April 10, 2020: Link Exchange

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11783 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    The back of today’s photo, “Laken Jan’y 1913”.

    As for the lady portrait, not associated with the people or house, no idea on who she was. I’ve got a series of these type of portraits I call my “bookmark girls” because it’s about the size of a bookmark. I’ll try to continue with them for the next few weeks. This particular one, based on the bottom, comes from Zürich.

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    • hillhousehillhouse says: 62 comments
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      1899 Stick
      Bluefield, WV

      Your lovely “bookmark girls”, from what I see and enjoy, are likely “cartes de visite” or later, a “cabinet card”, that were wildly popular from the late nineteenth century until the early twentieth century–a portrait mounted on card stock. May I suggest that Cossebaude is a neighborhood in Dresden, Germany, rather than Zurich? There are Bahnhofstrassen all over German-speaking Europe–“Railroad Station Street”

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      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11783 comments
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        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        That may be it, I just looked up the names and it kept giving me Zurich.

        Yes, cabinet cards are what they are but I still call these particular ones “bookmark girls” lol.

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    • SharonSharon says: 257 comments
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      2001 Contemporary
      Sedalia, MO

      Love today’s Link Exchange home. He stands proudly in front of his spiffy new Craftsman, all dandied up — cap and all. She’s seems like she got caught off guard for this candid shot of her in her housecleaning garb. But her sweet grin erases any hesitation. As for the pup? All rough ‘n’ ready. No whitewashed house here. Even in black and white, the colors appear bold and varied. Nice cross-beamed porch posts, window box, and sharp-edged attic vent frame. Just pleasant, all the way around.

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      • Lancaster JohnLancaster John says: 810 comments
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        1875 Victorian Farmhouse
        Lancaster, PA, PA

        I am curious, does anyone know when the middle classes in America began keeping dogs as house pets? This handsome doggy in the photo made me wonder.

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        • MJGMJG says: 1818 comments
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          From my experience in reading through people’s journals and books from the past many people had pet dogs and cats during the 1870’s onward, not sure about before. There were some who thought pet’s cat’s or dog’s shouldn’t be in the house, but others felt they should be allowed in left outside at night. I know the wealthy certainly had them like Mark Twain used to put his cats out at night but had a dog that roamed around from stories I’ve read. Sarah Winchester had a dog named Zip and another named snip that were small dogs, as well as aviary’s for birds. She had many homes, so maybe they stayed inside. The Edison employed a cat for the basement rodents. But back then I’m sure your cat and dog had many more purposes too, for protection and pest controls.

          I’ve seen many cabinet cards and photos with dogs and cat’s in them. I even have a picture of a cat sleeping on a table in the kitchen in the corner. (the cat must have moved and the drew in its face. SO FUNNY!
          https://www.historicnewengland.org/explore/collections-access/gusn/168652/
          https://www.historicnewengland.org/explore/collections-access/gusn/168647/

          Aquariums were also a trend, and if you can get your hands on an aquarium form the period, they are beautiful.

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          • Lancaster JohnLancaster John says: 810 comments
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            1875 Victorian Farmhouse
            Lancaster, PA, PA

            Thanks! That is funny (the fake cat face). Your dates jive with the quick research I did. The coal range in the fake-cat-face photo is also a gem, which indicates that this was a fairly upper-class kitchen.

            • MJGMJG says: 1818 comments
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              They have a whole photo album. They were upper middle class and lived comfortable. Did you also notice the speaking tube above the cat on the table? This is actually a mansarded two story house. Not very big. But the house is cluttered to the max with stenciling and wall coverings. I don’t know if you looked through all of these photos but this site is great. You can zoom in really close in the picture and they are very high resolution.

              • Lancaster JohnLancaster John says: 810 comments
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                1875 Victorian Farmhouse
                Lancaster, PA, PA

                Those really are great photos, Michael. Well worth click throughs. I really like to see interior decor photos and this home does not disappoint. I also did a quick search on the history of the American Kennel Club, which started about this time — lending credence to the idea that middle class pet keeping started around 1870-1880.

