December 15, 2017: Link Exchange

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11831 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    This site is like an old house. As soon as you think you may have “finished” something and can have a free day, something else breaks and you got to get to it. I’ve spent the entire day doing some maintenance crap (yes, crap) so didn’t get to any posts. Good news, my dad got through his surgery without a problem and will be sent home tomorrow! Thanks everyone for the well wishes and prayers for him.

    Instead of sharing an old house image this week, Kurt is sharing with us some of his before/after shots of his amazing home. Note, he said he spent time on the biggies (HVAC, plumbing, etc) so the stairs and some exterior work is still got some “to dos”.

    Have a great weekend! 🙂

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    • Melissa says: 236 comments

      Glad your Dad is on the mend.
      Kurt, many thanks for sharing the photos of your beautiful home!

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    • thada says: 34 comments

      Very happy to hear about your father. Best wishes to you all!

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    • Lisa Wascher says: 1 comments

      would love to see more of these types of posts and glad your dad is doing okay, Lisa

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    • SueSue says: 1130 comments
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      1802 Cape
      ME

      I am so happy to hear you dad is doing well. What a relief for you. Also thank you for all the work you do with your site. I know I have said it before but this site brings me so much joy. I am working very hard toward remission from Lyme and this site helps me keep the vision of our next home and the expansion of Aloha Farm alive. Thank you.

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    • jb says: 101 comments

      Fantastic news regarding your father and just in time for Christmas! What a wonderful Christmas present, indeed, Kelly. Than you for a wonderful year of OHD emails. Continued blessings to you and your family for a safe and happy holiday season.

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  2. Sue S. says: 277 comments

    How I love it when people re-open boarded-up fireplaces! Gorgeous “after” pictures, and great job.

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    • RT says: 117 comments

      I’ve been meaning to ask folks on here about opening up boarded fireplaces. What’s a ballpark estimate to fixing up a fireplace so that you can use it again? Is it very difficult? I genuinely have no idea.

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      • Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1016 comments
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        1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

        I’d be interested in this too, RT. I’m thinking there was a fireplace in my kitchen that has been bricked over. The house already has nine fireplaces, so it seems odd that the kitchen of all places would have been skipped!

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      • MonChiChiPox says: 209 comments

        Not to rain on your parade, and of course it’s always different, but while restoring their house my parents opened and restored the fireplace. It was very time consuming and very expensive. Granted they went top of the line in every way with the fireplace but it was pretty complex and expensive. Just opening it up for style sake without wanting to use it may be different.

    • Cathy F. says: 2219 comments

      Ditto! Looking good! ??

      And Kelly, good re: your dad!
      Not so good re: crap to deal with.

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      • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

        Kelly, Sorry to hear about your Dad’s hospital stay; here’s wishing him a rapid recovery. (maybe he can be home for Christmas?) Thanks to Kurt for sharing the before and after photos of his lovely old house restoration. Nice work!
        As for fireplace maintenance, the Old House Journal magazine had an extensive article in the October 2017 issue about fireplace care and maintenance titled: UNDERSTANDING FIREPLACES. There’s information about relining chimney flues as well as cleaning fireplace bricks and new fireplace retrofits. I’m fairly certain there are also online resources about Fireplace topics if one is willing to search for them. I’ve read about a few fireplaces being rebuilt from the ground up so it is possible to reuse old closed up fireplaces even if they are badly deteriorated. An acquaintance of mine had an old photo showing the original appearance of the chimney atop his 1880’s home but the feature was missing. It took him a couple of tries, but he was able to find a skilled mason who rebuilt the chimney from the roofline to the top and it looked identical to the period version. Old houses without fireplaces seem to be missing something although central heating gradually took over their function for general heating as early as the mid-19th century.

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  3. CharlesB says: 481 comments

    Just as I’m getting immersed in my new read–“The Red House” by Sarah Messer (about a family that buys a house that’s been owned by a single family going back to the 1640s)–lo and behold this place comes on the market. I kind of grew up ‘around the corner’ from it so I know it well from the outside. The house is magical in its timelessness and the countryside surrounding it is unscathed by modern civilization. It is located in the Sandy Hook section of Newtown, CT:

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/109-Berkshire-Rd_Sandy-Hook_CT_06482_M43633-27556

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    • Ken Morris says: 10 comments

      Yeah, that newtown House is special, my wife and I looked at it last week. A very nice house and practically move in condition, well, it is in move in condition if you can deal with a kind of weird kitchen

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    • Cathy F. says: 2219 comments

      I honestly don’t know if I’ve ever seen 12/6 windows. And interesting attic, with a loft within it for storage.

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    • thada says: 34 comments

      What a dream of a place! I don’t understand about the subdividing of the property. That’s pretty vague.

      • CharlesB says: 481 comments

        Apparently the property will be conveyed with a deed restriction in place that does not allow the property to be subdivided. So many of the grand old homes of Newtown and surrounding towns have had their settings compromised when a developer has shoehorned McMansions left, right, and sideways around the original homestead, and the owners of this particular property wanted to ensure that this fate would not befall the home they loved so much. Here’s a news story that describes how they set about to protect the remainder of their acreage:

        https://newtownbee.com/nfa-howat-family-preserve-snake-rock-farm/

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        • Laurie W.Laurie W. says: 1746 comments
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          1988 Greek Revival Wannabe in beautiful countryside
          NC

          Very nice all around. And bless them for donating the land to NFA. I wish many more would do similar things in other places — here in NC I see more woods, fields, pastures, wetlands bulldozed every day to sprout housing tracts and yet another mall with all the same stores as the one 3 miles away. Wildlife has no vote and dies. I hope they don’t open those trails to ATVs and snowmobiles!

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    • SueSue says: 1130 comments
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      1802 Cape
      ME

      Oh my gosh, for a moment I thought this was my grandparent’s home. I grew up in Newtown on Birch Hill Rd and they had a lovely old home in Sandy hook. Now this was long ago so the house could have changed a lot but the dining room had a HUGE fireplace with bread oven etc. Unless that fireplace was removed years ago. They had an orchard, tons of land and old barn with apartment that was in disrepair then so that could be gone. I wonder.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Real interesting there in New Bedford Anne. I would not be a bit surprised if there was an earlier house from 1825 buried deep inside what is evident today. Some of the windows and fireplaces indicate that. The earliest part of the heating system dates from 1865 to 1870; and the earliest radiators are built of surplus Civil War gun stock. The late Queen Anne / Stick style house that we see today is from 1885 to 1890. There is a lot going on there for sure. It is a VERY fine house, which would be a thrill to dig into. Thank you.

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      • TXJewelTXJewel says: 375 comments
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        1920 Thurber Brick 4 Square
        Strawn, TX

        I have never seen a round radiator before!

