February 7, 2020: Link Exchange (Supporter Thank You!)

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12125 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    The two girls have nothing to do with the old house photo today.

    Post card was not stamped but it was addressed to Miss Florence G. in Clymer, NY.

    Today’s book is just a look at homes that survived the Civil War but not everything else after. Nothing more to it (as in why I shared it), beautifully photographed, a look at what could happen if people don’t take care to preserve homes.

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

      Way back in 1973, historian Constance Greiff created and published a thick two volume archival photo-rich set of books titled Lost America-From the Atlantic to the Mississippi and Lost America-from the Mississippi to the Pacific, documenting in photographs so many important historically and architecturally significant homes and buildings across our nation that had been forever lost until that time.

      Almost countless numbers of interesting but less important homes and buildings had also disappeared during the dark “Urban Renewal’ days when Federal funds were routinely used by municipalities to hollow out urban neighborhoods often for highway construction routing or what was informally described as “slum clearance”. As we know here, even the grandest homes or even entire formerly posh neighborhoods can deteriorate and decline over time to the point where only heroic efforts can save them from oblivion. Probably a dozen or more volumes equal in size to those 1973 originals could have been added for the sad losses since then.

      From my traveling experiences and personal perspective, small town America today is facing the greatest threat to its existence. I’m certainly not alone in that belief. This existential threat doesn’t seem restricted to any one region although in the smaller communities of the South, which have faced economic challenges for decades, that threat seems more severe and immediate.

      Good therefore to see another book which places the focus on the forgotten and ignored old Antebellum homesteads across Southern states. There are plenty of noteworthy post Civil War homes and buildings that are equally threatened as well.

      We live now in an age where an intelligent use of dwindling resources and recycling materials has become mainstream. I see the disappearance of once beautiful period homes due to neglect or abandonment as a particularly wasteful loss especially when the cause of neglect is due to declining populations often combined with anemic local economies. National (and global) economies favor large population centers-i.e. big cities-at the expense of smaller towns. I’ve long advocated that we need incentives of some kind that can stimulate economic growth in smaller towns and provide them with an economically competitive field against the advantages of bigger cities. Otherwise, vast numbers of once vibrant smaller communities are destined to reach ghost town status within the next generation or two. If you don’t believe it, I recommend going out, traveling off the main highways, and looking around for yourself.

      Closer to home, if we can (ever) sell our big city property and relocate to another community, its my intent to find a smaller size destination and then try to do my small part to help make wherever we settle a better place. To do any different would be hypocritical.

      I’m very glad that Old House Dreams doesn’t discriminate or have any bias favoring old houses in big cities over those in smaller towns. Not many of us can leave behind a legacy of saving our architectural heritage but here, if we choose to, we can. Thanks again, Kelly, for making that possible with this unique website.

      • Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 2081 comments
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        1936 Cabin

        John wonderful

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

          Thank you Kimberly and Scott. I was inspired to share my thoughts because of an Antebellum house in a small Alabama town that was recently bought with the intent to restore it back to its original glory.(OHD posting: https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2020/01/16/c-1850-greenville-al/ ) Sadly, the long vacant house was in the going. going, almost gone stage of deterioration. Even among our unique family of old house lovers, finding anyone willing to take on a project of that magnitude would be challenging. So, this evolving minor miracle is encouraging.

          Last Sunday on CBS’s Sunday Morning show, a segment featured Mike Wolfe, creator and star of the History Channel show, American Pickers. I knew from occasionally watching the show that he liked antiques, especially transportation related items. However, the CBS show revealed that Mike’s also a dedicated preservationist who’s invested his own time and money to save a number of badly deteriorated period structures in the Midwest. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has joined forces with Mike to save endangered architecture: https://savingplaces.org/press-center/media-resources/national-trust-for-historic-preservation-partners-with-american-pickers-mike-wolfe-to-spread-the-message-these-places-matter#.Xj7oAYhryUk

          Last, there’s the popular HGTV show “Home Town” with Erin and Ben Napier, a talented younger couple that renovates badly neglected homes-some are historic-in their native Hometown, Laurel, Mississippi. Ben, a burly mountain of a man with a flowing red beard, often demonstrates his recycling philosophy by incorporating used and salvaged materials in the homes that he and wife Erin renovate. Ben also has a large professional workshop and is talented enough to design and build pieces of furniture from scratch, often using old recycled lumber. He’s a wizard on the wood turning lathe. Between them, the couple is bringing vitality back into the sleepy northeastern Mississippi community of Laurel (population about 19,000) They recently announced an ambitious project in cooperation with HGTV to bring their renovation magic to a smaller town (of less than 40,000) https://sweetiessweeps.com/2020/01/hgtv-home-town-takeover-contest.html and they will help kick start the kind of renaissance they’ve accomplished back home. If your hometown meets the criteria,(oops, deadline was yesterday) you too can enter it in the contest. Good luck!

