July 28, 2017: Link Exchange & Discussion

Added to OHD on 7/28/17 - Last OHD Update: 9/30/19 - 161 Comments
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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. The back of the home photo says "San Diego, Humphrey House" and the grocery store says "Flodo & Grace Humphreys in their grocery store in San Diego". (Flodo Humphreys 1868-1958 & Grace 1877-1942). I didn't find addresses prior to the 1920's and those after are not showing this home or store. Only spent a few minutes on it so perhaps someone wants to research further?

161 Comments on July 28, 2017: Link Exchange & Discussion

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  1. Lindsay G says: 570 comments

    What fascinating pictures Kelly! I love looking at old black and white photos like that. It’s interesting to see what an old “supermarket” used to look like. I guess it would just be called The Market though right? They weren’t exactly “super” at that moment in time.?

    An 1812 mansion from Portland Maine.

    I’m adding this 1910 victorian simply because of what is in picture number 11. That enormous church pew built into the wall is really interesting. I’d like to know the back story behind that.

    A 1915 craftsman.

    • These are all great, but that Craftsman in Glendale is absolutely worth the price tag it comes with! Wowzers!!!!!

    • krstout says: 63 comments

      Oh tell me the stuffed peacock in the foyer and the stuffed bear and wolf in the billiards room come with the first house. Crazy.

      I love the Glendale home.

    • Nicholas Aro says: 5 comments

      I’ve driven by that Portland mansion MANY times, it is by far one of my favorite (and most beautiful houses) I’ve seen…one cool aspect of that house is it sits on this lovely promontory and as you drive by the city on the highway, one of the first things you see is that house with its amazing portico, standing proudly on the bluff looking out at the majestic nature beyond….a gorgeous moment indeed

    • Cheryl says: 6 comments

      I love the picture of the general store. We had a summer cottage in the Berkshires of MA. And loved going to Halls General store for mail and supplies, especially candy. There are still General stores like that in small towns all over New England.

    • Franzia Spritzer says: 15 comments

      In regards to the 1910 Vic in Worcester, I am curious too, it bears all the markings of a ballroom, but it seems too small, and the ceiling doesn’t quite pull off “ballroom” but the exterior hints at it, I wonder if the room was divided at some later point. The style of photo manipulation that’s plaguing real estate photography makes it difficult of me to judge the true proportions of a space.

    • Marie says: 233 comments

      Okay. I need to win Powerball this weekend so I can buy that Craftsman in Glendale. The owners have done a wonderful job maintaining the character of this home. Love that stove!

    • Ashley403 says: 79 comments

      I totally agree about various trophy-stuffed animals in realty listings. There are people that are into hunting.They are proud of their kills but not everybody that is looking to purchase a home are. If I saw a house I was interested in and was pre qualified or able to pay cash and prepared to buy but the house had trophies like this. It would be a requirement that those be taken down and put in storage before I would look at the property.

  2. Nicholas Aro says: 5 comments


    This Queen Anne/Single style house is in the city in which I grew up and its a beautiful, stately home I’ve always admired…the interior had a recent slightly disappointing renovation however I stil think the house deserves attention and a second glance. It’s too beautiful not to notice!


  3. Imbroglio says: 65 comments

    Anyone else remember the chocolate pie eating scene from The Help?


    • Laurie W. says: 1740 comments

      Haven’t seen The Help but I still love this house! Outside, it’s prairie style with a Greek Revival porch stuck on, and that works surprisingly well. It’s in many ways a (slightly larger than most) typical early-to-mid-20th-century house, spacious, gracious, solidly built, a house that welcomes families — the epitomy to me of the American dream. On a street with homes of similar vintage & spirit, some later. It promises comfort & security.

      Love the weekend photos, Kelly! The grocery store looks to have everything you’d ever need for the kitchen — probably not a General Store because it doesn’t seem to have cloth & hardware-type goods — but it must have been prosperous, judging by the Humphreys’ house. I could spend an hour looking at all the products on the shelves — especially the stuff with the sign WHY MABEL: what the heck is it? Love the old light bulbs & the beautiful National cash register, and the pleasant Humphrey couple themselves, with their multiple children & possibly grandparents. A whole life story could be dreamed up with this!

  4. SallyKT says: 5 comments

    I have bought my Old House Dream! We are moving in August to this lovely lady: http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/203-Tremont-St_Cedar-Falls_IA_50613_M88095-43468#photo0

    I just wanted to thank you, Kelly, for this site and all of the wonderful and knowledgeable people who comment. I found this website about four years ago and I have learned so much since! We literally would probably not have bought this house had I not gained so much information about original windows, siding, etc. from you all! We can’t wait to move into this house and raise our family here!

    Other cool finds in Iowa:




    • Annabelle says: 117 comments

      So glad one of us Old House Dream-o-files (probably spelled wrong) got an old house to love. I know I won’t. Super glad for you SallyKT!

    • The house on 6th St. is a perfect example of the right way to mix modern with the beautiful original! Thanks for sharing this one!
      Congratulations on your new home! She’s a cutie!

    • Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1018 comments
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      1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

      Sally, congratulations on your new (old) home! It looks lovely. Wishing you and your family much happiness in this house.

