February 9, 2018: Link Exchange

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11880 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Today’s old photo is of the Hirschler family of Donnellson, Iowa. The older lady sitting is Barbara (1832-1925, link to grave), the older man opposite is David (1831-1901, link to grave). (Wiki, Hirschler Family)

    Both German born, Barbara came to America in 1850 with her mother and brother. I don’t know when David immigrated. They had 13 children. At the time of her death in 1925, 39 grandchildren and 55 great grandchildren. From her obit, “With the passing of Grandma Hirschler the Zion Mennonite Church loses a good, faithful, Christian woman and the last charter member of the Church. Her loving influence will go down through the lives of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.” I don’t know if the home still stands.

    If anyone has an Ancestry account (David Hirschler results and his Will).

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    • Coqu says: 251 comments

      Beautiful.
      I just knew they were Germans by looking at the pics (I’m an ancestry addict!).
      How cool to see a picture of a mother with her 13 children taken sooo long ago. I imagined the babies were grandchildren, but they must be Mother and Father’s, as there are 13 pictured (???).

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    • RossRoss says: 2411 comments
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      1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
      Emporia, KS

      Kelly, I love love love when you enlarge aspects of an image. Suddenly, a much richer story is revealed!

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      • SharonSharon says: 605 comments
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        2001 Contemporary
        Sedalia, MO

        Like the men, with hats either in hand or at the ready. And how handsome they are. And the pleasant faces of the women. Beautiful woman seated, her head turned. The woman standing behind David appears to be “with child.” A trace of youth still on Barbara’s mild face. Good house. Rain barrels? Can you hear the chatter over a family meal on Sundays? Donnelson is in southeast Iowa between Burlington and Fort Madison. Verdant rolling hills. Best farm land. Gorgeous views. Thanks again, Kelly, for taking me back home–and back to a time I never knew, except in my heart.

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    • Cathy F. says: 2192 comments

      Maybe the pic was taken on the day the baby on the left was baptized (long gown)?

      I don’t think I’ve ever seen a tie such as the man on the far left was wearing.

      13 kids… yikes! Imagine the cooking, laundry, etc, etc… And that they all achieved adulthood must’ve been fairly nusual. 55 gr’grandchildren… wow!

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      • Coqu says: 251 comments

        Mennonites don’t baptize their infants, so the parent must have left the church if that’s the case.

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        • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11880 comments
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          1901 Folk Victorian
          Chestatee, GA

          Doubt they left the church as the obit states for Barbara she was still a member (her and David were one of the original founders, I believe the Wiki said David was a missionary as well.)

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          • Coqu says: 251 comments

            The baby would be a grandchild – I didn’t research all of Barbara and David’s children, but I know one of their children left for the German Reformed Church, and I believe several others did as well. That’s likely where this baby was baptized, if indeed a baptism gown.

            • Leah says: 11 comments

              These gowns were often used for babies that were crawling. It prevented them from getting too far because they would become entangled in the long skirt. So, it may not have to do with a baptism at all.

        • Karen says: 1145 comments

          Do Mennonites baptize adults as the Amish do? I know there are a lot of similarities between the two religions.

          • Coqu says: 251 comments

            Correct – Mennonites, Amish, Hutterites, and a couple other smaller churches are Anabaptists. Can be teenage years or a bit later when they are baptized.

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      • Karen says: 1145 comments

        I bet the older kids were put to work doing chores as soon as they were able to do the simplest tasks! That would’ve helped Mom and Dad. My great grandfather was a farm manager who worked many farms around Niagara County, NY from the 1890’s -1910’s. The children (6 of them) were born all over the county, as it appears my great grandfather went where he’d get a free house for his growing family, and wherever the pay was best. My great grandmother would get up and fix all the farm hands breakfast, get the kids off to school, or take the younger ones to the fields or orchards with her, where she worked alongside the farmhands. Then she’d make them all lunch, and go back to work the afternoon on the farm. She must’ve been constantly exhausted, because in addition to this, she was also one of the busiest seamstresses in the county, often designing what she made for women. I cannot figure out how she lived to be 103!

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    • JimHJimH says: 5105 comments
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      Cool old photo. There’s an old Hirschler house that still stands on a farm about 3 miles north of Donnellson with the same shape as this one, but no street view or photos good enough to tell for sure. There’s a carved log with the family name out front. It was owned by David’s son August and his 87 year old grandson owns it today. The family still attends the Mennonite Church in Donnellson founded by their ancestors 150 years ago.
      David Hirschler’s brother Christian built a large stone house in the hamlet of Franklin just east, where he worked as a blacksmith and ran an inn. It’s on the National Registry, has recently been restored, and they give tours and have wine tastings there.
      https://www.traveliowa.com/destination/christian-herschler-historic-district-winery-and-stagecoach-stop/7364/

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  2. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11880 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    David passed in 1901 and Barbara lived another 24 years. I cannot image living that long after my husband, it sounds like it would be so lonely even with all those children and grandchildren. Barbara also out lived 3 of her 13 children but all lived into adulthood.

    Scheduled posts for this weekend. If you see a home you shared and I didn’t thank you, it’s because the post was created before your share. 🙂

    OHD Supporters! Your comments are now highlighted along with a little star icon. I’m still tweaking it and there’s a glitch with nested comments where the highlight and icon do not show. You will need to be logged into your OHD account before making a comment for it to work, it’s attached to your account rather than your email address. If you wish not to have your comment highlighted, let me know as I can remove it for your comments.

    OHD merchandise! Received my mug and tshirt order this week. The mug I’m not impressed with, $1 store mug at $15 price is a bit ridiculous but other print companies charge the same amount so we may be stuck with what they offer. Tshirt, seems good quality, I’ll wear and wash this weekend to determine if the price is worth it (so if you see a woman walking around in an “Old House Dreams” shirt, say hi! I’ll also have to order additional designs to check print. Hopefully by next month all will be available for those that want something. I can’t guarantee they’ll be cheap, my mark up for each item will only be .50 on top of what the print company charges, my apologies for the prices beforehand!

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    • CoraCora says: 2054 comments
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      Clinton, TN

      You should make a little more than $.50! Just saying.

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      • MW says: 902 comments

        Agree, you’re going to need to mark things up a bit more than $.50 each or you’ll soon find you are actually losing money at the end of the day. Think about all the expenses that actually might go into getting items sent out, even little things like gas to go to the PO to drop them off, parking while there if you have to, etc. Unless you are selling in very high volume, I doubt $.50 each is going to actually cover your expenses and make it worth your while. It is nice that you are trying to keep costs down. But don’t short change yourself so much that it isn’t even worth it and you might actually be losing money on it. $.50 is a pretty slim margin to expect to be able to turn items around and get them out to people.

        • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11880 comments
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          1901 Folk Victorian
          Chestatee, GA

          No expenses on my part except the time designing and then ordering a ton of products to make sure prints are good and not wonky (seeing the design online is different than in person), that is the expensive part. I’ll have to spend about $200 in testing products from different companies, maybe more as time goes on. I’ll be using an on-demand printing company and they handle all the orders (Zazzle, Vistaprint, Spreadshirt are a few, I’ve tested Zazzle and will be testing the others this week.) I design it, the company prints and mails all orders.

