December 22, 2017: Link Exchange

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12125 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Sorry no posts today. We intended to paint only half our living room (FINALLY found a color we love), after painting half we just kept going. Painting wears you out! 😀

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

    If you don’t hear from me before then, Merry Christmas!

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  2. FergusFergus says: 230 comments
    1705 Queen Anne

    Season’s Greetings!

    One last batch before Christmas… 😉

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-68233703.html
    Manor Farmhouse in Denver, Norfolk, dates back to the 1400s and has been maintained/restored in a spectacular way. It absolutely oozes magic and charm from its brick gables, orange render, gardens and that gorgeous exterior. It’s a whole world of its own that will leave you speechless.

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-53615740.html
    Keswick Mill, Keswick, Norfolk, built 1720. Before seeing this mill conversion I would never have thought to use floral wallpaper in a converted industrial building, it’s a juxtaposition that has a very pleasant result.

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-66069830.html
    Red Hall, Southburgh, Norfolk. Built in the early 1700s, or possibly earlier, this rare example of the Restoration style has been recently restored to reinstate the windows and architectural details that help distinguish the Restoration Carrolean style from subsequent Georgian styles.

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-66193016.html
    The moated Old Carriage House of Old Hunstaton Hall in Norfolk was built in 1876 and comes complete with a clock tower. It has been converted for residential use and offers a very interesting style. It too feels like something out of a fairytale.

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-50341560.html
    In the village of Great Waldingfield, Suffolk, you’ll find this enchanting thatched cottage. Internally it offers a very whimsical style, externally it sits in a very pretty garden.

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-59806051.html
    St. Nicholas in Richmond, Yorkshire, is a house with origins going all the way back to 1172, although most of the house we see today looks to be of the 18th century. It offers a spacious and characterful interior and a very large landscaped garden of 7 acres with a further 48 acres of parkland. The landscaped gardens are very spectacular and certainly my favourite aspect of this property, you’ll even find outhouses and 3 cottages hidden within them!

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-60927160.html
    Cliff Hill in Warley, Yorkshire, dates back to the 1500s, although most of the current structure looks to be of the 18th century. It is a house with a lot to offer, particularly with styles, internally you’ll find rooms in the Georgian, Victorian and Arts and Crafts styles. I even like the 1960s/70s(?) style kitchen. The gardens are very pretty too!

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-49271520.html
    Forcett Hall, Richmond, Yorkshire, dates back to the 1740s and offers everything you could hope for from a Georgian estate. The estate comprises of a stately home, carriage house and stableyard, 231 acres of parkland, woodland and a lake, as well as numerous smaller residences all contained within the estates stone walls.

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-60993772.html
    Highfield House, Ripon, Yorkshire, is a Jacobethan style house in needs of a lot of tlc and cosmetic restorations. It has the potential to be a real gem, although being located in Ripon, an epicentre for sinkholes, it does come with risks.

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-66464414.html
    Morningthorpe Manor, Mornigthorpe, Norfolk, is an Elizabethan manor that was built in the 1600s. Interestingly it has been restored multiple already during its life, once in 1813 and then again in the early 186os and once more in 1918, which suggests how resilient the Elizabethan/Tudor style has been in this part of the country. More recently it looks to have been flipped, but a certain level of respect looks to have been maintained during that process.

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  3. 67drake67drake says: 284 comments
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    1993, hey I’m still looking! Boring
    Iowa County , WI

    Merry Christmas everybody!
    Thanks for running this site Kelly!
    I lived a few blocks from this house about 25 years ago. It was painted turquoise at the time though. NOT a very common type of house up here in WI,it reminds me of something I’d see in FL or the southwest,but I’ve always liked it,even if it is a little more on the modern side for my taste! I drove by it this morning and noticed it was on the market.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4010-Washington-Ave-Racine-WI-53405/70375049_zpid/

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    • Anne M. says: 951 comments

      That is a wonderful house!

    • Cathy F. says: 2261 comments

      What a cool house! I esp. like its exterior – both general design-wise & its tiled roof with the curved gables, and eyebrow window. Interior… Love the archways – echoed in the fp’s design, and the DR w. its corner cupboards.

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7110 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Don’t know exactly what that is up in the 1/2 story, but it’s sure interesting. It certainly looks to my eye far from structurally integral; especially in support of a very heavy tiled roof. I’m guessing it must be some sort of odd decorative coffering scheme, which hopefully hides a void containing insulation. Short of that – Brrrrrrrr. A very interesting house.

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  4. krstout says: 69 comments

    Happy Holidays to all!! And a special internet hug to Kelly. Thank you so much for this wonderful site.

