1897 Queen Anne – Osceola, IA (George F. Barber)

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222 W Mclane St, Osceola, IA 50213

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  • $235,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 1 full, 3 half Bath
  • 2424 Sq Ft
  • 1.05 Ac.
Historical grand lady on over a 1 acre corner lot! Whether you want to sip tea on the backporch or wile away an evening on the front porch there is also somewhere to relax! This painted gem features so many attributes such as the woodwork, hardwood floors, 3 fireplaces with incredible detail, pocket doors........ the list is lengthy! Home has eat in kitchen with a formal dining room for entaining. Large front parlor with grand entrance hall and ornate staircase to second level. Ladies parlor and gents parlor are all open with pocket doors. Main level bath. Second level houses the original room used for a library with pocket door, fireplace, and reading nook. Main hall has access to second story porch for evening cordials. Master bedroom is large and spacious with ensuite bath. There is a bright and airy half bath in rear hall. Third floor features large room with possibilities. Basement level has extraordinary sealed stone walls, family room, workout area, work shop, half bath, mechanical room, and laundry are all well planned out. There have been many updates on this home and owners have strived to keep her historical accuracy. Home is on the National Register of historical homes as the Banta House designed by George Barber. The detached garage has 2 stalls and work area. Separate entrance for the apt above garage. Apt is fully furnished and is an AIRBNB property bringing in a nice income. This is a must see for you! Currently used as a private residence but is perfect for a B & B or you future store on main level. Data available for rental income. driveway has two entrances - Hwy 34 and Jackson street.
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  1. Jeanie says: 11 comments

    Woots!!! She even has on tastefully applied makeup! Is there anything about her not to love?

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  2. John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

    This one has been in several books (including William Plymat’s VICTORIAN ARCHITECTURE OF IOWA) and of course, has the George Barber design pedigree. The decor is restrained and while not a musuem house, nothing modern intrudes much into the period flavor. It does have a metal replacement windows in the front from what I can see but otherwise quite intact. Priced about right for a fully restored home as well…looks turn-key to me. I like it!

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  3. john c says: 27 comments

    I happened to walk by this house tonight on my way to supper, recognized it as one I had seen on this site, and then walked by it again, more closely, on my way to the motel after dining. It is a fine house and sits very well on its site. The garage shown has, behind the small doorway in its front, a stairway leading to the upstairs; I suspect there might be a studio apartment or the like there. Off to the side of the circular driveway are several older small outbuildings, as well as parking for a very large RV home.

    McLane Street is now a street that within a block or two further west has become commercial, with a grocery store, a Mexican restaurant (for which I can vouch), an older motel, and other offices and businesses. However, to my mind nothing detracts from the house. Moreover within two blocks east of the house, one can turn and go to the town square about three blocks away and then go to the Amtrak train station.

    One house, with an astonishing street presence, is for sale at 115 W. McLane. Formerly it housed offices of “Children & Families of Iowa”, and a residential center was located several blocks further east. The listing agent thinks this house is a Dutch Colonial, but I will be a Dutch Uncle before I believe him, as the house seems to me an interesting Midwestern adaptation of Shingle style to narrow homes built to look English in style with shrubs and so on. Unfortunately the pictures do not do the exterior justice and the interior is now mainly one wide open space. http://www.osceolaiowarealty.com/index.cfm?fa=listings.view&ListingID=134549&PropertyTypeID=3

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  4. JimHJimH says: 5105 comments
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    The 1980’s photos show how much has been done here. Somebody deserves a medal, 3 grants and a plaque!
    http://focus.nps.gov/pdfhost/docs/NRHP/Photos/83000348.pdf
    “Unlike most of Iowa’s Queen Anne houses, the Banta residence appears to have retained virtually all of its original exterior ornamentation.”
    http://focus.nps.gov/pdfhost/docs/NRHP/Text/83000348.pdf

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  5. BrendaE says: 69 comments

    Finally! A kitchen that looks appropriate! I covet this home!

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  6. Sue S. says: 271 comments

    No can lights! WIN Seriously, a beautiful house with so much to love.