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        • RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
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          1875 Italianate cottage
          Noblesville, IN

          – And aren’t they just great! For those interested in very early central heating systems, (and who wouldn’t be! 😉 heheheh); do check out this fascinating blog about the documentation of a generation 1, low pressure, steam, radiant, central heating system in a very large, quite old house, which is currently undergoing restoration in Davenport Iowa. It’s one of those mansions on the hill overlooking the river. The coolest bit being that the current owner, now undertaking the restoration, saw the blog thread, which obviously persuasive argument convinced them to retain that existing, antique system and restore it as well! [I just love this s__t!] Beyond a fascination for the extensive documentation and explanation of said system – (er ahem!) – there are a couple nice sets of pix of Reed radiators, including round ones; and the house is cool too! Cheers. 😉

          https://forum.heatinghelp.com/discussion/152515/very-early-steam-system-in-davenport-ia

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      • Jp says: 42 comments

        That radiator in the parlor and the windows do look rather suspect…

        Did anyone also notice the staircase placement? I don’t often see staircases in a center hall in the Queen Anne style. They’re usually in some form of L, and not *usually* in the center, though they can be. But anyways, rosewater has an intriguing point.

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        • Anne M. says: 862 comments

          it is the ornate exterior that threw me when looking at the date – maybe we could call it a “19th century house” as it seems to have features from many eras.

      • SueSue says: 1130 comments
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        1802 Cape
        ME

        Rosewater, I learn so much from you. Thank you for all that you share with us.

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  4. TGrantTGrant says: 847 comments
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    New Orleans, LA

    What good news about your dad! And thanks to Kurt for reminding us that it’s possible to bring back neglected beauties with dedication and determination.

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  5. Tim Snyder says: 70 comments

    I’ve not posted any of my finds for some time because I’ve been somewhat busy. But this one is, far and away, one of my favorites, though the price is to the moon: Daryl Hall’s house! It strikes me as an excellent modification with a true sense of historicity:

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/Huckleberry-Rd-Amenia-NY-12501/2093285497_zpid/

    I first became aware of the house when I was watching an episode of This Old House. Apparently Norm Abrams took a camera crew to Hall’s house, and he gave them a tour. I found a video of it on YouTube, and the tour starts around 12:18:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RJvrqvYWMo&t=38s

    Anyhow, I was a fan of Hall and Oats when I was growing up, so finding out that one of my childhood heroes loved old houses put a smile on my face.

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    • michelle f says: 188 comments

      Impressive property. Amusing to note that the monthly payment is $62,391. Do those who can afford a property like this actually take out a mortgage? Or, do they just sell some stock and pay cash? I doubt I’ll never know.

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      • Tim Snyder says: 70 comments

        I know, right? The two things that occurred to me when I saw that price tag was that Hall probably didn’t even pay close to that to develop the property, and I suspect, given its proximity to NYC and the size/amenities the property offers, it could work as some sort of corporate retreat.

        Also, my wife and I agree that neither of us would ever want to be responsible for cleaning and up-keep of something that size. Still, though, all the attention to detail, such a beautiful property. In the video, Hall shows Norm the kitchen, and the copper lined wooden sink, and talks a bit about the vision he had for developing the property.

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        • DianeEG says: 557 comments

          Thanks Tim – I’m too a Hall and Oats fan (have you listened to their Christmas album?) The little details are amazing especially knowing it was all assembled to look original to the property. A property that’s definitely made for entertaining yet gives the impression of cozy. Really great job.

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        • Victoria says: 134 comments

          Wow, that was so much fun to tour Hall’s NY property, with him offering some of the history about the restoration! I’ve watched a few of his “Live from Darryl’s House” videos that were set there, fabulous to see the location up close.

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        • ddbacker says: 509 comments

          Feeling down because you can’t afford this house? You can call Call and Oates, the Hall and Oates Hotline, where you can listen to a selection of H&O tunes. I’m not making this up!

    • Hodson says: 19 comments

      In 2014, Daryl had a show on DIY about another one of his home restoration projects that you can probably still find reruns of. From an article:

      The focus of “Daryl’s Restoration Over-Hall” will be the renovation of a late Georgian house from the 1780s, located in Sherman, CT. DIY Network’s cameras will follow Hall’s progress on a weekly basis.

      “The purpose of my new show is to restore an antique New England house, showing how it can be done in an authentic manner, keeping the original elements and making it consistent with the modern world,” said Hall, in a prepared statement. “I also want to feature the important community of crafts-people, who are expert in authentic restoration.”

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Hope Daryl finds another nutty purist willing to forgo all of the ostentatiousness of a rock star compound attached to two houses strung together with barn parts, who happens to have $17Mil laying around. Seems a bit much to me, but – ehh.

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      • RobynMeRobynMe says: 114 comments
        1907 George F. Barber
        Hamlet, NC

        I’m pretty sure the end of one of MetroNorth lines is around there, which technically makes it commutable to the city.
        With that acreage and potential “convenient” location, it likely will sell for that price.
        There are a couple more multi-million houses in the area. Maybe I left a winning lottery ticket in my other pants….

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    • SueSue says: 1130 comments
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      1802 Cape
      ME

      What a gorgeous restoration. Truly a spectacular property. However, with that price tag I was thinking…1. Where is the stable? 2. Where is my outdoor pool? lol

  6. cheryl plato says: 179 comments

    Awesome restoration Kurt!
    Howdy all, have a few to share with you
    1875 in Canton PA with an 1845 log barn on 17+ acres.
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/173-Mulberry-Hl_Washington_PA_15301_M35042-94629?ex=PA605103345

    1887 what I call castle/haus style(cause I don’t know) 10 acres and stone nice grounds in Ligonier PA
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/175-Bobcat-Ln_Ligonier_PA_15658_M43633-19209#photo3
    If this has been shared before I apologize, but wow! 1900s mansion in Meadville PA
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/18651-Cussewago-Rd_Meadville_PA_16335_M35303-39275#photo0
    1852 in Meadville. This town has brick streets!
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/628-Highland-Ave_Meadville_PA_16335_M43613-28797#
    Finally, ANOTHER in Meadville (on a brick street) I am in love with this one and wish to move right in, what a great price b.1860
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/513-Randolph-St_Meadville_PA_16335_M43448-57250
    Have a great weekend!

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    • BethanyBethany says: 3497 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      New goal in life: move to Meadville! Any one of these houses would be acceptable but the one on Cussewago Rd is my favorite!

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      • SueSue says: 1130 comments
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        1802 Cape
        ME

        Bethany, I will take the last house. It seems so sad and the realtor didn’t do it any justice with those blurry sad photos.

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  7. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1016 comments
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    1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

    Kurt, what a gorgeous home you have! Beautiful work, congratulations.

    And Kelly, so glad to hear your father’s surgery went well!

    Here’s an Art Deco home in Savannah, in the same family since 1925. I think it has a lot of charm, although the kitchen (while attractive) is too “new” for my taste!

    https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/fsba,fsbo_lt/house_type/14165914_zpid/0-500000_price/0-1844_mp/0-1949_built/deco_att/globalrelevanceex_sort/44.645208,-80.848389,29.52567,-94.910889_rect/5_zm/0_mmm/

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    • Jeklstudio says: 1113 comments

      That is a beauty! Lots to love with this one. I think I’d warm up the exterior color, and I’m not happy with the kitchen but over all, wow!

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    • Bethster says: 891 comments

      It’s a pretty house, but I think it’s more Arts and Crafts than Art Deco. The arches on the porch are kind of deco-y, I guess. I agree about the kitchen.

