1896 Queen Anne – Fairfield, IA (George F. Barber) – $369,000

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Added to OHD on 10/25/18   -   Last OHD Update: 4/10/19   -   32 Comments
401 E Burlington Ave, Fairfield, IA 52556

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  • $369,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 1 full, 2 half Bath
  • 4534 Sq Ft
  • 0.67 Ac.
Surrounded by a circular drive & drawing you in the moment you see it, this home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places & was designed by the world-renowned architect George Barber. Over 4500 sq ft of living space featuring quarter-sawn oak paneling, foyer w/open staircase, window seating, pocket doors, stained glass windows, ornate woodwork, decorative fireplaces, chandeliers, a double parlor, dining room with access to two exterior porches as well as the beautifully updated kitchen complete with a Butler's pantry offering granite countertops, self-closing cabinetry, deep wash basin, Jenn-Air stove, & private back staircase entry, Master bedroom suite w/private bath together w/ three additional bedrooms w/in-room decorative fireplaces, full bath w/tiled floor, & walk-up to the ballroom w/views of Fairfield below. Covered entrance for you or your guests, Carriage House with parking & fenced-in rear yard. Many, many more features & amenities.
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Tammy Dunbar, ERA Fairfield Real Estate
(641) 472-2353
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32 Comments on 1896 Queen Anne – Fairfield, IA (George F. Barber) – $369,000

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  1. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4715 comments
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    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    This well known George F. Barber designed house has all of the architectural drama one expects to see in the higher end designs by that firm. You have fine hardwood millwork, stained glass, interior fretwork, and nice mantels. The surviving original carriage house out in the back is rare and should be preserved in perpetuity.

    Not sure if he was kidding me or not, but Mr. Bailey who bought the 1903 Dutch Colonial (moved down the street last year) here in Fort Worth, told me he once owned this Fairfield Iowa house as well as a massive Geo. Barber designed brick home in Carmi, Illinois. As it turns out, Chris DiMattei, noted Barber scholar and author, believes the 1903 Dutch Colonial, known as the Talbott-Wall house, is also a Barber design. Some folks just appear to gravitate towards Barber designed houses. This was a popular plan design in its day with surviving similar examples found in a number of states. I like the fact that the attic is finished out although the very small tower room doesn’t seem to have much functional use. What a lovely home this is.

  2. SharonSharon says: 408 comments
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    Sedalia, MO

    This is one of the most visible historic homes in southeast Iowa, on Hwy. 34. I’ve been wanting to see inside this for many years, and it doesn’t disappoint. There’s so much to love here.

  3. AvatarMelissa Roberts says: 42 comments

    I’am in love with the attic of this house. It’s absolutely gorgeous!

  4. RossRoss says: 2406 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    The house has numerous gas/electric lighting fixtures, and which appear original.

    I would kill for the foyer one. My entry hall needs it!

    And that marble vanity? Oh, I have the vapors.

    • AvatarCody H says: 150 comments

      I scored a VERY similar entry pendant online about 4 months ago. I love it! I have amassed quite the collection of combination fixtures. They arrive in ruins, I pretty them up, wire them, and carefully pack them away in the back of my closet in boxes, where they will be ready to hang, once I graduate from a rental to my first house. My landlord has been sympathetic, however, and let me hang a couple of the jewels in my collection in my unit. I’ve been curating a collection…*cough*…hoard of parts and pieces, plumbing fixtures and marble vanities, since I first moved out at 18, patiently waiting to snap the right property up, once I finish design school.

  5. AvatarStevenF says: 766 comments
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    1969 Regency
    Nashville, TN

    I’m itching to take down those sheers hanging in that round window!

  6. RosewaterRosewater says: 4558 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Probably the best version of this design we’ve yet seen: and complete with some fixtures, and a carriage house to boot! Sure hope the missing mantles and fixtures are squirreled away somewhere safe for the next owner.

    Love the attic shots!! Thanks’ agent! Excellent listing.

  7. AvatarBluegrass gal says: 20 comments

    Probably the best set of photos on here in a while, kudos to whoever took these. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. AvatarMimi says: 196 comments
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    Rochester, MN

    Such a beautiful home w unusual features as well!

