1911 Craftsman – Fairmont, WV – $189,900

For Sale
Added to OHD on 12/5/17 - Last OHD Update: 12/5/17 - 27 Comments
201 Watson Ave, Fairmont, WV 26554
  • $189,900
  • Beds: 4
  • Baths: 2
  • Sqft: 2300
  • Acres: 0.22
  • Map: Street View
Historic home is for sale. Can be purchased fully-furnished, partially-furnished or without furniture. You can contact Glen Staley at (304) 657-8202 or Cindi Staley at (304) 657-9541 for more information/to view the home. 3 bedrooms plus full bath, storage closet on second floor (With walk-in closets in master and center bedroom and smaller walk-in in third bedroom), Living room, dining room, kitchen, and sitting room or office or guest room on first floor. Full basement has maid's quarters with bathroom, laundry area and open workshop and storage area. House is 2300-2400 sq, ft., off-street parking area for three cars and outdoor storage building. Extra lot is available, if wanted. Available for $189,900.00 including furniture, if wanted. I have interior and exterior photos available. I am the photographer and owner of the property. Our home was photographed and an entry (three pages) was included in the book "Stickley's Craftsman Homes" by Ray Stubblebine. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Craftsman Farms Foundation and editor of the foundation's newsletter. He is a writer and speaker on the Arts and Crafts movement in America, and his articles and photographs have been published in Style 1900, Old House Journal, Old House Interiors, New Jersey Monthly, New Jersey Design, American Bungalow, and The New York Times.
Contact Details
Cindi Staley, Owner      (304)657-9541 - cindi@scorchy.com
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27 Comments on 1911 Craftsman – Fairmont, WV – $189,900

  1. Wow! A true Craftsman hiding in a Dutch Colonial. What a wonderful house! I like West Virginia as well.

    • I was going to say the same thing! Don’t think I’ve seen a Dutch Gambrel roof on such a gorgeous Craftsman!!

  2. Oh, wow! From the exterior, I was expecting a generic late Queen Anne with some mild Craftsman influence, which in plan I suppose it basically is. So the beautiful Craftsman interiors were a nice surprise.

    • Yeah. That chimney was a clue something interesting was likely afoot; and sure enough; what a remarkable interior in the LR and DR. The house is decidedly transitional; but those two rooms could NOT be more Arts and Craftsman, especially for rural WV. I’ll bet this house was the talk of the town when it was opened.

    • Me too! That tile by the fireplace is really nice, as is the woodwork in the principal rooms. I’m Pintresting a lot of these images.

  3. I thought the exterior didn’t look craftsman-y, I was puzzled, the interior speaks volumes and wow! beautiful throughout. Love love the detail.

  4. I’d take it in a heartbeat. Beautiful and lots of love has kept it up just the way you’d expect.

  5. Gustav Stickley wasn’t an architect, and the house designs he sold were fairly routine. The idea was to build a simple vernacular house and adorn it with all types of Craftsman handiwork – furniture and built-ins, fixtures and accessories. If you subscribed to The Craftsman Magazine, which was full of Stickley’s ideas and products, you were offered a free set of house plans. A few of the Stickley house designs combined a light-colored brick main level with shingled wood frame above like this one.
    The original owner was bookstore owner Arthur G. Martin (1874-1942), who later became County Clerk, Mayor and Postmaster in Fairmont. He and his wife Mary had no children. It looks like they ordered the best of the Stickley catalog with some excellent tile and metalwork. The owners here have some nice Craftsman pieces to complete the look – beautiful! Article about the house:

  6. The tile work, metal work, woodwork, lamp newel posts!!!! So beautiful! Never expected that interior. I almost didn’t look because the outside wasn’t appealing to me. I’m very happy I did. And who has a basement that clean?!

  7. There are lots of really nice houses in this area of town. But, Fairmont is terrible about tearing down old homes and churches and turning them into CVS and Sheetz, or parking lots. Dozens of nice homes have been torn down since we moved here.

    I’ve been past this house several times and would have never thought it was so awesome inside. There is another very nice home on the corner of Locust and Green Street that was for sale last time we were over there. Its one of the nicest homes I’ve ever been in.

  8. If I could, I would buy this completely furnished. It is such a beautiful interior. Like others, I wasn’t attracted to the outside, but I’m so glad I looked. I hope the owner(s) will reap nice rewards for maintaining this lovely place

  9. The fireplace tile kinda looks like Batchelder tile that was popular in California. I’ve never seen it on the east coast. I love that look – very earthy and natural. I would LOVE to find some and redo my ugly painted brick fireplace in my 1916 craftsman house. Sigh….

    • Below, in the comments, there is a reference to Grueby or Wheatley. I thought maybe Grueby, too. However, you should at least start a google search around Motawi tiles if you wanted to do something like that today and not do one tile at a time from ebay. Good luck!

  10. The interior is such a surprise after the outside. I opened the listing expecting not much — and Wow!! Gobsmacked. Every room is intriguing with all the Stickley elements. The furniture is so right, you’d HAVE to buy it all!

    • The large tiles are Rookwood, the surrounds are Grueby or Wheatley tiles … matte finish with “orange peel” texture.

  11. What a lovely home. That fireplace hood had me wiping the drool from the corner of my mouth… Though my love of the truly old Colonials is growing stronger all the time, my heart has always first belonged to the Craftsman home. What a lovely home.

  12. Hi, everyone! Thank you for the wonderful comments about my home. To give you a little more information …. The exterior plan closest to ours (with cross gambrel roof) is House plan No. 202 February 1915 … the interior is not like that plan. (it is closer to plan 151, if I remember correctly. I can check the book later, and let you know if it is different). Plan No. 178 has a gambrel roof with cupped-shed dormers. #s 175,176,177 and 178 have “different” roof lines than many other Craftsman homes. Our house seems to have been a commissioned plan by the mayor of Fairmont, Arthur G. Martin. It is built into a hillside and the master bedroom has the view of overlooking the city. He would have been able to see much of the downtown area before the trees grew tall …one hundred years+ of growing has caused the trees to block some of the downtown view. We are retiring to a 1950’s ranch fixer-upper next to a state park. Downsizing and going to one story … and knowing I will always miss my Craftsman … bought as a fixer upper in 1995 and lovingly brought back to life and enjoyed by our family for 22 years. It will always be my favorite house! Thank all of you for seeing its beauty and understanding how special it is to own a Craftsman home! Cindi

    • I’m so glad I saw this. We just bought a Stickley bungalow this year. And, we love it! Not without its 100 year-old challenges. I’m so glad to see all the photos of yours, though. It helps. Like others, I was so surprised by the interior. I thought it was a mislabeled Sears home, something like model 113 (http://www.searsarchives.com/homes/1908-1914.htm). But, there was no mistake when the interior photos popped up. Good luck in your new home! Thanks for the ideas and the info!


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