1899 Queen Anne – Yale, MI – $250,000

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National Register
Added to OHD on 12/3/18   -   Last OHD Update: 12/3/18   -   12 Comments
205 S. Main St, Yale, MI 48097

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  • $250,000
  • 5 Bed
  • 2.5 Bath
  • 2775 Sq Ft
  • 0.88 Ac.
The James McColl House, a wood frame Queen Anne style home is on the state and national historical registries. It has a new roof (2017) and newer storm windows (2016) and a large wrap around front porch featuring an upper balcony with railing. Stunning oak entry doors lead to a comfortable showpiece home with living and family rooms trimmed in curly birch, and other rooms trimmed with tiger oak. Many of the rooms contain leaded colored art glass windows and custom hand embellished wallpaper. It has 2 1/2 baths and four bedrooms, plus an additional bedroom on the 3rd floor. This home sits on roughly an acre and also includes various rose and flower gardens as well as the original 2-sided carriage house and a recently built 4 car metal pole barn with both heat and A/C - a mechanics dream.
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Robert Kean, Coldwell Banker Professionals
(810) 387-2400 / 810-650-5850
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12 Comments on 1899 Queen Anne – Yale, MI – $250,000

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10344 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I included the black and white from the National Register file, taken in 1984, they are not part of the listing photos. There are more photos from 1984 including the interior in the National Register link up top.

  2. JimHJimH says: 4204 comments
    OHD Supporter

    According to the NRHP info, the house was designed by local architect Isaac Erb.

    Historical Marker:
    This Queen Anne style structure was erected in 1899 by Scottish-born James Livingston. He gave the house to his daughter, Louise Livingston McColl. During the late nineteenth century, Livingston and his son-in-law James McColl produced linseed oil and twine in their flax mills in Michigan and Canada. At the time this house was built, McColl was also village president. The elaborate wood-frame house remained in the McColl family until 1980.

  3. RossRoss says: 2406 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    And this, ladies and gentlemen, is what a proper roof finial looks like:


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

      Yes! Or, in 1891, these were available from metal works manufacturer E.T. Barnum in Detroit: https://archive.org/details/E.t.BarnumManufacturerOfBuildersWireAndIronWork/page/n15 E.T. Barnum was just one of dozens of companies that sold rooftop ornaments like finials and iron cresting. Today, such beautiful surviving examples are rare (and valuable) but there are a couple of companies making excellent simpler replicas like Fischer Artworks: http://www.fischerartworks.com/ It seems the variety of artistic designs in the Victorian era was only limited by the maker’s imagination.
      Thanks Jim H. for the biographical narrative. Some aspects of the exterior design looked Geo. Barber-like to me so its good to have the design provenance known. For those who don’t mind a little winter snow, this could be a fantastic home.

      • Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 544 comments
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        1918 Bunkhouse
        WestOfMiddleOfNowhere, KS

        This house also struck me as being very Barberesque! Given the build date, it’s probably safe to assume that the architect was at least aware of Barber, if not outright influenced by him. The house is obviously loved; I hope that the next owners are similarly reverent.

  4. MichaelMichael says: 1307 comments

    The house has great curb appeal and looks to be well loved and taken care of. It would have been nice to get a peek at the attic with the eyebrow window!

  5. AvatarEric says: 314 comments

    The staircase and especially the hand rail is my favorite feature in this home. It does have lovely glass work and mantles but that staircase railing is incredible.

  6. AvatarKen France says: 7 comments

    Very nice home. Great wood work and carving. Love it!

  7. Julie C.Julie C. says: 198 comments

    This house has a very cozy vibe – the interior makes me feel like I am coming to stay with Grandma and Grandpa and I mean that in a complimentary way.

  8. AvatarKarenZ says: 976 comments
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    I agree with Eric on that handrail! I’ve never seen anything like it! That is a work of art in itself! Beautiful home.

  9. AvatarKevin says: 34 comments

    Do you suppose that the front porch originally matched the side porch? While there are some colonial revival details already happening on this home, the porch feels to be from a later date.


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