                • MJGMJG says: 1818 comments
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                  Who’s Michael?
                  I actually read on some website a few years back that says Victorians didn’t use the word pets. They used the word favorites or companions. But this I’m unfamiliar with and may be myth. From what I’ve read the word pet goes back to the 16th century to describe tamed animals so I’m not sure what they’re talking about. I haven’t studied the subject in great detail but it’s one of many in my list.

          • SharonSharon says: 257 comments
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            2001 Contemporary
            Sedalia, MO

            0MJG!!! More photo collections, please! What a window to another day and time. I zoomed in on the child’s play corner in Roxbury and saw these cute blocks with Victorian prints, for instance. I’d love to find those at an auction or antique store. Everything speaks of of our past. I now have my day totallt planned out. Zoom. Zoom. Zoom. And zoom.

            • MJGMJG says: 1818 comments
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              Sharon this website is a freakin treasure trove. They have thousands of photos from the period. Just type interiors in the search bar and drop the scroll bar down and select photography. I have gone through every one with a fine tooth comb. And as you know most homes from this period are cluttered with details and things so there is a lot to study. I also went to Boston to visit them and got to look at more photos in person that didn’t get high resolution scan.

              ALSO. They have an enormous wallpaper and ceiling paper collection from the period. Search wallpapers.

    • I love your “bookmark girls”. Makes me think about what a special day it was for that girl to get dressed in her finest and get her picture taken. That moment frozen in time.

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    • evelynwalkerevelynwalker says: 89 comments
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      Oakland, CA

      I love this portrait. The expression on her face is so beautiful and mysterious. Almost a Mona Lisa expression.

  2. SonofSyossetSonofSyosset says: 90 comments
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    1798 Federal/Georgian
    East Dennis, MA

    This house technically doesn’t qualify for the reader’s forum on Old House Dreams, since it is not for sale and was built … well … only about three or four years ago. However, there are reproductions and there are reproductions, and then there is… THIS reproduction: a mesmerizing reimagining of a Chesapeake Region manor house on 150 waterfront acres in Oxford, Maryland, that won the 2017 national top prize in the Best-in-Class Single-Family category from the Brick Industry Association. The slide deck that accompanies this link shows 14 images for a home that was inspired by early 18th century architecture—think Colonial Williamsburg, and I am certain you will agree that the owners and John Milner Architects absolutely nailed the proportions and the presence—but I was wondering if some of you OHDers, with your vast collective memories, can identify any possible existing historic houses this design could have been inspired by? Anyway, here is my promise to you: if you open this link and look at the first photograph, you have a 100% chance of viewing the other 13. May I suggest a larger-screen laptop or tablet rather than a phone for this?

    Stay safe.

    https://www.builderonline.com/design/projects/maryland-house-takes-top-brick-in-architecture-award_o

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  3. natira121natira121 says: 610 comments
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    1877 Vernacular
    Columbia River Gorge, WA

    For those of you who lust after sinks:

    https://catskills.craigslist.org/atq/d/westminster-farmhouse-sink-cast-iron/7090386942.html

    I’ve seen this guy’s ads on craigslist many times, and he sure has some nice sinks to drool over.

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  4. JulieJulie says: 319 comments
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    1997 1 storey contemporary

    Kia Ora/Hello from New Zealand,

    1915 villa in the beautiful West Coast/Southern Alps region of the South Island. I love the traditional Colonial exterior colours as well as the wooden floors and original cooking stove among other things. It also includes an old Department of Conservation hut which you can rent out to tourists (but don’t come here now unless you are willing to be put into quarantine at a government approved facility for two weeks). Enquiries over $US276,330.00. (The husband and I are going to be in this area in August for a week).

    https://www.trademe.co.nz/property/residential-property-for-sale/auction-2588656567.htm

    1900’s villa in the Auckland suburb of Devonport that has been in the same family for 100 years. Stained glass windows, wooden floors and fantastic views of the city skyline. That kauri wood panelled dining room is to die for. Valuation of $US1,170,00.00

    https://www.trademe.co.nz/property/residential-property-for-sale/auction-2580754659.htm