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      • RobynMeRobynMe says: 114 comments
        1907 George F. Barber
        Hamlet, NC

        Pictured it with the trim in Mission Brown and it definitely feels more A&C.

        I keep trying to understand the obsession with making wood trim look like shiny, white plastic, but I can’t quite wrap my brain around it…

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  8. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1016 comments
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    1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

    Y’ALL! You gotta see this 1937 Deco/Moderne in Michigan!

    It has some wonderful details, like abundant casement windows and a stair-rail that somehow looks nautical to me.

    But the jaw-dropping starts at pictures 29 and 30, with one of the prettiest vintage wallpapers (mural?) I’ve ever seen, with flower-festooned columns rising from the grass, and birds in flight.

    THEN we get to the pink bathroom in images 32-34. And finally, the peach-and-green icing on the cake: another wonderful vintage tiled bath (38-40).

    https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/fsba,fsbo_lt/house_type/88363693_zpid/0-500000_price/0-1844_mp/0-1949_built/deco_att/globalrelevanceex_sort/44.645208,-80.848389,29.52567,-94.910889_rect/5_zm/0_mmm/

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    • Ross says: 2469 comments

      FABULOUS!

      Thank you for posting the house.

      My heart though aches for the lost original kitchen. I bet it was fabulous, too.

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      • Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1016 comments
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        1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

        Ross, I felt the same. Oh to have seen the kitchen before!

      • Laurie W.Laurie W. says: 1746 comments
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        1988 Greek Revival Wannabe in beautiful countryside
        NC

        My thought too, Ross. It would have been special, sigh.

        One of my favorite elements in MCM houses is corner windows — just LOVE ’em! This place has them galore, yum. The stair rail is stunning too. Not to mention a green & pink bathroom topping all the super stuff. Oh yeah, PINK marble fireplace!!! Terrific house, thanks DoG.

        Kelly, haven’t been around much the past week so didn’t know your dad had surgery — so glad to hear it went well! I’m sure he’ll be up & running around quickly if he’s anything like his daughter.

    • Bethster says: 891 comments

      Daughter of George, it’s so funny—when I was looking at the house you posted just before this one, I saw another house listed on the side that had a cool staggered detail alongside the front entrance that made me curious, but I wanted to come back and look at your next post before I checked it out. And it was the same house!

      This one has so much going for it. I agree, the colored bathrooms are awesome. Hard to tell with the darker one, but the two other baths look like they’re in good shape (except for that access panel in the green-and-peach one; that needs some prettifying). I love that the colored fixtures are still in place, and what looks like the original medicine cabinets and accompanying light fixtures. Also, the wall mirror in the peachy-pink bathroom is wonderful.

      One of my favorite features is the curvy hall leading to the kitchen. And then there’s my least favorite: carpet in the kitchen! I hope whoever buys this keeps the good stuff.

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      • Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1016 comments
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        1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

        I don’t think carpet in the kitchen is such a good idea either. The way I cook, definitely not!

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        • Cathy F. says: 2219 comments

          The kitchen carpet would be the very first thing to go, AFAIC! Closely followed by the rest of the carpeting. (Assuming there are nice floors underneath, even if they need refinishing.)

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    • Cathy F. says: 2219 comments

      Agree that the stair rail looks very nautical. My fave bathroom in this house is the raspberry and black one – love that raspberry color! And like those corner expanses of windows. Which makes what I assume to be the eat-in corner of the kitchen so light & cheery!

    • BethanyBethany says: 3497 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      Fantastic house! I would like to say a few words about the kitchen: weird kitchen carpet is very late 60’s/early 70’s, as many of you probably know. My bff’s kitchen growing up had radical green and blue indoor/outdoor carpet in the kitchen. Not saying its a good idea, just that it is in keeping with the pretty cool 70’s kitchen in this house. It is not the original kitchen, no, but I still kind of like a time capsule 70’s kitchen myself.

      P.S. the awesome basement and also the pink bathroom with the flowered toilet seat are my favorite parts of this fabulous house!

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    • Paul Price says: 200 comments

      Looks as though the Father Knows Set and the cast and furniture just got moved out.

    • jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1113 comments
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      1947 Ranch
      OR

      Spontaneous comments on the 1937 moderne:
      Exterior—modest, not too ostentatious; solid.
      Looking first at stair–oh, god, that staircase!
      then to the left at the curved hall —oh god, look at the hall!
      Then the bathroom(s)—oh, jeez, that tile! Oh lord, that MIRROR! Those sinks…
      Okay, I’ll take it. Why, oh why does it have to be in MI?

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    • SueSue says: 1130 comments
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      1802 Cape
      ME

      Wow, I love this house. I love the art deco stair railing. I wish it wasn’t painted. This house just cries out for a big family.

    • Zoomey says: 531 comments

      Wow! That’s a great find! Love the bathrooms!! And everything else, a real time capsule!! Great!

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  9. JRichardJRichard says: 206 comments
    1763 center-chimney cape
    Biddeford, ME

    Glad to hear your father is doing well, Kelly. I don’t find a location for today’s featured house. Must be southern — it reminds me of a house/museum in New Orleans I visited once: on the small side, but with elegant proportions. The renovations look great in this one. The Daryl Hall house posted by Tim Snyder is amazing, though there’s a certain dramatic irony at play between its opulence and its rusticity. The silvery wood-shingled roofs (rooves?) are striking to behold.

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    • Lancaster JohnLancaster John says: 828 comments
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      1875 Victorian Farmhouse
      Lancaster, PA, PA

      Roof or rooves got me thinking. Plural of hoof is hooves, why not rooves? Here is what I found: Rooves as a plural for of roof is dated, but not incorrect. The Oxford English Dictionary lists “rooves” as an alternate to roofs, one of several outdated spellings used in the UK, and in New England as late as the 19th century.

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      • TGrantTGrant says: 847 comments
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        New Orleans, LA

        Blueyebear, so glad to see your comment about roofs/rooves. I was just having this conversation with a coworker who though I’d lost my mind saying rooves! I know it sounds strange to most but rooves just fits better for me.

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        • Laurie W.Laurie W. says: 1746 comments
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          1988 Greek Revival Wannabe in beautiful countryside
          NC

          Cool, rooves — new one on me. So you must say “roof” with a long vowel, which most do. My mother, from Nebraska, used a short vowel sound, as in book — same for hoof. Is that very common anymore? Don’t seem to hear it.

  10. jimtownjimtown says: 89 comments
    1920-1970's farmhouse, midcentmod
    upmiusa, MI

    A little Christmas cutie in Ironwood, MI – http://www.upmls.com/residential.php?view=1105867
    http://www.upmls.com/images.php?mls=1105867&a=1
    “Savor the Past With This 2 story Sears and Roebuck Type Bungalow! The first floor features a large living room and a dining room, all with hardwood floors, a sunny kitchen and a quarter bath . Upstairs are 3 good sized bedrooms all with hardwood floors, and walk in closets. The master has a 8×7 walk in closet that is shared with the adjoining bedroom that has access to a small balcony. A large bath and ample closets round out the floor plan. Enjoy the summer nights on the large front porch. Also included is a large 10×12 storage shed with a loft, perfect storage for the lawnmower, snowblower and much more. Located withing walking distance of the Iron Bell walking trail, theaters, dining and shopping, snowmobile and ATV trails and much more, this property is a must see.”