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  3. Joseph says: 421 comments

    I’ve been looking at listings for the towns around me. At the moment there is very little inventory on the market, no matter what the age. This little cape caught my eye due to the low price for this area – admittedly the house needs a lot – but the realtor implies it could be a building lot. The home could be fixed up to be a small, but cute house, but I am in love with the potential of that barn. House appears to be livable as it, and the small scale makes it a bit easier for doing it yourself.

    https://www.trulia.com/p/ma/sutton/468-central-tpke-sutton-ma-01590–2000638851

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    • Joe says: 748 comments

      What a shame there are no interior pictures of the barn. I’d be inclined to convert that into the house and use the house as a guest house, airBNB etc.

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    • Laurie W.Laurie W. says: 1706 comments
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      1988 Greek Revival Wannabe in beautiful countryside
      NC

      Building lot, my eye! It has lots of potential & is adorable! Agree about the barn too. The whole place is like a door to the past and on a very New England street too.

  4. CharlesB says: 479 comments

    Seems we haven’t had a good old-fashioned $17,000 Toledo, Ohio mansion in quite a while. This 1883 Italianate was built for Stephen Laskey, a British-born real estate developer, who made his fortune buying up marshland in the Maumee Valley for a song and selling it to farmers after it had been drained and ‘reclaimed’ (his brother George, in the Ohio State Senate, got the state to bankroll the drainage project):

    https://www.estately.com/listings/info/2357-collingwood-boulevard

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    • Scott Cunningham says: 393 comments

      OMG!!! Is that price right?? Thats almost free!!!, and man! that house sure has some great bones. Lets hope some young person with a lot of ambition and willingness to work (and just the right amount of “crazy”..) grabs that place and turns it into something

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      • RossRoss says: 2411 comments
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        1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
        Emporia, KS

        OMG is right!!!!!!!!

        The house is INCREDIBLE! Thanks, Charles, for posting it!

        I “walked” on the street. I had expected a devastated streetscape but was delighted to discover quite the opposite.

        So, my OMG reaction is now much intensified! It’s official: ZOUNDS!

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      • Laurie W.Laurie W. says: 1706 comments
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        1988 Greek Revival Wannabe in beautiful countryside
        NC

        Beautiful place — what a shame nobody has appreciated it in all this time! It really is a prize waiting to be claimed.

    • TGrantTGrant says: 883 comments
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      New Orleans, LA

      Boy she’s a beauty. So much original magnificence still intact!

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6727 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Um —- the fixtures and fittings alone in this house are worth three times the ask. I’ll be a miracle if this one doesn’t get parted out. W O W. Thanks for posting Charles!

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    • Gretchen says: 55 comments

      Just. Stop. Wow.

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      • John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

        A friend shared the Collingwood Street house with me a few days ago. I believe that Collingwood is on the margins of Toledo, Ohio’s Old West End historic district. (neighborhood website: http://www.toledooldwestend.com/ ) Undoubtedly, despite decades of losses, it was once one of Toledo’s premiere residential streets. Enough former mansions like this one (some in very neglected condition) remain to get an idea of what this neighborhood once looked like. I was amazed to see a few stained glass windows, a stunning staircase, and mantels surviving with their overmantels still intact in this former mansion. I think there’s still hope for this house as the location looks relatively safe in streetview. One street behind it and there are many well maintained period homes so I don’t think the investment required to bring this house back to its former glory would be wasted. Perhaps there’s even an Old House Dreamer in the ranks of our readers who could show us what is possible with this once grand home.

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    • CoraCora says: 2054 comments
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      Clinton, TN

      My favorite bargain in a while! What a fabulicious treasure this home is, thanks CharlesB!

      I’m one-upping Ross from Zounds to Gobsmacked.

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    • zoomey says: 523 comments

      That is an extraordinary house! And for $18K?? There was a book a few years ago about a journalist who rehabbed a house in Toledo. I can’t remember the name of it, but I think he was a reporter for the Toledo Blade. I wonder if this is the same neighborhood? It is a gorgeous house with stunning woodwork. Perhaps the neighborhood is in poor shape? Anyone know? What a shame if this house is lost. I hope it gets saved.

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  5. Anne M.Anne M. says: 903 comments
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    1972 raised ranch.
    Hopkinton, MA

    I have been home sick this week so I have really been enjoying all the houses posted! Here is an 1820 church for sale in the southern Berkshires, a couple of great old photos included
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1386-Hartsville-Mill-River-Rd_New-Marlborough_MA_01230_M35202-03671
    A 1915 mansion with 115+ acres, also in the Berkshires:
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/46-Bow-Wow-Rd_Egremont_MA_01230_M32973-02345
    A gorgeous 1923 Georgian Revival
    https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Springfield-MA/56218081_zpid/7221_rid/1720-1935_built/42.178416,-72.436467,42.047253,-72.656193_rect/11_zm/2_p/0_mmm/

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  6. StevenFStevenF says: 791 comments
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    1969 Regency
    Nashville, TN

    Wow…can you imagine having 13 kids and still be loved? How did she manage? LOL.

    Here are a few 20th century finds that you might enjoy:

    1. 1903 Stucco “mansion” in Davenport, IA. I love the wrought iron embellishments on either side of the entry columns by the curb. Extra points for the person who can translate the German phrase carved into the fireplace mantle. (I can’t).
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/17-Oak-Ln-Davenport-IA-52803/96896178_zpid/?fullpage=true

    2. Another beauty – this one the steal of the week. A 1920 Colonial revival in Keokuk, IA. A great view of a river and I really dig the pediments and medallions above the French doors and windows in the living room.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1031-Grand-Ave-Keokuk-IA-52632/87002065_zpid/?fullpage=true

    3. This Burlington, IA Art Moderne 1938 house has a stunning exterior, but I can’t tell if the interior has been gutted and all 1930s glamor removed, or if it was always this spare. Some of these homes were blank slates to begin with. I do see a lovely streamlined fireplace surround which hints at some historic elegance.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2680-S-Main-St-Burlington-IA-52601/67207599_zpid/?fullpage=true

    4. I’m a sucker for a tile roof and this 1920 “Mediterranean” in Monmouth, IL provides a nice green example. There’s an original bathroom tucked in there somewhere. Again more bonus points for the person who can tell me what the green box is over the lower right window in Picture No 3? An old alarm? I’d consider painting it the color of the brick so it “disappears”.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/200-S-D-St-Monmouth-IL-61462/115758461_zpid/?fullpage=true

    5. This compact 1920 two-bedroom stone Colonial Revival in Mount Carmel, IL features some cool paneling in the master bedroom and probably some great floors under all that carpet. This would be a dream home for an empty nester or newlyweds.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/231-N-Cherry-St-Mount-Carmel-IL-62863/115753933_zpid/?fullpage=true

    6. This unique 1939 contemporary home in Peoria IL is almost a time-capsule (except for, alas, the kitchen and carpeting). I’ve never seen windows undulate like these do. Lots of potential here for the buyer with a vision.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/200-W-Maywood-Ave-Peoria-IL-61604/5137035_zpid/?fullpage=true

    7. Before we leave Peoria, check out this lovely 1915 stucco Colonial featuring some killer millwork, arched doors, deep bay windows and all-around loveliness. Bathrooms and kitchen were updated at some point. Good taste abounds.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1628-W-Moss-Ave-Peoria-IL-61606/5159201_zpid/?fullpage=true

    8. A 1911 Colonial revival in Rock Island with probably some of the best paneling I’ve ever seen in the living (?) room. Also some cool old tile in the bathrooms. No rehabbing to be done here…this one is pristine.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2401-13th-Ave-Rock-Island-IL-61201/5202451_zpid/?fullpage=true

    9. Probably my favorite for cuteness…this 1926 Princeton, IL Colonial revival with an octagonal(!) breakfast room. Why have we forgotten how to build like this? Nothing huge, nothing grand, just charm, charm, charm.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/602-S-Euclid-Ave-Princeton-IL-61356/91348224_zpid/?fullpage=true

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    • Coqu says: 251 comments

      Interesting that your shares are so close to the Iowa family pictured above.