    And now to the ethereal village of Kokukohu on the northern reaches of the Hokianga Harbour in the Far North of the North Island. I love Kohukohu – it’s like being in another dimension. It’s a small place but has lots of old homes, a pub, a very small library and a cafe. A lot of artists and off the grid types live here and this 1910-1920 cottage reflects that in it’s interesting and very electic combination of the old and the exotic. I actually plan on renting a holiday home up here once we are out of lockdown or have been reduced to a Level where we can travel outside our immediate area. T’will be fun. $US272,717.00.

    https://www.trademe.co.nz/property/residential-property-for-sale/auction-2572621161.htm

    Early 1900s two storey villa near Dargaville which makes good use of the kauri wood that used to be so prevalent in the area and was prized both for it’s timber and kauri gum. High celilings, window seats and stained glass throughout. Asking $US361,691.00.

    https://www.trademe.co.nz/property/residential-property-for-sale/auction-2420997451.htm

    Very cosy 1880’s butler’s cottage in Paparoa which is about 30 minutes north of where I live. $US199,832.00

    https://www.trademe.co.nz/property/residential-property-for-sale/auction-2409204183.htm

    “Glanville House was built in 1911 and is a lovely example of its time. Set on a flat, 1500m2 (approx) section in the heart of Regent (Whangarei) is this terrific family home close to supermarkets and schools. Some redecoration work has been done and now is your chance to complete the picture. There are 2 large lounges, 3 spacious bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and big covered deck area at the back of the home. ” $US467,701.00.

    https://www.trademe.co.nz/property/residential-property-for-sale/auction-2527672691.htm

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    • Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 1644 comments
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      1936 Cabin

      Hi Julie,
      Nice collection today! I really like the Kokukohu house. It has a great kitchen with a nice play on the primary color theme. I love that kitchen; I’m a big fan of wooden counters. Also, the butlers cottage, to use Kelly’s term “stinking cute”. smile

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      • JulieJulie says: 319 comments
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        1997 1 storey contemporary

        Thank you. Yes, the Kohukohu and butler’s cottage are my faves. If I had the money I would snap up the Kohukohu one and use it as a vacation home.

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  5. GardenStaterGardenStater says: 238 comments
    1865 Gothic Revival
    Charlotte, NC

    1905 house in Galesburg, IL. The lot is 1.6 acres. Only $9,000. Heck, you could put that on a credit card. I wish I could move there today, buy this sweet little house, and fix it up: https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/172-W-1st-St_Galesburg_IL_61401_M85102-56128?view=qv

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    • BethanyBethany says: 3473 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      Stop stealing my dreams! But seriously, what a little treasure tucked away in Illinois.

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    • Barbara VBarbara V says: 921 comments
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      1800 cottage
      Upstate, NY

      Gosh, it actually looks close to liveable – for $9,000, you could clean it, move in and just take your time fixing it up…!

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      • GardenStaterGardenStater says: 238 comments
        1865 Gothic Revival
        Charlotte, NC

        I know! If I were just a few years older, I’d retire and move in. I’m guessing it will need things like electric, plumbing, maybe a roof, etc. But if you could take care of those basics, and assuming it’s structurally sound, you (well, I) could basically “camp out” for a few months while you get some of the bigger things done, like insulation, floor refinishing, exterior paint, etc. Unless there’s some major structural problem, you could probably get this house in decent shape for another $20,000 or so.

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    • Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 1644 comments
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      1936 Cabin

      I wish the pictures were clear, there looks like some interesting wall papers. I would also like to see the kitchen.