    • Marie says: 233 comments

      Congratulations, Sally! Love the listings you provided, especially the one with the fabulous sinks and unpainted woodwork! Enjoy your “new” old home!

    • Scott Cunningham says: 393 comments

      Congrats on your new (old) house!! I can sense your excitement…

      I bought mine 3.5 years ago, but only get to move in next month!! I am excited as well..

      Let the adventure begin!

    • Laurie W. says: 1740 comments

      Fabulous house, SallyKT! Best of wishes — I can see you all loving that place for many years to come and it loving you back. Super buy!

    • SueSue says: 1134 comments
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      1802 Cape

      What wonderful and amazing news!!! I bet you can’t wait to get your hands on it and make it you’re own. Please keep us updated with pictures. Congratulations.

  5. Julie says: 610 comments

    Kelly, those pictures are awesome! I love stuff like that.

    I have a house to disgust everyone. It was my ex-husband’s grandparents house, which they bought new in 1940. They sold it in 1994, and it just sold again last year. This is the first time I’ve seen pictures of it since it was sold in ’94. Man, was I DISGUSTED!!!!

    The downstairs walls (except kitchen) that are now painted white? Yeah, under that paint is gorgeous vertical clear fir 1×8 tongue and groove paneling!

    The floors which were in immaculate condition (now refinished) were covered with gorgeous custom made rugs in the Persian style with maroon being the main color. The living room rug was 14×18, and all the rugs were sold with the house. I don’t want to know where they are now.

    The kitchen was re-done in the 60’s, (and what I wouldn’t give to have seen the 1940 kitchen!) and had an original Amana Radarange, orange counters, darkish cabinets, and was pretty cute, all things considered.

    The house also had it’s original wood windows, which were also immaculate, remarkably so, given our wet climate. The house was ALWAYS very well-cared for.

    I have fond memories of sleeping on an antique bed upstairs, and many times spent on that little back porch on an old oak swing watching the river. My grandfather-in-law grew up near this house, and told tons of stories of jumping trains, and also of floating on huge rafts of logs to the sawmill.

    Such a wonderful old house, and now it looks like every other new house inside. At least they didn’t muck up the exterior!

  6. Mike Rickard says: 1 comments

    Hey, there, everyone. Here’s a cool old Ozark rock house I recently listed near Huntsville, Arkansas. We have lots of rocks here in Northwest Arkansas and many of our historical homes take advantage of this abundant natural resource. This one dates back to 1927 and is ready for new owners to love and preserve.

    • Valentine says: 1 comments

      This is the house that sat at the crest of the hill in the old community of Hilltop, AR. This was a thriving area in the early 1900’s long before the neighboring cities of Fayetteville and Bentonville began to grow. It sits on the old dirt highway that was the main road between Huntsville and Springdale for 100 years. Until recently there was still an annual horse and wagon ride that locals would travel to commemorate the historical route of early settlers.
      If anyone can help pinpoint this house style, I would appreciate it.
      This is a classic design in the Ozarks especially the pyramidal columns on the front porch, gable roof lines and use of native rock on the exterior and fireplace. It originally had the same wood on the walls as it has on the floors and ceiling in the fireplace room and living room. It is still present behind the sheet rock. Luckily the doors are original and the windows too. It had a side porch that has been turned into a sun room breakfast area. The fireplace still has the bar and hook that was used for cooking. One of the out buildings was constructed from wood brought from Fort Chaffee during the 1940’s at the same time the kitchen was remodeled and Birch wood cabinets were added. The original kitchen cabinets, before the 1940’s remodel, are now installed in the 20×30 shop.
      How many acres that were original to this house is unknown to us, but the house was a pillar land mark for travelers to stop and rest. Our research has brought us to learn that this was referred to as the Holland house at Hilltop. The house is a true land mark of Madison County History. The original floor design was 7 bedrooms and a single bath. During our remodeling of the home it has become a 5 bedroom 2 and 1/2 bath with an upstairs living room. Two balconies were added to enjoy the great view to the west and north. Catalpa and Walnut trees surround the yard with Apple and Cherry in the small orchard. This old farmhouse has a very peaceful atmosphere and it is truly a great place to enjoy a piece of Madison County AR history.

  7. Kim says: 89 comments

    Amazing original 5th generation Norwegian log cabin in Gwinn, Michigan, which is in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.



    • Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1018 comments
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      1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

      Wow, Kim — the Michigan cabin is just delightful. Of course I zeroed right in on the linoleum rug! This house packs a lot of charm. But how can it be priced so low, with close to 100 acres, the buildings, PLUS lake-front! I thought Michigan lake homes always cost a fortune!

      • kim/jimtown says: 89 comments

        Thanks for taking a look Daughter of George. I have a soft spot in my heart ofr linoleum too. I think the prices tend to be lower here because it’s so remote. There’s not much work to be found for the average person.

        • Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1018 comments
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          1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

          Hmm, the remoteness would make the cabin even more appealing from my viewpoint, as I would want a lake retreat that truly is apart from the “rat race.” But of course, employment opportunities are a major selling point. Either way, it’s a great place!

