November 17, 2017: Link Exchange

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11706 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    No idea the location of today’s old house photo.

    I may do some scheduled posts for this weekend so if you see a house you shared and I don’t thank you, it’s because I created the post before it was shared. 🙂

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    • Heidi says: 153 comments

      This is a cute little house, it has turn-of-the-century curb appeal with the rocker and the corner table with the table cloth.

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    • Laurie W. says: 1771 comments

      I like the whole scene there. The tidy fenced front yard, well kept house & fields. Inside the screen door is a kind of Windsor chair — it all looks hard-won and comfortable. The couple both make me think of pioneers, their faces showing strength of character. From the flatness of the land, it’s possibly in one of the plains states, and as John Shiflet said, where a town may have grown out to their place. This, folks, was the real American dream before it became a cliché, and you had to toil for it.

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    • Ann says: 8 comments

      I have posted a couple homes in upstate NY and haven’t seen them yet. Just following up. Thank you 🙂

  2. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11706 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Also mentioning, this week commenters saw a Captcha thing for leaving a comment. If you login to your OHD account, you won’t have to verify the Captcha with each comment. I’ve been having to put it up off/on this week due to a crazy amount of spam. I can’t say you own’t keep seeing it. If you don’t like it and you are a regular commenter, register and stay logged into OHD and you won’t have to deal with it.

    • John Shiflet says: 5353 comments

      Difficult to say whether this week’s house is a farmhouse or is perhaps located on the outskirts of town as I can faintly see what I think are other homes or structures in the distant background. In any case, the retiree age couple appears to be “house proud” with perhaps a bit of “staging” on the front porch for the photo event. The gentleman has the features of someone who has worked hard all of his life and proudly stands in front of the fruits of his labor. The house looks like an almost folk interpretation of the Queen Anne style with some Italianate details in the segmented arched window openings. Since posing for a photo was consider a serious matter, that may explain the Stoic looks on the couple’s faces. As for the subject photo’s location, the surrounding terrain looks relatively flat but that hardly narrows the possibilities. It also looks like the photo dates from the early 1900’s. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Mike says: 66 comments

    Here are two greystones a block apart in the Grand Boulevard neighborhood of Chicago.
    https://www.redfin.com/IL/Chicago/4451-S-Ellis-Ave-60653/home/13962289

    Hopefully someone will see this for the gem it is and restore (there’s a third greystone for sale across the street from this one that has been entirely gut-rehabbed which I won’t post):
    https://www.redfin.com/IL/Chicago/4343-S-Ellis-Ave-60653/home/13962370

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    • John Shiflet says: 5353 comments

      Mike, I like the second example best because it is relatively intact and unspoiled. I think these typical Chicago Greystones must have been the ancestors of the multitude of brick Bungalows that became a mainstay a couple of decades later. Nice details throughout both homes; thanks for sharing.

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      • Cathy F. says: 2187 comments

        Do you think the second one’s oriel window is original to the house, or a later add-on? It appears to be a lighter color than the rest of the house’s façade.

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    • jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1119 comments
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      1947 Ranch
      OR

      The second one is fantastic. Please, oh please someone purchase and restore this beauty! The realtor has blithely stated that the ‘gutting’ has already been started, as if that’s what everyone would prefer. I’ve just added a new word to my most hated list: Update an upgrade. Now add ‘gutted’ to that list.

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  4. says: 2 comments

    For sale: $115,000
    Victorian – circa 1930’s – 4 bedrooms ; Open Oak Staircase ; Lots of Oak Wood throughout ; Full bath 1st floor and upstairs ; So much potential just needs some love. Investment opportunity for a Elegant and Spacious Victorian Home.

    https://www.zillow.com/homes/83-elm-street-london-ohio_rb/

    Realtor: Wendi Kay, Key Realty 614-206-1116

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    • John Shiflet says: 5353 comments

      Nice Victorian Queen Anne style cottage with details typical of the 1900-1910 era. Look at any house catalog from 1930 and no featured house resembles this one either inside or out. Deed records are often erroneous about construction dates but I understand that agents must report the official records date. I also agree that the house has potential but in my own opinion would look best with a period color scheme and taking the interior more towards the early 1900’s in decor flavor rather than trying to make it look like a modern home.

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      • John R. Huff Jr. says: 4 comments

        Exactly , John. I also thought it would from the 1900-1910 period. I really do like the architecture. This the style I look for on this forum.

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      • jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1119 comments
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        1947 Ranch
        OR

        I don’t buy the 1930s date at all. But this Queen Anne has gobs of potential, lots to work with. What a fine home this would be with a bit of $$ and elbow grease. Got to take down some of those dropped (?) ceilings.

    • Barbara V says: 662 comments

      Looks like it has great potential… More pictures, please!!

  5. Keith Rowell says: 31 comments

    For sale $650k. Agents welcome.
    http://ezellhouse01.weebly.com/
    Great location in the heart of Georgia. Convenient to Lakes, Cities, and airports.
    706-923-0031

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    • Jennifer Wiebler says: 149 comments

      absolutely gorgeous. I commend the realtor for providing such great pictures and explanations for where everything is. Great find, Keith Rowell. Thank you!

    • John R. Huff Jr. says: 4 comments

      Thanks, Just fabulous.

    • SueSue says: 1160 comments
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      1802 Cape
      ME

      Be still my heart. Beautiful.

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    • Barbara V says: 662 comments

      Wow! I don’t think I’ve ever seen such incredible – and appropriate – attention to detail – the paints, papers, furnishings, accessories and landscape are all of a piece. While I am always first in line to put my own (period appropriate!) imprint on a place, this one deserves HANDS OFF! Kudos to the visionary who put this together – hopefully its next caretaker will appreciate and maintain the integrity of this property.

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      • Keith Rowell says: 31 comments

        Thank you so much Barbara for your kind words. My wife Shelagh is mostly responsible for the interior. I did the garden. I wondered myself about her innate sense of Victorian style until she took me to Liverpool where she’s grew up. Then I suddenly understood. Liverpool is a Victorian Mecca. I think it’s in her DNA.

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  6. FergusFergus says: 260 comments
    1420 Perpendicular Gothic

    Well I’m back this week with a selection of homes from the UK:

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-60912985.html
    Otley Hall, in Otley, Suffolk, is a spectacular early 1500s moated manor house with an interesting history; “The site of Otley Hall was settled in the 12th century and the present house dates from circa 1500. The Gosnold family owned or tenanted the land in the area in 1401 and were living in Otley in around 1440, although they built much of what you see today during the 16th century. The Gosnolds were educated and well connected lawyers with links to Cardinal Wolsey, the Earl of Essex, the Earl of Southampton, the 17th Earl of Oxford and Francis Bacon. Robert Gosnold III was secretary and Master of Requests to the Earl of Essex from 1599 to 1601. Colonel Robert Gosnold VI fought through three sieges during the Civil War and was reputed to have seen Charles I leave Oxford in disguise one midnight.

