1890 Queen Anne – Council Bluffs, IA – $318,000

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Added to OHD on 2/6/19   -   Last OHD Update: 2/10/19   -   22 Comments
203 Bluff St, Council Bluffs, IA 51503

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Rare Victorian splendor. Grand historic Henry H. Van Brunt mansion. Exquisite original woodwork. Leaded glass windows. Stunning staircase. Sizable rooms. Pocket doors. Refinished floors on main level. Large butler's pantry. Eat-in kitchen. Hidden powder room on main level. Three-car garage with an original vehicle turn-table (non-functioning). Play house in back yard that's original to the property. Home being sold as is.
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Mike Yowell, NP Dodge
402-619-6331 / (712) 328-5008
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22 Comments on 1890 Queen Anne – Council Bluffs, IA – $318,000

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 9652 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks to the agent for sharing his amazing listing with us!

  2. Tyreen Reuter says: 3 comments

    I am in LOVE!

  3. Wendy T says: 40 comments

    When I saw “being sold as is” I steeled myself…. only to find a darn near perfect looking home. The wood. The glass. The big rooms. That porch. Heavenly.

  4. Mel says: 4 comments

    Please standby while I pick my jaw up from the floor…

  5. MJGMJG says: 180 comments
    1887 Queen Anne

    That stained glass window on the staircase landing is so magnificent!

  6. Randy C says: 404 comments
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    2015 Reverse Ranch 1/2
    Olathe, KS

    Amazing is an understatement! This home is just stunning. I sure wish there was a pic of the garage with the turntable. I’m intrigued. Beautiful woodwork and those windows in the stair landing are unreal. Wish I were looking for a move, this would be it!

  7. Denise says: 5 comments

    I love this.

  8. Cathy F.Cathy F. says: 1788 comments

    Wow, I am not a Victorian house fan, but this one is in a different sort of category for me. I love the exterior’s color scheme and the angles of its design, then inside… the beautiful natural woodwork – at least in the entry hall & stairway is light, the stained glass windows are lovely, there’s no sense of being OTT – yet lots of built-ins… nice! (But remember to draw the curtains before taking a bath!😉)

    • GardenStater says: 4 comments

      Yeah, those windows are in an odd location considering where the tub is! I think I’d install plantation shutters on those windows.

  9. ReginaKT says: 58 comments

    Beautiful old home!!! I love that sink on the porch! Did anyone notice the tripping hazard in the butlers pantry? What is that square block on the floor sticking out from the wall?

  10. Wendy Mills says: 8 comments

    Oh my! ❤❤❤❤

  11. Tommy QTommy Q says: 461 comments
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    1912 Craftsman
    Fort Bragg, CA

    Wonderful!! Are those refinished floors or some sort of manufactured covering?

    • Tommy QTommy Q says: 461 comments
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      1912 Craftsman
      Fort Bragg, CA

      Oops! Read a little closer. Got it!

    • David Sweet says: 117 comments

      The floors that look badly stained and blotchy are the real thing, but at least one of the bedrooms has “engineered flooring”.

  12. Rose M. Kotalik says: 82 comments

    I don;t know what the “as is” means, but I would take it just as it is! Just about perfect to me.

  13. JimHJimH says: 3899 comments
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    From the nomination for the NRHP Willow/Bluff/3rd Street Historic District:

    203 Bluff St. – Commodious & well detailed; designed by local architects Bell & Berlinghoff. Steep hipped roof with steep crossgabled ells, rounded bay windows, canted corner bay, numerous and varied window types are original, wraparound porch has metal replacement posts and partial enclosure, scrollwork with name and date of construction on pediment over porch entry. Retains narrow clapboard siding. Numerous additions to house. Good integrity.

    Architect Charles Emlen Bell was “notable as the architect of a number of Midwestern county courthouses and achieved national importance as the architect of two state capitols.”

    Henry H. Van Brunt [1848-1911] reportedly operated the “largest and finest carriage repository west of Chicago” where he kept “a heavy and choice stock of fine carriages, buggies, coupes, surreys, phaetons, wagons, and bicycles.” He also carried a full line of harness hardware. In 1898, it was noted that he had been “connected with the vehicle and implement business in Council Bluffs for twenty years,” with his store located at 12-22 Fourth Street and an “immense” warehouse at 10th and Broadway where he did transfer business for the Rock Island Plow Company, J. Thompson & Sons, George W. Brown & Co., F.B. Tait & Co., and Haworth & Sons. His fine Queen Anne-styled home at 203 Bluff Street in the historic district was designed by the local architectural firm of Bell & Berlinghoff. It was completed in 1890 and is one of several large impressive homes that border the “gateway” into the district along Willow Avenue (the others include 332 and 333 Willow Avenue). H.H. Van Brunt’s sons, Harry L. and George, operated the Van Brunt Automobile Company in the early twentieth century, with Harry building a home next to his father’s by 1908 at 311 Willow Avenue.

    • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4540 comments
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      1889 Eastlake Cottage
      Fort Worth, TX

      Jim, Thanks for researching and explaining the architectural design provenance of this house. Architects Bell & Berlinghoff came up with an architectural picturesque design that is not cookie cutter for the then popular Queen Anne style. Some of the details inside appear to be later than 1890 but perhaps minor upgrades continued in later years. The oval glass paned doors were uncommon before 1900 as they were associated with the Colonial Revival style and the Classical columns were seldom seen in 1890 so they are possibly later replacements. Very nice house here in any case. I love the asymmetrical facade with balance and good scale in the gables which suggest a well designed home.

  14. Lori says: 11 comments

    So much to love about this one! Those original details get me every time. The craftsmanship of yesteryear just blows me away. God bless their pea pickin’ little hearts.

  15. Amelia says: 20 comments

    That 3rd floor mini kitchen is pretty much a surprise as it wasn’t in the description that I could see.
    Interesting house.
    Love all the wood work in it. And the windows…. I could see putting a pillow or two next to that stained glass window on the landing and having a little “nook” to read in. Love all the built in’s that this house appears to have.

    I agree with the shutters or screens for using that one bathroom – you’d also need to block the sight from the glass door there as well and I could see “portable screens that you could move as you used the room depending on how much light you wanted in there.

    I wonder if the block in the butler’s pantry (I’d love to have one) is a heating vent, that is the only thing that I could think of, but I could also see it as an accident waiting to happen.

    The thing that I’d like to make some changes to is the kitchen – I hate soffits and microwaves “up in the air”. After being on crutches off and on through the last few years, those microwaves is a burn accident waiting to happen. We have them at work and there are days that I need to have co-workers lift something back down for me out of our microwaves and they are not up quite as high. With Soffits I want to know what they are hiding and if you have a rodent problem in the house, it’s a space that they can hide in if they can. I rather have the space open so you can see what’s there or use it as additional storage space or decorating space.

    Otherwise, I totally love this place without seeing the garage or if there is a basement to check out as well.

  16. Les Fossel says: 79 comments

    The Van Brunts are ancestors of mine.
    His cousin founded Van Brunt Seeder and Drill in Horicon Wisconsin. He sold out to John Deere in 1912 because they would guarantee his employees jobs – which is why my grandfather was a salesman for John Deere through the great depression.
    One of many wonderful family stories – and the reason that Will Rogers said there should be more Van Brunts.
    Les Fossel

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 4221 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Didn’t we see another Van Brunt house not too terribly long ago? I could swear I remember you mentioning that story before. Thanks’ Les

  17. Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 736 comments

    This foyer is gorgeous! All this unpainted woodwork is to die for! And the stained glass in the staircase.


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