    • BethanyBethany says: 3473 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      I see no evidence of electricity, but a lot of oil lamps and propane. Gives one pause–not sure if I would want to be quite that rustic! Really cool place though.

      • jimtown says: 89 comments

        Yes, it’s a rare treat to see the house still furnished with the original art and furnishings. I could deal with the remoteness, I think but not without electricity! Thanks for your thoughts and observations Bethany.

    • peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1064 comments
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      1885 Italianate.

      Yep- that’s the U.P. ! It’s absolutely beautiful up there. I love this and want it!

    • BethanyBethany says: 3473 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      What a special house! I hope the right person gets it and restores it as lovingly as it deserves.

    • Ashley403 says: 79 comments

      Hi CharlesB I was looking at some of these house that are for sale and the prices are unbelievable for what you are getting like these two a large Tudor from 1935 for $79,000.00:
      https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/33655438_zpid/41.579176,-81.539155,41.472509,-81.700688_rect/12_zm/6_p/1_fr/ and this cute place: https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/s33654460_zpid/41.579176,-81.539155,41.472509,-81.700688_rect/12_zm/6_p/1_fr/ There is some ceiling damage but be sure and check out the kitchen and stove! The question that I have is in the listing of the last house, what does the phrase “Buyer to Assume all Point of Sale Violations” mean. When I was watching a special on Detroit which let make clear I am not comparing any part of Ohio to Detroit just using Detroit as an example. The commentator was saying that in Detroit the houses that sold for $1.00 or $100.00 where in a program to get people to move back in the houses and neighborhoods. In most cases the houses had been striped of all cooper, furnaces etc. The catch to this deal was the buyer had to spend $20,000.00 or $30,000.00 to bring the houses up to today’s codes before they would give a Certificate of Occupancy to let you move in. I didn’t mean to get on a soapbox. If the phrase in this listing means what it sounds like. I wonder if unlike Detroit other cities would be willing to help with some of the fees and red tape. If a person or couple are buying their first home and they knew they would have to pay a large chunk of money to be able to move in of course they would look elsewhere to buy.

  8. Cathy F. says: 2208 comments

    1927 Tudor (mostly) Revival. It had me at the chimney! ?? Lots of wood, slate flooring, fancy parquet flooring… We see pics of the good-sized goldish & the white bathrooms, but I’d really like to see what appears to be a large green bathroom off the hallway with the tons of closet storage space.


    • Clover says: 6 comments

      The blue paint inside and out has to go. Also the wallpaper.
      But very good bones. Is that just a two burner Wolf stove or are other burners covered up?
      Does a million seem high? I understand the cachet of the neighborhood but…?

      • Cathy F. says: 2208 comments

        Oh, I like the blue on the exterior! Although I would prob tone it down a touch the next time it needed painting. The stove has a Wolf logo on it, so I guess so. (Not a stove connoisseur here.) Yeah, the asking price seems a bit steep to me; but only in reference to what other homes in this area of Detroit have been doing. Plunk it elsewhere, or put Detroit on the definite up & up, and…

    • BethanyBethany says: 3473 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      Absolutely spectacular! I would like to see more of that green bathroom too. The kitchen is remodeled but I don’t mind it and they kept the original built in ice-box thing. There’s also a little original door to something in the wall by the stove. I’ve never seen a mirrored cupboard that looks like a medicine cabinet over a kitchen sink before!

      • Cathy F. says: 8 comments

        I went back & looked… I have never seen what definitely looks like a mirrored medicine cabinet over a kitchen sink, either! Kinda cool in its unique way. ? And that little door in the outside wall between the stove & sink: first I thought maybe a milk box, but upon closer look, maybe a chute down to an incinerator or something of that nature?? And… the cabinetry to the left of the old refrigerator looks like it may also be original.

  9. Joe says: 750 comments

    I am again showing one of the top north Baltimore neighborhoods. Last week I showed three houses in Roland Park, this week I am showing houses in Guilford, which is due north of the downtown area. Guilford’s development is described in this history on the Guilford Association’s web site. I myself just learned that it also had the Olmstead touch.


    Here, among the top priced houses in Guilford are a number on Greenway which has very large houses, one after another. The street name, Greenway, is not followed by street, avenue, or any other designation. I think of it as a sort of main street for the Guilford neighborhood. If you would like to look at other houses in Guilford, just search the 21218 zip code with highest prices first.




    • Cathy F. says: 2208 comments

      My favorite of this batch is the middle one, a center-hall Colonial Revival. I even like the kitchen. And esp. the pale pink bathroom. And the yellow & blue striped bath. And the breakfast area… And… that its exterior is brick. A pretty house, IMO!

  10. CharlesB says: 481 comments

    1726 South Jersey manor house in restored condition, priced at $54,500:


  11. BugLadyBugLady says: 69 comments

    I’m currently in Gloucster, MA visiting a friends mother. She lives in an old home near the beach. It’s got a lot of fun little elements here. Started out as a tea house and was bought by her parents in the early mid-1900’s and turned into a five bedroom home. I think it would be a fun place to open a cafe and live upstairs. But I’m a broke scientist.

    If I had the time and money I’d get this place and turn it into a cafe and theater. It looks amazing. I’d live upstairs and party downstairs.

    See what I found on #Zillow!

