1895 Queen Anne – Ellsworth, ME (George F. Barber)

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Added to OHD on 7/5/19   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   29 Comments

356 State St, Ellsworth, ME 04605

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  • $299,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 3000 Sq Ft
  • 0.81 Ac.
This home has it all... the grandeur of yesteryear with systems modernized and updated plus a 2500 square foot detached barn currently used an antiques business situated on a generous sized in town lot with a stream running down the south sideline. The 4 bedroom 2 bath main home has been expertly and lovingly restored honoring the time period and returned to its original grandeur featuring elegant woodwork, pocket doors, sitting parlor, widows watch, four fireplaces and enclosed front porch with stained glass adorning the main entry door. The third floor full attic has been stripped down and is ready to be redone(currently attic is well insulated from first two floors) . The property is located in the Urban Zone and can continue to be used as a residence with the antique business in the barn, or the new owner could decide to operate business or professional offices, a bed and breakfast, or whatever business and personal plans fit in this flexible opportunity area. Oh the possibilities!
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Dan Sargent, Sargent Real Estate
(207) 667-2144
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29 Comments on 1895 Queen Anne – Ellsworth, ME (George F. Barber)

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  1. 67drake67drake says: 301 comments
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    1993, hey I’m still looking! Boring
    Iowa County , WI

    If somebody here buys it- I’d be happy to live in your barn. 🙂

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  2. MichaelMichael says: 3393 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    It’s definitely going on my Christmas wish list!

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  3. DeniseLynn says: 199 comments

    Beautiful home! I’m absolutely in love with the dining room!

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  4. RossRoss says: 2444 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    Here is a street view from 2007:
    https://goo.gl/maps/ZiFCbTfats52

    So, you can appreciate the work done since.

    What I really love is that the roof railing was recreated!

    See here:
    https://goo.gl/maps/sXwC2GKQgYN2

    I don’t know if this is the original railing re-installed, or a recreation. Either way, squee!!!!!!!!

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    • Christopher DiMattei says: 267 comments

      Ross, I believe that that is the original balustrade, restored and reassembled on the roof, as it is a spot on match for the same, in George Barber’s pattern book illustration for that particular design. It really makes the roof, almost acting as a finial to house as a whole. Such a beauty!

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      • MJGMJG says: 2725 comments
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        CT

        Even if it’s a total reproduction, they did a great job of it! I’ve always wanted a house with a tower or roof balcony.

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  5. Holly says: 3 comments

    Beautiful home!

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  6. JimHJimH says: 5672 comments
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    Lovely! Built for lumberman John O. Whitney (1855-1919) and owned by the family until 2004, though not well-maintained in their last years. Purchased and nicely restored by Tim and Georgia Smith, Old Whitney House Antiques there now.

    Articles on the history and restoration:
    http://ellsworthamerican.com/archive/2005/08-04-05/ea_news5_08-04-05.html

    https://archive.bangordailynews.com/2005/01/29/great-expectations-ellsworths-landmark-whitney-house-inspires-couple-to-tackle-major-renovation-project/

    https://www.facebook.com/pg/OldWhitneyHouseAntiques/photos

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  7. Jeanne Smith says: 68 comments

    Just beautiful! To the person that buys this free the porch, please.

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    • SueSue says: 542 comments
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      1802 Cape
      ME

      Jeanne, you might not want to free that porch. In spring we have the black flies, then the mosquito in summer that are the size of horses. Also if the porch get’s enough sun you could sit there and enjoy it during the winter.

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      • BethanyBethany says: 3475 comments
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        1983 White elephant
        Escondido, CA

        Yes, some updates actually can be considered improvements! It’s not always a bad word!

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      • CarebearCarebear says: 1252 comments
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        Same here in Western NY! First, black flies, then mosquitoes-really bad this year, as we had a very wet spring-and then, the worst of all, DEER FLIES!!!! This buggers zero in on you, and don’t give up until they are either dead, or have drawn blood! Thank God for screened porches!

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  8. RosewaterRosewater says: 7581 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    The bank barn has become a store; but it could be a rad carriage barn again; maybe resto-modded as a series of creative / work spaces. Thanks’ for the great backside shot agent!

    Another nicely richly detailed and splendidly preserved / restored, top-shelf Victorian to end the year. That stair is stunning; and the paper in those halls is the most brilliant complement to it, IMO. What a decadent look! Gorge.

    A nice shot each of boiler and attic made me smile. The late John Foreman agrees. 🙂

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  9. Christopher DiMattei says: 267 comments

    This beautiful creation is yet another example of George Barber’s architecture and how the extent of his reach, knew no bounds. I have been to this home and visited with the Smith’s, so I can personally attest to the beauty and grandeur of this home. I am sad to see the Smith family leave this place, as they have been such great caretakers of this home. I hope the next owners are as dedicated to the preservation of this rare Barber house example.