    A house that’s always been a favorite of mine is now being put up for auction. The opening bid is $7,000!!!! Below are the OLDreams listing, the auction listing, and the Zillow listing which shows some AMAZING details. I’ve always loved that the house has a sunken lawn/garden. Picture 41 on Zillow shows what once was the garden; note the steps to the left in the photo. Enjoy.

    https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2017/06/16/1857-italianate-norwich-ct/

    https://sso.eservices.jud.ct.gov/Foreclosures/Public/PendPostDetailPublic.aspx?PostingId=23338

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/241-Broadway-Norwich-CT-06360/61993882_zpid/

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    • says: 158 comments

      Wow, kr! Unbelievable! and on a 3/4+ acre lot! Please let us know if you bid. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all and the hope that all your old house dreams are realized in the new year. Thank you, Kelly, for this site.

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    • Jennifer Wiebler says: 140 comments

      I can immediately see why you like this house. Wonderful features waiting for TLC. Thanks for posting this again!

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7110 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Thanks’ KR. Fingers crossed for a good outcome for that GREAT house!

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    • RachelMedRachelMed says: 107 comments

      This has also been a long time favorite of mine! I had it saved on Zillow and noticed it went off market. I hoped that they had sold it or were waiting for winter to pass to try again. Hopefully who ever gets it at auction takes good care of it! Would love to see the old entry area of the porch restored.

    • Dr. Peterson says: 95 comments

      Thanks krstout. I think we’re going to take a flier and submit a bid. This is a nice property with plenty of character left to restore. We actually believe the lack of any significant restoration efforts to date as an advantage. We have the budget, the knowledge and the interest to bring this lady back into her prime. We’re going to find out the possibility of gaining additional surrounding property. This house cries for a proper site with ample grounds.

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      • John Shiflet says: 5426 comments

        Thanks for sharing, Krstout. This particular Italianate reminds me of a house design by Philadelphia architect Samuel Sloan. It may have been featured in one of his two-volume planbook set titled MODEL ARCHITECT, Vols. I & II that were published in 1852. As others have noted, this house still retains many of its fine period details. Good luck to any of our Old House Dreams readers who bid on it.

  5. natira121natira121 says: 729 comments
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    1877 Vernacular
    Columbia River Gorge, WA

    Merry Christmas Kelly!

    I love today’s picture, and I’d give my eye teeth for that pony trap, especially since I got two ponies this week! Being a grandma, in the country, with horses, it’s kind of a necessary thing, ponies. And if anyone asks, their MY ponies!

    Merry Christmas to everyone!

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  6. Lancaster John says: 885 comments

    I think the realtor’s comments are overly discouraging. From what I can see in the photos this home, while a project, is in far better shape than many I have seen (and restored).

  7. tess says: 297 comments

    Here’s a couple for our northern neighbors. Houses Santa may fly over.

    British Columbia log cabin, 2 acres, on a lake.
    https://www.landwatch.com/British-Columbia-Canada-Homesite-for-sale/pid/25079713

    Historic Gustavus Inn – Glacier Bay National Park In Gustavus, Alaska

    https://www.landandfarm.com/property/Historic_Gustavus_Inn_Glacier_Bay_National_Park_In_Gustavus_Alaska-3348514/

    Jefferson TX cute cottage in the Historic District, a real charmer.
    https://www.landandfarm.com/property/Jefferson_s_Finest-7174470

    Red Bluff, CA, former town library. Rotunda with stain glass dome, grand staircase, pillars. Breathtaking building on Historic Register, for the price of a nice home.

    https://www.landandfarm.com/property/The_House_of_Design-7196226/

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    • Lancaster John says: 885 comments

      Why oh why would this community want to sell this beautiful library? It looks like a Carnegie Library to me. Red Bluff, step up to the plate and repurpose this for a community use!
      Brings to mind that cute (women’s?) community center somewhere in New England which was for sale and on this site awhile ago…

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      • MW says: 910 comments

        Less than $500K for that?! I’m tempted to buy it and move there myself. Seems like a crazy good bargain for something like that. I wonder if it is zoned to allow residential.

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      • RosewaterRosewater says: 7110 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        I SO agree with your sentiment John. It always saddens me to see these fine early 20th century libraries fall out of public use. That being said, it is important to preserve them regardless. It is a stunningly well preserved, extremely beautiful building, and anyone would be very lucky to own it. Thanks’ Tess

      • FG says: 69 comments

        I was wondering the same thing and googled the current library – it’s probably 4-5 times (if not more)larger than this building. Also, from what I hear, California is very stringent with ADA accessibility and earthquake safety in public buildings, which would mean a new building would be necessary for a public facility. It seems that this building hasn’t been owned by the library for a while anyways – almost 30 years.

        Its nice that its been well maintained and preserved, even if for a different usage.

        One of their branches looks like it was an old Safeway!

      • Scott Cunningham says: 393 comments

        Its probably because codes and regulations (ADA anyone??…) have made this gorgeous public building no longer viable as a public facility. All of these well intentioned “good ideas: have second and third order effects – the road to ruin is paved in good intentions. When the cost of compliance hits a certain point, many places like this get closed, sold off, or allowed to decay to the point where there is no option but to demolish them.

    • Bethster says: 827 comments

      What a magnificent stained-glass ceiling! I’d love to see more of this building. I hope Kelly features it, because I’m sure it would inspire an interesting discussion.

