Italianate – Butler, MO

Added to OHD on 7/26/19   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   5 Comments
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518 N Main St, Butler, MO 64730

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  • $16,900
  • 4 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 1834 Sq Ft
  • 0.4 Ac.
Huge colonial style home in Butler, MO. Offering 3 spacious bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a large entry way, and a nice yard.
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John David, US Realty
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5 Comments on Italianate – Butler, MO

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12421 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Yikes, poor thing! I figured for just under $20k this was worth a share.

    • DJZDJZ says: 199 comments
      1947 cape cod
      Glen Burnie, MD

      I have no words….except, at least they keep the staircase.

      • peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1069 comments
        OHD Supporter

        1885 Italianate.

        I agree with Architectural Observer, it’s a good house. Like all of us, it just needs love on its side. And that bay window.

      • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5636 comments
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        1897 Queen Anne Colonial
        Cadiz, OH

        “except, at least they keep the staircase.” Well, maybe, if that toothpick sized unpainted newel is original. I would expect that this faded old gem originally had the standard octagonal or hexagonal heavy newel that was common for a house of this kind. They were usually made of Walnut and because the Italianate style had a two generation long run with millions of examples being built, a suitable replacement newel would not be that difficult or expensive to find. Entries for houses of this kind were usually cental hall types so it looks like a wall that was across from the staircase was taken down. Purists who might wish to take this house back to the 1870’s inside would probably get frustrated with the sheer volume of work needed. However, someone who likes the exterior Italianate look, could probably finish out the interior with a more contemporary look without having to search through regional salvage yards for missing moldings and trim. I think if it were mine I’d want to put back a portico type porch or (for practical summer outdoor reasons) perhaps a full width Italianate style porch. Old plan books often show exterior porch designs.

        Missouri as a state was brought into the Union as part of a compromise; so the most practical approach for this house would probably be the same. In summary, I advise keeping the exterior original and repainting it in period colors. Inside, I’d keep the staircase and probably add a proper period newel but then decide on a room by room basis what the interior should look like while working within a budget. I’d put this house in the good bones category.

  2. Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 1064 comments
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    The exterior is quite lovely; a reconstructed Italianate porch would make it grand. The interior presents opportunities for numerous possible creative directions. This could be a really fun project for the right visionary… the price is certainly an incentive!


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