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  6. Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 1644 comments
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    1936 Cabin

    Greetings all:
    Here is what caught my eye this week:

    1880,Kingston, NY, 569,000

    Elegant big old house

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/63-W-Chestnut-St-Kingston-NY-12401/32835166_zpid/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=emo-SendToFriendHDP-image&rtoken=7cecd738-f453-4faa-8acc-20f73700ab47~X1-ZUveo4kiegi2h5_46au8

    1960, Tarzana, CA, 3999,900

    From the listing: “ ”Triangle House” designed by Harry Gesner, world renowned, AIA rated architectural visionary”
    Wow, crazy house, triangular, fits into the hillside, picture 8/65 is a good shot showing the shape of the house and the landscape.

    http://www.gesnercocoon.com/harry-h-gesner
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4946-Vanalden-Ave-Tarzana-CA-91356/19946969_zpid/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=emo-SendToFriendHDP-image&rtoken=2e729860ra-c1b3-41bc-8672-e5ec277c7a21~X1-ZUveo4kiegi2h5_46au8

    1832, Mifflin, PA, 484,000

    Stone house on 7+ acres, nicely cared for

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2935-Groninger-Valley-Rd-Mifflin-PA-17058/114716914_zpid/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=emo-SendToFriendHDP-image&rtoken=8414ee1e-c85b-407d-bf8b-05827c188b9a~X1-ZUveo4kiegi2h5_46au8

    1880, Watertown, NY, 239,000

    Victorian with nice floors, molding and fireplaces

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/406-Franklin-St-Watertown-NY-13601/30538414_zpid/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=emo-SendToFriendHDP-image&rtoken=a3a8e6e6-714b-4be4-9be0-57e8f4d21f86~X1-ZUveo4kiegi2h5_46au8

    1790, East Chatham, NY, 1,295,000

    117 acres with four ponds, woods and fields and a lovely colonial that has been well cared for

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/171-Maple-Dr-East-Chatham-NY-12060/30000360_zpid/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=emo-SendToFriendHDP-image&rtoken=aefb513a-8dfe-45a6-aa6b-001a647f61fd~X1-ZUveo4kiegi2h5_46au8

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  7. TGrantTGrant says: 824 comments
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    New Orleans, LA

    Hey everyone, hope y’all are all staying safe and taking care of yourselves. I have some old house bad news that may have already been posted. One of my favorite historic estates was Adamsleigh of Greensboro, NC.
    https://www.journalnow.com/gallery/news/photos-take-a-look-around-adamsleigh-estate-in-greensboro/collection_d3fd428d-6c4f-5b04-9a48-16a2ebe19064.html#1
    I say was. It seems a young furniture store magnate with more money than sense, or taste, purchased it last fall. At the time he gave an interview saying he didn’t know what he would do with it but the property was completely unsuitable for modern living. Well, shortly after, he had it torn down to subdivide the 13 acres and build himself a McMansion. Personally I’m heartbroken. Adamsleigh was almost untouched with its original service areas and ancillary buildings. A friend of mine that lives in the area marched into his store, called him a monster and proceeded to slap him silly. She said it was worth the assault charge. I would have called him something stronger.
    https://www.priceypads.com/demolition-begins-at-historic-adamsleigh-estate-in-greensboro-nc-photos-video/

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  8. kstoutkstout says: 63 comments

    As a follow up to the French chateau I posted last week I’m listing an Italian palazzo today. This one is, again, not cheap at 3.6M euro but it is 48,000+ sq ft and has a 42ft high grand hall. So… it is all that. The frescos are amazing.

    https://www.idealista.it/en/immobile/16368611/

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  9. Sandy BSandy B says: 725 comments
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    2001 craftsman farmhouse
    Bainbridge Island, WA

    Absolutely pristine1895 Victorian farmhouse on 13 fenced acres near Glasgow, Virginia at $419,000. This part of Virginia, south of Lexington on the west side of the state is pastoral and lovely. I adore this house with it’s wrap-around porch, gorgeous floors and, well, everything else, especially the upstairs bedroom with pink flowered wallpaper (reminds me so of my childhood room). It has a wonderful horse barn that looks fairly new, gardens, and a rock walled approach that really caught my eye as a perfect introduction to coming HOME..!!

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3097-S-Lee-Hwy-Glasgow-VA-24555/108046032_zpid/?mmlb=g,0

    Stunning 1850 church conversion, Essex, CT at $1,295,000. I’m usually not too excited about these, but must admit this one is the most creatively beautiful I’ve ever seen. It’s amazing….!

