1888 – Leavenworth, KS

SOLD / Archived From 2017
Added to OHD on 8/15/17 - Last OHD Update: 2/14/18 - 14 Comments
622 Osage St, Leavenworth, KS 66048

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Queen Anne Victorian Where History Meets the Present! Beautiful natural woodwork, 11 ft ceilings, transom windows, pocket doors which are not being warranted. Din Rm has a built in china cabinet, new carpet and fresh int and ext paint, updated wiring. Home is partially surrounded by a charming wrought iron fence. Ornamental fp in LR is just for decoration and does not function.
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Erlys Moe, Coldwell Banker Reilly & Sons      (913) 682-2567
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14 Comments on 1888 – Leavenworth, KS

  1. Cool little house. Are those the dreaded asbestos siding shingles they sold in the ’50s?

    • I was wondering the same thing. When I remodeled my craftsman bungalow in the 90’s it cost an enormous chunk of my budget to remediate those horrors!

  2. At least a lot of the interior woodwork is unpainted. Gorgeous fireplace. I would love to see what the exterior of this house looked like originally. I imagine it had an ornate wrap around porch. I also would think it would have had a number of stained glass windows. The front door is also a replacement.

    • I sure agree with you about the mantle = wow, what an amazing patina: I’d be loathe to so much as dust it. The front door sure doesn’t look right: I’m with you there too. Odd as it is, I really don’t think the porch has changed at all since the house was built. It sure doesn’t look right, I’ll give you that: it’s a weirdo all out of wack in regard to it’s scale and it’s mean simplicity opposed to exuberant eclecticism of the house itself. There really is no other way it could work though considering the roof lines flanking it; and I don’t think the location of the main entrance has been re-located. Hope someone finds an old pic – (Scott C. ?? 🙂 ).

  3. This is an interesting and unusual house that was on the Sanborn Map by 1883, and likely built shortly before then. The form of it doesn’t appear to have changed much but the later siding, color and loss of details have altered the appearance a lot I’m sure. Need a old photo!

  4. It would be interesting to see what the floors look like under all that carpeting. I lived on Osage Street, just a a few blocks from this house when I was a kid. This is on a fairly busy corner, with a Lutheran school across the street, and a large church parking lot in the back of this house. It doesn’t look like there’s off street parking other than the garage, and backing out of that would be a pain on that busy street. Amazing architecture.

  5. Such and interesting shape with fretwork and wonderful fireplace. I like it. I too wonder what the neighbors thought when this was built. Would love to meet the original owners.

  6. A few blocks from my house. There are actually a few houses in the area for sale (two of which are really nice). My favorite listing in town just shifted to “Pending”, so its coming off the market.

  7. I grew up in Leavenworth and always wondered about the interior of this house. It is indeed interesting, but odd. Scott, I’m very late in posting this but wondering what listing was your favorite? I watch the Leavenworth ads periodically to see if there’s anything I am familiar with.

  8. I love odd and eclectic so I love this house. I want to see the room up in the turret. I would re do the kitchen so it is just as charming and eclectic as the house. Siding would have to go too. Then gardens everywhere. I don’t even mind the location accept it looks like the house next door is very, very close.

  9. Hello,
    I like all of this house, its quirky porch and even the odd front door.

    I agree with Rosewater, the porch is probably original, and unaltered. How else would you arrange any other structure? I enlarged the photograph and it is actually complicated and quite ornate.

    The porch’s roof overhang is supported on brackets springing from the columns, and the gable ornament is composed of a complicated pattern of horizontals and verticals, with small diagonals forming quatrefoils, all supported along the bottom by a row of small, squat, almost medieval-looking columns. There are a number of similar porch structures in pattern books of the era. The William Comstock pattern book, ‘Modern Architectural Designs And Details,’ of 1883, shows some similar porches that are not as ornate.

    I feel the front door is very old; if not original, I feel it’s early. Note how the horizontal muntins across the door and the sidelights line up. The panels also line up. It might be an alteration that dates to the installation of the siding.

    I’ve never bothered to research asbestos shingles, so I found this site:
    https://www.thespruce.com/rise-and-fall-of-asbestos-shingles-2902132 That siding, if it is asbestos, might be a very early alteration. I have antique ads for asbestos paints and shingles. Can you imagine calcimine paint with asbestos mixed in? As it dusted off, you’d be breathing it in…. The European company that introduced the asbestos shingles is still in business. Their current ads brag about the company history, but they omit any reference to asbestos.

    In the side room with the square bay, there is a window down to the floor. Do you suppose that the lower sash slides up into the ceiling to form a doorway?


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