July 21, 2017 Link Exchange & Discussion – S

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11864 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    This is our first summer in our old house. Turns out the room my office is in gets blasting hot, despite an air conditioner running and a ceiling fan. Too hot today for words so here’s the link exchange early today.

    • JimHJimH says: 4939 comments
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      I can imagine – I’m way north of you and it’s been well over 90 and humid the last few days.

      For those that didn’t see it, Kelly posted a renovation update to 1915 Craftsman in Idaho yesterday. It’s a nice old place and not completely ruined by any means:

      But it would have been much better to work with the original kitchen and not paint any of the woodwork. (I also miss the old Sinclair dinosaur that was sitting on the lawn in the original listing):

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 892 comments

        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        Way better update than what some person did here…my current kitchen was inspired by this one: https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2016/09/05/1885-school-purcellville-va/

        Flipping after https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/12813-Harpers-Ferry-Rd-Purcellville-VA-20132/12424238_zpid/

        • CharlestonJohn says: 1067 comments

          They sucked the soul right out of what was a charming stone cottage. I’m not sure what’s the worst part of the inside flip junk, but replacing real window shutters with fake ones ought to be a crime.

          • Rob says: 41 comments

            Well said charlestonjohn! My bias is if you want a new house, buy a new house.

            • Linda R says: 229 comments

              God yes, Just this week on the Boulder craigslist, people are selling all the cool architectural elements from a 1911 house, showing pics of the items still in place but with comment, “Here for 106 yrs. now time to remodel” Why buy a 1911 house if you want new? Makes me want to beg them to keep all those items in the attic, so the next person can restore the house!

          • jeklstudio says: 1138 comments

            Yes, CharlestonJohn, this poor house is now in the throes of an identity crisis…

        • Eric Unhinged says: 896 comments

          Something must be done to stop the home “improvement” programing on television. This flip really is criminal.

        • peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1041 comments
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          1885 Italianate.

          What is it with flippers, talk about cookie cutter jobs, all granite counter tops, the tiny glass tile back splash, and the modern fancy showers. Ugh. I’ll take the original one any ol day.

          • Laurie W. says: 1770 comments

            Well said. Me too. That kitchen is a tragedy; they gutted & probably tossed all that good stuff — it only needed a gentle touch to be terrific.

          • SueSue says: 1159 comments
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            1802 Cape

            I am so sick of granite counters and the generic brown tile in every new bathroom. With all the materials out there to choose from why oh why does it have to be this formula?

        • RosewaterRosewater says: 5757 comments
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          1875 Italianate cottage
          Noblesville, IN

          Echh! Every time I see a “teach anyone to flip” infomercial it makes my blood boil. These sleazoids teach people that the old “stuff” is valuable, and to sell it separately. There’s a special level of hell for these D-bags who encourage this sort of heartless profiteering.

          • violetsm says: 5 comments

            Hear hear! So depressing. For one thing, it’s hard to re-incorporate salvaged stuff once it is removed from the original installation, and for another, think of all the waste of all those brand-new materials when there were perfectly serviceable old ones. I had to beg my grandmother to keep the solid wood cabinets her husband built when he built the house in the 40s. They are perfectly good looking and operational, why do people feel the need to replace what is functioning and aesthetically consistent with the house?

            • RosewaterRosewater says: 5757 comments
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              1875 Italianate cottage
              Noblesville, IN

              Jeez. I hear you Violet. My aunt’s second husband has been threatening to gut my grandma’s kitchen, (my aunt’s now), that my grandpa built in the 40’s for years. It has the same, quality, SUPER SOLID, (humble) cabinetry; a rad enameled steel sink unit; 40’s Formica counters and (super cute) linoleum floor all in perfect to very good condition. I won’t get into the (perfectly stupid) things he has been allowed to do to the house (grrrrrrrr), but thank god she’s held the line on the kitchen!

            • Eric Unhinged says: 896 comments

              Violetsm, you asked why people feel the need to replace things. It is because they are brainwashed by television and advertising. Truly. The message is repeated ad nauseam until it sticks. And stick it does with a surprisingly large number of people. We are outnumbered by people who can no longer differentiate between quality and junk – or substance and trends. The message is endlessly repeated in an effort to drive the economy although the cost to our present and future is both permanent and catastrophic.

    • Rob says: 41 comments

      A beautiful 79 in the Pacific Northwest today. Nice summers if you can handle the winter rains.

    • Scott Cunningham says: 391 comments

      My house is mostly shaded by giant oaks and maples, but one corner of the house (the SW corner) is completely exposed. From 9Am-4PM it’s in direct sun. GF plans on using the glasses in sleeping porch upstairs as her office. We are looking at Victorian style window awnings to help with the problem.

    • peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1041 comments
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      1885 Italianate.

      This black and white photo above Kelly? Beautiful!! Our house was built in 1885 and also gets too dang hot upstairs in the summer even with air conditioning. Must be something common with old wood sided homes? Lovely home!