          • CarebearCarebear says: 1184 comments
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            I can’t remember her name, but Nicole, on Rehab Addict always finds ways to reuse things. She will take damaged wood flooring out, cut out the parts that can’t be saved, and reuse the rest, in a smaller room, like a bathroom. She goes to 2nd hand shops for lighting fixtures, and plumbing fixtures. I’ve seen her even grab something out of someone’s garbage, reuse it, and make it look like it was meant to be in the house she’s working on.

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

              My spouse and I are fans of Nicole Curtis. She’s had her ups and downs in recent years but her preservation and recycling friendly approach to old house rehabs haven’t changed. Some of my most cherished architectural finds came from dumpsters and curb sides before trash pickup. I’ve salvaged a couple of houses before they were demolished and if the opportunity ever presents itself again, I’ll pick up my salvaging tools and go back to work. I cringe when I see these shows where a crew of goons walk in with sledgehammers and wrecking bars. Little if anything gets saved…SO wasteful.

      • Scott CunninghamScott Cunningham says: 393 comments
        1856 Tudor (fmr Victorian)
        Leavenworth , KS

        Great comments! I feel much the same way. When I finally reached a point in my life where I could settle down and buy a place I chose a historic house that needed plenty of TLC to “shine” again. I also chose a smaller town that offered the mix of city and rural that I sought. I couldn’t be happier with my choice. Yes, I have years to go (and boatloads of $$$) on this project, but I sure am enjoying the journey.

      • CarebearCarebear says: 1184 comments
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        Well, I had a thing nearly done, to reply, but once again, Spectrum booted me, and apparently, its lost.
        So, lets just say, I hate urban renewal. All it does, is drive shoppers and businesses away-if it doesn’t completely destroy the latter, while encouraging big box stores to come in, with tax breaks and such, that most communities really can’t affoed to shell out, willy nilly. But, they do anyway.
        And, I hate the way the old stores in my home city of Lockport, NY, were torn down, and carted off in dump trucks to landfills, so that locals couldn’t even reuse the beautiful grey marble from the front of Williams Bros Department Store, or the glossy oak floors from Grants’, or the wonderful, and still working old fixtures from St Joseph’s Convent. Why? Because nothing comparable gets built back in its place. All anyone in 2150 will see, to tear down in thier version of urban renewal, is a bunch of cement buildings, with no charm or adornment.
        And, I hate Spectrum! If they boot me one more time, if I loose my cable or phone, one more time, I swear, I’m going to go Roku and antenna, I’m buying a rotor, and I’m dropping my landline!

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

          We too have Spectrum and based on the glitches we’ve had over the years, we should deserve to get a 25% rebate, They are exceeding difficult to reach to report problems, and always assume the problem is with the customer, not their lines or equipment. When we started out, our monthly bundled charges were less than $100, now just under double that figure. I suspect their cavalier attitude towards customers will eventually catch up with them.

          When I lived in California, I had Comcast and found their services and pricing to be excellent but the City I live in has an exclusive contract with Spectrum so they all but have a total monopoly. Sorry, off-topic, I realize, but more than once I’ve had difficulty posting messages here due to technical issues with the same carrier. I can only hope in the future, cable will offer a menu of channels a`la carte instead of the current 200 channels and nothing worth watching. Maybe by then there will be an Old House channel?

