c. 1891 Queen Anne – Lamberton, MN

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402 4th Ave W, Lamberton, MN 56152

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  • $115,000
  • 3 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 2500 Sq Ft
  • 0.32 Ac.
Gorgeous turn of the century historic home. Owners have restored nearly everything. Built from 1891 to 1899. On the National Historic Homes Registry. Queen Anne style home with turret and 10' ft ceilings. Original woodwork and beautiful hardwood floors. 3rd Floor stand-up attic, with space for additional bedroom or playroom. South facing wraparound porch. Walk-out porch from upper level master bedroom. 2 staircases. Gazebo. Detached stucco garage. Double raised lot. Completely restored foundation. New roof, new windows, new insulation. Central A\C, gas furnace. Kitchen is a blank slate for you to design & decorate as you wish. Walk-in pantry with built-in cupboard. Both gas & electric fixtures in place for stove. Victorian Era feel with the comforts of today.
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Tim Cook, Premier Real Estate Services
(320) 259-4554
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  1. MJGMJG says: 2397 comments
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    CT

    This house is beautiful architecturally and very much in its original condition. I’d love to buy this house if it would be this price and in my area of the country.

    The french doors going into the sitting room near the balcony door are most likely put in after the turn of the century. Though they matched the wood perfectly, you can also tell by inspecting the hardware that doesn’t match the rest of the house. Same goes for the odd little door to the closet in the room on the wall of the back stairs. The hinges don’t match the rest on the house and appear to be improperly installed. I wonder what happened here? Was it always a closet? And open sink perhaps at one time?

    Nice house indeed!! Needs a nice rich color scheme.

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  2. CharlestonJohnCharlestonJohn says: 1089 comments
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    Charleston, SC

    Individually listed on the NRHP as the J.A. Anderson house, this beautiful Queen Anne is just a period correct color scheme away from stopping traffic.

    https://npgallery.nps.gov/AssetDetail/NRIS/80002132

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  3. peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1066 comments
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    1885 Italianate.
    MI

    What a pretty, pretty house. Love the bathroom, the tub, and all the cabinets. Something about an s white exterior of an old house I’ve always admired.

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    • MikeMike says: 377 comments
      1886 Queen Anne
      IL

      Even though I took my own house from gray/white to 2-tone green, I agree; some houses just look “right” in white. I guess I am prejudiced; my great-grandparents lived in a big old white house much like this one, and some of my happiest times were spent there, growing up in the 60s and 70s.

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      • dRbdRb says: 38 comments
        shreveport, LA

        I like most old houses in white, despite what the protocol is. I guess it reminds me of my childhood, where everyone had old houses, but not enough money to get too fancy with the upkeep…

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        • KEYLIMEKEYLIME says: 81 comments
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          I like this house in white and would love it to have a Moon Garden of white flowers to compliment it. There is a concept in garden design that one should “consult the genius of the place.” I think that’s the house itself in this particular “place.”

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      • I love this home is all white! Such a clean and homey look to it.

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  4. JonJon says: 120 comments
    TN

    Now THAT’S a gazebo.

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  5. EffieEffie says: 3 comments

    Ok, so unless I’m REALLY missing something, this house doesn’t have a kitchen! That seems like slightly more than a minor oversight…

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    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12227 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      That’s a bonus, IMO. No need to tear out something one doesn’t care for or was badly done.

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    • MJGMJG says: 2397 comments
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      CT

      The room with the Gray painted woodwork technically is the kitchen and the pantry is where the basement door is with cabinets. If done right, that could be a really nice space. Take the virtual tour in the link. Its quite a house. I’m actually amazed that after all these years a modern kitchen wasn’t put in. Though, not sure why there is no sink. Easy to put an original sink here. Some of the late period sinks are actually quite ornate and beautiful. Even for a kitchen.

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    • It’s not an “oversight”, merely a project that has remained unfinished after slowly restoring everything else. At least, that is what I am told by the Realtor. I hope to see this house on Sunday.

