December 29, 2017: Link Exchange

Added to OHD on 12/29/17 - Last OHD Update: 12/30/17 - 141 Comments
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  1. Dr. Peterson says: 105 comments

    I’m submitting this property as an interesting example of 1927/8 Tudor Revival/Gothic Style architecture. I had the distinct privilege to participate as an Architect and historic specifications specialist during the early 1980’s in the first (of at least four major restoration projects) of this magnificent property which included work on the buildings, the gardens, hardscapes, landscapes and water features. Likely you have seen this property many times in movies and television shows. There may be hundreds but notables include: Goldmember (Austin Powers); The Amazing Race 17; Star Trek Into Darkness; X-Men; Stripes; Batman & Robin; The Bold and the Beautiful; Columbo; Death Becomes Her; The Dirty Dozen; Dynasty: The Reunion; Ghostbusters II; Gilmore Girls; National Treasure: Book of Secrets; NCIS (TV series); Rush Hour; Spider-Man; Spider-Man 2; Spider-Man 3; “We Belong Together” (Mariah Carey music video); What Women Want; The Day Mars Invaded Earth; The Witches of Eastwick; Eraserhead; and The Young and the Restless, among many others.

    There are many wonderful properties across the country that have undergone successful restorations. What made this historic property and others in California particularly complex during restoration was/is having to accommodate authenticity – of course – as well as earthquake retrofits, environmental considerations, structural issues, ADA, CalOSHA, salt air, and termites on building systems and finishes without any material change to the original design and construction integrity. And understand that the property is constantly and perpetually in use by visitors and movie/tv producers.

    The house is constructed with steel frame, reinforced concrete and stone-faced exterior.

    https://vimeo.com/136833752
    http://www.laweekly.com/slideshow/a-cinematic-tour-of-las-greystone-mansion-7373964
    https://npgallery.nps.gov/pdfhost/docs/nrhp/photos/76000485.PDF

    Greystone Mansion and Park​ (also known as The Doheny Mansion)​, ​currently ​owned by the City of Beverly Hills and situated on 18.3 acres​​, is magnificent in beauty and rich in California history. ​It ​was designed by the renowned English​-born, California Architect Gordon B. Kaufmann and the ​L​andscape ​Architect was Paul G. Thiene. The ​original 410 acre “ranch” was a wedding gift from oil tycoon Edward L. Doheny, Sr. to his son, Edward “Ned” Doheny, Jr. and his wife. Following the purchase of the Estate in 1965 by the City of Beverly Hills, in 1971 the entire 18.3 acre site, including its centerpiece Greystone Mansion, was formally dedicated as a public park. In 1976 the Greystone Estate was officially recognized as a historic landmark and entered into the National Registry of Historic Places. The house’s staircase is one of the most famous sets in Hollywood.

    There are 55 livable rooms​ (67 in total) within the 46,054 square feet of space in the Mansion. It was only second in size to Hearst Castle when it was built.

    The 4-story main house was lavish even by the standards of the ultra-rich; it contained on the first floor: a library, dining room, breakfast room, card room, guest bedrooms, billiard room, two bowling alleys, a theatre, a bar, and a trophy room. On the upper floors were lavish bedrooms and baths topped by a gymnasium on the fourth floor. The grounds contained: an Olympic-sized swimming pool, 2 lakes, formal gardens, tennis courts, playhouse, 7-room gatehouse, 4-room guesthouse, a garage containing 3 bedrooms for servants, a picnic pavilion, and huge barbeque area.

    ​Greystone had every modern convenience of its day, but Ned Doheny only lived in the home with his wife Lucy and five children for five months.​ His widow continued to live at the property for another 30 years, remarrying a wealthy investment banker.​

    Doheny was a gun aficionado​. The Mansion has a “Gun Room” where he used to open the windows onto the 410 acre property and shoot game which was raised for this purpose on the property, then have his staff retrieve what he shot, bring it in to show him, then prepare it for eating in one of the kitchens. ​

    He was found dead in what police stated was a murder-suicide with his friend and secretary​ (and prior chauffeur) Hugh Plunkett in 1929.

    The two of them were ​reportedly ​bagmen for Edward Doheny in the Teapot Dome oil bribery scandal.

    The entire estate took over three years to ​initially ​complete at a cost of over $3 million, an almost unimaginable sum in real estate at the time. The Mansion alone cost $1,238,378.76 to build.

    With such an enormous property, there is constantly restoration and other work ongoing at the property since the City of Beverly Hills purchased the entire property for $1,000,000 in 1965.

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    • SueSue says: 1134 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1802 Cape
      ME

      Oh my what an experience to have worked on this house. I bet you have many stories to tell. As for the mansion, what can one say? It’s a work of art. A masterpiece.

