Queen Anne – Rensselaer, IN (George F. Barber)

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500 N Mckinley Ave, Rensselaer, IN 47978

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  • $74,900
  • 3 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 1952 Sq Ft
  • 0.4 Ac.
New roof and sheeting in 2019! NEW KITCHEN AND APPLIANCES in 2012! Victorian home with lot of character and charm with 1952 square feet. Beautiful woodwork throughout. Hardwood floors. Gingerbread ornamental decoration on the exterior of the home is wonderful. Downstairs bath has newer toilet, sink, vanity, and mirror and is attached to downstairs bedroom. Large lot.Lots of potential.Property is being sold AS-IS
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JoAnn McElfresh, Jenkins Realtors
(219) 866-5908
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14 Comments on Queen Anne – Rensselaer, IN (George F. Barber)

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12130 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Pretty similar to George F. Barber’s Design No. 14 from Cottage Souvenir #2:

    • You are spot on Kelly. This house is definitely an example of that published Barber design. And oh, what potential it has to be a real gem in Rensselaer. Great find, thanks for posting this one.

      • JimHJimH says: 5257 comments
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        It’s interesting how the exterior differs from the published design, and an example of the design flexibility and customization of Barber plans, as you’ve mentioned before.
        On page 148 of CS2, there’s a detail sketch of a porch with gable detail that’s almost identical to the gable on the balcony of this house but lost in the drab paint job.

  2. JimHJimH says: 5257 comments
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    Known in state info as the David Nowels House after an early settler, this was actually the home of his son, David Benjamin Nowels (1856-1936), his wife Sarah Burk and their son Auburn Ray. D.B. Nowels has an impressive biography as a teacher, businessman and elder of the Primitive Baptist Church. In 1900 the family moved to Colorado, and Nowels later established churches and preached the Gospel in the Missouri Ozarks.


  3. RosewaterRosewater says: 7142 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Seems to me that it’s kind of a miracle this house has survived so well preserved inside and out considering the 70’s interior mods. Usually when something like paneling and dropped ceilings occurs it’s accompanied by a whole host of other tragedies. This time remarkably not the case. Even the trim elements within the modified rooms remains original and in good condition. Huh.

    So – is that a “half-witch”? Heheheh. 😉

  4. Those school style radiators need to go! Decorative ones would really improve the feel of the rooms.
    I would definitely set the Christmas tree up in the square window bay.

  5. BethanyBethany says: 3450 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    OK I’m adding a new term to my OHD lexicon: Queen Andiana definition: one of the many many great Queen Anne homes in Indiana.
    I always get excited when I see Queen Anne and Indiana on the same header.

  6. MichaelMichael says: 2848 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    Ditto on the radiators that need to be replaced with old style cast iron rads. I am amazed at how intact the house is. The exterior would shine with a period appropriate color scheme. While the house needs some seventies paneling removed as well as dropped ceilings and modern light fixtures replaced, It retains so much of the things that are difficult to replace, like all the original trim.

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

    Thanks for making the Barber design ID, Kelly. I knew that this had to be a planbook designed house but the interior millwork was unlike that which most commonly shows up in Barber interiors. Moreover, the house didn’t have any surviving art glass but the Cottage Souvenir No. 2 illustration shows it might have had a stained glass transom originally. What matters here, though, is that the exterior still reflects the original design. With some sympathetic interior treatments and period colors on the exterior, this house would be a nice example of the Barber design. It would also make for a pretty nice home for someone as well. Seems reasonably priced for what’s offered.

    • MJGMJG says: 2274 comments
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      I too was gonna mention the interior woodwork looks a little more detailed than the Barber design. I love this style of interior woodwork!! I love this house. I’d love to restore this!

  8. peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1067 comments
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    1885 Italianate.

    Perfect starter home for an old house lover that doesn’t mind elbow grease.

  9. I closed on this Queen Anne yesterday. Can’t wait to bring it back to its former glory. Saw it on here and thought you all would like to follow its progress. If so you can follo/like the page below on facebook. Thanks! 🙂



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