      • 2ChihuahuaMom2ChihuahuaMom says: 45 comments
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        1944 Cottage
        Bagdad, FL

        Here in Bagdad, FL. we just lost another house due to neglect. The house had finally caved in on itself, and I presume the owners bulldozed it down. I would drive by and try to imagine what it looked like when it was built. A then a couple of weeks ago, it was gone, and the land cleared, that fast! All that was left was the beautiful old style wire fence, gate, and the monster Live Oak. There are so many other homes in danger here also. I’ve got my eye on one now that the woods have grown up around it, and you really have to look hard to see the house, which appears to be in fairly good condition on a slow drive by. The problem, the owners won’t sell. Several have tried to no avail. I keep hoping someday, someone, maybe me even, can get the poor thing before it’s too late. And by to late, I mean total collapse. Our house now was almost gone, most would have torn it down. I’m so happy we saved her, even if she’s a small little thing. My husband is now hooked on saving another home once this one is done. Fingers crossed. I may have created a good monster!

    • CarebearCarebear says: 1184 comments
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      I used to go to Clymer, NY, quite a lot, as my dad had a hunting camp nearby in Sherman. Clymer was settled by mainly Dutch people, so everyone there has tulips, and there are a lot of model old style windmills in peoples’ front yards! A lot of very Dutch names still there.If you are ever in that neighborhood, stop at the Dutch Restaurant on the main drag. Best breakfast around!

    • JimHJimH says: 5243 comments
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      Nell Dickerson is a talented photographer whose work supports the preservation movement. What that has to do with Shelby Foote’s Confederate sympathies …

  2. Anne M.Anne M. says: 951 comments
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    1972 raised ranch.
    Hopkinton, MA

    Hello, Dreamers! This house in Webster, MA is listed for $299,000. The listing says 1930, but the interior appears older. Check out the pantry with its soapstone sink & the fabulous front door.
    1902 in Rochdale MA for $521,462. House 5,000 + sq ft – not nearly enough pictures! ice boxes in the pantry
    1928 Dutch Colonial in Franklin, MA $669,900
    1874 schoolhouse in Chester, VT $219,000 – already converted but some nice remaining details including the bell:
    This 1750 in Brewster, MA “The Sea Captains Town” is listed as contingent, but is too pretty not to share.

  3. Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 2081 comments
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    1936 Cabin

    Greetings all! After seeing the book Kelly posted today, I think it appropriate to start with this one:

    1840, Mandeville, LA, 1,400,000
    From the listing: “Redevelop utilizing strong bones & structure of current improvements or demolish …Last Lakefront Commercial lot with development opportunity…”Live Oak” is oldest home on Lakeshore Dr, historic Old Mandeville.”
    This one has been on the market (on and off), since May of 2015. The listing makes me sad and thought it was worth putting it out there.


    • shellyhorvathshellyhorvath says: 106 comments
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      My son and his family live in Mandeville and I have walked by this property many times. I hope someone buys it to restore it. One problem though. If you noticed from the streetscape photo, most of the houses on that street have been elevated much higher than this house, which I believe was built at this elevation to begin with. During recent hurricanes and even tropical storms, houses on this street take a beating from winds and flooding high tides.

  4. Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 2081 comments
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    1936 Cabin

    1921, Nyack, NY, 3,000,000
    Big house at 16,339 sqft with 14 beds and 8 baths-not for the faint of heart. Elegant curvy stair. I love the views of the Hudson through curved windows with curved benches below. Working kitchen with a large cabinets and drawers. Lovely library with built ins and shelving. Slide 13/25 shows the workmanship in the stair where it curves and how the wood fans out to accommodate the shape. Detail shot of the roof on slide 17 a nice photograph, and I would think for those who are in the know about building practices would appreciate.





  5. Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 2081 comments
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    1936 Cabin

    1910, Troy, NY, 229,900

    Foreclosure on this 5700 sq ft mansion. Lots of beautiful details to enjoy here front door with lovely sidelights, elegant stair, built-ins, fireplaces, and moldings. I am smitten with the vanity and mirror in the pale pink and green bathroom (16/37), and a lovely attic window (35/37)


    • dwr7292dwr7292 says: 445 comments
      1930 carriage house
      Bethlehem, CT

      The attic window is gorgeous, but I really feel I could get that kitchen tamed back. Many possibilities here.

    • shellyhorvathshellyhorvath says: 106 comments
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      Wow, this is my day for recognizing houses and their communities. My daughter lives in Troy, NY, which is a cool and vibrant small city seven miles from Albany. It hosts two institutes of higher learning which have deep connections with the community. Blocks of beautiful brownstones and some gorgeous Greek Revivals make strolling the streets a pleasure. It also supports a wonderful farmers market, voted the best in New England and is an hour away from the mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont, and the race tracks is Saratoga. With seven bedrooms, this house would make a great B&B, and I can personally attest to the fact that Troy needs more!

