1890 Queen Anne – Maysville, KY

Details below are from February 2018, sold status has not been verified.
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Added to OHD on 2/15/18   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   Comments Closed
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404 W 2nd St, Maysville, KY 41056

  • $125,000
  • 5 Bed
  • 2.5 Bath
  • 5362 Sq Ft
Stately Victorian 3 story home built in 1890 with breathtaking river views from third floor. Features sweeping spiral staircase and woodworking details. You will love the sprawling front porch to watch the river traffic in the summer. All of the rooms are very large . Large mud room with built ins at the back entry. Kitchen with wall oven, dishwasher, refrigerator, vintage gas range. Awesome home!
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Sharon Lightner, Limestone Properties,
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20 Comments on 1890 Queen Anne – Maysville, KY

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  1. Randy C says: 448 comments

    Lots more pictures needed please. Nothing of the bathrooms, 2nd or 3rd floors? Not even the staircase? From what I can see, the inside is in surprisingly good shape based on the needed maintenance on the outside, but there is so much we can’t see.

  2. BethanyBethany says: 3497 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    Really cool; needs and deserves better pictures.

  3. RossRoss says: 2469 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    WHAT is missing from the top of the tower????????

    A pointy roof?

    A balustrade?

    A columned open porch with pointy roof?



    • DCW says: 8 comments

      Maybe nothing. It was not that uncommon to have flat or nearly flat towers. This was especially true during the period they would refer to houses like this as “colonial.”

      • RossRoss says: 2469 comments
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        1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
        Emporia, KS

        The house has an amazing view of the river. But only high up.

        I would be very surprised if the tower did not originally have a viewing platform. Or something.

        • Home sweet home says: 29 comments

          The listing suggests that the front porch affords a decent view of the river. The house does seem to sit on a fairly steep lot, and it has a substantial setback on that lot. This could very well be the exception that makes the rule: you might not have to balance on the peak of the roof with a periscope in hand once the trees have shed all their leaves in order to enjoy the fluvial vista. It could just be that this realtor is not given to hyperbole.

        • kmmoorekmmoore says: 431 comments
          Weatherford , TX

          The tower looks a bit like a light house to me. Perhaps that was the design inspiration given the lovely river view. If that was the case, there surely would have some sort of railing. Love this place.

    • Zann says: 548 comments

      I am SO with you. I’m going to go with a pointy roof.

  4. tim hildebrandt says: 100 comments

    love to see original pics of this ole gal, high up on the bank, through all the history of the river.

    Love this site, Thanks

  5. Mark Wood says: 54 comments

    I have been to Maysville many times (home of Rosemary Clooney) and it is quite charming. Many people (not necessarily the city fathers, tho) are working real hard at reviving it. Maysville, founded by Daniel Boone, is also home to America’s second oldest continually operating Opera house.
    I’m seriously considering purchasing a building there and opening an old time General Store (run in quite the Victorian manner, if course)!

  6. Grant Freeman says: 846 comments

    I’d be willing to bet that tower had a bell shaped mansard roof at one time.

    • Mary says: 32 comments

      That peaked roof next to the tower also doesn’t seem quite right … seems a bit unusual to have the end of the roof stop right at the glass of a window, and that would allow all runoff rain, etc to get right into the window sill (and inside the house if the window was left open) Look at picture #1, right side of the roof and where the roof ends at the window. Is it possible that the roof(s) may have been redone at some point in the past?

  7. Steve H says: 152 comments

    A lot of mid century folks would really love that massive Chambers cooktop.

  8. Barbara says: 11 comments

    Parking seems to off the rd in the backyard…3rd st. There is a garage too. And there does appear to be some sort of pointy roof on the tower per google maps. I think the angle of the photo obscures it.

  9. Joe says: 754 comments

    This elderly lady sure could use the right hat, even if she didn’t have one before.

  10. Patrick says: 30 comments

    Before anything, I would remove the lumps from the front yard and repair the stone wall.

  11. Karen B says: 263 comments

    I love Maysville. It’s a charming river front town and a quaint downtown. It is also home to a very good restaurant, Caproni’s, which sits on the other side of the floodwall. You have a view of the river and the trains while eating. I much preferred the old Caproni’s over the new one but it is still good. It is also close to Old Washington, a historic little town established around 1780 before KY became a state. Not far from Cincinnati either. Wish there were more pics. I imagine this house has lots of charm.

  12. Colleen J says: 1168 comments

    I have always like an impressive house up on a hill, and being that close to the water I think it’s safer, than the ones across the street.. I like the idea of a lookout on the top of that tower, that would be awesome.

  13. TeriB says: 42 comments

    She has a pretty neighbor too.

    Offmarket – https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/401-W-2nd-St-Maysville-KY-41056/105895551_zpid/

  14. John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

    Maysville is an old Ohio River port town where time has tread very lightly. Just within a short distance from this house in streetview, I observed many mid-19th century and earlier homes mostly built of brick and stone construction. If you have the time and patience, take a thorough look in streetview around the downtown. Not many places have such a strong flavor of the past, not even other Kentucky riverboat towns like Newport and Covington (across the river from Cincinnati) where “progress” has resulted in many losses of historic homes and structures over the years. It’s disappointing to read Mr. Wood’s comments about Maysville City officials not doing more to preserve the town’s heritage. The past is not holding Maysville back. However, trying to reinvent and modernize the community is unlikely to bring the bountiful prosperity that some believe it will. The rapidly fading 19th century flavor is becoming scarce or has entirely disappeared in many places but in those wise communities that have embraced historic preservation as the valuable community asset that it is, they have often seen surprisingly positive returns on their investment. So-called “Heritage Tourism” is becoming a significant part of the tourism industry.

    More encouraging here are the signs in Streetview that reveal a grassroots effort by individual homeowners to save the town’s architectural heritage. As for this house, it certainly has some interesting details in the few listing photos but like others, I wish there were more photos highlighting its period features.

    The Ohio River was in the late 18th and for most of the 19th century a super highway going west and down to the confluence with the Mississippi River. Towns along the River generally prospered by the busy shipment of goods and travel by people. Only when the railroads became the main mode of transportation after the mid-19th century did the role of river traffic start to diminish. But it never entirely ended; even today, barges and boats of many kinds still use this ancient water highway. Maysville, with its rich heritage, has the unmistakable potential to become a major tourist destination. I sincerely hope that somehow it will realize that potential with or without the support of local officials.

    I’ve lived and visited a few places with an embarrassment of architectural riches from the past. After a closer look and engaging in some candid discussions with locals, I reached the conclusion that if you are surrounded by so many reminders of the past on every street and corner, then everything old soon becomes commonplace and for some, boring. It’s only when these locals move or travel away to what is considered modern progressive cities (that have largely been “sanitized” of their architectural past) that they become aware of how unique and irreplaceable their hometown really is. Of course, some folks simply dislike anything old and they should not be in or stay in a town like Maysville. But for lovers of our architectural past, as many are here, Maysville should be considered a special place and an eye candy treat.

    I regret that we drove right past Maysville a couple of years ago after visiting the lovely picturesque town of Carlisle, KY (photos in case anyone is interested: https://www.flickr.com/photos/11236515@N05/albums/72157658642849589 ) We had reservations at a B&B in Muncie, IN and had we stopped in Maysville, our arrival would have been very late. Hopefully, the next time I’m in the area, I can fully explore the historic town. Streetview tours will have to suffice until then.


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