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  11. AHodson says: 19 comments

    Here is 7,000 square feet of AMAZING for only $134,000! So much original details still left in this home! If you can overlook 58 can lights in the kitchen, you’ve found your new home!!

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/408-N-Main-St_Kenton_OH_43326_M37636-69840#photo52

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    • Ross says: 2469 comments

      AMAZING, indeed. Thank you for posting it.

      I was quite gobsmacked looking at most of the images.

      I was gobsmacked, too, by the kitchen ceiling…but in a different way.

      Incredible house. The staircase is a treasure. The third-floor landing made me pant with lust.

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    • cheryl plato says: 179 comments

      yep my new(in my dreams) home! Nothing to change but back-date the kitchen. BTW has anyone noticed virtually every kitchen “flip” uses that same multicolor glass tile backsplash? lol. But for the great price of the home, restoring the kitchen would be do-able. Awesome find!

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      People keep sharing that house; which is great because I could look at that FAB Aesthetic fireplace every day for the rest of my life and not have seen it enough. Choice.

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    • Paul Price says: 200 comments

      Fabulous millwork and staircase. At 7400 sq feet it could function as the Shady Rest hotel or a family home with room for the inlaws and outlaws.

    • jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1113 comments
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      1947 Ranch
      OR

      I couldn’t believe the price on this house; so much so I showed it to my hubby. I thought it had to be a typo. Or, that the house would be trashed inside.
      No, I don’t like the kitchen AT ALL, but for this much house and that relatively small price, I could deal with it until back dating.

    • Miss-Apple37 says: 1172 comments

      That overmantle is impressive! And what to say about the staircase? incredibly gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Elliott says: 33 comments

    I wonder if anyone has personal experience w/ disassembly/moving of older P&B homes. I probably need to move my 1782 colonial located in So. NH. I’m waiting for contractors to get back to me, but anxious to learn more about how financially wise this could be. My property is ICI zoned and the encroachment over 20 years has tarnished its feeling of “home”. Wish I could post a couple pics, but selling it myself w/ no links per se.

    • Lancaster JohnLancaster John says: 828 comments
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      1875 Victorian Farmhouse
      Lancaster, PA, PA

      No personal experience, but you might want to contact companies that diss-assemble and move log homes. There are a few out there. Also, just picking it up and moving it may be feasible. As I understand it, the cost is not prohibitive unless you have to pay to relocate and re-install a lot of overhead utility lines along the moving route. Around here, quite a few old homes have been moved further from the road on their original lots. Even a huge two story stone home near Route 1 outside Media PA, which I would have thought would be immovable due to weight and size.

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  13. karrie says: 238 comments

    Praise the Lord that your dad had a successful surgery and will be coming home in time for Christmas. Have a wonderful day. God bless you and Merry Christmas.
    PS: thanks for all the wonderful old homes that I can dream about….

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  14. Traci says: 4 comments

    Kelly, I’m so glad your husband is doing better! Thank you for all of the hard work you put in to bring us this wonderful venue to share historical homes! You are amazing!

  15. JJ says: 96 comments

    Kelly, I’m so glad your Dad is doing well and is coming home soon! Ive been sending good thoughts his way. Its such a relief when they are home and you can hug them!

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  16. Suzy Q says: 2 comments

    So happy your dad is doing well.

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  17. krstout says: 67 comments

    How do people feel about houses that are built to look older than there really are? For instance, here’s a house in Deep River, CT that was built in 1948 to look like a 18th century French chateau. It’s really well done and a beautiful house but I curious to know what others think about the conceit. Don’t let the price choke you.

    https://www.trulia.com/property/3273316388-32-Doane-Rd-Deep-River-CT-06417

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    • Ross says: 2469 comments

      I am fine with architectural conceits.

      As long as they are done well.

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    • TGrantTGrant says: 847 comments
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      New Orleans, LA

      As Ross said, I’m fine with them if well done. Often you will see them and think something is not quite right, it’s usually the proportions. The one in Deep River is lovely, but more Hollywood’s idea of a French château.

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Looks like Le Petit “Beverly Hillbillies” to me. Rich ladies with antique and re-production French Louis taste are perfectly passable, but eminently predictable, and utterly boring IMO. Conceited, yes of course, but that IS the point. 🙂

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    • Bethster says: 891 comments

      I wonder what the original house looked like. This one looks totally modern from the outside (I didn’t look at interior pics). I have a feeling the remodeling completely covered over all traces of the original exterior.

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    • Lancaster JohnLancaster John says: 828 comments
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      1875 Victorian Farmhouse
      Lancaster, PA, PA

      I think it’s fine. There are beautiful early 20th century tudor revivals and colonial revivals that OHDers swoon over on a regular basis. New homes built to look old has been going on for quite awhile, and many are now historic properties in their own right. Part of me, however, thinks that if one is going to build new, one should build something which reflects the design of the times. The very wealthy Duke of Westminster did this at Eaton Hall, his country estate, demolishing a grand Victorian-era chateau-esque mansion and replacing it in the 1970’s with a rather hideous brutalist-style home (and I appreciate brutalist style) which resembled a fortified diplomatic embassy building. More recently, his successor sheathed the brutalism in French Chateau style — a re-do which has not been very praised. Worth some google time to trace the history of Eaton Hall over the centuries — showing that those with money have no hesitation in building new to look old (with the exception of that 1970’s iteration). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eaton_Hall,_Cheshire

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    • Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1016 comments
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      1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

      Wow, that is some house. I had to smile at picture #11 — the pair of elegant painted Neoclassical side chairs. I have been chasing that particular chair on eBay forever — and I always miss out!

    • Laurie W.Laurie W. says: 1746 comments
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      1988 Greek Revival Wannabe in beautiful countryside
      NC

      Okay by me, if done well. Hey, you want a château on the Conn. River & you can afford to build a good one? Voilà! Some of the prettiest houses I’ve ever seen are colonial revivals from the 1930s. TGrant made the most important observation — the proportions often wreck the impression; they have to be correct.

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    • jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1113 comments
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      1947 Ranch
      OR

      I had to laugh. It reminds me of a “Frasier” episode when Nile and Frasier decide they want to buy a restaurant. They’re blathering on about making it so exclusive, no address, unlisted phone, etc. Their father Martin says, “Why stop there? Why not post guards on the roof to shoot people who try to come in?” 🙂 LOL.
      Address not disclosed? I mean…really….

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    • Paul Price says: 200 comments

      Looks as the Clampett’s updated everything, including the ce-ment pond.

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    • Hoyt Clagwell says: 247 comments

      I’d like to have seen this house in its original state. It still has vestiges of mid-century Beverly Hillbillies Hollywood Regency glamour and whimsy, but the updates and decor are very bland and beige. It’s like each room is a worst-of-Architectural-Digest-decor from a different decade.