    In 1588 the ‘Plahouse wing’ was added and was used as an occasional theatre. This may have been inspired by one of the Gosnold’s cousins Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, who some regard as the author of Shakespeare’s plays. Some believe that The Tempest was based on Bartholomew Gosnold’s voyage to the New World in 1602. In the course of this voyage Bartholomew Gosnold named Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard, but failed to establish a settlement. On his return to England, he started planning another voyage. Much of the planning and recruitment of settlers is reputed to have been done in the Great Hall at Otley Hall. In 1606, in command of the Godspeed and with two other vessels, he left England and in 1607 was the prime mover in establishing a settlement known today as Jamestown, Virginia. Bartholomew Gosnold died in 1607 and Otley Hall was sold by the Gosnold family in 1674. In 1910 it was sold to Dorothy Sherston who employed the Edwardian architect Morley Horder to refurbish the hall and Francis Inigo Thomas, the famous Edwardian landscape gardener, to design a formal garden.”

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-62507536.html
    The Henbury Hall Estate, Cheshire. The estate features what is referred to as the most important country house built in the 20th century in England. “The style of the house is based on Palladio’s Villa Capra, known as The Rotunda, at Vicenza, the best known English versions of which, both 18th century, are Mereworth Castle in Kent and Chiswick House in London.”

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-50365905.html
    Oldberrow Court is a mid-1500s moated manor house in Oldberrow, Warwickshire. In addition to a fabulously presented house the surrounding beautiful landscaped gardens feature a variety of outbuildings too.

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-61213948.html
    Benton End is a farmhouse dating from the 1500s on the edge of Hadleigh, Suffolk. As well as a variety of period features from the Tudor and Georgian eras the house is known locally for its 20th century history. In 1939 it became home to the Cedric Morris and his partner Arthur Lett-Haynes and the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing, a progressive arts school and commune, when the couple’s previous home in heart of Dedham, Essex, burnt down. The school helped produce world-famous artists such as Lucian Freud, who joined the school at the age of 17 in 1939 and Maggi Hambling, who joined in 1960 and produced the iconic Scallop sculpture on the beach at Aldeburgh.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Anglian_School_of_Painting_and_Drawing
    https://historicengland.org.uk/research/inclusive-heritage/lgbtq-heritage-project/homes-and-domestic-spaces/experiments-in-living/

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-50672280.html
    New Farm, Great Easton, Essex, is an Art Deco style home built for the Technical Director of the celebrated Crittall Metal Window Company in 1934. It’s changed very little since the 1930s and still features its original wallpaper in some of its rooms. It’s very much a time-capsule home.
    http://www.wowhaus.co.uk/2017/04/22/grade-ii-listed-art-deco-1930s-messrs-joseph-and-sir-owen-williams-designed-property-in-great-easton-essex/

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-59939428.html
    Hill Farmhouse, Felsham, Suffolk was built in the early 1500s and has been respectfully updated in a pleasant fashion that now also features a beautiful landscaped garden surrounding the house.

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-64705298.html
    Brook House, first known as The White Hart Inn in 1495 untill it closed in 1757, is a medieval hall house in Long Melford, Suffolk. It features an enchanting timber facade with brick in-fill and an ornate gothic porch. Internally it contains a mixture of features from the various time periods it has seen through its centuries of existence. In 1860 is was purchased by the Parker family who would later go on to reside at Melford Hall just up the road, now owned by the National Trust.

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  7. Matt Z says: 98 comments

    Hope everyone is having a nice Friday! Here are some goodies along the Hudson Valley in NYS

    Some nice aesthetic movement, early Queen Anne details going on in this mysterious house in New Paltz, NY Love the sunbursts!
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/24-26-Church-St-New-Paltz-NY-12561/32853619_zpid/?fullpage=true

    Surprisingly well preserved Italianate mansion in Poughkeepsie. (Check out that built in Buffet, and also the beautiful church across the street on google maps)
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/16-Davies-Pl-Poughkeepsie-NY-12601/30081983_zpid/?fullpage=true

    Gorgeous Georgian Revival home along the Hudson
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1550-River-Rd-Coeymans-NY-12045/2097409503_zpid/?fullpage=true

    Charming home hidden in Ellenville
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/20-Hoar-St-Ellenville-NY-12428/32879786_zpid/?fullpage=true

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    • jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1119 comments
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      1947 Ranch
      OR

      Like the MCM very much with the exception of the mounted head above the FP, lol. Oh, and the granite…
      The rest looks nearly untouched and lovely and spacious. The view from the curb makes it really look huge. As my Mom would’ve said, it’s spread out like last week’s wash!

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  8. Gregory K. Hubbard says: 445 comments

    Hello. I hope I’ve copied this link correctly so you can use it.
    https://www.6sqft.com/5-2m-queen-anne-victorian-in-nyack-comes-with-its-own-hudson-river-pier/

    Gregory

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  9. Laurie W. says: 1771 comments

    1911 mansion restored on the verge of collapse in 1993. Despite some modernization its vintage charm remains. The kind of house where I wish my grandparents had invited me for a nice looong visit.
    http://www.landvest.com/property/52324315/575-South-Street-Pittsfield-MA-01201

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    • Randy C says: 434 comments

      Oh, my. Not really my style, but I do love the light fixtures. Any guesses on how much that one in the dining room weighs? A beautiful home for sure.

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 5609 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Dear God that’s Gorgeous! Thanks’ Laurie W.. I’ll bet a nickel they installed every one of those AMAZING antique and vintage light fixtures. There are some really fine and a few SPECTACULAR examples. I suppose a decadent kitchen is acceptable in this house. Houses like this that are HUGE without being pompous and formal, which have a real sense of comfort and warmth are a rare and admirable thing. Nice.

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    • BethanyBethany says: 3313 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      I don’t have enough “Wow’s” to express how much I love this house! It’s just so beautifully done! Exquisite interior design. The kitchen isn’t my favorite but it’s certain beautiful and this house can carry it off.

    • Cathy F. says: 8 comments

      Oh, wow, that is gorgeous! Without being too formal. I agree with Rosewater & Bethany about the kitchen.

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    • jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1119 comments
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      1947 Ranch
      OR

      Very, very pretty! The kitchen is not to my taste, but the rest, oo la la!

    • peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1036 comments
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      1885 Italianate.
      MI

      Oh I think it’s wonderful, yeah some painted woodwork but look at the rest will ya! The kitchen is not bad and I’d be very happy puttsin around in it for sure 🙂 Wow…
      You picked a good ‘un !

    • Lottie says: 393 comments

      This is absolutely beautiful! Yes, I wished my grandma had owned a house like this! 🙂

  10. Randy C says: 434 comments

    Kelly, did you get your kitchen floor completed and how did it turn out? I was surprised to see so many postings this week…..thought you were “taking a break” to work on your own beautiful home but thanks anyway. I love this blog.

