1890 Queen Anne – Union Springs, AL (George F. Barber) – $229,000

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Added to OHD on 6/21/18   -   Last OHD Update: 6/21/18   -   12 Comments
204 Powell South, Union Springs, AL 36089

Map: Street

Price

$229,000

Beds

5

Baths

2.5

SqFt

3471

Gorgeous Victorians-era home will take you back in time! A large porch welcomes visitors to this beautiful home in historic Union Springs. Featuring five large bedrooms, two full baths, a formal and informal living room (both with original decorative mantels), formal dining room (with original decorative mantels) and a large bonus room, this home is over 4,500 SF. The gracious foyer boasts stunning original woodwork and trim, beautiful columns and a curving staircase... all lovingly preserved over time. The first floor rooms enjoy 12' ceilings and plenty of natural light from the large windows. Original pine wood floors run through most of the home. Previous owners have made electrical and plumbing updates over the years and the roof was replaced eight years ago. A two-car detached garage and small workshop and two metal storage units can be found in the paved backyard. It also has a security system, is surrounded by a new 6' black iron fence and is bordered other historical homes. This home is shown by appointment to pre-qualified buyers only. Please call for more information.
Contact Details
Amanda Adams, Intervest Realty Group
(334) 277-4873
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12 Comments on 1890 Queen Anne – Union Springs, AL (George F. Barber) – $229,000

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  1. Kelly, Old House DreamsKelly, Old House Dreams says: 8928 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks Jim for sharing.

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    • JimHJimH says: 3593 comments
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      Thank you Kelly. I just clicked your links from the last Union Springs house. I knew you couldn’t resist this one!

      Some great details have been lost for sure and it needs a paint job at least. The facade is a classic – one of Barber’s best.

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      • Kelly, Old House DreamsKelly, Old House Dreams says: 8928 comments
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        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        Yeah, I love this particular design of his. 🙂

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      • Karen Longo says: 77 comments

        JimH, what “great details” have been lost? I need your trained eye to point them out to me. I like this house, except for the kitchen and bathroom.
        Karen

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        • JimHJimH says: 3593 comments
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          Karen, I’m not nearly as knowledgable as some here, but I can start a list of probable/possible features and details that were on this house when built:
          Exterior: most likely a multi-color if not necessarily garish paint job, accenting the carved detail. No white!
          The roof was green just a few years ago, originally it may have been tile or slate, possibly with a decorative pattern.
          Finials or lightning rods on the tower and gables. The cresting on top may have been iron and more elaborate.
          The fencing, front steps and door are modern and aren’t the worst, but not really Victorian.
          Interior: As John suggests, the interior would have been lavish and fitted from a long list of available catalog details: stained, leaded or cut glass – the windows left around the entry are good examples, fancy fretwork spandrels, etc. The carpets, wallpaper, drapes and accessories would have given the place a totally different look.
          The lighting fixtures would have been works of art themselves, whether gas or electric in this location I don’t know.
          I think a lot of the original plaster and trim here was removed at some point, especially upstairs. I won’t comment on the kitchen and baths, ugh.
          As I’m looking at this the 1890 date seems a few years early for all the Colonial details inside; maybe the build was a few years later or there was a remodel.

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  2. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4284 comments

    Some folks are a bit fearful these days so they lock themselves inside their homes and put extra security measures in place. In smaller towns like Union Springs, this seems like going a little overboard (I have no idea about local crime stats) but then feelings of personal safety and peace of mind are priceless. As for this house, it has a very impressive exterior appearance and, as I recall, this was one of Geo. Barber’s more popular designs from the turn of the last century. The entry and stair hall seem visually a little austere as often Barber houses of this style and period had lavish interior fretwork grilles and/or art glass windows. Difficult to say if they originally existed here or not because there are always exceptions to every rule. But even without those additional details, this remains a fine home of the period. Thanks, Jim, for sharing.

    • Zann says: 522 comments

      Based on what little I know of Union City, I would say the bars are either from an extra cautious owner (but not necessarily overly cautious.)

      Union City has an 85 on the crime rating index (100 being the highest) and it is roughly 45 minutes from Montgomery, which is starting to make a very high profile name for itself with nationwide crime stats.

      I’ve not been through there for a number of years, and numbers aren’t everything, as we all know. I’m just guessing someone saw something and got nervous.

  3. Lancaster JohnLancaster John says: 460 comments

    According to several websites, including the town’s website (http://www.unionspringsalabama.com/Historic-Buliding-Tour.html) the most active ghost in Union Springs resides here!

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  4. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 8928 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Doing some post maintenance, moving this one to the front page. Posted in 2015, not sold yet, goes on/off market. Comments above maybe be older.

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  5. NonaKNonaK says: 90 comments
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    Austin, TX

    I think it’s just a nice storm door that matches their fence. There are not bars on the windows so why just the door if security due to crime was the concern?

  6. purplekk says: 5 comments

    We actually drove through here last year on the way to Montgomery just to drive past this house. The house looks great from the outside and they were restoring the house next door also. However the neighborhood and surrounding community leaves much to be desired. There are several old Victorians sprinkled through the neighborhood as shown on their website but they are not all together as in many historic neighborhoods and there are many other houses in varying conditions mixed in.

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