c. 1890 – Danville, VA – $25,740

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Added to OHD on 6/27/18   -   Last OHD Update: 8/31/18   -   11 Comments
124 Chestnut Street, Danville, VA

Map: Street

Price

$25,740

Beds

3

Baths

2

SqFt

1287

Acres

0.11

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 Details
Paul Liepe, Old West End
434-227-9900 / info@oldwestendva.com
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11 Comments on c. 1890 – Danville, VA – $25,740

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  1. Shea says: 22 comments

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

    • RossRoss says: 2277 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!

      • JullesJulles says: 535 comments

        Ross, I know they say Queen Anne but it has a gothic revival feel to me. What do you think?

        • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 9132 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: 341 comments
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            1918 Bunkhouse
            WestOfMiddleOfNowhere, KS

            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.

            • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 617 comments
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              1901 Folk Victorian
              Chestatee, GA

              I’ve seen those mantels in Vernacular homes beyond the 1880s. I am not so sure about the home being any older than 1880s.

              • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4297 comments
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                1889 Eastlake Cottage
                Fort Worth, TX

                Kelly, I agree that using such carpenter made mantels to reliably date a house is tricky at best. I’ve seen Antebellum farm houses from the 1840’s with similar mantels as well as late Victorian cottages from around 1900 with almost identical mantels. In other words, simple traditional mantels of this kind were made over a long period of time so other clues need to be present that could help narrow down a construction date. Architectural Observer could be right but more evidence (Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, deed records, early town plat maps) would be needed to be certain of an earlier construction date.

                • Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 341 comments
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                  1918 Bunkhouse
                  WestOfMiddleOfNowhere, KS

                  The mantles are not the primary evidence; there is so much more. Their dated appearance simply led me to look for other anomalies. What I found was that this house and the adjacent Second Empire house share similar construction details despite their vast stylistic differences. I find this interesting so decided to post about it. Other findings possibly indicative of alteration can be seen here: http://architecturalobserver.com/queen-anne-tries-to-elude-second-empire-past/

                  It’s entirely possible that both houses were built around 1890 and were simply behind the times in many ways. It’s also possible that both have evolved over time as most houses do. The details I call attention to in my post lead me to believe that the house has likely been altered. Unless the footprint of the house had changed, a Sanborn map would not necessarily reflect the alteration of the roof.

                  • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 9132 comments
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                    1901 Folk Victorian
                    Chestatee, GA

                    Wanted to say if anyone is not following A.O.’s blog, they should be! It’s one of the best ones out there.

            • RossRoss says: 2277 comments
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              1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
              Emporia, KS

              Wow, Architectural Observer!

              I am fascinated by your discovery. In looking at the house next door (right) there can be no question that the house posted here was once a near twin.

              In zooming into the street view, I can see on the house next door the exact same brick detailing on the bay widow corners, the exact same brackets above, and the exact same “baby” brackets on the eve!

              You can see here:

              https://www.google.com/maps/@36.5816513,-79.3984482,3a,15y,258.06h,96.51t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1s-EKRJ79gsWscE-pv50qLEQ!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo2.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3D-EKRJ79gsWscE-pv50qLEQ%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dsearch.TACTILE.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D392%26h%3D106%26yaw%3D221.80908%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i13312!8i6656

              So, I agree, this house had its mansard roof removed circa-1890 and the current roof was installed.

              And this, too, explains the mantels (which I also thought were older than 1890).

              How fun! I love these kind of discoveries!

  2. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4297 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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