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    • TGrantTGrant says: 822 comments
      OHD Supporter

      New Orleans, LA

      I have been in love with this estate pretty much since I saw it’s gate lodge featured in the Beverly Hillbillies 50 years ago. Gorgeous doesn’t even begin to cover how magnificent this property is.

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    • Scott Cunningham says: 393 comments

      Wow!! Fascinating links!! A pop culture mecca for famous scenes from memorable movies (Big Lebowski!!) Its a huge, gorgeous mansion, with a lot of variety in its various large rooms. No wonder its used so often. Thanks for posting that

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  2. StevenFStevenF says: 834 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1969 Regency
    Nashville, TN

    OMG this week’s picture rocks! I have nothing to share this week except to wish the OHD community a great New Year! Kelly, thanks for all you do and for providing this old house fun!

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  3. Demetra says: 4 comments

    Have your own compound!

    https://www.trulia.com/property/3246531938-1169-Lower-Pine-Creek-Rd-Chester-Springs-PA-19425

    Wish there were more interior photos.

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    • Cathy F. says: 2208 comments

      Wow, can you say “picturesque”?! A stone bridge, a stream with tons of daffodils on its banks, visually lovely buildings…nice. Very nice!

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    • Laurie W.Laurie W. says: 1738 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1988 Greek Revival Wannabe in beautiful countryside
      NC

      Sensational place. The property is beautiful. This is how perverse I am — the interiors are a little too perfect for me; I’d rather see some evidence of age & use rather than their looking spang out of the box. The grass is always greener, isn’t it, haha!

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  4. CharlesB says: 481 comments

    Olde Wethersfield is the closest thing Connecticut has to Colonial Williamsburg–the state’s largest historic district preserved much as it was in the 18th century (the town’s wealth was based largely on supplying red onions to the West Indies!) Here’s a 3-1/2-minute video that captures the flavor of the place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMNpVnLjGmw

    This house is typical of the town’s ‘Golden Age:’

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/244-Jordan-Ln_Wethersfield_CT_06109_M43761-17294

    And another, this one likewise in an old river port that seems to have the potential to become the ‘Williamsburg’ of New Jersey (you have to click through to the fifth picture to get a decent look at what they are calling a ‘Tudor’):

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/64-Walnut-St_Salem_NJ_08079_M68542-80729#photo4

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    • SueSue says: 1134 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1802 Cape
      ME

      No inside pics of the Victorian? Gosh I love it.

    • Anne Hamilton says: 204 comments

      Salem is so awesome, it has many, many wonderful period buildings and is on the river in southern NJ. It could be a very wonderful and lucrative investment for the State of NJ, just as New Castle has been for DE, right across the bridge. However NJ just doesnt seem at all interested with all the other issues it is facing in Camden and other places. Unfortunately Salem also has a lot of poverty and crime issues. Even still folks have braved those overiding issues as the location is wonderful and there are truly special properties there in need of saving, as this one. Also this is typical of the prices you can find there, Wish taxes in NJ were like DE’s!

    • Joseph says: 394 comments

      Houses in Salem have appeared on OHD before; there was quite a discussion as to why this town is no longer a viable place for housing investment (some good input was from “local” readers). A look on Trulia shows prices very low, with a high proportion of default/foreclosure. As with other areas, lack of employment is probably the root cause, and modern transport has bypassed some of these old market towns. While someone could concievable buy up a fair amount of historic property here, the problem would be getting people to live in it.

      On the bright side, there is one high price property – due to the organic farm/acreage, but a spectacular early brick home as well: https://www.trulia.com/property/3160249459-723-Harmersville-Canton-Rd-Salem-NJ-08079

      Price on the Wethersfield house got my attention – that is in a town where historic homes were valued (although, as with most areas, younger buyers are no longer as enthusiastic). Unfortunately that one is not in the historic district, so seems out of place. In a better setting it would be well worth the fix up (for someone willing to live in an old house of that type).

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    • Laurie W.Laurie W. says: 1738 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1988 Greek Revival Wannabe in beautiful countryside
      NC

      The Wethersfield house has so much potential! It’s full of original woodwork, floors, etc. I hope somebody comes along who won’t let all that history be wasted.

      P.S. Somehow this got into the wrong listing. Weird stuff has happened all day!
      While I’m here, the Salem house is fabulous, well preserved without being overdone, and beautiful inside.

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    • Joseph says: 394 comments

      Two more in Wethersfield:

      “Think Pink”: https://www.trulia.com/property/1052814072-184-Main-St-Wethersfield-CT-06109

      Some unfortunate updates, and the location could be a plus or a minus:

      https://www.trulia.com/property/3191378681-538-Main-St-Wethersfield-CT-06109

    • Joe says: 750 comments

      For those like myself who skipped the Salem listing because you mocked the Realtor for calling it a Tudor, It is a Second Empire, although it hasn’t enough pictures shown to show viewers what it is like.