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  7. RossRoss says: 2411 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    Last year I was driving through Osceola, saw this house, slammed on my breaks, backed up, and parked.

    Geez.

    I then opened my iPad, clicked on OHD, and seached for the house before me.

    And there it was. So, I took a tour of the interior! All the while never disturbing the inhabitants!

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  8. Mona says: 19 comments

    I have a question about about this place. First off, I absolutely LOVE it, but my question pertains more to the location than the house itself. The listing states it is in Iowa, yet the old drawing at the bottom of the page states it is in Auburn, Nebraska. Or are they maybe referring to the owner, that lives in NE?

    • RossRoss says: 2411 comments
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      1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
      Emporia, KS

      The drawing is from a different home built from the same plans.

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

      The drawing is not of this particular home but a page from the architects plan catalog that showed customers different house plans they could buy. I included the drawing to show what the catalog page of the plan looked like and was just a drawing of a house in Nebraska, nothing to do with this home other than it was the same plan design.

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  9. anon lass says: 10 comments

    sooo pretty and they did a 1st class staging of it….not that his house needed much help!!

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  10. Sue says: 1 comments

    My dad grew up in this home. Mary and Ed Banta were his aunt and uncle.

    Ed died sometime in the 1950’s, Ruth, their daughter, was sort of not right, Dad’s Mom died when he was a year old (Margaret, sister of Mary) and he went to live with Amy Rollins, another sister of Mary. When it was deemed Amy could not take care of Dad by herself (she had a fake leg – you don’t want to know the details) both she and he moved into the “Banta” house.

    Yes, I never lived in Iowa, but we went to visit many times. Oh, and Helen Banta (Mary’s other child) and my Dad were best friends.

    It was so beautiful – all the surrounding vacant,green land. Oh, gorgeous.

    Another thing – the bedrooms do not have a knob. They are sliding doors. So neat.

    That attic was a dream for kids.

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  11. Mary Erickson says: 7 comments

    I’m the owner of this home and appreciate the info and will verify it with the histortorians. We know Amy lived there but have no record of a child. What was Helen Banta”s friends name, your dad?
    The Bedroom doors all have knobs only one room which was the library has an oak pocket door, there are others on the 1st floor parlors & dining area.
    We are interested in any more info you may have please send it to the home’s address. Thanks

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  12. Melody Koontz says: 46 comments

    Is the town near a city with medical and a decent airport? Also….the stove in the kitchen is in an odd place. We are looking to retire in the middle of the country….maybe this is it.

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  13. Mary Erickson says: 7 comments

    Hi Melody,
    The Clarke County Hospital is 2 blocks away (very good facility). Des Moines Hospitals & Airport are 40-50 minutes away. Kansas City, Mo. airport is 2 hours +15 Min South. We also have a nice local airport.
    The kitchen has 7 doors and windows (very sunny) the stove is a Jennair vented downdraft (no hood) which works like a dream. The kitchen was configured as to not compromise the historical character of the house. All your questions are welcomed.

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    • Jon Goering says: 1 comments

      Hi Mary, remember me, Donna my late wife worked with you. My wife is falling in love with this house, talking about moving to Iowa if this works for her. Got a call into the realtor to see it. Hope to see it before we have to go back to AZ.

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  14. laura says: 15 comments

    wow thats a big house! Very nice, simple and elegant. lovely natural wood.

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

    Posted 2011, comments above are older. Back on the market, reduced price. Moved to the front page.

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

    From the National Register, before restoration:

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  17. RosewaterRosewater says: 6727 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Wow. Looks better than ever! Great photography this time too. Nice!

    How about that gorgeous piano; and the (newel post?) lamp sitting on top of it?! Sweeet.
    https://www.oldhousedreams.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/222-W-Mclane-St-21.jpg

    Wish the Gwaltney house in Smithfield, VA was still on OHD. It’s still my favorite Barber house. I tried to find an old listing a while back, but the MLS had been scrubbed. Here are a couple of shots:
    https://mrwilliamsburg.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/dscn0077_edited.jpg

    https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/pilotonline.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/1b/b1bb2107-5aad-5d16-a370-862bd7417632/576d55f947fba.image.jpg?resize=1200%2C856

    Hey John C in heaven. If God has a workable design for a magnetic nail puller, please send it to me in a dream. 🙂

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    • BethHBethH says: 234 comments
      1999 Dutchess County, NY

      Sir, that was no piano… that was a pump organ! LOL! (I had to look twice, too – I’ve never seen a pump organ that looked like that! But the two wide foot thingies at the bottom give it away.) It’s GORGEOUS! This whole house is just breathtaking.

