1897 Queen Anne – Calvert, TX (George F. Barber)

Added to OHD on 2/17/19   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   14 Comments
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404 E Gregg St, Calvert, TX 77837

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  • $122,000
  • 3 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 1921 Sq Ft
  • 0.21 Ac.
One of two homes in Calvert of the noted architect George Franklin Barber. These mail order kit homes were sold all over the United States and only about 60 erected in Texas. This charming Victorian home features intricate gingerbread and fish scale ornamentation on the exterior and extensive interior woodwork detail. The interior and exterior are mostly in original state making it a most desirable renovation project. It received its' Texas Historical Commission Official Historical Medallion in 1982. Not included in the square footage are expansions of two bedrooms and a bath on the second floor and another room on the 3rd floor.
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Carla Barker, Heartland Properties
(979) 224-0632
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14 Comments on 1897 Queen Anne – Calvert, TX (George F. Barber)

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  1. BethanyBethany says: 3498 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    How utterly charming! Listing photos are always very revealing and this one makes me sad for the elderly person who is either moving or passed away who obviously lived here many many years.

  2. RossRoss says: 2468 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    The images are poignant, revealing the tell-tale signs of aging: The ramp over the front steps; the chair in the tub, the walker by the back door, etc.

    But, a new family will buy the house, and all these tell-tale signs will be swept away…only to return in time.

  3. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5470 comments
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    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    The other Barber designed house in Calvert is the Parish House B&B. Here’s a photo I took of it several years ago: https://www.flickr.com/photos/11236515@N05/6232987890/in/album-72157627866343430/ Calvert is a rare, largely intact turn of the last century town northeast of Austin. Long ago, many smaller Texas towns looked similar to Calvert but most jumped on the modernization bandwagon in the 1950’s and ’60’s and to avoid a dated or neglected look, routinely razed abandoned and vacant houses leaving open spaces in what used to be residential areas around downtowns. I’m not sure why Calvert’s citizens chose to keep their old houses except that the town was somewhat off the beaten path. A few impressive examples of historic homes have burned in the past couple of decades but what remains is well worth a day visit if you happen to be in the Waco, Temple, Bryan-College Station, or Austin area. Fifty years ago, the architecture in Calvert was similar to that found in most smaller Texas towns of that time. I’m glad that a few towns, like Jefferson, Palestine, and Honey Grove, also retain some of their late 19th and early 20th century look.

    • Linda Porter says: 2 comments

      Parish House owner passed away last year. The beautiful chimney has fallen down and the roof needs to be replaced. So very sad.

      • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5470 comments
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        1889 Eastlake Cottage
        Fort Worth, TX

        Thanks for the update about the Parish House. It was one of the finest Victorian houses remaining in Calvert. While the heirs must decide what to do with the historic home, I would suggest if the resources are not available to make repairs that they consider selling it to someone who will bring in expert masonry help to rebuild the prominent chimney that was a signature detail of this particular Barber design. A sound, leak free roof is essential as otherwise water will infiltrate and over time can severely damage the house. The Texas Historical Commission in Austin can be of invaluable help in connecting to qualified restoration tradespeople. Their contact information: http://www.thc.texas.gov/contact I’ll keep my fingers crossed that no further damage occurs to the prominent Parish House.

      • The chimney has been replaced!

  4. pamibachpamibach says: 118 comments

    This was obviously a well loved house, and will be loved by the new owners,I’ll make up a pitcher of sweet tea,

  5. Emma's mom says: 17 comments

    I love this house. It is a doll house. The owner may no longer be there but their collections of dolls and tiny tea sets remain. I hope the new owners keep the magical spirit. There is so much to admire about this house.

  6. Amy P. says: 237 comments

    Boy, I’d love to get my hands on that one. A diamond in the rough just my style.

  7. Denise Lynn says: 217 comments

    This appears to be a very sweet house with a lot of potential. Paint the kitchen cupboards and get new counters, floor and hardware, makeover both bathrooms, add new paint and wallpaper. Do it all in an old-fashioned cottage style and really highlight its charm.

  8. Denise Lynn says: 217 comments

    I also wanted to say that I wish the realtor had taken some extra photos to better show the scale and layout of the rooms.

    • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5470 comments
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      1889 Eastlake Cottage
      Fort Worth, TX

      Sad, but appears to be completely rebuildable. Somewhere I would think there are measured drawings of the signature chimney because literally dozens of examples were built across the country. Some slight variations exist, but essentially they are the same. The Jeremiah Nunan House in Jacksonville, OR is an impeccably restored example with this distinctive chimney. To rebuild, I’d recommend a reinforced concrete foundation followed by a step by step reconstruction of the chimney. It must be metal strap tied to the house for stability. Probably best to use a slightly stronger mortar than the original sand and lime mortar. (like a type “N” mortar mix) Best to seek guidance through the Texas Historical Commission. I appreciate you sharing the photo.

    • Chimney has been rebuilt! Looks great!


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