every single part so I could put it back the way it is now, if possible. It is already missing almost all of its paint, so I could fill the weathered grain and sand it smooth without lead paint issues. I highly suspect that there is not enough siding from the pieces inside to completely side it, so I would have to have some more milled. I do know where to have the siding milled locally if I need a lot, and have the tools to do it myself if I only need to make a little. I can rebuild the windows from what is on or in the house now.
                There is a big question about whether there is still siding under the tin which covers the exterior siding over the porch and the whole right kitchen front. On the main house, I am hoping, if budget allows, to install geothermal radiant heat supplemented by on demand water heaters on each floor that can heat the house and provide quick hot water to baths and kitchen on the main house. If I can tap into the same geothermal loops for this house, there would be big savings, I even want to heat and cool my imagined future swimming pool with the geothermal. I will need electricity and a gas line run over two hundred feet to the main house that will not be able to be a straight run unless I were to give up the pool idea.
                I have always had the idea that as a childless couple, my wife and I could be the Aunt and Uncle that are visited out of duty, or having a pool that will have the young nieces and nephews, as well as and their friends with their children, wanting to visit. I want to have regular contact with young people because I think it is the best way to stay young myself. Swimming is also a form of exercise that keeps the elderly, the future me, safe from the fear of falling.
                I would want to be able to add heat electricity and plumbing. I figure that there is plenty of room in the room at the top of the stairs for a bath if I want to use it as a potential guesthouse. It might be difficult to figure out a railing for the narrow stair.
                The best guests and their hosts are the ones you can get away from when you need a little quiet time.
                A sewer line would have to be run uphill to the house or street, which may not be possible. We all know the expression, “S#$% (waste) flows downhill”. The gentle slope is not an issue for the other utilities. Alternatively, I might need a septic system, a tank to be pumped out regularly, or even a mulching waste system. There are plumbing macerators, which grind the large waste into a slush, which is pumped via a small pipe into a container of some kind. Maybe it could be some kind of a mulching container to which I could add garden waste and food scraps. That would eliminate the need for a large three or four inch waste pipe going up to the second floor.
                Would I build a concrete block cellar/foundation, veneering it with slices of the original stone from the original basement, or would I try to rebuild the existing one from the same stone. With the stone veneer idea I could photograph the old one in place, mark each stone and then slice the fronts off of the stone to closely replicate its original appearance. With that alternative I could even replicate the failed mortar look without giving up structural strength.

                Yes, ideally, I would want a small kitchen. Another question that comes up is how to make it a restoration without losing its originality. Vintage fixtures would be the short answer, but since the house predates indoor plumbing how old do you go. Will a kitchen with vintage fixtures stop visitors from getting a feel for what life must have been like for the original residents of the house? I gues I will have to post little signs to lead people into imagining what was.
                Perhaps a self-published coffee table book showing the project from start to finish would do it. People could take the book around searching out each detail. Maybe I could make up a scavenger hunt for details. Should there be a web page? I wonder if the wifi from the house would work or if I should run a dedicated DSL line underground for fastest internet speed. It would make sense to run the DSL line in the same trench as the plumbing and electric supply.
                I’d love to remake a wooden front porch using the original roof structure with reproduction columns and rails. Should I match the main house columns and rails that date from 1888, or should I give it its own flavor by picking something from an OHD site. I already have hopes of replacing the old lattice covering the porch with a copy of one of the designs that I loved and saved from one of Kelly’s OHD link and exchange old house headings.
                I would like to roof the entire thing with wood shingle.
                As it happens, I am removing cedar shingle from the entire exterior of the original house. The shingle on the walls covered by the front porch roof have almost no wear, and carefully removed, as I am trying to do anyway, might be sufficient to roof the little house. That portion of shingle covers forty-eight feet by about nine feet high. There are lots of windows and doors through those walls, but there may be sufficient good shingle on the rest of the house. The south facing portions are fried after 100 years, but the north facing seem like they may be okay.
                I could insulate the walls and roof with closed cell foam, which would be fine for the walls behind plaster, but would be unsightly in the loft over the kitchen. I wouldn’t mind it in the peak of the main roof, but wood shingle roofing needs to breathe. Maybe I could put the insulation in the ceiling joists of the kitchen and second floor, letting the lofts stay unheated and allowing the roof to breathe.
                Would I preserve/rebuild the chimneys? It would be fun to have a potbelly stove in the kitchen and the upstairs. I also like the idea of the odd little short chimney that I mention in the 6/4/2017 at 9:13 PM post below.
                I love the feeling of the simple house as an example of how people lived without plumbing and modern conveniences. Would adding plumbing wreck that? Even a real kitchen with vintage fixtures would be inaccurate to the true house as it has been throughout its long life.
                Just writing this has caused all sorts of thoughts to gel and brought up new ones. As you may be able to tell, when a project idea comes into my head, even if I know I can’t do it, my mind can go on speculative overdrive. I plan everything out as though it WILL happen, and that alone gives me great pleasure. The project doesn’t even need to happen for me to derive my enjoyment, but in this case it looks like an eminently doable project due to the small size of the house. I can begin making feasibility inquiries with the counties involved, and if they are able to give me the green light, I can pursue it.
                If I am able to do it, the experience will forward my goal of moving some wreck of a house that someone is giving away, but must be moved, because I will have the confidence gained from actually doing rather than my previous imagined projects, which have always seemed like impossible dreams.
                I would like to say that all of this has been a result of Kelly’s vigilant work in creating oldhousedreams.com, the knowledge which the OHD’s followers have shared in comments on both individual postings and the Friday links and exchanges, and most especially to you, Cora, for seeing something in what most would consider a nothing little house, and posting it.
                My thanks to all of you.

