1916 Classical Revival in Greeneville, TN

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Added to OHD on 1/13/20   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   32 Comments

216 N Main St, Greeneville, TN 37745

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  • $425,000
  • 3 Bed
  • 3.5 Bath
  • 3418 Sq Ft
  • 0.4 Ac.
Improving a masterpiece isn't easy, but the owners of this historic home have done just that. The much needed updates are all done, the rooms are majestic, perfect, and ready to entertain to your hearts content. More than the square footage,3416,and number of rooms, this home evokes an elegance and timeless style, while capturing today's family style living with options buyers of any age can appreciate. Grand foyer entrance will captivate your eye to the circular staircase, impressive and fully functional, you can make quite the entrance here. Flanked by both a handsome den, with fireplace, and a spacious living room with fireplace, this is an entertaining dream home. Medallion ceilings in the living room are literally the icing on this cake. Pocket doors abound, leading each sprawling room to the other. The dining room is large, adjoining the living room and overlooking the covered back porch. Sweet breakfast room also adjoins the back porch, offering a less formal eating option, both enjoying the well appointed kitchen just steps away. No wasted space in this home, each inch has a purpose. Main level master bedroom is fit for a king, with double cedar lined closets, master bath straight from the Art Deco age, and is large enough for a sitting area too. Double staircases, one for family and one to impress your guests, lead to the second floor, 2 large bedrooms, another family den with fireplace, and a 2nd full bathroom await. Storage is EVERYWHERE, all the closets are cedar lined, and this home would be just as comfortable for today's young family as it was originally in 1916. The lower level of the home is open to a covered patio, has a 3rd full bathroom, and could be made into any number of living options. Currently used for mainly storage, this could be an ideal in law suite. Nestled in the heart of Greeneville, this home has so much to offer, and lots of downtown life for your family to enjoy!
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Ginia Johnston, Hometown Realty Of Greeneville
(423) 639-2345
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32 Comments on 1916 Classical Revival in Greeneville, TN

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12519 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    On the site a good while ago, did not keep the post. Maybe someone can recall the history, I thought this had started out much earlier than 1916 which was when it had a major update. Or maybe I’m wrong about that part, someone find something! 🙂

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7455 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      I’ve been nuts for this house for quite some time now. Amazes me that it’s still on the market.

      According to a prior listing; it’s construction was inspired by a plantation house near Natchez called Montaigne. I can see that; to a degree.

      Montaigne house:
      https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0b/Montaigne_Natchez_Mississippi_NRHP_74001052_front_facing.jpg

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montaigne_(Natchez,_Mississippi)

      It was listed awhile back, and it’s STUUUUNNNNING.
      https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/200-Liberty-Rd_Natchez_MS_39120_M79216-00274#photo0

      I’ve been clipping pix of this house each time, and have amassed a nice little collection. There are one or two to clip from the current round. The stair hall dome has never specifically been featured before, nor has the side chase; which are both great to see this time round.

      I sure as heck liked the kitchen better yellow, with it’s rad, vintage, ceiling treatment: https://flic.kr/p/2ghxT7L
      and the loss of the UBER RAD vintage paper in the dreamy, blue, Vitrolite bathroom saddens me 🙁 ; https://flic.kr/p/2ghyb2S It was a genius way to tie the slightly disparate blue and yellow in there together. 🙁 It probably wouldn’t have survived a new owner anyway. A loss tho – IMO. 🙁

      Here’s a link to the whole album:
      https://flic.kr/s/aHsmEq72S4

      I’ve featured this house a couple of times in the share. It’s a wonderful house with wonderful detail throughout, and wonderful scale. I love nearly all of the wallpaper treatments extant, (and otherwise 🙁 ).

      Sure hope someone with good taste finally buys this place; leaves alone, and works around, what is already great; and hangs an appropriately scaled, and fabulous, chandelier from that exquisite domed ceiling. When you do – please say hi – and post pix! 🙂

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      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 1107 comments
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        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        That’s what it was! Thanks!

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      • Christina_PChristina_P says: 17 comments
        TX

        Hello – my family and I bought the house last month. We will try to do right by it. 🙂 If you scroll down to the end of the comments, I have posted images of the blueprints (1942 remodel) that we found in the house. Also, there are rolls of wallpaper that were left here. I’m not sure if that bathroom one you mentioned is in there, but there are some other good ones. I’ll try to post wallpaper roll pics soon! The back of some of the paper has the original price.

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  2. EricHtownEricHtown says: 380 comments

    Gotta start with the deep blue bathroom, now is that a stunning blue or what? Having lived in Natchez, MS a number of years I know the houses extremely well. The facade and overall exterior closely resemble the home known as Monteigne in Natchez. The entry hall flanked by large parlors and similar stair case. I wonder if someone loosely copied it?

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  3. Randy CRandy C says: 436 comments
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    2015 Reverse Ranch 1/2
    Olathe, KS

    Wow! Now this is a truly “elegant” home. My favorite room is the sitting room with the naturally finished mantel, chair rail and crown molding. Sadly, another example of a beautiful old house in a very unfortunate location. Street view is truly disappointing. I would love to see some historical pictures. I’m having a tough time believing the wrought iron railings on the front and back are original. Would like to see what it might have been.

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  4. KarenKaren says: 46 comments
    1955 MCM
    Rockwall, TX

    I wonder what’s through that intriguing doorway off the staircase, about 10 steps up.