      My grandmother had even more children than the woman above, and all of her children named a daughter after her because she was so loving.

      The first home (Davenport, IA) was the home of the co-founder of The Gordon-Van Tine Company (befitting, as this is OldHouseDreams). Because of the glare, I can only read part of the phrase (and sketchily at best), but I think it’s “First …. then drink and laugh”.

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    • Cathy F. says: 2192 comments

      My faves of this bunch are #4, 7, & 9. All have various features I really like.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6727 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Thanks’ Steven. It doesn’t get much better than the house in Rock Island. Those baths are Vitrolite glass tile, and some SUPERB examples of it for sure. That shower door in the master is like a bank vault! Never seen one that fine before. Wow.

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      • StevenFStevenF says: 791 comments
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        1969 Regency
        Nashville, TN

        I’ve never seen mirrored valences before like those in the dining room. My new obsession now.

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      • Laurie W.Laurie W. says: 1706 comments
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        1988 Greek Revival Wannabe in beautiful countryside
        NC

        That door knocked me out too. Special indeed. I love the last 2 houses. It’s a mystery to me why anyone would prefer a bunch of boxes stuck together with a roof on top & called a “new” house to what we see here.

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        • RosewaterRosewater says: 6727 comments
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          1875 Italianate cottage
          Noblesville, IN

          Check this one out guys! It’s an older listing, so maybe someone has posted it before, but it’s a first for me: I just ran across it. It’s probably the most decorative, in tact, original, top shelf, town house I’ve seen in a while. If you love stained glass YOU’LL F.L.I.P. FLIP! The sailboat is one of the more unique examples I’ve EVER seen.

          https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/306-Overton-St-Newport-KY-41071/1361760_zpid/?fullpage=true

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          • StevenFStevenF says: 791 comments
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            1969 Regency
            Nashville, TN

            The stenciling and murals are amazing! I really love the stained glass which is. Not something I’m always a fan of. The tile floor on the second floor is a head-scratcher!

          • Joe says: 748 comments

            I think this one is likely make the OHD pages if it hasn’t already. I don’t recall seeing it on the site before. The stained glass windows, which are not a feature that I always like, are individual works of art that are worth seeing for themselves alone. The whole house exceeded my expectations.

            • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11880 comments
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              1901 Folk Victorian
              Chestatee, GA

              Not posted on the site before, don’t know if it was shared elsewhere.

              • John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

                Absolutely one of the best of the best from the 1890’s. This house is one of the most prominent in Newport, Kentucky’s mansion district. I expect it will sell as Newport is right across the Ohio River from much larger Cincinnati and both towns have millionaires who could easily afford a grand Victorian mansion like this one. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn the stained glass windows were made in Cincinnati which had several quality stained glass studios in the late 1800’s. Houses like this one rarely come on the market and in this example, the listing said its been off the market for 65 years. It’s fine enough to become a museum house or perhaps a fine bed & breakfast if zoning/code allow it.

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          • JimHJimH says: 5105 comments
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            Henry, I’m thinking of a nautical theme for the stairway.
            Whatever you like, Mary. I’ll be at the store, then at the club this evening.
            (Possible 1889 conversation of Mr. & Mrs. Willenborg)

            Fantastic house, and the use of ashlar stone, brick, limestone, terracotta and wood on the exterior is superb. The listing says the price includes further restoration – I wonder what they have in mind.

          • zoomey says: 523 comments

            It would kill me to live in that house because the stained glass and murals are so stunning I’d be overcome just walking in the front door! What an amazing, absolutely fantastic, beautiful house!! Yes, the sailboat! Wow! I’m speechless!!

      • Lancaster John says: 864 comments

        I grew up in a 1949 house with Vitrolite bathroom walls but never, until now, knew what they were. Ours were solid color (acqua and gray-blue) and not marbelized. We just called them glass tile. They held up remarkably well for the 55 years my parents owned the house. No cracking, no re-grouting, you could clean and shine them up with Windex. Wish they were still manufactured.

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    • zoomey says: 523 comments

      I am purple with envy for that pink bathroom in #4!! It’s amazingly perfect! I wouldn’t call #1 a “mansion” but it’s a beautiful house — the front hall woodwork and stairs are so elegant and inviting. Every room is interesting and has beautiful woodwork.

  7. Sharon says: 340 comments

    I would love to see how this looked back in 1910 when it was built. I can see robust Stickley furnishings, Morris textiles, and handsome American pottery throughout. Pretty sure that’s the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum in the distance.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4520-Kenwood-Ave-Kansas-City-MO-64110/2091356920_zpid/

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  8. Sharon says: 340 comments

    YES, I know the photographer should be placed in the stocks on the town square! But you can ALMOST see a hint of a Craftsman dream here. Someone call Brett Waterman of DIY Restored! And it has an inglenook!!!!! And just $54,000 in a historic Iowa rivertown.

    https https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1038-S-Starr-Ave-Burlington-IA-52601/67206680_zpid/

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  9. ddbacker says: 484 comments

    That is indeed the Nelson. This seems like absolute theft at this price. Here is some recent history of the house: http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article148169389.html

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  10. Barbara V says: 1063 comments

    HELP! It has just come to my attention that the following property, dating from 1794 and the most historic in my town, has been purchased by an entity that is seeking to develop it as a solar farm:

    https://www.landsofamerica.com/property/5440-State-Route-81-Greenville-New-York-12083/2691665

    I’ve made calls to a number of local people in the hope of mobilizing opposition to the plan, and would greatly appreciate hearing from anyone who has had experience with similar endeavors. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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    • FlaOHDJunkie says: 160 comments

      Sometimes there are some protection issues if federal money is going to be used for the solar project I would contact your state historic preservation officer.
      New York State Division for Historic Preservation
      Peebles Island State Park
      P.O. Box 189
      Waterford, NY 12188-0189
      Phone: (518) 237-8643
      It is a beautiful property such a shame for such a useless project

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      • Hoyt Clagwell says: 235 comments

        Useless project?

      • Barbara V says: 1063 comments

        Thank you, FlaOHDJunkie. I’ve been told that the solar field will not be visible from the house or the road, and that the income will be used to maintain the rest of the property – which may be why I seem to be having trouble finding much opposition to the plan…

    • Laurie W.Laurie W. says: 1706 comments
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      1988 Greek Revival Wannabe in beautiful countryside
      NC

      I’m sitting here in real horror. They always say something like that won’t make any difference…until it’s too late. A company in charge of maintaining that wonderful house & property is a recipe for tragedy. What will they use it for? Offices? Uh oh. I wish you the very best of success, Barbara. Your heart’s in the right place!

    • JimHJimH says: 5105 comments
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      The developers have said the house won’t be touched and the panels will be out of sight. That’s usually enough to satisfy town boards but as Laurie suggests, the house could be marginalized and neglected if not explicitly protected in the development plan.
      The opposition might be better focused on the environmental issues rather than preservation. Trees usually receive more sympathy than old houses from what I’ve seen.
      Trump & Co. are working to kill subsidies and tax credits for solar projects, so that may be a bigger factor in whether the project goes ahead. A solar project in my old area in New Jersey has turned into an $88MM disaster.