    • dragonflyspirit14dragonflyspirit14 says: 262 comments
      1913 farmhouse
      Dillon, SC

      I feel you Kelly, I just moved from CT to SC last month and I cannot believe how hot it gets. I am outside for five minutes and I feel like I am dying. I just came in from outside and said to one of my dogs, I think we need to find a summer home in Maine! So I promptly went on Zillow and came across this beauty. Ohhh someone please buy this house and don’t let it get torn down! What a beauty! (The realtor obviously wasn’t on their toes because most of the photos are sideways!) Check it out. https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/123-Poultney-St-Whitehall-NY-12887/32905787_zpid/?fullpage=true

  2. Lindsay G says: 582 comments

    Very large 1920’s sprawling mansion.

    A 1938 Tudor home.

    I wish this 1920’s Italian renaissance had more pictures!

    This 1898 home in Yonkers NY has an impressive stairway and entryway but the rest of the house is a bit of a disappointment.

    • Cathy F. says: 2222 comments

      I agree about the last house – its entry hall & staircase are the highlights. I was hoping for a pic taken on the landing, showing what the quarter-round pulpit looking deal looks like from the other side.

    • Gail M says: 160 comments

      I love the decadence and opulence of the Yonkers mansion. What fun!

    • CharlestonJohn says: 1067 comments

      The Yonkers mansion as originally built in the early 1880s’…

      • Lindsay G says: 582 comments

        That does make more sense. I think zillow puts the year of the last time the house was updated. 1920 must’ve been when it was last added onto or renovated or whatever.

    • Franzia Spritzer says: 15 comments

      That Yonkers house is fantastic, and a bit of a bargain considering it’s grandeur. For funsies I poked around zillow for houses at the same price point in my hometown (Seattle) and came away nonplussed, so I expanded my search to the whole of the US and found this glorious house in Rhode Island. The kitchen and baths have been modernized with the trendy marble everything (meh), they did well with the trim and built-ins for the most part.


      • Rob says: 41 comments

        Thank you, That is my new dream home.
        You can not get much in Seattle for under 2 million. I moved out of Seattle two years ago to rural Washington to be able to fulfill a lifelong dream of owning a historic home. My 4k sq ft house would be around 3 million in Seattle and it was very inexpensive here. Location, location, location.

      • 77 THOUSAND dollars a year in taxes!!! It’s a nice house with a million dollar view, but 77 THOUSAND dollars a year in taxes!!! But, hey, if we’re gonna dream let’s dream big right!!!

    • SueSue says: 1159 comments
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      1802 Cape


      The 1920’s mansion has the right amount of drama for me. My jaw dropped. I think you would make the perfect realtor for me. Everyone of those homes have the romance and drama I love so much. When I moved to Maine from CT I closed my decorating business because here in Maine romance and drama are a no no. I did get to do a bedroom here before I closed shop in a lovely old home. I painted butterflies flying across her ceiling above her bed, used vintage wallpaper and fabrics, even found door knobs with cameos on them. Sigh, I miss being able to do that.

  3. CharlesB says: 481 comments

    Hot as blazes all the way up here on the Canadian border!

    Here’s a 1903 Colonial Revival tour-de-force in Freeland, PA. Built as a ‘Girls’ Loyalty Club;’ became a Ukrainian Orthodox church and rectory in 1939. Priced at $30,000:




  4. LindyL says: 11 comments

    Here is a house in NE Ohio with a lovely paint job. I admire it every time I drive into town. Chardon is a great town, despite being in the snow belt. This house is close to the square, which really is the center of town activities. https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/210-S-Hambden-St-Chardon-OH-44024/34137059_zpid/

  5. Lindsay G says: 582 comments

    Kelly that is quite an amazing summer home you have there! My family’s summer home was built in 1843. We just got back from being up there (in Appalachia PA.) And the heat was almost unbearable. We had a local lake we could cool off in but no AC in the house itself. At night we opened the windows and had the fans on but it did little to help cool us down. I have quite a few memories of waking up in the morning to the bedsheets just STICKING to me. I felt like the first thing I wanted to do when I woke up was take a cold shower! How did they deal with the heat in the old days?!

    But lots of fond memories up there regardless! That home has been in our family for over 50 years. The house itself started out as an old tavern inn for weary travelers. Then it became a home for a few different families before my grandparents bought it. I often think about who else once slept in the same bedroom that I always sleep in!

    • Laurie W. says: 1770 comments

      Lindsay, how lucky your family is! I have friends who spend summers in old-timey family houses & I envy them enormously, what fun for all.

      Here’s how some dealt with summer heat: My mother grew up in Nebraska, where summers were so hot, they could fry an egg on the sidewalk, kids thought it was funny. At night they took sheets off the beds, wet them down, and rolled up in them, slept outside in the back yard.

      • Lindsay G says: 582 comments

        Wow that’s interesting! How did they dodge the mosquitos, lol. The mosquitos are sooo bad at night here in PA. And this summer has been the worst ever I think. My mom and I came home and we were completely covered from head to toe with bites. Also, we have coyotes and bears and other wild animals.

        My grandfather was scouting the 300 acres that the house sits on, one day. He had his rifle but he wasn’t hunting. He entered an area where there’s a large grove of pine trees that are so thick they blot out the sky. (Its actually one of my more favorite places on the land because the atmosphere is so different. It’s got such a mysterious feel to it.) And he swears he came within about 10 feet of a mountain lion. He said he was scared to death and fired a warning shot. The mountain lion didn’t run, it just slowly turned and walked away like it wasn’t afraid of my grandfather at all.