  6. Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 2081 comments
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    1936 Cabin

    1914, San Jose, CA, 1,199,000

    From the listing: “restored Frank D. Wolfe Prairie Bungalow in Naglee Park”

    This house has those long horizontal lines, rich woodwork and decorative leaded windows. I love the parting shot of the prairie silhouette.

    • dwr7292dwr7292 says: 445 comments
      1930 carriage house
      Bethlehem, CT

      I really am taking a few notes on that kitchen. And I laughed completely out loud about the dining room and everything being on an angle. That was my design style straight out of art school in the 90s. But did you try angling it? Totally works.

  7. Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 2081 comments
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    1936 Cabin

    1884, Healdsburg, CA, 4,200,000

    From the listing: “Nestled among centuries-old gardens on 1/2 acre, the Mortensen Home, was once referred to as Healdsburg’s Nob Hill by residents at the turn of the 20th Century. Originally built by J.W. Ragsdale in 1885 as Italianate in style with Queen Anne influences”
    Impressive grounds and nice neighborhood in Sonoma County. The red room is pretty neat, as is the spare and simple kitchen. Nice use of the attic space (36/49), if that is what I am viewing-I would camp in that room. This place is like an oasis, a little island of joy (and a hefty penny).


  8. Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 2081 comments
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    1936 Cabin

    Now for something with a near down to earth price:

    1857, Phillipsburg, NJ, 195,000

    There are a few old houses I have seen that are three stories like this one that appear to have been a boarding house or hotel at one time? What is a “cupboard/pie staircase”?


  9. Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 2081 comments
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    1936 Cabin

    1900, Oak Bluffs, MA, 1,825,000

    Neat shingled exterior with lots of windows, and I love the red trim with the shingles. I like the way the second floor sweeps out to become a roof like overhang for the first floor and the decorative balcony and the way it mimics balusters and railing. Rather comfortable place and yes, I like the simple kitchen. Oh yes, and notice the little window tucked into the chimney. I wish they showed a picture of how it looks from inside.


  10. RosewaterRosewater says: 7110 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    It’s so encouraging to watch the list of OHD contributors grow each month; and I always enjoy seeing more and more blue banners in the comments. It’s such a small cost to become a contributor; and I hope you will as soon as you are able. 🙂

    House 1.
    One of the great benefits of becoming a contributor is not missing out on seeing SPECTACULAR houses like this, (“secret posts”)!
    1889 / Eclectic Victorian Brick Townhouse Extravaganza / Newport, Ky / $1.25
    Article with super interesting info.:

    House 2.
    FABULOUS ATTIC. Quality, solid, wonderful house; (sans kitchen).
    Craftsman-foursquare-ish, Neoclassical / Henderson, KY / $400K

    House 3.
    This one makes me a little sad. 🙁 I’ve known about it for years; and always hoped it was more original inside. It’s really not “bad” at all; in fact it’s actually quite nicely “renovated”. Considering the absolute PITTANCE they want for it, there is PLENTY of room for backtracking a little if you’ve a mind toward more authentic interior spaces. It is unfortunately a weee little bit isolated; but not too, too far from civilization(ish); in something of a ghost town.
    1873 / Late, National style, L plan / Edwardsport, In / $48K!

    House 4.
    Interesting Craftsman form / Classical hybrid, with not entirely annoying updates.
    Big, spacious place really, with lots of great built-ins and detail; and a very choice stair. All things considered – it’s a winner.
    1900 / Neoclassical – Craftsman / Paris, KY / $250K

    Some may remember “The Boynton House” by FLLW, (formerly) on OHD some years back; and the lively discussion which ensued in the comments; including contributions from the then owner, as well as previous residents of the house. The major bone of contention being the very early, and very well done, enclosure of the “Robie-esque” front facing, porch / verandah with it’s, (admittedly), spectacularly cantilevered ceiling / roof.
    I advocated for keeping it due to it’s quality, and year round usability in a mostly cold climate; with the caveat that restoring it would be entirely appropriate, and actually the right thing to do.
    Well! Have a look and see for yourself what the current owner’s decision was on that score – and SO much more!
    Nearly 18 minute, quite well filmed tour!
    What 1960’s film character’s voice and manner of speaking does her’s remind you of? 😉 Heheheh.

