1905 Queen Anne – Troy, NC

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326 E Main St, Troy, NC 27371

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  • $100,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 3 Bath
  • 3159 Sq Ft
  • 0.94 Ac.
Old house lovers dream! A wonderful Queen Anne with all the signature gingerbread, fancy fretwork, working transoms and hardware on doors and windows still intact & original. A lovely cantilevered staircase, decorative wooden ceilings and a very unusual lion head/lion paw mantle gives this house the possibility to be a one of a kind showplace! It does need some updating and repair but the opportunity to make it your own is waiting for that special buyer. There is plenty space with 4 bedrooms/3 full baths and a separate two car garage. Home sits on a large lovely lot with many mature trees & shrubs.
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Toni Fish, Toni Fish & Associates Realty
(910) 572-5500
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27 Comments on 1905 Queen Anne – Troy, NC

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12146 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Question for those that have done so, what’s the best way to strip paint from interior fretwork? I understand the options for mantels, trim, newel posts but wondering if small bits like that require a different way.

    • TGrantTGrant says: 943 comments
      OHD Supporter

      New Orleans, LA

      I’ve only ever known two people who attempted it. Both removed the entire assembly and vat stripped it as a unit. One was successful, the other left it too long and the fretwork disintegrated.

    • Kfidei says: 343 comments

      Hi Kelly,

      I also know of someone who removed fretwork and used citri-strip. It was not a huge success, because some of the joints were just so deep that it was almost impossible to remove all the paint. Also, the stripper seemed to weaken the whole structure, and working that much on something so delicate can’t really be good for it. After a lot of delicate work, I think she finally used a little black water based paint, rubbed just into the crevices and then rubbed off immediately, to hide the white paint she couldn’t remove. The black almost disappeared when the finish was applied, and was entirely invisible when the fretwork was reinstalled.

    • Chuck says: 1 comments

      Dry ice blasting gives the best result and requires the least effort. It’s how the professionals do large scale restorations.

  2. Karen I says: 171 comments

    What does cantilevered staircase mean?

    • MonChiChiPox says: 201 comments

      I could be wrong, and probably am, but I always that cantilevered stairs were only attached at one end and/or had a sharp turn midway through the staircase.

    • Randy C says: 427 comments

      I believe that would be the landing at the top which kind of “hangs” out over the open space underneath with no support columns. It is achieved with floor joists attached at the wall in a way that supports the floor without visible supports.

    • kdar says: 74 comments

      I’m assuming that they are referring to the stair landing pictured in photo #3. A cantilever being a horizontal structure being supported only on one end. The staircase leading to the landing isn’t considered a load bearing structure.

      As far as stripping that fret work…. that does look like quite a job.

      • Lady Texas says: 198 comments

        I’ve heard that dental picks are frequently used to get in the tight spaces. I don’t have the patience to do it myself. would have to hire it done if I win the lottery to pay for it.

    • Gamblerlady717Gamblerlady717 says: 16 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Its in reference to the actual building structure of the staircase.This is the actual “definition” that I dug up since I couldn’t come up with a normal way to explain it LOL “A cantilever is a rigid structural element, such as a beam or a plate, anchored at one end to a (usually vertical) support from which it protrudes; this connection could also be perpendicular to a flat, vertical surface such as a wall. Cantilevers can also be constructed with trusses or slabs.”

    • Ron G says: 161 comments

      A lot of interesting opinions and great suggestions about the stairs. In the design process, we refer to this style as an open well, dogleg stairs with a half landing. The half landing being referred to as a cantilever isn’t as suggested. Cantilevers are a projection that is securely anchored at the point where it starts to protrude from the structure and are absent of any side attachments. As you can see, the landing is attached on two sides, providing attachment points for both sets of stringers. The bottom stringers also provide support of the landing, especially the open side since the stringer is closed. The underside of the stairs is referred to as a soffit since everything is open to the common space.

  3. Randy C says: 427 comments

    I have always done my paint stripping the “old fashioned” way using semi-paste stripper and LOTS of steel wool. However, when stripping turned pieces such as the fretwork, I use braided cord/string kind of like dental floss to clean out the narrow places between the larger parts of the fretwork. Spread on some stripper, let it sit for a couple of minutes and then pull the string back and forth around the small areas. It’s very tedious and slow but cleans the paint without scratching up the wood. Hopefully someone else has found a faster, more efficient way and if so, I would be very interested to hear the technique!

  4. tess says: 1 comments

    Says a lot about the quality of this house’s construction to see the cantilevered staircase is still solid and not drooping after 100+ years. Nice project for someone with time to redo it correctly.

  5. liseyf says: 28 comments

    The nicest way I’ve seen of stripping woodwork is what’s done at a company here in Minnesota. They remove it as needed and the pieces get “dip” treatments. My friend had an entire very old bedroom set done this way and it’s so beautiful. It’s called the Blessing Co.

    • GloriaH says: 82 comments

      We had some children’s antique chairs done by dip and it raised the grain of the wood that could only be covered with polyurethane to trap it. We couldn’t sand down all of the carvings. I would never do it again. I’m sure it is dependent upon the skill the of the refinisher, but I’ll never trust the method again.

      • Shelley Hoffman says: 19 comments

        Is anyone using soy-based paint stripper on inside woodwork? I used it on a metal desk to remove the enamel and it was great! No fumes, I could actually reuse the stripper again and again until it just had too much paint scraps in it and it’s safe to throw out in the regular garbage.

  6. MazamaGrammy says: 344 comments

    So pretty! Easy to love!

  7. CandyCandy says: 148 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Carpentersville, IL

    Maybe q-tips? Tons and tons of q-tips?!??

  8. CarolynPCarolynP says: 34 comments
    1986 American 80's
    Fairborn, OH

    This house is a tired old lady – just like me. Needs a big spit and polish and then lots of lovely, warm colored paint. Check the mechanicals, roof, foundation and then prep for painting the outside in an appropriate color. Oh, strip floors if necessary. Love the kitchen just as it is. Would definitely add some more storage and maybe a funky island. What a dream!

  9. Joseph Daigle says: 30 comments

    Love those metal cat and dog “Boot Scrapes” on the back outdoor stairs.
    I would be in heaven restoring all that beautiful woodwork!!

  10. LUCINDA HOWARDLUCINDA HOWARD says: 248 comments
    OHD Supporter

    T Grant, thank you for the information. Like Kelly I was wondering about that too. There have been two houses recently that had painted fretwork and it is such a shame….in my opinion.

  11. DonS says: 49 comments

    This house has a wonderful dingy look and feel. I love it! The only thing it’s missing is ME!

  12. L Adams says: 56 comments

    Is this a Sears Roebuck house? I ask because it has many similar elements to my maternal grandmother’s house (which definitely was), although this one appears to be an upgrade with a lot more bells and whistles (or maybe the built-ins had been removed from grandma’s house before I ever saw it.) I just love it!

  13. MJGMJG says: 2278 comments
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    I just can’t fathom someone saying “Let me paint my wood ceiling and beautiful wood fretwork”!!!

  14. David Sweet says: 258 comments

    I once restored a house where all the woodwork was painted like this. Same color and everything.Took me almost 15 years.

  15. SmCreaturesSmCreatures says: 7 comments
    Elizabethtown, PA

    I love this home, and all the info/discussion above. I would like a full view of the lion mantel fireplace in photo 11 as the one in 12 is different. Looked in the realtor photo and they did not have one either.


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