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7455 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Pretty sure that’s the back stair coming up from the kitchen area and joining the principal stair at the landing, Karen. That detail is a little more visible in this round of pix. It’s not an uncommon feature to have for a house of this size and period.

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  5. RosewaterRosewater says: 7455 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Just noticed something else has changed in the blue bath, and my heart is breaking…

    That top-shelf, Crane suite in matte, mustard yellow is rare and highly collectable…

    Grrrrrrr HGTV.

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    • RossRoss says: 2432 comments
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      1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
      Emporia, KS

      Looks like the yellow bath fixtures were…painted.

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      • SharonSharon says: 596 comments
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        2001 Contemporary
        Sedalia, MO

        I’ve been trying to figure that out, too, for the last several minutes. Flashed back and forth and back and forth. Same fixtures—but different color. I agree; they must have been resurfaced. And I also agree with Jay: the canary yellow was to die for! Why break up the happy marriage of a heavenly blue and a happy yellow?

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      • Christina_PChristina_P says: 17 comments
        TX

        Hello! We are the new owners. The fixtures were not painted. It was just a desaturated photo. They are indeed still canary yellow.

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        • RosewaterRosewater says: 7455 comments
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          1875 Italianate cottage
          Noblesville, IN

          A miracle! Praise God! 🙂

          You can find all of the old pix from before the changes in this gallery:
          https://flic.kr/s/aHsmEq72S4

          If you do the have wallpaper for it, and like the look, It would be truly a triumph to see some of those vintage looks restored; especially in that gorge bath room.

          Can’t wait to see what you do! 🙂

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          • Christina_PChristina_P says: 17 comments
            TX

            Took photos of the wallpaper rolls. There are some really lovely ones. Some are still installed; others are long gone. The oldest ones are very fragile screenprinted paper. Some Katzenback & Warren ones; others are just marked Made in USA/Union made.

            Hopefully, the link will work!
            https://flic.kr/s/aHsmMsTeLv

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            • RosewaterRosewater says: 7455 comments
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              1875 Italianate cottage
              Noblesville, IN

              Whoa – what a treasure trove! You are SO lucky to have all of that.

              Those wall papers are just beyond gorgeous – timeless. I especially love this one: https://flic.kr/p/2iNiABy And those yellow roses! Man-o; I hope you have enough of some of them to maybe do accent walls or something. If not, you might think about framing a few samples of some of them just for funsies. I sure would.

              Thanks’ for posting back, Christina. I do hope you’ll keep me updated on your progress. I love your house so, SO much. 🙂

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            • AmyBeeAmyBee says: 896 comments
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              1859 Mod Vern Greek Revival
              Lockport, NY

              Congratulations! What a great stash!
              They look to be 1940s when the house was remodeled.

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  6. RossRoss says: 2432 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    Nothing about this house seems 1916 to me.

    It all screams 1930s.

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  7. Christina_PChristina_P says: 17 comments
    TX

    Old House Dreamers, I have some updates for you!
    It will take me a little bit of time to get things posted here, but my family and I purchased this home in February. Since that time, we have been investigating.
    To our happy surprise, we found architectural blueprints from a remodel of the home in 1942 by architect J.K. Rankin.
    The drawings are very complete, which gives us so much information. We are still unsure what the house looked like before 1942, but the blueprints give us a great indication that almost everything you see (as far as the stairs, woodwork, bathrooms, etc.) was done then.
    Also, I will let you know that none of the original 1940’s Crane bathroom fixtures were painted. The photo where the yellow ones looked painted was just a desaturated photograph (maybe the realtor’s idea?). I can assure you that they are still yellow. All of them are in wonderful shape, except for the Pink Orchid tub downstairs. It needs to be re-glazed, as it is testing positive for lead. The chrome faucets, handles, etc. are also in wonderful shape, except for a few (again, in the pink bathroom, which must have gotten the most use over the years.
    Rosewater was very interested in wallpaper. We found stockpiles of the wallpaper in the same closet where the blueprints were. That also gives us a wealth of information, though we haven’t researched them yet.
    With this extra time at home, I am going to start putting images of all of this up on a site and I will post them here soon!
    I hope you all will help us learn more about this beautiful and quirky house (I will tell you more about that too).

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    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12519 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Thank you for the info/udpate. Congratulations!!!!

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7455 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Hey Christina. 🙂 If you don’t end up using those old wallpapers, please don’t throw them out. If you can’t find a home for them, I’d love to have them. Heheheh. Cheers!

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      • Christina_PChristina_P says: 17 comments
        TX

        I definitely won’t throw them out! I’m not sure there is enough of any one pattern to do even a full wall. I’m going to see what I’ve got and then decide what to do. 🙂 One of the first things we did was to start removing the window valance boxes that the previous owner installed. Though everyone we’ve met in town just loved them, we are more interested in seeing the pristine woodwork around the windows. Next, with a little work, we have been able to get several of the windows to open. There are vintage Pella Rolscreens on almost all of the windows, and they work well. I see that the link is not working for you. I will see what’s going on; probably need to make it public.

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  8. TheDaringLibrarianTheDaringLibrarian says: 327 comments
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    Coastal Cottage

    Such an amazing house! Congrats, Christina_P and thank you so much for including us OHDreamers & admirers of your beautiful home. This is what makes me reach the fainting couch the smelling salts.
    https://www.oldhousedreams.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/3-216nmainstreet.jpg
    Happy New Year!

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