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      • Joe says: 748 comments

        I regret to say from my experience, lip service is given to even the most carefully worded preservation plan once a property development has been approved and started. I have seen a huge oak tree’s preservation written into a plan just to have the contractor kill it by driving over its roots with the backhoes that are digging the foundation.
        I have seen Upton Mansion, what was a remarkably preserved property owned by Baltimore City, leave a roof opening cover off for years, even when I begged them to let me make a cover for free. They could not let me do it because I am not a contractor nor if I was and had a contractor’s license, unless my company had minority ownership. There is extensive info online about the property and the various tepid attempts to find someone to preserve it. If interested in further info search with the terms “vacants to value” or “surplus” added to this Georgian Mansion that my third great grandfather, David Stewart, built as his country home in the mid 1800’s.
        I looked at it in June 2015 originally and the interior was amazingly intact. The little stair from third floor to roof opening was a beauty with its own little door at the bottom. There was no cover at the top of the stair. I measured the opening and offered to make a cover for free, they refused for reasons stated above. I was not eligible to apply to purchase the house because I am not a minority.
        In early 2016 it was awarded for $60,000 to a company that wanted to make it into a job creation center.https://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/blog/real-estate/2016/02/city-sells-historic-upton-mansion-for-60-000-job.html. When that didn’t go through, they offered it again in June 2017 I have not seen the interior for over two years, but they removed it from the offering this past year hours before the first scheduled showing ostensibly to spend $250,000 on repairs. I asked the person who came to tell those of us who were interested in it if the roof opening had been covered two years before. He simply stated that that was one of the things that was on the list of repairs. I hate to see what was ripped out during these repairs, (I am shuddering at the thought of what they might have done). I have thought of writing a big post for this link and exchange before about this house, but have given up hope for it. It makes me feel ill even writing this little bit about it.

        • JimHJimH says: 5105 comments
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          A sad story indeed, and another example of poor (criminal in my view) government stewardship of a historic property. Close your eyes, Joe:
          http://www.oldlineurbex.com/upton-mansion/

          • Joe says: 748 comments

            Hi Jim,
            I needn’t close my eyes, the photos that you have shown are not of Upton Mansion, or are very old. Two years ago their was no sign of a grand stair. There was a much more modest but attractive Federal looking stair that was in a central room to the right of a large front to back hall that went up three stories. Original windows were intact with shutters that could be tucked away into the frames. There was an enclosed set of concrete, commercial building of the fifties, looking stairs in the back, which in the location that was originally the front portico, facing Dolphin Street. The current address is on Lanvale Street in the original back. Between the house and Dolphin street are a line of quite old rowhouses. A family memoir by David Stewart’s granddaughter calls it the Dolphin Street House. The house sits on an acre of land that has been literally cut into the hill, with only the Lanvale Street side being accessible. When it was built it was still in the country on the highest point around with a view of Baltimore’s inner harbor. A previous house on the property was torn down in order to build Upton when David Stewart bought it. It is possible that your photos are of a house about a block away that was very grand. The City had it in receivership, but didn’t bring the $10,000 minimum bid at a public auction, which I attended in 2017. This link: https://www.google.com/maps/@39.2979711,-76.6359101,3a,75y,41.3h,94.42t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sdtJ4zXC-xHBzYMRBzUjVYw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

            shows a google map view of the Seller’s Mansion from Lanvale Street, with the Upton mansion roof barely visible in the distance on the right, past the big church. A simple google maps “walk” will take you to see Upton and you can even go down the alley to see the way the lot is walled and cut out of the ground when the land was developed many years ago. From the current front, Lanvale Street, one can see the house through the weeds, the carriage house to the right and the old driveway which was originally the back. The house is huge, something like 10,000 squ ft.
            I would love to know the date of that article and if those pictures originally accompanied it. I can’t conceive of them being of Upton. Unfortunately, my camera and computer with all of the pictures that I took, and there were a lot of them, were stolen in the same robbery shortly after I took them so I haven’t any visual record of what I saw. I do still remember what it looked like then and would have been willing to buy it and live in that risky neighborhood if the city was not setting criteria that it was literally impossible for me to meet.
            I realize that in the three and a half years since I was 56 and looking at it, I have become a lot more conscious that I am and will continue to become less able as I age and have lost confidence that I would risk it now. The Seller’s Mansion story is on line also and it is a good one too.

            • JimHJimH says: 5105 comments
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              I’m sure you’re right that the photos are the Sellers house, and the Upton text doesn’t belong there. Sorry for not looking more closely.

      • Barbara V says: 1063 comments

        Thank you all for your input and encouragement. I am still sifting through information and trying to separate rumors and misinformation from fact. As I am learning more, it seems that the property has not actually been sold – rather the owner is apparently looking to derive an income from leasing to the solar company in order to be able to remain in the property and afford the maintenance of it. Clearly a catch-22 – is the cost worth the gain – ? I suppose, if nothing else, the house and most of the remaining property will be preserved for the duration of the lease, at least. However, it seems that in the long run it’s value and integrity will be permanently and significantly diminished…

        JimH, if you could give me a bit more information about the $88MM disaster you refer to in New Jersey – and/or where I could learn more, that would be very helpful. Also anyone else who can provide me with similar scenarios – that may be the only way to get the town board to reconsider the whole idea. Thanks!

  11. Amy Zimmer says: 4 comments

    Recently Kelly commented that it is very hard to find Colorado houses that haven’t been flipped or modernized.  While unfortunately this is very often the case, luckily there are some notable exceptions!  Check out these beauties:

    https://www.zillow.com/homes/1665-N-grant-denver_rb/

    https://www.zillow.com/homes/1350-N-Logan-Denver_rb/

    https://www.zillow.com/homes/1389-stuart-denver_rb/

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  12. peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1064 comments
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    1885 Italianate.
    MI

    I saved this from a few days ago waiting.
    Built in 1960
    Waltervliet, MI.
    https://www.zillow.com/savedhomes/for_sale/120513764_zpid/1_pnd/63.89873,-80.859375,34.307143,-140.888672_rect/3_zm/1_rs/1_fr/

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    • Scott Cunningham says: 393 comments

      What happened to the Milwaukee house? Did the parents move out and turn it over to a squad of teenagers? Amazing place, but its gonna take some work to overcome the neglect and the decorating choices of the prior denizens

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      • Joe says: 748 comments

        Milwaukee is home to Marquette University. Large houses like this can be extremely profitable for landlords who are willing to rent to college students. There is often extreme cosmetic, repairable damage. With this in mind, and a large security deposit, a landlord can make a good living renting out these houses as long as they don’t mind spending every summer working on their property.
        The biggest down side is that some or all of the neighbors may hate you as do the police. Neighbors, who often have children who are students at colleges that are doing the same thing in other areas, become organized against you. Local papers love to quote their statements, which appear to be based in fact and prominently put the landlord’s name in the public eye even if the landlord has everything legally correct. They expect landlords to take action against their tenants that, if done, would be illegal, Infringements on housing laws are often diligently reported by those neighbors, fines accrue, local representatives consider you a big nuisance, and one can end up in court a lot (even if you have not violated the law. Been there, done that. My local State University started to advise their students who were my tenants of legal loopholes that allowed them to withhold rent for damage to the property that the students themselves had caused. That was when it stopped being profitable for me and I got out.