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  6. julie A.julie A. says: 146 comments
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    1914 foursquare farmhouse
    New Germany, MN

    I was so in awe of the rest of the house that I didn’t even notice there wasn’t a modern kitchen LOL. Who needs one with that beauty of a house….

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  7. MikeMike says: 377 comments
    1886 Queen Anne
    IL

    The more I study it, the more I love it. One of my favorites on OHD…

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    • KEYLIMEKEYLIME says: 81 comments
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      I agree and I’m wondering if its appeal is enhanced by it being completely empty. There is no need to look past some person’s things to get a sense of the house. Staging is considered an essential by some real estate agents but when the house has so much interest, architecturally and in the wallpaper, perhaps the best strategy is to just allow it to speak for itself.

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      • RosewaterRosewater says: 7273 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        >appeal is enhanced by it being completely empty
        Absolutely agree.

        I would add that the very good quality of the documentary photography; the thoroughness of perspectives, (SANS TOWER SHOT – of course!); and the easy, sensible flow of those images from room to room; offer a generally very pleasing way to experience this house virtually. This is how they should ALL be done! Heheheh. Yeah right. Presenting your home in this enticing manner on-line is the smart way to bring in the real buyers, who now, (especiaslly right now), nearly all use the internet to peruse potential properties for purchase.

        Sure wish I had a shot of the below linked room without the – (staging?).
        https://images.estately.net/127_PAYK134408_11_1585784077.jpg

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  8. HeepsterHeepster says: 1 comments
    1901 Staten Island, NY

    A beautiful house, but I wouldn’t want to be sitting on the toilet when someone opens the bathroom door! It really needs to be rehung to open outward.

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    • BethanyBethany says: 3468 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      If the bathroom is occupied, no one should be opening the door on you, right? Better lock it to be safe though. . .

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  9. Julles60Julles60 says: 1 comments
    Glen St. Mary, FL

    This beautiful house is smack dab between Walnut Grove and Sleepy Eye. One more reason to love this house!

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  10. ALAL says: 221 comments
    TX

    It’s a beautiful home and looks to be in great condition. I wonder why the price is so low?

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  11. I saw the disclosures on this one. It is a lovely house. The kitchen has to be put in, but the hookups are there. There is no fireplace which is a deal breaker for me as I insist on a woodburning one that would be too costly to build. The laundry is in the basement, but that can be changed. There is no title insurance on the property so for me due to past negative experience on another property in a similar situation, I decided to pass. The house is over 2 hours from the nearest city but some folks really like that. Lamberton is a nice town! I hope they get a buyer soon.

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  12. KEYLIMEKEYLIME says: 81 comments
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    Please SOMEONE buy this before I convince myself that it really would be perfectly fine to buy a house 130 miles from Mpls. The more I look at the pics, the more I love it. And what great fun to create a historically accurate kitchen. And all that expanse of lawn just waiting for an encircling hedgerow. And climbing roses and Clematis and Wisteria for the Gazebo. Oh dear…..PLEASE someone buy it..SOON!!!

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  13. The white exterior is great, but I would go for a pale yellow, just a little richer than a pastel, while leaving the trim as white. Yellow is so sunny! But before I painted it, I would move it to Waco, Texas. (Even sunnier!!! YESSSSS!!!)

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    • KEYLIMEKEYLIME says: 81 comments
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      Hmmm….any idea how much it would cost to move a 2500 sf house to California, where it would be worth more than 10x’s what they are asking for it? I mean, the roads are fairly empty right now. Maybe I could get a break on the price of the move.

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  14. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12227 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Moved to the front page, agent added a floorplan and old photo. It’s also slowly being reduced in price since originally posting.

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  15. MJGMJG says: 2397 comments
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    CT

    I can’t believe that this house is still available! It is a perfect house with a perfect price! My god if I lived in this state, it would have been sold when it first listed. I’m glad they listed it again with an old photo. That’s fun.