        That story always scared me. Not only are there mountain lions in the area but they might not fear people.

  6. Cathy F. says: 2222 comments

    Some upstate NY houses:
    1) 1905; one of the grander homes in the village of Stamford – NW edge of the Catskills with Mt. Utsayantha and Churchill Mtn. overlooking the village on its eastern side. I have never seen a built-in bookcase like this one has. I know this house, but have never been inside; didn’t realize that its decor dates back to the 70’s and prob even farther back.
    2) 1892, large Victorian with plenty of lovely woodwork, also in Stamford. In HS (60’s), I used to babysit for the people who lived here then. They kept the French doors to the front parlor closed – the kids were not allowed in that room, to keep it always neat & clean in case of company; no prob – there was another parlor, plus a den. A large house with 3 floors of living space.
    3) 1853, Clinton, NY. Central NY, has a village green & is home to Hamilton College. I bet some of you are gonna love its kitchen sink!
    4) 1860 brick home, between New Hartford & Clinton, NY. Nice woodwork, 12+ acres, in the countryside but just several minutes to NH, Clinton, & Utica. Not sure if some of the ceiling lighting fixtures are original…

    • Scott Cunningham says: 391 comments

      I was on vacation in madison county NY this month and we took a drive through Oneida and Clinton etc…. some really wonderful homes there. We even did the house tour of the Oneida Historical Society

  7. Eric Unhinged says: 896 comments

    For the fans of big, unpretentious, farmhouses:

    Like trains? A 1903 caboose conversion in the Black Hills of South Dakota:

    • peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1041 comments
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      1885 Italianate.

      That caboose is very cool, I showed my husband and we’d love to have that up in northern Mich for the summer 🙂
      The farm house could be our permanent home.

    • Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1003 comments
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      1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

      Several years ago, fans of the University of South Carolina football team, the Fighting Gamecocks, were buying cabooses set up near the stadium railroad tracks. Called “cockabooses,” the train cars were outfitted for fine-feathered tailgate parties!

  8. Anne M. says: 718 comments

    The heat & humidity have been awful this week in Massachusetts! Looking forward to some cooler weather next week.
    Here’s an 1850 house with a lot of character including what looks to be a large soapstone sink in the kitchen:
    1885 with a cool stone porch:
    In the same family since it was built in 1915:
    And a 1920 which I may have posted before (it looks vaguely familiar) but if so may have been taken off the market & re-listed

    • Cathy F. says: 2222 comments

      The last, Holyoke, house… I like its entry hall & staircase, and have never seen a corner china cupboard quite like the one in this house’s DR.

    • Victorianinmymind says: 11 comments

      I love all the lamps in the West Springfield house. I would love to get my hands on those and a few of the other furnishings.

  9. BugLadyBugLady says: 71 comments

    Hey All! Busy busy busy lately. I’ve seen a few new gorgeous, and some bizarre, homes around Ohio these last few weeks. Some have made their way onto the page here.

    Between the kitchen and the front window this place is just gorgeous. Love it!
    1898 build. Style uncertain: Check out this home at Realtor.com
    4beds · 1+baths
    190 N Main St, Johnstown

    Mid Century beauty. Waaaayyyyy out of my price range. Check out this home at Realtor.com
    4beds · 2baths
    263 Beechwood Dr, Granville

    Historic Farm. I gotta confess I’m rather confused as to what’s going on here. It looks like the brick was the original home but then someone built another home smack-against its backside? It would be perfect for me if it was just the original brick. What are your thoughts?
    1820: Check out this home at Realtor.com
    3beds · 1+baths
    12963 Sockman Rd, Mount Vernon

    • JRC says: 147 comments

      A floor plan for the historic farm would certainly be helpful. Seemed like a lot of building for 3 bedrooms, 1 1/2 bath home.

    • Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1003 comments
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      1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

      The mid-century place in Granville gives new meaning to “tree-house”! Very cool.

    • Anne M. says: 718 comments

      That Johnstown house is fabulous – the entry! the windows! the built-ins! I love it all.

    • Lancaster John says: 736 comments

      That MCM in Granville — I’ve seen it before. Probably on this site…but not sure. Anyway, the bathroom paint job is unforgettable.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 5757 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Wow that was fun BugLady, Thanks’!
      House 3 probably had it’s original service ell torn down and replaced with what you noted is a decidedly newer wing in the late 70’s / early 80’s. It really is a whole separate house back there.
      House 1 is a real winner for sure; a quality, SOLID house with great, untouched, original details. I’m with you on the kitchen BTW. That is a quality build probably from around the mid 60’s, and there is NO reason in the world to rip it out. Color and counter change – YES, but as to design, storage space, flow, etc. = A+ My favorite bits are the RAD, oversized bay / solarium – WOW = plant heaven: and the really great BARNS!
      House 2 – – – I mean – NICE! That house has Van Der Rohe written all over it, and probably designed by one of his protegees. Clearly the folks selling moved in and completely re-decorated in the mid 70’s = WOW! A fascinating time capsule with regard to architecture – and interior design. Again, plant heaven! Thanks again! 🙂

      I wasn’t going to mention this house, but since you treated me to such a GREAT mid-mod; what the heck. Someone out there might find this 1%er, on the lake, North shore Chicagoland, early 80’s modster as dreamy as I do:


      I’m in love with this, (perfect for me), great Italianate farm house with DROP DEAD FABULOUS barn – – sigh;


      This house isn’t much to write home about but has the most curious built in featuring – drawers. Heheheh, I’m tall – buuutttt. Pretty wild;


      Here’s a real cutester to be had on the cheap in my favorite little Indiana town – Ladoga;


      Cheers! 🙂

    • peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1041 comments
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      1885 Italianate.