          • AvatarJoe says: 633 comments

            I know that I am being obsessive about this house, but I just noticed in the photo looking into the bedroom that there is a chimney that has no portion below the second floor. It starts near the ceiling to the right of the door into the bedroom and goes through the roof. There is a hole for a stove pipe. Do you think it meets code? I am amazed!

    • CoraCora says: 1891 comments

      Being the obsessive researcher I am, I tried to find some history on who lived here. Not much luck, but I did find an old map of the area, dated 1877. Where the bend in the road coincides with where the house now stands, the property owners named Leppo and Bankert seem to be closest. I’m not sure if the house is quite that old, though, it’s so hard to tell. If it isn’t, it’s close. I linked the zoom of the map:


    • AvatarBethany Otto says: 2656 comments

      Thank you! This is the kind of post I love! I am having trouble accessing the Flickr file but I’ll keep trying. So far only one picture shows up.

    • AvatarEileenM says: 243 comments

      I don’t seem to be able to access the flickr photos.

  15. AvatarSandyF says: 126 comments

    Thank you all for making my Saturday morning. I look forward to sitting with a cup of coffee and dreaming. I spend countless hours looking at historic homes ( I should spend countless hours working on my own 1915)
    I love this one found
    today in Redlands CA, needs work, stripping the wood, historic bathrooms, bring back the kitchen,but a great house for Brett Waterman from “Restored”. A fair price for the area, and the lot is what I love.

    • AvatarBethany Otto says: 2656 comments

      I love Redlands. Lots of lovely old homes in the beautiful So Cal sunshine!

      • RosewaterRosewater says: 4542 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        – Me too. I’d love to visit some day.

        Gorgeous house and grounds. Great kitchen and baths. Thanks’ Sandy

    • SueSue says: 1175 comments
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      1802 Cape

      Wow, that home is lovely. I am equally smitten with the grounds. Actually, it is the first thing I look for. I could have so much fun adding more exotic tropical plants to the already lovely gardens.

  16. AvatarDave in Buffalo says: 11 comments

    Sorry – not to get off topic here – but where has John Shiflet been? I haven’t seen comments from him in a long time.

  17. Avatarcathyf says: 1 comments

    This house is down the street from me. When we moved year 20 years ago, it had been converted into 4 apartments and was for sale for $40,000. Eventually it was bought by a couple who restored it to it’s original single-family glory. Real estate is not an investment in my little town — it’s more like the adoption of a special needs child! They originally put the house on the market for approx $275,000 in 2011ish, sold it for $179,000 in Jan 2013 according to zillow. They probably lost money even after counting all of their “sweat equity” as zero cost. Now it’s for sale for $265K — we’ll see what they really get.

    The staircase is my favorite feature of the whole house — the curved windows in the bay, especially the leaded glass windows at top. When it’s dark outside and the lights are on inside you can see the stairs from the street. Second favorite is the parquet floor in the 3rd floor of the turret. (The 3rd floor is still set up as it’s own apartment with a small kitchen up there. Makes for a better party space, too.)

    Given the underlying economics of the market, I think that the folks did a fabulous job, especially knowing that it had to be a labor of love because they weren’t going to get any money out of it!


