c. 1900 Queen Anne – Leipsic, OH

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304 W Main St, Leipsic, OH 45856

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  • $50,000
  • 4472 Sq Ft
This home needs to be completely remodeled. 1st story has 5 rooms and 1,520 sqft. Upper story has 4 rooms and has 1476 sqft. Attic has 1 room and has 1476 sqft. Unfinished basement has 1520 sqft. Lot is 132 x 132. Lots of closet space. Home is located across from library. Pine and hardwood floors. Lots of nice woodwork. Selling as is; daylight showings only. With your TLC, this could become your dream home.
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Everett Latta, Century 21/Koehler & Associates
(419) 422-4082
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31 Comments on c. 1900 Queen Anne – Leipsic, OH

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11893 comments
    Admin

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks Jennifer HT for sharing.

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  2. John Shiflet says: 5363 comments

    For some reason, this house really grabbed my attention and stirred up my emotional need for preservation. It was obviously a fine home in its day but now needs TLC. I was especially concerned that the porch roof, tympanum/pediment, and the lovely domed rounded pavilion at the porch end might soon fail. But there is a narrow window of time where the porch could be saved and restored. The fact that showings are only during the daytime suggests there are some interior issues as well. Many agents will refrain from posting deteriorated details inside but we old house lovers want to see the good, the bad, and the ugly from the basement to the rooftop. The house is in the Queen Anne style with added Colonial/Classical Revival details. If I lived nearer to Leipsic, I’d want to take a look at this one. The brick house itself looks sound and solid. I shudder to read “this home needs to be completely remodeled”. I propose instead, that it needs to be completely restored with sensitivity to the style and period of the house. Some time capsule type houses although they may appear shabby inside or outside, truly are the proverbial diamonds in the rough. I suspect this may be one of them. If any OHD readers live nearby, maybe they could favor us with a few interior photos so we could determine the state of the interior. I will withhold all of the “Wow!” until then but the exterior looks promising. Thanks to Jennifer for sharing and to you, Kelly, for posting.

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  3. Annabelle says: 119 comments

    Ohio has some really nice old brick homes. Most of my family lives in Northern Ohio – about 45 minutes away from Cleveland.

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  4. Randy C says: 454 comments

    Really too bad there aren’t more pics, especially the wood floors and millwork mentioned in the listing. I would like to see more.

  5. Ross says: 2456 comments

    I am going to crank up my time machine, find the person who thought it would be a good idea to replace the original porch columns with spindly metal ones, and send them back to the Middle Ages. Or…maybe the Dinosaur Era.

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  6. CoraCora says: 2057 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    This house is singing that 80’s song, “I Need A Hero” (from a movie I think…was it Footloose?)

    Someone save it! It’s just lovely.

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  7. Jason B says: 201 comments

    With my lottery winnings I would hire the best architect and Gen Contractor team to catalog and dismantle it, brick by brick, and reassemble it on a 100 acre tract here in central Indiana. It would be what we call a “Restomod” in the automotive world. Restomod would consist of period correct finishes and fixtures, blended with state of the art mechanical systems including geothermal heating/cooling, wind turbines and solar panels affixed to detached barns and outbuildings, subfloor heat, up to code electric, Vista 128 24V hybrid fire/security alarm, fire protection dry riser sprinkler system, etc. I could have a lot of fun with this!

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  8. Cody H says: 135 comments

    That porch needs Jesus. Or Ross. Whoever gets there first. Yikes!

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  9. Jason B says: 201 comments

    I also hope the new owners can find an old picture of the back porch, so it can be properly reconstructed.

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  10. Jason B says: 201 comments

    Through a search for more information I didn’t find much on this property, but the house across the street was owned by John Edwards and is on the national register. I imagine this one across the street was built for one of his sons or another relative. His sons were not named in the article I read, but they were prominent business men in the 1800’s. Other homes on Majn St have quite lavish interior craftsmanship, and I do hope this one survived. I want to retract my previous comment about uprooting the house and rebuilding it in the county. The home was planted where it belongs, and I couldn’t live with myself for disturbing the village. I do hope someone can make this a grand home once again.

