1885 Italianate – Auburn, NE

Added to OHD on 10/7/17   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   40 Comments
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National Register

1204 N St, Auburn, NE 68305

  • $120,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 1848 Sq Ft
  • 0.18 Ac.
Own an exquisite piece of Nebraska history! Beautiful, Italianate architecture with intricate details; ornate wood work, silk hand painted wall paper, pocket doors, open wood stair case, stunning chandeliers and more. Much dedication and attention to detail has returned this gem to its original glory, and still with the ability to customize it as your own,this exquisite brick beauty is ready for its next adoring owner to add their personal touches. A workshop in the single car garage, a separate studio.
Contact Information
Jody Adams, Bernard Real Estate,
(402) 414-2812

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40 Comments on 1885 Italianate – Auburn, NE

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  1. lara jane says: 469 comments

    Wow! I can’t believe I’m seeing a kitchen that shows respect to the architecture! How refreshing!

  2. Tracy says: 92 comments

    Love this place and what they’ve done to it! I would need all new furniture, though, for it to look right; my turn-of-the-century stuff just isn’t the right scale or design. (sigh)

  3. Ryan says: 459 comments

    The house itself is really great, very nicely preserved and great use of wallpaper, but that furniture gives me palpitations. And the price is pretty astounding too.

  4. Sue says: 23 comments

    Looks like Bradbury and Bradbury wallpaper.

  5. John Shiflet says: 5426 comments

    Museum House! Someone has gone to almost heroic efforts to decorate this house to period perfect accuracy. Truly an owner’s labor of love. I love all the period antiques an period light fixtures. The Bradbury & Bradbury reproduction wallpapers are based on documented originals. They are hand silk-screened in Benecia CA using metallic inks and colors that faithfully replicate originals. (The Bradbury & Bradbury name is for Bruce Bradbury and his wife who started their business about 30 years ago) As for their cost, I’d simply advise hiring the best wallpaper hanger in town if you’re buying Bradbury papers. I could hardly believe the original look of the outbuildings too-(made me think of the Baltimore area farmhouse with it’s wonderful original outbuildings) I think one could use this as a wonderful B & B business with very little additional work needed. On the other hand, Nebraska winters would probably make a B & B business highly seasonal.

  6. John C says: 434 comments

    This is one of those houses that makes one want to meet the owners, who must be dedicated, meticulous and yet imaginative folk. As to the town and county’s historical sites, see http://www.nebraskahistory.org/histpres/nebraska/nemaha.htm

    Constructed in the Italianate style in 1884-85, the two-story brick house, located in Auburn, was built by Wilber T. Reed, a native of Ohio. Reed’s grocery and general merchandise store was important to the early settlers of central and western Nemaha County.

    The following pdf is the 1980 nomination form for the Register. The then owner proposed to restore the original porches and shutters, along with the rest of the house. Some photographs are given with the PDF which shows the house as ti existed in the late 1960s, with later-date porches that the owner proposed to remove and replace with restorations. The nomination form refers to five photographs, but I do not believe all five appear with the form. Still, this was an amazing project. Even more amazingly, this house had been divided into apartments at the time of the nomination to the Register. I suspect that the application represented an act of faith on the part of both the owner and the Register. Bravo! http://www.nebraskahistory.org/histpres/nebraska/nemaha/NH01-005_WilberTReed_Hse.pdf

  7. Jennifer says: 5 comments

    I have been religiously following Kelly’s blog for a couple years and this house is in my top three favorites ever. It pains me greatly that the price has dropped even lower, pains me even more so that it is in Nebraska.

  8. Sue says: 276 comments

    Beautiful home, but am I the only one who **doesn’t** like the kitchen? It looks much too fancy for the time period, and a wraparound counter? Don’t think so. No offense to those who like it — we all like different things! πŸ™‚

  9. Kathy Mowery Hurley says: 1 comments

    I stumbled across this site while researching an 1880-90’s Eastlake bed with the writing “F & E” Auburn NE. I was born and raised in Auburn and attended grade school across the street from this amazing house. The owner’s mother worked for my father in his veterinary office. This house is a testament to the owner’s uncanny sense of detail and accuracy and I am delighted to see it completed! It really should be purchased by the Historical Society.

  10. CuriouserGeorge says: 140 comments

    For those wishing to drive the GoogleMaps car around the neighborhood, then be aware that the address listed is not 1204 16th St, but rather 1204 N Street. Not sure how the error occurred, but the correct address can be seen in several photos along with the contact info of the real estate agent.

    At 100K, this home, in my opinion, is absolutely worth more than any number of negatives that can be lined up against it: It’s got the history that we here at OHD are justifiably crazy about; it’s in absolutely move-in condition; the surrounding neighborhoods are respectable & showing pride-of-ownership; the downtown area seems healthy enough; big cities like Omaha don’t seem too close, but not too far away either; etc. Even the weather averages aren’t so bad (I’ve lived in much more extreme conditions). Entertainment and medical might be limited, but not deal breakers. The only thing I’d want is a railroad station so I wouldn’t have to drive all the way from California! All in all, though, just one very nice package. And like I said, this house is a bona fide gem.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12125 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      It must have been an error to the original listing, since that’s what it was when I posted it. I’ll change the address to show the correct one.

  11. Jim R. says: 51 comments

    Do you ever wonder what the original owner of a house would think of the way the interiors look today? I often wonder such things, and would love to be able to converse with the (long dead) original owner of my house and get their response to what I’ve done.