      The farmhouse doesn’t look right, is the ‘yellow house’ possibly not that old at all? but added on to the one that is old? Too bad there aren’t more pictures, like, how to get into the brick house from the yellow house lol !

    • Flowerlady says: 81 comments

      I love the house in Johnstown. Seems like a lot of buildings on just over 1/2 an acre. If I had my kids still with me, I would love to move there.

    • Lindsay G says: 582 comments

      OMGoodness! I think I actually believe in love at first sight. That Johnstown Ohio house is amazing! I want it. Right now. It has everything I ever wanted in a home. The unpainted wood. The bay windows. All those built-ins! The only thing (in my list of favorites) that’s missing is a turret. But I think I could pass that up for this beauty. ????

  10. Lindsay G says: 582 comments

    If this isn’t allowed, I’m so sorry! This house is NOT FOR SALE but I just absolutely had to post it to share a picture of the fireplace. I can’t tell it it’s original or what. I just think it’s super neat.

    And I wanted to post this house for awhile but I kept going back and forth in my head about it. The interior is nothing special. It’s just that one particular upstairs victorian-ish side window that juts out. It’s so fascinating to me! It doesn’t go at all with the rest of the house….I wonder what the story is there. I just find it so intriguing!

    • Scott Cunningham says: 391 comments

      Fireplace didn’t do anything for me, but man! That attic has possibilities!!!

    • Joe says: 739 comments

      I think that what you are referring to in the fireplace is a decorative screen that fits it very well in the back, almost as if it was custom made. The angled side window looks like an angled oriel window, but its detailing makes me wonder what details are hidden under all of that vinyl. The house seems to have a large combination of roof styles.

      • Lindsay G says: 582 comments

        There isn’t a screen on the fireplace that I’m talking about. It’s on pages 11, 12 and 13. It has three pictures situated in the back. They look Asian or Renaissance in style and I just think it’s so intriguing. They certainly don’t go with the rest of the home so I’m thinking they probably aren’t original at all but I’d still like to know the age of them and when they were installed. I’m assuming nobody here could tell me that though unless they lived in the house themselves and knew the history.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 5757 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Interesting fireplace Lindsay, thanks’! At first the insert / fire back seemed Asian, and likely enameled; so I clipped it and blew it up as much as possible and something very different emerged. Looks to me like a real, antique, cast iron fire back, and the scenes are in fact very large tiles with depictions of Moorish Spain. It is very likely from the Victorian Aesthetic period, 1860 to 1900, probably English, and it is quite unlike anything I’ve ever seen. As amazing and delightful as the piece is, It astounds me that it found it’s way into the this looming dullard of a house. I am also guessing that the fireplace it is installed in was designed specifically to house it as it’s dimensions are static. Once again – I’ll bet a nickel it was brought from the original owner’s previous, much older house as a much loved piece. Far out! Here is the link to the enlarged detail photo: double click the image once it loads for the large version;



      • Lindsay G says: 582 comments

        Oh thank you so much! I guess it helps to have a well-trained eye on a site like OHD. I really wanted to know why that fireplace seemed so weird and out-of-place compared to the rest of the house. The theory about the original owners possibly bringing it over from their previous house definitely makes sense! But I would’ve tried to keep such a beauty in the family and willed it to someone after my death, I think.

        Thanks again Rosewater!??

  11. Linda R says: 229 comments

    So, I don’t know how to post the link, but 1315 S. 21st St. Lincoln NE is on Zillow and other sites, is a very nice prairie / craftsman with gorgeous gardens too. Yes, I am tech challenged, but what do you expect? I am an antique dealer and obsessed with old houses; my soul lives in the past.

  12. FergusFergus says: 259 comments
    1420 Perpendicular Gothic

    We’d been struggling with a heatwave over here in the UK, but it has since turned to rain instead, which is a pleasant relief, particularly for the gardens and fields!
    Thought I’d pop by and also share some more houses from the UK:

    -15th Century, Medlake Farm, Hittsleigh, Devon
    A very interesting restoration that maintains a rustic and elegant feel with the potential to do something with the interesting array of outbuildings too.

    -16th Century, Talbot Farm, Charlbruy, Oxfordshire
    This place is a real treasure, just look at the restoration potential the interior has! I just hope it doesn’t end up like the interior of the converted barn behind it.

    -15th Century, Little Milton, Oxfordshire
    The interior needs a lot of work, although I really like the red carpet on the staircase. The exterior and gardens have a lot of potential too.

    -16th Century, Bookham, Surrey
    There’s a lot to love about this house and its gardens that could be improved with cosmetic alterations to make it very special.

    -18th+19th Century, Bodwyn, Caeathro, North Wales
    I adore this house, it’s a modest Georgian home with a later, grander Victorian Gothic Revival home tacked on for good measure. It’s interior has a lot of potential and I don’t even hate the post-war extension to the rear. The surrounding landscape is stunning too!