    • Laurie W.Laurie W. says: 1704 comments
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      1988 Greek Revival Wannabe in beautiful countryside
      NC

      The Glacier Bay inn makes me think I’ve spent my life in the wrong place. Everything wonderful there, though I know summer probably lasts all of 15 minutes. The place is inviting, comfortable — inviting feeling to the restaurant, and I would LOVE to wake up to those views. Gardens & fields surrounding the building are wondrous, as well as the wildlife.

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    • BethanyBethany says: 3450 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      Oh my goodness, the interior of that first house is about as close to “perfect” dream home material I’ve seen! Fabulous, just waiting to be restored but not updated into my dream Victorian! Also it’s nice to see such good photos for a house that needs a lot of work. Usually they don’t.

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    • Laurie W.Laurie W. says: 1704 comments
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      1988 Greek Revival Wannabe in beautiful countryside
      NC

      The first place has SO MUCH potential. I was sorry to finish the tour, wanted to stay a while. Great light in the house, and I’d do very little to the kitchen — it speaks.

  8. CharlesB says: 479 comments

    Windsor is Connecticut’s oldest town (and that’s saying something!) with houses that date back to 1640. Also, to judge from its historic housing stock, it must have had uncommonly good clay for making brick. Here’s a pre-Revolutionary gem–a rare one indeed that I could actually stand up in without banging my head–priced at $149,900:

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/407-Palisado-Ave_Windsor_CT_06095_M31081-54973

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  9. Anne M. says: 951 comments

    Merry Christmas, everyone!
    I hope to visit the newly-opened Eustis Estate Museum in Milton, MA next week sometime. It is an 1878 estate that remained in one family through its history until it was purchased by Historic New England. It looks pretty fabulous:
    https://www.historicnewengland.org/property/eustis-estate-museum-study-center/
    Here is a pretty 1855 Italianate
    https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/56658882_zpid/1720-1935_built/globalrelevanceex_sort/41.960511,-70.437813,41.787185,-71.065407_rect/10_zm/2_p/0_mmm/
    A 1936 Cape with lots of character:
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/10-Eben-St_Milford_MA_01757_M35201-76129#photo2
    And finally, a 1757 salt-box
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/71-Old-Turnpike-Rd_New-Braintree_MA_01531_M30591-89939#photo0

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7110 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Merry Christmas Anne! I’ve just spent the past hour or so ignoring my family and instead pouring over your present to us – the Eustis mansion. Wow and more wow. Not only is the house a splendidly preserved example of my VERY favorite of all Stick / Aesthetic period of Victoriana, it’s also LOADED to the brim with really great tech! Best of all, it’s all still FUNCTIONAL! Wow. Imagine still having the gravity cistern system in use until 2016. Jeez. I could ramble on about how great that place is all night long. Pity the best spaces, basements and attics, are not part of the self guided tour; but no doubt it’s still worth a look. Have fun and take lots of pictures! Cheers! Jeff 🙂

      **** NOTE TO OTHERS **** the website linked is VERY hard to navigate, but keep at it because there is a TON of pix and info hidden in there well worth your patience digging it out. I found it useful to google “eustice mansion milton” for pictures, and then following those links back into the main page. There are pages I found that I still couldn’t figure out how to nav. to from the main site.

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  10. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 1015 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Zann (Susannah) wanted to share this one.
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/55-McGregor-Ave-S_Mobile_AL_36608_M85145-73261?ex=AL627643183

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    • BethanyBethany says: 3450 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      I love to see these houses empty of other people’s stuff. Just lets the pure fabulousness shine through!

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    • Laurie W.Laurie W. says: 1704 comments
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      1988 Greek Revival Wannabe in beautiful countryside
      NC

      Gad! What a stunning house. Exquisite elements in it. The paneling in the first (living?) room is silken, beautiful & soothing — enough adjectives? I can do more, lol! The original part is just elegant throughout. I’m less enamored of the iron staircase and later light fixtures but the house is splendid.

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    • Cathy F. says: 2261 comments

      My very favorite bit of the whole house is… the glass (crystal?) acorn on the one newel post!

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7110 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Such a strikingly elegant place. New and old have been blended together nearly seamlessly. Bit formal and over posh for my tastes, but I can no less appreciate the brilliance in it’s magnificent design.

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    • Zann says: 520 comments

      Thank you, Kelly! Belated Merry Christmas!

      Now that I have returned, let me throw out there that I have passed this house many, many times and had no idea it was that luxurious inside. That road has a few homes with grand facades that are quite normal on the inside. Next time I drive past, I need to remember to keep my eyes on the road and not stare.

      P.S. Did you guys see the ballroom? It isn’t mentioned in the description, but it’s in the photos.

  11. RosewaterRosewater says: 7110 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holy Days all!

    My links this week are from Chicagoland, and, (once again), feature the work of R.H. Zook, of whose work I am now officially a nearly obsessesd fan boy.