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      • RosewaterRosewater says: 6727 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        Looks like an artistic, creative, young couple, their daughter, and cats to me; and I LOVE their style! Heheheh. Gratefully they’re smart and haven’t done anything to affect the antique integrity of the house and fittings. They’ve made it about themselves and their own unique expression, not about trying to conform to any sort of expected interior decor archetype. It’s rough and edgy, while still clean (but not too clean) and orderly at the same time. I LOVE the tool chest in the front parlor! LOL. 😉 I feel sorry for them up there. It must be a NIGHTMARE trying to heat that thing with un-restored windows and no storms. Really fun to see. Thanks’ HT

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      • Missy Moppet says: 1 comments

        The current owners purchased it from the city – this is a link to a blurb about it from a site devoted to the Concordia neighborhood. I went to high school on 25th and Highland years ago- it’s a rough area in places, but convenient to downtown and Marquette University with many fantastic houses.

        https://www.tourdeforce360.com/hcni_tour/gezelschap-house/#sthash.FkwLvgSb.dpbs

        Here is a link to the City of Milwaukee site where they advertise their historic homes for sale, for those intrigued.

        http://city.milwaukee.gov/HistoricHouses#.WoDy8udG1dg

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    • BethanyBethany says: 3431 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      The kitchen in the Ardmore Ave. Los Angeles house is pretty much the best original kitchen I’ve seen here in quite a while. A little elbow great and good to go!

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    • SharonSharon says: 605 comments
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      2001 Contemporary
      Sedalia, MO

      Pulaski house: Another Craftsman dream in-waiting!

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    • ChrisICU says: 672 comments

      Some great houses, but have to say the staging of the Santa Rosa would freak me out. The dolls (especially the Flowers In The Attic scene) would make me skedaddle faster than a jack rabbit.

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      • RosewaterRosewater says: 6727 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        Heheheh. That attic bit is weird, but I’ve seen worse – MUCH WORSE. Those couple of Renaissance revival bedroom suites are = WOW! It’s a really great house, but that dusty white paint all over everything in the interior is jarring; especially with all the Vicky frilly stuff juxtaposed. Conversely, I think the nearly monochrome exterior is impressive and elegant. Those newel posts at the base of the porch stair are RAD!

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  13. Jennifer HT says: 747 comments

    I have no idea what year this is. It is contemporary/MCM/ranch rolled into one and fairly original looking.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1721-Jane-St-New-Iberia-LA-70563/2093918099_zpid/?fullpage=true

    Since there has been a cabin fever lately.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/54735-Upper-Pinecrest-Idyllwild-CA-92549/2091209707_zpid/?fullpage=true

    This has been updated a bit, and is CA expensive, but seems like a cool business opportunity option if looking for one.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/211-Brook-Rd-Auburn-CA-95603/122008626_zpid/?fullpage=true

    This is such a pretty home.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/319-W-8th-St-Columbia-TN-38401/41939281_zpid/?fullpage=true

    This is a fancy place. I like it!
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/996-Hillside-Ave-Plainfield-NJ-07060/2144466967_zpid/?fullpage=true

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    • SandyF says: 130 comments

      Jennifer-you found some beauties. I love the Idyllwild one-the bridge looks like an adventure all in itself. Love the little town of Idyllwild. Close to Palm Springs, LA, someone needs to open a great restaurant and grocery store. Love it up there.

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    • Laurie W.Laurie W. says: 1706 comments
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      1988 Greek Revival Wannabe in beautiful countryside
      NC

      The cabin looks so warm & cozy, both inside & outside. I’d buy it for the O’Keefe & Merritt stove, even if the house weren’t the gem it is. Like the Plainfield house a lot too — gorgeous stairway on all floors.

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      • RosewaterRosewater says: 6727 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        😉 The stove is great! Doesn’t it look amazing in that RAD kitchen!?! Love, love, love, the marbleized Formica. The whole place is stunningly beautiful from top to bottom. If it comes with the Fisher tube pre-amp receiver – I’M SOLD!

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    • peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1064 comments
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      1885 Italianate.
      MI

      I love the TN house the mostest, but that word ‘commercial’ scares me, plus what is it surrounded by? but definitely yes- a gorgeous home.

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6727 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      The G.F. Barber in NH SURE has some kind of presence on that hill. Wow.

      Those stained glass panels on the stair in NJ are EXQUISITE!

      Your picks are consistently interesting Jennifer. Thank you

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      • Jennifer HT says: 747 comments

        You’re welcome 🙂 I do love looking at homes in my free time. Since moving from super historical Redlands, Ca. to North Phoenix where there is almost no historical properties that appeal to me, it is my escape from the desert. 😀

  14. Betsy says: 156 comments

    This one is a time capsule..it has stuff in it I have never seen before…hope the link works

    https://www.trulia.com/p/mo/independence/720-w-maple-ave-independence-mo-64050–2105783302

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    • Joe says: 748 comments

      This one wows me. I don’t recall ever seeing such beautiful radiator covers and they are only one of many absolutely great features.

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6727 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      WOW. W O W. WOW. W O W. You win Betsy – best link of the week – HANDS DOWN…………………….. A marvelous Aesthetic interior with MANY decorative elements remaining, in a striking state of preserve. If someone posted this before, I missed it, so Thank You!

      The Realtor link has bigger pix:
      https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/720-W-Maple-Ave_Independence_MO_64050_M86330-70214

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      • JimHJimH says: 5105 comments
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        Yes, this was posted last month and I loved it. Built in 1888 for Dr. Thomas J. Watson and his wife Asenath (I thought she might still be there).
        Actually it was used as apartments for many years before being cleaned up and preserved a few years back. The mantels and radiator covers on a long list of goodies.

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        • RosewaterRosewater says: 6727 comments
          OHD Supporter

          1875 Italianate cottage
          Noblesville, IN

          Thanks’ Jim. What a great name! She very well may be: it’s entirely possible, and it might be fun to poke at her arcane sense of propriety enough from time to time to cause the occasional stirring. Heheheheh 😉

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6727 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      A few more pix on this site; and looks like a OHD kind of agent to speak to if you’re interested as a buyer!
      http://www.vintagehomeskc.com/category/historic-homes-kc/

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    • SuzyQ says: 95 comments

      I went to see this house 2 weeks ago and the pictures do not show how far this house has gone down. The agent said it has been empty since 2002. The front porch was falling through as well as the ceiling in the front room. Before going in I had to sign a form stating I was entering at my own risk and did not hold the owner liable. That should tell you something. The fireplaces and tile were wonderful. The radiator covers were the prettiest I have ever seen. This was a boarding house that was divided into 6 units. The main stairs were removed and I was told they were in the basement. Slate roof needed major repair as well as brick work. Termites damage to floors. I hope someone saves this beauty. Deep pockets required!

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      • RosewaterRosewater says: 6727 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        Oh jeez 🙁

      • Joe says: 748 comments

        If you are referring to the 720 W Maple House posted by Betsy above, that makes it even more important that someone buy it who can restore it. Of course the sale price would need to reflect the comparable local sold prices less a substantial portion of the cost of restoration.
        If what the agent told you about the pieces of the original stairway being in the basement, it makes it even more important. How many people who turn a large house into six units save the parts that they take out. This house, like Ross’s Cross House, may have what he calls and “Aladdin’s Cave” of original parts waiting to be explored.

