1892 Queen Anne – Denison, TX – $159,900

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Added to OHD on 12/6/18   -   Last OHD Update: 4/18/19   -   15 Comments
614 W Sears St, Denison, TX 75020

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  • $159,900
  • 5 Bed
  • 4 Bath
  • 4160 Sq Ft
  • 0.18 Ac.
AMAZING 1800's home would be an awesome home for anyone who loves this era's charm! The property offers 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms but has enough rooms to make it a 7 bedroom home with some creativity. In addition to the rooms, it has 2 living areas, formal dining room, casual dining room, and a lot of closets for storage! This house has a lot of character between the 10' doors, tall ceilings, original wood floors, and one of a kind stairwell that goes up 3 stories! It has a large fenced back yard, and it is walking distance to downtown Denison! When remodeled, this property will be a thing of beauty!
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Brandy Landon, Milestone Premier Properties
(903) 821-4958
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15 Comments on 1892 Queen Anne – Denison, TX – $159,900

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10080 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I’m not certain about the 1892 build date.

    • AvatarSteve H says: 165 comments

      I agree. I think it could be about a decade older than that. Massing and proportions of an Italianate, but with more Queen Anne-ish detailing.

    • JimHJimH says: 4115 comments
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      The Sunday Gazetteer, Denison, Tex., Sunday, April 20, 1890:
      The foundation for the handsome residence of Mr. L. Bernheim on West Sears St. is in, and work on the superstructure will be commenced at once. When completed, Mr. Bernheim will have one of the finest residences on the street.

      See 1895 photo – Home of L. Bernheim. Another source says it was completed in 1891. I would have guessed it was a bit older too.

  2. Avatarbettina says: 33 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Those doors, those hinges!

  3. RosewaterRosewater says: 4410 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    That sumptuously beautiful stair baffles me. First of all it’s classically Italianate, which is curious in this exuberantly Queen Anne, (and may I say architecturally scattered), house. The, (inked, carved, INLAID ???), Aesthetic motifs on the newel post tie the big gorgeous thing in well with other original motifs and design in the house. It is either in absolutely remarkable original condition, or has been FLAWLESSLY, (from what I can see), stripped down to nearly 0, and has had no new stain applied. I think it has been this way since it was brand new, (essentially). There are only the slightest hints of artificial pigments in the wood, (to my eye), and I suspect the wood was so loved that it was only often rubbed with a hand made, all natural, household polish – or such – by someone, (and likely by someone’s servants for many years 😉 ), who loved the wood and only wanted to bring out it’s natural beauty with just a bit of honey, magic, and elbow grease; – AND THEN – was miraculously spared any adulteration WHATSOEVER for MANY years: at least that’s what I want to believe! Heheheh. I sure love it so. This house has a fabulous interior with MUCH great original, quite nice bits not only present and in tact but wearing a sometimes sublime patina.

    Saved to my new “OHD FAVORITES” file on my computer. 🙂

  4. AvatarApril says: 18 comments

    Incomplete rehab, guessing from pics?

    Denison is a great town, close to a small to midsize college and about an hour from DFW. Someone with the time, money, and fortitude could easily make this lovely beginning into a traffic stopper inside and out.

    • AvatarDavid Sweet says: 213 comments

      I think you are right on about the incomplete rehab, seeing that someone had started the soul-destroying work of stripping the white paint off the stairs. Maybe they just woke up one day and said: “Wow, This is the rest of my life!” I personally LOVE the satisfaction I get when restoring woodwork, but it isn’t for everyone.

  5. AvatarCynthia D. Payne says: 11 comments

    Wish it included bath and kitchen pics.

  6. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10080 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks JimH!



    • JimHJimH says: 4115 comments
      OHD Supporter

      The photos were published in Denison “progress” pamphlets. The 1895 caption indicated the home was built for dry goods merchant Lazarus Bernheim (1850-1902). Bernheim immigrated from Alsace in 1884 and moved to Texas, then sold the house and moved to Oklahoma in 1900. The 2nd owner was insurance man Alexander D. Hay (1862-1906), who lived here with wife Mary Alice and their 7 young children.

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

        Thanks for finding and sharing the vintage photo of this house in its early days. My Dad and his Dad were born and raised in Denison with my Gr-Grandfather moving there in the early 1900’s to work for the KATY (MK & T) railroad. I remember the town back in the late 1950’s and early ’60’s when it was still a town stuck in the Victorian era. In the mid-’60’s city leaders felt Denison needed to be modernized and updated so a fair amount of money was spent covering up the Victorian commercial facades and Main street was beautified with pedestrian friendly plantings and curbing. All of those were later removed. Almost countless Victorian era homes were razed in the period from 1965-1980 leaving only isolated examples like this house. I can recall from my childhood intact blocks of houses like this one. Most were razed by the city with little to no salvage being saved. In 1890, Denison was larger than Dallas but soon fell behind the growing metropolis about 80 miles to the south. The KATY railroad went bankrupt in the mid-1970’s and its assets sold off to other railroads.

        I too noticed the staircase appears older than the 1890’s and feel there is a logical explanation for the older elements but either some part of the house dated before the Queen Anne phase or the builder ordered an older Italianate style staircase. No matter what the explanation is, the staircase is a beautiful example in the style of the 1870’s-1880’s. The roofline does suggest it may have been updated from an earlier (Italianate) version. Denison itself dates to 1872 when the KATY acquired and then sold off town lots. The town was named for KATY RR Vice President George Denison. I have a old newpaper clipping my Gr. Grandmother saved from an anniversary issue of Denison’s founding and a narrative from a (then) still living early resident who remembered and was present when the lots were sold. Almost all of the old streets in Denison are named after top officials with the KATY at the time of the town’s establishment. Most of the sprawling DFW growth is oriented to the north so despite the distance, Denison and nearby Sherman are benefiting from the regional growth surging northward. The huge Lake Texhoma is conveniently located near Denison as well. I’d like to see some of what has survived in Denison kept for future generations although much of what the town once was has already been lost.

        • MJGMJG says: 504 comments
          1887 Queen Anne

          Yes who knows. Maybe they got a great deal on older inventory which was a little more out of date. That style is replaced but if you look in this 1898 lumber catalog, you can see a less ornate but similar newel post.

          Every generation hangs has those who do hang on to older styles I guess.
          There is the other idea thats being discussed that’s more than possible that they refurbished an original house on the property. That was not uncommon either.

  7. AvatarGeorgia G. says: 1 comments

    I was so captured by this house, I had to view it a little over a month or so ago. The staircase and little details are so impressive. Every bedroom has its own full bathroom. The back part of the house has an addition on it from 50’s – 60’s that includes the kitchen and two extra rooms. It’s a real disgrace – low ceilings and the kitchen has ZERO windows or doors. In my opinion, the entire addition needed to be removed, closed off and kitchen relocated. It’s a big project for sure. Beautiful potential, and I loved seeing those old photos of it! Thanks for posting.

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

    Authentic Registered Texas Historic Landmark plaques are supposed to feature narratives about the property, the original family, or historical events that have occurred there. This house has the most bizarre spoof plaque I’ve ever seen so I had to go back and make sure it wasn’t the real deal. Kind of like the 1895 Gray House in Grayville, IL that has an outdoor plaque mentioning slave quarters despite it dating from three decades after the Civil War. Sam Houston died before Denison was founded in 1873 when the MK&T (Katy) Railroad came through and the company sold town lots. Many of Denison’s early streets were named after Katy railroad officials.

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