  5. peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1063 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1885 Italianate.
    MI

    I am submitting this again. It is in Stockton, NJ. (love the name of road!). What my question is, what are the stalagmite looking deals on top of the one little outbuilding?

    https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/2105429742_zpid/1800-1930_built/globalrelevanceex_sort/40.470392,-74.989629,40.461625,-75.004285_rect/15_zm/

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  6. Jennifer HT says: 780 comments

    Not sure if this has smoke damage, or just old age discoloring the place, but it seems to be quite the home with great potential.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4930-Argus-Dr-Los-Angeles-CA-90041/20852034_zpid/?fullpage=true

    This home is crazy cheap. Let’s collectively ew the bathroom carpet and blurry pics and see whats under the surface.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1829-SW-Lincoln-St-Topeka-KS-66604/77467127_zpid/?fullpage=true

    Yes, there have been some updates. But there is so much to work with in the details. Quite unassuming from the outside, lovely woodwork inside.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/340-E-Church-St-Tiskilwa-IL-61368/91354127_zpid/?fullpage=true

    Sharing for the retro glam. I want to use the pink bathroom with a maribou trimmed robe and kitten heel slippers.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1777-N-Jackson-Hwy-Glasgow-KY-42141/112032910_zpid/?fullpage=true

    Great craftsman details.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2021-N-Talbott-St-Indianapolis-IN-46202/1102593_zpid/?fullpage=true

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    • Joseph says: 394 comments

      The Los Angeles house is nice, but I think something happened. On google street view it looks like house was emptied out into the yard. Earthquake damage?

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    • Bethany Otto says: 3472 comments

      I love the little LA house. How I would like to restore it! I suspect the discoloration is age/smog.

      Topeka, KS is also a keeper! A little depressing looking in the gloomy pictures, but so much potential!

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    • Carhy F. says: 2208 comments

      You’re right, about that middle house in Tiskilwa, IL. A bunch of really nice details/woodwork inside, which I didn’t expect it to have. Nice entry hall and very pretty staircase with those newel posts & balusters.

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    • 67drake67drake says: 268 comments
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      1993, hey I’m still looking! Boring
      Iowa County , WI

      Great house in Tiskilwa. Never heard of that town. I had to look it up.

  7. SueSue says: 1134 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1802 Cape
    ME

    From all of us at Aloha Farm, Happy New Year everyone!!!!!

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  8. CoraCora says: 2057 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    Happy New Year from East TN y’all! ??☮??

    This is a humongous, lovely home. Needs a bit of work, yes; but not an exorbitant amount. This was a grand home, and most of it’s grand parts survive. Oh I hope the next owner doesn’t gut it.

    Pittsburgh, PA:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/11631528_zpid/

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  9. CoraCora says: 2057 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    Here’s a link that will open, sorry:

    https://zillow.com/homedetails/11631528_zpid/

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  10. Katie says: 1 comments

    Unfortunately, your Twitter feed is not publishing links to the posts anymore. They just end in … with no link! 🙁 Started December 27, looks like.

    • Scott Cunningham says: 393 comments

      I grew up in Cazenovia and have never seen these falls…. Gonna go have to check that out…. The best falls near Caz are Chittenango Falls: https://stetsonandspursphotograph.smugmug.com/FineArtsPrints/Landscapes/i-TnB5CsX/A

      Caz has some great real homes, but its NOT cheap (even for NY).

      • JenW says: 1 comments

        Scott, these falls are actually in Delphi and on private property. That is probably why you don’t remember them. While the price might be high you get your own waterfall! Cazenovia is a nice little town to live in there is a public park at the end of the lake, an amazing public library with an in-house museum ( we have a mummy), good public schools, tree lined street with sidewalk,that are plowed during the winter. It has been a great place to raise kids, but property prices are high. I looked for two years before I found a house in the village, in budget with most of my wish list. There are some amazingly well laken care of architecturally diverse homes here. If you think you can handle the taxes and snow come visit, in the summer!

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        • Scott Cunningham says: 393 comments

          Jen, I’m 100% in agreement regarding Cazenovia. Grew up there, and still have a summer camp out on Tuscarora lake. As much as I hate NY regulations, taxes, and other expenses, I overlook it all because its an absolute paradise in the summer.

        • Scott Cunningham says: 393 comments

          And you forgot that the library has a cat too!!