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        • SuzyQ says: 95 comments

          Yes Joe I was. In my opinion it would cost well over $500,000 to fix the place back to livable. Mold, termites, plumbing, electric, slate roof leaking, etc. I hope someone saves the place. I spoke to a lady in town that made an offer less than asking price and the owner turned it down.

    • peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1064 comments
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      1885 Italianate.
      MI

      Holy cats that’s unbelievably beautiful, I’ve never seen radiator covers like that either, I thought my grandma’s were fancy hah! cool old school building across the street too.

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  15. RosewaterRosewater says: 6727 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    People ask all the time “can old coal fireplaces be used”? The short answer is yes, if perhaps used in a slightly different manner than a wood burning FP. I found this cool video of a guy doing just that, and giving a short tutorial on how to get it done. It’s pretty cool!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGNllYNdsGo

    A couple of listings from sunny Tucson!

    This DIVINE house is in the best neighborhood in town, (IMO). Colonia Solana is posh, but very demure at the same time. It’s a sort of natural desert, micro-climate right in the middle of town. The architect also designed The Arizona Inn. The current owners have updated and decorated in a VERY successful manner. GORGE!
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/545-S-Avenida-De-Palmas-Tucson-AZ-85716/8507628_zpid/?fullpage=true
    Colonia Solana is also the location of the “Meigs” house featured in season 18 of “This Old House” (for geeks like me who remember such things);
    https://www.thisoldhouse.com/watch/tucson-house
    *** PIX https://flic.kr/s/aHsk7HnLzp

    I’m NUTS for this one. It sold a couple of years ago, and I clipped the pix from that listing. Someone lived there a year of so, added a RAD pool and then split. The St Charles kitchen is BEYOND.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/414-N-Country-Club-Rd-Tucson-AZ-85716/8501647_zpid/?fullpage=true
    The old pix start about half way down in this gallery. The first house used to be on OHD. The house following was my last house before I moved back. Those pix are MLS of the sale from the owner right after I lived there. It’s a “Tom Gist” original and has been brilliantly restored by a subsequent owner, (except for the removal of the indoor part of the pool bit. https://www.flickr.com/photos/regulusalpha/sets/72157626799239098/page3
    Here’s the AFTER the (mostly) beautiful re-do:
    https://www.redfin.com/AZ/Tucson/4161-N-Camino-Arco-85718/home/50392392

    For those interested: I ran across quite a few pix I hadn’t seen of the late, great “Mount Holly” house, Foote, MS on line recently. They offer a view of the interior right before that awful dude bought it and let it rot where it stood – and subsequently burn by punks anattended.
    http://www.apps.mdah.ms.gov/Public/prop.aspx?id=29848&view=facts&y=768

    https://flic.kr/p/w8VJ4J https://flic.kr/p/w9z2VV

    🙂

    🙂

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    • Jennifer Wiebler says: 140 comments

      So much beautiful tile work in the houses you’ve highlighted, particularly Colonia Solana. Thank you for sharing!

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    • Julia says: 14 comments

      The kitchen in that Tucson house is the bomb! My hubby and I are looking to get out of California and Arizona is on our list. We may need to go check this out!!

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      • RosewaterRosewater says: 6727 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        Hey Julia. 🙂 Tucson is a warm, wonderful, friendly town full of good people, and a myriad of culturally varied lifestyle opportunities. The cost of living is very reasonable. If that price point is doable for you, you will not find a better spot in Southern Arizona, I guarantee. Call Heidi if you want to see it. You won’t find a more delightful, capable agent. 🙂 http://heidibaldwin.longrealty.com/

        Linda Ronstadt sold her house down the street last year:
        *** click on the little TV icon top right for the slide show***
        https://flic.kr/s/aHsk1NrQjD

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      • Jennifer HT says: 747 comments

        We left CA and are in North Phoenix. We love it!

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    • StevenFStevenF says: 791 comments
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      1969 Regency
      Nashville, TN

      I like your old house and am itching to neutralize the pallets somewhat of the Colonia Solana beauty. I think I also prefer it without the pool but I’m funny that way. My favorite room of all those in your flicker post is the one that contains that light colored grand piano. I love the color of the piano and that ceiling. Yum. Beautiful.

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  16. TGrantTGrant says: 883 comments
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    New Orleans, LA

    File this one under the header “winning the Powerball”. I’ve long been in love with this whopper of an estate, designed by Reginald Johnson. Still in the same family and untouched since completed in 1931.
    https://www.sothebysrealty.com/eng/sales/detail/180-l-1173-c56je9/rancho-san-carlos-montecito-upper-village-montecito-ca-93108

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    • Laurie W.Laurie W. says: 1706 comments
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      1988 Greek Revival Wannabe in beautiful countryside
      NC

      TGrant, you have topped everything with this listing! I’d die to have this; it’s simply spectacular. The inside is a surprise after the Spanish outside; I love the contrast. The kitchen is perfection. Hey, the whole place is! My biggest hope is that the buyer appreciates & respects this gorgeous estate. Its location by the mountains is also stunning. Thanks for my thrill of the day!

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    • StevenFStevenF says: 791 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1969 Regency
      Nashville, TN

      This is amazing but at $80M you’d need to win more than one power ball. I love it all.

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    • Jason B says: 191 comments

      I love that yummy green kitchen!

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      • zoomey says: 523 comments

        I love the kitchen too, and the pantry, well, what can I say?? Beautiful place. I’d keep it just as it is, not change one thing.

  17. Michele says: 90 comments

    I know this isn’t much to look at but i’m posting it because of the intriguing fret work plant stand shown in pictures 3 & 4. Wonder if there are any other treasures left inside?
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1407-S-H-St_Elwood_IN_46036_M31955-39572?ex=IN605858641

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    • Jason B says: 191 comments

      I wonder if that is a “built in” part of the original trim? It likely is situated next to the entry door, to help define the living room from the entry. I know nothing about Elwood, despite being a lifelong Hoosier from Central IN.

  18. CharlestonJohn says: 1091 comments

    Here are a couple that we’ve ruled out in our search for a special property near Jacksonville.

    This 1925 crenelated Moorish Revival style house was built by sculptor Adrian Pillars as his studio and home.
    https://www.trulia.com/p/fl/saint-augustine/16-may-st-saint-augustine-fl-32084–1002930407

    A rather intact 1932 Tudor Revival with a couple pink bathrooms and an unusually large lot in historic Avondale (with a swimming pool).
    https://www.trulia.com/p/fl/jacksonville/1470-avondale-ave-jacksonville-fl-32205–2032689486

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  19. Virginia Seward says: 57 comments

    This house is in Webster, NC (very near Sylva) https://www.zillow.com/savedhomes/for_sale/84703934_zpid/1_pnd/53.357108,-62.490235,14.477234,-122.519532_rect/3_zm/1_rs/1_fr/ I hope to go see it in a few days

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    • zoomey says: 523 comments

      Stunning! I swoon when I see a huge expanse of old subway tile in a bathroom, but that’s me. What gorgeous woodwork. I love the ballroom! I can see century-old dances held there.

    • Joe says: 748 comments

      That woodwork in picture 23 looks like it’s solid bird’s eye maple, one of the harder to find wood grains that maple can have. I don’t know of that grain appearing in other species of tree’s wood at all, but it may. It is also heavily figured, which means that the wood is heavily covered with the rare grain spots that look like a bird’s eye. Often new maple wood being sold today, even the veneer, as bird’s eye may have a single eye or fewer per square inch, which is much less desirable. I thank the person who posted the difference between less and fewer on this site quite a while ago.

