1855 Italianate – Keokuk, IA – $212,500

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Added to OHD on 5/16/19   -   Last OHD Update: 5/16/19   -   12 Comments
507 N 4th St, Keokuk, IA 52632

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  • $212,500
  • 4 Bed
  • 3.5 Bath
  • 3305 Sq Ft
  • 0.48 Ac.
The Birdwood is 1855 Italianate style home with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and Library. It has been beautifully maintained with the most recent additions being a geo-thermal heat and air conditioning system and all new energy efficient windows. "Birdwood" was built in two stages. The original 2 story brick house was built in 1840. In 1855 the house was completed using triple brick construction, in the Italianate style with the addition of formal rooms.
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Nancy Tweedy Seabold, Peevler Real Estate
(319) 524-9510
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12 Comments on 1855 Italianate – Keokuk, IA – $212,500

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  1. AvatarBethany says: 2660 comments
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    Escondido, CA

    I would love to see this in the original unpainted brick, and with some backdating of kitchens and baths, but it’s pretty cool even so!

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  2. AvatarRyan says: 569 comments

    The exterior is a textbook vision of early and pure Italianate. American architects from that time period would be aghast to see all that white paint, but the house is still a beauty no matter what color.

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    • AvatarDr. Peterson says: 113 comments

      I believe it would be rather easy to back date many features in the property not the least of which would be the relocation of doors and windows. It’s all about circulation that was modified when the additions were made. Circulation should be logical in a property – not forced like traversing through a maze. This is a nice property with minimal effort – but big money – it can be even nicer than it is today.

  3. AvatarStevenF says: 763 comments
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    1969 Regency
    Nashville, TN

    This is a great house; the painted brick may have been necessary due to the fact that house was built in stages and the brick may not have matched.

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    • AvatarAJ Davis says: 90 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1850 Italianate, classical
      New Haven, CT

      What you say may be true, but it is the specific color white that I think most people are objecting to. AJ Downing first presented this specific design for a towered Italianate villa (c 1840 or so) and either he or AJ Davis published the design, possibly in a co-authored book since they collaborated extensively (Downing was foremost a creator of “romantic” as opposed to very classical and symmetrical landscapes and gardens, although he increasingly in his short life took to designing houses to fit in with his landscapes, whereas Davis was much more singularly just an architect). Both were extremely strong proponents of “picturesque” or “romantic” landscapes and architecture (and most specifically, the Italianate and Gothic Revival styles) and they were very strong opponents of Classical Revival architecture and formal landscapes. As such, they strongly advocated that “picturesque” buildings should fit in with their natural environments, and thus, they strongly advocated against the use of white, which they perceived as glaring and very much at odds with the colors of the earth tones of nature. Consequently, they strongly recommended the use of natural stone colors, dark greens and browns that complemented forests and similar colors that fit in with the natural environment, rather than competing with it for attention. The choice of gray for the detailing of this house would likely have been very acceptable to them, particularly if another shade of grey or a similarly complimentary “natural” color was used on the main body of the house, but they would adamantly have opposed the use of white. Natural brick would likely have been fine with them as it is a “naturally” occurring color. Part of their admiration for Italianate (and Gothic Revival) architecture grew out of their belief that Italian country farms and villas often grew organically over time, and that elements of such residences did not need to appear as though they were all constructed at the same time since they weren’t. Similarly, they argued that given the evolutionary nature of such buildings, additions could be made to them much more freely than was the case with the highly symmetrical, classical forms of architecture. So, mixing differing hues of brick or a variety of stones with each other or even with brick would likely not have been anathema to them.

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  4. AvatarJ Hook says: 1 comments

    https://sites.google.com/site/historickeokukhome/

    Here are the photos from the historic archive for this home.

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  5. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10338 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Posted 2017, recently reduced in price. Moved to the front page, comments above may be older.

  6. JimHJimH says: 4204 comments
    OHD Supporter

    The home of Abraham Baldwin Chittenden (1815-1895), an early merchant of Keokuk who lived here for 40 years with his wife Elizabeth Bates, along with their children and servants. It’s possible an older house predates Chittenden’s construction and residence in 1855. His firm Chittenden & McGavic sent the first steamboat with goods up the river to Des Moines in 1859, an event attended by great curiosity and celebration. After Chittenden’s death, the family of banker Henry Thomas Graham (1854-1928) lived here.

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  7. msjeanne28msjeanne28 says: 27 comments
    Palmer, AK

    oh- what a great property and price. I would move there in an instant and the link to the area is great (thanks)

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  8. AvatarCate says: 182 comments
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    Milwaukee, WI

    OMGosh! Just super!What a great price and I LOVE that it stands so high up from the river and probably wouldn’t be subject to flooding.

  9. AvatarCate says: 182 comments
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    Milwaukee, WI

    What a lovely home! I could just move in. Not much I’d change about it!

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