Italianate – Louisiana, MO

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Added to OHD on 9/18/18   -   Last OHD Update: 11/7/20   -   22 Comments

702 Georgia St, Louisiana, MO 63353

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  • $58,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 2496 Sq Ft
  • 0.11 Ac.
If you are a romantic at heart, you'll certainly appreciate this Victorian home. Turned posts and spindles on the curved, wrap-around porch compliment the ornamental brackets at the cornice line. A beveled-glass front door with cranberry glass transom and winding staircase greet you upon entry. Once inside, original hardwood floors, high ceilings, 2 fireplaces, chandeliers, architectural columns with period mill work, and a beautiful stained-glass window continue to draw you back in time. With some updates still needed, you are able to put your own touches on it as well! Owner wants to see this home go to someone who loves it as much as she has. Live in it yourself or maybe consider for bed & breakfast... Notes: a plus to this property is it's zoned commercial, which would open up more options for use. Selling "as is, where is."
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Viki Cadwallader, Penrod Real Estate
(573) 754-6922
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22 Comments on Italianate – Louisiana, MO

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  1. BethanyBethany says: 3481 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    I would love to see this bricktorian un-painted on the exterior. I’m sure stripping paint off brick is a huge job.

    • Ron G says: 156 comments

      Removing the paint from brick is a very expensive and labor intensive. I had a project several years ago where we had to remove paint from a 110 year old church. We researched and visited several projects over four months until we found a project in Nebraska where they used low pressure steam. Once the paint was removed the building was completely tuck pointed. The cost was enormous but well worth the investment. Its not a project for the inexperienced.

      The stairs are beautiful and very plain in style, they are a eye catching feature. These are referred to as an open well winder stairs. The darken section of the handrail that is shown in several pictures is called a wreath was probably assembled in place from multiple pieces of flat stock and then hand planned to match the rest of the railing detail.

    • Michelle Southard Thompson says: 2 comments

      Bethany otto, most of the bricks that were used in this town are soft red bricks. Most are painted because the bricks are literally falling apart. I had the same problem with the brick on my home.
      And YES the paint has to be almost sand blasted off…but at the expense of severely damaging the bricks

      • darladarla says: 155 comments
        Commerce City, CO

        your post, and the like, are SO helpful to those of us with a love for but not a great deal of knowledge of many/experience of/with these details.
        thank you very much!
        in prepping it for painting, what is the best/safest way?

    • Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 1166 comments
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      1875 Limestone house
      Langeais, Loire Valley,

      There is a post here about cleaning bricks (after the part about the bathroom): and Chad’s here has had a difficult time cleaning his Philly rowhouse:

      • MichaelMichael says: 3255 comments
        1979 That 70's show
        Otis Orchards, WA

        Thanks for the links Miss Apple! The first one is stunning after they finished! It makes me think it would be worth the effort on this house as well!

        • Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 1166 comments
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          1875 Limestone house
          Langeais, Loire Valley,

          Be sure to check out their other blog posts, the job they made inside is incredible, handpainting the walls lincrusta, etc.

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  3. RosewaterRosewater says: 7455 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Love the lino! It’s a miracle it still looks that good. Pretty window! Lots of weird little changes over the years have made for a delightful look. This is one of those houses where you’d just have to embrace the painted trim, or never see an end to stripping it. Forgeddaboudit.

  4. Michelle Southard Thompson says: 2 comments

    I live in Louisiana, MO. I know this house its only a few streets away from where I live. Its been on the market for years.
    I live on 3rd Street in the second oldest house in town. My lady was built in 1832. Good possibility that it will be on the market soon.

  5. jillieDjillieD says: 123 comments
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    1952 Ojai, CA

    Wow. A Dairy Queen across the street! Looked up Louisiana, MO. Part of an “Art Corridor” of NE MO.

  6. April says: 16 comments

    Even the wallpaper is beautiful, and I hate wallpaper! This house is so graceful. Love the cherry tree, too.