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/33-Prospect-St-Essex-CT-06426/200403433_zpid/

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  10. Anne M.Anne M. says: 828 comments
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    1972 raised ranch.
    Hopkinton, MA

    I went wandering again this week:
    1910 in Wabash, IN for $199,900 beautiful bannister!
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/570-N-Wabash-St-Wabash-IN-46992/85733786_zpid/
    Kind of a rambling 1910 Queen Anne from the side view but the curb appeal from the front is quite lovely, also in Wabash for $254,900
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/206-W-Main-St-Wabash-IN-46992/85734547_zpid/
    1930 Spanish Revival in Knoxville, TN with fabulous tiled baths for $895,000
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/539-Cherokee-Blvd-Knoxville-TN-37919/41668682_zpid/
    Had to share one from Massachusetts. This is actually a commercial building on Main St in Stockbridge. If it looks somewhat familiar it may be because you may have seen it in Norman Rockwell’s painting “Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas” (Home for Christmas, 1967)
    Built in 1870, it looks terrific for a 150 year-old building. Sadly, there are no interior pictures of the living space on the 3rd floor. Price is $1,795,000.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/44-Main-St-Stockbridge-MA-01262/56816720_zpid/
    Here’s a close up of the building from Rockwell’s painting:
    http://www.artfixdaily.com/news_feed/2019/11/11/6500-historic-building-in-iconic-norman-rockwell-painting-hits-the-mar

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  11. ebluhmebluhm says: 48 comments

    Not sure if the Linnk Exchange is the place to raise this topic, but here it is: what do you do if you are single/unmarried, and you meet someone very nice but living in a bland 1960s exurb, someone who enjoys sports but really cannot hammer a nail, paint a straight line, or tape and mud drywall? What do you do when this someone wants to spend the dinner hour in the local bar/restaurant rather than pulling nails or performing demolition? Someone who would rather sleep late and cook brunch than get up early and haul bags to the dump? Someone who dreams about cuddling with the cats, when you routinely dream of cabins in West Virginia with hidden rooms and secret cupboards? If your dream weekend is demo and cleaning up, while his is watching a movie in the movie theater in the city, what do you do??? Do you run away? Or do you hit him orver the head with a 36 inch pry bar ? Please HELP. Since I’ve met this man, my work has slowed down horribly, and I’m frustrated out of my gourd being I voted to watch golf playing on TV . Whereas I don’t mind sleeping on the cot and waking up to a chilly morning, makimg coffee and oatmeal by boiling bottled water from a jug

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    • JeanJean says: 108 comments
      1975 Traditional
      Athens, GA

      You suggest movies with beautiful old houses in them (“Last Black Man in San Francisco”?), golf in the 1920s (“Bagger Vance”?), TV shows that slyly feature great architecture like “White Collar”, and gush over the architectural detail. Brunch in restaurants in converted old buildings. Bring him coffee in bed at 7. Engage in interesting discussions with the plumber who comes to unstop the bathtub. Start small so he barely notices. He won’t know what happened.

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  12. JBirdJBird says: 33 comments

    Hi – I just wanted to say how much I enjoy this site and look forward to looking at it everyday. I was wondering when someone list a home as “Old World Style” and it was built in 1890 what does that mean? Not all Victorian homes are fancy – Was there such a thing as a Victorian farm house? I love old homes. I think I was born in the wrong era… Thank you for taking time to answer.

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    • Sandy BSandy B says: 725 comments
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      2001 craftsman farmhouse
      Bainbridge Island, WA

      JBird, The Victorian period officially ended with Queen Victoria’s death in 1901, so I guess if you have a farmhouse in the country built before that, it could be called, “a Victorian farmhouse”….. Victorian denotes a period of time more than style.

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      • JBirdJBird says: 33 comments

        Thank you for such a quick reply. Any thoughts on what “Old World style” could mean? Was that a common term for the architecture of a Victorian home?Thank you for any replies.

      • Barbara VBarbara V says: 921 comments
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        1800 cottage
        Upstate, NY

        Interesting point of view, Sandy, because I always thought that, in terms of architecture, “Victorian” referred to style rather than time…?