  12. Anne M. says: 828 comments

    I didn’t find this one, Casey who is restoring the W.H. Dorrance Queen Anne posted it today on her Facebook page – it is across the street from the Dorrance house in Camden, NY. It is an 1860 Italianate
    Here is a link to Casey’s FB page – it is really fun to watch her progress!
    Here is an 1880 with a lot of intact original character, the dining room is very special and what I think is a spice cabinet hanging on the wall in the pantry:

    • WhenIWintheLottery says: 67 comments

      I saw this on the Dorrance House FB page too.
      It’s lovely. And the price is great.
      Casey is doing a great restoration on the Dorrance House. I just wonder why she’s doing so much painting on the woodwork? The wood would be gorgeous if brought back to a stained finish.

  13. ReneeV says: 23 comments

    I love the balcony in the first picture. It makes the house for me. We called them second floor porches and they were a favorite place to be leaning over and talking to a boy on the front lawn late in the evening when we were supposed to be in bed. Luckily the railings were solidly built back then! Oh, those summer nights on the upper porch. Thanks for the memory, Kelly.

  14. ThadaB says: 26 comments

    The windmill palms in front of the Humphreys’ house just make it too charming! Love all the pics of it and them.

  15. Julie Schwartz says: 1 comments

    Westervelt-Cameron House in Ridgewood, NJ, priced at $1,493,000


  16. RosewaterRosewater says: 6335 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Was hunting for some interior pix of the house recently posted in Salem, OH and kept coming across a pic of a really great little school house. Never could find a good link to it until I realized it was being sold as a “carriage house” together with another house. Looks to me like it must have been converted for that use. It’s a REALLY great little school / ?. The house is OK, if nearly entirely home center predictable, (except the attic); but MAN-O, that little school is really great!


  17. Mardib says: 25 comments

    Does anyone have intel on this house in northern Illinois (lake barrington)? It looks like it’s in a residential neighborhood yet it has a 35,000 sf ft attachment. I can’t find any photos of the inside.

    23872 N Kelsey Rd, Lake Barrington

  18. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1018 comments
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    It tortures me to not be able to see inside this 1927 Spanish-style home.

    The listing says “hearty rehab” is called for, but even so the charm factor is not dimmed. I love the abundance of Palladian windows, and the view of the back of the house almost conveys a “storybook” effect.


  19. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1018 comments
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    It’s story-time, boys and girls!

    Dig this storybook home in Oregon.

    It has a wonderful circular entrance hall, and a delightful recurring arch theme throughout the house (even in the kitchen cabinetry and in the bathroom. Note the arched niche for the jadeite-green toilet).

    And it has the world’s most charming walk-in closet.

    Last but not least, a cozy outdoor fireplace under the cedars.

    “And they lived happily ever after.”


  20. Noelle says: 25 comments

    The William-Waller House in Charleston, SC. Built between 1832 and 1840. Needs quite a bit of work but it looks great.


  21. JimHJimH says: 5043 comments
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    Great photos! Flodo & Grace went to San Diego around 1924 – they were in the Cincinnati area before that. They had the store for just a couple of years in the 20’s, then Flodo took jobs as a salesman, accountant and for the city assessor’s office. The kids in the photo must be relatives since they had no children. They lived at 1201 W Lewis when they had the store, then 1728 Missouri for many years. Both locations have been rebuilt but I’d guess the house was on Missouri which went from a single family neighborhood to mostly apartments.

  22. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11785 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Rosewater shared this video with me a good while back but it’s always fun to watch.

    7:32-ish mentions where they found the home!

    Original post: https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2010/10/14/1888-romanesque-middletown-oh/

  23. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1018 comments
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    I’d like to ask a question of all the OHD experts!

    Would vintage 1930s metal casement windows be at all suitable in a 1905 Neoclassical home? For example, in the kitchen?

    I’m thinking “no,” but your opinions would be much appreciated!

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6335 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      I’d say yes – if – it’s a 30’s kitchen; it doesn’t drastically detract from the exterior aesthetic cohesion; and most importantly, the house is NOT in a location far enough North to experience all of the detriments such windows face from cold and moisture.

      • Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1018 comments
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        1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

        Thank you Rosewater. The kitchen unfortunately is without much old-house character (I think like many old kitchens it was victim to the strange motivation to make it generic — for example, I do know that there used to be a nice butler’s pantry, which was removed). Guess I’ll save the windows for when my Spanish Colonial dream comes true!

    • Hoyt Clagwell says: 248 comments

      Generally, no, but it’s not inconceivable that a knowledgeable and skilled designer could contrive of ways to make that work. Impossible to say more than that without more specific information about the architecture of the existing house, the windows themselves, where and how they’re intended to be used…

  24. SandyF says: 133 comments

    I love this Craftsman located in San Jose CA. An original home, that just needs paint stripped, floors finished and the grass watered. This is a remarkable home, my fingers are crossed a flipper doesn’t get their greedy hands on it and turn it into a grey and white, granite, HGTV nightmare. The location is worth every penny, a very expensive area. I showed it to my husband-who gave me the “I am not spending two years stripping paint ever again” look. Someone please buy this and love it the way it deserves! https://www.zillow.com/savedhomes/for_sale/19709821_zpid/1_pnd/38.702659,-108.533936,28.65203,-127.166749_rect/5_zm/1_rs/1_fr/?

