1875 – Macon, MO – $125,000

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Added to OHD on 3/18/19   -   Last OHD Update: 3/18/19   -   43 Comments
411 N Wentz St, Macon, MO 63552

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  • $125,000
  • 3 Bed
  • 2.5 Bath
  • 3454 Sq Ft
  • 1.47 Ac.
Historical Queen Anne on over 1.5 acres. Built in 1875 it proudly features breathtaking woodwork, open staircase with delicately carved banisters, wood columns, pocket doors, inlay tile and wood mantels around the 5 original fireplaces and more. This home has large rooms that could be given multiple uses but is currently used as a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home with TONS of space on the 3 floors for more of both. The home has had updates with the new roof, New HVAC ( 2units) electrical, and plumbing and is a completely functional home that is ready for some TLC from the elements it has been under.
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Sonja Legan, Tiger Country Realty
(660) 385-7297
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41 Comments on 1875 – Macon, MO – $125,000

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10321 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks to the owners for sharing their home with us.

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  2. Avatarjulie@lamedia.tv says: 154 comments
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    1914 foursquare farmhouse
    New Germany, MN

    Wow!! some really lovely details still existing! Those fireplaces are wonderful!

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  3. AvatarStevenF says: 757 comments
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    1969 Regency
    Nashville, TN

    Interesting, even for the Queen Anne style, which is never boring. What is the verdict on the second floor balcony? Original or later? It almost looks like something form the 1920s to me, but regardless, it creates a very attractive elevation.

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  4. AvatarBethany otto says: 2656 comments
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    Escondido, CA

    I am overwhelmed by the fabulousness of this house! At risk of revealing either my blindness or dumbness, I am having a hard time discerning if this house is wood siding or white painted brick.

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    • AvatarAshley403 says: 81 comments

      Hi Bethany I think John is correct it being made of painted brick look at the eighth picture down. The eyebrow bricks above the basement window next to the electric meter which was missed when painting. If the paint is that thin removing it would be a lot easier if one wished. It hasn’t changed much since it was for sale before.
      https://circaoldhouses.com/property/macon-missouri-fixer-upper/
      Paul the one that the owner is wanting to tear down is that the big one on the corner if so check out that carriage house behind it.

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  5. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4708 comments

    Obviously, this was a mansion grade home in its day but time has not been kind to it. Enough of the period details remain to bring this house back to a semblance of its original glory. I was intrigued by the wainscoting “paneling” that upon closer examination appears to be Anaglypta due to it looking thicker than embossed Lincrusta. Anaglypta is akin to linoleum, another product from the late Victorian era and still popular today. With the 1.47 acre lot, there’s much to like about this house. Thanks for sharing. Bethany: I’m pretty sure the main house is painted brick but there is an outbuilding that appears to be frame.

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    • AvatarMJG says: 528 comments

      Mr Shiflet. Time has not been kind is right.

      You know you are probably right that the dado is probably not wood. But I was always under the school of thought Anaglypta paper was actually thinner, cheaper and lighter than the Lyncrusta coverings? That Lyncrusta was your must more expensive and heavier linoleum base.

      Also, can you check out the ceilings in this house? Find my comment below it. There were replacement ceilings during a certain time period that used these wood strips and some type of particle board. Very similar to what you see in the house linked. The ones in the picture could very well just be cove ceilings original to the house, but if you can advise on your thoughts, I’ve been unsuccessful in my searches for years. When I tore my out I was even afraid they were asbestos. They were almost fibrous boards. But a few “experts” told me no. https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2019/03/16/1910-pittsfield-ma/

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  6. PaulPaul says: 59 comments

    Interesting article about this house, Eddie Munster lived here once.

    https://www.columbiamissourian.com/news/state_news/haunted-eddie-munster-s-macon-mansion-has-an-eerie-past/article_16238a64-bc05-11e7-a15c-df14012f2227.html

    Also the mansion across the street. 🙁 owner trying to get it torn down. Says it is not salvageable.

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    • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4708 comments

      Paul,
      That almost makes me ill. While this house is quite impressive, the one across the street with the half-timbering is in the monumental category. Of course. a massive pile like that is going to eat up restoration money like a piranha. The locale itself is in northern Missouri which has long struggled economically. Quincy, IL, with its faded mansions is not too far west. The area should be declared an economic disadvantaged zone with special tax breaks and incentives to bring in investment and maybe save some of these faded gems which will be gone in the next decade without immediate intervention. I recall in the counties due north of St. Joseph, where I lived and worked, had hundreds if not thousands of abandoned old farmhouses with a fair number having architectural distinction. I get equally depressed and upset to see such wholesale abandonment and neglect on a regional scale. Paul, if you can find out any information about the mega-mansion across the street, please share. That is probably one of the finest mansions in northern Missouri. Of course, if the owner has already stripped it out, then it truly is lost but if still intact, there’s at least some minor hope. I’ll see if I can find some better images of the highly endangered house online. Thanks for the pending demolition alert. In the meantime, lets hope someone will step up and accept the challenge of this former mansion grade home. Not sure if the Eddie Munster pedigree adds or subtracts from the property’s alure. Perhaps a few friendly ghosts would be of more help?
      Found a better photo of the property across the street: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wardell_House,_Macon_MO_2015.jpg