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  11. TGrantTGrant says: 747 comments
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    New Orleans, LA

    Interesting cut limestone mansion overlooking the Eureka Springs valley. The house originally had a tiny chapel in the side garden but sometime in the last 25 years the previous owners let it deteriorate and collapse.
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/36-Eureka-St_Eureka-Springs_AR_72632_M89426-83829

    Or a turn of the cast century country place in North Louisiana.
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/188-Calvin-Liner-Rd_Minden_LA_71055_M70678-89899

    Or if big and bulky Midwest is more your style.
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1008-Valentine-Rd_Kansas-City_MO_64111_M84725-57456

    • BethanyBethany says: 3313 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      That first house is stunning! But I’m of the “big and bulky Midwest” genre and I’d probably go for that one–cool turquoise AGA (I think) though it looks a little out of place in the standard oak and black granite kitchen.

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    • peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1036 comments
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      1885 Italianate.
      MI

      I love the Minden LA home the best, and great photography, I’d leave the kitchen as is even but they can have all the pots and pans. It’s a beautiful old, well kept home on a nice chunk of countryside.

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    • Barbara V says: 662 comments

      Would have loved to get my hands on that Minden place before the new windows, vinyl siding, stripped (or new?) floors and “updated” kitchen and bathrooms!

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    • cheryl plato says: 180 comments

      CharlesB these homes are breathtaking. And what amazingly low prices! The first two especially seem like such a great deal. So lovely.

  12. kmmoorekmmoore says: 388 comments
    Weatherford , TX

    This is my first time to share a link, so fingers crossed it works! This is a B&B in my sweet town, Weatherford, Texas. I joined the Heritage Society and am looking forward to the annual Candlelight Tour of Homes!
    https://www.redfin.com/TX/Weatherford/1105-Palo-Pinto-St-76086/home/33834273

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    • peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1036 comments
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      1885 Italianate.
      MI

      Nice homes in Weatherford! Love the second one. On the first one I wish the photographer could have got a shot of the what looks like a ceiling mural in the dining room. Drat! Nice homes.

  13. kmmoorekmmoore says: 388 comments
    Weatherford , TX

    Here’s another Weatherford gem. I think it includes a “shotgun” house.
    https://www.redfin.com/TX/Weatherford/802-S-Waco-St-76086/home/33767029

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  14. ChrisICU says: 625 comments

    What style is this house? Arts & Crafts? Looks like a great – and quirky – family home. https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/166-N-18th-St_Quincy_IL_62301_M74481-65181#photo14

    A formal and majestic home In Kentucky. The interior matches the exterior. Unfortunately the land was chopped up earlier and what were the gardens are now homes. I know the price is high, but worthier of a higher price tag if on an estate sized property https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/715-Alta-Vista-Rd_Louisville_KY_40206_M48170-09772#photo26

    A true 1920’s interpretation on Tudor. Lovely https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1001-N-State-St_Monticello_IL_61856_M77044-66148#photo31

    For those with a Harry Potter fixation here’s a Norman Tudor whose interiors almost resemble what Americans think Norman Tudors are supposed to look like. https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/6935-Scotforth-Rd_Philadelphia_PA_19119_M36200-83034

    A few years ago I tried to buy a beautiful mid-century home on a very nice lot. I wanted it mostly for the house, but unfortunately the property was brokered as a tear-down because the land was worth more than the house. There’s now a considerable and altogether miserable tract mansion there. The only reason I can think of for the poor marketing of this house in NJ is that they expect the same. This house could be special for the right buyer – someone who is looking for a more Moderne style. But poor grammar and mis-categorizing as a colonial makes me wonder how that perfect buyer would ever find this. I do wish there were more photos of the interior.
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/93-Highland-Ave_Short-Hills_NJ_07078_M57304-11989#photo0

    This house should get an award for the best bathrooms. All but one look original and they are all in great condition. OK, the entire house is pretty cool, too. https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1231-Hook-Estate-Dr_Dayton_OH_45405_M34749-53190
    Another example where the original estate was chopped down and more suburban houses are on the estate. But, there’s a (very) long video about the house, too. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KkUSSTXA4n8

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    • BethanyBethany says: 3313 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      The NJ midcentury house is really really neat. I share your worry that it will be torn down, your horror at the terrible description by the realtor, and the desire for more pictures!

      Also, the last house has the most lovely solarium I think I’ve ever seen!

    • TGrantTGrant says: 747 comments
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      New Orleans, LA

      How glorious to see those original bathrooms in the Dayton house. I love to see baths and kitchens in their original form when possible. But that wonderful streamline modern would sell me in a minute!

    • jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1119 comments
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      1947 Ranch
      OR

      Okay ChrisICU, some fab listings. When I saw the first Tudor I was excited, but then I saw the ‘Harry Potter’ house and I’m sure everyone heard me screaming and jumping. TOO cool for words, that one.
      The Moderne house is simply phenomenal and you’re right, how will anyone find it? Colonial?? Do you suppose that’s a description the realtor came up with?
      I would love that house and yes, they should have more interior pics.
      The Hook Estate is gorgeous, with bathrooms that are incredible. Not fond of the kitchen though…

    • peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1036 comments
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      1885 Italianate.
      MI

      WHOAH! THAT DAYTON HOUSE! !

    • Laurie W. says: 1771 comments

      Fabulous haul from you, ChrisICU! Enjoyed every one. It is a crime to cram a place like the Louisville one onto 3/4 acre. The house itself, at over 10K sq ft, takes up 1/4 of an acre. It’s a swell place.

      I too like the MCM — just that stair is swoon-worthy. What a shame they picked an agent who doesn’t understand what a prize it is. And the Dayton house is definitely old-bathroom-heaven!!!

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    • Peter J says: 37 comments

      The NJ house is Art Deco. Beautiful. As you say, wish there were more pics of the interior.

  15. RosewaterRosewater says: 5609 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Fabulous, monumental, early Italianate villa requires RADICAL paint removal, and de-b&b-ifying, but promises a HUGE REWARD in the end. SKIP THE VIDEO TO 1:17 FOR THE GOOD PART; https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/304-E-Michigan-St-New-Carlisle-IN-46552/120950650_zpid/?fullpage=true

    *** IPECAC TRIGGER WARNING ***
    Another faux trendy, dirty white and gray, flip FLOP horror brought to you by the same folks who did this less obnoxious example; https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1454-E-10th-St-Indianapolis-IN-46201/1114766_zpid/?fullpage=true Sell the $$$ mantle separately; yuppies love trashy brick! https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1421-Central-Ave-Indianapolis-IN-46202/1075400_zpid/?fullpage=true

    🙂

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 5609 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      ++++++++

      WOW Deco Modern with STUNNING original kitchen cabinetry, AND SO MUCH MORE;

      https://www.curbed.com/2017/9/26/16366332/sandcastle-pevensey-bay-east-sussex-home

    • EileenM says: 288 comments

      I really want to comment, but I just can’t find the words to do so.

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    • TGrantTGrant says: 747 comments
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      New Orleans, LA

      Sometimes I look at these remuddles and think some folks shouldn’t be allowed to read Architectural Digest. It gives them ideas, bad ideas.

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    • James @ HarrodsburgJames @ Harrodsburg says: 35 comments
      1810 Georgian/Greek Revival

      There is no accounting for taste, or the lack thereof. Not my style to be sure. Two bottles of ipecac for me! Thanks for the trigger warning. Maybe not on this site, but some will applaud instead of puke this style of renovation.

