1895 Queen Anne – Ida Grove, IA (George F. Barber) – $159,000

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National Register
Added to OHD on 7/19/18   -   Last OHD Update: 11/21/18   -   26 Comments
310 Quimby St, Ida Grove, IA 51445

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  • $159,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 3 Bath
  • 2630 Sq Ft
  • 0.26 Ac.
One of Ida Groves Finest Victorian homes that has been meticulously maintained and restored with original materials and attention to detail. If you are a fan of Victorian home and original woodwork you will love this house! This Victorian Cottage was designed by George F. Barber and features 10 ft ceilings, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Main floor laundry, and a 3 car detached garage with 2nd story work shop.
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Dan Remer, Remer Realty
(712) 364-2121
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26 Comments on 1895 Queen Anne – Ida Grove, IA (George F. Barber) – $159,000

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10321 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I included photos from the National Register file, linked up top.

  2. RossRoss says: 2405 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    It’s curious, with all the work evident in bringing the house back, that the porch was not fully recreated, the second-floor porch reopened, and the all-important roof finials recreated.

    The house is lovely now. Originally? It was wow.

    • AvatarBethany otto says: 2656 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Escondido, CA

      I noticed that too. You have to realize that you, Ross, are in the tiniest percentage of homeowners who care enough to truly restore to the original as closely as possible. Most operate more at this level where the basic Victorian idea has been restored but not with your kind of commitment. I wish everyone were like you!

      • AvatarSteve H says: 165 comments

        It’s not just a matter of not caring enough, but also $$$. The owners invested a lot (money and/or sweat equity)to bring it back from what it had become. I’d say it looks pretty ‘wow’ as is.

        • AvatarRandy C says: 422 comments

          I agree. Although I would like to go even further, kudos to the owners who have brought her this far. Very nicely done.

        • AvatarKaren says: 625 comments

          I wonder if they did the major “make it liveable” work first, and all at once, then did more cosmetic things as they got the money.

        • AvatarAmy P. says: 219 comments

          Agreed Steve H. it’s a shame that it costs so much to do this type of restoration. I think everyone agrees it is amazing in it’s current state. I think Ross just means it could be even more amazing cause when your a purist you always want all those original bits!

    • AvatarMarilyn Love says: 7 comments

      Agreed Ross! I love the choice of paint colors used. The staircase is stunning and would enjoy dusting it.

      • AvatarSarah Erwin says: 63 comments

        I’m in love, too, Marilyn, and would enjoy even more watching a housekeeper dust it for me!! LOL! LOVE the balcony upstairs, but would have to rethink the kitchen.

  3. AvatarDr. Peterson says: 113 comments
    Shenzhen & SoCal,

    I tend to agree with Ross on this matter. Someone obviously has gone a long way down the road of restoration and probably committed large funds to do so. That also suggests, at least, that they knew of the ultimate historic and aesthetic value of what they were restoring. To stop short is a dis-service. Perhaps the final details of restoration completion are in the planning stages. Just a few more steps to make it exceptionally “wow”.

  4. AvatarCindy says: 142 comments
    1866 Italianate/Queen Anne
    Brunswick, MO

    What an amazing house, the staircase is stunning, a work of art even. It looks so much better with the aluminum siding removed and clapboards, cedar shakes and ornamentation painted in appropriate colors. I agree with comments above about the second story porch not being restored. Maybe the homeowners liked and had a use for the enclosure, a sun porch perhaps.

  5. AvatarKaren says: 625 comments

    I love everything about this house! Usually, I have a few complaints, a few things I’d change or have done differently, but this house is perfect!

  6. RosewaterRosewater says: 4542 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Glad we’re broadening your horizons Nancy. 🙂 Next thing you know you’ll want a mid-century modern rancher for your next house! Heheheh. 😉

  7. Christopher R DiMatteiChristopher R DiMattei says: 265 comments

    Spectacular house and wonderful restoration. And yeah, I would also love to see the front balcony opened back up and restored, but that can always be done later. Remember, even though these structures are more than a hundred years old and part of our national heritage, they are not museums, they are peoples homes. So with that out of the way, did anyone catch that the small potting shed is a brave and wonderful attempt to recreate another published Barber design? Those of you with copies of Barber’s “Cottage Souvenir No. 2”, check out the “Summer House” design that is design No. 69. That cute little potting shed is recreating that published Barber design. Kelly, if you can post a copy of that design sketch, that would be helpful. Let me know if you need me to send you one. Thanks for posting this gem. 180K seems like such a bargin!

  8. AvatarLannie Loeks says: 11 comments

    Hope whoever buys it finishes off the project with a beautiful more period appropriate kitchen.

  9. chris32chris32 says: 89 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Canton, GA

    Love the house as I do all Barber homes, but I am absolutely nuts about that little potting shed.

  10. AvatarApril says: 18 comments

    It’s like a gingerbread house! I love the exterior colors, the owners definitely have an eye, and great taste. I would ditch the linoleum for wood look, but wouldn’t touch another thing. Just beautiful.

  11. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10321 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    From Chris:

  12. AvatarMimi says: 196 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Rochester, MN

    This house is stunning & I agree the restoration to current level is amazing! There must be a compelling reason to not restore all original details –such as needed an extra space instead of open porch, etc. Ross has such an amazing abilities & workmanship. He as well as other admirers could readily see what “might have been.” Wow– really love the Barber “Summer cottage” Christopher sent to Kelly. Love the potting shed! The Barber details & especially marvelous staircase are wonderful!

  13. MichaelMichael says: 1304 comments

    Love the house as I do most Barber houses. While I would agree with Ross about re-creating the porch, a street view shows why this would not be possible or practicle. With the driveway and the proximity of the neighbors house, there is no room.

  14. AvatarShannon says: 13 comments

    It’s just absolutely bonkers to me that the house I live in here in Vancouver, BC is what would be a considered a starter home by most… 2 bedrooms plus a decent sized attic (where we sleep with two of our kids), tons of original features, gorgeous ceiling medallions, original fir floors throughout, separate toilet room/tub-sink rooms, stained glass, all original windows… All the things I looooooove, (and wouldn’t have it any other way), but! Ya know… freezing in the winter with our 100+ year old massive picture windows, floors delivering 4″ long slivers on the regular, critters in our walls, attic, roof falling apart, massive soffit chunks missing etc etc, all the wonky things you get in a 100+ yo rental…. And our place is assessed at just below 2 million. We don’t own it, and will never own anything here, despite the fact that we’re a double income earning family that has resided in Vancouver for 20 years. When I see places like this (and so many on this site- it’s my happy dreamy place!), I just want to pick up and move so badly, thinking what we could afford elsewhere. But we can not. Le siiiiggghh.

  15. Avatarfirstplb says: 27 comments

    This gem is over the top! The woodwork is awesome!!! I have great respect for the people who brought it to where it is and have maintained it so beautifully!

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