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      • JimHJimH says: 4197 comments
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        You’re right, John, the 1890 Wardell House across the street is a very impressive house and has been badly neglected since it was documented for the NRHP in 1985: http://dnr.mo.gov/shpo/nps-nr/86000333.pdf

        If the 1875 date is correct, this house was built for the older Wardell and passed to his daughter and her husband Harry M. Rubey. Or possibly they built it from scratch around 1890 also. It looks to be in better condition than it was when Kelly posted it a few years ago. No comment on the ghost stories.

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        • AvatarA. S. says: 3 comments

          Wardell Mansion was restored in the 80’s but then sold. Eventually some kind of girls home moved in there and completely wrecked it again. The people who restored it in the 80’s had a son my brother’s age and they put a lot of hours and money into it and it was absolutely gorgeous! At one point the current owner wanted to tear it down and put in some kind of multi family housing. Not sure if that is still the case or not.

      • AvatarRacheal E Carter says: 46 comments

        I live in this general area and you are absolutely correct. Rather than help those wanting to work on and restore old homes, the powers that be tend to make it as difficult as possible. Would that there was help.

    • AvatarReginaKT says: 59 comments

      I hope they don’t tear it down! These are both beautiful homes that could be restored with some TLC!

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  7. AvatarCrimson_Roo says: 122 comments

    Such a lovely house; I’m amazed at the woodwork and built-ins. And the fireplace surrounds are a delight! I too was wondering if that dado was Lincrusta; thank you to John Shiflet for clearing that up. Truly a lovely house. (Interesting history, too, if you read the article at the link Paul posted!)

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  8. AvatarJRichard says: 231 comments
    1763 center-chimney cape
    Biddeford, ME

    Sometimes white-painted brick looks just right.

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  9. AvatarColleen J says: 1260 comments

    The kitchen looks to be interesting in a good way! Fireplaces awesome. So much for so little with a long way to go as far as restoring, the one across the street looks just as interesting. Sad to see such grandeur homes falling apart. If I were rich enough to own a mansion, I would save an old one rather than build a boxy new one.

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  10. Avatarmemeleed says: 18 comments
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    If you have 30 minutes to burn and no hint of vertigo this shows a lot of details. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JB4Om2u7TpU

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  11. AvatarAlison says: 1 comments

    John,
    My parents live close to the Wardell Mansion, which is the home you’re referring to across the street. Apparently the home is now owned by a man who would like to tear it down and build apartments like he has done to other parts of the downtown. I know that the Macon Historical Society is trying to stop this from happening as well as some of the neighbors. The last time I saw the inside of this home was about five years ago and it was stunning to say the least. My family and I were interested in buying it at one point. It would make me sick to see it torn down. Please try contacting the historical society for more information on it. I think that the Wardell Mansion was built first and the home across the street currently for sale was originally built for one of his children. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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    • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4708 comments

      Hi Alison,
      I’m trying to remember where I ran across the information, but the Wardell family also had built the frame house across the street for their daughter, I believe; but please don’t quote me on that. The deteriorated house across the street looks more intact in the old streetview so it would seem like a classic case of demolition by neglect. Given that it is privately owned, the owner cannot be compelled to maintain the property so ultimately, the house could be demolished and there’s not much that could be done to stop it. The brick Wardell house is on the National Register of Historic Places but unless its within a local historic district, it too could be (heaven forbid) demolished at some point. Sad situation, but not limited to Macon or even Missouri-regrettably, the scope of the problem is national. I have no easy solutions although the state and the federal government have within their legislative authority the ability to create a more favorable environment for saving our architectural heritage. (grants, tax incentives, technical assistance, and more)

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  12. etzkornetzkorn says: 18 comments
    1981 split level w/rock
    Lenoir, NC

    This house speaks to me as much as the Gothic revival in GA. Just dreaming which one to buy? Shown in the 3rd/4th pics from bottom of staircase are missing newels – is that right word? What would belong there if restored? Wood caps as on post in background or would some lamp or such type fixture go there? You know for when I win lottery and begin restoration.

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    • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4708 comments

      etzkorn,
      As far as I can tell, the only things missing are newel post caps. It’s quite likely they were the same design as those still remaining.

    • AvatarA.S. says: 3 comments

      There are a lot of people who do custom woodworking in the area and could make something from the period.

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  13. AvatarDonS says: 59 comments

    Between the tasteless and destructive renovations of these homes, together with the endless tear-downs, we’re losing all of our architectural treasures. It’s really enough to leave an old house lover numb. This is happening way too often, and it seems to be a world wide phenomenon.

