c. 1910 Queen Anne – Postville, IA – $59,900

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Added to OHD on 10/31/18   -   Last OHD Update: 10/31/18   -   23 Comments
408 Lybrand St, Postville, IA 52162

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  • $59,900
  • 4 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 2176 Sq Ft
  • 0.75 Ac.
A Sleeping Giant!!! Ok - If You've Been Looking For A Period Home With Great Bones, A Great Lot, And Tons Of Potential - Here You Go! Hands Down....This Is One Of The Coolest, Grandest Old Homes I Have Listed In A Very Long Time. Step Into This Late Victorian Beauty And Be Transfixed! Gorgeous Woodwork, Floors, Pocket Doors Galore, Beveled-Leaded Windows, Tall Ceilings, Walk-In Butler's Pantry, Grand Entry With Stunning Balustrade, Huge Bedrooms, And A Walk-Up Attic That Could Be An Incredible Living Space Or Master Bedroom. Full Basement And Very Large, Corner Lot With Barn-Style Garage/Shed. The Details On The Exterior Are Extraordinary! Charming Front Porch With Wonderful Curb Appeal. This Diamond-In-The-Rough Needs You! Serious Buyers Only! This Landmark Property Needs To Be Saved And Restored!!!! Bring Your Ideas And Tool Belt - Here We Go!!!!
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23 Comments on c. 1910 Queen Anne – Postville, IA – $59,900

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  1. AvatarJRichard says: 231 comments
    1763 center-chimney cape
    Biddeford, ME

    Wow, pretty much untouched. The braces in the attic look pretty slap-dash. I wonder if they’re really necessary.

    • AvatarRon G says: 167 comments

      The bracing was probably installed when the roof was re-decked and shingled. I’ve been in several of these old houses and found sagging problems with these steep roofs. Most of the time the rafters were under sized and common practice was to use 32″ spacing. The sagging problem could have been minimized if the carpenters had put in collar ties.
      The bracing that’s been installed can only be considered a temporary fix at this time and will most likely require a more structural solution in the future.

      • AvatarKaren says: 625 comments

        How long would you recommend those temporary braces be used? I kinda wondered when I saw this photo if the roof was sagging, and if this will be a major, and needed-at-once kind of repair.

        • AvatarRon G says: 167 comments

          Karen, There isn’t any immediate concern with the temporary braces in the attic. From what the pictures reveal, the braces may have been installed to reduce any spring (bounce) as well as the sagging which was mentioned earlier during the new roof being repaired. Also, the lack of more additional bracing indicates that the structural integrity of the roof may be solid.
          When you look at the exterior of this house, this house has a lot of detailing added, especially to the gable ends. All of the gables show barge boards, returned eaves a long with extended roof eaves. This detailing is also carried over to the front porch giving it a more formal entryway. Its difficult to tell a lot about the interior of the house but the trim was a common off-the-shelf product that was easily available at a local lumber supplier. The lack of radiators and fireplaces probably indicates a gravity fed coal furnace. I don’t want to ignore the barn either. A great addition to the property. The three man doors might suggest this was used as a stable when first built. The size could indicate the property was part of a farm too. It shows some sagging and water damage to the lower portion of the siding but its really worth exploring to see if its economically salvageable.
          I’m not sure what the economy is like in this area. But the town is located in NE Iowa and is just a few miles to either Wisconsin and Minnesota.

  2. Avatarjulie A. says: 153 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1914 foursquare farmhouse
    New Germany, MN

    A lot of nice details and the kitchen looks original. The outside could use some color to accentuate her details. A perfect blank slate.

  3. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4708 comments
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    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    By 1910 the ornate exterior design would have been considered old fashioned. The interior, however, reflects the post 1900 period with simplified details. Attractive pricing for the house and outbuilding on a .75 acre lot. I like the pass through window from the kitchen into the dining room.

    • AvatarMJG says: 528 comments

      That is pretty heavily ornamented for 1910. Maybe the town records are wrong. My house used to say 1920 even though the brownstone insert on my chimney piece said 1887 and the house was clearly not a 1920s house.
      Or there is the possibility they someone who built it picked an older out of date style, still clinging to the past styles. I still see people sometimes today building or decorating in styles 20 or 30 years out of style and think, yikes. 🙂

      • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4708 comments
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        1889 Eastlake Cottage
        Fort Worth, TX

        Both situations seem plausible although official record errors in construction dates are very common. County records for our house say 1902 but I have a copy of the original builder’s mechanic’s lien dated October 15, 1888 so I consider our house to be an 1889 house. (all the interior details accord with that time frame) I do think this Postville, Iowa house dates from 1900 or a bit later but in the early 1900’s a decade meant a huge shift in stylistic tastes. Perhaps an older couple or individual preferred the older style homes and chose this plan because as late as 1910 millwork suppliers probably still retained some inventory from a decade earlier. By 1915, it appears most suppliers had either sold or liquidated their Victorian era inventories. Here’s a millwork supply catalog from 1915 and you’d be hard pressed to find anything in the way of Victorian fancy work: https://archive.org/details/CatalogueNo.36LumberMillworkHardwareBestQualityAndServiceRight Even the very popular interior fretwork from the first decade of the 20th century is gone although there are some Craftsman type colonnades and room dividers. These sharp demarcations in stylistic tastes in the first two decades of the 20th century are helpful in determining approximate dates.

