1871 Italianate – London, OH – $119,900

For Sale
National Register
Added to OHD on 4/12/19   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/19   -   21 Comments
147 E High St, London, OH 43140

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  • $119,900
  • 3 Bed
  • 3 Bath
  • 3906 Sq Ft
  • 0.45 Ac.
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Darrick Klamut, Kassel Real Estate
(740) 272-3566
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21 Comments on 1871 Italianate – London, OH – $119,900

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  1. AvatarRyan says: 569 comments

    Love the exterior (minus the grey color on the trim), and with a little work, the interior could be very nice, too.

  2. Avatarecho says: 152 comments

    Its a great house but strip the stairs and re do.That kitchen is awfully tight fit there. But I love this house. 🙂

  3. NancyNancy says: 201 comments

    I’m from Cincinnati and now live in IN. There are so many of these old beautiful Italianates around this area. This house could be just gorgeous with a little love.

    • AvatarSandra says: 330 comments

      Ohio is a treasure trove of old houses that are nearly entirely intact! It’s truly amazing, makes me want to move there.

  4. JimJim says: 4115 comments

    But John, the newel post was so yucky before.

    • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4645 comments

      Oops! My “bad”…I forgot that several coats of white paint turn every piece of exquisitely carved, highly figured grain newel post wood into a true work of art. What was I thinking!? (lol)

  5. AvatarSixoh says: 44 comments

    Also found some intersting information on the house


  6. AvatarCyndib says: 2 comments

    This is in my late father-in-law’s hometown. My husband and I visited there a couple of years ago and loved it. Can’t tell you how much I’d like to take this one on, but the hubby would be most unhappy!

  7. Avatarchichipox says: 230 comments

    This is one of those that actually makes me sad. The old gal deserves better.

  8. AvatarRambt says: 1 comments

    There is so much more emotion and character in an older home with walls that hold memories of families now gone. Thank you for bringing those memories back to life through your Old House Dreams. Here’s an 1842 home in Richmond, NH where they found an antique child’s shoe behind the beehive oven. (Shoe comes with the house!). I read that in the 1800’s this was considered good luck and it also scared away the witches! http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/326-Athol-Rd_Richmond_NH_03470_M47729-54517#photo35

  9. JimHJimH says: 4115 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Lithograph of the Jeriah Swetland house from Madison County Atlas of 1875:

    I hope this local landmark gets the careful attention it deserves. A bio of merchant Jeriah Swetland (1817-1906):

  10. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4645 comments

    The bio is somewhat sad reading about the Swetland children passing away at a young age. Of course, medical science in the mid-1800’s was primitive at best. Almost any major illness in those days could swiftly turn fatal so surviving childhood was a challenge in itself. Thanks for the historical narrative. The house looks very little changed from the 1875 exterior view.

  11. Michael MackinMichael Mackin says: 1268 comments

    The house has some great exterior details that are slowly eroding due to the lack of attention to the porches as well as the roof, specifically the eaves. It would be nice to see the next owner address this issue before it gets worse. It would be a shame to lose such a splendid house!

  12. AvatarBig Rog says: 187 comments

    Rip out the tiny kitchen and start over, refinish the floors, new paint, and some tlc, this house would be beautiful. Plus fix up and paint the outside also.

  13. AvatarAnn says: 101 comments

    I couldn’t agree more about the newel.

  14. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10079 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Been on the site off/on since 2012. Here are some 2012 interior photos although it may not still look like this.

  15. RosewaterRosewater says: 4410 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    I know this house! London’s a great old house town: and some of them have really great carriage barns and other dependencies. Likely this house had a fine carriage house originally. Sorry to see it looking so schlumpy.

    This fantastic, late Victorian stunner is in London, (click image to view large):

    A really great, (abandoned?), house in town:

  16. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4645 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    Zillow is rather bullish on their “Zestimate” for this property but heaven only knows how their computerized algorithm calculates these values. They do not seem to necessarily reflect actual market conditions.
    Thanks for sharing the mansion level Queen Anne on East High St. with the bridged walkway over the porte cochere. This Italianate was undoubtedly a fine specimen in its day and remains amazingly intact. In the right hands with something more colorful and period appropriate in paint for the trim and window sashes, it could draw more visual interest from the street. Always sad to see a neglected house like the one you linked to but it is not alone. Here’s a towered Queen Anne in the 2015 Streetview that still looks restorable and needs a porch put back (and perhaps it was, rather than demolished) https://goo.gl/maps/do1esS8or9U2 and, on South Walnut, this broody looking twin gabled Queen Anne variant: https://goo.gl/maps/ztiP6Xrxd6z Given that the streetview dates from October 2018 it’s probably still standing. London, Ohio, (population just under 10,000) is located about midway between Columbus and Springfield just south of I-70. London has an impressive historic downtown but obviously the community could use some more investment in its historic structures. I hope the day is near when this once proud Italianate has a new caring owner or owners. More preservation minded folks are needed for the other London architectural damsels in distress before they are lost forever.


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