1905 Queen Anne – Independence, KS

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400 S 4th St, Independence, KS 67301

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  • $66,200
  • 4 Bed
  • 3 Bath
  • 3044 Sq Ft
  • 0.48 Ac.
Victorian home built in 1905. It is in the historic Register of homes of Independence, Called butterflies and bows. The woodwork over the doors and windows are carved with butterflies an bows. Stained glass window going up the stairs. Wrap around porch. Just a beautiful home. Nice kitchen flows into a large family room and living room with fireplace. Going up the stairs you will see 4 bedrooms and 2 full baths. One of the bathrooms leads onto a balcony. Going up to the 3rd floor is 3 bedrooms. These rooms have not been finished but just need some TLC. Also a full basement. This was once a beautiful home and could be again. It is priced to sell. Offers can be made on hudhomestore.com. It is being sold as is and no repairs will be made.
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Jacqueline L. Freisberg, Midwest Real Estate
(620) 331-3350
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9 Comments on 1905 Queen Anne – Independence, KS

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  1. HeidiHeidi says: 144 comments
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    I wish they would have shown a close up of the butterflies and bows.
    I have zero desire to live in Kansas but this house could change my mind—its so adorable.

  2. John says: 77 comments

    If the upstairs back porch rail and lower columns are any indicator, would love to see an historical picture of this one. They look a good decade or two older than the rest. The front porch, woodwork, stairhall, etc look right for the build date given, I wonder if this was this possibly an earlier house added to or remodeled?? Or was material salvaged from another property to outfit this one??

    • Joe says: 753 comments

      Hi John,
      That rail also shows what to do to the main porch to restore the house. Two of the things that I have learned form reading Ross’s blog: 1. Kansas offers grants for just such restorations. 2. There was only a short window of time when the period gas/electric period lighting fixtures that I see in at least two of the pictures were made. That would indicate to me that this is a Queen Anne Free Classic, (another Cross House tidbit of knowledge) that would place the house ten years earlier than the build date as you suggested.

  3. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5464 comments
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    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    The Gothic style ornamental balustrade looks earlier than 1905. So too the slender turned porch posts seen on one side with an upstairs balcony porch. They seem to be older perhaps from the 1890’s. On the other hand, the interior Colonial millwork and Classical Revival porch columns on the front porch accord with the 1905 date. Perhaps a smaller older house was expanded and remodeled in the early 20th century when neo-classicism style was at its peak. I think the festoons/swags combined with “Colonial” ribbon bows (rather than butterflies) are a more likely combination. I could link to a 1900 millwork catalog with this kind of window and door opening trim, but won’t because of limited interest. In any case, its a fine period home deserving of a full restoration. In some areas of the country, you’d have to add another zero to the price but even in rural southeast Kansas the asking price is enticing. I hope the next owner can bring back the opulence this house once had. I like the old automobile garage which indicates the original owners had some wealth.

  4. Rachelle says: 3 comments

    Just wanted to say. I purchased this house. YAY!
    I’m excited and definitely have lots of work ahead of me!
    I hope to return it to its original condition. It’s a treasure!

  5. myoldhouserocksmyoldhouserocks says: 3 comments
    1905 Victorian

    My name is Rachelle and I am not sure where to post this? So I am posting it in the house about it’s section. So I hope people will see it. This is my house and I love it but it needs some major work and I have some questions. It has a limestone basement and there are some spots in several of the walls of different rooms that water runs out of when it rains. I have been told you don’t want to “seal” the limestone because the basement needs to breathe. So does anyone know what kind of repair can be done to the walls without sealing the whole basement walls with waterproofing. Also I have contacted several foundation repair companies and all they want to do is come in and seal up everything with new stuff. They are not familiar with older homes and all their quirks. So if anyone has experienced anything like this or have any suggestions please let me know. Thank you for helping.

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