1885 – Muscatine, IA – $419,000

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National Register
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Added to OHD on 2/8/19   -   Last OHD Update: 2/8/19   -   30 Comments
516 W 2nd St, Muscatine, IA 52761

Map: Street

Price

$419,000

Beds

6

Baths

2.5

SqFt

5555

Acres

0.38

Historic PM Musser home, built high upon the bluff overlooking the mighty Mississippi River. Enjoy panoramic river views from almost every room in this home. This fantastic one of a kind home was built for the PM Musser family in approximately 1866 .The Musser family business was mill working so this home has the best available moldings and finishes for its time. The original custom details are stunning and include Cherry, Oak and Maple. There are 7 unique tile and marble fireplaces and many are still operational. The original stained glass throughout is in great condition and very detailed. Eastlake hardware complements the doors and windows and there are built-it shutters on many windows. The grand entry was built to impress and features a massive open stairway with a Cherry banister and hand carved newel post. There are 3 sitting rooms/parlors with fireplaces, a large dining room, sunny four season porch, and a wrap-around screen porch making this the perfect home for entertaining.
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Steve Armstrong, Re/Max
(563) 263-5971
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30 Comments on 1885 – Muscatine, IA – $419,000

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 9652 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    The state survey and the National Register, linked up top, states the home was built in c. 1885 so perhaps the description is a typo?

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

      My guess is that Jim will find that there was an earlier house, which was likely razed when the GEM we see today was built. Considering the prime location of the lot, it wouldn’t be a surprise.

      I can’t remember the last time I saw a house with ALL of it’s FINE fireplaces still in their glorious original condition. I have no doubt that at least once along the way SOMEBODY wanted to paint at least one or more bedroom examples. Thank God cool heads prevailed! What a wealth of wonderful tile, carvings, and art glass throughout! I could spend hours going through this one, examining and delighting in each superb example. Imagine OWNING a house this fine and well preserved. Sigh… I was actually VERY surprised to see this level of very fine, Aesthetic Period, interior elements. To my eye, the exterior, (though quite nice), can’t hold a candle to what is found within. A real survivor! If this house retained it’s original lighting – – – man. Nice.

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  2. Melissa Roberts says: 38 comments

    Fantastic fireplaces and kitchen. It’s lovely.

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  3. KarenR says: 35 comments

    G L O R I O U S

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  4. Jodi says: 5 comments

    Absolutely stunning!

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  5. MJGMJG says: 180 comments
    1887 Queen Anne
    NORTH HAVEN, CT

    1865 is definitely wrong to what the house appears today. Unless it was totally overhauled in in the 1880s. Everything about this house WREAKS of the 1880s. The art glass window designs, the intricate railings in the hall, the unique lines in the marble fireplaces.
    I LOVE THIS HOUSE! Has so much original details. I would buy and restore back.
    First thing I’d do is return the front porch into an open porch and try and bring back the original railings. I highly down this 1880s house would have brick columns. They look 1920s to me.
    I would bet the double decker side glass porches or rooms were added in the 20s or 30s as well as the garage. That very boxy brick design, isn’t that cohesive with the 1880s house.
    I bet the split flue chimney in the dining room had a stained glass window in it at one time like the one in the bedroom.

    So much heaven in the interior.

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    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 667 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      The National Register report I linked to describes the updates and about what years.

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      • MichaelMichael says: 1197 comments

        Thanks for the link to the Iowa Historic Survey as well, Kelly. It goes into extensive detail and is worth reading. They are convinced about the 1885 date as well. MJG is pretty close with his observations about the porch as well as the garage changes.

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      • MJGMJG says: 180 comments
        1887 Queen Anne
        NORTH HAVEN, CT

        Oh I didn’t see that!! I’ll check that out. Maybe I’m wrong.

        • MJGMJG says: 180 comments
          1887 Queen Anne
          NORTH HAVEN, CT

          Wow how informative that documentation is. I just skimmed it now. It mentions there is a circa 1890s photo. I wish they had that photo in the article. If it was I missed it. I’d love to see what the original porches looked like.
          This house is fantastic. If I’d buy it I would rip out all the 20s era stuff and redo the 1880s design porches again. Maybe restructure the garage to look more like a carriage house of the 1880s.

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

      I agree about the missing art glass panel in the DR magic window. What an odd loss considering the pristine nature of all of the other decorative elements.

      Also agree about the 20’s front porch = outa there; but I’d keep the nice, expansive, super sunny solariums. What’s more restorative than lying in the sun in your sun washed solarium in COLD winter?. Plant heaven. 🙂

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      • MJGMJG says: 180 comments
        1887 Queen Anne
        NORTH HAVEN, CT

        Hi Rosewatwr. I do like sunrooms too. But they too can be executed on a way that matches the house better. So you can actually rework the style to look like they were built in 1880. On this house i think it’s doable.
        I’ve never heard it called a magic window. I’ll look that up. So far I know of split flue and diverted flue window. I wonder if a tree fell and smashed the window. Or maybe it was too outdated for someone in the twenties and removed it or possibly is still in the house stored away.