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    • AvatarMJG says: 528 comments

      Its 100% true. And a lot of the younger generation is showing no interest in this type of preservation. Which horrifies me.
      Every day I drive by an old house that is getting sided over poorly, a porch ripped off, or vinyl replacement windows taking over stained glass.

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  14. Avatarmontana channing says: 252 comments

    I have a cartoon captioned “Maine Governor’s Mansion” and it’s a traler. half the houses in Maine are trailers and I just bought one myself for $50.

    • AvatarJessica says: 56 comments

      Wow such a great comment thread to read!

      Can anyone give details about the lovely tile surrounds in the original home post?

      It’s awful that the old homes aren’t being preserved. They aren’t even being loved. I’m no purist, and don’t mind changes to homes so long as they are taken care of and loved. It just adds to the history and charm in my book. (Not to concede there are some pretty terrible remodels, hah, but hopefully the point gets across) 🙂

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  15. AvatarLissie says: 277 comments

    Mill work is very nice. Love the exterior.

  16. AvatarBeth says: 5 comments

    My husband works in Macon, and whenever I go over with him and our kids we drive by both of these houses. Especially the Wardell mansion, I loathe the day that we will drive by and it will be gone. The carriage house has gone through an “update”, it had been for sale sometime last year, I looked at it, just because I was curious, and almost all of the interior had been redone, very little was left to evidence it was a Victorian, if I remember right, it was priced quite high for our rural area. Macon is a fairly nice area, some problems, but what town/city doesn’t have issues. We are facing a move and are unsure about moving to Macon or staying in our town that is further to the east on Highway 63, pros and cons for both. I asked my husband last night if we wanted to go look at it, he didn’t reply.

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  17. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10321 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    New agent, new price, new photos. Updated and moved to the front page, comments above are older (meaning pay attention to their post date before responding.)

  18. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4708 comments
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    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    This one really tugs at the heartstrings! I had hoped it would have sold by now. This was formerly a mansion level home and well worth restoring; never mind the TV Munster actor connection. If it doesn’t get help soon, its going to be a real life Munster House. A great old house and almost one and a half acres here for not much money. Spring is now breaking out so this is the perfect time to begin a restoration which, with a little luck and hard work, could possibly be wrapped up by Fall.

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    • AvatarRon G says: 167 comments

      A beautiful house. The exterior got my attention. The little pergola and the two little white picket fences just say welcome to our home, come in a sit a while. The interior don’t look bad. Maybe some new paint colors and some floor buffing; then move the furniture in and set back and enjoy your 144 year old home.

  19. AvatarEric says: 313 comments

    This is an absolutely stunning house. I can’t get over the pristine interior woodwork and it’s extravagant detail and beautiful honey color. I know old Missouri farm houses like this will have extra bricks from construction to repair the fabulous chimney. I hate to strip paint but for my taste I would have to remove the white paint from the exterior brick. This home was a knock out originally and it would be fun to put her back in her old clothes.

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  20. AvatarMark says: 21 comments

    Sometime when an agent says it’s a “diamond in the rough”, they don’t emphasize the “rough” part enough. But this house looks pretty solid and the kind of place you can live in while you work on it one room at a time. Gorgeous millwork, fabulous details, and even nice kitchen cabinets (not garbage 80s/90s stuff). According to the description, a lot of the mechanicals and the roof are taken care of, so the new owner can just work on polishing this gem.

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  21. AvatarDavid F says: 30 comments

    The exposed brick in the stairwell is unfortunate. Victorians would have been appalled at including this rustic bit of warehouse décor in their fine homes.

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    • AvatarMJG says: 528 comments

      Hi David F, I Agree with you. Not putting down anyone else who’s style or taste for exposed brick, but this is not my taste either if I could so express my opinion. In my restoration, I’d plaster over any exposed brick and bring it back to its former beauty.

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  22. AvatarJulie says: 45 comments

    I have second cousins that live in this area. It’s a slower lifestyle but the taxes and cost of living is less than in Wi. I’ve enjoyed the area every time I’ve gone to visit. You would have to make your own living if you weren’t in farming or the medical field.

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  23. MichaelMichael says: 1304 comments

    A beautiful house with some great details, most of which on the exterior, at least look intact. I would agree with some of the other comments about the possability of removing the white paint on the exterior, exposing the brick. I’m not sure how difficult this is or if that will cause more problems in doing that. You can see the kind of brick on the house on the unpainted part of the chimney. I love the staircase but I agree with MJG about the exposed brick.

  24. CLMCLM says: 126 comments
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    1940 Cottage
    Bradford, TN

    This place has a lot to offer with a little clean-up outside and some window replacements, etc. Of course there is other work to do, but compared to what it has to offer, I think it would be a win in the end. Yet another one I be willing to live in and you could do so while making repairs. Someone had stolen the back door off of one house I had and broken almost all the downstairs windows. I moved anyway-after a good scrubbing, of course. 😀

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