c. 1890 Queen Anne – Marshall, MO

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305 E Arrow St, Marshall, MO 65340

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  • $156,000
  • 5 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 3132 Sq Ft
Beautiful, updated Queen Anne Victorian w/round tower rooms, turrets & interesting detail, near court house sq. Grand foyer w/open staircase, wood floors, 3 fireplaces, 2 FA gas/CA units (zoned up & dn). Ext.painted'15/'16, Roof'16, Chimneys tuckpointed'16. Main fl util, kit.dine-in, Formal LR & DR, Family Rm, Some replacement windows, window treatments stay. Beautiful wood floors, 5 ceiling fans, large front porch, enclosed back porch, patio, landscaped. 2-car detached garage w/openers.
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Nancy Jackson, Swinger Realtors
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  1. Michael Mackin says: 2626 comments

    Definitely need some paint stripper on those newel posts!….and some of the fireplace mantles. I love all the round rooms and turrets!

  2. RossRoss says: 2458 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    Someone, at some point in time, really really really hated wood.

  3. Lindsay G says: 558 comments

    Omigarsh I love this house! And it sits on a perfectly lovely street. This right here is my dream house. I love absolutely everything about it. But uh, the turret is my favorite. Of course.

  4. Tony says: 77 comments

    Little elbow grease with the paint stripper and you could really have something here. I love the turret rooms.

  5. imogeo says: 32 comments

    I find it very interesting that so many viewers have a negative response to painted woodwork in Victorian houses. Our Victorian house was built in 1892, and its woodwork was painted at the time it was built. An even larger, and significantly more historic, Victorian across the street, built several years prior to ours, had a mixture of natural and painted woodwork. Its 100 year old owner was 12 when our home was built, and the mixed natural/painted woodwork in her home was original as well. It is a matter of taste to individual owners, and tastes changed over time in the 19th century just as they do in our own time.

    • Gail M says: 200 comments

      Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    • RossRoss says: 2458 comments
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      1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
      Emporia, KS

      In my 1894 house, all the woodwork and trim is also painted.

      As it was in 1894. But is was NOT painted white! It was (and still is) painted to look like more expensive wood. It is a faux finish, and I have been careful to protect and restore this.

      In the house in this post, all the trim and mantels and doors almost certainly were not painted white when the house was built!

      • Lori says: 28 comments

        So many times I have stripped wood & found a cheaper wood beneath the paint. I have in turn, given a “richer” look to the wood by faux painting. Sometimes a burl wood effect, a deeper oak look, or maybe a gilding touch to bring back the old world look much needed in these old homes! But never felt this “white paint” look gave justice to the true beauty hidden beneath.

    • Steve H says: 152 comments

      Thank you for posting this! You bring up a very good point. Not all old houses had natural finished woodwork. It all depended on the age, style and price of the home. My biggest pet peeve with the Old House Dreams comments, is the constant anti-painted woodwork diatribe. It’s almost like a self-righteous knee jerk reaction.

      • JimHJimH says: 5147 comments
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        Self-righteous? It’s not about us but a visceral reaction to seeing beautifully crafted furniture-grade hardwoods slathered in paint. I don’t know about Imogeo’s painted 1890’s woodwork, but the oak woodwork in the featured house almost certainly wasn’t painted originally. The affordability of hardwood millwork finished to look like fine furniture was unique to that period of time, regardless of style, and painting it with cheap paint just wasn’t done. Faux painted finishes are a special case and relatively rare.
        To suggest it was only a matter of taste and that fine Late Victorian woodwork was commonly painted when new is simply incorrect, although we see a lot that was painted in later years.

        Some folks just don’t care about historic finishes and like it better painted. There’s no law against it.


        • RossRoss says: 2458 comments
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          1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
          Emporia, KS

          OMG, Jim!

          The before/after images you link to?

          The AFTER should be criminal.

        • ddbacker says: 507 comments

          Interesting discussion about paint. Well-argued points on both sides. Jim’s example might be a little extreme but I think he realizes that most of us who enjoy this site do so because we are preservationists at heart and appreciate unmolested examples to the extent possible. Others see situations where personal preferences require changes to make spaces more comfortable or livable. For example, most of us would not quibble with a pre-revolutionary Georgian having later-added modern plumbing, electricity, and high-speed internet connectivity.
          In my opinion, the standard for what constitutes bad paint should be the same as the standard the Supreme Court has set for indecency – “you know it when you see it”!