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    • Barbara VBarbara V says: 1063 comments
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      1800 cottage
      Upstate, NY

      Please forgive me, as in some respects I am still a newcomer, but as I am studying and enjoying all the photos, comments and history regarding this lovely house, I am curious about the references to “John C”. He seems to have a legacy with OHD, and I’m wondering if someone would be comfortable sharing his story? Thank you!

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      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 938 comments
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        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        Passed away a few years ago, cancer. Frequently researched…his house is on the site, was giving updates on his progress if anyone wants to link, I don’t remember where is was.

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      • RosewaterRosewater says: 6727 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        Glad it’s still with us:
        https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2014/03/14/1898-grenada-ms/

        John was a great guy and a frequent contributor to OHD. It was exciting when he bought that house; and later tragic when he became quite ill and had to return to Chicago for ultimately unsuccessful treatments; forced to abandon the restoration of the house he loved. My above, most recent, comment refers to the task of removing a gobillion tack nails used to originally install muslin wall finishes which he had undertaken. I can not imagine the tedium. He was convinced that there must be a more efficient solution to the problem by the use of the mythical magnet nail puller. I myself have sometimes wondered about it as well; but from my limited understanding of the engineering physics required to make this happen – it aint gonna. (tearing up a little ——–) You can read about it in the comments of the above linked thread. I admired him for his passion for old houses; as a DIY’er; and a right decent human being.

        John Shifflet and his wife got to actually meet him and tour the house. I’m sure he will have something to say about John C. and his love for old houses.

        🙁 🙂 Cheers Barbara.

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        • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5356 comments
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          1897 Queen Anne Colonial
          Cadiz, OH

          The late John Clifford (he posted here as “John C.”) was a fascinating and somewhat enigmatic individual. He was born and raised in a small Oklahoma Panhandle town; ended up getting his law degree from Harvard, and was encyclopedic in his scope of knowledge about historic preservation and American history. He worked for the State of Illinois out of his office in Chicago. When he reached retirement, Mr. Clifford decided to get away from Chicago winters so he searched southern States until he found a nice affordable home in Granada, MS, on these pages and bought it to spend his time there during the winters. John was very outgoing and had a wonderful sense of self-deprecating humor. In Granada, he had discovered a small Soul Food restaurant near his home and when we visited John, he took us there and the proprietors treated him like family. It was shocking when he revealed he had been diagnosed with stomach cancer. John put up a brave fight for two years and at one point it appeared the illness was in remission. However, it was not to be and right up until 5 days before his passing he was still sending out emails to his large circle of friends. Dealing with a fatal illness takes real courage and John Clifford had it in abundance. His passing several years ago was truly sad but I’ll always cherish the short time we were privileged to know him.

          I recall his frustration with trying to remove almost countless fabric tacks embedded in the walls of his house (the shiplap walls had the traditional unbleached muslin cloth tacked up to receive wallpaper paste and wallpapers) He went to his favorite Chicago hardware store (where he bought some upholstery tack removal tools I had recommended) and discussed with the proprietor about designing an electro-magnetic tool that would remove mass quantities of tacks from the wood as the tool moved over them. The last I heard, the hardware store owner was trying to create a prototype-I hope he was successful. Few people I’ve casually met during my lifetime made such as lasting positive impression as John Clifford did during the short time I knew him. Thanks Jeff, for linking to the Grenada album where we met John C..

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      • RosewaterRosewater says: 6727 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        Here’s John S’s Grenada, MS album which has some great detail shots of John C’s house: https://flic.kr/s/aHsk952Hic If you have some time to spend on John’s Flickr page; it’s a wonderful rabbit hole of great old houses from all over, so check it out! 🙂

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  18. Tn womanTn woman says: 45 comments
    1972 ranch
    TN

    This is a great house with so many wonderful details inside.I think maybe this could be my dream home.