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  11. Joe says: 755 comments

    My thought on the daylight only appointments is that there is no electricity on in the house. I know that anyone who buys this home for restoration will want to see as many early photos as they can find. Maybe those of you who have such success with finding such photos can put your genius to work and post links or send the pictures to Kelly to post up top.

  12. VictorianJoy says: 122 comments

    I am quite certain that John and Ross’s unending advice on restoring old homes is included in with the selling price – now that’s a bargain!

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  13. Jason B says: 201 comments

    I would love to be the volunteer to see it and obtain interior pictures for our group here, but it is a 2.5 Hr drive one direction from Muncie Indiana. I hope someone closer can react. I may be up fora road trip, but I am unable to purchase another house at this time (wife and I already own 3 1900 houses here in Delaware County & 8 acres in TN) but I am property tax poor.

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  14. Jason B says: 201 comments

    Charles Haskell, first governor of Oklahoma, grew up in Leipsic also, but born before this house was built. He may have left the area when this was a fairly new structure. IDK why I am so fascinated by this listing, but I am!

  15. thedappledgraythedappledgray says: 55 comments
    1925 Tudor Revival
    AL

    This house looks almost identical to the B. W. Walker House at 103 Goldthwaite Street in Montgomery, AL. Here’s a link: http://exploringmontgomery.com/b-w-walker-house/

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    • John Shiflet says: 5363 comments

      I agree. When I looked carefully at the Leipsic house it looked too formal to not be architect designed. I therefore assumed the design may have come from a published source, perhaps from a planbook. The Montgomery, Alabama, Walker House looks to be slightly older, or, perhaps a decision was made to incorporate fewer Colonial/Classical Revival elements there. Now, if only someone knew what was the source for these very similar designs then we could gain greater insight into their original appearances. Nice find, thanks for sharing!

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      • John Shiflet says: 5363 comments

        Perhaps the Walker House in Montgomery remains standing. Here’s the streetview: https://goo.gl/maps/CBF8GRWb9u62 The Walker house would be a fixer upper that many Old House Dreamers could appreciate. It would truly be a shame for either the Leipsic, Ohio, or the Montgomery, Alabama, houses to be lost to neglect. They will never build houses like these faded gems ever again.

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  16. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11893 comments
    Admin

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Some interior photos added!

  17. John Shiflet says: 5363 comments

    Not perfect, but not as bad as it could be. The interior appears to be largely unaltered. Still in the category of a fixer upper but it appears to be a house that can be restored with a moderate effort. I know there are folks out there who would be up to the challenge and could bring this house back to its former glory. It’s certainly a worthy candidate after seeing the interior photos. Thanks for adding them.

  18. says: 1 comments

    Hello (hopefully) new friends,

    I am brand new here. I stumbled upon this awesome listing from a different old house page this morning. I am from nearby (6 miles) Ottawa, OH so when I saw a listing for Leipsic I was instantly intrigued. I’m not necessarily in the market for buying a house, only I can’t stop thinking about this one. I hope to set up a viewing with the realtor soon. I have a master’s degree in architecture and I am a sucker for old buildings, but I’m fairly new to the world of renovation/rehabilitation.

    What non-traditional things should I ask about? Any questions you guys would want answered? Photos of specific features? Maybe tell me this is a totally nuts idea?

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  19. Just letting anybody know that the house at this location has been bought by my wife and myself. This house was built around 1875 and it took two years to build. The plan for what we will be doing with the house is a total and complete restoration of what it used to look like. As we were going through the house, we found the original blueprints with full scale details of designs and dimensions. What a find the prints were to us! The plan was designed by the architect firm of Charles Henry & Son located in Akron Ohio. The firm is no longer in existence but their work in the Akron area is on the National Register of Historic Places. We also have a picture of the house in the early 1920’s. Very impressive!!! This project will take time to complete. Not your average fixer upper!!

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  20. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5363 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    Congratulations! Finding original blueprints for a house of this age is exceedingly rare. The blueprints show original details that may or may not exist today. Combine the fortunate blueprints discovery with the 1920’s photo and they should make the task of restoration much easier. I hope somehow you can share some before and after photos of the house. Your purchase gives hope that this house will continue to stand generations from now. Here’s wishing you good luck and thank you for saving and preserving part of our architectural heritage.

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