1875 – Macon, MO

Added to OHD on 7/16/19   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   55 Comments
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411 N Wentz St, Macon, MO 63552

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  • $99,500
  • 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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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11880 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. julie A.julie A. says: 161 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. StevenFStevenF says: 821 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. BethanyBethany says: 3511 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    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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  5. John Shiflet says: 5454 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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    • MJGMJG says: 2023 comments
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      CT

      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. Paul says: 103 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 Shiflet says: 5454 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: 5144 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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        • A. 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.

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      • Racheal E Carter says: 41 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.

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    • ReginaKTReginaKT says: 54 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. 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. JRichardJRichard says: 205 comments
    1763 center-chimney cape
    Biddeford, ME

    Sometimes white-painted brick looks just right.

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  9. Colleen J says: 1156 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. memeleedmemeleed says: 19 comments
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    LA

    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. Alison 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 Shiflet says: 5454 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: 25 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 Shiflet says: 5454 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.

    • A.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. DonS says: 51 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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    • MJGMJG says: 2023 comments
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      CT

      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. montana channing says: 242 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.

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    • Jessica says: 71 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. Lissie says: 263 comments

    Mill work is very nice. Love the exterior.

  16. Beth says: 9 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. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5454 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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    • Ron G says: 168 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.

  18. Eric says: 397 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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  19. Mark says: 19 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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  20. David F says: 46 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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    • MJGMJG says: 2023 comments
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      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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  21. Julie says: 39 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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  22. MichaelMichael says: 2639 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    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.

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  23. CLMCLM says: 120 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. 😀

  24. bthdttmrbthdttmr says: 9 comments
    2004 Blah ranch
    MO

    My husband and I are taking a step towards possibly buying this beauty. We need advice before we take the plunge. What questions should we ask as we are looking at this home? We built a boring, small ranch in 2004, have had 6 kids and now need to move into a larger and more comfortable house. My husband works in Macon and it makes sense for us to save gas money and him driving time. As we are not even newbies in the old house world, what should we look for when we view the house? Please guide us and help us from making horrible mistakes if we purchase and work on this house! When we view the house, I hope to take as many pictures inside and outside as possible and share here. Thanks!

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  25. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5454 comments
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    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    With 6 children, you certainly have your hands full but they can sometimes help with renovation work depending on their age and skills. My recommendation would be to seek out a competent professional house inspector with no direct involvement or personal interest in this house. Have the inspector look carefully at the house from the roof to the basement/foundation and write up for you a condition report noting what things must be taken care of immediately and identifying those that can wait for a while.

    Particular attention should be paid to the house’s systems: electrical, plumbing/water supply, and heating/air conditioning. All must be in working order for a family to live there. I presume the roof is relatively water tight and sound as a leaky roof will over time ruin anything under it. The order of renovation work priorities usually begins with the roof, foundation, structural issues, systems, and finally cosmetic issues. (paint and decor) Of course, all old house projects take money beginning with the initial purchase price.

    Doubtful that a lender would make a mortgage on a house of this age and condition because it has to be insurable to make a mortgage. (or technically, to meet loan underwriting guidelines) There’s only one kind of rehab loan I’m aware of: A Section 203K HUD/FHA loan which is sometimes complicated, but it could be a possible solution. You’ll have to find a participating lender and of course there’s the usual income verification guidelines and other conditions that have to be met. With children present, you might be required to do a full lead paint abatement before moving in and on a house of this size that can be fairly expensive. Here’s a pdf info sheet on the Sec. 203K program: https://www.hud.gov/sites/documents/2005-09FHA.PDF

    The best scenario would be for you to have enough funds to buy the house outright for cash as well as having an ample budget to address any major issues discovered during the house inspection process. I know this sounds discouraging but it would be best for your family (and the house) for you to go in with both eyes open. Worst would be to be underfunded and at some point have a situation requiring a large outlay for repairs and not be able to cover them. I can only hope if loans are part of the plan that you have a very sympathetic lender because to most, a house older than a century is a red flag no matter how sound it might be. I can only wish you the best and hope that your particular situation will allow you to proceed with a rehab. The house itself has some great details as everyone above has noted but personally, for first time old house restorers, I feel this would be a challenging project to tackle.