  25. TabiSullivan says: 1 comments


    Hoping someone will buy this and fix it up, keeping the original wood work. Unfortunately it will probably be gutted and given the big box store treatment.

  26. Julles says: 534 comments

    Looking at a job at Wright-Patterson AFB, so I look at old houses around where the job would be to de-stress about thinking about moving. I found this really cool house up there. When Moderene grew up as a style this was its next stage:

    $194,700, 1968

    And here was the next stage of development:

    $289,000, 1981

    Which do you like better?

    • krstout says: 63 comments

      The first house is amazing. I would definitely take it. And not change anything except the light fixture in the kitchen. I love interior courtyards. I’m sure the simple fountain in the courtyard would be very zen. And you can’t beat that price!

    • Lancaster John says: 810 comments

      No contest. The first one (in Dayton) is amazing for the price. Too bad it’s pending. Here’s some interesting info on the architect: http://clevelandartsprize.org/awardees/william_b_morris.html

    • CharlesB says: 481 comments

      To me BOTH are just about the antithesis of an ‘old house!’

      Dayton is the Disneyland of cool houses for cheap. It was one of the most prosperous cities in the world until relatively recently, and it’s got a 20th-century housing stock that would be the envy of most places on the left and right coasts. Here’s a couple I came across in the Keebler Elves and Gloria Swanson styles, respectively:



    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6335 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Hard choice Julles: they’re both great; though neither seems to have a fireplace, which would be a deal killer for me. 1968 has MAD style. Love the glassy brick wall, roman court yard, and overall design. With that house you would however be FOREVER dealing with the roof. Just looking at the pix you can see the existing issues unresolved. 1981 is pretty great inside; sunny and open, and it does have a pitched roof – heheh. If you garden forget about anything but shade gardening in that environ.
      If you do move to metro Dayton, and don’t mind driving a bit of a commute, your choices of great houses of all ages and styles – CHEAP – is endless! My advice is always to sign a six month lease on a studio apt. so you can figure out where you want to be relative to work in a new city. If you do find something, g-head and buy it, the lease fulfillment will be negligible. 🙂

    • Cathy F. says: 2208 comments

      Personally, the first one. Lots of windows. The second one’s interior is too industrial looking for my taste.

    • Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1018 comments
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      Julles, I vote for the 1968 house. It really does seem to integrate indoors and outdoors. I can imagine that life could be quite serene in such a place! (And if you buy it, please invite all your OHD friends over for celebratory cocktails!)

  27. Noelle says: 25 comments

    1680 saltbox in salisbury, MA. It looks like a museum to say the least.


    And a 1862 converted church. This might not be for everyone, but I love it..


    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6335 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      The beautifully weathered saltbox is remarkable! Thank you.

    • RT says: 115 comments

      Oh my! I love both, but especially the saltbox! I feel like you’d almost have to negotiate for all the furniture though b/c it’s just perfect.
      Do you ever look at these pictures and just know you’d like to hang out with the people that live there? That’s how I felt about the ME home. I’d for sure have a good time with the family that lives there. Loved their style.

    • Franzia Spritzer says: 15 comments

      Oh my, that church conversion! I like how they managed to pull off MCM and modern furnishings and art into that space. It’s clear they are…. (ha ha I just got to picture 20)… it’s clear they’re artists or designers. Picture 20 looks like my whole house. I need a bigger place.

  28. Lancaster John says: 810 comments

    A revolutionary era stone home in quaintly-named Paradise, PA, not far from Blue Ball, Intercourse and Bird-in-Hand (all in Lancaster County). https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/44-Leacock-Rd-Paradise-PA-17562/54238870_zpid/?fullpage=true

    No interior pictures on the Zillow FSBO listing, but since it is an operating B&B there are photos there, along with some interesting history of the home. http://www.thecreeksideinn.com/

    • John Shiflet says: 5477 comments

      Thanks for sharing, Theresa. My spouse and I visited the Fountain Grove Historic District in Terre Haute in late April of this year. (specifically to see 903 S. Central which already had an accepted offer on it..sigh) The district seems to be slowly improving with sporadic restorations on-going in many areas. But the District has yet to gentrify to the point where property values are appreciating rapidly on every street so bargains like this can still be found. Local realtor-broker Letitia Bennett knows the District well and was helpful in answering the specific questions that we had during our visit, so I can recommend her without reservations. The variety of old houses in the Fountain Grove District is expansive from the mid-19th century well into the 20th century.

      • RosewaterRosewater says: 6335 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        Heheheh. It’s actually “Farrington’s” (or more commonly) “Farrington Grove”. I lived with friends in this house for five minutes while my apartment round the way was being repaired from water damage, (not my fault). My friends were on a month to month lease because the owner who owned the truck parts store across the alley wanted to tear it down, and the two flanking houses they also owned, to “put up a parking lot” (literally). Fortunately the city wouldn’t let them do it – one of few sensible things they’ve done.

  29. peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1064 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1885 Italianate.

