1906 Classical Revival – Stevens Point, WI (George F. Barber)

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1900 Clark St, Stevens Point, WI 54481

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  • $215,000
  • 3 Bed
  • 1.5 Bath
  • 2850 Sq Ft
  • 0.24 Ac.
The Historical, one of a kind "White House with Pillars on Clark Street" is for sale and could now be yours! Beautiful Victorian style home featuring 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bath on corner lot with 3 car garage. Home features include, formal dining, parlor, living room with brick fireplace and newer gas insert, kitchen has recently had a facelift with new cabinetry, countertop and flooring, Loads of character with the original maple floors and crown molding throughout,,3 bedrooms upstairs, one leading to a private 2nd level deck, full bath up featuring a claw foot tub, separate shower with glass doors and a double sink vanity. 3rd level easy for future expansion. for possible future expansion, Lower level apartment has separate entrance and hosts a kitchenette, living room, bedroom and bath. Most windows replaced and new wood siding completed in 2015. Roof shingles new on home and garage 2013.
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  1. JimHJimH says: 5094 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Built for store owner and mayor Philip J. Rothman (1854-1906), who lived here briefly with wife Ida and their 4 children. Son Edward took over the store and lived here until 1967.


    • Wendell Nelson says: 1 comments

      Correction: Philip Rothman had no middle name–his younger son Win told me–so to be like the other “prominent” men of the city, he added the initial “J” to his name, but he put it first. Many of his C.O.D. Store’s ads call him “J.P. Rothman.” Win’s wife, Edith Burr Rothman, told me this house was a wedding gift from Philip and Ida; Ed and Ollie (nee Huntley) were married in 1905, before the house was done. Philip and Ida never lived in this house, but had their earlier, more lavish (ca. $9000 in 1888-1890) house, and had no need to live at 1900 Clark Street. Besides, their “4 children” were long since grown, and would not have moved to Ed’s new house. Also, Ed & Ollie moved into it in late September or early October of 1906 (construction took longer than planned, of course), and by then, Philip was gravely ill with stomach cancer. He died in December of 1906. Ed and Win(fred) ran the C.O.D.–later Rothman’s–together until Ed and Ollie and son moved west in 1924, eventually settling in California.

      • JimHJimH says: 5094 comments
        OHD Supporter

        Never enjoyed being corrected so much – the enthusiasm for the house and family history is wonderful! Someone should compile all the information and send it to the Wisconsin Historical Society. Better yet, apply for recognition on the National Register of Historic Places!

  2. John Shiflet says: 5357 comments

    A George Barber design? The first brick mantel may have a later gas insert but the second mantel to me looks true to period with the vaguely Arts & Crafts overmantel. Nice interior millwork is evident which is another Barber house hallmark. Towards the end of his design career Barber’s clients increasingly favored Classical/Colonial Revival style homes. His last planbook came out in 1908 although his son continued the architectural practice.

    • Michael Mackin says: 2652 comments

      When you look at the porch foundations, assuming they are original, you can see that they are rounded on each side of the main porch, another Barber hallmark! Could the single story covered porches on them been removed, leaving the foundation still in place?

    • Erika says: 3 comments

      You are correct. The blueprint reads Barber, Knoxville Tennessee

      • John Shiflet says: 5357 comments

        Thanks Erika for the confirmation. I hope its OK to put in a plug for the recently published (thick) book titled ARCHITECTURAL RAGTIME by the late Michael Alcorn and completed/edited by Massachusetts architect Christopher DiMattei. Mr. DiMattei maintains an excellent Barber blog: http://cottagesouvenirs.com/ where copies of the book can be ordered there or via Amazon. The blog also features a national map showing the locations where Barber designed homes are known to exist.

  3. Anna stehling says: 16 comments

    Ok for such a grand house, it feels very homey on the inside. Homey and happy! Very comfortable .

  4. Dallas says: 74 comments

    Looks like a movie set. Not my style, but well done.

  5. Erika says: 3 comments

    Yes indeed, with the original blueprints still in the house, this is a Barber house. Built as a wedding gift, the Edward Rothman family only occupied the house until the 1920’s. The house had a number of owners and was often a rental. In the 1970’s -80’s the owners of the house at that time destroyed the exterior by siding the house. They removed the rafter -end brackets,the laurel wreath appliquework, the capitals on the columns, and the removal of two smaller front porticos. In the last five years the current owners have removed the aluminum siding and replaced some of the original character. Hopefully the new owners can continue to replace some of the lost ornamentation.

  6. emily says: 34 comments

    I noticed the De’Gracia pictures…I met him when I was little he was a family friend. Love the house!

  7. Christopher DiMattei says: 268 comments

    Hi all. What a gorgeous Barber designed home. This example clearly illustrates Barber’s uncanny ability to scale up, or down, his published designs, to fit the needs of each individual client. As published in 1901, this design was quite large, exceeding 3000 square feet. and featuring an L-Hall plan arrangement. But this example appears to be substantially smaller and is organized in a 4-Room Square type arrangement, all while preserving the integrity of the published facade. The bay window with built-in seat, located at the top of the main staircase, is a classic Barber feature that was carried over from his earlier, more Victorian designs. Someone is going to get a real gem here.

    Erika, I would love to correspond with you directly, regarding the history of your home and share with you some Barber related material regarding Barber’s design. Please feel free to email me directly at crdimattei@gmail.com. Thanks.

  8. Mary Beth says: 5 comments

    This is my second comment on OHD, but I’ve followed the site for over 5 years and have looked at the vast majority of homes on the site during that time. Of the homes that have interested me, I’ve read every comment.

    I get concerned when OHD followers describe present or past owners of these homes as having “destroyed”, “ruined” or “remuddled” their home (among many other disparaging verbs). I too, enjoy old homes in their original condition or when they’ve been restored in a sensitive way. But criticizing others’ way comes across as being unkindly judgmental. (Gotta say, as a B&B owner of an 1860 ship captain’s home, I’ve also seen a lot of disparaging remarks made about B&B owners too, assuming they have, or will “ruin” a home.) Let’s appreciate that other homeowners have the right to do as they wish with their property. They may have different tastes, a limited budget, a physical disability that needs to be considered, or many other “reasons” for making changes to their homes. “Let’s live and let live” and stop judging people who make decisions that are different than what another might do.

  9. Ramona Murphy says: 1 comments

    Having read the comment from Mary Beth I must say that as a neutral reader (no remodel experience), I appreciate all the comments, even if it may seem judgmental, or disparaging because it may be the truth & teaches you the different points of view of rehab, conserve, remodel, etc.( I think everyone already understands restoration decisions are made due to many factors; like budget). If someone wants to purchase the home they will go there and inspect it and make their own choice about what they do with it. They won’t make a decision based on what other people say in these comments.Let the readers decide for themselves rather than try to censor the commentators, who are creating food for thought.

  10. Colleen J says: 1061 comments

    So very pretty!

  11. betsybetsy says: 156 comments
    OHD Supporter

    I adore every inch of it. It has obviously been lovingly taken care of. Perhaps a bit of back dating would be more my choice, but it is lovely.

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