    Rather tame by Zook standards, but no less STUNNING, The Frank Aichinger House (1948) was in the original family and unchanged until it was sold to the current owner not so long ago. It has been, (not entirely successfully), updated; but fortunately has suffered a minimum of indignities;
    https://www.atproperties.com/9778384/371-kent-road-riverside-illinois-60546-nei#&gid=1&pid=51 Jeeez – – the tree out front is as if he designed the very bark itself to blend with the nature of stone. Just amazing: and that back door; AND THOSE SCREEN DOORS! His sense of scale and the fractal brilliance of the stone work are simply DIVINE.

    Another one much altered, but still a lovely little design;
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/347-N-Elm-St-Hinsdale-IL-60521/4558294_zpid/?fullpage=true

    Someone recently brought up the issue of physically moving houses from one location to another. I find that a fascinating subject; and never fail to be impressed by sucessful moves of massive stone buildings. Fortunately the enlightened good families of Hinsdale, IL had the good sense to move and preserve the delightful little home and studio of Harold Zook instead of allowing it to be demolished when the land was purchased and slated for other uses back in 2004. In the summer of 2005 the structures were moved literally across town to a park where they are today being restored. Here is a delightful 7 minute video of that effort; https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=419&v=QMXGEmoYVlQ

    http://www.zookhomeandstudio.org/r-harold-zook.html

    An important Zook home is currently threatened, and likely doomed;
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/hinsdale/news/ct-dhd-zook-home-demolish-tl-0914-20170906-story.html

    ——— Now, a few of interest in Riverside. —————

    Co-op unit 1 in the Coonley house slides down $500K from original ask;
    https://www.weichert.com/71885951/

    Victorian mansion attributed to Silsbee has a very early addition heavily influenced by, (if not entirely designed by), Wright. It is interesting to see where his head was even before going to work for Sullivan:
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/225-Longcommon-Rd-Riverside-IL-60546/3791599_zpid/?fullpage=true

    A rather interesting large house with some GREAT fireplaces. Loving the contemporary spaces carved out of unfinished attics up on 3; +++ NUTS for the FR / study with well used fireplace – sigh —.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/154-Bartram-Rd-Riverside-IL-60546/3791441_zpid/?fullpage=true

    Couple of GREAT examples of that goofy Chicagoland masonry we were discussing earlier this year:
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/100-S-Herbert-Rd-Riverside-IL-60546/3792384_zpid/?fullpage=true
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/406-Audubon-Rd-Riverside-IL-60546/3778266_zpid/?fullpage=true

    SOMEBODY got a SMOKIN good deal on this nice, solid, Zook-esque, fixer;
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/280-Maplewood-Rd-Riverside-IL-60546/3790464_zpid/?fullpage=true

    Few paring shots from R. Harold Zook:
    http://arafen.com/a/f/a/anderson-architecture-center-hinsdale-east-seventh-designed-by-r-harold-zook-in-displays-many-tudor-characteristics_american-style-homes_interior-decorating-ideas-living-room-mo.jpg

    https://chicagotreasurehouses.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/zook-spiderweb-window-exterior.jpg

    https://chicagotreasurehouses.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/zook-window-indoor.jpg

    +++++++ —— Just for funsies —- Here’s a new one, and an old one round the way some may remember, in Saratoga Springs, NY —————-

    NEW
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/203-Union-Ave_Saratoga-Springs_NY_12866_M47606-32454#photo0

    OLD, and still one of the finest of it’s sort you’re likely to ever see;
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/722-N-Broadway_Saratoga-Springs_NY_12866_M33363-14590#photo0

    🙂

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    • StevenFStevenF says: 788 comments
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      1969 Regency
      Nashville, TN

      Thank you thank you thank you for the Zook overview. I’d never heard of him but have admired this style for years. He’s the best!

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    • Bethster says: 827 comments

      Zounds! That first Zook home is amazing! (And you know I mean that, because I have never ever said “Zounds!” before.) I love the spiderweb designs. I wish the redone features were more in keeping with the original style; the modern bits make me wish I could see what used to be there. The second home, despite its renovations, is more my “type” and seems almost cozy; I can easily picture myself living there.

      I am going to have to come back to look at your other links!

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    • Teri R says: 276 comments

      Rosewater, thanks for the fun tour and lesson about Zook!! Love these unique homes!

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    • Cathy F. says: 2261 comments

      I love the house on Audubon Rd. The exterior is nice & interesting, but its interior is what really draws me to it. So many things I love about it, the windows being at the top of the list.

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    • TGrantTGrant says: 934 comments
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      New Orleans, LA

      Zook is positively amazing. Would love to have seen his original kitchens and baths. Damn shame that last one is heading for demolition.

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      • RosewaterRosewater says: 7110 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        – Me too TG. I wish there was more scholarship of his work available on-line. It’s something I’m looking into. Original drafts would be amazing: old pix are decidedly less likely.

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    • FG says: 69 comments

      That link to the Coonley house seems to be dead already, did you have another one?

      I always forget about Zook, he’s one of our local (Chicago area) “storybook” architects who nobody ever remembers.

