c. 1890 – Danville, VA

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124 Chestnut Street, Danville, VA

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  • $15,000
  • 3 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 1287 Sq Ft
  • 0.11 Ac.
Conveniently located and a contributing historic property to Danville's Old West End National Historic District.

Constructed in the 1890s, this smaller home incorporates many Queen Anne details. The running-bond brick walls are topped by an unusual curved bracket cornice with an inset gutter. The unusually steep gable roof is covered with standing-seam metal. The house has one-over-one windows with splayed jack arches and an arched main doorway. A gabled section containing a wide triple window projects to the front, giving variety to the form of the building. The exterior of the house has been recently rehabilitated.

Beginning in 1908, this home was occupied by the Fred W. Chaney family. Fred passed in 1935. His widow Stephie Lee stayed on until her eviction by a new owner in 1946.

Annual property taxes are $175, and will remain at that level for 15 years through Danville's rehabilitation tax abatement program.

An architect’s report on this home is available to prospective purchasers.
Contact Information
Paul Liepe, Old West End
434-227-9900 / info@oldwestendva.com
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11 Comments on c. 1890 – Danville, VA

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  1. Shea says: 20 comments

    The outside looked so promising and then, oh my goodness, what a mess. Hopefully someone can love it and restore it.

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    • RossRoss says: 2457 comments
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      1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
      Emporia, KS

      The absurdly cheap asking price was the tip-off that something would be amiss!

      What is nice about this house is that the exterior appears to need little work. So, one could concentrate on the interior, which looks entirely fixable.

      What a sweet thing this could be!

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      • JullesJulles says: 534 comments
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        Ross, I know they say Queen Anne but it has a gothic revival feel to me. What do you think?

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        • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11893 comments
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          1901 Folk Victorian
          Chestatee, GA

          I’m not Ross but it’s not Gothic Revival. By the 1890’s Gothic Revival had faded although you’d find the occasional Gothic feature on Queen Anne’s. The Queen Anne feature most apparent is the front facing gable with the patterned shingles, looks the same on the other sides which make this a cross gabled type (I can only guess it’s the same on the right side.)

          • Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 1013 comments
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            I believe that this house is a few decades older than 1890. The fireplace mantels are old-fashioned for 1890 and look more like the 1860’s or 1870’s. My guess is that this house once closely resembled the mansard-roofed house next door and was drastically remodeled around 1890 or so. If you look at the first photo above, you’ll see that both houses have bay windows with the same bracket above and the same corner detailing of the brick. This would explain why the present roof looks a bit small and is oddly proportioned.

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  2. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5452 comments
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    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    Not a bad house for the price with the added bonus of being a contributing property in a local historic district with taxes so low they are almost negligible. It’s true the interior appears to need a lot of TLC so the approach would be to carefully inspect what is there, come up with a detailed restoration or rehabilitation plan and begin the task of bringing the house back. Some lattices or panels would make the area under the front porch look more solid. If it were mine, I’d determine the original brick color and select a matching paint color as well as find a harmonious gable color to go with the freshly painted brickwork. The standing seam roof, if not responsible for the water damage evidence inside, could last for many more years and such roofs are usually maintenance free for the most part. I think for an investment about equal to the amount of a new starter home a buyer could transform this house into a lovely home with charm and period character. Looking around in Streetview, it appears there are many more restoration opportunities in this historic neighborhood. Might be appropriate here for a group of serial restorers to swoop in and work their magic.

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