  13. Cora says: 2046 comments

    Pretty bargain:

    218 S. Union St
    Stafford, KS

  14. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1003 comments
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    1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

    Speaking of heat, here in Saudi Arabia it’s 117 degrees at about noon!

    To be honest, it’s a lot like our summers back home in South Carolina!

  15. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1003 comments
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    Here’s a 1936 Art Deco home in Philadelphia.

    Looks like it’s had some leaking/moisture issues, but that untouched green bathroom is dynamite. Likewise the pink and black bath. And such an abundance of casement windows!


    • Anne M. says: 718 comments

      What a great house!

      • RosewaterRosewater says: 5757 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        No Doubt! Love the front entrance. Great kitchen too. So great how they used, (possibly the original), red Formica counters on the contemporary structural glass cabinets; vintage hardware too! So cool. This house needs to be stabilized right away!

    • JimHJimH says: 4939 comments
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      DaughterOG, that’s a cool Art Deco, and there aren’t many of them left! Here’s the article mentioned in Old House Interiors, with some nice photos:

    • jeklstudio says: 1138 comments

      How fantastic! Love this so much 🙂
      I wonder if they had a floor in the basement, the fan on the ‘carpet tiles’? But the moisture effects you notice in the green bathroom must have happened over time. Still, I would definitely love to tackle this one!

    • StevenFStevenF says: 883 comments
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      1969 Regency
      Nashville, TN

      This house is amazing. Alas, those Art Deco or moderne flats roofs aren’t great for moisture. I would love to restore this beauty.

    • Eric Unhinged says: 896 comments

      Oh, my. This is absolutely stunning, even in its neglected state. Every aspect of this house amazing; I do hope it gets an appreciative new owner. I would love to see archival photos of it when new and furnished!

  16. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1003 comments
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    I am utterly fixated on the breakfast nook in this handsome 1850s Ohio house:


  17. Stella says: 1 comments

    Love the woodwork in this Pennsylvania house:

    4 bed 3 bath
    514 Thomas St,
    Stroudsburg, PA 18360

    • Cathy F. says: 2222 comments

      This is a really pretty house, and I’m usually not even into Victorians. Lovely entrance hall w. a graceful staircase! My other favorite parts are the DR and then the bedroom (pic 16) with the built-in benches & bookcase. Oh, and the breakfast area, which may not be original, but so light & inviting!

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 5757 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Cool house. Thanks’ Stella. Nice kitchen really; and just love the South facing conservatory breakfast room they added. That’s a slice of heaven on a cold winter’s day.

  18. Joe says: 739 comments

    I have rarely posted houses. After seeing so many high end houses from cities such as Cincinnati, And having so many disparaging comments made about Baltimore on this site, I have decided to post a three houses from one of our high end neighborhoods. I am beginning with these three from the neighborhood known as Roland Park. Roland Park is an early planned suburb. It’s plan was designed by Olmstead in the early 1900’s. I have always heard that it is known as the location of the first shopping center in America. Wikipedia says that the Guiness book of world records agrees. Roland Avenue has two driving lanes and parking lane going in each direction. It is divided by a wide landscaped strip, which was originally the track of a street car line from downtown. When I was a child, my neighbor, who was born in 1926, told me that her mother was driving her to school when her car stalled while crossing the tracks, and they were hit by one of the street cars. I put this in for fun. It has no relevance to anything.
    Here is a link which tells the history of Roland Park’s development:


    Here is a link to an article about the shopping center, which has a not very good picture of the building:


    The first house I am showing is the quintessential original Queen Anne Free Classic house that brings Roland Park to my mind:


    The next house is a semi detached house which is right next door to the first one and much later. To me this represents what should not have been allowed in Roland Park, because it doesn’t have the “feel” of Roland Park to me. I am not saying that it is not a perfectly fine house of its era.


    This last one is on St George’s Road on the west side of Roland Avenue, which has had some of the highest priced properties Baltimore City. This section of the neighborhood has much larger lots than most of the rest of Roland Park as well as in the city.


    If you search google maps for this 21210 zip code, you can find a large variety of price points, although those parts which are in Roland Park are generally the highest end. Either the zip codes 21212 and 21218 will also include very nice neighborhoods and houses. These are the neighborhoods that I am most familiar with as being high end, but Baltimore has many more.

    • Lancaster John says: 736 comments

      Joe, I for one like Baltimore a lot. Capital of the Chesapeake, it has had many of the problems of most older US cities, but it has a wonderful sense of place, great neigborhoods, and I have many fond memories of going to Oriels games back when they were in Memorial Stadium. Despite being forever consigned to being overshadowed by nearby Washington, D.C. if I were to live again in the region I would choose Baltimore. And, if you want a new internet hobby, check out the history of silversmithing in Baltimore. Sterling is no longer much in style, or even produced, but sterling from the Charm City can hold it’s own against any silver city. You can start at http://www.thestieffcompany.com/The_Stieff_Company/INTRODUCTION.html, which is only one of the several first class Baltimore silver merchants, now sadly gone. And Kelly, most of these grand old Victorian houses would have been furnished with sterling, right down to fish forks, so I’m hoping you’ll consider this a house-related post!