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  10. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12630 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks Chris!

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  11. JeanneL says: 36 comments

    I live about an hour away from this home and have been in the shop. They had some unique items that caught my eye. It is a great location for an antique business (or another type) because it is on the main road from Bangor and Rt. 95. Many visitors to Acadia National Park will drive by but it isn’t always that busy of a road to deter living there. Ellsworth is hopping in the Summer but quiets down in the Fall and Winter.

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  12. KarenZKarenZ says: 1177 comments
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    Now, I want to build a Barber #83! This is a really beautiful home!

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  13. SueSue says: 542 comments
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    1802 Cape
    ME

    Maine is a treasure trove of old homes that have been allowed to deteriorate. It’s wonderful they saved this treasure. Ellsworth is lovely. A wonderful location.

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  14. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12630 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Posted in December but just received a big price reduction, moved to front page for another look. Comments above may be older.

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    • BethanyBethany says: 3475 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      Ross’s link no longer takes us to the “before” street view from 2007 but to a newer one from 2018. I wish I could see it.

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  15. DJZDJZ says: 197 comments
    1947 cape cod
    Glen Burnie, MD

    This house is gorgeous! The only thing I would do is strip the trim on the second floor and stain it to match the original color. and add insulation and drywall to the upstairs where it was gutted. I love the attic floorplan, just needs to come back to life again. If I had the money, this would be mine. LOVE LOVE LOVE this house

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  16. 2ChihuahuaMom2ChihuahuaMom says: 45 comments
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    1944 Cottage
    Bagdad, FL

    What a beauty!!! I to hope the new owners will care for this home as well as the Smiths have.

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  17. CarebearCarebear says: 1252 comments
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    The Smiths got lucky, in that a lot of the things they had to fix were cosmetic. It pays to look closely, when you consider a fixer upper.
    I really like this huse, and Barber is usually too fussy for me. The only thing I’d change, is the dark upstairs wallpaper. Other than that, I love the wood in this house, from the floors to the woodwork. That attic is made for rainy days, and letting the kids up there to, like Elizabeth Whitney, go through old clothes, and play dress up! I am terrified of heights, and I don’t think you’d get me up on the Widow’s Walk! I don’t care how good a book I have, I’m not even going to poke my head out the door! But, I love the look of it-with my feet on the front yard.
    If you didn’t want to run a business in the house out behind, it could always be turned into a rental property, of at least 3 bedrooms, I bet. Or, maybe a place to rent out for the summer to a retiree.

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  18. montana channingmontana channing says: 253 comments
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    1835 Federal
    unity, ME

    I just drove by this house on the way to Bar Harbor for fireworks on the 4th and everything theysay is true. they are having a going out of business sale this weekend. I used to pass this place all the time 30 years ago and fantasize buying it and fixing it. thank god they saved yhis one.
    a great place to live and only 20 miles from Acadia National Park.

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  19. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5753 comments
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    1897 Queen Anne Colonial
    Cadiz, OH

    Sometimes the only way to maintain the upkeep on a large Victorian home is to include a revenue generating enterprise with it. The choice of an antiques shop is excellent as historic details in the surrounding architecture enhance rather than detract from a business of this kind. It’s far preferable to being used as a funeral home as so many old Victorians have been turned into over the years.

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  20. Just wanted to let everyone know that I’m truly buying this house. We live in Massachusetts now, but love the Ellsworth area. The house will continue to be restored and beautified as time allows. We are going to be running our clock repair and sales business from the carriage house and hope to turn the upper floor of it into a pair of Air B & B vacation rentals to pay taxes and upkeep on the property for years to come. The house truly is a time capsule; the original cistern is still in the basement (all the roof drains used to drain into the basement and run along channels in the floor to the cistern), the third floor rooms are gutted, but the trim was saved to be put back up. I was told they sometimes had dances in the front part of the third floor. Parts of the original ballustrade over the front steps are in the cellar, so it will be restored soon as well.

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  21. I hope someday soon I can identify which plan my childhood home of 2 years was. (the people who own it now have the dates wrong – it had the date 1897 chiseled into the sandstone rail (for want of a better term) by the front stairs. I’m ordering a book on Barber homes which has the plans in it.
    https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6xp7frp?fbclid=IwAR3vH2giX3ijbRWW2KIBi62jCgW4aaEbFuDk-XzhZtf0_pQ-RUotM1-07yg

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