  20. George Horsfall says: 1 comments

    I hope this post is of interest to the group. I really enjoy this site and all of the comments left herein. This is my family home. It is not for sale. It is rather well-known. The video is used by tour companies in promoting corporate tours of the house. It is one of the “Seven Sisters” aka “Painted Ladies” (yes, I know the term refers also to thousands of other multi-colored Victorians), aka “Postcard Row” in San Francisco. Built c 1894 in the Queen Anne style by Matthew Kavanaugh. The house is not meant to be a Victorian museum, but rather reflects our family’s collection of items, mostly from San Francisco, some dating back to when the first branch of my family arrived in this city, Sept 1849. The opening shot was taken on nearby Market Street a few days before the great earthquake and fire destroyed everything seen here. The end of the video features some of the filming done recently. Please do not copy the video, as the music and a few of the images are not mine, (meant to be used in-house, privately). The kitchen and most of the bathrooms are not on the tour so are not shown here. Any polite feedback is most welcome. I hope you enjoy it.
    Hit this link, the password is reso. https://vimeo.com/115016639

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    • ChrisICU says: 672 comments

      Hi George, when I click on your link it takes me to Vimeo, but says it’s a private link and won’t play. Do you have a different link? Love to see houses with such family connections.

    • Jason B says: 191 comments

      Thank you for sharing, George. You have a beautiful home!

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    • Laurie W. says: 1706 comments

      Lovely video, George, of a super house. The old parts are so interesting — the shot after the quake of the fire is scary. We lived in SF during the ’89 quake, which was spooky enough but only a rehearsal for the ’06 one (in reverse!). Had friends around the corner from your house. Thanks for letting us see this — love families that have loved a house for a long time! Hope it carries on for another century.

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    • zoomey says: 523 comments

      Beautiful house. I’ve always wanted to see inside one of those gorgeous painted ladies. And it’s perfectly decorated and maintained. That staircase is divine. What a lovely home!!

  21. CoraCora says: 2054 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    Whoever built this home in 1850 (if the build date is correct) was very frugal and simple. I think it’s charming.

    Coulterville, CA:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/112417514_zpid/

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  22. Oklahoma Houses By MailOklahoma Houses By Mail says: 82 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Tulsa, OK

    Here’s a unique property in Tulsa, Okla. We locals call it the Incinerator House. A local artist took this 1939 trash incinerator and remodeled it into his home. It’s on the market. Check it out!
    http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Tulsa-OK/22269442_zpid/20859_rid/1935-1940_built/36.289116,-95.572815,35.929092,-96.183243_rect/10_zm/

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0Mli4D4HOY

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    • James @ HarrodsburgJames @ Harrodsburg says: 36 comments
      1810 Georgian/Greek Revival

      A truly unique property indeed! A fascinating renovation of an incinerator into a stunning living environment. The furnishings are perfect for the creative space. Thanks for sharing this jewel.

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    • Scott Cunningham says: 393 comments

      Amazing what that man did with this place. Vision, creativity, and a long term effort have resulted in a unique, and remarkably appealing home

  23. Miss Havishman says: 3 comments

    If you know anyone who would like to own a Burnham & Root designed home, please share this. I am not just “dropping” this here. I read this board often, and, last year, purchased a home that was shared on this site. My heart is in this, completely. If this is against forum rules, I apologize, and understand that this post and link will be removed. Thank you.

    http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2018-02-10/unit-4-board-rejects-groups-second-higher-offer-burnham-mansion.html

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  24. Miss Havishman says: 3 comments

    Also, a Facebook page to save the Burnham & Root designed home in Champaign IL:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/132578854016954/about/

    You don’t have to join, I don’t think, just to read the background on what has happened.

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  25. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11880 comments
    Admin

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    If you’ve noticed, the OHD supporter icon is not working properly with nested comments. I’ll fix it Monday but for now removed the stars as it’s applying to everyone nested under a supporter. Sorry for that, I tested it all week and it seemed to work during testing.

    Edit: My mind won’t let me wait until Monday, going to be working on comments today so stars/highlights will disappear randomly today.

    Edit Edit Edit Edit…lol: Maybe it’s working now! Your browser may be storing the old cache of what it was before, if you know your name is suppose to be highlighted and it’s not (you must have been logged into your account when making the comment), let me know but first, clear your cache (holding shift+refresh works on PC.)

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  26. RonnieH says: 84 comments

    House in Medford, Oregon. $699,000. I wish they had more pictures of the ceilings. This is a few blocks from me and has a nice street presence.

    https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Medford-OR/48342687_zpid/5891_rid/1700-1930_built/42.455381,-122.552147,42.156277,-123.135796_rect/10_zm/?

  27. Robinjn says: 240 comments

    I very rarely post on Fridays, and this house is a bit newer, built in 1979. But it is GLORIOUS and you should go look at it. You really should. Especially if you like MCM and/or whacky 70s chic. I would change almost nothing.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/304-S-Lakeview-Ave-Sturgis-MI-49091/74810690_zpid/

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  28. CoraCora says: 2054 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    OK JimH, who’s house was this? Or was it always a house?

    Fort Dodge, IA: https://zillow.com/homedetails/93970499_zpid/

    • JimHJimH says: 5105 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Quite a house! Built in 1895 for Sidney J. Bennett (1839-1911) military officer, banker and mayor. Married 1867 Edith Case, 1 child Mabel.

      Found info:
      Sidney J. Bennett came to Fort Dodge in January, 1870. He is remembered as the man who built the Stampede tunnel for the Northern Pacific railroad in 1886-87. He served four years in the city council, was the four-time Mayor of Fort Dodge and three-time member of the Board of Supervisors for the County. He was instrumental in the building of the courthouse, and the Farley street viaduct later named in his honor. Mayor Bennett caused a controversy that made newspapers around the US when he proposed that all Fort Dodge bachelors between the ages of 25 and 45 years and spinsters 30 and older be married by a certain date or face a fine of from $10 to $100.

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  29. CoraCora says: 2054 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    I hope whoever buys this home doesn’t decide to continue the modernization started. So much lovely potential still left:

    Chariton, IA:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/87004006_zpid/

  30. RobynMeRobynMe says: 111 comments
    1907 George F. Barber
    Hamlet, NC

    Well, I am regretfully thrilled to report I am no longer searching for a house on OHD.

    My intention was to get a project house that no one else loved and save it. My absolute lack of restoration experience and low-fixed income slowly eroded that idea with the probable reality of getting part-way through and having neither the skill nor money to continue living there. So, I made an insanely low offer on an absolute gem with no real hope.

    Dreams do indeed come true here.

    Now I need to find the website that has the advice on how to strip white paint off trim and determine if that newel post is original! Thank you all for the amazing education and comfort in knowing that it’s not *that* insane to squee when finding original window weights in the basement. 🙂

    I keep expecting to wake up…

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    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11880 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      We’d love to be super nosy and see some pics, if you want to send some my way I’ll add to comments (you don’t have to share address or location.)
      So they accepted your offer?

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      • RobynMeRobynMe says: 111 comments
        1907 George F. Barber
        Hamlet, NC

        I clearly am still dreaming – totally forgot to link the house!
        https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2017/09/14/1907-hamlet-nc-george-f-barber/

        The listing pics are better than anything I’ll be doing for a few years. I’m convinced this is all a delusion. Can’t possibly be real. I take possession in March and haven’t started packing. Gunna wake up… aaaaany minute now.

