Queen Anne – Wellington, KS

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Added to OHD on 7/11/19   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   16 Comments
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816 N Washington Ave, Wellington, KS 67152

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  • $89,900
  • 5 Bed
  • 2.5 Bath
  • 2671 Sq Ft
  • 0.13 Ac.
Great Victorian Home located on Washington Str. 5 bedroom 2 1/2 bath, 3 fireplaces, original woodwork, beautiful stair case, open kitchen, dining room, and eat in space in the kitchen, office, double staircase, large floored attic space for storage. 2 car garage, large front porch, and back porch, beautiful yard.
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Diana Frazier, JP Weigand
(620) 488-2785
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16 Comments on Queen Anne – Wellington, KS

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Build date on record is 1900, probably bit earlier than that.

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  2. MJGMJG says: 1947 comments
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    CT

    This house has great potential. The bones are good. The details are there. Things just need to be exposed again. Like that door that’s covered. How wonderful they didn’t rip it out. It will be easier to restore now. I love it when stuff is just covered over rather than gutted. Like when I found a window in a wall! Or a door enclosed into the wall that used to be a pocket door.

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    • JeffJeff says: 129 comments
      1876 Rural Victorian
      OR

      Yes! This is the kind of house I look for: one in which generations of owners just covered up stuff rather than tearing it out. My guess is that much of this place is still under there somewhere.

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  3. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5471 comments
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    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    Agreed that the likely date for this home is around 1890 or a bit earlier. During the lavish, ornate 1880’s there was something of a decorative counter-current towards simplicity of design. The simple newel, very simple (almost Arts & Crafts) geometrical based balustrade, and plain stained glass window with divided colored panes are typical of this design trend. It accords with English tastemaker Charles L. Eastlake’s plea for “honesty” of design and avoiding unnecessary embellishments. The exterior Elizabethan pseudo “half timbering” in the gable and porch pediment are also variants of the Queen Anne style. I suspect the original design either came from a published source or was by an architect of the period. Seems reasonably price for the features offered.

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  4. tomdg1-7gmail-comtomdg1-7gmail-com says: 69 comments
    1890 Three Bay Italianate
    Grinnell, IA

    I’m guessing that there once was/were decorative symmetrical finials or spindles carefully arranged in the bannister.

  5. Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 1011 comments
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    Fun house! There are lots of nice surviving original features here such as the exterior shutters (which have somehow survived on the windows beneath the porch roof). This is almost certainly a design offered by Robert W. Shoppell. Many similar designs appear in his 1887 Modern Houses. The following links show a similar exterior followed by similar balustrades found in the catalog (courtesy of archive.org).

    https://ia801704.us.archive.org/BookReader/BookReaderImages.php?zip=/9/items/ModernHousesBeautifulHomes/R.w.ShoppellreducedFileSizeCca25190_jp2.zip&file=R.w.ShoppellreducedFileSizeCca25190_jp2/R.w.ShoppellreducedFileSizeCca25190_0055.jp2&scale=4&rotate=0

    https://ia801704.us.archive.org/BookReader/BookReaderImages.php?zip=/9/items/ModernHousesBeautifulHomes/R.w.ShoppellreducedFileSizeCca25190_jp2.zip&file=R.w.ShoppellreducedFileSizeCca25190_jp2/R.w.ShoppellreducedFileSizeCca25190_0327.jp2&scale=4&rotate=0

    I agree with tomdg1-7gmail-com that turned spindles were likely removed from the balustrade in this house… it likely once resembled “Stair No. 5” in the link above.

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    • MichaelMichael says: 2531 comments
      1979 That 70's show
      Otis Orchards, WA

      Thank you for the link. I was looking at the railing on the stairs and trying to figure out why they looked off.

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    • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5471 comments
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      1889 Eastlake Cottage
      Fort Worth, TX

      Architectural Observer, I think you nailed it-this sure looks like the linked to Shoppell design to me. As for missing turned spindles, it certainly could have been design no. 5 but in its current configuration it also closely resembles design No. 6. Thanks for sharing the R.W. Shoppell information. You are indeed a keen observer.

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      • Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 1011 comments
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        Thanks, John! You had already figured out that the house was architect-designed… it just oozes plan book designs of the period! Stair designs 5 and 6 are similar, but on No. 5 the horizontal piece between balusters is a bit lower in height. The loss of the turned baluster from No. 5 results in an awkward emptiness as seen in the house in Wellington whereas stair design No. 6 looks perfectly balanced without any extra turned pieces; Shoppell was definitely skilled but still (sadly) very much unrecognized and under-appreciated.

        I’m not entirely certain, but I think that the curved stucco area beneath the front gable was originally intended to have a colorful pebbledash finish… this house was probably even more eye-popping when new than it is today. Like many houses built from plan book designs, this one varies a bit from the published version. Loads of potential for the lucky new owner!

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  6. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5471 comments
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    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    Pebble dash fill in the spaces between the “half-timbering” was a common finish treatment. Shoppell seemed to like Elizabethan inspired half timbered gables and porch pediments. I’d need to examine the balustrade in person (or see a photo indicating a sawed off missing spindle) to know for sure but its certainly possible there were turned spindles. I could imagine someone accidentally breaking off a turned spindle and rather than repairing or replacing it, then going ahead and sawing off all the remaining spindles so the balustrade “matched”. There was a very long period when all things Victorian were generally disliked and I could also see someone cutting off the spindles to reduce some of the Victorian flavor but I think the breaking off of one or more spindles as the most likely scenario. Thanks for your comments.

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  7. KateSheldonKateSheldon says: 48 comments
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    1947 Ranch
    N Hollywood, CA

    I learn so much from reading comments. I usually have to go back and take a look at various things. Does anyone know how to save certain houses in order to see them again?

  8. KenKen says: 17 comments
    San Diego, CA

    Here is a link to some more photos of the house. Appears that some of the carpeting was removed: https://circaoldhouses.com/property/816-n-washington-wellington-ks-67152/

  9. KenKen says: 17 comments
    San Diego, CA

    Shoppell’s Modern Houses – Complete Collection (1886) on archive.org:
    https://archive.org/details/ShoppellsModernHousesCCA33429

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