c. 1920 Colonial Revival – Windber, PA

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Added to OHD on 7/23/19   -   Last OHD Update: 9/10/20   -   16 Comments
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1401 Somerset Ave, Windber, PA 15963

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  • $79,900
  • 9 Bed
  • 3 full, 2 half Bath
  • 4311 Sq Ft
  • 0.28 Ac.
Must see home in Windber School District. Main house 1st floor has foyer,2 living rooms open to each other,dining room,kitchen,office area w/ built-in cabinets,family room & 1/2 bath. 2nd floor has 4 bedrooms w/ wood floors & closets,1/2 bath, full bath w/ vinyl flooring & 3/4 bath.Back house has 1560 sq ft & features on 1st floor kitchen,living room w/ fireplace,2 bedrooms & full bath w/ walk-in shower.2nd floor has kitchen w/ laundry hook-ups,3 additional bedrooms,carpeted living room & full bath.Covered porch.Call today to schedule a tour!
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Bob Colvin, RE/MAX
(814) 262-7653
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16 Comments on c. 1920 Colonial Revival – Windber, PA

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  1. JimHJimH says: 5243 comments
    OHD Supporter

    This impressive house was built before 1900 as shown on the Windber panoramic map and multiple Sanborns. The owner was William Tecumseh Geddes (1865-1924), a contractor and lumber company owner who is known as The Builder of Windber.




    • MJGMJG says: 2265 comments
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      1920 seemed to be a generic years many town halls picked when reworking or creating town records. My house growing up had two listings. One said 1920 which didn’t make any sense at all and the other said 1905 which made more sense. Thanks for looking that up!

  2. Gypsy says: 216 comments

    Oh, I love the woodwork details. I would have to un-modernize it.

    Why is the floor so damaged in that one room? It seems to me if there was a rug there, it would be in better shape under it than the exposed part.

    • Poor RoyalPoor Royal says: 21 comments
      1987 Salt Box Cabin
      Storybook Setting, PA

      I’ve always wondered that too. Do area rugs do damage to hardwood floors?

      The house is so grand.

      • tomdg1-7gmail-comtomdg1-7gmail-com says: 67 comments
        1890 Three Bay Italianate
        Grinnell, IA

        Funny you should ask. Generic fiber rugs do not cause damage. However, modern rugs often have a rubberized backing so as to discourage sliding. BUT, a lot of the non-skid material will off gas a chemical that can discolor flooring it comes in contact with. (I know, I ended that sentence with a preposition).

    • david becken says: 40 comments

      It looks like someone varnished the floor around a rug. Maybe more than once…

      • Michele P Pagan says: 69 comments

        When we restored our c1835 house, we discovered that the dining room floor had been refinished all around the central rug. Beneath the rug were layers of paint, from previous generations.

        • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5426 comments
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          1897 Queen Anne Colonial
          Cadiz, OH

          Homeowners of the Victorian era often left the center part of the flooring unfinished as there was concern (as seen sometimes in old cartoons) that the rug would slide on smooth flooring and cause people to trip or fall. When we bought our 1889 home (lived in by one family for 97 years) there was a burlap pad stuffed with horsehair in the center of the parlor and bare flooring underneath with no shellac finish on it. I’ve seen enough examples of that practice on these pages to believe it was common not to finish areas that would receive rugs because the rougher unfinished surface would be less prone to slipping or sliding. Of course, this was well before carpet tape or other suitable adhesives. Nice house here and even before I read Jim’s confirmation I thought it looked older that 1920. The details on houses from the 1920 are usually far simpler than seen here.

          • Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 1162 comments
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            1875 Limestone house
            Langeais, Loire Valley,

            Or they would use cheaper wood in the middle knowing that it would be covered by a rug. That’s maybe why the center strips do not go in the same direction as the ones around, other than making them look like a frame around the middle.

  3. Michele P Pagan says: 69 comments

    What a terrific house, with all that beautiful woodwork! I hope whoever buys it changes those 2 small front upstairs windows back to whatever was probably there in the beginning. What a terrific price, too! A terrific opportunity for some lucky person!

    • MichaelMichael says: 2841 comments
      1979 That 70's show
      Otis Orchards, WA

      Those two upstairs windows you are referring to probably weren’t there. That space was most likely enclosed after the house was built, based on the double columns at the corners and not the corner board trim you see on the rest of the house. There was probably an upper porch, changing the way this house looked like originally!

  4. KarenZKarenZ says: 1151 comments
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    I love that vestibule!

  5. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12125 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Posted last year, price reduced so thought we’d take another look. Moved to the front page, comments above may be older.

  6. DanielDaniel says: 28 comments
    Myrtle Beach, SC

    Unbelievable!!!! How is this house so inexpensive?? The woodwork is ah-mazing!

  7. Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 1162 comments
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    1875 Limestone house
    Langeais, Loire Valley,

    I have a feeling that this 2nd story above the porch was once open and must have been a balcony and was closed after to create bathrooms (square window seen in a bathroom pic).


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