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    • SueSue says: 1160 comments
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      1802 Cape
      ME

      The first house is beautiful, although I agree it needs de-B&Bifying. Although some of the wallpapers they chose are gorgeous. The outside is just gorgeous and the widow’s walk is amazing.

      I might get stoned for saying this but I love the first of the Ipecac houses. I know they painted everything white but they left it all. They didn’t tear things out and make it a box. I even like the kitchen, although not my taste, it is much more eclectic and pleasing than most of the boring kitchens put in houses.

      I don’t like the second Indy house at all with all the wood painted throughout, though again I also like this kitchen.

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      • RosewaterRosewater says: 5609 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        Fortunately It’s hard to mess up decorative plaster with just one coat of paint Sue. 🙂 That house is stunning, and fortunately not too terribly altered by the flop.

    • jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1119 comments
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      1947 Ranch
      OR

      Well Rosewater, I have to agree with ya on the two later listings. I laughed out loud at your IPECAC warning. These people should be strung up. Sorry, but it’s just shameful what they’ve done. To look on the positive side, they MUST have gotten quite a quantity discount on the white and grey paint, right? And, haven’t you always longed for a furry stool to sit on while you watch your laundry?!

    • JimHJimH says: 4854 comments
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      The Prosser House in Indianapolis is “historical”. At least they left the plaster work intact under all that white and gray:
      https://npgallery.nps.gov/AssetDetail/NRIS/75000046
      http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/hh/item/in0063/

      • RosewaterRosewater says: 5609 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        That plaster work is fascinating in such a humble cottage. Amazing it has survived as well as it has. That location is MARGINAL at best, and they’ll be pressed to see anywhere near that ask.

    • John says: 77 comments

      Aaaaaaaaauuuuuuuuuughhhhhh! My eyes, my eyes! Snowblind by these two whitewashed, bleached out, pale imitations of their former selves. Even the staging makes me uncomfortable. I picture some overly self assured couple of aesthetes, with wine glasses in their hands, gushing over how their Interpretive spaces all came together to apologize for American excesses of the Industrial Age, or some other PC nonsense. Blech!

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    • chris Z says: 61 comments

      There should be a SPECIAL HELL for this kind of capital criminal architectural desicration.

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      • RosewaterRosewater says: 5609 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        ESPECIALLY the ripped out and re-sold separately mantle! Whoever did that get’s to share a bunk with Crowley.

  16. Mary Clemens says: 168 comments

    Here’s a former B&B now almost literally half-price. On NRHP. https://www.zillow.com/savedhomes/for_sale/31639815_zpid/1_pnd/45.767522,-66.862793,25.839449,-94.987793_rect/4_zm/1_rs/1_fr/
    And here’s some beautiful woodwork but no exterior shot of the house, which I’d love to see based on the interior.
    https://www.zillow.com/savedhomes/for_sale/32234705_zpid/1_pnd/45.767522,-66.862793,25.839449,-94.987793_rect/4_zm/1_rs/1_fr/

  17. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 980 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

    Could I once again call on the knowledge and wisdom of the Old House Dreamers?

    I’m thinking about installing a small elevator (my house is 1905 Neoclassical). Is anyone aware of any sources for functional antique home elevators or good period reproductions?

    I’ve found several contemporary residential elevator manufacturers, but the general look is disappointing — think unwieldy plastic Star Trek prop.

    I’m guessing architectural salvage might be the best bet; I did find a gorgeous old Otis elevator in the 1st Dibs “sold” archives that is close to what I have in mind: https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/building-garden/architectural-elements/antique-otis-birdcage-elevator-original-hardware-finials-scissor-doors/id-f_1355692/

    I would love to hear any opinions on, or experiences with, old-house elevators! Thanks everyone.

    • ChrisICU says: 625 comments

      Sites like LiveAuctioneers.com will sometimes have elevator parts, but hard to find a complete elevator. The challenge, I think, is finding a local elevator company to install, service, and repair one. My best guess would to contact a couple of local ones in the nearest big old town and have them on the lookout for one. They would know of any that are around because they would repair them. I had a 1980’s elevator in a house before and they do need regular maintenance. Another option would be to purchase components of an old elevator and try to make the interior look more vintage. Like this one: https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/5089873_323-antique-wrought-iron-elevator-dome-top

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      • MW says: 837 comments

        You should just get a new functional parts so that it is safe and can be serviced. The part you see is really just a box on a platform for a simple home elevator with a manual type door/gate, like that in the historical one you saw. The box part is surprisingly “dumb”, not a lot of complexity or technology. You can make it look like whatever you want. My guess even that one on 1stdibs is just the box part. All the mechanical parts might not have even been included, probably all thrown away. But just as well anyway as it was probably too specific to whatever building it was in and wouldn’t really work for your application without too much modification, and too hard to modify with old + new parts.

        If you get all new mechanical parts, an elevator service company will likely help install it and service it as long as the box meets safety and code requirements. But with actual real old mechanicals, they probably won’t want to deal with it for liability reasons.

        As ChrisICU noted, you can probably get a new elevator, but have a local craftsperson trim it out to look old, or even build a totally custom box. Keep in mind, the screen walls at each floor are also part of the look and should match the box to be a comprehensive system and look.

      • Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 980 comments
        OHD Supporter

        1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

        Thank you so much for the good advice, Chris. And the antique elevator pictured is a good reference for my search. (Not surprised it was with Kamelot — my favorite auction house!)

    • Hoyt Clagwell says: 256 comments

      Off the top of my head, installing a salvaged or antique elevator is probably going to be impossible, simply because they will not have been designed, constructed or tested to pass current requirements for engineering, safety, accessibility, etc. No documentation will exist to prove their fitness for use, and no authorities will be in any position to approve them.

      If you’re seriously considering a residential lift, you might first want to make a stop by your local Building & Safety department to gather information. What you will be permitted/required to do is likely to vary depending on municipality, and it’s even possible that your local authorities are uncertain as to whose jurisdiction the inspection and approval of such a residential elevator would be under.

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      • John Shiflet says: 5353 comments

        In the current issue (Oct. 2017) of the Old House Journal they have a short article about retrofitting elevators in old houses. The one supplier they mention is Symmetry Elevators. ( https://symmetryelevators.com Ph. 877-568-5804 ) I find they specialize in custom elevators and the brass cage example shown in the magazine was custom made for a museum. I vaguely seem to recall Nicole Curtis, the Rehab Addict, installing a small elevator in one of her project houses. As for appearances, I believe a period look for a home elevator is possible but it would have to conform to local building codes. An open ornamental brass cage elevator may not meet fire safety code. Best to check with the local municipal building department for specifics as architectural drawings will likely be required as well as other pertinent information. While a stand alone elevator may cost more, I would prefer one of them rather than something like an “Acorn” stair lift that runs up the side of an existing staircase. On a historic staircase, they look unsightly in my opinion. Moreover, the track assembly requires drilling holes in the staircase treads. For elderly or disabled folks, a home elevator is a major beneficial feature, I knew of a couple who developed mobility disabilities over time and they ended up living only on the ground floor of their two story home. Seemed like a waste of living space to them so they ended up selling their home. An elevator would have solved their second floor access problem.

