Second Empire – Scandia, KS

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Details below are from July 2019, sold status has not been verified.
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Added to OHD on 7/26/19   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   11 Comments

1040 Union Rd, Scandia, KS 66966

Map: Aerial

  • $225,000
  • 8 Bed
  • 4.5 Bath
  • 6608 Sq Ft
  • 11.2 Ac.
This is a beautiful historic home built in 1900, a Cadillac of homes for that era. 3 stories with a full basement. Has been operated as a bed & breakfast in the past and still receives calls wanting accommodations. Situated on 11 acres back in the middle of the section for the ultimate in privacy and surrounded by wooded area filled with wildlife. Limestone rock home and is filled with history. Outbuildings for livestock or storage.
Contact Information
Gregory Askren, Homestead Realty
(785) 632-3373
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11 Comments on Second Empire – Scandia, KS

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12624 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I wouldn’t believe this was built in 1900 if not for it being etched in stone. 🙂 I still don’t know, wish we saw bits of the interior! Anyone local?

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  2. HarleysmomHarleysmom says: 114 comments
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    Windsor, CA

    Quite the place! I found some more information on the house although I had issues with their website.

    http://www.republiccountykansas.com/set-in-stone-herrman-house/

    http://www.herrmanhouse.com/

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  3. MattDMattD says: 141 comments
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    1870 Classical Revival
    New Orleans, LA

    Here is the website for the B&B. Not many pictures and a brief history of the house.
    http://www.herrmanhouse.com/home.htm

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  4. JoeJoe says: 773 comments
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    1820 Federal
    Baltimore, MD

    “How about a road trip, Ross?”, I write with a smile.
    Google maps says it’s less than a three hour drive from Emporia. When you go, take a lot of pictures. I’d go, but it is 22+ hours drive for me.
    You could have a country home to go to when the hustle and bustle of the city around the Cross House gets to be too much!All kidding aside, Perhaps it is a wood sided house that was clad in stone in 1900. There is something off to my eye about the whole look of that stone, particularly the porch area. Only problem is that if someone did that significant of an “fashion update” in 1900, there is no telling what was done to the interior at the same time. I would love to see a pure 1870’s Second Empire interior.

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  5. JoeJoe says: 773 comments
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    1820 Federal
    Baltimore, MD

    Apparently defunct web site for Hermann House, the bed and breakfast that was here, with just three pics which are of bedrooms. http://www.herrmanhouse.com/home.htm

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  6. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12624 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks everyone for finding the old B&B site!

    Looks promising! http://www.herrmanhouse.com/parlor.htm

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  7. MichaelMichael says: 3388 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    A few things that need to be “undone on the outside, some later year additions that look awkward, but a fascinating house. It does seem out of place, considering the style and the remote location. It would be nice to see more pictures of the interior.

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  8. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5748 comments
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    1897 Queen Anne Colonial
    Cadiz, OH

    All mysteries can be solved if you can find the correct information. In the case of this house, the story about Swedish masons/builders seems plausible but not very common. Then again, because Amish and Mennonite carpenters/builders/tradespeople are fluent in traditional building practices using hand tools, folks a century from now may wonder if restored old houses were restored using their help.

    The (always) Mansard roofed Second Empire style homes had a good run lasting from the 1850’s to the late 1870’s with a few stragglers built thereafter. By 1900, mansard roofed houses were already considered old fashioned and ready for update remodeling so there’s an apparent enigma here. I think its quite plausible that an older Second Empire house was sheathed in stone around 1900. (If any Sanborn Fire Insurance maps go back before 1900 for Scandia, KS, maybe they would show the exterior wall material as wood siding vs. stone or brick cladding made a difference in fire risks. The few details I could pick up on the linked B&B site seemed 1900-ish to me but again, an older house could have also have had interior upgrades in 1900. Last, some people just like a style or a look and don’t care if a particular house design they like is stylish for the period or not. In the 1970’s, lots of apartment houses, small office buildings, and fast food restaurants sported mansard-like roofs yet its doubtful there was any conscious effort made to conform to Victorian era Second Empire designs except for the roofs. I think it would be interesting to know more about this uncommon house-if all of it indeed dates from c. 1900, then its among the very last Victorian type Second Empires ever built. Victorian architect, S.B. Reed, in his 1900 edition of Modern Homes for Everybody still had a couple of mansard roofed designs: https://archive.org/details/SBReedModernhomesforeverybody0001/page/n85 so the 1900 date for the Scandia house could be the original design. As many know, the original early 19th century Greek Reival style had another minor revival in the form of Classical Revival/Beaux Arts houses at the turn of the last century.

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  9. jessiejessie says: 1 comments
    Wichita, KS

    What a gem!! It’s likely that my family put the limestone in place as they were stone masons. My maiden name is Herrman so I’m happy to have stumbled across this beautiful piece of my family history !

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  10. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12624 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Added interior photos. There are many more on the listing site linked up top but the ones I included here give you idea enough of the fabulous light fixtures, wood work.

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