  12. Glorybe says: 133 comments

    Merry Christmas to all & to all a good night…Celebrating here in Western New York!
    Kelly, perhaps we could have a peek at your newly painted rooms?
    We appreciate you…
    BLESSINGS for 2018!

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  13. JRichardJRichard says: 182 comments
    1763 center-chimney cape
    Biddeford, ME

    Well, that was fun. Loved seeing the Zook houses shared by Rosewater and the MCMs by Piney, though I don’t think I’ll ever be able to cultivate a liking for shag carpet. Merry Christmas, everyone, and best of luck in the New Year!

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  14. SonofSyosset says: 119 comments

    One of the things I am truly grateful for this holiday season is this wondrous site: that I can receive regular emails filled with remarkable historic homes…. and then enjoy thoughtful comments—and even more terrific properties—via this exchange each weekend. Thanks, Kelly, for your myriad efforts, and best holiday wishes to you and all your Old House Dreamers.

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  15. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1038 comments
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    1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

    I would like to add my Christmas greetings to everyone, with a special holiday message to Kelly.

    Kelly, your website is a joy. It’s not just the wonderful array of homes you curate for us, it’s also the delightful community of people you attract. In both categories, no other old-house site compares.

    And I have to say — any day that you list a Spanish Eclectic or Art Deco house is like Christmas to me!

    A couple of years ago, I was going through a tough time, and part of my coping strategy was to look at every single house on OHD. By the time I got through the archives, not only did I have a brighter outlook in general, I knew a lot more about architectural styles!

    Thank you so much for everything you do on this wonderful website.

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  16. JefsndyJefsndy says: 130 comments
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    1915 Craftsman
    Orange, CA

    Kelly,
    Thank you so much for this website. I look forward to each day-I open your e mail first. Saturdays are my favorite for the link exchange. Happy Holidays and keep painting…

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  17. Teri R says: 276 comments

    Peoria, IL gems
    1611 Ayres, Brown Brick with deep porch, built in 1924, Moss Avenue Historic District, Juliette porch off backside!
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1611-W-Ayres-Ave-Peoria-IL-61606/5158981_zpid/

    255 NE Randolph, Elaborate Queen Anne style residence was built in 1888-89 for the daughter of a prominent Peoria brewery baron John H. Francis. Elongated turret with fireplace and curved windows. Darling carriage house! Needs TLC.
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/255-NE-Randolph-Ave_Peoria_IL_61606_M86012-04684

    2924 N Bigelow St., Storybook Brick Tudor, round turret entrance
    https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/house_type/5137023_zpid/1700-1930_built/zest_sort/40.740168,-89.539176,40.669897,-89.685088_rect/12_zm/?

    429 E Frye Ave, Victorian, lots of millwork, wrap around porch, the exterior is a wedding cake dream! $59,000
    https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/house_type/5139351_zpid/1700-1930_built/zest_sort/40.717973,-89.5734,40.700406,-89.609878_rect/14_zm/0_mmm/

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    • BethanyBethany says: 3450 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      The Randolph Ave house is spectacular . . . I think! It would be nice to have more pictures of whole rooms and areas, in addition to the multitude of close ups of the fine details of the house.

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  18. Jill says: 17 comments

    We went and looked at this one a couple weeks ago. There’s been some foundation work done, but the upper floor still has a definite arch in the middle and at 5′ 5″ I can touch all the ceilings on the upper floor. The ad says master bedroom, but there is no en suite. One full bath on each floor. That kitchen though….

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/720-E-Main-St-Whitesboro-TX-76273/27739765_zpid/

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7110 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Looks like a flip Jill. BE CAREFUL. If you’re a buyer PLEASE have a highly qualified inspector look at it. Cheers! 🙂

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  19. KarenZKarenZ says: 1151 comments
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    Holy cow! This post is the biggest one ever and I’m going to have to come back to read it!

    Merry Christmas, Kelly and all of my OHD Peeps! I hope that we all have a healthy and Happy New Year!
    Take care all of you—now, back to Christmas prep!
    Karen ???☃️?

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  20. jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1051 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1947 Ranch
    OR

    Merry Christmas to one and all OHDers and to Kelly for providing us with such an inspirational site. Sometimes the world gets to me, the craziness becomes too much. All I have to do is hop over to OHD and spend some time looking back at eras that were in many ways simpler and finer than ours.

    I have a pretty vivid imagination (thank heavens) that come in handy while I look through the rooms of these old houses and imagine what THEIR lives were like in 1750, 1850 or 1950. I find myself wishing I were there… I can’t of course but it does my soul good to mentally wander through the years and admire the art, the craftsmanship and the beauty.

    Happy Holidays everyone and a happy New Year! 🙂

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    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12125 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      jeklstudio, I’m currently reading a book called Good Wives: Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Northern New England, 1650-1750, it’s really interesting to read what the lives of some women may have been like back during that period.

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      • jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1051 comments
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        1947 Ranch
        OR

        I’ll look it up, sounds interesting. I know people didn’t have it easy, women OR men. I know the work was hard and never ending. I guess I’m wistfully thinking things had to have been better back then than our ‘now’, but probably not.