        As far as “Old World style”, I assumed that was simply a catch-all phrase used by someone who didn’t know enough about architecture to differentiate one old house type from another…

        • Barbara VBarbara V says: 921 comments
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          1800 cottage
          Upstate, NY

          Mea culpa – having thought this through further, but running out of time to edit, Victorian isn’t an actual style, is it? The styles would be Queen Anne, Italianate, Second Empire, etc. Rather, I was thinking that all houses built during Victoria’s reign wouldn’t be considered “Victorian”, or would they?

          Maybe from now on I’d better finish my coffee before attempting to engage my brain…

          • MJGMJG says: 1818 comments
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            Yeah Victorian is more an era, but people call it a style as well. It’s kinda vague though. I’ve called colonial revival houses Victorian before and so many people who dont know this era, say NO THAT’S Colonial. Well, Yes, but it’s colonial revival FROM the Victorian Era. So it is both. I try not to call a house Victorian when explaining the style, I’ll usually say it’s a Victorian era house in the Queen Anne style for example. There are so many styles, and sub-styles, and mixtures that even the names we’ve assigned to them today sometimes can’t even fit. Several style names were invented in the 20th century just to try an add some order to the chaos.

        • Sandy BSandy B says: 725 comments
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          2001 craftsman farmhouse
          Bainbridge Island, WA

          Barbara, within the time period we are discussing there are several different distinct styles, with variations depending on the part of the country: Second Empire, Stick, Queen Anne, Shingle, Romanesque and Folk Victorian. Defining the vernacular rendition can be especially confusing, hence just calling a house, “Victorian,” has become common.

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    • Lancaster JohnLancaster John says: 810 comments
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      1875 Victorian Farmhouse
      Lancaster, PA, PA

      Kelly’s Old House Photo from two weeks ago is my idea of a very typical Victorian farm house — many such examples in our area of Pennsylvania. https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2020/03/27/march-27-2020-link-exchange/ And I’ve rarely heard the phrase “Old World Style” applied to homes. If I were pressed I would say it would refer to a continental European (not English) that never made it big here.

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    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11783 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I feel the need to mention the way I have it set up on the site was using Virginia McAlester’s A Field Guide to American Houses categorization. With her way, Romantic Era includes Exotic, Gothic, Greek (Revivals), Italianate and Octagon. Some people call those styles Victorian as well but it’s just the way she has it, the way I decided to go with it for consistency sake. Victorian Era includes Folk, Queen Anne, Romanesque, Second Empire, Shingle and Stick.

      My (probably) lonesome view is that the term Victorian (as relating to architecture) should not be specific to the years of her reign but as a way to encompass a variety of styles that were popular during the 19th and early 20th century. Queen Anne should be Victorian whether or not it was built in 1885 or 1910 rather than Victorian Queen Anne vs. Edwardian Queen Anne. It would make things easier to call Victorian a style, Queen, Stick and the others the substyle with their own subtypes but that’s not the way they’ve made it.

      As Barbara stated, “old world style” just means the agent doesn’t really understand architecture but is something they heard by someone else that didn’t understand architecture and used it. Trade “old world style” for “Colonial”, same idea, not understanding what they are saying. Heck, I didn’t understand a lick of this when OHD started, it’s taken me years to break it down into what makes a home that style versus that style.

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      • Sandy BSandy B says: 725 comments
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        2001 craftsman farmhouse
        Bainbridge Island, WA

        Kelly, good comments. I’ve advised different realtors over the years to take a simple architectural history course or at least buy the McAlester book. It really bugs me when they describe a listing as, “Cape Cod,” when nothing could be further from the truth.