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        • Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 980 comments
          OHD Supporter

          1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

          Thank you for the company reference, John — as always, wonderful information from you! The picture of the accordion-gate (if that’s the word) closet elevator on the Symmetry website is probably closest to the right look for my house.

      • Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 980 comments
        OHD Supporter

        1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

        Thank you Hoyt. I did wonder if there might be safety concerns.

    • Hoyt Clagwell says: 256 comments

      This has been fermenting in the back of my mind all day, because it’s an interesting design problem–how to adapt standard modern residential elevator options to make them fit in elegantly and coherently with historic architecture.

      I think something like this could be easily adapted easily and elegantly:
      http://www.elevatorworld.com/blogs/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/glass1.jpg

      The metal framework is extremely stripped down, but elegant, and one could choose to see the framework, glass, and exposed mechanics to have an almost Victorian mechanical sensibility to them that’s not at all unlike the antique brass cage elevators. It shouldn’t be too difficult to have the glass panels etched in some period appropriate designs if one wanted. One could probably have the control panel redone with brass or chrome buttons on a polished metal plate. Have nice wood veneers and flooring installed instead of laminates… I suppose one could go full Steampunk if one wanted…

      This one is great too–It’s basically a gorgeous version of Willy Wonka’s glass elevator to me. I think it would be beautiful in a Neoclassical setting, is sort of a distilled classical perfection. It’s literally a column. The metal trim surrounding the opening evokes a classical framed portal. It would be cool to cover the floor with a classical geometric design in stone or wood.
      https://i.pinimg.com/236x/a3/96/ac/a396aca4f459965cb6ce6e2f2c2d90a9–staircase-ideas-staircase-design.jpg

  18. Teri R says: 290 comments

    Good bones? needs to be restored1860 home in south-east Illinois – VINTAGE picture
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/500-W-Locust-Ln-Robinson-IL-62454/105590994_zpid/

    Classic brick bungalow with craftsman details and updates
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/717-N-Main-St-Flora-IL-62839/115601039_zpid/

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 5609 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Thank’s Teri. I’m afraid the poor Italianate is too far gone for anything besides “update and improvement”. It’s saveable; but will never again resemble it’s originally elegant self.

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  19. Victoria says: 135 comments

    Here’s a beautiful midcentury an hour north of NYC: https://www.dwell.com/article/live-out-frank-lloyd-wrights-usonian-vision-in-this-home-thats-asking-dollar725k-92354476

    Taxes, of course, will be high.

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 5609 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Comically overpriced, BRILLIANTLY PRESERVED, original, apprentice designed, 3 season – at best, FLLW homage in RARE “USonia” thinks the, (tangential), name Frank LLoyd Wright will bring an ultra premium, (surprise, surprise):

      https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6-Usonia-Rd-Pleasantville-NY-10570/33058399_zpid/?fullpage=true

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      • JimHJimH says: 4854 comments
        OHD Supporter

        Jeff, you wouldn’t like Pleasantville much – everything in the area is comically overpriced. It’s Pleasant only if you have good credit.

        Taxes in most of NY are very high, like the crime in Chicago, the poverty in Mississippi, the temperature in Arizona, the humidity in New Orleans, and the snow in Alaska. Where’s the perfect place?

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        • MW says: 837 comments

          Public schools rated 10 is a huge plus for any kind of family with kids in school. Maybe one reason why it seems expensive. At least the taxes in this case appear to be being used for something constructive. Price might be high, but if you haven’t checked the cost of private schools lately, you might be surprised by what a bargain this might be if not needing to pay for years of that, especially if you have more than 1 kid. $25-30K/kid per year for private school X 12 years = $300-360K for example. 2 kids and there is almost the full cost of this house right there (excluding mortgage costs of course).

          A lot of nice old houses in interesting areas seem very appealing until you check the school ratings when you are factoring in a couple of kids into the equation. Suddenly the cost of the house and renovation expenses seem to be the least of your concerns.

          Houses in good school district areas are almost always expensive, at least relatively speaking. The opposite is also true with very few and rare exceptions.

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        • RosewaterRosewater says: 5609 comments
          OHD Supporter

          1875 Italianate cottage
          Noblesville, IN

          Goooood question! I’ll say this though; the temperatures in Tucson are DIVINE for the next six months. It may get dry hot in summertime, but you don’t have to scrape it off your windshield or shovel it out of the driveway. 🙂

  20. Teri R says: 290 comments

    Vintage iron fence and mailbox with this 1865
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/506-N-3rd-St-Vincennes-IN-47591/85478084_zpid/

    This pretty Indiana home was posted on this site back in 2014 and has had several “goes” at being sold. It has multiple built-in bookcases, gorgeous light fixtures, deep porch, kitchen that is not too updated. Needs somebody to love 🙂
    531 Mulberry St, Mt. Vernon, OH
    https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2014/03/20/1912-mount-vernon-in/

  21. Paul Price says: 202 comments

    Another amazing home in Fort Scott, KS
    4BD 1 BA, 3633 sq ft of loveliness.

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/924-S-National-Ave_Fort-Scott_KS_66701_M77761-83064#photo0

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  22. Paul Price says: 202 comments

    2BD 1 BA, 1300 sq ft. Would love to see the front porch restored. Is that a china cabinet in the dining room?

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/511-S-Main-St_Jasper_MO_64755_M88409-02896?ex=MO626957035

  23. CocoaG says: 72 comments

    1827 Shoffner-Spoon House built by Michael Shoffner, enlarged in 1925 by W.L. Spoon. Original mantles and wainscoating details in 1827 rooms. 1925 rooms have beadboard or shiplap walls and ceilings. First time on market.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4922-Kimesville-Rd-Burlington-NC-27215/2092045259_zpid/

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  24. Paul Price says: 202 comments

    1133 S Main St, Carthage $111,900
    4 beds 2 full, 1 half baths 2,330 sq ft. Love the built ins

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1133-S-Main-St_Carthage_MO_64836_M78388-13235

  25. Paul Price says: 202 comments

    3
    beds 2 full, 1 half baths
    2,884
    sq ft3
    beds 2 full, 1 half baths
    2,884
    sq ft
    Wonderful windows and woodwork. Not a big fan of the kitchen and bath updates.

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/112-S-Sergeant-Ave_Joplin_MO_64801_M86210-62113?ex=MO626408271#photo26

  26. Paul Price says: 202 comments

    3BD 2 BA
    2,884
    sq ft
    Wonderful windows and woodwork. Not a big fan of the kitchen and bath updates. I can’t really tell the design style?

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/112-S-Sergeant-Ave_Joplin_MO_64801_M86210-62113?ex=MO626408271#photo26

  27. Paul Price says: 202 comments

    Nice farm and quintessential farm house with 67 acres. 3BD 1 BA 2067 sq ft.