    I wonder what year the photo is from. The house is white in the picture and the way its edged, maybe early 20th century? My guess is that this house may have been polychrome painted when it was first built as was recommended by so many people of the time for homes like this. The white is ok, but it’s boring for homes like this. It doesn’t work for me. These homes specifically rebel against “white houses that mar the landscape” Especially that variegated siding. You can see the original porch in the back before it was enclosed as well as the original ornate porch base! Also check out that finial on the top of the turret. INTENSE.

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    • MJGMJG says: 2397 comments
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      CT

      EDIT TO MY POST.
      But it is 1900 so if that’s an accurate build date, some homes were going back to light colors and white.

      And don’t forget, all that iron roof cresting!!!!

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  16. I see that it looks like one of the windows was covered over on the inside but not the outside? If you look at the 10th image, the 2nd floor photo right off the 2nd floor porch looks to be covered on the inside. From the interior photos it looks like that window would have been inside a closet?

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  17. MichaelMichael says: 2961 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    It’s quite a stunning house with so many nice original details! I think it deserves a nice period correct paint scheme to show off all the great details on the exterior. The owners have done a nice job of restoring this beauty. I see the unfinished kitchen as an opportunity to create something really great!

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  18. RossRoss says: 2414 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    I’m quite vexed!

    I was hoping that the original (and FABULOUS) roofing fretwork would be in the attic.

    Sigh.

    My hopes, once again, shattered.

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  19. mcleanthmcleanth says: 35 comments

    I’ve actually been trying to look at this house for a while. I found the current Zillow listing with different pics of house. I also included a link to a picture of the house from December 7th, 2011. Boy, has it come a long way! I recommend taking a look at that virtual tour too.

    Zillow listing:

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/402-4th-Ave-W-Lamberton-MN-56152/106816305_zpid/

    Pic of the house:

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7b/JAAndersonHouse.jpg?1585851400322

    I’ve included citation to the pic here:

    https://www.wikiwand.com/en/National_Register_of_Historic_Places_listings_in_Redwood_County,_Minnesota

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    • MJGMJG says: 2397 comments
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      CT

      The virtual tour is wonderful! And the links on your website are amazing too. I love this house. I would pick this up in a minute. I’ve walked through it on the virtual tour many times since it was posted. I also noticed the link puts it being built in the 1890s which seems to make more sense. At one point i read somewhere it was built in 1900.

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  20. RossRoss says: 2414 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    This house would not have been white originally.

    It was likely painted white in the 1920s when houses across the nation were swept up in a national craze for WHITE! My own 1894 house became white in the 1920s and stayed as such until 2000.

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    • MJGMJG says: 2397 comments
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      CT

      Yeah I said same before too. I thought it was posted as a 1900 house which I thought was odd and I have started reading the return of white homes at the turn of the century in books. But when my own Queen Anne house washed until 1912. But there was a huge rebellion against white during late 19th century. So many books saw it as an atrocity. Devoid of artistic creativity and even a mark on person themselves. Even white ceilings were strongly criticized.

      Here are just a few examples:
      1. In the book Home Interiors by Gardner, E. C. 1878, they exclaim, “ … that the occupants of white houses with green blinds are either cold blooded formalists, prim and precise, helpless tenants of greedy, grasping landlords, or they are in some other way victims of painful circumstances.” Later in the book, when touring around areas and reviewing homes for good examples of color, they add “ White houses Mrs. Johns ignored utterly. She looked straight through every one as if there wasn’t any house there. They are mighty aggravating. You can’t hang a rag of fancy or sentiment or romance to a White House. Their spic and span, matter of fact brightness is woefully dreary and common place.” They do go on to explain that there is also several houses that are washed out blues, faded out to pinks, demoralized yellows and invisible greens as well as dirty reds and indescribable browns.

      2. Scientific American Architects and Builders Edition Vol. IX October 1887 states: “Only builders of the hideous white houses cling to exterior blinds (shutter) affectionately and this class is rapidly being narrowed down to country towns and farms.”

