1891 – Burlington, IA

Added to OHD on 7/14/18   -   Last OHD Update: 6/25/20   -   Comments Closed
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Burlington, IA 52601

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  • $269,900
  • 5 Bed
  • 3.5 Bath
  • 3500 Sq Ft
Spacious home full of historical charm and magnificent wood work! From pocket doors, to stained glass this home features it all. 3500 square feet with 5 generous bedrooms, and 3 1/2 bathrooms. Every room speaks for itself. There's even a carriage house with a floored loft for more potential! Don't forget about the additional garage spaces too! This home needs to be on your list today! Located just a few blocks from Downtown Burlington and more!
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Jon Salvador, C21 Prop Professionals
(319) 753-6000 / (319) 759-4932
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16 Comments on 1891 – Burlington, IA

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Posted in 2013, sold since, back on the market (NOT a flip!)

    Kept the old post because of comments: https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2013/08/16/1891-burlington-ia/

    • GeoffreyPS says: 105 comments

      The old comments were a nice read. So fun to see strangers come together because they all of a relationship to a fantastic piece of property.

  2. Bill O'Dlel says: 4 comments

    I would almost bet that the odd window above the front door originally was a 2nd story door and porch…. its a bit lower than the window next to it and the brick work seems to have been replaced… very pretty house!

    • Tess says: 303 comments

      Maybe but picture #6 shows a similar window on the side of the house, 2nd floor. Perhaps it was too dark and they were changed out.

  3. Randy C says: 448 comments

    I wouldn’t give 2 hoots about the highway, if I could move to Iowa I would buy this in a heartbeat. What a beautiful home.

  4. FireDog says: 27 comments

    Oh, I’d love to live in this house!

  5. Zann says: 548 comments

    I am so sad the couple who bought the house didn’t keep it. I know it could be for a huge variety of reasons, some of them not sad at all, but after all the connections made and obvious love for the home’s story….. just makes me sad.

    I remember reading those comments years ago. It made a great story.

  6. JimHJimH says: 5119 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Lovely house with interesting architecture and great interior detail, built for wholesale grocer Charles Blaul (1860-1925), his wife Jessie and daughter Jessie Marie.
    I’d like to see an old photo that shows the original porch balustrade/balcony, but that’s a minor detail on a nicely preserved gem. The attached carriage house is unusual and cool, and there’s even a couple of very old bathrooms, and a seasonal Mississippi River view!

  7. says: 5 comments

    Hello, old house dreamers! I am thrilled to be the future owner of this historic home and would love to connect with anyone who may have information on the history, old photos (in addition to what has already been posed), or history of the original owner, Charles Blaul. We will be frequenting the historical society but know that this has also been a great resource for information. Thanks in advance!

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Congrats Ed! I also suggest commenting on the old post, there were some additional people that had commented there that may be helpful too (it’s the post you had emailed me about.)

    • JimHJimH says: 5119 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Hi ED – it’s a fine home and I wish you all the best with it.
      I didn’t see an architect mentioned in a few quick searches, though the contractor was John W. McLain and the lead mason was William W. Turpin. Charles Blaul was one of four sons of John Blaul, who founded the largest wholesale grocery business in Burlington. The firm existed until the 1950’s and built downtown buildings for their operations and investment. Here’s one on Valley St. from the same period as the house, perhaps by the same architect:

      Charles was the company president for many years before his death in 1924, and he left an estate of over $280,000 to his widow and daughter – the house was worth $8000 at the time. A Google search will bring up a half dozen biographies of the man and his family, and a ton of info. Good luck finding old photos of the house which can help with restoration of details if you choose to do that.

      • says: 5 comments

        Thank you so much, Jim! We feel a responsibility to preserve the character of the house and hope to improve upon it by restoring a few details and finishing out a few areas that have incredible potential, in time.

    • Lori Orth says: 2 comments

      I found this thread while trying to research the history of my house which is next door to yours. I have printed out some info several months ago about who built your house and who did the brick work. I have found some info on Ancestry.com. I will try to get it over to you soon. Welcome to the neighbor hood.

  8. dave northrup says: 5 comments

    this was my grandparents house from 1920 to 1984. here are my pictures of it: http://www.ranteer.com/burlington/
    note in the last slide – that is a 1963 Buick Electra 225. I still have it. http://www.ranteer.com/davescars/buick

    • says: 5 comments

      Thank you so much, Dave! I would love to hear more history of the home, how it changed over the years, memories you have, and any additional photos. What did your grandparents do for a living? Were they both born in Burlington?

      • dave northrup says: 1 comments

        my grandfather was a doctor. he was one of the last eye, ear, nose, and throat specialists before they broke those up into different specialties. according to him, the house cost $80,000 to build back in the day. i have no way of confirming that. he died in 1984 i believe. His name was George J Pearson; his wife was Elma. They had 5 children – Eleanor, Harriett, Helen, George, and Warren. Harriett and Warren are still alive. there were 19 grandchildren, of which i am one. my mother was Eleanor who died this past year at the age of 98.


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