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    • bthdttmrbthdttmr says: 9 comments
      2004 Blah ranch
      MO

      Thank you John for the reply. This is the type of information I was hoping you or someone else would give us. Right now we are looking into the financial feasibility of buying this home. I would hate to see it meet the fate that it’s daughter house across the street is facing. Macon is a pretty good area in Northeast Missouri as it is where highways 36 and 63 intersect. Kirksville is 40 minutes to the north and Columbia is 60 minutes to the south. We realize that we love the idea of owning this house, but also that the reality of it may not be what is best for our family.

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  26. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5454 comments
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    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    You are welcome. I sincerely hope that if you can work out the logistics that this will become your new/old family home. The story about the house across the street is truly sad but at least this one still has a chance. My best wishes for success if you decide to move forward with buying the house and property. Please feel free to followup with any questions you may have and I’ll try to find answers.

  27. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11880 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Price reduction, moved to the front page for another look. Comments above may be older.

  28. BethHBethH says: 239 comments
    1999 Dutchess County, NY

    I feel like I’m missing something in the pictures – I don’t see a house that would be hard to restore. There aren’t obvious holes in the roof, ceilings aren’t falling inside, the exterior walls look relatively upright… it looks habitable from day one in these pictures. Maybe I’m just in love with the details and missing the problems? As John said, a good home inspection is necessary to catch the things that those of us without a background in structural engineering would miss. The exterior needs some work, but would this really not qualify for a mortgage, even at an asking price of under $100k?

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  29. bthdttmrbthdttmr says: 9 comments
    2004 Blah ranch
    MO

    BethH,
    My husband and I are talking to the agent this house is listed with. We are working on seeing the house sometime this month. So far we don’t know of any major issues. We hope to learn more as we move forward. Macon is a nice place, just a rural small town, so not a lot of employment options. This home would fit our family and that is one reason we are looking into it, besides falling love with it. I hope to know more and will share as more information comes our way.

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    • MichaelMichael says: 2639 comments
      1979 That 70's show
      Otis Orchards, WA

      Good luck in your quest. John has given you some great advise. Keep us posted in your search and what you find out about this house.

  30. beckybecky says: 111 comments
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    bass lake, CA

    I would like to thank John Shiflet for that wonderful tidbit of information to that website! I have never been a homeowner but have fallen in love with so many of the homes listed on this site and wondered how on earth one could actually be able to own one considering the cost of the potential renovations necessary as well as the ages of some of these homes. This does give me a ray of hope that with this possible solution, my old house dream could actually come true! I have been looking at this house for quite awhile but am so happy there is someone who may be able to save it! My best wishes for the hopefully new owner getting their forever home!

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  31. ChrisChris says: 12 comments
    1926 Craftsman
    Cloverdale, CA

    I really LOVE this house. Looks perfectly habitable to me while one fine tunes it. Of course, I’ve only ever lived in one ‘finished’ house and I sold it for a 1926 Craftsman fixer-upper.

    Regarding the Wardell Mansion, I found these few additional photos and information on Facebook. Very interesting discussion about both homes. Thank you everyone.

    https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=wardell%20mansion&epa=SEARCH_BOX

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  32. BulldogmamaBulldogmama says: 30 comments
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    1920 Craftsman
    Canby, OR

    Lovely ? so often kitchen update choices make me cringe in these fab homes, but this one is gorgeous, nice work ?

  33. RandiBGoodRandiBGood says: 10 comments
    1967 All Brick Ranch
    AUSTELL, GA

    I just love the exposed brick, especially in the stairwell.

  34. AmyBeeAmyBee says: 580 comments

    SOLD 9/24/2019 (Zillow).

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