  18. Avatarcheryl plato says: 181 comments

    Here are a few of my week’s favorites, this one an 1830s Dresden Maine for 65k, needs love

    • SueSue says: 1175 comments
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      1802 Cape

      Cheryl, this is right around the corner from me. Whitefield seems to have higher price point than say my town, which sits right next to it. Not sure why Whitefield is higher. I know this house. Here in Maine with our abundance of old houses that are not appreciated you can do much better than this one at this price.

  19. AvatarCarol says: 71 comments
    Washington, PA

    Gorgeous home, cathyf. Well worth every penny they are asking.

  20. CoraCora says: 1891 comments

    An Amish farm. Great barn, 3 acres, cute dog, too!

    $60k seems like a bargain, but it has no modern amenities – no electricity, etc. It’s still occupied by the Amish.
    It’s amazing what we think we cannot live without.

    247 Cherry Hill Rd,
    Ashville, NY 14710

  21. CoraCora says: 1891 comments

    A wonderful, big lovely home with all its original woodwork. A little cleaning and fixing is all it appears to need. Alot of the woodwork has been marked with “X.” I hope that isn’t an indication of pending salvage or demolition. $39k.

    126 Fulton St,
    Jamestown, NY 14701

    • Avatarcheryl plato says: 181 comments

      that is a really nice house! hope it gets saved, the woodwork is beautiful, and a cute retro bathroom, those Xs are threatening, lol.

      • CoraCora says: 1891 comments

        Growing up in Kansas, whenever a community was hit by a damaging tornado, they would go around after the storm and mark the damaged houses and buildings that were deemed unsafe to enter with a gigantic spray-painted “X” – I guess now I subconsciously associate that letter with demise! It does seem strange they are all over this house.

    • AvatarBethany Otto says: 2656 comments

      The price is so low, I’m afraid that contributes to the impression that salvage or demolition may be in store. But the realtor’s description does talk about the house itself as being desirable, so maybe there’s hope.

  22. JpdillonJpdillon says: 40 comments
    1965 Levitt House
    Stony Brook, NY

    Hey guys, just wanted to give you guys a little taste of Long Island Victorians, since I don’t see them on the market much.

    This first one’s been on and off the market, and I’ve been inside on open houses twice. It’s last price was about 450k, so I guess it just keeps going down. Funny story about this house, they wired a 2nd floor fixture through an outlet. Not sure how that’s supposed to work.


    I’ve driven by this house, but I’ve never personally been inside it. I’m quite pleasantly suprised by it, actually:


    Here’s one I saw advertised in a realtor magazine a while back, I just wish there were more pictures…


    Here’s another unique one I found, probably shingle style.


    Last one I’ll link for today. This is a foursquare that’s been… well.. modernized. The realtor video is actually pretty funny, I’m not sure what he’s doing. I suggest you watch!


    Thanks Kelly for running this wonderful site, it’s always nice to unwind by looking at these splendid homes. Happy weekend everyone!

  23. CoraCora says: 1891 comments

    One more. The entrance hall and staircase of this home is so stunning, I think I would faint walking inside the first time.

    3 W Terrace Ave,
    Lakewood, NY 14750

  24. AvatarHoyt Clagwell says: 262 comments

    A unique 1916 Prairie Style/Eclectic townhouse in my city:


    It’s a fortress-like townhouse one might expect to find in Chicago in a neighborhood of expansive turn-of-the-century suburban houses with open yards and big front porches.

    • Lancaster JohnLancaster John says: 563 comments

      Amazing interiors. You don’t come across a minstrel’s gallery every day! Well worth a look even if Nebraska is not on your radar screen.

    • AvatarLaurie W. says: 1602 comments

      Interior Chicago-worthy too. Sumptuous. The tile flooring is unusual & handsome. I would love to see what the original bathrooms were like! Too bad they’re gone.

  25. AvatarMardib says: 25 comments

    Do you ever settle on a style? I love these all and they are all so different.

    • AvatarHoyt Clagwell says: 262 comments

      This Zillow listing has more photos, and they’re in a more coherent order:


      At least two of the bathrooms are original. If you were hoping for more Sullivanesque/Prairie School mosaics, there’s none–the bathrooms are handsome but conventional.

      I regret that the interiors weren’t more consistently Prairie School or Vienna Secessionist. There’s a lot of eclecticism in the interior trimmings that would be lovely in another house, but are a let-down when one was hoping for something a little more like, say, the Charnley House inside.

  26. AvatarElla says: 1 comments

    A Bargain historic tri-plex in Baker City, Oregon

  27. CoraCora says: 1891 comments

    Aaiieee! Tiny little 1947 art deco! I would LOVE something like this. Even my hubby likes this one. Most of its style details still remain!
    It’s like a yummy little mint bonbon!

