1881 Second Empire – Greenville, PA

SOLD / Archived From 2018
Added to OHD on 11/8/18   -   Last OHD Update: 1/30/19   -   49 Comments
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  • $58,800
  • 6 Bed
  • 2 full, 4 half Bath
Amazing woodwork/floors/staircase/8 fireplaces/2 full baths in the 3 story home/building. Zoned commercial. Has been a residence/Funeral home, Lodge meeting hall. Newer bathrooms on first floor makes an office or buisness operation possible. Parking to the rear of the building. Interior doors are approx. 9' tall. Ceilings approx. 11'. Light fixtures appear to be the original and have been converted from gas to elec. There is a kitchen and bath on each level. The upper floors had had some remodeling. The history of this grand home is documentedl Add'l rooms Parlor M 16x19--sitting room M 8x19 - 2nd floor kit. 8x15--3rd floor LR 14x31--Kit. 9x13 plus storage rooms.
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49 Comments on 1881 Second Empire – Greenville, PA

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10086 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Wow! I hope JimH or someone will turn up an old photo or drawing of this place and the history. I’m betting this is missing something in the middle there. 🙂

    Perhaps? Right side, tower toward the middle: ebay link

  2. TGrantTGrant says: 543 comments
    OHD Supporter

    New Orleans, LA

    Boy this one is a treat! So much still there to work with! Nice to see the postcard views so you have an idea of what needs to be put back.

  3. Avatarpeeweebc says: 828 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1885 Italianate.

    Is that brick wall with fireplace and dog wallpaper ??? Omg!
    I love this house lol!

  4. AvatarStevenF says: 733 comments
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    1969 Regency
    Nashville, TN

    This house could be AMAZING. I love the verticality of the windows and doors. Is there an architectural term for the bay window in the 11th picture that site behind an arch? If not there should be because I love them. I hope someone with a good eye and gentle hand brings this back. I wonder how much it would cost to replace a tower?

  5. AvatarNancy C says: 122 comments
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    abuts historic village Old Salem, NC

    Love this house — look at that mantle! More mantles, eggplant room. This should be an elegant home, not a business. Somebody please take it on . . .

  6. RossRoss says: 2384 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    Oh my!

    What a treasure!

    Ross is in LOVE!

    And all for but $58K!!!!!!!!

    I would soooooooooo recreate the original porch and missing tower top.

  7. AvatarDavid Redlands says: 78 comments

    This house is amazing! I cant say enough good things about it. It appears to be in some what good condition. I wonder if the backyard could be fenced off and turned back into a yard and partial parking spaces?

  8. RosewaterRosewater says: 4410 comments

    Waa waa wee waa! Talk about drama! Even sans tower, this house is still a real stunner. Would you have the chutzpah to stand out on that balcony WAY up there? Heheheh. I’ll bet a nickel there is a picture somewhere (or once was anyway), of the original owner doing just that. Has there ever been a more unfortunate porch? I’m afraid that big clunky sucker would have to go if it was mine; and I love porches. What a great rarity it is to see one of these top tier Empire / Italianates with it’s decadent interior still nearly perfectly intact! Look through just the ones from this year alone and see if you can find even one which comes anywhere near this fine state of preserve: most are essentially trashed. Even more amazing that it’s a multi in such good condition! Howzabout that rad 20’s kitchen?! That’s about the extent of a kitchen back then: maybe a table and a Hoosier cabinet. Heheheh.

    Good luck finding that old pic. net sleuths! ☺

    • AvatarJoe says: 618 comments

      Don’t you think that the house is about 20+ years older than the interior woodwork. The stairs window trim and doors look to me to be more 1890, while the exterior looks 1860-70. The only real knowledge that I have about Second Empire is from this site, but I have also learned about the “updating that was done to bring it into the current fashion. I prefer the earlier, simpler woodwork style.

  9. AvatarDeniseLynn says: 240 comments

    Greenville is the home of Thiel College. A Lutheran affiliated liberal arts college founded in 1866. The Sheetz gas station catty corner across the street (street view) is a popular deli lunch stop for the students. (The college is down the street from it, right past the cemetery.) It’s not like any college town I’ve seen. The town doesn’t really embrace the college and student population. At least not when I worked there some years ago. The old downtown would be ideal for typical college town coffee shops etc. Being right on Main Street, it sadly seems likely this old beauty will remain some sort of business. Being so close to the college, I wonder if it would be feasible as a B&B.

  10. AvatarJohn_Alan says: 78 comments

    I LOVE that purple room! What a great house!

  11. AvatarLinda R. says: 237 comments

    gosh, the ceiling lights, fireplaces and wood work are worth more than $58K. IMO

  12. SueSue says: 288 comments
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    1802 Cape

    Rosewater said exactly what I was thinking. I am usually disappointed after drooling over the outside then seeing a stripped inside but this interior is delicious. How I love the drama and extravagance of the design. I am giddy!!

  13. Avatarzoomey says: 501 comments

    What gorgeous woodwork! Stunning! It cries out to be a SFH! I hope someone rescues her. She’s really special. And the price is so right!

  14. AvatarCrystal Nelson says: 15 comments

    OH my goodness! I love it!