    This guy has it all going on, interesting short story on restoring a 1600’s home

  30. BethanyBethany says: 3473 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    Stumbled across this one while perusing “Curbed LA” this morning. What a great old LA house! “Frozen in time” as the listing says. Great bathrooms and kitchen and what a view and yard!


  31. Keith Rowell says: 31 comments

    Lake Country of Georgia.

  32. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1018 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

    Bethany, I was hoping someone would find a Mediterranean — and yours is just spectacular. I was agog at the sight of that peach and lavender bath — and just when I thought my eyes couldn’t possibly get any bigger, along came the green and the blue bathrooms! This house has such a wonderful element of swank, too. I wish I could round up a bunch of these California beauties and move them to the Deep South!

  33. Cathy F. says: 2208 comments

    Lovely windows – the ones with the squares of stained glass. And the B&W bathroom with the Greek key patterned tilework is really cool – the shower & tub combo space.

  34. John Shiflet says: 5477 comments

    Here’s a probable “sleeper” towered Queen Anne Victorian in Elkhart, IN: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/146-State-St-Elkhart-IN-46516/50607024_zpid/?fullpage=true Some work is obviously needed but the finer period details appear to be intact. Bargain priced, IMO. Streetview: https://goo.gl/maps/xQBMwEfQH7S2

    • says: 175 comments

      Love the architecture and the woodwork inside. Nice to see from
      the Google map photo that the attic gable has some windows. The Zillow
      photo shows it closed.

      • John Shiflet says: 5477 comments

        Agreed. I often gravitate towards formerly elegant but neglected houses of this kind because they are almost by default considered endangered and in some places they are routinely demolished with little fanfare.

  35. CharlestonJohn says: 1130 comments

    I took a look at this one earlier today. The location is absolutely perfect, and there are two cottage dependencies that currently bring in $1400 per month in rental income. The listing says 1862, but I didn’t see any evidence of it being that old. It looks turn-of-the-century to me, maybe a little earlier. Although these five bay, center stair hall plans were built for so long, and in so may different styles, it’s hard to tell for sure. The right parlor and what was likely the old dining room was converted to a master bedroom, closet, and bath and the ell holds a modern kitchen and narrow sunroom. I couldn’t determine for sure if this was the old Wisteria Inn or not, but there’s a reference on Roots and Recall that suggests it may have been.



  36. Maureen says: 19 comments

    Love the pictures of the original post. The only thing that doesn’t look right is the little girl wearing pants on the front lawn she should be in a dress according to archive pictures of that time period LOL.

  37. ChrisICU says: 650 comments

    Why would a realtor post a million dollar home and no interior pics? The outside is charming. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/17-Tudor-Pl_Buffalo_NY_14222_M38462-52484

    Another charming upstate house. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/5605-Kraus-Rd_Clarence_NY_14031_M39162-21477

    Over the top Italianate exterior. My little one would say it has ‘lots of frosting’. Please ignore the kitchen. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2451-State-Highway-80_Sherburne_NY_13460_M31918-27194

    1760’s colonial. Never thought I’d like green windows. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/322-Wemple-Rd_Rotterdam_NY_12306_M32908-82546

    If you’re a 17th century home then all alterations can be forgiven. https://www.trulia.com/property/3275402186-200-Station-Rd-Hudson-NY-12534

  38. says: 55 comments

    Beautiful Home, Beautiful Neighborhood

    Yes, there are so very modern updates, but overall the house is immaculate!

    These poor homes in Saint Joseph get me every time

    Small town close to Kansas City Airport and the home still has lots of original features in it even with the 15k price tag!

    This house I know isn’t the most exciting interior, but those kitchen cabinets were just sucking me in!

  39. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11785 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Paul M. has a question about some hooks on his porch! Anyone know what these were used for?

  40. John Shiflet says: 5477 comments

    The smaller Victorian (appears to be in the Queen Anne style) fixer upper in Dearborn, MO, fits into the bargain-sleeper category for only $15,000. Cosmetically, it leaves a lot to be desired but to appreciate this house a potential buyer-restorer has to look past the cement/asbestos siding, the painted millwork, and the splotchy but sound appearing flooring. The listing makes it clear that the buyer assumes all risks so it would be recommended that any potential buyer(s) obtain a professional house inspection prior to purchasing to ascertain the scope of work needed to make the house habitable. I once went to an auction in Dearborn and found it to be a sleepy little town off the beaten path but, as noted, its still well within commuting distance of either St. Joseph or Kansas City, just off Interstate 29. The town has a population of nearly 500 but larger communities with amenities are not far away so if peace and quiet are appealing, this locale should provide them.

    Here’s the house in Streetview: https://goo.gl/maps/EXUCk22c3D62 Across the street is another faded old house from about the same period. (1890-1900) Therefore, a number of restoration opportunities may exist in Dearborn for any serial restorers. But opportunities of that kind are also true of the many smaller towns in this region from Fillmore, MO, in the north to Weston. MO, going south along the Missouri River. The region is also naturally picturesque with numerous wildlife preserves and points of interest. Thanks for sharing.

  41. Ed Ferris says: 302 comments

    A Romanesque porch attached to a brick cube. Good woodwork.