        • AvatarMJG says: 528 comments

          So we’re both on the same page then. I totally agree. I also just posted a link to archives on another post. Such a wonderful site! A treasure Trove!
          I also notice that by 1915 fretwork or “grille-work” as I’ve seen it described in these books too last for also until the 1913 and 1914 books i have. But 1915 on, they seem to ghost from books! Though I am sure there are more books I’ve not reviewed yet.

          • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4708 comments
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            1889 Eastlake Cottage
            Fort Worth, TX

            One article I recall reading opined that the end of the Victorian era coincided with the sinking of the Titantic in 1912. Indeed, the number of houses identifiable at a glance as “Victorian” are seldom seen if were built after 1912. In rural locales, perhaps a few traditional Victorian folk style houses and farmhouses were built until the early 1920’s but 1915 is a convenient date to separate Victorian era architecture from what followed it. In the 1920’s there were already articles in house decorating magazines and construction trade magazines showing how to take old fashioned Victorian Queen Anne style houses and rejuvenate them into pseudo Colonial Georgians. This animosity towards all things identifiable as Victorian only intensified in following decades reaching a peak in the 1950’s with mass demolitions taking place in cities as part of the Urban Renewal federally funded programs. Had there not been an economic depression in the 1930’s and World War II in the 1940’s most likely the architectural eradication would have occurred much earlier. Some (vain) industrialists in places like Cleveland’s fabled Euclid Avenue left instructions in their wills that their lavish residential palaces were to be demolished immediately following their death. Looking back today, it’s surprising that anything has survived from the Victorian era. As the late comedian Rodney Dangerfield often said, the Victorian era and its legacy got no respect. We still see losses daily but since there is much less remaining today mass demolitions are less frequent now. Thanks for sharing your comments.

            • AvatarMJG says: 528 comments

              So true. My goodness. But I’m not seeing a big restore trend happening in Connecticut where I’m from. I’m actually seeing people siding over Victorians or ripping off porches only to replace them with modern utilitarian deck railings unpainted. I’m horrified as these houses get lost so does American heritage. Not only Victorians but just saw an old saltbox get replaced with white siding and replacement windows. Now the house looks like all modern homes.
              Even the 1960s they were bulldozing beautiful buildings. Look at the loss of Penn Station NYC that had a waiting hall of 150 feet. Bigger than grand central terminals waiting hall ceiling. Huge loss. But at least people started standing up for it by this point. Is this next generation ready to do that ?

  4. AvatarRon G says: 167 comments

    This house has a lot of potential. At a $60K price tag makes it much more desirable from my way of thinking. The foundation is cut limestone and as long as it don’t have a foundation problem adds to the desirability. A great project house. The now missing addition that’s been remove from the left side on the back can be rebuilt if more living space is needed. The foundation the addition was resting on is concrete block and appears in bad shape. This was probably a craw space addition and probably added to the loss. Nothing in the pictures show any water damage in the living area which I think adds to the appeal. Nothing is known about the mechanicals but I have always looked at this as a minor concern. The house only has one bath but the 2100 sq. ft. provides for at least an additional full bath and a main floor powder room. All the windows look to be original and that’s a plus. The stairs are in tact and that’s a plus. Hopefully someone will see the potential this house has to offer and grab it.

    • AvatarHoyt Clagwell says: 262 comments

      I’m pretty sure the addition on the back was a greenhouse, with the floor at ground level and concrete block knee-wall supporting the glazed framework.

    • AvatarKaren says: 625 comments

      You and I have to go into business! I was thinking the same stuff! But that former addition…I wonder how a little sunroom would look there.

  5. AvatarJen says: 75 comments

    How I love the exterior and most things inside. Lookss like a pretty area. I too hope someone will see the beauty in this home and buy…

  6. AvatarKaren says: 625 comments

    I really like this house. It reminds me of a house my best friend just bought, for $20,000. If you are willing to put in the work, and pay someone to do the things you don’t know how to do, these old houses that are listed for so little can be treasures.

  7. AvatarDave says: 233 comments
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    1875 Queen Ann/Stick
    Des Moines, IA

    Great house! Almost untouched by time, i agree. The sad part is, that you could put
    a hundred thousand into restoring it, and it would STILL only be worth $60.000.
    I’m from Iowa, and this area has gone through a devastating economic decline, especially for a very small town. Makes me sad.

  8. AvatarRebecca Akens says: 41 comments

    Okay, I would not have personally classified this as a Queen Anne, but I wonder if I’m wrong. To me, the style is more classical, though obviously with ornate details that are carried over from the Victorian era. I would call it a Free Classic. I’m not as educated about the reasons for each type as I know others here are, so I’m interested in knowing if I’m missing anything, or if that’s a label the realtor chooses for marketing purposes.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 707 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Free Classic is Queen Anne. You have to look at the form of the home first then the details. This has a hipped roof with lower cross gables, check for Queen Anne. When the other details are Queen Anne verging into what would be considered Classical or Colonial Revival detailing like with the porch, it is a Free Classic but still falls under Queen Anne style.

  9. MichaelMichael says: 1304 comments

    I’m always attacted to these Iowa homes and this is no exception. It has some great details on the exterior that would show nicely with a proper paint job.

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