    Cheers everybody!

  11. Barbara VBarbara V says: 1197 comments
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    1800 cottage
    Upstate, NY

    Hi, everyone. I need to share a house I toured earlier this week in the southern Delaware County NY community of Hancock. It is just perfect to me but for the setting – I am not used to having neighbors so close, and haven’t been able to talk myself around it.

    This is a classic from 1912, hiding under decrepit vinyl (or aluminum?) siding, in original condition otherwise but for the bathrooms and a minimally updated (and easily backdated) kitchen. It has hardwood floors and (mostly unpainted) chestnut woodwork throughout, original wavy-glass windows, front and back staircases, large, bright rooms with high ceilings, a stone fireplace, and a huge, open attic – guaranteed to make Jay (Rosewater) swoon!

    The house is on two parcels totalling 1.5 acres, bordering Cadosia Creek across the road, and located in a small community of houses from a similar era. It is listed at $109,000:

    Additional photos on my OHD profile page:

  12. Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 1046 comments
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    The following house may not be spectacular by national standards, but it is quite nice for its location (a small town 45 miles from Wichita, Kansas). It has a fireplace which is entirely tiled in what appear to be Batchelder tiles, decorative beamed ceilings, a 3-car garage w/ guest house, and other fun details. Under the pink drapes and carpeting is some real potential…

    1921 Prairie-Italian Renaissance hybrid. Peabody, Kansas. $131,000.

    • dwr7292dwr7292 says: 445 comments
      1930 carriage house
      Bethlehem, CT

      A very original house with one of the more interesting style mashups I’ve seen lately. Thanks AO.

    • JimHJimH says: 5243 comments
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      You gotta problem with pink drapes, buddy? 😀

      Your “national standards” comment raises a good point. While Kelly finds some of the finest and most interesting houses across the country, many slightly lesser older homes found in most communities are worthy of preservation, restoration and love. As much as I appreciate the extraordinary examples, often the more humble abodes do more for me. OHD has always featured these local gems, sometimes distressed, which is what sets this site apart from other Pretty Old House sites.

      • Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 1046 comments
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        I just prefer my pink drapes to be in a stellar 1950’s ranch! I love the fact that OHD consistently showcases houses which are so humble that even their listing agents can’t get enthused about them. Kelly is often doing their jobs for them! Perhaps we could all simply refer to the other Pretty Old-house Sites as POS. 🙂

  13. dwr7292dwr7292 says: 445 comments
    1930 carriage house
    Bethlehem, CT

    A blustery icy and snowy day to you all! Here’s what I’ve come across this week in the Connecticut Hills and beyond.

    First off, this 1941 house in Pine Plains NY may be overly perfect for some, but MAN did this renovation hit it out of the park. It appears to look more like a little farmhouse from 100 years earlier. At $549k, it’s pricey and doesn’t even list square footage. This is a boutique Old House Dreams property done to the nines. I admire the heck out of this kitchen, and that is possibly the chicest and architect driven baby nursery I’ve seen to date.


    Because I like to show a good fixer-upper every week, This 1900 New Milford Ct farmhouse caught my eye. I’ve looked at this horrible siding for the last 40 years, and I want to let this house BREATHE! Let the clapboards out! Let the clapboards out! Of course, she wants some period-appropriate 2 over 2 windows as well. It’s a modest place, but on three acres with those outbuildings with the land partially in a business zone, I call this a steal at 199k. Antique shop?


    This lovely Watertown, Ct Colonial Revival was built at the beginning of the Depression in 1930 I wonder if they chose to economize on some details to reign in the budget. There’s a lot to like here, and with a little work, this house could be next level. Some better landscaping and rethinking all around would help. The fairly original kitchen/butler’s pantry/breakfast area looks far better than the new master bath which already looks dated IMO. Not a big deal but, too bad. Just down the street from the prestigious Taft School, I can see an administrator living here.


    Lastly is this hybrid 1920 Tudor Cottage/MidMod. I am showing you this because it’s oddly delightful and I WANT A 10 FOOT SQUARE SKYLIGHT. Someone did an oddly sympathetic remodel in the 60s I think. Gorgeous grounds and overall, a delightful sunfilled place you’d never have to worry about having to deal with seasonal depression. All those Home Depot dome lights have to go. Welcome to Redding Ct, and this one is listed for $495k.