    2105 Erdman Ave,
    Baltimore, MD 21218
    2 beds · 2 baths · 1,189 sqft

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 4542 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      A sea of foam! How rad is that! Thanks’ Cora. Sure hope DaughterofGeorge sees this one.

      • CoraCora says: 1891 comments

        I just realized it says 1947 in the description but the build date is 1915. Doesn’t this style kinda fall in between those two? Hmm.

        Doesn’t matter. I could just eat it up, I love it.

  28. 7000+ square foot former B&B from 1894 in the Rochester, NY area. Teddy Roosevelt is rumored to fox hunt here too! Check out this glorious historic home that is just waiting to be opened as a B&B again!

  29. AvatarKTschnooks says: 56 comments

    Happy Monday Everyone!

    Beautiful home that the current owner wanted to turn into a hospice home for veterans. She is selling because the cost to do that is too high. Her article is linked below as well.

    This home has obviously had quite a bit of updating done inside, but still amazing nonetheless.

    This house is just all around strange so I had to share it! Plus I had no idea there was a town of El Paso in Illinois.

    Split into two separate rentals, this house still maintains a good amount of character. Bonus: the price is pretty amazing too!

    This street in Dubuque is known to have gorgeous older homes. As the street heads down the bluff downtown it also is one of the steepest streets in town and becomes quite interesting during a winter snow storm!

  30. AvatarDaryl N. says: 18 comments

    Glasgow: Circa 1800 home in Cambridge, MD. Just a block off the Choptank River on 2.89 acres. Soon to be under realtor contract, but significant discount if purchased through owner. $665,000 (before discount). Check out a 3-D walk through:

  31. AvatarJoel says: 20 comments

    I hope this isn’t a repeat. I pass this one every day and would love to have it if finances allowed. HOpefully someone picks it up and keeps the original features and fixes the things *cough*bathroom*cough* that need fixing


  32. SueSue says: 1175 comments
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    1802 Cape

    This Victorian built in 1850 in Kennebunk, Maine is just magnificent. From the mantel in the kitchen, to all the the splendid woodwork, tin ceilings, curved wall in dining room, beautifully restored bathrooms, the elegant staircase and wonderful carriage house apartment and more, this house is just beautiful. I fear, since it resides in the business district that it could end up as a business. Let’s hope at this price that won’t happen.


    • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4708 comments

      Fantastic house, Sue! I think its priced high enough that its unlikely to end up as a business site. It has elements of Gothic Revival, Italianate, Second Empire with a few whimsical touches of Queen Anne thrown in for good measure. Exactly what one would expect to find in a house from the mid-19th century that was periodically added to and updated. Nice find…

      • RosewaterRosewater says: 4542 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        I’ll second that, thanks’ Sue. It is my guess that the wide stylistic variations are owing to the owners really wild ability to marry a myriad of antique bits, pieces, and details, bespoke originals, and reproductions into what was probably originally a pretty hum drum 2nd Empire house. It’s all very well done, but I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between what is original and what is married in here. Clearly they spent a FORTUNE to achieve what we are seeing in these images. I’m assuming the WOW iron mantle in the kitchen is antique – but who knows! I’m nutzo for the paper in the stair hall = yummmmy. Fun!

        • SueSue says: 1175 comments
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          1802 Cape

          Clearly the owners have a flare for the dramatic. Something I adore in a home but you are right, they have done it so well hard to know what is original and what is added by them. The papers in the hallway and the dining room are beautiful.

      • SueSue says: 1175 comments
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        1802 Cape

        John, I didn’t know what category to put this Victorian in. Clearly the realtor didn’t know either. I am a sucker for Gothic Revival, Italianate and Queen Anne. No wonder I love this house so much. The more drama the better. I have a dream to work with one of my best friends who is a master carpenter and builder restoring a Gothic Victorian but while doing so leaving the inside mysterious and dramatic. (No recessed lights for that house.) Then putting up for sale. I can dream.

        • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4708 comments

          From an architectural history standpoint, any Victorian era home with a mansard roof would be classified as Second Empire in style. However, this mainly Second Empire house is a rich tapestry of styles and eclectic decor…indeed, it has the “drama” inside it that most modern homes lack. I feel a lot of empathy for the sellers because I’m sure they put their heart and soul into making it what it is.

  33. CoraCora says: 1891 comments

    Whew! Breathtaking. If the rest of the house looks like these photos, this is the bargain of the year:

    305 Stuart Ave,
    Kalamazoo, MI 49007
    5 beds · 3 baths · 4,400 sqft

  34. AvatarScott Cunningham says: 375 comments

    Amazing home in Portland (if you have the cash). How about that kitchen? Porches? Wow!!!