  9. Avatarshirleyssshirl says: 55 comments

    WOW. I could move in tomorrow and not change one thing–it’s beautiful!

  10. AvatarCindy says: 142 comments
    1866 Italianate/Queen Anne
    Brunswick, MO

    What a great house, I like the reception room with the fretwork, built in seating and stained glass. The bathroom with the excellent marble sink and subway tile. Gorgeous, as is the entire house.

  11. AvatarSarah with a H says: 37 comments

    In the 8th interior photo, what is the gray patch covering?

    • Matt DMatt D says: 53 comments

      I think that is covering the opening for the fireplace. I wonder why the mantel was removed and the opening covered? For such a massive chimney, I am sure the original mantel was beautiful!

  12. AvatarBethany otto says: 2661 comments
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    Escondido, CA

    Ahh George, you don’t disappoint, but your house needs a flooring consultation.

  13. AvatarLucinda Virginia says: 59 comments

    If the staircase up were larger, I might guess that the attic was a ballroom, with the little room off it for quiet conversation. Or, the little room might just be a cozy space for some daydreamer to squirrel herself away, preferably on velvet covered cushions. In which case, the stairs are wonderfully small and windy. Sara Crewe’s garret, sans rats.

    • AvatarAnne says: 1 comments

      Attic was a ballroom. One of my childhood friends lived there. Family of 9 kids. Older girls all shared the ballroom as their bedroom.

  14. ErnieErnie says: 217 comments

    Is the stairway & the doorways as narrow as they appear? In a grand home like this I would have expected wide door ways & a stairway that made a statement. I mean the stairway is beautiful, but…… I guess it’s just the style of the home.

    • SharonSharon says: 408 comments
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      Sedalia, MO

      The narrow winding stairs are the servants stairs coming from the narrow step-up door in the kitchen, left of the fridge. But what’s that tiny door next to it? Too small for a dumbwaiter. Maybe a bell system inside?

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10343 comments

        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        Are you talking about the pass-through for butler’s pantry?

        • SharonSharon says: 408 comments
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          Sedalia, MO

          No. In picture 24 there is a tiny wooden door in the corner, to the right of the servants door. About 6 by 12 inches.

          • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10343 comments

            1901 Folk Victorian
            Chestatee, GA

            Good question, not sure what that is either.

            • AvatarKrystal says: 60 comments

              My grandmother had a door similar to that in her old home ages ago that was a phone hidey-hole … maybe something like that added later in the house’s life?

              I lived in Fairfield for several years a decade or so ago … it was a lovely town that I really enjoyed. With the Maharishi University there, it makes the town a really fun melting pot of cultures plopped in the middle of stereotypical small farm town Iowa. Interesting people, an amazing variety of ethnic restaurants, just so much you don’t typically see in the area. I loved it. I hope it’s still a similar atmosphere. I remember driving by this house almost every day, and I so happy this listing gave me the chance to see inside!

          • RossRoss says: 2406 comments
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            1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
            Emporia, KS

            That is perhaps a door to a laundry chute (my 1894 kitchen had that) or, more likely, a door covering the original fuse box.

            • Avatarkdar says: 83 comments

              Ross stole my thunder… ๐Ÿ™‚
              My Grandparent’s house (built in 1909ish) had a laundry chute on each floor. one in the kitchen and one in the hall outside each bathroom on the second and third floors. My Grand Mother used to say; “Laundry chute is great but I wish they would have also put in an elevator to get the clean laundry baskets out of the basement!”

              This house is a masterpiece.

  15. AvatarNate says: 4 comments

    I am in the process of trying to convince my wife that we need to move.

  16. MichaelMichael says: 1307 comments

    Lordy what a beautiful house. And those marble sinks? Love them! Don’t completely agree with some of the flooring choices in some of the rooms. I would love to see more than the outside of the carriage house, but what a bonus to have such a building still standing!

  17. Avatarstacy says: 2 comments

    Well if I had won that lottery she would be mine๐Ÿ˜

  18. AvatarGambaccini says: 528 comments

    i’d love to own a barber house

  19. NancyNancy says: 201 comments

    I think this is the best Barber house I’ve ever seen on here. It has everything! Those sinks are to die for. The attics! Oh my!

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