1897 Queen Anne – Manitowoc, WI – $429,900

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Added to OHD on 9/22/18   -   Last OHD Update: 1/26/19   -   50 Comments
535 N 6th St, Manitowoc, WI 54220

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Fine Queen Anne mansion featuring steeply gabled roofs with overhanging eaves supported by dentils. Likely the most impressive 2 story foyer you will ever see with a hand carved fireplace. Hand carved grand staircase with large leaded glass windows. This brick home with 3 story tower is topped by a conical roof. The formal dining room features hand crafted built-ins, trim & moldings. A hand painted fresco ceiling formal fireplace also graces this room. A large south facing sunroom with ceramic floor. A 3rd floor ball room with a additional bedroom, bath & living area that are ready for revival. A private breakfast room is off the kitchen. The home sits on a large double lot & has a brick 2 story carriage house that can fit at lease 4 vehicles & walk up 2nd level has many possibilities.
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Dean Dvorak, Action Realty
(920) 682-3025
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50 Comments on 1897 Queen Anne – Manitowoc, WI – $429,900

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  1. Lorriejo says: 40 comments

    Wow!wow!wow! This home is gorgeous! And Manitowoc is on Lake Michigan, wonder if you can see the lake from this house, seems to be on a hill.

    • StevenF says: 655 comments
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      1969 Regency
      Nashville, TN

      “Wow!wow!wow!” pretty much sums this place up. I’m no Queen Anne lover but I’d make an exception for this lovely stack. As Rosewater mentions below, the leaded glass in the stairway is a tour de force. As are the coffered ceilings. And the parquet floors. And the ….etc.!

      • GypsyGypsy says: 126 comments

        I want to know what the floors under the carpet look like in the front room. They have to be spectacular, with all the other fancy woodwork!

  2. r myers says: 24 comments

    This is my favorite house!

  3. Nancy C says: 123 comments
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    abuts historic village Old Salem, NC

    Majestic is my word for this grand house, from that first outside view and then throughout. Everything is the very best of the period to me, and I am sure new owners will live in elegance.

  4. Becky says: 31 comments

    Wow! Love this! It is perfect in every way! The leaded glass windows are amazing!

  5. RosewaterRosewater says: 4221 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    The exquisite beveled crystal windows are a glorious triumph. I have never seen anything like them in a stairway installation like that. The wonderful light they flood the hall with prevents that room from feeling in the least bit dark or cavernous: a fate which many others of this sort with dark colored stained glass windows suffer from. This house is a masterpiece of mostly well preserved, top shelf, Victorian, hand tooled craftsmanship. Superb.

    There’s that amazing Aesthetic, Japonisme, tile fire surround again; this time in brown decade. Love the Encaustic hearth and very fine mantle to go along with them as well. Nice! https://flic.kr/p/SjBhu5

  6. Keith Sanders says: 65 comments

    My dad’s parents were from Wisconsin – it’s time to go home!

  7. Ron G says: 152 comments

    A beautiful home. The staircase is absolutely stunning. However, I do wish so many realtors refer to many of the decorative features in these homes such as the stairs the fireplaces and other details as hand carved. Five minutes of research would educate them that we were now in the age of technology and advancements in machines capable of producing this type of detail was common in the building industry. many of the machines we use today are really upgrades of machines that were designed and in use in the late 1900 century. When we have the opportunity to see the beautiful details in these homes, some of the credit should go to the designers and mechanical engineers that were responsible for bringing this machinery to the industry. Just my thoughts.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 9647 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      More than just 5 minutes. 🙂 When I first started doing this, I was a complete idiot when it came to all things old houses. Sometimes we are a tad too harsh with agents (and owners.) It’s probably not every day they deal with an old house such as this. Instead of putting them down, we educate? If it’s only a 5 minute search, leave us some links to those sites that talk about historic wood work such as this.

      • Ron G says: 152 comments

        Kelly, Sorry I’m late responding to your request. You can search antique woodworking machinery and the same for hand tools. I hope you find some of the info a fascinating read. I enjoy your site and always look forward to your daily listings.