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/8624-Lawrence-2082_Mount-Vernon_MO_65712_M74057-46052#photo34

  28. Ryan says: 562 comments

    Ran across this house after looking at the Italianate mansion in Pulaski, NY that was recently posted. This neighboring house is a slightly more modest Italianate, and a very nice home in its own right, but I’m really posting it because of the third picture. Check it out – I think this is the nicest Victorian chicken coop I’ve ever seen…in case anyone is looking for a place to house their Victorian chickens.

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/10-James-St_Pulaski_NY_13142_M38453-53577

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  29. CoraCora says: 2026 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    Cute 1920 cottage. This would be perfect for the hubs and I if it were in our area, and not a ton of work needed:

    Paxton, IL:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/112569800_zpid/

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  30. CoraCora says: 2026 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    Needs saving in Bangor. This was a lovely, large Victorian home at one time. The exterior trim was lovely. I don’t know enough about foundation issues to decipher the photos of this one. Looks fixable to me, but the listing description makes it sound like it should be demolished. I hope not.

    Bangor, ME:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/85004202_zpid/

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    • Ron G says: 167 comments

      The city says a tear-down. That’s sad. But I do understand where the city is coming from, much easer to remove it from public view then to work with a qualified contractor and save the history. Most cities have available tax credits and grants that can be applied for, especially if the home has a proven historical significance to the community. But few people have the vision or the time and finances to invest in these properties.

    • John Shiflet says: 5353 comments

      Looks like it could be saved from the photos. The interior hasn’t reached a point of deterioration where entire rooms are too far gone to save. The foundation is an issue but basically putting multiple supports under the house (lifting up the house as in prepping for the house to be moved) and then rebuilding the foundation wall section by section could solve that problem. Best would be to have reinforced concrete foundation walls with the exterior being bricked over to hide the concrete. Not a cheap fix but still doable IMO without breaking the bank. Put around $100k in repairs money and lots of sweat equity into this one and I think you’d have a pretty nice home.

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    • SueSue says: 1160 comments
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      1802 Cape
      ME

      Here in Maine, unless on the coast (and sometimes not even then) old homes that need this kind of work and less even, don’t sell well. Generally native Mainers want new. We have soooo many beautiful old homes here too. Many falling apart. The idea is that old is a money pit and new is much better.

    • Barbara V says: 662 comments

      Every now and then I get distracted by a finished beauty, but this place is my kind of gorgeous! Based upon the pictures, and the fact that it still seems to be standing square, it would be relatively easily fixable in a manner similar to that explained by John. I recently viewed a house with worse foundation problems and similar eave damage. Fortunately, I have a common sense, knowlegeable contractor who is not motivated to get rich off an amateur’s fear – and the quote for repairs was well under John’s $100,000 estimate. IMO, it is usually ignorance and fear that lead to the destruction of great structures like this…

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  31. ChrisICU says: 625 comments

    This mid-century definitely has a specific buyer in mind. Part MCM, part Japanese, part Frank Lloyd Wright. And the current owner has done a tasteful interpretation of the interiors filled with antiques. Very nice! https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/4328-West-Church-St_Farmville_NC_27828_M68804-62117#photo97

    Sharing this one mostly for the front door. Never seen one like it and I like it! https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1915-Granville-Rd_Greensboro_NC_27408_M67812-58436

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    • RobynMeRobynMe says: 116 comments
      1907 George F. Barber
      Hamlet, NC

      Very cool door on Greensboro.

      No offense, but I normally dislike MC design. Leaning towards ‘demo it all and let God sort out the good bits’ actually. (I know, I know! Don’t worry, I’d either walk away or let you guys come salvage a place first!)
      This one though… wow. Must be the shoji pocket doors and awesome gardens or something, but I don’t even mind the stainless/granite kitchen! And can’t say there aren’t enough pix!!!

    • cheryl plato says: 180 comments

      take a gander at the garage door, little guest house and play house on the Greensboro one!

  32. Joe says: 731 comments

    Hi Fellow OHD Followers,
    I am writing about an accidental discovery in removing paint. I am hoping that one of you has a similar paint stripping need and will try this method and see if it works for you. I am rehabbing an 1888 house which was carpeted throughout. Under the carpet was linoleum tiles with no underlayment. When I scraped up the tiles, the floors were painted underneath.
    When I am cleaning, I routinely cover whatever cleaner or solution that I am using with black plastic. I use contractor grade bags and cut out the bottom and one side, apply cleaner to an area that size, and cover it with the plastic. Then I go away for anywhere between an hour to a day or more. I find that as long as the chemical is wet, it continues to work.
    I was trying to clean a test area of my floors of about a square foot. I used the purple cleaner and degreaser which is sold at the local big box hardware store. I poured a little on the floor corner and spread it with my nitrile glove encased hands. Then I covered it. The next day when I uncovered it, I noticed that the pint had partially dissolved too. I poured a little fresh cleaner on top and scrubbed with my gloved hands. I also used a stiff brush that does not have metal bristles so as to avoid putting scratches in the wood.
    After wiping up with paper towels, the floors were nearly down to the wood. A spot cleaning with the cleaned brush and more of the concentrated cleaner took the rest of the paint out.
    I discovered this several months ago and have been stripping my floors in sections since then. It does raise the grain, but that is easily hand sanded off.
    Today I decided to try it on something else. I have a brick walled room which was formerly on the exterior of my 1820 Federal house. I have tried without success to remove heavy gray paint with a citrus based stripper. I wanted to hang a tankless water heater to the wall, but I didn’t want the paint behind the heater. Using a cheap pump garden sprayer, I soaked the wall with the purple cleaner. I sprayed the cleaner on several times during the day to keep the wall damp. I took an old screwdriver and scraped out about ¼” of the mortar between the brick with ease. Then I scraped the brick surface with a metal putty knife. For the next step, I used the scrub brush and rinsed with more chemical. I now have exposed red brick.
    This stuff costs about $35 for a five-gallon container. I already had the sprayer, scraper, and scrub brush. I have now been spraying the entire wall every hour or so to let the cleaner work through the paint and into the brick. Are any of you out there willing to give this a try on an out of the way test area on your house and report back to me as to what works for you and what doesn’t.

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  33. cheryl plato says: 180 comments

    Kelly that house is gorgeous and the couple adorable.
    Have a few to share
    pretty 1880 on nice street full of nice old homes
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/24-Kingwood-Ave_Frenchtown_NJ_08825_M68020-13945#
    cute little 1880 also NJ and really great street
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/288-Main-St_Port-Murray_NJ_07865_M60961-15798#photo0
    1800 stone NJ home inside outside and setting breathtaking
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/30-Asbury-Broadway-Rd_Washington_NJ_07882_M59195-33132#photo0
    okay.. just look past the chainlink fence/lack of curb appeal, for 13k this 1885 Victorian(?)in Nebraska could be adorable with a little work
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/205-5th-St_Talmage_NE_68448_M74973-91565#
    cute Dutch Colonial(?) in Michigan with charm and nice old furniture
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/115-W-Elm-St_Middleton_MI_48856_M44433-43951#
    have a great week and keep posting cool old houses!

  34. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11706 comments
    Admin

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Just want to say I’ve been relaxing on comment rules for link exchange posts. So if you see a comment and go “Why did Kelly allow that?”, link exchange is the one place where comment rules may not be as strict about what some consider a rude thing to say about someones home.