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  19. KarenZKarenZ says: 1150 comments
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    Amazing external restoration!

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  20. msjeanne28msjeanne28 says: 35 comments
    Palmer, AK

    I would move for this house, especially at that price. I love the Barber homes.

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  21. Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 1155 comments
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    1875 Limestone house
    Langeais, Loire Valley,

    Oh woooow! wonderful restoration! The exterior color scheme totally reminded me of Amy Heavilin’s Queen Anne (www.vivaciousvictorian.com)

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  22. MJGMJG says: 2169 comments
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    CT

    I wonder what the missing fretwork in the hallway looked like! Must have been nice.
    This house is an absolute gem that I’d move for.

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  23. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5356 comments
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    1897 Queen Anne Colonial
    Cadiz, OH

    Not much else to add since my previous comments in 2011 (Gosh, have I been hanging around here for THAT long!?) except that its just as admirable a George Barber designed home now as it was back then. There may be other examples of this design that still have their fretwork and thus the missing fretwork could be restored in the future. While this house still has some lovely wallpapers, the original decor was probably far bolder in design with brilliant colored wallpapers displaying complex designs and patterns. We’re fortunate to have a house here that didn’t suffer all of the atrocities often committed against ornate Victorian homes in the past. I really like this fine example.

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    • jojobeejojobee says: 9 comments
      IA

      My husband and I are doing a walk through of this house this Saturday. If we were to buy it, how might I find examples of things like the missing fretwork?

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      • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5356 comments
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        1897 Queen Anne Colonial
        Cadiz, OH

        That’s a good question and I have a plausible answer although it’s a bit long winded. I haven’t seen good research documentation about interior details in George Barber’s high end homes and what role the Barber firm played in furnishing home interiors (which would include fretwork “grilles” which Barber frequently praised for their artistic qualities in his plan books) However, I did find at least one example where a missing “Moorish” fretwork divider-in this case in the sadly lost to fire Grande Anne B&B in Keokuk, Iowa, that was featured in a photograph in a 1901 edition of Barber’s Modern Dwellings: https://archive.org/details/moderndwellings00archgoog/page/n82 I was almost stunned to find in my travels another example of this fretwork design in small town Osawatomie, Kansas, and I was allowed to see inside. (Thanks to Ross!) Lo and behold, there was the same Moorish Fretwork example in all of its glory (photo I took) https://www.flickr.com/photos/11236515@N05/15458389260/sizes/k/

        At least in theory, a very skilled furniture or cabinet maker could replicate something very similar so perhaps in the case of the Osceola, IA, house if another surviving example of this Barber design exists with original fretwork intact, you might be able to replicate the missing fretwork. That said, the cost of replication is likely to be substantial and it would only make sense if this was to become your “forever” home. Barber’s clients often used the giant Chicago millwork firm, Foster-Munger for fretwork and millwork items. Here’s a small sub-catalog from 1900 https://archive.org/details/FosterMungerCo (their main catalog is 631 pages long) There’s an individual who custom makes fretwork out of his shop so I can probably get his contact info if you wish. Alternately, you might get lucky and find salvaged fretwork (check e-Bay) and sometimes at antiques flea markets (like this example in Springfield, OH: https://www.flickr.com/photos/11236515@N05/15602393212/in/album-72157648433023988/ It was already marked “sold” by the time we got to it, for $2,500.

  24. MichaelMichael says: 2671 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    Very nice home. I’m glad this one found someone to restore and love this house. I hope the next owner takes care of it just as well!

  25. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11880 comments
    Admin

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Updated with new listing photos, comments above may reference those rather than the new listing photos.

  26. SalleeSallee says: 22 comments
    1893 cottage
    MS

    Can anyone tell me the exterior paint colors and brands? Very attractive but not over done, this scheme would suit our home well.

  27. maryericksonmaryerickson says: 7 comments
    1897 Victorian painted lady
    222 W McLane, Osceola,, IA

    the colors on the home are custom mixed, the paint is a semi-gloss by Valspar.

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