1910 Queen Anne – Benton Harbor, MI – $65,000

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Added to OHD on 2/26/19   -   Last OHD Update: 2/26/19   -   24 Comments
1297 Colfax Ave, Benton Harbor, MI 49022

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Historic Victorian Home in need of restoration. Newer roof has been added to the home of stage personality Katie Putnam. This trophy home will delight the party that can restore this gem! Impressive open stairway with stained glass windows at the landing, 3 fireplaces, lead cane windows, dramatic turret w/ rounded walls from the basement to the towering top! High ceilings, front & rear stairways, walk up attic is a 3rd story not included in the square footage. This home is a classic charmer in need of work. You cannot live in it as it is now. But you'll live like no one else when you restore this one of a kind treasure. ONLY CASH OFFERS WILL BE CONSIDERED. Because it is like a construction site will enter at your own risk. Come own a piece of history!
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Arthur Attila, Attila Real Estate
(269) 983-8000
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24 Comments on 1910 Queen Anne – Benton Harbor, MI – $65,000

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 9787 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    The 2013 post: https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2013/03/07/c-1900-queen-anne-benton-harbor-mi/

  2. AvatarMaplehill says: 10 comments

    Is Gwendolyne still on OHD?

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 9787 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I don’t think so but if her email is still active then she’ll see my comment about it being added back on OHD.

    • peeweebcpeeweebc says: 787 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1885 Italianate.

      I’m really surprised those beautiful windows are still intact! It has to be protected somehow.

  3. Avatarvuncksa says: 9 comments

    This poor thing has been waiting awhile.
    I think there is a FLW house in this general neighborhood too.

  4. AvatarPatty says: 6 comments

    Such a beauty. I would LOVE to see some of these home flip shows (Fixer Upper, etc.) come in and save/restore these beautiful homes. Now THAT would be an awesome show.

    • AvatarBethany otto says: 2510 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Escondido, CA

      The only one I’ve seen that would be remotely respectful of the home is Nicole Curtis of Rehab Addict, and she even works out of Michigan! Are you hearing us, Nicole?

      • AvatarBarbara says: 1 comments

        Absolutely correct. All those others just don’t put things back to the way they were.

    • AvatarCynthia says: 1 comments

      They’d rip out walls and have the ever loving “open concept”. Not exactly restoration. Nicole would respect the home.

  5. AvatarRoger says: 47 comments

    Too bad I don’t have the cash, or I would be interested in it. I live only 20 minutes away. It needs a lot of work, but once it is restored it will be nice. I wonder what happened to the current caretaker of the property? That is all we really are, caretakers, until the next person comes along.

  6. AvatarStacy says: 79 comments

    Oh my, she is gorgeous!!

  7. JimHJimH says: 3997 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Katie Putnam aka Mary Catherine Putnam Emery (1854-1924) was a famous stage actress known for her musical comedy shows. She married actor Henry B. “Harry” Emery in 1885 and they toured the country and overseas. They had a summer home at Benton Harbor before 1890 which included a large income-producing orchard. The records aren’t clear on the build date for this one. They lived here until Harry’s death in 1913, then Katie moved into town. The property along Emery Avenue was later developed.



  8. Avatarjinx says: 4 comments

    That house speaks to me. Loudly. I hope I dream about it tonight.

  9. AvatarDavid Sweet says: 177 comments

    Thanks for posting this one, Kelly. This stage is where I started with my current project house. I’m 2 years into it and feel I should be done, but looking back to where I started, I feel some better about it. Either way, seeing this house today after 9 hours of lime plastering made my day!

  10. AvatarCindy says: 134 comments
    1866 Italianate/Queen Anne
    Brunswick, MO

    This is definitely worth restoring. That staircase will be beautiful when it is completely stripped. Lovely stained glass windows. Someone save her.

  11. AvatarCeyla says: 125 comments

    Oh my, Kelly! This one is a real beauty in the rough, just waiting for some love. If only . . .

  12. AvatarMark H. says: 5 comments

    Are those brick fireplaces original? They don’t seem to fit with the Queen Anne style.

  13. AvatarKathryn Bell says: 17 comments

    I felt immediately drawn to this house when first gazing upon the hall leading to the staircase. What a delightful home this will become after restoration. The lot appears to be handsome also. There is something undefinable about this property.

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