      • Scott Cunningham says: 393 comments

        I just picked up a book about women’s lives in Kansas and out to the west from 1830-1880. A little less fun and glamourous as was shown on “Little House on the Prairie”…

    • Lancaster John says: 885 comments

      OK,as long as we’re confessing our time travels, I really enjoy reading cookbooks from different eras as a “window” into how people lived. The ones I like best are from the 1930’s, where the newly downwardly mobile middle class (who formerly had servants or at least a “girl” to help) had to learn to navigate the alien terrain of a kitchen. Some of the “economical” meals they came up with were a hoot.

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12125 comments
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        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        The last three weeks I’ve been cooking meals from this book: http://amzn.to/2DiZpS9
        It’s a new book but recipes from The Farmers Wife magazine. Some are interesting and I’ll never make, others are way better than recipes I’ve tried from online (we are having another meatloaf night, from the book.)

      • jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1051 comments
        OHD Supporter

        1947 Ranch
        OR

        Landcaster John, I love cookbooks too. And, I love the entire era spanning the early 20th century. So much of what they did was because they couldn’t get—or couldn’t afford—better ingredients! What would they make of a Whole Foods or Safeway? LOL

  21. EileenM says: 288 comments

    I love this one!

  22. Rebnflames says: 33 comments

    This one’s not for sale but I’m nostalgic so am going to post it. Located on family land in Hurley, Stone County, Missouri. This was my husband’s grandmother’s home. Good times and great memories for me.

    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/c6/ad/7d/c6ad7d1d20614a0bf5aca74e66828df2.jpg

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  23. Melissa says: 231 comments

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, One and All!!!
    Happy Holidays, and Festivus for the restofus – especially to Kelly who keeps this all going!!!

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  24. CoraCora says: 2060 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    Two that need a-savin’:

    Franklin, VA:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/108119120_zpid/

    https://zillow.com/homedetails/108118020_zpid/

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  25. CoraCora says: 2060 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    Make that three:

    Baxley, GA:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/110431233_zpid/

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    • BethanyBethany says: 3450 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      Love this one! I will go to sleep tonight doing a fantasy restoration on it and imagining myself living there with five cats.

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    • jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1051 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1947 Ranch
      OR

      Oh man, I like this one too! A bit of tree/brush pruning needed near the house, but it doesn’t look like it needs too much on the house itself, elbow grease a little $$ and what a charmer you’d have!

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    • Jess Hoffmann says: 5 comments

      My mother grew up in Baxley, GA and says this was the Weatherly’s house and then Mrs. Emanuel’s. Mrs. Weatherly and Mrs. Emanuel both taught school, Mrs. Emanuel taught in the same building with my grandmother.

  26. Cathy F. says: 2261 comments

    Happy Holidays… a slightly belated Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, & Happy New Year to all! And a special thanks to Kelly for Old House Dreams, where one can dream, learn, & just enjoy!

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  27. Robinjn says: 242 comments

    Found this as I was wandering my cursor up the Florida gulf coast. A whole island near where the Suwanee enters the gulf. 75 acres, only accessible by boat. The house looks amazing and the sign “Suwanee Pine and Cypress as Manufactured by the Putnam Lumber Company.”

    https://www.estately.com/listings/info/dan-may-private-island–1

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  28. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12125 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Merry Christmas folks!

    A stager I am not (the rug to loveseat alignment is annoying me but we have an end table that evens it out, I made husband move it out of the way because he had his electronic junk on it.) Our window unit is ugly but whatever, it cools/heats good enough.

    I lived with those “western walls”, as we called them, for a year. I was going to paint it an egg white color but that’s not us. I LOVE blue/gray and that’s what we painted it. We both love it, it’s finally feels like home to us now.

    The before we moved in…

    Your eyes do not deceive you. My husbands stepmother had a “porch” inside, going into the bedroom. We removed it first thing, I’m not showing an after because there’s still ugly left behind (door surround of our bedroom is not pretty.) That’ll be taken care of as soon as we lower the floor the way it original was and completely redo the door way.

    She also had patio pavers in the living room.

    Christmas a year ago. I didn’t take an after shot. The original floor was long gone, we put in a temporary laminate…you can kind of see it in the Christmas photo above. Temporary as in ONE OF THESE DAYS, it will be hardwood.

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    • Barbara V says: 1197 comments

      Wow, what a job! Looks great, and just in time for Christmas! Thanks so much for sharing – you are motivating me to dig out my before and after photos, and send them along. (As I understand it, I’ll need to e-mail them to you – cannot post directly, correct?) A good project for the next week or so…

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    • BethanyBethany says: 3450 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      Wall color that you love is so important! It looks awesome and I’m happy you are settling in. Merry Christmas from San Diego!