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    • Laurie W.Laurie W. says: 1738 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1988 Greek Revival Wannabe in beautiful countryside
      NC

      I love the Cazenovia house. It’s a nice MCM design that takes full advantage of its spectacular surroundings. My gosh, I think those falls are worth a million bucks all by themselves! Sitting on the patio would be paradise but so much light & nature comes into the house through all the windows, staying indoors would be wonderful too.

      The NJ stone house is unusual, has a lot of atmosphere. In photos at least, it looks older than it is — built in 1939. I’d like to know about its builder.

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    • Scott Cunningham says: 393 comments

      More pics of the Delphi Falls home in New Woodstock NY (Listed as Cazenovia, the closest large town)

      http://realestate.syracuse.com/realestate-news/2017/09/house_of_the_week_home_has_delphi_falls_in_its_backyard.html

      This is possibly the best waterfall setting I’ve seen in a home in a long time. The home itself is modest (and without much of note from an architectural standpoint), except for thet fantastic glassed in bath area, but the setting of the house is right out of a movie.

    • JimHJimH says: 5037 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Madison County has already approved the purchase of the waterfalls for a public park, which seems like a good thing. The owners just haven’t taken the property off the market yet, probably pending a formal agreement.
      http://www.oneidadispatch.com/article/OD/20171220/NEWS/171229986

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      • Scott Cunningham says: 393 comments

        Looks like the entire property will be purchased and returned to public use. I’ll look forward to checking it out this summer!!

  11. TGrantTGrant says: 822 comments
    OHD Supporter

    New Orleans, LA

    Happy New Year from New Orleans everybody. And thank you Kelly for keeping our Old House Dreams alive.

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  12. Jess OldHouseLover says: 5 comments

    Long time lurker, first time poster. I pass this property every day. Until very recently they were still hosting ham and bean suppers here.

    https://search.homesellingteam.com/ctmls/1-170001642/483-STORRS-RD-Mansfield

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  13. says: 164 comments

    Happy New Year to you all from upstate New York (brrrr)! I’m posting this mainly for the newel post. I’ve never seen anything like it. Anyone who knows how this was made, I’d really appreciate learning about it. https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/6-Terrace-Pl_Troy_NY_12180_M33968-54077#photo0

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  14. ChrisICU says: 647 comments

    Phenomenal is the only way to describe this. Once a ‘recreation hall’ for the next door mansion, this Moorish/Indian fantasy is now a separate home. Current owners have renovated it well, but must not have been easy with the intricate detail. I’ve seen nothing like this outside India. https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/625-5th-St-N_Stillwater_MN_55082_M80234-13277#photo17

    Here’s a wikipedia entry that describes this house and the next door mansion. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Sauntry_House_and_Recreation_Hall

    This house is the opposite of the one before – simple in design. 1940’s, smallish and the interior paneling reminds me of the interior of an Airstream. https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1796-Morning-Glory-Ln_Fennville_MI_49408_M43394-66162#photo0

    This mid-century is too early for brutalist, but sure feels more like 1970s awesomeness to me. https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/4745-Girard-Ave-S_Minneapolis_MN_55419_M72923-86359

    Conflicted about living in the Loire Valley in France, or Milwaukee WI? This chateau has you covered. https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/3266-N-Lake-Dr_Milwaukee_WI_53211_M76674-80940

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    • Bethany Otto says: 3472 comments

      I love the Michigan house. Just fantastic!

      • John Shiflet says: 5473 comments

        Amazing to find an Indian Mogul’s palace in Stillwater, Minnesota. As noted, the Moorish flavor is complete although the pool room is less emphatic in style while the grand halls rival anything found in northern India. Moorish Revival houses are rare and are often limited to one or two rooms decorated in the exotic style. I have plans to recreate a “Turkish Corner” in our future Victorian home so finding rare period examples for decor inspiration is always a treat.

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        • ChezMoi says: 3 comments

          It’s not Moorish (which is North African) but rather Mughal (North Indian).

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        • TGrantTGrant says: 822 comments
          OHD Supporter

          New Orleans, LA

          One wonders if P.T. Barnam’s famous moorish revival mansion, Iranistan might have influenced it.

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          • John Shiflet says: 5473 comments

            Those rare examples stateside in the Moorish Revival style appear to have been influenced by English prototypes like Brighton’s Royal Pavilion which was built in stages from 1787 until 1815: (Wikipedia) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Pavilion Artist Frederick Edwin Church’s 1840’s Olana mansion along the Hudson River in New York is another notable example combining Moorish and Persian decorative motifs: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olana_State_Historic_Site A far more modest example is this standard Queen Anne style home in Kokomo, Indiana, with just one room being Moorish themed: (photo # 20) https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/502-W-Jefferson-St-Kokomo-IN-46901/85366538_zpid/?fullpage=true There does not appear to be any specific reason why a few daring Victorian era homeowners chose to build their homes in exotic styles except that then as now, some folks want something different. Perhaps all variations can be classified as inspired by Islamic architecture from the medieval Alhambra palace in Spain to the Taj Mahal in India. In the late 1830’s, Scottish artist David Roberts toured the Middle East and in the 1840’s published a series of “views” books of the Holy Land and Egypt that popularized the exotic Middle Eastern culture and led to a 19th century art movement called Orientalism. However, by 1910 the Victorian fascination with creating Turkish Corners and all things falling under the label of Moorish Revival, came to an end.