  14. mountain-lionmountain-lion says: 49 comments
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    1952 Eichler

    Not exactly an old house, but an old hotel, and very fun to think about. Built in the early 1930s in what they called the “Swiss Chalet style”, historic Fort Peck Hotel in Fort Peck, Montana is on the National Register of Historic Places. It still functions as a hotel.

    It feels like many of the National Park buildings which were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps around the same time.

    $785,000 for a 38-room hotel turn key business.

    Hotel’s web site:
    Agent’s web site:

    Some fun pictures:

  15. Lancaster JohnLancaster John says: 885 comments
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    1875 Victorian Farmhouse
    Lancaster, PA, PA

    I shared this home awhile ago and it remains on the market. It’s one of my top homes, ever. Look past the rather disfiguring screen porch on the front, and you will see a classic southern home with the main level being the second story “piano nobile.” The layout is classic for its type, with upstairs bedrooms and livng areas with service rooms on the ground level. A pool that looks like it could be in Beverly Hills ices the cake. 1840, Sumter, SC $489K. Not sure what to call this style. Jim? https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/81-Nash-St_Sumter_SC_29150_M51604-50523

    • JimHJimH says: 5243 comments
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      Nice! Apparently, it’s a 1780’s plantation house known as Greenswamp – raised cottage form, “Vernacular Georgian” style. Remodeled in 1952 (quite obviously, with all the knotty pine).


    • JRCJRC says: 145 comments
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      1929 Georgian
      Grand Rapids, MI

      This property is wonderful. Would take a good amount of money to decorate in such a pleasing and comfortable manner.
      In photo #36, is that a door behind the cabinet? I also hope the stair lift curves around.

      • Lancaster JohnLancaster John says: 885 comments
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        1875 Victorian Farmhouse
        Lancaster, PA, PA

        Thanks, Jim! Your research skills always impress. Quite the “cottage” though! It looks like a small access door under the stairs. I don’t think this type of home would have had an underground basement, since the ground floor would have served as one. I’m thinking there may have been exterior stairs at one point so that guests could directly access the main floor upstairs.

      • Lancaster JohnLancaster John says: 885 comments
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        1875 Victorian Farmhouse
        Lancaster, PA, PA

        Yes, the decor really makes this home. Here is an article on “joggling boards” with a photo of the (presumed) owner of this house Sarah Wilson sitting on one of these boards on the front porch. Her photo is near the end. I never heard of a joggling board before now!

        • CharlestonJohnCharlestonJohn says: 1093 comments
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          Charleston, SC

          Joggling boards are an old Charleston tradition and are almost as ubiquitous as porch swings and rocking chairs around here. The idea is that if two people, say a young lady and her gentleman caller, were to sit on the joggling board an acceptable distance from each other, they would end up much closer together after a long conversation.

    • CharlestonJohnCharlestonJohn says: 1093 comments
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      Charleston, SC

      Well since you like it so much, I’ll share a little history. The original house was built sometime shortly after Richard and Elizabeth Singleton Bradford purchased the property along Green Swamp in 1786. They had come from either Northampton, VA or Northampton County, NC depending on which history you read. Richard constructed a grist mill called Second Mill on the stream that flows through Green Swamp, and Second Millpond is still shown on maps today. After a failed attempt at converting the mill to a power plant in 1904, the pond was opened as a recreational swimming hole called Sunset Lake. The Greenswamp plantation house was used as an orphanage and then converted into four apartments between WWII and the 1952 renovation.

  16. nailwhacker Petenailwhacker Pete says: 68 comments
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    1935 cape with A&C elements
    Malverne, NY

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2040-Fishing-Creek-Valley-Rd_Harrisburg_PA_17112_M98047-64793?view=qv $$ 4,750,000 3 bed 4.5 bath 9,631 sq ft, 49.31 acres lot. Glorious private gardens in the country. Butterfly Garden and Japanese Garden surrounded by streams, bridges, and a tea house. Alpine Gardens and just over the hill you will find The Italian Gardens. The couple who built this spent 40 years making the gardens.