      • Joe says: 739 comments

        Dear LJ, Thanks for your response. Yes, I know quite a bit about Baltimore silver. I had a brief period about ten years ago when I could afford to buy sterling and it was selling at low prices if you were willing to buy flatware with an old monogram. Many a Baltimorean prides themselves on their inherited sterling flatware, which has an old family friend or relative’s initials. My aunt had a set that my grandparents said belonged to General Douglas MacArthur. I never doubted it. I collected and gave an old set of sterling flatware to each my eight nieces and nephews back then, all but one set is S.Kirk & Sons. I assembled most of the sets through eBay, so even their monograms don’t match each other. Kirk was one of the oldest silversmiths in Baltimore and was known worldwide for its Repousse silver. Stieff Silver was formed later by one of the sons of the family of Baltimore’s venerable Steiff Piano Company. My grandparents and many of their generation considered Steiff Silver Company the upstart, but there were those who preferred Steiff. Stieff piano’s are a very good piano, but haven’t got a lot of cachet the way Steinway’s do. The piano company has been closed for many years. Kirk merged with Steiff during my lifetime and became Kirk Steiff. Although many of the Kirk silver patterns were still being made and sold by the combined company, most collectors go for pieces made before the merger with the S. Kirk & Sons mark or one of the earlier company marks. I didn’t know it at the time, but I went through school with a Kirk family grandson and know some of the Steiff family as well. The Steiffs must have had more sons, because the descendants still have the last name.
        Most of Baltimore’s old companies are gone, yet a lot of the families remain, proud of their heritage. The library at the Maryland Historical Society is one of the best resources for information about Baltimore.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 5757 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Who disrespected Baltimore?! Name names! 😉 I have yet to visit, but Baltimore is high on my bucket list of travel musts. I’m a huge John Waters fan, (go figure), and simply must visit all the iconic sites! You tell me who dissed Baltimore and I’ll sick Dawn Davenport on em! 😉


      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11864 comments

        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        It’s usually the people that only passed through, glance at crime stats or never visited the cities that are complained about. There are good neighborhoods and not so great ones but people that don’t know any better lump them all together because they glance at crime stats and decide whole cities are terrible. Or even crazier reasons for saying the neighborhood/city is bad…chain link fences. 😀

  19. WhenIWintheLottery says: 71 comments

    If not allowed, I understand.
    Saw this and first thought “Why?”. Then thought about all the people who are restoring these beauties and decided to share. If tbis house is slated for demo, maybe some good stuff can be salvaged.
    Hope you can open the link.

  20. Anne M. says: 718 comments

    Just came across this as the source of a picture of a butler’s pantry on Pinterest – not sure if it has been shared before, I think it is fantastic! 1911, very elegant Craftsman.

    • Chris2257 says: 21 comments

      One of my favorite houses.

    • Scott Cunningham says: 391 comments

      This is one of the nicest houses I’ve ever seen on OHD.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 5757 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Cool. Thanks’ Anne 🙂 I’m not crazy about the exterior design, but WOW what a gorgeous interior! So much amazing, unique detail. The upper stair hall looks like God’s waiting room. The quality of all of those rooms is off the charts! The only exception being that awful kitchen which, by the look of the service pantry and baths, replaced some very fine original cabinetry, tile and fixtures. What a drag. Sure hope they kept the original light fixtures they replaced with those ________ home center ______ __ ____.

      • RosewaterRosewater says: 5757 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        – Ok, the baths are contemporary – but nicely done really. Eric is so right about advertising = that kitchen is just SO unnecessary.

  21. BarbF says: 34 comments

    I did a quick search and I don’t think this has been shared yet – it’s an old gristmill in Knoxville converted to a residence. It comes with a lake, dam and stream! It’s pretty rustic and sits on 1.9 acres.


    • MW says: 857 comments

      Wow. I kind of wasn’t expecting too much seeing the 1st photo. But it got exiting real quickly. Besides the back being way more interesting than the front and still having the huge waterwheel, the interior is remarkably nicely done with some of the original mechanics still there. Really wonderful and charming overall. And seems very reasonably priced. Wish I had a good reason to move to Knoxville.

  22. John says: 77 comments

    Fergus, thank you for your posts- they always let me have a look at architecture I’ll likely not get to see in person. Loved Blebo House and the Caeathro North Wales property as well. As an aside, do you know what the beautiful purple trees are called?
    I guess it’s my day to appreciate the people who post here, but Daughter of George, seeing William Powell in white tie and top hat always makes me smile. Thanks for the posts too.

  23. Franzia Spritzer says: 15 comments

    Recently we saw here a reference to the Munster’s house, which sparked me to find interior shots. I found the house that was posted recently.

    I also found a blog that has screenshots from the show of every interior organized by room. I love the kitchen details, spice drawers, match holder and strike, hot water boiler, and the stove. http://munsterhouse.blogspot.com/

    There’s a page there with color screenshots from the Munster movies Munster Go Home and Munster’s Revenge as well.

    • jeklstudio says: 1138 comments

      A cute post! How do you suppose they had the $$ to spend on all the original things from the show? WOW. I know what it’s like to be obsessed with a show, that’s how I am with Frasier… Although I wouldn’t like to live in his condo, lol.

    • Cathy F. says: 2222 comments

      Cool, thanks! A trip back in time, many years!