    • Scott Cunningham says: 393 comments

      Wow! I’m totally intrigued by this place. Lots of goodies have survived the various renovations.

    • CharlestonJohn says: 1130 comments

      This one is a bit of an odd duck, isn’t it? The interior has Colonial Revival elements that point to a date close to the turn of the 20th century, but the mansard would have been out of fashion by then, right? And then there’s the front porch doing a fine impression of a Roman arcade.

  42. David B. says: 7 comments

    Another gem in Lowell, MA:


    The killer feature here is the AMAZING chimney work on the left side of the house (3rd photo).

    I’ve never seen anything like it.

  43. Franzia Spritzer says: 15 comments

    This lovely place needs some TLC. It’s a little too far out in the country for me, otherwise I’d be ringing up a realtor tomorrow. The listing says it’s an 1890s Victorian, I’m gonna swing for the fences and guess that’s made of limestone (there’s a quarry about a mile away.

    “5 BR, 3,280 Sq. Ft. of living space, full basement, lg. attic loft, 6,560 total structure sq. ft., 1.7 acre village lot, detached lg. 26’x44′ garage & 12’x18′ vintage bar room”


    This 1880 Colonial house has a lot(!) of the original woodwork, and clearly needs someone with solid cabinetry skills to undo and or repair what was done in the 70’s and someone brave enough to peal back the vinyl siding to see what’s underneath


  44. Ashley403 says: 79 comments

    I guess it is the area or people are just not interested in older homes but look what $76,982.00 will buy in Rushville, IN. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/602-N-Main-St_Rushville_IN_46173_M37732-89407#photo1 Is that Lincrusta in the entrance hall and dining room?Pictures 3,4 and 5 also picture 11 that corner marble sink wow!!

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11785 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Actually that isn’t the sale price, it’s what Realtor.com thinks it’s worth.

      • Ashley403 says: 79 comments

        Shoot I guess I should read the small print I was just taken by the house. I was getting ready to call the realtor in Rushville, IN. My office in Austin TX has won a government contract in Indianapolis. The first employees they are hiring are from within the company that will relocate. The commute would be what I do now in Austin. Of course they are suggesting a rental the first six months to see what area you would want to live in. I really like this house though. I think this going to be hard making a decision I just saw this one and I think I am looking at the price correctly: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/716-N-Main-St-Rushville-IN-46173/85690749_zpid/

  45. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11785 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Ross just shared this amazing hardware store for sale in Halstead, Kansas:


    • Kelly says: 2 comments

      I’ve been lurking for months and finally made an account a few days ago. The two Trulia links are in my home town in Texas. I’m a proud “townie” and have recently started appreciating the many old homes Weatherford has to offer. We have a heritage society that features many of the Queen Anne style homes. I have identified at least two examples of Barber homes here as well. I look forward to sharing more in the future and im glad to be part of this online community.

  46. Matt Ziehnert says: 103 comments

    Big old bricktorian up in the rural area of Catskill, NY Love the linoleum rugs in the attic and of course that view of the Catskill Mountains!


  47. Ed Ferris says: 302 comments

    $40K, taxes $7,200 or so
    Former home of Gomez and Morticia Addams, or would be with darker paint. Needs a lot of work, says the listing. How soon will we see Connecticut taxes exceeding the purchase price?

  48. Peg says: 60 comments

    I found this incredible, endangered 1880 mansion. This beauty needs saving! https://www.indianalandmarks.org/for-sale/newkirk-mansion/

  49. Franzia Spritzer says: 15 comments

    I find myself in a position to be moving to Ohio, within a reasonable distance to Elyria and I’m looking take on a new project. Between this place and that Steubenville Italianate Renaissance Revival I’m pretty fired up.


    My husband is more interested in this Norwalk property because of it’s zoned for business as we’re both mutually self employed.

    Should we take this on, we’d have to find a balance between it’s life as a residence, an Elks Lodge and a photography studio. I’m curious as to what this building SHOULD look like inside. A historical outline I’ve found suggests that the property was not a private residence for very long 1860-1913 when it then became an Elks Lodge. I imagine the lodge’s alterations would have installed some distinctive features beyond the columns. Thoughts? Would it look like this place? https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/124-W-Greene-St-Piqua-OH-45356/119181667_zpid/

    The town of Norwalk produced the following text in a tour guide of their Main St Historical District.

    Photo caption from pg 10 “The Theodore Williams House, still standing at 55 E. Main St., though greatly altered. Built about 1860, it was used in the 20th century for the Elks Lodge and later for Mihali Photography. The Elks added the columned portico.”

    Text fro pg 12 “Our last stop today is in front of 55 E. Main. This brick structure started life as the residence of Theodore Williams, about the time the Civil War started. Mr. Williams had married and made his home next door to his parents. In
    1913, the Williams heirs sold the house to the Elks Lodge, which enlarged and altered it for its headquarters. One of the additions was the incongruous front porch with the large pillars. Many of us remember this property as home to the Mihali Photography Studio, where hundreds of local high school seniors were photographed for their respective yearbook. How many of those photos are displayed now?