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  35. RobynMeRobynMe says: 116 comments
    1907 George F. Barber
    Hamlet, NC

    Caution Yellow Italianate in upstate NY.
    Older kitchen, possible clawfoot (in paneled bathroom) and multi-layers of protective coating on all wood trim. Oddly no pix of stairs or fireplace. The arched upper sashes look likely to have saved the original windows, but despite the weight, not the radiators.
    Still, at under $25K you can (hopefully) afford to get new ones…

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6-Cushman-St-New-Berlin-NY-13411/2092374127_zpid/

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    • Cathy F. says: 2187 comments

      LOL, you weren’t kidding, re: that yellow! ? But looks like, with work, this house could be really nice. I’ve driven though New Berlin (pronounced New Ber’-lin, accent on the Ber) countless times. The south end of the village has a whole bunch of nice houses lining Main Street, along with a very pretty stone Episcopal Church & its next-door manse.

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      • RobynMeRobynMe says: 116 comments
        1907 George F. Barber
        Hamlet, NC

        I considered tagging it Highlighter, but there’s really way too much orange for that! 🙂

        I may look into this one myself. I do wish it was easier to get ahold of tax info. Tons of great, cheap, old houses upstate, but I just can’t afford them once you add in school taxes. There is just something *wrong* when your taxes are 20%+ of your house value!

        • Cathy F. says: 2187 comments

          Maybe… Goldenrod or school bus yellow? ? Certainly… ummmm, bright, at any rate!

          Zillow’s not listing the real estate taxes for this house, that I can see. I live 45 min. north of New Berlin, and pay a total of approx. 3 – 3.5% of my house’s value on real estate taxes/year: county, city, & school taxes. There’s the STAR program in NYS, which helps one with the school tax portion of one’s total tax bill, and once a senior citizen (65), there’s the STAR Enhanced. Each of these has an income ceiling in order to qualify… about $85,000/year, If I remember correctly. I’ve always qualified for STAR, and currently qualify for the Enhanced version.

        • John Shiflet says: 5353 comments

          The New Berlin Italianate appears to be relatively intact inside. If the roof and foundation pass muster, then I see potential here. The cement asbestos siding painted bright yellow can either be removed or repainted in a more visually soothing color. Of course, its more important to get a grasp of the total costs to make this one livable than to focus on the bargain price. Prospective buyers should obtain a house inspection report noting all defects and deficiencies. That doesn’t mean that everything has to be addressed at once but major issues will need attention first.

    • Paul Price says: 202 comments

      I think the millwork and doors are worth more than 25K

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  36. RT says: 110 comments

    Pittsburgh, PA: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1319-Liverpool-St-Pittsburgh-PA-15233/11376332_zpid/

    Live in the carriage house while you fix up the main house. Lots to work with. Love the arch, mantels, shutters. Is that tin or something else in #7, 9, 17?

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    • Carolyn says: 280 comments

      This one literally hurts my heart. It must have been magnificent in it’s day. I think what you are referring to is Lincrusta, a deeply embossed wall covering.

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    • RobynMeRobynMe says: 116 comments
      1907 George F. Barber
      Hamlet, NC

      Another rehabber that needs to be spanked and sent to bed without supper. If they took pictures of every single plaster wall they demo’d, they may be allowed to eat their vegetables.
      If they were removing the tile surround on the fireplace, somebody get the belt!

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    • TGrantTGrant says: 747 comments
      OHD Supporter

      New Orleans, LA

      Oh my goodness! Can you just imagine how magnificent it was in its day? Oh how I would love to bring this beauty back. I wonder just how much of the lost details could be brought back? That Lincrusta was glorious!

    • Cathy F. says: 2187 comments

      Wonder how much $ it would be to recreate the stairway?? (Besides “A lot.”) But yes, a bunch of nice architectural details – that archway, and love the interior shutters.

    • SueSue says: 1160 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1802 Cape
      ME

      It looks as if someone just went wild inside this house randomly destroying walls and anything else they could get their hands on. Why did they do that? Now it is a huge mess. Meanwhile you have daylight showing through the roof! Umm, how about addressing that first? I echo Carolyn, this house hurts my heart.

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  37. Cathy F. says: 2187 comments

    1928 colonial in Rome, NY, at the far western end of the Mohawk Valley. Only one bath pictured, but it’s good – looks mostly original. A nice house & I wouldn’t feel the need to change much at first, in general, other than the front porch posts and the kitchen wallpaper. Street looks pleasant with other homes of similar age & tree-lined.

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/109-W-Pine-St_Rome_NY_13440_M49926-80172#

  38. Paul Price says: 202 comments

    That balcony is something. The sign for the pleasure of an audience with the Queen is perfect.

  39. Paul Price says: 202 comments

    4 beds
    1 bath
    1,967 sq ft
    14.0 acres lot, Barn, livestock waters. Not a purist dream but it does bug me to see the dropped ceilings. I always want to tear at those right away 🙂
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/7127-SW-Grindstone-Rd_Stewartsville_MO_64490_M78516-55096?ex=MO625020483#photo23
    229k. What sells me is the 100 year old outhouse

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    • SueSue says: 1160 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1802 Cape
      ME

      Those aren’t dropped ceilings. I have them in my house. A lot of old houses got them. It is a sort of pressed wood cardboard that is nailed to the slats of where the plaster was.

      I love this house and love the tree that hangs over the front porch. Just idyllic. Lots of pasture too for my horses. I do wish the fireplaces hadn’t been taken out. Too bad it isn’t more south.

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      • Paul Price says: 202 comments

        I am not a fan of the cardboard ceiling. I should like to restore what I presume to be missing exterior gingerbread. This part of Missouri is close to me, and is truly a nice place to live.

  40. Paul Price says: 202 comments

    3 beds
    2 baths
    2,317 sq ft , and a little rough, but all that for 13,900? WOW. ……….https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/232-N-10th-St_Fredonia_KS_66736_M88654-05941?ex=KS627244479#photo1

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  41. Paul Price says: 202 comments

    Looks like Blondie and Dagwood’s place. 🙂

    4 beds
    2 full,
    1 half baths
    2,393 sq ft , 129,000.

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/417-N-10th-St_Independence_KS_67301_M75604-29644#photo0

  42. Paul Price says: 202 comments

    3 beds
    2 full,
    1 half baths
    1,960 sq ft
    9,100 sq ft lot

    120,000.
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/319-N-2nd-St_Independence_KS_67301_M83713-30897#photo35

  43. Paul Price says: 202 comments

    4 beds
    2 baths
    3,274 sq ft which is a bunch of space for 134,900. That is some maroon carpet. Rather unfortunate updated baths and kitchen. https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/317-N-11th-St_Fredonia_KS_66736_M80377-21105#photo0

  44. Paul Price says: 202 comments

    Does anyone think this could be one of the Sears and Roebuck plans?