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    • Laurie W.Laurie W. says: 1704 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1988 Greek Revival Wannabe in beautiful countryside
      NC

      What a lot of great work you have done, Kelly! I really like the wall color, brings the room together, and I’ll bet gives a cooler feeling on hot summer days. I remember your earlier photo of the bedroom “porch,” which is pretty hysterical. I’ve decided it was intended for grand entrances in peignoirs of satin & feathers, no? Congratulations on turning that wonderful house into your HOME! Envy your super tree too.

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7110 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      WoW – what a transformation! Lord only know what step mom was thinking there. You were super smart to paint the ceiling white to compliment the lovely, rich blue walls. The light ceiling keeps the room nice and bright. What a lovely tree! Nicely done. 🙂

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12125 comments
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        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        When someone mentions something the stepmom did to the home that’s the phrase they use “..don’t know what she was thinking…she was strange…” I think she was going for a western theme, our bedroom looks like the inside of a barn with added “faux” beams; office has a paint job that is like a saloon, even had window boxes to give it this saloon with “perks” vibe.

        This is our home about 1993. Wish I could jump in the photo and tell them not to remove the original sidelights/transom and SOLID OAK DOOR they later took out (we have the sidelights/transom but door has vanished.) Every time I zoom in and look at it, I see something different.

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        • jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1051 comments
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          1947 Ranch
          OR

          I know that feeling Kelly. When we bought our house (18 years ago) there was a complete set of closet doors–4 doors–just gone. The original pocket doors between dining room and living room? Two of them. Gone.
          Really makes you wonder about what motivates people. Why not stash ’em in the basement? The crawlspace?

    • jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1051 comments
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      1947 Ranch
      OR

      Absolutely lovely. Homey and welcoming!

  29. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12125 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    PS. There’s something weird going on with newsletters. Anyone with Gmail that is subscribed not receiving any the last week?

    Comments are not being sent out for this post…not sure why and I’m not able to troubleshoot it today. Sorry if you’ve subscribed and not receive comment updates for this post.

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    • Karen Glass says: 4 comments

      Kelly thanks so much, I haven’t gotten anyting since 12/9, I even resubscribed, but still nothing. I was desparate for my fix so I’ve been coming to the site directly. Any idea of what’s going on and how I fix it?
      thanks so much
      Karen Glass

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      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 1015 comments
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        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        No idea. I’ll email my host to see what is going on. The newsletter log shows emails are sent so it may be Gmail has flagged the newsletter as spam but then people should see the newsletter in their spam folder but they are not there either.

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    • peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1068 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1885 Italianate.
      MI

      I get mine just fine. 🙂
      Merry Christmas all!

    • SueSue says: 1111 comments
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      1802 Cape
      ME

      I’m not getting any either.

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12125 comments
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        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        The suggestions from Mailchimp so far are…add kelly@oldhousedreams.com to your contacts list. If that doesn’t work, I may just have to find another newsletter provider. I’m showing emails are being sent from Mailchimp with no bouncebacks, so Gmail does receive and accepts the newsletter. But what they do once it hits inboxes is the mystery. Online suggestions are search “All Mail” for “Posts Old House Dreams”, see if it shows what folder it ended up in or if it’s there at all. There’s also clicking the “Promotions” tab or looking in that folder.

    • Joseph says: 435 comments

      This house in Waldoboro is nice; I didn’t go through it, but stopped by when they were having a tag sale in preparation for move. The one next door is neat, and I think was on OHD; issue for that seemed to be parking access; if you bought both of these you would solve that problem and have a neat compound.

    • Ron G says: 161 comments

      The house in Island Falls build date, 1940, is questionable. I would suggest at least 1920, even earlier.

  30. peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1068 comments
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    1885 Italianate.
    MI

    This is cool, not sure about the build date, seems older. And, big question, the little stone barn, what are the “stone pegs” coming out of the roof ??
    http://www.callawayhenderson.com/eng/sales/detail/313-l-1907-rqeb3s/a-diamond-in-the-rough-kingwood-township-stockton-nj-08559

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  31. says: 1 comments

    https://www.howardhanna.com/Property/Detail/1137-CORNELL-RD-Thornburg-PA-15205/Westpenn/1315814

    I have no clue if this will post properly, but…I hope it does. Very cool home near Pittsburgh.

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    • natira121natira121 says: 729 comments
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      1877 Vernacular
      Columbia River Gorge, WA

      That is a cool house. I am always shocked by the property taxes back east though. I pay a tenth that much, with 13 acres!

      I am suffering from food overload. Everyone needs to post lots of houses so I have a reason to sit still and recuperate ! (Other wise, I have tons of dishes to do)

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  32. Mélissa M says: 45 comments

    Merry Christmas, everybody. Joyeux Noël

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  33. CoraCora says: 2060 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    1904:

    Colquitt, GA:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/105336546_zpid/

  34. CoraCora says: 2060 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    PS I hope y’all are having the merriest of Christmases!