      3. In the book called Exterior Decoration by F.W. Devoe & Co; Coffin, Devoe & Company in 1885 it stated “ we find the same white houses with green blinds that are forefathers delighted in … a building anything more than a glaring prominent and unnatural feature amid it’s natural surroundings”.

      4. Our homes and their adornment by Varney, Almon Clother 1884 says if you are unfortunate to get less a desirable location when buying a house it may justify putting more plantings for shelter in front of a pure white house with green blinds together to mask this harsh site line.

      5. “The laudable and rapidly growing tendency to the free use of color and decoration of villas and cottages… warrants us in assuming that the ‘White House with green blinds’ except as an occasional desirable variation is a thing of the past” stated in Structural Decoration by H.W. Johns Manufacturing Co. 1884

      6. In 1886, Shoppell’s Modern Houses asserts “The artistic use of colors in the decoration of buildings has become a subject of great interest. Cultivated people will endure no longer the ‘White House and green shutter style’ for exteriors and graining for interiors. It costs no more or but a little more to decorate the house according to the correct principles and make it really pleasing and delightful to the eye…”

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      • MJGMJG says: 2397 comments
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        CT

        Mistype above My house wasn’t White washed until 1912.

        These are from reference reports I made a few years back for a house museum I was doing side work for.

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      • KEYLIMEKEYLIME says: 81 comments
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        This is hilarious. It makes me want to paint my house white. Thanks for your post.

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        • MJGMJG says: 2397 comments
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          CT

          I find it fascinating how different eras see things. What is social norm that may be so different from ours. Who would have thought. I am always shocked when I read books at how different people think. What colors are considered beautiful. What decorating options are considered ugly and so on and so forth. But I do laugh when I read these things too. Some Victorian era is very dramatic sounding in disgust. Once I read in a health book from 1880s and it said “ … drinking cold milk is an abomination and should be discouraged by all” and I couldn’t stop laughing. Abomination ?

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      • Angie boldly going nowhereAngie boldly going nowhere says: 703 comments
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        Thanks, MJG. These quotes had me howling with merriment. Not just the white houses came into condemnation but the green shutters (blinds) as well, heeheeh! Good thing these learned folk (sic) didn’t visit our village because back in the day every house was white with either green trim or red trim. Anything other than that was ridiculed. As in, “My God! Did you see what Bill has done to the house? He’s painted it yellow!!! His poor mother must be turning in her grave.” Curiously enough, though, as time passed, you saw more and more deep yellow houses appearing (some with red trim! Shudder!)

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        • MJGMJG says: 2397 comments
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          CT

          Lol so true. If they were to come to Connecticut now from 1880 and see how painfully boring houses have become and that the most common siding choice is this puddy, white or gray pick they would just be horrified.

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  21. doesnotsuckwavecable-comdoesnotsuckwavecable-com says: 129 comments
    PORT ORCHARD, WA

    I love this one. Another favorite. I love the white, just glad the inside trim isn’t white, too. So homey.

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  22. So the kitchen was the white/grey trim room? If so, very small!!! Even from the layout it looks small compared to the vastness of the house, which might I add, I am in love with. I really love this house, the colors, the feel…. oolala

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  23. doesnotsuckwavecable-comdoesnotsuckwavecable-com says: 129 comments
    PORT ORCHARD, WA

    Boy, today was tough!
    I want! I want! I want!

    Thanks for posting Kelly. Even if it’s killing me…

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  24. KEYLIMEKEYLIME says: 81 comments
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    I see that additional pictures have been added with an emphasis on the historical. Of particular interest to me are the original front steps and the many young trees which have mysteriously disappeared.

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/402-4th-Ave-E_Lamberton_MN_56152_M83642-82253#photo59

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  25. MikeMike says: 377 comments
    1886 Queen Anne
    IL

    One of my all time OHD favorites; the new owner posted in a fb old house group I follow that she had purchased this house, but offered no insights or details on plans.

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