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        • MJGMJG says: 1818 comments
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          CT

          LOL, I’ve done the same thing. It actually can help the listing if you correct them because there are some who do word searches for certain house types.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6335 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Most Victorian era farm houses would fall into the “vernacular Victorian” category; which is to say that they have no particularly specific style, and can not be attributed to any of the stylistic movements within the Victorian age. They were designed and built by local builders within the well established parameters of forms following the functions of the age; with some minor variations in style and form from region to region, (in America). The house John referred to would decidedly be considered a vernacular Victorian.
      https://www.oldhousedreams.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/c-p48a-4-cc.jpg

      You may find this page helpful, generally.
      http://faculty.wcas.northwestern.edu/~infocom/scndempr/school.html

      Me = I don’t stick to calling them Victorians only if they date from the reign of Queen Victoria; though that is technically the case, as Sandy mentioned. “Victorian” houses were still being put up in this country even well into the 40’s in some cases; especially of the vernacular variety. 🙂

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  13. https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/904-S-High-St-Trenton-TN-38382/41298923_zpid/
    Gorgeous house for sale in Trenton, Tennessee for 169,500! Built in 1933 and in a great neighborhood!

  14. NonaKNonaK says: 249 comments
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    Austin, TX

    1950s (older?) – 3 bdrm 2 bath – Brick 1,574 sf – $219,500. I’ve been looking at houses in Alpine, TX because my kids bought land in Terlingua which is a little remote for my tastes. Alpine is a lovely little town in west Texas with beginnings in the 1880s and nicknamed “The Heart of Big Bend”. I think the 1950 build date listed is off. Maybe that is when the addition was done? Unpainted woodwork. No bathrooms shown. Hopefully because they haven’t been updated.

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/303-E-Sul-Ross-Ave_Alpine_TX_79830_M71100-05398

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    • Anne M.Anne M. says: 828 comments
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      1972 raised ranch.
      Hopkinton, MA

      It is very charming & I’d guess it was older than 1950 as well, a lot older!

    • NonaKNonaK says: 249 comments
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      Austin, TX

      Tax records show the build date as 1920. That’s more like it! Good thing Alpine is not close, I’d want to look at this one and think I would be very tempted to buy. Problem is timing is off. Sad face….

  15. Lancaster JohnLancaster John says: 810 comments
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    1875 Victorian Farmhouse
    Lancaster, PA, PA

    This 1961 MCM in Midland, TX is hardly altered. Fans of nearly original kitchens and baths need to click through. Not sure why it’s so expensive (maybe Midland is a pricey place, I’ve no idea) but it’s a cool house nonetheless. 1961, Midland TX MCM: https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2801-Lockheed-Dr_Midland_TX_79701_M88767-88471

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  16. JosephJoseph says: 394 comments
    1790 Northborough, MA

    Stockbridge MA 1890 New Englander 1049000.

    Since a commercial building in Stockbridge, MA was posted, I decided to poke around the listings in that town.

    Even if you are not looking for a big New England house, check out the radiators in the second floor hall.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/49-Main-St-Stockbridge-MA-01262/56816885_zpid/?

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  17. betsybetsy says: 159 comments
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    I am sick with despair. This is exactly what we want, exactly where we want it. But it is insanely over-priced.

    https://www.redfin.com/WI/West-Bend/8939-County-Road-XX-53090/home/167930851

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    • Randy CRandy C says: 449 comments
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      2015 Reverse Ranch 1/2
      Olathe, KS

      I’d suggest making what you believe to be a reasonable offer anyway. Either they don’t really want to sell or they will realize their sentimental value doesn’t go with the house. It costs nothing to submit an offer! Best of luck to you. It’s a great looking place.

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    • Barbara VBarbara V says: 921 comments
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      1800 cottage
      Upstate, NY

      Betsy, I understand your dismay. Aside from that spacecraft shower and the steel replacement doors, there is everything to love about this house – even (especially) all those great old barns. Maybe give it a month or two, get the price down a bit, then sell off some of the property to recoup the cost…?

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  18. Here is a Turn of the Century home in Redlands California listed for $875,000.00. Recently painted and updated. I was at this home for a home tour some years ago and when first listed it looked as it did when the family lived there. It has been on the market a few months so I guess they needed a change to sell.
    https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/35557_rid/1-_beds/214000-930000_price/X1-SS-1gn8su42lt52t_6msnx_sse/17271404_zpid/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=emo-inferredsearch-recs&rtoken=19396c87-4398-4209-bacb-239680c8d2fc~X1-ZU1200upf4ov5e1_aroy1&utm_term=urn:msg:2020041210504372b0b90bfaebbf29&utm_content=20200412-forsaleaddress-PSS&3col=true

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  19. RosewaterRosewater says: 6335 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Alleluia, the Lord is risen!! + _______________________ !!