  15. AvatarCrystal Nelson says: 15 comments

    Was that a pink stove?

  16. AvatarKaren says: 596 comments

    I agree with all above, that this house is something special now, but after a good scrub and some redecorating, its going to be GRAND again! The only thing I would do really radical work on, is that clapboard thing on the back of the house. I don’t know if someone willy nilly added it on at some time, or what, but its the only sore thumb on this house I can see. This house needs to be worked on, and to once again become a home. It looks grand, but at the same time, its homey feeling, really comfy cozy somehow.

  17. AvatarJennifer says: 33 comments

    OMG! OMG! OMG! I think I blacked out for minute!!! I LOVE THIS HOUSE!!!! I thought of Ross immediately….

  18. AvatarRick says: 78 comments

    When I saw that piano in basically an empty house that dates to that time period I thought what a neat piece of history for this home if each owner since has left it intentionally?

  19. AvatarTeri R says: 295 comments

    What a mash-up of eras and wood work colors but I LOVE it!

  20. AvatarBoyertownCasket says: 3 comments

    Undoubtedly, the 17th picture was the funeral home’s prep room.

  21. Avatarkmmoore says: 296 comments
    Weatherford , TX

    M is my last initial, so I think I get dibs. 😎 I’m blown away by this beauty.

  22. AvatarDavid Sweet says: 213 comments

    I just LOVE this house! If it were located closer to Iowa, I would buy it in a minute!
    I paid more than this for the two piles I’m currently restoring, and they weren’t even liveable! O…M…G

  23. Avatardennis says: 25 comments

    Remarkable home…the fireplaces! and no one mentioned the kitchen-the sparse almost original kitchen that looks like a museum!

  24. AvatarErinS says: 31 comments

    Rarely can one word describe such a grand, interesting place. But sometimes, one word is sufficient…and says it all:


  25. AvatarGregory Hubbard says: 347 comments

    This house would have never made it to this site if I lived anywhere nearby. Tragically, for me at least, I live in California just now.

    This home appears to me to be the work of Isaac Hobbs, who did weird and wonderful things with Italianate and Second Empire houses. A detail he sometimes used was the flattened ‘Graham’ style gable, like the one on the left corner of the mansard. For his biography, refer to

    This site has published several of his designs in the past. A good example of his work is the amazing W. M. Weigley mansion in Shafferstown, Pennsylvania.

    And I love the mid-1800’s piano.

      • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4645 comments
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        1889 Eastlake Cottage
        Fort Worth, TX

        Here’s an Internet Archive (free read and download) 1876 edition of Hobbs’ Architecture from 1876: https://archive.org/details/hobbssarchitect00hobb/page/n3 I didn’t immediately find this design but there were numerous other Second Empire style house similar in details. It seem plausible for this house to have been designed by Hobbs or by one of his contemporaries.

    • Ed FerrisEd Ferris says: 311 comments

      People buy square pianos and then find they can’t be repaired or played. If you want one as a piece of furniture, fine. They are extremely heavy and rolling one across an oak floor will put grooves in the floor. Our local piano mover charges $350 to take one away and recycle it. From the turned (not cabriole) legs on this example, it is not a Steinway or Mathushek, which are the only ones with any market value.
      The house is very good, but take a look at the eaves on the center tower. I’m sure there’s lots of that kind of repairs needed.

  26. AvatarAmy Jenkins says: 4 comments

    Id love to have this house. It’s fabulous

  27. AvatarMary Brown says: 47 comments

    Love this one. Such a beautiful character in her.

  28. MichaelMichael says: 1268 comments

    Lordy this is beautiful but the elegant lady does need her hat back!

  29. Avatardmobeck says: 46 comments

    OMG, What is with that town! Look at what they did to the house next door and across the street. It wouldn’t surprise me if something like that happens to this place too. Obviously a lot of the original homes on that street have been torn down for modern structures. The original street in the post card was so lovely. Very sad it’s all gone.

  30. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10086 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Currently showing an open house on 11/17/18 between 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

  31. GearGirlGearGirl says: 38 comments
    Second Empire, Barber Scottsdale, AZ

    OMG I’m in the market for a Second Empire!! I need to see what gives RE the town.

  32. Avatar1938lasalle says: 21 comments

    I just purchased a garage in Greenville, and was immediately struck by this home. The roof and gables appear to be the most concern. I wonder what the price would be for that?

    Greenville is a nice but somewhat faded city that, like this home, needs energy to bring it back. The town is home to Theil College, a very fine private institution, and has a wonderful railroad museum.

    The town also has an old Packard dealership for sale!

  33. AvatarRenee Herron says: 5 comments

    Wow! I am in love with this place. So much character,history space and beauty. I look at it everyday on this site. I may have to relocate :=)

  34. GambacciniGambaccini says: 510 comments

    Though the porch is nice, it doesn’t fit the style of the house. My guess was that was updated later. Sorry if someone else discussed this.

    • AvatarDJZ says: 45 comments

      You would be correct! I did some digging into this house and found pictures of the front from 1903, 1913 and 1918, In 1903 the original front porch was there, from the picture I saw it had the same gables as the exterior. but some time between 1903 and 1913 the porch was updated to what we see today, this was the same time the back patio/porch was either added or updated as well.

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