    2 beds 1 bath, 920 sq ft, 0.57 acres lot $89,900. Listed as 1900 build date, looks wrong. Brick on stone foundation

    4 beds, 1 bath. 2,431 sq ft. 6,308 sq ft lot. $79,500 C.1890 Needs a different paint scheme inside and out. Someone had a good time decorating: slot machine, vintage jukebox, swordfish, tiki bar, marble statuary, and what looks like a rack of costumes. Anyone have an idea as to the multi-story steel frame on the back of the house?

    $599,000 9500 sq ft The Loeb House Bed & Breakfast, an 1882 city mansion on stately hill. Flowering gardens & mature trees border 1/3 acre yard w/ original stone+cast iron wall. 6 in-suite BRs, 32′ double parlor, formal parlor, dining room, butler’s pantry. Grand entry foyer w/ carved walnut banister. Walnut doors & trim throughout. Double front doors w/ stained glass. 12′ ceilings throughout, amazing crown moldings, medallions, chandeliers. Fully furnished w/ current owners’ extensive antique collection incl 7 armoires.

    $329,900 4000 SF, 4 bedrooms, 2 fireplaces, 2 stairways, oak floors, 3 car garage, wide porches, high ceilings, family dining rooms, multiple fireplaces, built-in cabinets, and multiple pocket doors. House has loads of updates but happily they kept most of the interior details.

    5 beds 2.5 baths, 3,860 sq ft. 0.32 acres lot $283,000 Listed 1/23/20, off market now but no sale. Craftsman style home featuring character, charm, and details. Entering from the handsome vestibule with beautiful leaded glass doors, you walk in to a dramatic, nearly 30 foot two story great room with gas fireplace. House looks deceptively short for what you get inside.

  17. I think this house in Holyoke, MA is awesome- beautiful woodwork and some land! I’d love to see more old house lovers in this city. If I had the money and was in the market, I’d snag this one in a heartbeat. I live in an old Victorian elsewhere in Holyoke.

    Holyoke, MA built in 1930 $349,000

    • Barbara VBarbara V says: 1197 comments
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      1800 cottage
      Upstate, NY

      Well, the exterior does not prepare one for the beauty inside – it seems unusual to me that a house of this era would have such exceptional woodwork, and the property is a bonus… Glad you shared it, Holyoke!

  18. Sandy BSandy B says: 832 comments
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    2001 craftsman farmhouse
    Bainbridge Island, WA

    Found myself in historic Washington, Ga. this morning…..lots of very nice choices:

    Sweet 1919 Arts & Crafts at $250,000. Very appropriate, beautifully done kitchen. Personally I don’t mind that they painted the original millwork, but I know that will be a downer for many. It’s bright and cheery.


    Elegant 1920s Spanish Revival again in Washington, GA. $325,000 Not my style, but nicely done and I appreciate that.


    Here’s another that looks like it comes with a nice old grand piano…! 1836 Federal listed at $425,000. On an acre, with some later Victorian, “modernizing.”


    AND……1917 Bungalow for $229,00. A lot of gorgeous house, especially for that money. I’m a little confused by the street view. It’s side of the street shows a long line of nice old homes…..but I don’t think this one is the one next to the church parking lot.


    Saved the stunner for last. 1795 Maria Randolph Mansion listed at $725,000. It’s a beautiful house even with everything painted with the now usual white/gray pallet. I guess one could figure they have a clear slate to add historic color.


    • hillhousehillhouse says: 83 comments
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      1899 Stick
      Bluefield, WV

      Stunner, indeed. The raised terrace on which this mansion sits sets it off magnificently. In my view, the place cries out to a new owner for color. 8 bathrooms? When you got to go, you got to go!

  19. Yga66Yga66 says: 1 comments

    14 E. King St. Abbottstown, PA Peter Ickes House circa 1750 14 E. King Antique Shop in Rear


    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7110 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Interesting. Haven’t seen a place like that in a month of Sundays. I want to jump on the bed and mess up all the pillows; and as I’m leaving, drag my foot through the gravel drive making a big ole divot from front to back. Heheheh. 😉 JK

    • FlaOHDJunkieFlaOHDJunkie says: 160 comments
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      1902 FL

      It looks like they were their own best customer

  20. Barbara VBarbara V says: 1197 comments
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    1800 cottage
    Upstate, NY

    Several months ago I seem to recall someone trying to find an antique hot water heater – in case that was someone here, I’m sharing this ad from craigslist:

  21. Tony BianchiniTony Bianchini says: 63 comments
    Alvord, TX

    Queen Anne, Plano, TX, over 4600 sq ft. Built 1901, over 2/3 acre. Asking 730K, open house today:


  22. GabrielGabriel says: 88 comments
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    This is a lovely old gem in Carlisle KY. I’ve walked by this house several times and always stop and stare for a few minutes. I don’t remember seeing another like it. I adore this little town with so much architectural richness.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7110 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      I guess weird little onion domes must be a thing round that part of Kentucky. Heheheh. That’s not the first one I’ve seen. Thanks’ for sharing.