    4 beds
    1 full,
    1 half baths
    1,881 sq ft
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2631-Corning-Ave_Parsons_KS_67357_M86306-05099#photo1

  45. CoraCora says: 2026 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    Build date given on this pretty house in Maine says 1850 seems a bit early, not sure. Love the interior woodwork and the “hatted” tower:

    Van Buren, ME:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/112630413_zpid/

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    • Paul Price says: 202 comments

      I agree. Great layout for kitchen as well. Fantastic millwork, it not in Maine!

    • SueSue says: 1160 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1802 Cape
      ME

      Ooooo, this is part of Maine is cold. Not just regular Maine cold but crazy cold with long dark winters. Very remote too. Hence the price.

      • John Shiflet says: 5353 comments

        Two phases of construction apparently; the first phase, based on the corner pilasters, probably does date from the mid-1800’s and indicates a Greek Revival style home with the second, late Queen Anne style phase likely dating from the turn of the last century. Seems bargain priced but since my knowledge of Maine’s climate is limited, I’ll take Sue’s word for it. Unusual mix of styles here.

  46. ChrisICU says: 625 comments

    For the well healed… an incredible apartment in Paris. Tucked away in a quiet district I could live here forever. http://www.barnes-paris.com/en/for-sale/paris-75016/A-63113

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    • SueSue says: 1160 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1802 Cape
      ME

      I think I passed out a bit while looking at this apartment. Sooooo dramatic, elegant and fanciful. Thank you for this share. Places like this are just a dream to look at.

  47. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11706 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    The headaches with spam continues, it’s just too much even with a spam plugin/filter.

    I can either keep the Captcha for non-logged in users or force anyone that wants to comment to login before doing so. I’m making the decision today on which so if anyone wants to have a say, Captcha or forced login, now is the time to do so.

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    • Carolyn says: 280 comments

      The Captcha is really not a big deal. Thanks for asking! 🙂

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    • Hoyt Clagwell says: 256 comments

      Yeah. Hardly notice it. And it’s reCAPTCHA, so every verification helps crowd-source the digitization of books, which is pretty cool.

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    • John Shiflet says: 5353 comments

      Typing in the Captcha SPAM blocker is a minor detail and takes less time than logging in. My vote is to keep the Captcha feature. The only minor issue I’ve had is that sometimes the images to type and copy are not completely clear and I’m not sure about whether lower case and upper case letters matter. I’ve tried to type as shown and have had no problems so far. I much prefer the words in Captcha to the visual images to identify specific details. (i.e., how many photos show images of cars?-check all that apply)

  48. Paul Price says: 202 comments

    The Captua seems to work fairly easily. Much better than other websites. Thank you for for all your work with this Kelly!

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    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11706 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Thanks, I hope to keep it easy. If everyone not logged in doesn’t mind the Captcha, that’s the better option that requiring signing in. I hated the Captcha that makes you do the picture thing, changed it to typing letters/numbers seems less difficult.

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  49. SueSue says: 1160 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1802 Cape
    ME

    People often send me places that they think we should expand Aloha Farm too. These are a few gems sent to me.

    A gorgeous mill, house and general store with amazing history. What a gem to fix up. My head is spinning with ideas.

    http://www.wilburngristmill.com/

    1866 log cabin homestead with hand-hewn Poplar logs and so much more on 33 acres. Gorgeous.

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/7730-Goddard-Rd_Knoxville_TN_37920_M88910-80342?ex=TN625514227

    And this center chimney gem in NH with frontage on the Cold River including a waterfall and two swimming holes, on a total of 6.25 acres. Still has wavy glass, original plaster, lovely two bedroom apartment. They owners have restored this with a light and loving hand. Don’t know what the tunnel is for.

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/26-Beryl-Mt-Rd_Acworth_NH_03607_M40467-20538#photo38

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  50. ChrisICU says: 625 comments

    The interiors of this Kansas Victorian are as glorious as it’s exterior. Lots of lovely and unpainted woodwork. https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/512-S-Judson-St_Fort-Scott_KS_66701_M77506-93160#photo1

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  51. Barbara V says: 662 comments

    Just in case there’s anyone out there with a spare $20 million, take a look at this Hudson River, NY, estate:

    https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/house,land_type/2093149737_zpid/1800-1940_built/42.548528,-73.865891,41.853708,-74.85466_rect/9_zm/11_p/?

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  52. CoraCora says: 2026 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    This Victorian cottage comes with some very pretty furniture if desired:

    Wichita, KS:
    https://zm.zillow.com/homedetails/77337448_zpid/

  53. CoraCora says: 2026 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    SERIOUS time capsule in backwoods Idaho. I can envision Ma Ingalls cooking at that stove:

    Rathdrum, ID:
    https://zm.zillow.com/homedetails/113114798_zpid/

  54. CoraCora says: 2026 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    1908 Parsonage:

    Deary, ID:
    https://zm.zillow.com/homedetails/2092295138_zpid/

  55. CharlestonJohn says: 1040 comments

    Here’s a interesting story from today’s local paper about raising a historic house, and building a new 30 inch foundation underneath to combat flooding that’s plagued Charleston in recent years. This same house suffered a fire last year that required quite a bit of interior restoration work. I believe the house is a late 1850’s Greek Revival with a few later Neoclassical Palladian windows and piazza entrance.

    Article with embedded video showing equipment…
    http://www.postandcourier.com/news/historic-charleston-home-at-rutledge-raised-up-several-feet-a/article_e881205c-cee8-11e7-bd50-1ff2f691d659.html

    Streetview showing 2016 fire damage and cleanup dumpster. I imagine the home originally lacked the Neoclassical elements and looked more like the house on the left. Spin it around and you can see our recently renovated Colonial Lake.
    https://www.google.com/maps/place/42+Rutledge+Ave,+Charleston,+SC+29401/@32.777438,-79.9405593,3a,75y,124.08h,96.68t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sroGbenbH6H1F5aquAqv62w!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!4m5!3m4!1s0x88fe7a17b57a129b:0x405003100f5bc146!8m2!3d32.7774432!4d-79.9402151

  56. CoraCora says: 2026 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    Ohhhhhhhh what a perfect, home sweet home this once was. Sure hope someone saves her, and leaves all her wonderful original features and charm in place:

    Marion, SC:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/102538742_zpid/

  57. CoraCora says: 2026 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    Hmmm…now here’s a bargain reasonably close to our area…And on the NRHP. May have to take a holiday drive…

    Harriman, TN:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/42038149_zpid/

  58. Barbara V says: 662 comments

    An historic (1865 – ?) inn in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains with lots of original features on 9+ acres:
    https://photos.zillowstatic.com/p_h/ISqdjt685dvgas1000000000.jpg

  59. Barbara V says: 662 comments

    An original 1925 (check out the bathrooms!) with great landscaping in Virginia. All primed and waiting for wallpaper. 🙂 https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/house_type/2103777402_zpid/1800-1930_built/37.196971,-80.936623,36.822477,-81.431008_rect/10_zm/2_p/?

  60. CoraCora says: 2026 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    Lots of character and potential in this 1920 large home:

    Oil City, PA:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/94924221_zpid/

  61. CoraCora says: 2026 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    Baltimore, MD:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/36572245_zpid/

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