    • Kevin says: 1 comments

      I’d really love to see some of your research on machines that can reproduce this type of work. If you could please attach some websites that tell of the machinery that carved the scrolls swags, and other details. The coffered ceilings required a lot of miters and precise cutting and placing of pieces, many hours of work as well as the flooring. An amazing house that show some amazing craftsmanship.

      • RosewaterRosewater says: 4221 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        Oh yeah. No doubt! The highly decorative, and exquisitely hand carved elements on both the stair and mantle in the hall were done by a MASTER hand and are priceless jewels of that room in their original, heavenly context.

        My favorite fireplace is the one in the DR. It is likely one of the finest catalogue mantles you’ll see; and it features both hand carved and machined elements like the applique bits.

        We’re all well aware of the catalogues; but thanks’ for your concern Kevin. The agent is literally correct in her description.

  8. Lori says: 11 comments

    I am in love! What a remarkably beautiful home. It would be such a magical place to call home.

  9. Cathy F.Cathy F. says: 1788 comments
    1920 Colonial Revival
    Upstate/Central NY, NY

    Wow, the workmanship in this house is wonderful! The staircase with its beautiful stepped leaded windows, & its really cool newel posts…!!!

  10. JimHJimH says: 3898 comments
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    Extraordinary! The foyer (with it’s Classical caryatid mantel) and the dining room (with its ceiling fresco and cut glass) are amazing. After the beautifully preserved exterior, the interior is just as grand!

    Of course I had to know who built such a fine place, and Charles E. Spindler (1841-1920) was just as impressive as his home. A true rags-to-riches story with more than a touch of Forrest Gump.
    Born in Germany, he worked on farms and railroads, survived a Civil War POW camp, was a member of America’s 1st labor union, then moved to Chicago and became a partner in a business which he saved from the Great Fire. Fifteen years later, after making a large fortune by selling his printing type foundry, he moved back to his hometown of Manitowoc. He built the house for his 3rd wife, who died before it was completed, and he lived his final years in a small bungalow around the corner.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 4221 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Forrest either had very sophisticated taste, or knew how to hire a very good architect and decorator. What a shame he never wanted to live there. Of all things.

      • Zann says: 501 comments

        What a shame, indeed. This is one of those stories that kind of stick with you.

        Thank you, Jim.

  11. Joe says: 576 comments

    I don’t recall seeing a banister with carvings that floe into the newel post like this exceptional example. It looks like it may have grown that way!

    • JimHJimH says: 3898 comments
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      A touch of Art Nouveau not often seen in the Midwest, one of the few details that Frank Lloyd Wright would have approved of.

    • TimothyTimothy says: 155 comments

      After your note about the banister I just had to take a second look. Can’t believe I missed the organic way the newel post joins and flows into the banister. Simply amazing!! Good eye!

  12. RossRoss says: 2353 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    This house make my house look like a tarpaper shack.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 4221 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Or a Mouse Palace. 😉

    • Randy C says: 401 comments

      Ross, your house is a masterpiece, but I must say, that dining room with the beautiful leaded glass is magnificent, as well as the leaded glass in the stairwell. Still, maybe not as nice as all of your stained glass windows, but just stunning to me. I could be very happy with this one if it were only in Kansas!

  13. Mimi says: 182 comments
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    Rochester, MN

    Wow oh wow the leaded glass is even more impressive than Springfield…& the wood! Not 2 mention the tile & fireplace mantles…piece de resistance…limestone tower! Whoa Nellie! I am enthralled…just next door in MN….my new husband needs to ensconce me in this house….hahaha

  14. Karen says: 551 comments

    If I could take bits and pieces of the houses I see in here, to put together in my dream house, I’d definately grab those glorious windows!

  15. Marsha Bell says: 8 comments

    I’ve never seen a more perfect Queen Anne in my life! The craftsmanship is the best I’ve ever seen! Lucky the future owners.

  16. Deborah W Mann says: 157 comments

    Oh my gosh, this house is beyond amazing. The staircase and those elegant Windows are so beautiful.
    I might spruce up the kitchen a bit, but nothing else. I love this house so much.