    With this house, you have to believe the original owner could probably not have afforded these luxurious wallpapers, and it’s easy to imagine them being impressed and even overwhelmed at the rich interior treatments…and when told the year is now 2014, what would they think???

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12125 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I have a feeling the women would enjoy luxuries like modern stoves, microwaves, faucets, blue jeans and bras more than the fancy wallpaper. πŸ™‚

  12. Jim R. says: 51 comments

    LOL! I imagine my long-awaited meeting with my original owners, and as I show them how accurately I’ve tried to portray their era, they won’t come out of the Kitchen nor stop playing with the appliances!

    “No, that stuff isn’t why I brought you here!”


  13. Ross says: 2416 comments

    Auburn looks like a nice, small town, and with an attractive Main Street.

    For a Big City fix, Omaha is not far away.

    The house has THREE buildings. The brick house, the wood red structure (they call this delightful building a garage?), and the red garden shed.

    All for $99K? In move-in condition? AND with B&B wallpapers?

    Ahhh, why is this place still for sale????????????

  14. Michelle Garvin says: 29 comments

    This house is amazing. I have been in love with it for a long time. It is on the historic registry. If this would have been twenty miles north, I would have bought it instead of our house. Ours is in Nebraska City, but is similar enough in style and age that i wouldn’t be suprised if they had the same architect or builder. Ours is not NEARLY as perfect inside. All my woodwork has been painted. My kitchen was installed in 1996 by the previous owner and looks like it should be in a McMansion or something but just because im not crazy about it doesn’t mean it isn’t functional. I can live with it.
    I am really jealous of the wallpaper in here. I personally think the furniture is wonderful. It’s very period appropriate.
    Our house is considerably larger, and has a big carriage house and garage.
    I think the building behind this one is cute, cute, cute!
    I love my house but i will NEVER be able to make it this kind of a knockout inside.
    Every time we go back to see family, if we go this way, i always gawk at it.

  15. My husband and I just bought this house and I will say it is even more charming in real life. The pictures here do the interiors very little justice. So glad to see our home being appreciated over the internet though!

  16. Ross says: 2416 comments

    Dear Brittany,

    Also congrats! INCREDIBLE home! I am so excited for you!

    You are not too far from me. If you are ever in my area just let me know. I will give you the grand tour of the Cross House:


  17. Michelle Garvin says: 29 comments

    Oh, congrats! I love your house so much! I am so happy for you! I am twenty miles north of you, my house is a similar style and era, we should get together and compare house notes some time! πŸ™‚

  18. I see this delicious little gem is back on the market. The realtor is doing the owners a disservice with the terrible photos, they would have been better off using photos from the last time the house was sold. But it is all still “there” and continues to make my heart sing!

  19. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12125 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Relisted in 2011. Move to front page with new listing photos, kept some of the better ones from 2011.

  20. myransommyransom says: 30 comments

    Gorgeous house. I especially love all the ball and chain portieres!

  21. BethanyBethany says: 3451 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    I’m usually very critical of anything but straightforward clean listing photographs, but these with the kind of grainy artistic feel are actually super cool and would make me want to run over and tour that house ASAP! Really really really cool house.

  22. JimHJimH says: 5244 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Forty years ago this house was in poor condition, the original porches lost and the interior altered for apartments. William D. Coulter recognized its importance to the history of this small town, so he bought the house and had it listed on the National Register. Using an old photo, he restored the porches, cresting and shutters, and did much of the interior work in the decades he lived here. Bravo, sir!

    • Wiliam Coulter says: 1 comments

      Hello Jim H.
      You made my day. I downed sized a few years ago and enjoy my smaller home, but miss the brick house at times. Your kinds words and “Bravo, Sir” made me start to tear up. Nicest things anyone every told me.
      Best Regards, Bill Coulter

      • JimHJimH says: 5244 comments
        OHD Supporter

        Hello Bill,
        All thanks to you for restoring this wonderful old house for others to enjoy. I’m only glad to acknowledge your contribution. I would hope that every small community could have a historic home preserved and restored as well as this one.
        I’m also thankful to Kelly’s website here, Old House Dreams, for allowing folks all over to see these great old homes, and to inspire others to follow your example.
        Best wishes and Happy Holidays, JimH

      • Bill!! So fun to find you on here. You did such a phenomenal job on that house. Our time as it’s stewards was some of our happiest yet. We miss N street so much and are so grateful for your hard work and dedication to that magical house, that we were lucky enough to call Home. It honestly still feels like home in my heart. But our son is getting the best medical care in DC, so the move was worth it. Still, I think if that house every day. Sometimes it feels like we might end up there again. A girl can dream. Right now we own an 1888 Victorian farmhouse in a suburb of DC. I think you’d approve πŸ™‚ and your beautiful chairs you gave us are in our new home. Your artwork, too. Big hugs to you, Bill.

  23. VictorianGuy says: 16 comments

    OK , WHY so inexpensive !? What wrong with it or location ?

  24. cheryl plato says: 174 comments

    this is my dream home, am heartbroken that I cannot move there right now! It is perfect in every way and what an amazing bargain. In love.

  25. Michael Mackin says: 2841 comments

    Love the light fixtures…….Love everything!

  26. Colleen J says: 1058 comments

    Absolutly astounding! Love this one!

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