    • Cathy F. says: 2208 comments

      That first one… wow! Esp. gaze-worthy to me are pics #10, 11, 17, & 20.

    • Laurie W.Laurie W. says: 1738 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1988 Greek Revival Wannabe in beautiful countryside
      NC

      The Moorish house leaves me speechless. Spectacular. I can’t help wondering where you sit down & put your feet up after a hard day’s labor, but it certainly is a special place.

      Lots of style in the Minneapolis mcm. I like its feeling of space & fluidity and how unusual it is. Imagine a number of people will go through and scratch their heads, then a perceptive person will fall in love and HAVE to have it — which it deserves!

    • JullesJulles says: 534 comments
      OHD Supporter

      You win! Coolest house of the week.

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    • FG says: 89 comments

      That Bauhaus inspired place in Minneapolis is intriguing. I think it’s from the fifties (I saw an old toilet lurking in one of the bathrooms) with some late 60’s renovations to give it the “feel” it has. There are a ton of these among the well to do with German (or even Nordic) heritage throughout the midwest, though a lot have already been demolished (like the Richardson Romanesque houses which kind of dare people to demolish them). I’d love to know more about this place – it may have some FLW influences too.

  15. Virginia Seward says: 54 comments

    In love with this compound in Silver City, New Mexico, built in the 1940’s
    https://www.zillow.com/savedhomes/for_sale/2110816797_zpid/1_pnd/43.596305,-80.771485,23.503551,-110.786133_rect/4_zm/1_rs/1_fr/

    “And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been”

    ― Rainer Maria Rilke

    Happy New Year from near Athens, Georgia!

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  16. CoraCora says: 2057 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    1920:
    Enid, OK
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/84267744_zpid/

    A restored 1897 beauty:

    Gentry, AR:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/70672392_zpid/

    • Gigi Regnier says: 40 comments

      Wowzer! the 1897 is drop dead gorgeous. I would not change a thing. All the wall paper is just my style. The kitchen cabinets are over the top. Love the wood work too.

  17. Anne M. says: 828 comments

    Happy New Year all!
    Here is an 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/
    In the same town an 1890 with beautiful wainscoting in the dining room:
    https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/56658826_zpid/1720-1935_built/globalrelevanceex_sort/41.960511,-70.437813,41.787185,-71.065407_rect/10_zm/2_p/0_mmm/
    Kelly had posted a house this week in Lyndon VT and someone mentioned that there were lots of other nice old homes in the neighborhood so I took a look. Here are a couple of more for sale in Lyndon.
    An 1893 with a gorgeous dining room window seat:
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/157-Park-Ave_Lyndonville_VT_05851_M47232-67584#photo0
    An 1869 with a very nice exterior, lots of built-ins and barn:
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/6076-Memorial-Dr_Lyndon_VT_05851_M30397-10457#photo0

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  18. John Shiflet says: 5473 comments

    Happy New Year to all of the Old House Dreams “community” from chilly Fort Worth, Texas. I want to thank Kelly for all of the hard work she’s done on the site in 2017 and I hope that 2018 is even better.

    BTW, what is the story on the mansion grade home at the top of the page? I assume that is snow on the ground that we are looking at so it probably means the home was located in a more northern locale. I bet the interior was as grand as the exterior suggests.

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    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 902 comments
      Admin

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      No idea the location, I figured the north too.

      • Laurie W.Laurie W. says: 1738 comments
        OHD Supporter

        1988 Greek Revival Wannabe in beautiful countryside
        NC

        It looks like Chicago area to me, no idea why. Could be anywhere northern. It’s well loved, all decked out for Christmas. Bet there is a big fireplace ready to warm its family after a blustery time outside.

        Happy 2018 to everybody here. I hope your next year is full of warm and fulfilling things. My thanks especially, too, to Kelly for the work she puts in, providing anyone who loves old houses hours & hours of enjoyment and education.

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    • KathySE says: 18 comments

      Hi John Shiflet, I want to thank you once again for your knowledgeable posts, and info on the recent Moorish house. Thanks ChrisICU for finding that one! John, you may have a lot of us here wanting to tour your house to see the ‘Turkish corner’ once you have completed it! Wow. Thanks again! Happy New Year to all in the group as well.