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  35. Miss Havishman says: 3 comments

    Historic Burham & Root designed residence in Champaign, IL being demolished for a high school parking lot.

    http://www.illinoishomepage.net/news/local-news/building-blocking-central-expansion/855325502

    It is my understanding that owners of other properties in the area were never approached about selling their properties to the school district. The school board president seems to word things quite carefully when he talks about property owners coming forward to sell. He makes it sound as though these particular properties, Burnham House among them, were the only option. However, it is my understanding that certain people, with ties to certain properties, inserted themselves as stakeholders in the high school referendum planning process, and other property options were not considered. While subsequently ridiculed (here: http://www.news-gazette.com/opinion/letters-the-editor/2017-12-11/champaign-makes-gallant-decision.html) for their efforts at a City Council meeting, a beautiful case was made by people in support of saving one of the few residential homes ever designed by the Burnham & Root firm. The entirety of the Champaign City Council meeting can be viewed here: champaignil.gov/city-managers-office/communications-division/cgtvvideos/video-on-demand/ . It is the December 5th, 2017 City Council Meeting.

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  36. Selena says: 2 comments

    I went through this home during an open house. It’s an old beauty!

    https://www.coldwellbanker.com/homes-for-sale/search-results/hutchinson-ks/mapped

  37. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12125 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas. Thanks for all the shares! 🙂

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  38. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12125 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I’m not doing auction postings anymore but I saw this one and thought sharing here might work.
    Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018
    https://www.auction.com/details/260-main-st-goshen-ny-10924-2505853-e_8207c/

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    • RachelMedRachelMed says: 107 comments

      I was just about to post this house too! Would love to see the inside. Looks like some work has been done in recent years since some street views show the brick painted white back in 2009.

  39. CoraCora says: 2060 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    I normally post the bargains; the less expensive or slightly shabby. I’m drawn to those.
    This is not my usual, but it’s so beautiful I can’t resist. The owners did such a fantastic job preserving it:

    San Antonio, TX: https://zillow.com/homedetails/58245168_zpid/

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    • jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1051 comments
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      1947 Ranch
      OR

      Gorgeous! But then, they had me at the porte cochére!

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    • SueSue says: 1111 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1802 Cape
      ME

      This house is in the most beautiful neighborhood of historic homes. I think this is one of the prettiest of houses we have seen in recent postings. They certainly have done a beautiful job of respecting the original design.

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      • John Shiflet says: 5426 comments

        Cora, you have exquisite tastes. This landmark house was designed by James Riely Gordon, one of the premiere architects in Texas between his arrival in San Antonio in 1874 and departure for a career in New York City between 1902-1904 (sources posted both dates) where he continued successfully until his death in 1937. During his career, he designed 18 Texas county courthouses-12 remain standing-but he also designed a few residential examples with the one you shared probably being the best known. Richardsonian Romanesque is a rare residential style in Texas with only a few examples having been built in stone or masonry during the Victorian era. Wikipedia has this to say about J. Riely Gordon: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Riely_Gordon Thanks for sharing; what a great house!

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        • CoraCora says: 2060 comments
          OHD Supporter & Moderator

          Clinton, TN

          Thanks John, I’m swooning at every photo of this masterpiece! Man. The time, imagination and talent it took to build it just blows my mind.
          Thanks for the history, so many of his designs still standing is a testament to his success.

  40. CoraCora says: 2060 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    I love an ornate Victorian in small-town rural Iowa:

    Grinnell, IA:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/87059908_zpid/

  41. CoraCora says: 2060 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    What??? I must see inside! Anyone have a friend in, eh… Grinnell?

    Grinnell, IA:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/2093986752_zpid/

  42. SueSue says: 1111 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1802 Cape
    ME

    Some fantasy listings.

    An 1822 plain Jane on the outside and a beautiful lady inside.

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/118-W-12th-St_New-York_NY_10011_M37576-93136?ex=NY598199513#photo0

    Hard to believe something that costs 18 plus million dollars needs work. I love this place. Date is 1852. She is very elegant and the marble mantels are oh so beautiful.

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/66-Morton-St_New-York_NY_10014_M36067-28803#photo0

    1910 Brownstone with some beautiful details. Just over a million.

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/16-W-131st-St_New-York_NY_10037_M46319-92561#photo1

    Another 1910 brownstone. Much work needed but this is a charmer and a bit spooky.

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/254-W-136th-St_New-York_NY_10030_M36040-76623#photo3

  43. CoraCora says: 2060 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    1905 Dutch Colonial:

    Cedar Rapids, IA:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/73065610_zpid/

    • John Shiflet says: 5426 comments

      Beautiful example in this house representing Grand Rapids, MI, architects J.H. Daverman & Son. In one of his ads from the same period, Daverman claimed more than 800 examples of this house had been built and it was the most popular house plan design in America. I’ve noted at least a dozen or more examples still extant including this one in Fort Worth, TX: (streetview) https://goo.gl/maps/uJ8CG1jKDM12 In most cases, the porch on this design had Colonial/Classical columns. Thanks for sharing.

  44. ChrisICU says: 679 comments

    Sweet Albuquerque MCM in need of TLC – hope it gets treated right by the next owner! https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/4812-Madison-Ct-NE_Albuquerque_NM_87110_M25665-10155

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