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

          Hey M. Yeah; I get that. Realistically though; who’s going to tear down perfectly serviceable, vast, and FAB space for aesthetics and stylistic purity – in Muscsataine, IA? I’d think the cost on the back end would probably not be realizable in a future sale; and in my book it would surely be a detriment. Really; who cares what the outside looks like when your interior looks like THAT. 😉 Follow this link to a good example of quite dramatic example of architectural stylistic impurity. What’s your call there?
          https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2016/08/15/1882-queen-anne-huntington-in Also; you might find an example of “magic window”; I did when we, (OHD), were having this conversation some years back. I mostly call them that because that’s what my grandmother called hers; and I guess you can possibly understand why. Ever see a “magic fireplace”, (think along the same line)? Heheheh. I’ll see if I can find an example. Cheers yo.

          • MJGMJG says: 180 comments
            1887 Queen Anne
            NORTH HAVEN, CT

            Ha. You don’t know me very well. I’m only speaking for myself when I talk on restorations. My last Victorian I owned I tore out several doors rooms and details that weren’t period. To me the exterior is just as important as the interior. It’s all about the effect for me. I’ll connect to your link tomorrow. 🙂
            My obsession is 100 percent period to 1870-1890s. Yes maybe a little Abnormal to most but just how I role.

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          • MJGMJG says: 180 comments
            1887 Queen Anne
            NORTH HAVEN, CT

            Hi Rosewater 🙂
            Back on Magic window for a sec, Its a good term because it looks like magic. People will say when they see it working ‘Where’s the smoke going if there is a chimney there?’. LOL
            OK so I looked at this link you’ve provided finally. Wow what a beautiful house. Inside and Out! That front porch is a monstrosity. And though its quite creative, some parts of it rubs me wrong. Its like a giant mouth consuming you and the house. I’d have to find a way to recondition it. But most of the construction is in great taste and very creative.
            The kitchen would be gut job.

  6. MISTERMICELY says: 57 comments

    What a wonderful house! It is enormous and the exciting features are almost too many to list. The sensational staircase and the delicious fireplaces, stained glass, back staircase and seemingly endless progression of rooms. The decor is understated and the kitchen is convenient and useable without seeming at odds with the age of the house. The ‘updates’ seem to be understated as well. I love the ’80’s so this house is just right for me and having some space around it and a view are the icing on the many-layered cake. A well-loved house ready for a new owner.

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  7. ddbacker says: 368 comments
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    1971 Uninspired split-level
    Prairie Village, KS

    This whole street is jam-packed with goodies, many with later added decks and enclosed porches to enjoy the view of old man river.

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  8. Jo Ann Graham says: 56 comments

    This is incredible! I’m not the purist that some are so I love the updated baths and kitchen. The stained glass, the fireplaces and everything about this house is wonderful. It would be worth the Iowa winter’s. And the price!?!? Here in McKinney Tx historic district
    that house would be $800,000 or even much more! Spectacular!

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  9. Eric says: 264 comments

    The 1880’s produced some of the finest homes built. I love the fine intricate details in the stained glass windows and the fireplace tiles. This kind of craftsmanship is hard to find most any home built after 1910.

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  10. StevenF says: 657 comments
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    1969 Regency
    Nashville, TN

    The stained glass in this Queen Anne is unusually pretty. Really gorgeous.

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  11. Joy R Louters says: 119 comments

    I love every intricate detail of this home. The stained glass in the two interior doors at the main entry are stunning. The kitchen is magical with so much room and storage! I rarely see kitchens like this in the older homes. Whether it’s updated or not, I lover it! The attic mesmerizes me. What a wonderful place for the children to play. It’s all right on the mighty Mississippi This is the place for me!

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  12. VictorianJoy says: 119 comments

    I love every intricate detail of this home. The stained glass in the two interior doors at the main entry are stunning. The kitchen is magical with so much room and storage! I rarely see kitchens like this in the older homes. Whether it’s updated or not, I lover it! The attic mesmerizes me. What a wonderful place for the children to play. It’s all right on the mighty Mississippi This is the place for me!

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  13. Brenda says: 41 comments

    Stained glass, built in bookcases, and claw foot bathtub…everything I love !

  14. Clund says: 143 comments

    Wow! This house is spectacular! The owners clearly have treated their house with respect. I love all the details like the stained glass windows and the mantles. Great tile to go with the wonderful woodwork. The views are incredible. I know it’s not the focus of the house, but I love the attic too. I sure hope the next owners take good care of her.

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  15. David Sweet says: 117 comments

    Those beautiful fireplaces MADE MY DAY! LOVE EM.

  16. DianeEG says: 460 comments
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    1896

    It’s hard to drive along this area of “The Bluffs” because I want to look at the Mississippi and then I want to see all the beautiful homes built when there was money from river related industry. This home has refined dignity.

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  17. MJGMJG says: 180 comments
    1887 Queen Anne
    NORTH HAVEN, CT

    Looking at the old photo of the house, appears it used to have roof cresting on the on flat of the roof as well as a ridge on the peaks.
    The original porch is beautiful.

  18. Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 736 comments

    Such a gorgeous house! First outside, and then inside! That newel post makes quite a statement! Love the marble fireplaces and colorful tiles surrounds, and the stained glasses. exquisite!

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