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    • Miss-Apple37 says: 1172 comments

      Here’s my French insight if I may: For once, i looked at a building supposedly French, that really looked French (contrary to most French eclectic houses). Honestly, from the outside it’s perfect, except the outbuilding on pic #3 because of its windows (ours are a bit recessed into the walls) and dormer (shape, window style and not recessed). The inside decor and furniture is almost perfect too. What screams American is the kitchen with oversized cooking stove and the island, and the size of the shower glass cubicle in the bathroom.

      Oh and I love the swirls under the railing on the staircase, i find them light and dancing. I don’t really have the proper words to better describe what i feel, but i like them.

  18. Wm mann says: 28 comments

    Regarding folks wondering about the practicality and cost of reopening closed up fireplaces. As a restoration mason I have restored a couple of hundred by now. If your lucky and your fireplace islteraly boarded up,just remove the boards,being careful not to damage the brick jams of the firebird and vola,you may see an undamaged fireplace before you. Of course you need to examine and inspect the flue above for soundness before you build a fire.
    In most instances the fireplaces are intact. But even if some modifications or damage may have occurred to the fireplace most repairs can be achieved for less than a thousand dollars.

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  19. Ted Carbone says: 4 comments

    Good news about your dad, I’m sure that will help for a Merry Christmas. Followed the link on Hall’s home, lovely. He also attempted to build condos in Asbury Park, N.J. right around the corner from the Stone Poney, Bruces haunt. I drive by there on occasion, but the project failed, I always felt bad for him he tried to bring the neighborhood back but couldn’t. There is another shared link in Kenton Oh. OMG! 7500 sq ft of beautiful home for peanuts. I’m trying to get my wife to move even as we speak. BTW thanks for getting me addicted to your site. I truly love these homes. Merry Christmas!

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  20. Thomas Grabinski says: 69 comments

    Here is our house 1) as it appeared in 1908 when it became the local hospital (but house built in 1890), 2) as it appeared when we bought it in 1999, 3) as it appeared with rehab mostly completed./Users/TomGrabinski/Desktop/Built in 1890, but became Community Hospital in 1908.pdf/Users/TomGrabinski/Desktop/We purchase and work commences.pdf/Users/TomGrabinski/Desktop/Almost complete, carriage house under construction.pdf

  21. tess says: 303 comments

    Glad Dad will be OK for the holidays.

    Colorado 1892 Queen Anne on 3.47 acres. Drool worthy staircase and views.
    https://www.landandfarm.com/property/Historic_Queen_Anne-3627887/

    PA “The Dell” 63 acre farm. Original house dated 1794. Comes with lake, pool, barn and 5 fireplaces.
    https://www.landandfarm.com/property/The_Dell-7212341/

    Knoxville, TN 1889 “Queen Anne Victorian???”, nicely redone with 1100sf guest house. Guest house would be great rental for visiting profs at U of TN.

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/505-E-Scott-Ave_Knoxville_TN_37917_M78178-16154

    NY Joshua Pinney Tavern & Home Can’t even begin to describe this one. Take a look at the 12/12 wavy glass, pocket doors, murals, dependencies.

    https://www.landandfarm.com/property/Historical_Joshua_Pinney_Tavern_Home-7024594/

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    • 67drake67drake says: 266 comments
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      1993, hey I’m still looking! Boring
      Iowa County , WI

      That Joshua Pinney Tavern is great!

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Holy crap Tess! WoW! All 4 are top quality, quite remarkable each in it’s own way, antique properties. You have excellent taste and a VERY good eye for noteworthy houses. Thank you! The shot from the tower in Trinidad is BEYOND W O W; and the wavy gravy stair just SO much fun, (superb kitchen re-do as well). Great stuff! Keep em coming.

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  22. JkleebJkleeb says: 281 comments
    Seattle, WA

    Kelly, I’m so glad your Dad is doing well. Kurt, your house is incredible-my favorite house type. I like everyone of your changes.

    In looking for smaller west coast towns for retirement location potential I came across a few in Northern California:
    Even with the white woodwork, I found this house appealing
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/490-Berding-St-Ferndale-CA-95536/18822636_zpid/

    This 1870s Italianate townhouse is rare outside of San Franciso on the west coast–I’m glad it survived with many appealing features intact that shine through the red paint and carpet.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1331-7th-St-Eureka-CA-95501/2117676846_zpid/

    A colonial/neoclassical revival with craftsman inspired interiors-
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1125-H-St-Eureka-CA-95501/18813510_zpid/

    Mendocino is one of my favorite small towns and it is difficult to find an older house that isn’t overly remodeled. I like the unfinished attic used as living space-
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/44855-Pine-St-Mendocino-CA-95460/19214868_zpid/

    And lastly, a house I will seeing in person soon-1878 that appears to have had some updates around 1900.I would struggle with wanting to remove the 1900 changes, but given the age of them, they should probably be left and they don’t really detract from the house.
    https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Port-Townsend-WA/112552292_zpid/43689_rid/priced_sort/48.230161,-122.473527,47.840353,-123.21167_rect/10_zm/1_fr/

    • Laurie W.Laurie W. says: 1746 comments
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      1988 Greek Revival Wannabe in beautiful countryside
      NC

      The Mendocino house could be a cozy warm welcoming gem. The weather can get mighty breezy & unfriendly there, though it’s one of my favorite towns in all the country. But, gulp, the price of Mendocino for what still needs doing!

    • Bethster says: 891 comments

      Jkleeb, I don’t have much knowledge about 19th-century homes. What changes were made around 1900? I would say, if you like them well enough, might as well leave them. But then, I’m not a total purist about these things! I just bought a 1927 house, and I plan on redoing the modern kitchen to something more compatible with late-’20s design, but I’m possibly going to incorporate some ’30s-’50s elements, just because I like them. 🙂

      I really like that 1878 house, anyway. Also the house in Mendocino.

    • Lucinda says: 57 comments

      The PT is a lovely house. With garage, even. Bay windows, porch, some view, woodwork. Big enough without being overwhelming. I’ve sighed over Port Townsend homes for a couple decades. Don’t think I ever toured that one on Port Townsend Days. Interesting that the last sale,just two years ago, was for $200,000 less. Didn’t check permits to see if some system was renovated. Yes, the Seattle area real estate market is reaching unfortunate heights, but a 2.5 hour commute (one way) is a bit much (a work colleague tried it). Last time I checked, you couldn’t get natural gas in PT. Maybe propane. You might want backup heat if the power goes out in winter. Lovely town, at least from a visitor’s viewpoint. Jobs might be thin on the ground. I’ve been tempted to take the Build a classic Vardo at the woodworking center, but I suspect I need to learn basic woodworking, first. Just maybe. Hope the house is as wonderful as it appears!

  23. StevenFStevenF says: 827 comments
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    1969 Regency
    Nashville, TN

    Kurt’s house looks great!

    here are a few worth perusing.