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    • JullesJulles says: 534 comments
      OHD Supporter

      John, I didn’t know you were in Fort Worth Texas. I thought you were in the midwest. Wow, you aren’t that far away. Maybe we could convince Kelly for a get-together this year at someplace historic so we could finally put some faces to names. Are you listening Kelly? A nice Historic City, with hotels and campgrounds. Maybe somewhere mid-country? Maybe we could even find a historic house that we could give some time too and help fix up. Would you and Kelly think about it? Sounds like a lot of fun!

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      • Marie says: 233 comments

        I’d love to go and meet with all of the OHD people! I could help with the arrangements.

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11783 comments
        Admin

        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        I have trouble with social anxiety. I keep saying ONE OF THESE DAYS it would be fun to do a meet up at a historical site or do a historical tour with a bunch of readers but I lose my nerve when it comes to doing it. ONE OF THESE DAYS…lol

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    • JullesJulles says: 534 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Tony thanks for showing us some real jewels in Virginia.

    • Cathy F. says: 2208 comments

      I esp. like the last two homes – lovely!

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    • SueSue says: 1134 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1802 Cape
      ME

      At last a kitchen that matches the mansion. That kitchen at Merry Mill Farm has seen some fabulous parties and amazing meals. This is the most amazing place. Grand, elegant and with a dream amount of outbuildings. It only needs a pool.

      The Dyers Mill Lane farm does not have enough pictures and the description is very much lacking for such a spectacular place. They also have the acres at 23.7 but in the description it says “Country estate of 423.28 acre”. Listing does not do this farm justice.

      If I had to choose (in my dream world) it would be the last one, Old Woodville. The house is so warm and cozy and the property with its lake and gardens is just so beautiful. The barn is a wee bit too far away for my taste, I like my horses closer but that is minor.

      Thank you for sharing these. They are just wonderful.

  19. CharlesB says: 481 comments

    Design-wise it reminds me of the Arthur Clinton House in Elmira, NY, that was for sale for cheap a while back:

    http://www.historicnearwestside.com/arthur-clinton-house-photos

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    • Cathy F. says: 2208 comments

      Yep!

      And for some reason, as someone else said earlier, I also thought “Chicago” when I saw the lead house pic for Friday.

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  20. CoraCora says: 2057 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    Oh. OH! So stunning. Looks very lonely, though. I’m in awe. Anyone heard of the architect Frederick Sauer?

    1910, Pittsburgh, PA:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/11334980_zpid/

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  21. Gigi Regnier says: 40 comments

    Happy New Year from the Historic dist. Elgin, Il (just northwest of Chicago). We live in a home built by the Elgin Watch Factory for one of its employees. Elgin puts on a House Walk annually showcasing the beautiful homes. You all are welcome to come visit. Stay warm during this brutal cold.

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  22. CoraCora says: 2057 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    Hoorah for the unusual. Off-grid 1800 cabin in OH:

    Uhrichsville, OH:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/2098156001_zpid/

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  23. JullesJulles says: 534 comments
    OHD Supporter

    I’m always looking for old homes to show you in New Mexico but the pool is really limited compared to the east coast. This house is in Cloudcroft which is a beautiful rustic town in the mountains. It is a bit different and I have no idea what the style is but pretty interesting.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/609-Grand-Blvd-Cloudcroft-NM-88317/2094273504_zpid/?fullpage=true

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  24. JullesJulles says: 534 comments
    OHD Supporter

    I like this old Mediterranean it has a wonderful old feel.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/905-W-Yandell-Dr-El-Paso-TX-79902/27488130_zpid/?fullpage=true

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  25. JullesJulles says: 534 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Here is a pretty original mid-century modern that looks move in ready.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2703-N-Montana-Ave-Roswell-NM-88201/111345119_zpid/?fullpage=true
    And this one is too cool especially at this price. My husband is going to love this one. Man cave dream!
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/109-Arroyo-Dr-Socorro-NM-87801/2103905873_zpid/?fullpage=true

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  26. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11783 comments
    Admin

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/220-Middlesex-Tpke_Old-Saybrook_CT_06475_M36957-77164

    The Let’s Scare Jessica to Death house is finally for sale. Unfortunately over $5M.

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    • krstout says: 63 comments

      I driven past this house for 20 years and always been intrigued by it. “Why is it empty? Why doesn’t someone rescue it?” I suspect that will not happen now. The 124 acres it sits on has major development potential so I suspect the house will be razed. Sad.

    • TGrantTGrant says: 822 comments
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      New Orleans, LA

      Oh how I hope someone will rescue this property intact.