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11864 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Thanks Franzia. I remember seeing that house in a HGTV (yeah, this was YEARS ago) Halloween houses show. I think they open the home to the public once a year, or did?

  24. Neness says: 47 comments

    Lancaster John,

    Agree wholeheartedly that Baltimore is special. A treasure trove of architecture, it’s silver (Stieff, Kirk and the earlier silversmiths before them) has also been long appreciated by people of discriminating taste. As you no doubt know, there was never a period in history when as much flatware was used at any given meal as during the Victorian era, and each formal place setting would have as many as 8 knives and 8 forks and a compliment of spoons, but rather than saying , “..right down to the fish fork”, since we still use fish forks, I would change that to, “…right down to the marrow spoon”.

  25. Calvin says: 9 comments

    Here’s one in my old neighborhood that hasn’t been on the market in years. No bedroom shots so I wonder how bad it is. It should stay on the market about a week! Welcome to California.


    • Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1003 comments
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      1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

      Well, Calvin — you both made my day and broke my heart!

      The Spanish beauty you shared with us is my dream-house, to a “T.”

      And of course, the price is the heartbreaker! But as you say, it won’t last long. Lucky Californians seem to buy multi-million-dollar properties at the drop of a sombrero!

      • jeklstudio says: 1138 comments

        I’m totally with you Daughter of George. After Tudor, this Spanish, Spanish Revival types are what I’d love to have. You would’ve appreciated the gasps and the Oh god, oh god after each photo. The tiles on the entry steps and the wrought iron—simply gorgeous. *sigh*

      • Calvin says: 9 comments

        Sorry to break your heart. If it helps it’s on a really busy corner and is exposed on 3 sides. Do the Google map and you’ll see it’s right at the main entrance to the neighborhood. Love your William Powell.

    • Laurie W. says: 1770 comments

      This house is so 1920s California/Spanish with graceful elements & many embellishments that add to its warm personality. I can see a lot of parties held here! You’re right, a week & someone will snap it up. Frederick Reimers designed houses and commercial buildings in the area in styles from Moderne to Tudor and Spanish. This is a great example of his talent.

    • Cathy F. says: 2222 comments

      The rest of the house appears to be in pretty good shape, and the kitchen is shown, so does make one wonder how come no bedroom or bath pics.
      I have what may be a dumb question: The round thing on the roof with all of the tile short downspout-looking projections (pic #22)… is that another chimney, or a dovecote? Or something else entirely?

    • Kim S. says: 1 comments

      Calvin, what is the interesting ‘cupola’, that looks like a birdhouse, with upturned tiles? Does it serve a purpose or is it decorative?

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 5757 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      That sure is a beauty. Hope it gets to stay that way.

      Link wasn’t working for me. Here’s one that does:


  26. Bethany Otto says: 3385 comments

    Back from a two week trip; am I unpacking the eight pieces of luggage we used? NO, I am catching up on my missed OHD posts. “sigh”

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11864 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      LOL Thank you Bethany. Someone just emailed me telling me how horrible I am for sending them emails everyday of my posts! Glad to know not everyone that follows OHD HATES OHD, lol. <3

      • BethanyBethany says: 3385 comments
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        1983 White elephant
        Escondido, CA

        LOL I don’t get the daily digests, and my phone screen is to small to enjoy looking at houses on it, so I just let the posts gather dust while I was traveling. Then I binged!

  27. Franzia Spritzer says: 15 comments

    Here’s a fixer-upper on the Hudson River. An 1850’s Gothic Revival, that surprisingly has most of the woodwork intact.


    Here’s what Curbed has to say about the place.

  28. says: 56 comments

    It has been incredibly hot up here in Iowa as well! Lots of heat warnings with heat indexes reaching 110! Luckily it has finally cooled down this week!

    This beauty is located in a historical part of Council Bluffs. Two other houses on this road have been shared on OHD in the past!

    15 acres on the edge of this small town. Rare chance to get 15 acres within city limits.

    Massive home for a relatively small price tag in Illinois.

    What looks to be a Barber design in Golden, Illinois

    To some this interior might be a little sterile, but I love all the white! Described by the realtor in the description as being neoclassical.

  29. cheryl plato says: 179 comments

    love this old house and would so enjoy biking around this cool neighborhood!

  30. SueSue says: 1159 comments
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    1802 Cape

    I am swooning. You can rent this for 40,000 a month. “one of the most visually unique homes in the world, the enchanting Armour-Stiner (Octagon) House.”


    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11864 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      That’s probably the most perfect old house in America. The owner has either commented here before or emailed me, don’t remember. Wonder if anyone has rented it yet?

    • ChrisICU says: 629 comments


    • Cathy F. says: 2222 comments

      Holy mackerel!! Not my type of house, but… this is just amazing! My favorite bits being the staircase and the room w. the Egyptian motif. And the fact that it overlooks the Hudson R. I can’t even begin to imagine how much effort & $$ it would take for the proper upkeep of this house!