    A cute 1938 Tudor with some potential, though I’d roll back the bathrooms and the kitchen and the enclosure of what was probably a very nice porch.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6637-Reynolds-St-Pittsburgh-PA-15206/11287088_zpid/?fullpage=true

    A great little 1917 NC log cabin vacation home.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5259-Story-Mill-Rd-Hephzibah-GA-30815/14990731_zpid/?fullpage=true

    A cute South Carolina MCM with some cool windows, one of which is canted.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1728-Boundary-St-Newberry-SC-29108/70231506_zpid/?fullpage=true

    A lovely Victorian from Brunswick GA…nicely rehabbed.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/827-Union-St-Brunswick-GA-31520/99932298_zpid/?fullpage=true

    A 1952 SC Colonial with original pastel tiled bathrooms. Very June Allyson.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/101-Owings-Dr-Union-SC-29379/120408488_zpid/?fullpage=true

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    • Bethster says: 891 comments

      StevenF, I love how you said “roll back”! It sounds so much nicer than the way I usually put it. I do think I’d roll back quite a bit of what’s been done to that 1938 Tudor. There’s a lot left that I love, though, like the entry hall, with its arched front door and beautiful curving stairway and the cute little arched windows (and the similar window in one of the bathrooms).

    • Victoria says: 134 comments

      That 1917 log cabin with interesting garden sculpture is actually southeast of Atlanta, just below Augusta. Sweet place.

    • SueSue says: 1130 comments
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      1802 Cape
      ME

      The 1917 log cabin has the most spectacular gardens and grounds. I had to look at it several times they are so beautiful.

  24. RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    This house used to be on OHD. It was my very favorite house. It was virtually untouched and splendidly preserved. I found OHD searching for info about it. I just found out that it burned last summer. Some may remember it.
    http://www.maysville-online.com/news/local/fire-guts-home/article_006b99de-5559-5fd8-aa38-53f81da22a32.html
    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/a4/3a/23/a43a23e5f602f4163ad703e711ab77b4.jpg
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    Other links to interesting houses and stuff –
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    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/15001-Barnesville-Rd-Boyds-MD-20841/37080394_zpid/?fullpage=true

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCFWmRutVN0

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    http://brickhouserennovation.blogspot.com/

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    LOAD THEN SCROLL DOWN https://www.ebay.com/itm/Victorian-Cast-iron-Fireplace-Mantle-/191760163639?hash=item2ca5cbe337&nma=true&si=eX2xRTLAATpGiMRMSL7QtuAwOlE%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKXWOeZCjhI
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    Meet the only COOL split-level ranch in existence; which just happens to be up the street from where I lived as a kid. I went to a birthday party there once, but I don’t remember the house as interesting. Love the “jackelope”.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6515-Newburgh-Rd-Evansville-IN-47715/94610881_zpid/?fullpage=true

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    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 916 comments
      Admin

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I’ve published it so people can see. That sucks.
      https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2012/11/02/c-1850-italianate-manchester-oh/

      Can you leave a comment over on the post page about it? I’m on my phone and I’m afraid it’s going to cry if I cuss at it one more time. 😀

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    • JimHJimH says: 5121 comments
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      Jeff, the Winderbourne mansion on the lake in Maryland is quite a place, and the “spooky” video is well done for that genre. I don’t think dead cars and old dishes and stuff are terribly interesting though.

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      • RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        Yeah Jim, I just wanted to share that one because, I believe, it was either previously on OHD, or at least has been shared at least once. I thought the vid. was really very good, (music included): enthrallingly entertaining and interesting in it’s perspective. As you say, well done for it’s sort.

        • Laurie W.Laurie W. says: 1746 comments
          OHD Supporter

          1988 Greek Revival Wannabe in beautiful countryside
          NC

          Except for the painful grammar. Otherwise, yeah.

          • RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
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            1875 Italianate cottage
            Noblesville, IN

            – If yer talkin bout me: I AM the comma king! Nothin bada bout it either; merely a slightly lyrical stylistic preference.
            The colon probably should have been a semi-colon 🙂

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            • Laurie W.Laurie W. says: 1746 comments
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              1988 Greek Revival Wannabe in beautiful countryside
              NC

              Not you, Jeff. I didn’t notice your semi or colon! In the video — whose music is really fun, btw — “a child fell to their death…” “a table set, but for who?” etc. Good old American schools.

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    • RobynMeRobynMe says: 114 comments
      1907 George F. Barber
      Hamlet, NC

      Great fireplace, wish they offered free shipping! (Not that I have anyplace to put it at the moment…)

      Jackelope ftw!
      I hate split-level ranch (grew up in one). I have intense dislike of stainless appliances. I hate you for finding a split-level with stainless appliances that I actually find attractive. Curse you!

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      • RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        – I know right! I’m sure that was pick-up only. Neat thing is that it is probably one of the VERY earliest pre-fab gas fireplaces in existence. I think it’s SUPER MAXI UBER HELLA RAD! Heheheh. 😉

        About the split-level; I just really love that the sellers CLEARLY loved living there and so enthusiastically embraced that period, vintage style with their collection of furniture and decor. Glad you hated liking it. I’m with ya there! 😉

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        • jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1113 comments
          OHD Supporter

          1947 Ranch
          OR

          That was my comment. They really went all in on furnishings, decor, etc. even down to the hand towel in that one bathroom. I particularly like the VCT floor tile choices; I’m guessing they are not original? But they’re certainly beautiful and perfect for the home.

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    • TGrantTGrant says: 847 comments
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      New Orleans, LA

      I grew up in a split level MCM rancher much like this one. Only appreciable difference was ours had a wrap around deck. Tres Brady Bunch. Good memories of a simpler time.

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    • SueSue says: 1130 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1802 Cape
      ME

      So tragic. I am so glad no one was hurt including the family pet.

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  25. RobynMeRobynMe says: 114 comments
    1907 George F. Barber
    Hamlet, NC

    Kurt, congratz on getting so much of the house restored! It’s really inspiring to see the after pics. You see so many houses on this site in bad shape, or (worse) abandoned in mid-flip. It’s nice to know other folk are not only just as insane as I am in wanting to save them for what they are (hello, OHDs) but even more so and actually *doing* it!

    Kelly, mega-congratz on dad being home for the holidays. Some gifts you just can’t buy.

  26. MW says: 902 comments

    Thanks for sharing Kurt. I really like seeing what others are working on. Would love to see more of that kind of thing.

    As for sharing, anybody remember that house in that cool little town of Jim Thorpe, PA?
    https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2017/10/23/1856-jim-thorpe-pa/

    Looks like there are more than just cool houses there. How about something with a little bit of shop space?
    http://www.loopnet.com/Listing/44-49-E-5th-St-Jim-Thorpe-PA/9417325/

    I’d fix some of it up and live there in a second. Not sure about the rest of my family though, might be a hard sell.

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  27. ChrisICU says: 662 comments

    How about your own caboose! I imagine the moving costs will be the bulk of the cost, but what a cool space. https://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/belt-railway-company-of-chicago-railroad-caboose-65e454a8be

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  28. KstateKayaker says: 1 comments

    This is a 2 link comment- I noticed a for sale sign in front of this house as I was driving to the lake. Googled the address and found this- but it said off the market. https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5112-Tuttle-Cove-Rd-Manhattan-KS-66503/77275900_zpid/ …. but what a time capsule!