    • Ron G says: 170 comments

      Kelly, you have a great batting average. Its sad that the realtor is promoting this property as development project. I’ve always stuck by one mantra, “I never seen a house that couldn’t be saved.” Of course, its always a manner of economics. Put the property in a green space trust and build new life back into the house. But money does rule and it would take a real passionate person with a vision.

      My wife just leaned over my shoulder and asked me if I had lost my mind. she continued, how would you work on it in the winter months? Simple, I replied, we build a temporary structure over the house and the problem goes away. Her final comment before walking away was, “thank God you’re retired and please stay that way.”

      To our host and all those that contribute to OHD’s, have a wonderful New Years.

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      • zoomey says: 535 comments

        I’m so intrigued by this house. The story behind it must be very interesting. I wonder what happened: Could it be that the family matriarch/patriarch lived there until his/her 100s, while the house fell apart around him/her? Could it have been abandoned by squabbling siblings who inherited it yet refused to spend money fixing it up while a court decided how to divide the property? Could it have belonged to a mentally ill person who lived there in the midst of complete decay, then it was boarded up at his/her death and, again, left to deteriorate while a court figured out what to do with the estate?
        It’s astonishing that this property is to be sold for $5 million!! Someone was sitting on all this valuable real estate while that beautiful house disintegrated!! It’s such a waste, as it must have been a wonderful house. I’d love to buy it and fix it up. That lake would be heaven in the summer! But I lack the funds, alas. I doubt it will be fixed, and that’s a shame. Probably condos or McMansions will sprout on all that beautiful property.

    • SueSue says: 1134 comments
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      1802 Cape
      ME

      I cannot imagine what the taxes are on this. Such a lonely grand dame sitting up high looking down at all the urban sprawl. It would be such a privilege to be able to afford this and move the house farther back into the property. I feel sad now.

  27. Paultedreamer says: 36 comments

    This house in Poughkeepsie, NY is of great interest to me. Is there anyone on here who might know anything about this house?

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/39-Adriance-Ave-Poughkeepsie-NY-12601/30083967_zpid/p

    Happy New Year to all.

    • Lancaster John says: 807 comments

      Your link to Poughkeepsie seems to go elsewhere. Maybe this will work. https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/39-Adriance-Ave-Poughkeepsie-NY-12601/30083967_zpid/ Anyway, I have no specific information on this house, but the agent’s notation that it is cash or rehab loan only means that there is something about its condition which will not pass FHA or VA lender inspections. These things can be major or minor (like peeling paint). You would have to look. The reference to a rehab loan is to an FHA product (called 203K) which allows a non-conforming property to be purchased with an FHA loan, because the cost of the rehab projects is built into the amount borrowed — and the loan appraisal is based on the “as improved” value of the property. They can be a bit of a pain to deal with but if you find a lender who is experienced in doing this type of loan it’s a good option for purchasing a property, usually at a good price, with FHA loan insurance. Usually if you have 20% down payment you can do a conventional loan or one with private mortgage insurance (if you have less than 20%) — I’m not sure if the listing agent just omitted this or if the property for some reason could not go conventional.

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  28. Bethany Otto says: 3472 comments

    ***when you accidently choose “yes, all comments/replies” for the Friday post and get 80 emails all of a sudden . . . . . . . 🙂

  29. Joe says: 750 comments

    I have a situation in my c.1810 townhouse that I would like to hear the experts thoughts. The stairs to the basement are accessed through a door that swings in to the landing. After removing the drywall above the landing, I discovered the original plaster gone with the original wood lath still in place. Would a…. I can’t believe that I am writing this on OHD’s link and exchange….CAN LIGHT, yes I did say can light be appropriate to light the stair? Does anyone know of a reasonable alternative when the top of the door is less than two inches from the ceiling. There is plenty of space in the joist bay which supports the landing between the first and second floor.
    -I just can’t think of an alternative that doesn’t leave the stair unlit.

    • JimHJimH says: 5037 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Joe, take a look at surface-mount LED fixtures – some are very small and easy to install. You could keep a candle there if you wanted to do 1810, but …

      Happy New Year peeps!

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    • Lancaster John says: 807 comments

      I had the same issue but ended up putting a period-correct wall sconce on the wall just past the landing where the stairs begin. (high up so you wouldn’t hit it with your shoulders walking down the stairs). On the other hand, very few people ever look up when they are descending a staircase (they’re looking at the steps and their feet) so a recessed can light might be a very unobtrusive and effective option.

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      • Joe says: 750 comments

        Thank you for your great idea. I am not sure it will work because of a narrow landing and low ceiling. A shoulder may still hit when passing. I am grateful for your input and will have to give it a careful look.

