1889 – Philipsburg, PA

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336 S Centre St, Philipsburg, PA 16866

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  • $228,500
  • 6 Bed
  • 4 Bath
  • 3774 Sq Ft
  • 0.59 Ac.
Victorian Dream to invest in or make your dream residence. This property operated as a triplex in the past but could easily be brought back to a stunning single-family home if desired. Breathtaking woodwork, 5 fireplaces, pocket doors, grand foyer, hardwood floors, detached 4-car garage, plus additional off-street parking. First floor is 2-bedroom, 2-bath with fireplaces in living, dining room, bedroom and entry hall. Second floor is 2 bedroom, 1 bath with fireplace and the third floor is also a 2-bedroom, 1 bath. Property would make a beautiful Bed & Breakfast in a hot location just 20 minutes to PSU and 30 minutes to Altoona. Close to everything yet tucked in a quaint community. Some pictures are virtually staged to show the warmness of the home. Property is subject to Deed of Preservation and Conservation.
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Amy Doran & Tonya Cornwall, RE/MAX Centre Realty
(814) 231-8200
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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11869 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    There are more photos in the National Register PDF, linked up top. It’s rather large so it may take a few to download.

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  2. Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 1917 comments
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    1936 Cabin

    Kelly,
    I am glad you posted this one, along with the National Register photos.
    thank you!

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  3. mountain-lionmountain-lion says: 47 comments
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    1952 Eichler
    CA

    Main kitchen is very dated, and not in a good way, but what a house! Looks like most of the interior details are intact and unmolested. I wonder just exactly how hard it would be to take it back to the original floor plan. Can’t really tell from the pictures.

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    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11869 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      The kitchen was probably once a dining room or parlor so unless you could find a better spot for it, would make more sense to keep it the way it is and reconfigure the layout.

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      • RossRoss says: 2411 comments
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        1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
        Emporia, KS

        You are correct, Kelly.

        The current kitchen was originally the second parlor. The pocket doors open into the original dining room (the room behind the entry hall, with the diagonal mantel).

        The original kitchen was in the rear wing. Is this a separate apartment now?

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  4. RosewaterRosewater says: 6690 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    This is probably the nicest apartment house conversion I’ve ever seen. Can’t imagine it would take much effort at all to return it to a single family home, (or even just a double), if someone really needed all that space. It would be a great opportunity for someone who is looking for a live-in income property. It seems that whoever restored and converted it took extreme care to preserve the essence of the house, while subdividing it at the same time. That’s an extremely rare scenario all things considered.

    Don’t think I’ve ever seen a mantle featuring stamped leather / Lincrusta before. That’s a really cool feature: and I’m inclined to think it is stamped leather.
    https://www.oldhousedreams.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/242-336SCentre.jpg
    I don’t know —- : it could be carved wood; but I don’t think so. Cool either way.

    Lucky tenants! Heheheh. 🙂

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  5. MattDMattD says: 122 comments
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    1870 Classical Revival
    New Orleans, LA

    What a beautiful home! I am in love with that main staircase. And it looks as if the remodel into apartments was done well, so it could easily be returned to a single family home.

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  6. Randy CRandy C says: 426 comments
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    2015 Reverse Ranch 1/2
    Olathe, KS

    I am simply in awe of the number of beautiful, original light fixtures in this home! Wow! I do have a question though for those much more educated than I. That entry/stairway is like nothing I have ever seen. Although I absolutely love naturally finished woodwork, all of that diagonal is a bit much. Does anyone think it is original, or perhaps something some other wood lover has added at some point? I’ve never seen anything like it. Overall, a beautiful home. I would love to be able to de-construct it back to a single family home.

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    • Love this place the windows the doors the staircase the space wish I was looking this is alot of house.

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    • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5357 comments
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      1897 Queen Anne Colonial
      Cadiz, OH

      Randy, I believe all of the diagonal oriented woodwork is original; however, by 1889 it would have been considered old fashioned as most of the houses I’ve seen with this kind of woodwork date from the early 1880’s and were associated with the short lived Aesthetic Movement fad. (approximately from 1875-1885) One thing’s for sure, creating this complicated wood paneled space kept a carpenter busy for a while. An oddity here is the Federal style fanlight window with “Colonial” leaded glass sash below it. It likely dates from closer to the turn of the last century as well as the Southern Yellow Pine wainscoting/paneling below it. Houses evolve over time as this one appears to have been.

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      • Randy CRandy C says: 426 comments
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        2015 Reverse Ranch 1/2
        Olathe, KS

        Thanks John for your insight. I agree that it is a masterful piece of woodworking for sure. Just not something I have ever seen. I appreciate everyone’s education for me. I’m trying to learn a bit while I browse here and drool over the beautiful and interesting old houses. I can only wish to have one someday!

        Thanks again.

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  7. MichaelMichael says: 2665 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    I love the bathroom fixtures! I agree with Kelly about the kitchen. Better to rethink the layout rather than change rooms. Perhaps a large center island?

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  8. JimHJimH says: 5101 comments
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    The house was built for Dr. Henry Lorain Carlisle (1862-1926) when he was at medical school, and it remained in the extended family until 1975, although neglected in mid-century. Walter M. Swoope then restored the house and rented apartments there, and his estate still owns it. The 1970’s are very much in evidence!

    We turn out noses up when we hear of old homes used as apartments, though it can be done sensitively, and that seems to be the case with this one. Many fine old houses have been saved from the wrecking ball by having an ongoing income stream, while many others have been irreparably altered, so it can go either way.

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    • RossRoss says: 2411 comments
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      1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
      Emporia, KS

      Agreed, Jim.

      My 1894 house was turned into a sanitarium, tea house, sorority, fraternity, apartments, motel, boarding house, another sorority and fraternity, then boarded up, and finally turned back into a single-family home.

      All this was done with great sensitivity and the house is remarkably intact.

      Without these changes, the house would have ben demolished a long time ago.

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    • MJGMJG says: 2165 comments
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      CT

      As long as it’s done correctly it’s fine with me. Yes it’s saved many homes from demolition. It’s when houses are gutted and modernized into apartments when it becomes bad.

      I even contemplated doing it myself on my third floor during dark times.

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  9. Barbara VBarbara V says: 1054 comments
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    1800 cottage
    Upstate, NY

    Did anyone notice what looks to be an old cage shower barely visible to the left of one of the bathroom photos? What a great place! Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the fireplace shown in the last – National Register – photo. Hope it wasn’t a casualty of the conversion…

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    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11869 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I didn’t notice that in the new listing photos. There’s a photo of it in the National Register file but I left it out because I didn’t think it was there anymore. Cool!

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    • JimHJimH says: 5101 comments
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      That fireplace is still there also:
      https://www.oldhousedreams.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/231-336SCentre.jpg

      I’ve suspected that this house was designed by Robert W. Shoppell but couldn’t find it in his books online. However, his client list for the period includes O. Perry Jones of Philipsburg PA, the man who had the house built on behalf of Henry L. Carlisle. It was long thought that the house was built for Jones himself:
      Philipsburg Historic District nomination
      “The 1889 Carlisle-Loraine House, 336 South Centre Street, was built by O. Perry Jones, a noted Philipsburg banker with regional coal and timber industry interests.”
      It’s not 100% proof that Shoppell designed the house but it’s getting there.

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