    • DanpdxDanpdx says: 80 comments

      Love this house…the views are amazing..I’ve driven by it many times…I do worry it will end up with a flipper…it has been on the market a couple of times in the past few years…

  35. CoraCora says: 1891 comments

    This exterior design looks familiar. On the historic register:

    130 Duncan Ave,
    Paris, KY 40361
    4 beds · 2.5 baths · 3,984 sqft

  36. CoraCora says: 1891 comments

    The light fixtures in this house are mind-boggling; so ornate and unique!
    This is a big, beautiful home. There is no build date given, but when I searched the site to see if it had been posted, it looks like it’s neighbor was on here three years ago, with a 1906 build date.

    553 E Main St,
    Jackson, TN 38301
    4 beds · 2.5 baths · 3,505 sqft

  37. AvatarCharlesB says: 411 comments

    Up for auction–St. Johnsville, NY–4000+ sf brick Greek Revival, circa 1840. $10,000 minimum bid; low reserve ($30,000). OK, so it has the New York State Thruway in the back yard:


  38. CoraCora says: 1891 comments

    How on earth does delicate, intricate millwork like this survive all these years? Gorgeous.

    508 S Park Ave,
    Rensselaer, IN 47978
    6 beds · 6 baths · 5,076 sqft

  39. CoraCora says: 1891 comments

    A nice large, clean craftsman with all its built-ins unpainted. Great price.

    206 E Washington St,
    Rensselaer, IN 47978
    4 beds · 1.5 baths · 2,170 sqft

  40. CoraCora says: 1891 comments

    One more. This one needs saving. What a sad beauty.

    3528 Route 47,
    Millville, NJ 08332
    7 beds · 3 baths · 3,292 sqft

  41. AvatarKTschnooks says: 56 comments

    This one only has the one very sad photo, but I am a sucker for these houses needing more than just a little TLC. I am sure this is going to be just a tear down, but I am crossing my fingers that someone has the funds and the tender heart to want to restore it.


    • CoraCora says: 1891 comments

      I’m the same way! I can’t help thinking, this was once someone’s dream. How many generations loved this house?
      I hope it is saved, too! Thanks for sharing.

    • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4708 comments

      Although I know literally nothing about Dodge Center, MN, I can make a few helpful suggestions to any prospective rehabbers. First, do a thorough inspection of the house and determine all of the condition issues. With a list of needed repairs a ballpark rehab figure can be arrived at. Then, immediate get a sound roof put on the house and temporarily shore or prop up the porch nearing collapse. No need to level it because it will need to be completely rebuilt. After the roof issues are addressed, next would come foundation repairs as well as structural repairs, followed by systems issues: electrical, plumbing, Heating/Venting/Air Conditioning. (HVAC) Last, address cosmetic repairs. It might be worthwhile when this last phase of the work is reached to decide on paint colors, and whether or not to take the exterior of the house in a stylistic direction. Nominally, the house seems to fit into the Italianate family but it is more vernacular or Folk Style than anything else. A big, challenging, project here best suited for a seasoned restorer, but a methodical approach combined with bringing in trade professionals when necessary might be feasible for someone with less experience. When its all said and done, it would not surprise me that the restorer would have an investment in this house equal to the price of a new starter home. Sometimes a “bargain” house that needs a lot of help isn’t such a bargain. If I were considering it, I’d have to see the interior before any decisions could be made. A badly deteriorated interior would dim any prospects for restoration but a surprisingly well preserved interior would boost those prospects. In summary, ignore the low price but look at the house realistically and consider it within the context of local housing market conditions. Good luck and best wishes for success to anyone who decides to tackle this project.

  42. CoraCora says: 1891 comments

    Insomnia browsing. This exterior is just absolutely perfect. Look at the roof! Those teeny windows up there! And the center tower…

    If I owned this I would spend all my time sitting on the neighbor’s porch across the street…so I could gaze at my masterpiece of a house:

    205 Locust Ave,
    Washington, PA 15301
    8 beds · 5 baths · 6,406 sqft

    • Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 10321 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Across the street is an auto repair shop so not sure they’d let you do that. 😀 There are houses that would be worthy of moving it to a better location, I’d do it for this one.

  43. CoraCora says: 1891 comments

    More insomnia treasure finds:

    816 Francis Scott Key Hwy,
    Keymar, MD 21757

    2240 Brighton Dam Rd,
    Brookeville, MD 20833

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