1862 Second Empire – Fayette, OH

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Added to OHD on 9/19/18   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   23 Comments

106 Gorham St, Fayette, OH 43521

  • $35,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 3 Bath
  • 2313 Sq Ft
  • 0.4 Ac.
As advertised in Country Living. Known as the Crittenden Manor, this Second Empire Victorian gem was built in 1862 by the man who opened the 1st lumber mill in town. The original stacked wood walls that were the popular building style of the time still remain. Updated full baths with claw foot tubs, one on the first floor and two on the second - each with their respective bedrooms.
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Ginni Neuenschwander, Howard Hanna
(419) 335-5170
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23 Comments on 1862 Second Empire – Fayette, OH

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  1. gordon w. reed says: 78 comments

    handsome house that could be very elegant again. i wish there were more photos of the exterior. i would love to volunteer to “weed” the yard!

  2. says: 5 comments

    I wish there were more interior pictures. Dying to see the kitchen !

  3. Karen Abadie says: 106 comments

    Looks like it could be a great house, and for Ohio, after checking the property taxes, they seem to be quite low. The home is also in an area where they get a bit of snow-near the Michigan border. Doesn’t seem to be any big cities around, so if you like being “out in the sticks” this would be perfect.

  4. Janet Vodder says: 224 comments

    I love the exterior. Just needs some love & caring.

  5. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12799 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Posted last year, not sold yet but back on the market. The photos in this post are from 2017, I’m waiting for new listing photos to update.

    • AbMellyAbMelly says: 38 comments
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      1920 Craftsman

      I thought I recognized this one! One of my favorites! I believe it was on the market for around $49k and I thought it was a steal even at that price point. $35k…yes, please!

  6. RossRoss says: 2457 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    I would love to know what happened to the original staircase.

    • Nancy CNancy C says: 128 comments
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      abuts historic village Old Salem, NC

      . . . You have to help with my lack of knowledge here — how do you know it is not the original? Not elegant enough?

      • Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 1181 comments
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        1875 Limestone house
        Langeais, Loire Valley,

        It would be more of an octogonal newel post and railing just like the one in Salina on the next listing, like in most italianates, houses c. 1860. This square newel post and railing would date from 1880-1890 like in a Queen Ann house.

  7. BethanyBethany says: 3545 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    “sigh” I love second empire style so much. I think the staircase looks funny too, but I don’t know why. I hope Ross will enlighten us on the “why”.

  8. DonS says: 48 comments

    The staircase is Queen Anne in style, the original would have looked more like the previous house shown here. Something else happened along the way. Some cheap replacement pine boards have been worked into the design. The piece along the stringer is the most eye catching, but something is going on with the base of the newel as well.

  9. Joan says: 51 comments

    I hope to see kitchen pictures, bathroom pictures, basement pictures & backyard pictures or basement pictures.

    I would definitely love to revisit viewing this home when they come in plz.

  10. Judith L says: 8 comments

    It seems like a lot of bang for the buck!! It’s hard to believe you can buy a house in that shape for that much money!

    • Elaine says: 86 comments

      Ohio is a really good place to look if you’re looking for great prices! Rust belt is how it was explained to me! The prices have gone up considerably in the last two or three years though! I used to look at Youngstown a lot. There was one place I found on a good street. It was TWO frickin’ Craftsman houses on one lot, and it went for $18,000. I think they had asked 22, and then went down to 20 later, and the people that got it got both for $18,000. They both were move in ready, too! Although one had horrible colored dark fixings in the bathroom; it was either dark forest or black, I’ve forgotten! But it was a HECK of a lot of houses for $18,000. I wanted them, but I wasn’t ready to buy then (like had NO bucks and was still working)! now that I’m looking for something, the prices have gone way up!

      • AbMellyAbMelly says: 38 comments
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        1920 Craftsman


        Same thing happened to me and my husband. We’ve had our eye on an area for a long time. Cheap, AMAZING historical houses. About 6 months before we actually move here, prices start going up considerably. But hey, that’s good for the city. 🙂

  11. Joseph Griffin says: 36 comments

    What are “stacked wood walls?”

    • JimHJimH says: 5764 comments
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      Joseph, that was a construction technique used where lumber was plentiful and inexpensive. Wood planks were laid flat and stacked up the full height of the wall, making for a very solid structure. I don’t know if it was ever a “popular” type as mentioned, but this fellow owned a sawmill.

    • Marc says: 249 comments

      I’ve seen a fair number of old outbuildings in Idaho and Montana built with stacked wood. Think log cabin but using 2x4s or 2x6s laid flat. But nearly all existing buildings in Idaho and Montana are younger than 1860s.

  12. sir douglas rice says: 31 comments

    i used to own a Gothic Revival house built in the 1850’s. between the studs of the exterior walls, they had laid brick. i guess in line with the thinking above?

  13. Slowly but surely we are renovating it with some real TLC.

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