  31. ChrisICU says: 629 comments

    I was feeling kinda spacey tonight, so here are some MCM houses from Houston and Roswell NM……

    The Atomic chandelier is awesome and pretty well untouched. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2703-N-Montana-Ave_Roswell_NM_88201_M16001-39057

    More subdued but still pretty nice. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1208-Avenida-del-Sumbre_Roswell_NM_88203_M13876-85919

    Nothing subdued here – not even the price! http://www.estately.com/listings/info/1822-cove-park-drive

    The only MCM dock I’ve ever seen and it’s pretty spectacular. https://www.bhgre.com/property/902-SHOREWOOD-DR-TAYLOR-LAKE-VILLAGE-TX-77586/90625041/detail

  32. Noelle says: 25 comments

    A bit late to the party but… here is a 1726 house in Spitalfields, London. If someone would be willing to donate about 2mil. pounds I’d move in tomorrow.


  33. says: 3 comments

    First time posting!!
    I’ve followed for a while but mainly through my phone so I couldn’t seem to figure out how to create an account, until now. (Props to Kelly for being polite about my responding to the news letter to share some things.)


    First things first, I’m in the first state, Delaware, and am CONSTANTLY on the lookout for worthy homes. For myself, but now I can share them here.
    Most of the worthy “old houses” in Delaware are split between extremely high prices and very north or more towards the middle of the state (Smyrna or Dover) with a few gems spread between.
    South Street in Smyrna has quite a mix. I ventured to an open house about a year ago and ended up spending the day seeing/touring nearly 10 homes, with only 3 of them actually being for sale! The neighborhood is quite a place and I was happy to spend the day getting tours and hearing the history.

    My tour of South Street took me through a few homes. Some taken care of, some need updating, and at least one is a little overly updated but I was in love. This home was a guided tour by the daughter of Ginger (the wife/mom) who was restoring the front door when I walked by and politely caved to giving me a tour after I just gushed about my love-at-first-sight with the home. She and her husband have spent YEARS going piece by piece though the house and she actually said they’d never sell….a little over 6 months later and it was on the market:


    This was the open house that I had originally gone to see, the real estate agent actually rents a twin across the street! (She too gave me a tour: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/121-W-South-St-Smyrna-DE-19977/48171648_zpid/)


    The second house I saw the couple had been there about a year. The rooms were huge, the hallways were wide, the ceilings were high. For an older home the house was certainly not tight on the space it has.

    After that, I sat on the porch of the open house talking with the realtor. The neighbor walked out and called me over. She had just painted her front door but was going to be listing the house soon and asked if I wanted a tour. OF COURSE! Textured wall paper in the entry and leading up the stairs, a library to the right: museum like as if her husband hadn’t pasted away…. It was a treat for her to have offered and guided me through. She did post it for sale and its apparently still pending:

    This next one was for sale at the time. I wanted SO much to love this house! The mimic doll house (in the 4th photo) was an adorable bonus! Having a Valentine Birthday, the colors did not offend me in the least! Never the less it didn’t strike me to purchase. The kitchen has no storage and though there were many parts of the house that were great, the G. F. Barber had my heart that day.

    This last one is at the end of the street, Ginger walked me down and introduced me to the owner as he was finishing projects to list the house. I got another private tour. Not Victorian but he put a lot of love into the house. The parlor (the room to the right of the front door) was the only room not on the tour as his mother-in-law was living in there and wasn’t willing to show it. It’s still for sale.

    There is one home I’m hoping maybe someone can help me research. The very day that it was “on the market” it has been pending and has only 1 photo. If there are any suggestions as to how to dig up more info, it would be greatly appreciated!

    And lastly, for my first post:a co-worker bought this 1901 Victorian last summer:

    • says: 56 comments

      Welcome!! Thank you for sharing that batch of homes! I really love the one located at 217 W South St. I could see myself relaxing by the pool there! I am not one for researching on homes, but for the house you needed help researching I did see that the assessor’s site has a sale date of 6/7/17 for $275,00. Seems like quite a difference from the tax assessment of $30,500, but at least that is keeping the taxes low!

  34. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11864 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Does anyone know of any YouTuber’s that are vlogging their home restoration? I’ve watched all of the good British restoration shows, looking for something new. I’ve been watching CafeManning (although more of a remodel) but maybe there are others?

    • Ashley says: 3 comments

      Ooh!! Why did I not think of that as an outlet?! I’ve watched specific things but would you mind pointing me in the direction of the vloggers you already know about?
      And the British ones?! I’ve been settling for whatever is on Hulu but even “Rehab Addict” is a DIY network show that I can’t watch. (I don’t have cable.)

  35. ChrisICU says: 629 comments

    First time for sale ever. Built in the early 18th century. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/shopping-home-architectural-gem-spot-real-deal/

  36. Shannah says: 42 comments

    Have to share the good news!! This is not far away from me and was heartbroken when I caught wind that this house was set to be torn down. However, now it has been SAVED!!!! Just the thought of destroying history for a box warehouse saddens, but NOT NOW!!


  37. Shannah says: 42 comments

    There are so many. There was a 259 yr old house that I drove past every day and LOVED! Gone. The warehouse they put on the spot is an eyesore.


  38. Noelle says: 25 comments

    1845 house in Society Hill, SC… Needs some work but it’s amazing!!


  39. Nicholas Aro says: 5 comments

    a beautiful, turn of the century Queen Anne/shingle style/Colonial Revival home designed by the premier local architect for himself. Situated on a lake, it features 6 bedrooms and recently under went a slightly disappointing renovation. I grew up in this town and have always admired this house and believe it deserves to be seen by others

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