    I did more research and found that in addition to a substantial remodel, they’d changed the address and that’s why I couldn’t find it. Here’s the active listing: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3212-Foxridge-Cir-Manhattan-KS-66503/2092264734_zpid/

    • BethanyBethany says: 3497 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      Are you saying that’s the same house? I much prefer the “before” pictures.

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      • jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1113 comments
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        1947 Ranch
        OR

        Completely agree. While there were things about the ‘before’ I didn’t like (carpeting in bathroom, etc.) I prefer the original too. The house now has only the barest resemblance to its original self. Too bad.

    • SueSue says: 1130 comments
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      1802 Cape
      ME

      Wow, they doubled the price. I don’t like the remodel either. I would have taken all the horrible carpet and drapery out but would really have tried to keep it original.

      • JB says: 101 comments

        I have to agree with you, Sue…so much tile…and brown color theme throughout. Ugh…. I do admit I like that nice kitchen stove, however! With all of the money spent on exterior/interior remodeling, one would think the driveway would’ve been repaired!

    • Scott Cunningham says: 394 comments

      Wow!!! And they even had professional photographers do the listing pics!! What a great house!!

    • SueSue says: 1130 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1802 Cape
      ME

      Oh my, what a house. I soooooooo wanted a play house just like the one they have. I wonder what the pipes and wiring coming up through the floor if the turret are for.

    • Karen B says: 263 comments

      I want the dollhouse! When I saw it, that’s when I gasped. That’s what I do…..miniatures.

  29. Lancaster John says: 828 comments

    Would be great if a corporation would turn this into a botique hotel. There is a tourism market in Jim Thorpe, from both New York and Philadelphia markets. If any of you know hotel industry people, pass it on!

  30. Mike says: 67 comments

    Your very own log cabin in a suburb adjacent to Chicago. This was built in 1921 by Peter Hoffman, the one-time Cook County Sheriff; the character of Peter Hartman in the play ‘The Front Page’ is based on him. I went to school across the street from here and it was always a neighborhood curiosity – it was dark, usually overgrown, never had any lights on. Apparently, until 1995, it was still owned by the Hoffman family.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/796-Center-St-Des-Plaines-IL-60016/3487006_zpid/

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Eeek. Kind of a tough spot for residential for sure. There is absolutely ZERO R value insulation in that roof, which is a problem, (especially up there). Good luck dusting those rough logs, (obviously). That being said: WOW, what a really great place! Too bad it’s not on a 1/2 acre of residential somewhere. Thanks’ for having your eye on interesting places in Chicagoland Mike. Your picks are always interesting.

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      • jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1113 comments
        OHD Supporter

        1947 Ranch
        OR

        Wow, I’m with you Rosewater, how in the world do you keep the place warm during an Illinois winter? BUT…it’s totally gorgeous and from the few/one pic of the kitchen I think I might like it. Looks like an original 1920s sink?

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        • RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
          OHD Supporter

          1875 Italianate cottage
          Noblesville, IN

          Nice job by the agent turning that negative into a positive too btw. They could have also said, “lovers of icicles will be thrilled”. Heheheh. 😉 I saw that sink as well. It’s correct.

      • Mike says: 67 comments

        Too kind!
        Yeah, in the ’80s, the street was mostly lined with houses of the same vintage, but over the intervening 30 years, it looks like most of them have been deleted. I recall an interview with the owner from the 1990s who said that she tried to keep as much of the original things intact, including the furniture.

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      • FG says: 89 comments

        There are actually a ton (well, a fair number anyways) of log cabins and houses along the Des Plaines river, especially in some of the forest preserves further north – the Ryerson Preserve for example, has at least three, one of which probably won’t last much longer since it’s in the flood plain which is, well, wet…

    • SueSue says: 1130 comments
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      1802 Cape
      ME

      Wow, this place is beautiful and in such a terrible spot. I wonder what the area was like when it was built.

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  31. Jan says: 62 comments

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1940-Bettys-Creek-Rd-Rabun-Gap-GA-30568/2092462235_zpid/?fullpage=true

    Looks like an amazing property…love the outbuildings. The house appears to be in rough shape, but I see potential. 🙂

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Right you are Jan. That is some fine, fine, stone work for sure. One would probably have to take the house down completely and put it back up; but I agree that it sure seems worth it. What a beautiful location! TY

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  32. Kurt RVA says: 8 comments

    Thanks for the kind words everyone. This house was listed on OHD several years ago and some of you had asked about renovations. Seven years of work and I’m about 75% complete. The house is in rural southeast VA.

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  33. ChrisICU says: 662 comments

    This MCM house is classic and beautiful. I love everything about it! https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/101-Ledge-Ln_Chapel-Hill_NC_27514_M65970-96262#photo25

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      A splendidly preserved and VERY thoughtfully updated little GEM. Nice. I’m nuts for the high dresser in the bedroom. Gorge! Thanks’ Chris

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    • jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1113 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1947 Ranch
      OR

      I particularly like the reeded glass cabinets between dining and kitchen. Very lovely, good colors and furniture picks. Love it.

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  34. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11831 comments
    Admin

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks everyone for the well wishes for my dad. He’s back at home, everything went well.

    Appreciate the shares all!

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  35. Vanessa says: 13 comments

    Not a very long time reader and first time commenting. I was introduced to this blog by a friend of mine who enjoys older homes just as much as I do. I don’t know how to tell the difference between styles or when they where built but what I do know is that I can appreciate history and craftsmanship. I also love brownstones. Not sure if you ever feature them though. With that being said I took a look around where I live and tried to find some old homes:

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/71-W-8th-St-Bayonne-NJ-07002/38875889_zpid/?fullpage=true

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    • ddbacker says: 509 comments

      Vanessa, if you want to learn more about different styles or eras, Kelly has built a feature called “Browse Homes” on the front page, where you can pick a style or era and it will limit the results accordingly. Also, read the comments of the houses you like. Some of the regular commenters on this site have amazing knowledge and experience. I have learned a lot!

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    • Bethster says: 891 comments

      Welcome, Vanessa. Thanks for posting. We have had a few brownstones posted here. But generally I haven’t seen very many listings in NYC or this close by, probably because they’re so expensive. This one seems to be a decent price, though I admit I know nothing about home values in Bayonne. And it does look like it needs some work.

      There was an interesting discussion not too long ago about a house for sale in Newark, the Cole Mansion. But I think that post may have been removed.

      • vreyes25vreyes25 says: 13 comments
        NJ

        Thank you Bethster…Where i use to live (Hoboken, NJ) the brownstones go for a couple of million dollars now. When my parents moved there in the 70s they where offered one but declined. If only we knew what we know now things may have turned out differently..lol..Bayonne is one of those places where prices vary but with new construction (condos), close proximity to NYC and it trying to be a commuter town the prices seem to be going up.

        As for this house, I really do love the porch but you are right it does look like it needs some tlc. I know of one gorgeous old home in town, I think Victorian, but not for sale.