    “This lot at 55 E. Main began life as Elisha Whittlesey’s “Office Lot.” Mr. W. practiced law and resided in Canfield, Ohio, but owned a good deal of land in and around Norwalk, so he maintained a place for an office. At times this small building was rented out, and in 1820 was occupied by Dr. William Gardner and his wife, nee Sarah Earl. Dr. Gardner was one of our early physicians and no doubt officiated at the birth of his and Sarah’s son, Darwin, in 1820 — a few weeks after Theodore Williams was born next door. …”


    • Joe says: 750 comments

      First, if you want to get an idea of what it should look like inside and out, go to Kelly’s site search which is the right hand column on every OHD page near the top. Write Italianate in the style box leaving all others blank. Scroll down to click on the search box and you will have an amazing array of examples to study. There are so many Italianate houses in every status that you can study what is and isn’t Italianate. For a short cut, choose the ones with the most comments first. Comments are where the purists often say what doesn’t fit the style in the example that you are looking at. By the time you are through you will find yourself thinking many of the things that the experts are going to say in the comments before you read them. You will quickly get a sense for who the experts are and who is just expressing an opinion.

      The tower and stair on your house certainly fit the bill for Italianate. The house is so large and the pictures so few, that there must be a lot of wonderful Italianate details still in place and yet to be seen. You are correct that the porch does not fit the style. If you ask Jim H, he is amazing at finding out who built houses and some history. Although I don’t know how they do it, he and others often locate and post early photos of a house, which show what it looked like originally.
      When I started following OHD I didn’t know the differences between many styles. I just lumped many styles like Queen Anne, Italianate, Second Empire, into Victorian. If you search as I suggested, you might not become an expert, but you will certainly get a feel for the Italianate style.

      Good luck and have fun!

  50. JulieJulie says: 50 comments
    OHD Supporter

    First off, I LOVE your site! I bought my first home two years ago, a 1900 home that’s called a Victorian according to local historians, although I admittedly have a lot to learn about historical homes lol! It was built and owned by the owner of the first General Store here in my tiny little town of McIntosh, FL and still sits beside what used to be the store, now an antiques shop. It’s been altered quite a bit over the years, but still has many original details including the floors, and I do know that the original beadboard walls and ceilings are all still intact blind the Sheetrock. I’d love to be able to take it back to what it used to be one day, but in any case it’s not bad for my first home and a good “starter home” for a relatively new old-house lover! This area of Florida is absolutely gorgeous and just about 30 minutes south of Gainesville. A quick google search for McIntosh or Micanopy will come up with tons of analyzing history in the area!

    That aside, I wanted to share the Herlong Mansion with you! It’s for sale just a few miles up the street from my house and has been used as a B&B for a number of years now. Anyone have part of that $1.3M and want to go in on it with me?! ?


    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11785 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Wow, now that’s a beautifully decorated b&b!

    • Joe says: 750 comments

      if you know that there is beadboard under the drywall, you can choose a small wall or even a portion of a wall to create a feature wall or section. You can experiment with removing the drywall to see how to remove it and what the beadboard looks like under the drywall. If you are very lucky, it was installed years ago before they used adhesives on everything. If you are unlucky, you will find extensive use of adhesive that is difficult to remove. In that case you decide whether it is worth all of the work, or put drywall back. At least you will know what you are facing if you want to go back to the beadboard. You can start with a tiny, out of the way area if you are unsure.

      • JulieJulie says: 50 comments
        OHD Supporter

        This is a good idea! I have one area in the upstairs hallway that’s exposed beadboard and it really pops against the other walls, so doing this in other areas would be nice. From what I can tell (from an area under the stairs as well as when I’ve removed light fixtures), the drywall seems to have been pre-glue era and doesn’t seem stuck to the beadboard, so cross your fingers there for the rest of it. There are a few places that I know don’t have it underneath, like in the photo below. I removed an old plastic medicine cabinet from the upstairs bath and there is only drywall, but also lathe and plaster above and below the drywall you can see in the photo, so I’m not sure what’s going on there. (On a cool note though, once I removed the cabinet I found two signatures on the wall inside dating from 1948, and the original owner of my house also signed and dated things as he did work around. A small retaining wall has his initials on it and a date of 1923, and I was lucky enough to find the original intact septic tank in the yard, also with his initials from 1917, which coincides with the date plaque on the bottom of the clawfoot tub downstairs, so I’m assuming that’s the point that the house got it’s first plumbing).



        • Joe says: 750 comments

          Hi Julie,
          I did cross my fingers for you.
          From your picture, it looks like when they installed your 1948 bathroom, they may have replaced any beadboard with drywall in order to have a better surface to glue the tile on. Iy may have been an addition that never had beadboard to begin with.
          Isn’t it great when people leave a record of there work. What a fun discovery.

  51. ChrisICU says: 650 comments

    Not a listing, but looks like one is opening up for this incredible Maine property. Unattainable for most, but somehow I like that it’s still a private home instead of a house museum. Hopefully there will be a listing coming up.


  52. says: 4 comments

    Circa 1800 Federal home FSBO in Cambridge on Maryland’s scenic Eastern Shore. The Matterport walk-through is a must see!

  53. AJD33 says: 2 comments


    I am curious about this one listed as a sears and roebuck home, but I haven’t been able to locate which model. Maybe someone can find more information about this one.

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