  30. CoraCora says: 2057 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    1830:
    Rivesville, WV:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/2095654013_zpid/

  31. CoraCora says: 2057 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    Hilly Holbrook’s house from “The Help” is for sale:

    1922
    Greenwood, MS:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/114915095_zpid/

  32. Julie says: 50 comments

    I’m feeling nostalgic since it’s New Year’s, so here are a few from near where I grew up. Mostly not as original as many here would prefer, but I like them all quite a bit for one reason or another.

    Love the exposed brick on this one:
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1415-Chamberlain-Ave-Chattanooga-TN-37404/55219142_zpid/

    This one is less than an acre but just looks so cozy and secluded. I’d LOVE to have a yard retreat like this:
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/31-Woodlawn-Dr-Chattanooga-TN-37411/55223133_zpid/

    This one just for the awesome first fireplace:
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/63-Broad-St-NW-Cleveland-TN-37311/113395456_zpid/

    Quite a bit updated, but tastefully done I think:
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1643-N-Ocoee-St-Cleveland-TN-37311/40863675_zpid/

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    • Cathy F. says: 2208 comments

      I love the second house, the one on Woodland Drive! Both inside & outside. The archways, the staircase’s design… so pretty! I think the only things I would immediately change would be some of the lighting fixtures, starting with the kitchen’s.

  33. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11783 comments
    Admin

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks everyone for the shares! Happy New Year!

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  34. Scott Cunningham says: 393 comments

    Cozy old school house in Erieville NY. Paradise in summer… not so much in winter…

    https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/30839103_zpid/priced_sort/42.977274,-75.617695,42.767682,-75.861455_rect/11_zm/2_p/

  35. CoraCora says: 2057 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    Here’s a 1928 motel in Raleigh:

    Raleigh, NC:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/50097156_zpid/

  36. 67drake67drake says: 268 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1993, hey I’m still looking! Boring
    Iowa County , WI

    Not the greatest interior,but I’m a sucker for our lakefront houses here. My wife’s uncle lived 1 1/2 blocks south,but sold his house last year due to the traffic in the summer.

    https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Racine-WI/70367718_zpid/54043_rid/1800-1930_built/globalrelevanceex_sort/42.780818,-87.750206,42.72624,-87.842474_rect/13_zm/

    • Lancaster John says: 807 comments

      If you’re a fan of craftsman bungalows, this one should be on your favorites list. I really like the fireplaces and interior woodwork.

  37. Sandy says: 2 comments

    I just came across this beauty in Trinidad, CO (Southeast part of the state, quite far from Denver) and knew I had to share it with you!
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1919-Pinon-St-Trinidad-CO-81082/2144467378_zpid/?fullpage=true

    • ChrisZ says: 61 comments

      So they painted the exterior brick, and then stripped the plaster off of the interior and left the brick exposed?

      Not to mention ENTIRELY painting the mantle white.

      Is it just me?

  38. SueSue says: 1134 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1802 Cape
    ME

    Here is an 1840 adorable Cape in St. George on almost two acres. It is right across from the water (with deeded access) and has a guest house. Can’t beat the price either. The vintage cook stove is a gem.

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/Port-Clyde-Rd_Saint-George_ME_M30947-90315#photo16

  39. Lancaster John says: 807 comments

    Sue, it’s late in the week so please consider reposting this one on Friday so more will see it. It’s a gem. If I were not such a winter weenie, I would jump on this. And not change a thing (except maybe tuck in a little gas range somewhere so you didn’t have to fire up the woodstove to make morning coffee!)

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    • SueSue says: 1134 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1802 Cape
      ME

      Sure, will do. Since we are right now in the middle a Nor Easter with 12 to 18 inches of snow coming with high winds it might be silly for me to say this but it is a bit warmer on the coast than inland and less snow. Plus it is so beautiful on the ocean you might not mind the cold one bit.

  40. Cora says: 2057 comments

    omg *starry eyed*

    1850
    Culpeper, VA:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/2091691031_zpid/

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    • SueSue says: 1134 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1802 Cape
      ME

      Oh my. It’s like a ’70’s time capsule. The kitchen, lighting, the wallpaper; even the industrial looking carpet on that incredible staircase. This magnificent place is just waiting for someone to come and breath life into it and back some 1800’s touches. Wish there were tons more photos too. I also wonder where did the dome go?

  41. CoraCora says: 2057 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    A great fixer-upper! Lots of nice woodwork.

    Elmira Heights, NY:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/29970929_zpid/

  42. CoraCora says: 2057 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    Nice Second Empire, lots of original details left…And bargain priced.

    Owego, NY:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/32801861_zpid/

  43. JPC says: 17 comments

    Here’s one from Michigan with a lot of character and woodwork. It’s even got an old pic in the listing, which I think will be appreciated around here. https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/16370-Rome-Rd-Manitou-Beach-MI-49253/68225063_zpid/?fullpage=true

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