  7. John Forgit says: 55 comments

    I lived in this town back in the 70’s for a couple years…nice place to live in the center of the country right on the Mississippi River! The town was a bit frozen in time back then and doesn’t look like much has changed. The home of Stark Bro’s Nurseries.

  8. Marjon says: 10 comments

    I like diary queen.
    The house is beautiful.
    For the price you cant go wrong.
    I hope they dont turn it in to

  9. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5665 comments
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    1897 Queen Anne Colonial
    Cadiz, OH

    This Italianate house appears to date from the 1870’s with its ruby red flashed glass (a thin red layer of glass fused to a clear pane) wheel cut in the Neo Grec patterns popular in the 1870’s. But, as others have noted, there were some later updates to the house like the interior Corinthian capital topped columns and the floral themed stained glass window. On the exterior, a Queen Anne style porch with a circular corner pavilion topped with a conical roof (substituting for a Queen Anne tower or turret on the house) reflects an 1890’s update. Louisiana, MO, in streetview, shows a well preserved town although I’ve noted in recent years some unfortunate demolitions of commercial buildings. I think in the early days, the riverfront section along the vacant sections of Main street must have been the town’s business core although little remains there now. However, in a couple of spots along Main, houses clearly dating to the Antebellum era can be seen in streetview. What the town appears to need (like hundreds of other smaller towns and communities with collections of period homes and buildings across the country) is a small army of serial restorers and preservationists to invest and save what remains. There’s enough historic resources in the town so that with a proper blend of businesses oriented towards heritage and historic architecture tourism, the town could begin to grow and prosper again. Slightly smaller Hermann. MO, which is on the Missouri River instead of the Mississippi,(about 70 miles away) has managed to parlay its wealth of historic homes, its Germanic heritage, and excellent local wines, into a popular tourist draw. There’s no reason why Louisiana, Missouri couldn’t do the same with everything is has. The modest asking price for this house seems very reasonable for what is offered.

    • GloriaH says: 87 comments

      I volunteer with the Tourism Bureau of a small MO river town. Maintaining thriving tourism is incredibly expensive and takes the commitment of the entire town for decades. Unlike Herman, which has had it’s tourism niche forever, small towns like Louisiana don’t have much to differentiate it from every other spot. Herman is super close to I-70 and has Amtrak service. There isn’t really any comparison between the two communities and the type of agriculture which would attract people to the area. That said, Louisiana is a pretty little town.

  10. JimHJimH says: 5587 comments
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    If you’re one of those folks (like me) that appreciates layers of architectural history living happily together in an impure, slightly sinful manner, this house is perfect. The survival of the original Italianate details is wonderful, since so many remodelings obliterated them. Preserving the whole while selectively restoring vignettes from various periods would be an enjoyable project here with a low entry cost. Finding an early Eastlake front door might be a good start.

  11. abevyabevy says: 302 comments
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    1857 victorian
    Applegate, MI

    I agree with Jim H. You would have to work at it slowly. Like the windows and lots of doors. Linoleum is nice. Like the older rooms.

  12. Thomas McLean says: 35 comments

    Love that tree in the front yard!

  13. Louisiana, MO is a nice town and many people including myself have moved here from all over to restore these beautiful homes. You can see more of them and their history at We are always excited to welcome another person wanting to bring a home back to it’s glory.

  14. I lived in this house-the parsonage for the Episcopal Church one door down.
    In the 60s, it was magical and the town was a great place as a tween.
    A house fire in the newest portion of the house led to much restoration work, overseen by my very sophisticated mother.
    She was able to uncover much that had been painted and plastered over.
    And, the beautiful transom window was also painted over.
    I was the one how removed the paint and discovered the ruby treasure underneath.
    It is fun to see our beautiful home still a “grand dame” after all these years. It is unfortunate that zoning allowed a Dairy Queen to go in across from this house and the other historic structures in the neighborhood.


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