        • BrianO says: 37 comments

          We have a totally unpainted Colonial Revival chestnut trim in the front rooms of our 1902 Queen Anne (the rest unpainted Douglas fir). It would have been tragic if the wood of a now (basically) extinct tree (American Chestnut) had been painted white

        • Grant Freeman says: 868 comments

          Someone should take away this decorater’s Elle Decor magazines and send them to the tower for high crimes against preservation. The painted woodwork is horrid enough. But to also destroy what appears to be tooled and gidled leather wall coverings! Tragic!

        • SueSue says: 1127 comments
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          1802 Cape

          As a decorator myself I cannot believe they did this to this room. It is a masterpiece reduced to an HGTV makeover. It’s hard to believe it is the same room.

        • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11884 comments

          1901 Folk Victorian
          Chestatee, GA

          I hate taking the conversation away from this Marshall, Missouri home, sorry home owner!

          But….sneaking the link to the rest of the home in here.

        • darla says: 102 comments

          awesome comment with exemplary illustration.
          before I saw the other responses, I thought exactly the same thing — the “before” is absolutely spectacular, the “after” is tantamount to vandalism.
          strong words, yes — but that is my unvarnished (ha ha) opinion.

  6. Debster says: 10 comments

    Interesting house, I actually like the entryway. The kitchen layout a bit odd. And no stained glass windows?

  7. Jenny says: 55 comments

    Up until the 1950’s when knotty pine paneling became popular, it seems that pine was very often not valued as a wood left natural in both trim and furniture. And, that upstairs were more likely to be painted than the formal rooms. These are just general observations from the way things were done here in Va. Also, in rural areas, houses were whitewashed on the insides rather than painted. Part of spring cleaning included white washing the walls. Often, the exteriors were left unpainted, mostly because of taxes, as I have heard it.

  8. dreamin'bout'oldhouse ownership ~Colleen~ says: 1157 comments

    Though I would prefer natural wood not painted I think I would leave this one alone, very pretty house!

  9. LorenN says: 20 comments

    imogeo comment is correct! Although, I personally would not consider painting the stained and sealed woodwork in our home, overtime, stained & sealed wears down & will have to be stripped and re-stained & this occurs without children or rough housing of any kind in a home, it is simply a natural process. Given that, I have known older people who have lived in Antique homes with lots of stained woodwork when they were growing up & their biggest complaint memory was: The house was so DARK inside! Thus, the painted white trims & woodwork gives a lighter airy feel to a home. Yes, I do like the stained & painted together. This home exudes more of the “todays lifestyle paint choices” that most buyers would want. Not everyone is a purist! The seller has spent a great deal of money on this old beauty & most of it, recent! Lots of charm and character in shapes of rooms but those are not the easiest rooms to furnish & decorate–I’d have to hire an interior designer to get it right & comfortable.
    The kitchen is loaded with charm – but not quite the best configuration for ease of use – again – difficult to remodel due to the odd shape of it. Overall, this a great home for some lucky buyer to scoop up at an understated price!

    • BethanyBethany says: 3510 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      In the 50’s my parents painted the woodwork white when they bought their 1904 house. It was just tooooo dark, and even growing up with the white woodwork the house was still really dark. It’s a choice people make but definitely not a purist choice.

  10. Lori says: 110 comments

    This is a really nice house…I don’t mind the painted woodwork but I would need to get rid of the wallpaper and brown carpet on the steps. Great house for a family.

  11. Lisa says: 3 comments

    I love this house…the turrets…wow..beautiful!

  12. GuinanGuinan says: 62 comments
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    *Sigh* What should be a fireplace in the entry.

    • Phillip says: 50 comments

      If that was really an original fireplace in the entry, imagine the tricks used to get the chimney over from under the stairs. Wouldn’t leave much room inside the closet under the stair.

  13. Michelle says: 18 comments

    This house is gorgeous!

  14. Steve H says: 152 comments

    Beautiful house, but there’s no way the current kitchen originally occupied that space. I’m guessing that it was relocated or expanded from an adjacent smaller space. To me, a high style detail like the turret is really out of character in a kitchen as well as very impractical – how to fit appliances and cabinetry around a curved wall. If I had this place I would find a better solution for the kitchen and convert that turret room back to the formal space that it original was.