      Kentucky is my favorite old house / great little town, state. There is no end to the variety and quality of antique buildings and interesting places down there.

      You might enjoy seeing a bit more of Carlisle.
      Here’s John’s album: https://flic.kr/s/aHskkpYxZx

      Carlisle on OHD:



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

      I visited Carlisle several years ago and was pleasantly surprised to find a very small community (just under 2,000) that architecturally far surpassed what you might expect in a town of that size and such a rural location. (It is located at the junction of Kentucky Route 32 and Kentucky Route 36, about halfway between Lexington and Maysville) I vividly remember this distinctive house and in conversations with others, the possibility that it was a custom house design by mail order architect George Barber, was considered. There’s a documented Barber designed house not far away. The historic downtown is one of the most picturesque I’ve ever seen in a town of Carlisle’s size. Thanks Jay, for sharing the photos I took several years ago.
      Friendly people, too, as others have noted. As for this house, I wonder if the enclosed staircase is the only one? If it were mine, I’d remove the artificial siding to see what original details may remain underneath. Lovely house here IMO even in its “as is” condition. Well priced too, even for the small Carlisle market. Thanks for sharing.

  23. https://rmlsa.paragonrels.com/CollabLink/?id=597304ae-3c22-41df-80ac-8b8fbcff76ba?sid=MfPuk

    2 owner 1920 home. Pictures don’t do it justice! This house is one of the best kept I’ve ever seen!! The sellers are great people and are more interested in it going to the right buyer that will continue the preservation and care it’s always had. Enjoy looking!!

  24. York, PA $299,000 ca. 1900 Federal

    This is a stunning neighborhood in my home town, full of enormous beauties at bargain prices (if you can handle the high tax rates).


  25. Randy CRandy C says: 428 comments
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    2015 Reverse Ranch 1/2
    Olathe, KS

    Wow, this is a really beautiful house and what would truly be a bargain price here in Kansas where I live. I would never pay those kind of taxes though.

    Question: I find it curious that the upstairs and downstairs shutters are both different colors and styles. Is that an anomaly or something common for this style home in that part of the country?

  26. Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 1162 comments
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    1875 Limestone house
    Langeais, Loire Valley,

    Hi everyone!

    I just saw that one of the famous Alamo Square houses in San Francisco CA was sold end of January. quite impressed it remained as is, but i’m quite concerned about what will be done to it…

    When you see what was done to this one: https://hookedonhouses.net/2019/05/04/full-house-victorian-1709-broderick-today/ (compared to 2016 (loved the newel post): https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristintablang/2016/05/28/full-house-home-for-sale-1709-broderick-pacific-heights-san-francisco/#5c83599b5765 )

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

    In hyper-inflated housing markets like LA, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle, buyers of houses in this lofty price range are seldom interested in historic purity or interior architectural integrity. I would think since San Francisco’s “Postcard Row” is almost as famous as the Golden Gate Bridge. Very likely, there’s some kind of preservation covenant in place for the front facade-changing it to something drastically different by the next owner would negatively impact adjacent property values. Major alterations would require close city scrutiny before permits would be approved. However, interiors are usually free from such restrictions so its conceivable that the next owner could totally gut and rebuild the interior to suit his or her tastes. Same thing often happens today for Brooklyn’s iconic Brownstones even if they are chocked full of period millwork and fine period details. Not much we can do about it except lament the losses.

  28. msjeanne28msjeanne28 says: 35 comments
    Palmer, AK

    not sure if this one has been listed or not:

    Looks like lot of potential.

  29. ab4306ab4306 says: 1 comments

    This is a 200 year old log home in Cynthiana, Ky. Property is 5 acres and has a barn and old stone well.

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