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        • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11880 comments
          Admin

          1901 Folk Victorian
          Chestatee, GA

          YAAAAYYYY!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!!

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          • John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

            Congratulations, RobynMe! And this house is a rare example of George F. Barber’s design work from the final years of his career. I think you’ll have lots of fun with this one.

            • RobynMeRobynMe says: 111 comments
              1907 George F. Barber
              Hamlet, NC

              Thank you so much!

              I’m a little embarrassed to admit I had never heard of Barber before I started reading this site. Now I’ma gonna livz in wun! 😉

              I am compelled to also admit I felt quite smug informing the home inspector that one fireplace wasn’t original and getting him to agree that the settling he pointed out would very likely be caused by the 2nd floor addition on back. Having that plan book page made me sound like I actually knew what I was talking about!

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              • Bob Dyer says: 9 comments

                Congratulations! We, too, found our house through this site almost exactly two years ago. We are in the neighboring town of Laurinburg. There is nothing like having your “Old House Dream” become a reality!

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        • peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1064 comments
          OHD Supporter

          1885 Italianate.
          MI

          OMG that’s one of the ones I saved in favorites hahahahah!!!! Congrats!!!

  31. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11880 comments
    Admin

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Posted this home last year: https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2017/09/13/c-1860-waldoboro-me/

    The agent commented with an update, so glad it’ll be restored! http://lcnme.com/currentnews/historic-buildings-undergo-revitalization-waldoboro-village/

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  32. Kira says: 7 comments

    https://www.redfin.com/OH/Worthington/2070-W-Dublin-Granville-Rd-43085/home/75645062

    already on the chopping block to be “remodeled”. this one needs to be seen for posterity’s sake!! amazing interior and great lot. someone go to columbus and snap it up and love it!

  33. CoraCora says: 2054 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    This is a stunning property, can’t stop looking at it. Anyone living in the area know anything about this place?

    The tree in photo #5 is fairy-tale lovely.

    Hotchkiss, CO:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/2091737167_zpid/

  34. CoraCora says: 2054 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    Well now – here’s a chandelier you don’t see every day.

    Or, ever.

    Pitkin, CO: https://zillow.com/homedetails/96854533_zpid/

  35. CoraCora says: 2054 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    Hooray for the unique. Here’s a cotton gin:

    Odell, TX:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/231951977_zpid/

  36. CoraCora says: 2054 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    1898 – Stroud, OK:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/86053912_zpid/

  37. Billy Fowks says: 1 comments

    Here’s one in Troy NY. It’s pretty!

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/212-Pawling-Ave-Troy-NY-12180/32238959_zpid/

    Being a home owner in Troy, I can imagine the utility bills in the winter are onerous…

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  38. RobynMeRobynMe says: 111 comments
    1907 George F. Barber
    Hamlet, NC

    Seriously, is there another site like this one (with kind, generous and informed folk) on how to deal with old house upkeep and restoration?

    I can find lots of reno/flip sites and several old house blogs, many youTube examples of individual issues, but I’m completely missing any restoration-for-newbies-ask-idiot-questions-here sites. 🙂

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11880 comments
      Admin

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I recommend http://www.thehistoricdistrict.org

      • RobynMeRobynMe says: 111 comments
        1907 George F. Barber
        Hamlet, NC

        Bless you, Kelly!!
        I knew there had to be the obvious that I was missing.

        I’ve barely started packing and already I can’t find my brain. This does not bode well…

    • Lancaster John says: 864 comments

      Hi Robyn, you seem overwhelmed by your project so I thought I’d offer some advice. Start by thinking what you have to do to save the structure or prevent damage — does it need a new roof, gutters, broken/missing windows, foundation? If the envelope is sound count your blessings and then move on to the things which must be done all at once because they are tied together — like new heat, central air, electrical panel and wiring upgrades, plumbing rough-in. After those tasks are accomplished you are basically down to heavy-duty redecorating. Take one room at a time and it’s a lot more manageable. Try to avoid tearing up every room all at once. Start with your one space that you will spend most time in and/or makes you happy. The kitchen? The bedroom? Then when it is done you will have one beautiful place to go. Do other rooms as you have time and energy and money. My two dilemmas are (1) when to move in; and (2) what do do about refinishing hardwood floors — if necessary. On the moving in, if you can swing it financially I would advise waiting until that one nice space is done (or longer). On the floors, I find what’s best for me is to sand and strip the whole house at the beginning stages (as it creates a huge mess), then clean it up and cover them with cardboard or paper until you’re ready to stain and finish them last thing at the end of your project. Good luck! It’s not as hard as you think, and can be a lot of fun.

      • RobynMeRobynMe says: 111 comments
        1907 George F. Barber
        Hamlet, NC

        Thanks LJ
        The place I got is in fantastic condition. I was hunting for fixers since I didn’t think I could find something I loved that I could afford. I seriously am amazed they took my offer.

  39. CoraCora says: 2054 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    This is a fantastic TN farm, with big, OLD barns to go with the farmhouse (AND 130 acres). Like a dream.

    Lynnville, TN:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/41311131_zpid/

  40. CoraCora says: 2054 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    The interior of this 1890 home has been swallowed whole by the 1950s (maybe 1960s – not sure), but by golly, I’m kinda digging it:

    Centerville, TN:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/41472563_zpid/

  41. David McCauslin says: 69 comments

    Want to live in a castle house? Here is one in Battle Creek, MI, that just had its price reduced:
    https://www.trulia.com/p/mi/battle-creek/443-main-st-battle-creek-mi-49014–1003811150

  42. CoraCora says: 2054 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    1890 – This is a sweetheart of a house. I love that the same person owned it for 53 years, you just know it belonged to an adorable mamaw. I bet all the grandkids loved to stay here.
    That little tiny upper porch is enchanting.

    Terre Haute, IN:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/77130236_zpid/

    • John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

      Hi Cora,
      This was a house I had looked at for some time because unlike many of the homes in Terre Haute’s Farrington Grove District, it hasn’t seen hard use a rental nor has it been excessively modernized. We visited the Farrington Grove District last year and looked at a fantastic Victorian home on South Center Street (903) but it was already under contract. While this house is not as opulent, it is far more affordable. The interior details do date from the 1890’s. I suspect the house may have also had some art glass windows originally but overall, it appears to be fairly well preserved. With some TLC, this house would really shine. Thanks for sharing.

  43. Karen Hamilton says: 1 comments

    I wanted to share a link to a house in my hometown. Not sure if I am doing it correctly but here goes. http://www.har.com/301-depot/sale_63840349

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    • John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

      A beautiful Queen Anne style home here inside and out. The marked parking spaces along the curb suggest it may have been a bed & breakfast establishment? I studied the house design for a while and now believe the design is by noted Knoxville, TN, mail-order house plan architect, George F. Barber. I was unfamiliar with El Campo, Texas, so had to look it up. The town is about 70 miles southwest of Houston. You picked an excellent home for your first post…THANKS!

  44. John W Pulley says: 7 comments

    Here’s a listing for a home built about 1920. The grounds and carriage house are great, though the house seems to have been updated. https://www.trulia.com/p/mo/barnhart/6797-haven-hill-rd-barnhart-mo-63012–2059627608

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