  15. Sandy says: 1 comments

    I have been in this home recently and it is much more beautiful than the photos. An amazing find!!!

  16. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11884 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Posted 2016, not sold yet but was off and now back on the market. Moved to front page, comments above maybe older.

  17. Tommy Q says: 461 comments

    A lovely house and I’m sure the wood under the paint is not “cheap.” My concern would be the floors which appear to be refinished in a poly such as varethane. That stuff is almost impossible to remove and when scratched it turns a milky white color. That could bee a problem or you would have to carpet everything.

    Your neighbors are beautiful Victorians and two substantial brick churches that appear from the outside to be doing great business. This is important in a tornado zone, just sayin’… ;- ) Beautiful downtown nearby as well.

    • William Walkington says: 62 comments

      Marshall Missouri is indeed in tornado alley, but it’s a lovely timeless small hometown. In fact I was born there in a house on Arrow Street. If you want an active and friendly little town to own a business or retire in, check out Marshall.

    • Sandy says: 1 comments

      It is a beautiful location in this small town. This is a dream home for sure. From the front porch to the amazing kitchen, to the spacious bedrooms, it is magical.

      Decorated at Christmas with the fireplaces blazing would be a dream come true.

  18. Grant Freeman says: 868 comments

    This looks to be a late Victorian that underwent a light colonialization around the turn of the century. I should’ve thought the porches would be more ornate otherwise. And on the subject of painted woodwork, my circa 1900 townhouse had beautiful fumed oak downstairs while the upper family and service floors had white enameled woodwork.

  19. Ron G says: 168 comments

    I read the comments from the earlier comment about installing cabinets on a semi-circular wall. This isn’t a difficult process. I’ve worked on several projects where I was presented with this challenge. We start with making templates of the location and then design a floor plan. Then comes the math. Generally, this type of design requires custom built cabinets. Trying to use prefab cabinets from a big box store would present us with a set of concerns that wouldn’t work well in the design. The reason I emphasis custom cabinets is because we can build to exact dimensions instead of having to modify standard cabinets with fillers.

  20. LouB says: 79 comments

    Maybe it was painted right from the get-go, but I can’t help but imagine it’s oak under the paint and how this beauty looked before Johnny Paintbrush had his way with the woodwork. (if indeed it wasn’t painted at the beginning)

  21. Zann says: 543 comments

    Ohmygosh. !!!!

    I “drove” around the neighborhood, and it made me want to move ASAP. I call this long term goals. When I am done here and I can retire or at least semi-retire, this is what I want my life to be.

    And at 180k too!

  22. JRichardJRichard says: 205 comments
    1763 center-chimney cape
    Biddeford, ME

    In re: painted woodwork, I like both painted and unpainted. If I bought a house and it had been left in its original state, I’d leave it, but it it had been painted WHITE, I’d leave that, too. Woodwork painted colors other than white I’m afraid I’d have to either strip or paint over.

  23. MerryD says: 19 comments

    You just know in your heart when paint is right as well as wrong. When you see beautifully hand carved details painted white you know it’s wrong. The plain farmhouse painted is most likely always had paint. Social standings and life styles show in workmanship. Sorry but to me seeing paint on what I consider art is like someone deciding the Mona Lisa should be blond.

  24. Colleen J says: 1157 comments

    Just in today’s newsletter there was a house where the paint looked fine, and there was one that it just was “off” … this one to me is an ok, maybe it’s fine, but I might strip some of it, but not all. It’s a great house!

  25. Colleen J says: 1157 comments

    *note to self* … if you wake up at 4 a.m., DON’T OPEN EMAIL…if you want to go back to sleep LOL, Kelly today was a long coffee morning, (however I did stop half way through to shovel the sidewalk) and came back in got another 2 hot cups of coffee and finished todays OHD email. That’s a lot of house today !!!

  26. SueSue says: 1127 comments
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    1802 Cape

    I am a sucker for curved walls. I like this house and if I bought it I probably would be too lazy to strip the staircase (which I have done in the past) but would tackle all the mantles. I painted all the woodwork in my 1802 farmhouse. It was just plain and simple. Looks better painted. This house however, I would have left bare.

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