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      For lovers of brownstones, check out these two links! 🙂

      This Brooklyn blog is quite widely read;
      https://www.brownstoner.com/

      Jack Bricker on Flickr clips great brownstone highlights and other, (sometimes remarkable), homes worldwide;
      https://www.flickr.com/photos/39108224@N02/

  36. says: 20 comments

    for all of those lovers of vintage kitchen and bathrooms, I’ve got a tile-stunner for you. Also a Co-op condo which doesn’t always get love here. A charming Chicago 1-bed:

    https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/2091839951_zpid/0-225000_price/0-830_mp/mostrecentchange_sort/42.036416,-87.552281,41.867387,-87.780247_rect/11_zm/X1.dash.SS.dash.1q0xrohrwlrsl_91vx7_sse/2_p/6923459c90X1-CR8dhbtqjvsari_wp46b_crid/

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    • Mike says: 67 comments

      In the late ’70s, my late aunt lived in a building and unit almost identical in every way to this one (including appliances – her bathroom tile was different color) about five blocks from here. I bet that what’s obscured by the refrigerator in the kitchen photo is a package/ice delivery door. In photos 13 and 15, you can get a glimpse of a wardrobe/drawer unit that’s built into the wall in the hallway between the bathroom and the bedroom. I can’t really tell here, but there might be an intact voice-tube system in the entryway near the front door as well.

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    • Bethster says: 891 comments

      That is some nice tile! I like that blue a lot. The kitchen has great cabinets, too.The flooring looks like it could be linoleum. And is that a ’50s refrigerator? Or is it one of those retro-style modern fridges?

    • FG says: 89 comments

      That’s a decent building, one of the few smaller co-ops on the north side that hasn’t been converted to condos. A good friend lives around the corner from this building – he was trying to get me to buy here (or the Pink Palace, aka Edgewater Beach Apartments, which is also around the corner). This isn’t really Andersonville though, it’s Edgewater Beach in my book.

      It’s a typical courtyard building that has been well maintained over the years, similar to hundreds of others in Chicago. That IS a vintage fridge and that Hardwick range looks immaculate too! I lived in a similar building a few minutes away until I was gentrified out of it (during the last condo conversion craze – in Chicago you normally get booted out and the buildings are usually gutted, unlike NYC for instance).

      Not a bad price and in a convenient location, though I personally would live west of the el or east of Sheridan up here. You’ve got the el about a block away, three express buses downtown within an easy walk (which are quicker than the el outside of rush hour) and lots of restaurants and shops within a very easy walk (plus a Jewel and Dominick’s, I mean Mariano’s, plus a Whole Foods, within walking distance).

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    • Cathy F. says: 2219 comments

      What a neat looking enclave! I checked it out in the satellite view of google maps & there are two such courtyards, along with condos facing outwards, instead of toward the courtyards.

  37. Mike says: 67 comments

    A follow-up to a house I posted in the previous Link Exchange – the 1933 house designed for an exhibit at the World’s Fair has been authenticated. Apparently, the owner of the land is still interested in someone removing the house from the property – maybe one of you fine folks?! If I had the land/money, I’d do it.
    http://www.chicagobusiness.com/realestate/20171219/CRED0701/171219874/worlds-fair-house-in-wilmette-is-legit

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  38. JimHJimH says: 5121 comments
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    A Four Squarish transitional house with some nice details and a fine cookstove:
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/320-Greenwich-St_Belvidere_NJ_07823_M50135-05164

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  39. CoraCora says: 2060 comments
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    Clinton, TN

    Ooooo…this one looks Barber-ish. What a great old house! I would have left the kitchen photos out, but otherwise, there’s much to love:

    Peoria, IL:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/5139351_zpid/

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  40. CoraCora says: 2060 comments
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    Clinton, TN

    Cool time-capsule Tudor. Same owner since 1926!

    Peoria, IL:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/5159142_zpid/

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Wow. That one’s a gem Cora. Lots of original furniture left too. Sad that it’s an estate; but REALLY great energy none the less. Clearly they loved their house VERY much all those years. So much beautiful tile throughout! What an elegantly scaled garage too. Nice. TY

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Can’t stop gawking at it. Just so nice from top to bottom: SOLID too. look at that line between those double doors! There’s not a millimeter of difference in damn near 100 years. Amazing. Such elegantly restrained style. This house is clearly architect designed. You win for best house of the week! 🙂

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Jeez. The place is Southeast facing officially making that solarium plant heaven. Lovely neighborhood too. Sigh…

    • Bethster says: 891 comments

      What a beautiful home. I especially love the dinette booth and cupboard, and the gray bathroom wall tiles, with their delicately shifting hues (meaning they’re handmade, I think). The floors in that bathroom and the half bath are really nice, too.

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    • Cathy F. says: 2219 comments

      OMG, this house is gorgeous!!! The tiled floorings – and I want to rip up the wall-to-wall carpeting to see the rest of the floors!, the pantry/breakfast nook, the baths, the slide-out shelving retrofitted into the kitchen cabinet(s?), the whole house…. I’ll happily take it!

  41. CoraCora says: 2060 comments
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    Clinton, TN

    Alright all ya’ll…It looks like I’m quitting my job and moving to rural Illinois. Don’t know how I’m gonna break that to the hubs or what I’ll do for money…

    ..but who needs money when your house looks like this?!?!?! Maybe I could become a spokeswoman for Murphy’s Oil Soap or Liquid Gold…Holy unpainted woodwork Batman! The light fixtures, the floors, the kitchen cabinets…*wiping drool*
    ..wonder if they’d throw in that old piano they left behind? Is that a horseshoe above the door?!

    Seriously, if this house were in East TN I would snatch it up. It’s a grand 1901 gem and just perfectly shabby enough to pull at my heartstrings.

    …It probably would not be $69k in East TN.

    Sigh. I want this.

    Minier, IL:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/5330912_zpid/

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    • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

      Cora,
      Reminds me of the house shared recently in Estaboga, AL, https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/91-Mudd-St-Eastaboga-AL-36260/94821190_zpid/?fullpage=true BTW, that house is now showing off the market so hopefully someone bought it with the intent to restore and preserve its fine details. The Minier, IL, house also has a time capsule kind of atmosphere inside. I would hope the next owner(s) would restore the original wrap-around porch columns and remove the vinyl or aluminum siding as part of their project. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Bethster says: 891 comments

      In that one bedroom, have they papered the walls with old advertisements? It doesn’t look like wallpaper to me. I think I’d want to leave all that up!

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Pretty sure those light shades in the DR are reverse painted, Pairpoint, puffies, and are quite rare. They are really very lovely, even if lesser.

  42. CoraCora says: 2060 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    I must admit, I knew that Sears sold plan homes and I’ve seen many that survive, but didn’t know that Montgomery Ward’s offered them as well, although it makes sense that they would have to compete. This is the first Montgomery Ward’s home I’ve seen.
    Cute little house with cute little built-ins:

    Westervelt, IL:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/2092974829_zpid/

  43. FG says: 89 comments

    Since we’re talking about Cooperatives in Chicago today, and since we’ve talked about very high-end vintage co-ops in Hyde Park, here’s a more affordable unit (in the same block as another property featured here earlier this year).

    http://urbansearchrealty.com/Property/1_09801686-5619_South_Dorchester_Avenue_2S-CHICAGO-IL-60637-72810697

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