c. 1890 – Independence, KS – $104,900

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200 E Locust St, Independence, KS 67301

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Walk back in time and look at this beautiful Federal-style home. This home is high-lighted in A Guide to Historic Homes in Independence, KS written by Ken. D. Brown. The book explains the Federal style is characterized by balance and symmetry in desgin. By looking at the front of the house, one notes the balanced windows, the centered front door, and twin dormers which are classic features of Federal style. This 3 story home was originally built as a wedding present by A.E. Todd for George T. Thatch Guersey, JR. Original oak floors and wide stairways. Fireplace in two rooms downstairs and also upstairs in bedrooms. Kitchen has been completely redone. Stained glass windows and lead glass in china cabinet. There are so many features for this house. Behind the house is a garage with apartment upstairs. This is a great buy for the size of house and in great condition.
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10 Comments on c. 1890 – Independence, KS – $104,900

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 9829 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I’ve not done subtype styles since the early days of OHD. It gets complicated by doing that so I’ve stuck to the main style types (if this were Federal Revival, Colonial Revival is the parent style.) I’m not going to agree this is a Federal Revival, I’m failing to see any fan lights, Palladian windows, geometric exterior windows or any other details that scream Federal Revival. There are many other styles that also are symmetrical and balanced, Georgian Revival included. The dormer design is called a hipped dormer, Federal would have been gabled or pedimented.

    I had originally titled this Colonial Revival based on the basic shape of the home and some other details but it’s actually got a bit more than just Colonial Revival going on (note, just because I leave the style off the title doesn’t mean it’ll not show up when doing a search via the drop downs.) Maybe I should have kept it as Colonial Revival, this is one part about how I do things that I’m always changing my mind about when it comes to titling with the style.

    A previously posted (link) Colonial Revival with the fanlight and sidelight/window design, the small entry porch with dentils (although dentils can also be found on Georgian too) shows the Federal details I’m not finding on the posted home. I’m not finding enough to call this a Federal Revival (Federal style died in the 1820’s, Federal Revival is a subtype of Colonial Revival which started up in the 1880’s.)

    Here’s a link to the book mentioned in the description: link PDF. Page 39. The more I look at his styles the more I realize that his classifications are scattered. “New England” style? Then he’s got Classical Revival’s as Greek Revival (although some like to say Greek Revival Revival). So…yeah, this is why you shouldn’t teach yourself styles with books like that or even random websites (including mine), pick up A Field Guide to American Houses by Virginia McAlester. I don’t see the harm in using subtypes as styles (like Dutch Colonial Revival…Dutch Colonial died in the 1840’s) or Carpenter Gothic, okay sure but at least understand what makes that style that style.

    • JimHJimH says: 4024 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Besides being off 100 years there’s almost nothing Federal Style about it!

      The George Guernsey Jr. (1882-1956) in the book narrative was married in 1907, so the house was built around that time.

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 9829 comments

        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        Thanks. I was trying to wrap my head around the dormers, thought perhaps they were added later if the home was built in the 1890’s but being built after 1900 makes way more sense. Even the interior wood trim looks 1900+.

        • JimHJimH says: 4024 comments
          OHD Supporter

          Yes, it’s actually a very nice house with a lot of Edwardian era goodies. The porch is probably original but hard to say for sure. I can’t quite figure the layout. Curved walls are always good and there’s some really sweet woodwork and built-ins too. The sanitary white bathroom looks original and would clean up beautifully!

  2. AvatarPurpleLime says: 18 comments
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    Farmhouse Elkins, AR

    This town has so many houses that are just gorgeous! But I don’t understand the kitchen in this one (not my taste at all and the layout is weird to me), almost everything else is beautiful. I would want to change the dormers to have gable roofs as I think they look like someone stepped on them like they are. I love the curved wood built-ins!

  3. AvatarKdar says: 83 comments

    House looks turn of the century, kitchen looks mid-century… 😏
    Love the original built-ins and fixtures.

  4. AvatarMarlene Klopp says: 1 comments

    It looks like there had been a pantry which was incorporated into the kitchen.

  5. AvatarKarenZ says: 875 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Love the curves of that gorgeous bathroom sink!

  6. AvatarGregory_K says: 331 comments
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    Chatsworth, CA

    It is possible that the ‘Federal Style’ remark was intended as ‘Federal Revival Style.’ I agree that it does not look like 1890, but rather 1900-1910, as JimH suggested.

    In my opinion, few buildings are pure examples of any one style. This creates terrible problems when trying to pick a single stylistic name for what is really an eclectic design. There are Greek Revival houses with Gothic Revival trim, there is an excellent example of this on Mount Desert Island in Maine, or Second Empire homes with Italianate towers or Greek Revival pilasters.

    As an example, there are many mixed houses where the most obvious style is a particular revival, but interpreted through the lens of Craftsman design. In Denver, there was a builder or architect who built houses in various revival styles in the early 1900’s, but all the actual details are craftsman interpretations. One home, with a Dutch Colonial roof and front porch, in this case a single story arched entry with a gable roof supported by delicate columns. The original entry has a fanlight and side lights, but a Craftsman styled horizontally split ‘Dutch’ front door. All the interior woodwork is generally Dutch looking, but with Craftsman details and leaded glass cabinets. What style name would you select? I selected ‘Craftsman style interpretation of the Dutch Colonial Revival.’ My boss said it was a ‘Mission Revival style interpretation of the ‘Dutch Colonial Revival style.’ What this choice still more complicated is the fact that many professionals use the two styles, Mission and Craftsman, interchangeably.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 9829 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      If you read that PDF I linked to, no mention of “Federal Revival”, both real Federal and what the author decided was Federal was grouped together without distinction on original Federals and Federal Revival’s.

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