  17. EyesOnYou1959 says: 267 comments

    OMG and WOW! What an absolutely gorgeous home…..I’ll take it!

  18. Cricket says: 19 comments


  19. Amy L Raml says: 3 comments

    Since I just got a new teaching position in Manitowoc, my husband and I set up an appointment for a tour…can’t wait! It’s only 3 minutes from school.

    • Susan Severtsen says: 16 comments

      Teaching must pay well in Manitowoc…time to submit a resume!

    • Randy C says: 401 comments

      Oh, my. Please keep us updated. Would be so nice to see an OHD’r get this one!

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 4221 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Oh Amy – be a buyer. This house is an absolute masterpiece. Whether a house is brand new or 100 years old, you will always have to spend money on it. Why not spend it on living in the sort of house which will be an experience of your lifetime; and make you the envy of your every friend and neighbor with good taste; and probably most of the town; and tourists; not to mention house obsessives. 😉 Well maintained, this house will always hold it’s value, and very likely increase in value substantially as homes of this quality become more rare all the time. I wouldn’t TOUCH the nice, probably early 60’s LR reno, except maybe to do something a bit more interesting with the fireplace in the spirit of that period, and then deck it out in HIGH, classy, collectible if possible, RAD, mid-mod style, with a couple of nice antique bits in the mix to tie it all together. This house abounds in extraordinary possibilities.

  20. MichaelMichael says: 1195 comments

    Love the stairs as it sets the tone for the rest of the house. The kitchen, if that is the main kitchen in the picture, seems small for the proportions of the rest of the house.

  21. jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 887 comments
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    1947 Ranch

    Simply stunning, top to bottom. I agree with JimH about the entry FP, ceiling, etc. There are no words. I agree also with Rosewater about the leaded windows, they are breathtaking. I can’t imagine living in that kind of environment; you know, where you’re struck dumb every time you open your eyes in the morning?!

  22. TimTime64 says: 1 comments

    I think I would be happy with even just the carriage house!

  23. TimothyTimothy says: 155 comments

    This home is simply amazing! The mansion grade detailing is over the top beautiful!

  24. krista says: 16 comments

    Why are the best houses always in the coldest places? aagh.

  25. Kim says: 2 comments

    Well well well and holy hello, wish I wasn’t dreaming of owning this one. Always wanted to have a home like this, dress in period clothing and have a holiday open house, ya never know stranger things have happened.

  26. Joy R Louters says: 119 comments

    Ross, you crack me up LOL

  27. Kate says: 16 comments

    When I finished admiring the outside of this house and went inside, my breath was taken away by the beautiful wood.

  28. Bigrog says: 176 comments

    What more can be said. Every body has touched on the wood work. That’s what grabbed my eye. But think of all the Murphy’s oil soap to clean all that wood, and all the polish, and all the “whew I’m getting tired thinking about it.

  29. KarenZ says: 839 comments
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    I have to grab a tissue as I’m about ready to cry! This house is absolutely incredible! The hand-carved wood is so amazing and I love the carved beauties that seem to hold the upper part of the fireplace up! I can’t imagine a house this grand with such amazing details to be at such a low price. This is definitely one of my all-time favorites on this site. Thanks for taking my breath away, Kelly!

  30. Catt says: 49 comments

    This is my dream home. Period.

  31. Zann says: 501 comments

    There isn’t anything to add since everyone has said it all, but I really do think I need some smelling salts. WOW WOW.

  32. Alice says: 54 comments

    Holy crow! Those leaded glass windows in the stairwell! The woodwork! This is one of the best houses I’ve seen on this site–just beautiful.

  33. Mitchell Cantor says: 6 comments

    I adore this house. If it were anywhere in the New York City region it would be over $10,000,000. If it were anywhere in the Philadelphia region I would have bought it already. It is so gorgeous it makes me want to look for jobs in Wisconsin, even though I don’t know a soul there and probably wouldn’t survive the winters.

  34. Jules2 says: 20 comments

    Where’s my checkbook?

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