    = https://youtu.be/fn0pYGG-Ajg

    Happy Easter! 🙂

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  20. Just saw this beautiful George Barber house for sale, it’s a 1903 $895,000 in Rawlins Wyoming https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/607-W-Maple-St_Rawlins_WY_82301_M70455-01108

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  21. How do I salvage the hardware from this true time capsule house?
    https://www.redfin.com/WA/Seattle/2819-S-Alaska-Pl-98108/home/478832
    This house in Seattle is clearly going to be demolished for new development, but I think it’s a remarkable time capsule and I wish I could save some of the hardware in it. The lighting stands out in particular. I’m not sure if it is common practice to salvage hardware in houses such as this, but does anyone with experience know if there is a way to bring this place to the attention of salvage yards or anyone who might be interested in negotiating with the seller to salvage the fixtures?

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    • MJGMJG says: 1818 comments
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      CT

      If there is a house i know has goodies in it that is going to be demolished, I’ll call the owner of the property and beg and plead for me to save it if other salvage companies haven’t jumped on it already. I had done this a few times with hardware I needed to help restore my old house. Saw a house in Old Saybrook from the same period that that was on the chopping block. I got in there and got hinges, door knobs, and a set of pocket doors. Everything else was in bad shape. Another time I got a stained glass 1880s transom window from a house that burned. It was a little warped and black, but i put it in a hot water bath and put weights on it and it flattened out beautifully.

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6335 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      I want the wood/coal stove! Good luck!

    • Barbara VBarbara V says: 921 comments
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      1800 cottage
      Upstate, NY

      I’d try contacting the seller and/or tracking down local salvage yards. In Albany, NY, there is a non-profit organization called Historic Albany which salvages huge amounts of old materials from houses scheduled for demolition. They do not pay for the materials (rather the owner receives a tax credit for the donation), but have volunteer crews who do the removal and transport. They use the income from selling these materials to sponsor a variety of preservation programs and advocacy.

      What strikes me about your Seattle house is how easy it would be to relocate. No idea how you’d find someone with the interest and resources to do that, unless maybe you contacted the local historic/preservation society…

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  22. Sandy BSandy B says: 725 comments
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    2001 craftsman farmhouse
    Bainbridge Island, WA

    For all you Tudor lovers……Brent Hull has an interesting short video on English woodwork I watched this this morning and enjoyed….always something to learn.

    https://buildshownetwork.com/blogs/english-millworking-details-and-paneled-walls

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  23. Not an old home but definitely my dream home. Swoon worthy. 5 bed 3.5 bath on 2.03 acres off grid $595,000

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/5237-Lee-Rd-175_Salem_AL_36874_M98239-84425#photo50

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    • This is truly one of the most unique properties in Alabama. This property was historically known as Meadows Mill but has been completely renovated and updated with the nicest amenities and views that will completely wow you. Originally built in the 1800s as a Mill site, the owners of this home have set it up to potentially be completely off the grid . The mill pond and looms have been beautifully restored to their intended use and the waterfall that the mill pond creates during the rainy season can only be fully appreciated in person. There is a separate guest cottage that is self-sufficient with a wood-burning fireplace, a kitchenette and full shower with a screened-in back porch.

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  24. 67drake67drake says: 268 comments
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    1993, hey I’m still looking! Boring
    Iowa County , WI

    George Barber home in Hillsboro Wisconsin. $299,500
    This was on the market maybe a year ago? I have relatives in Hillsboro so I drive by it all the time, and it is “The nicest house in town”!
    https://www.redfin.com/WI/Hillsboro/560-Water-Ave-54634/home/88812145

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  25. ArgosyArgosy says: 22 comments

    This is an icredible property with an authentic Japanese garden.
    FIRST TIME ON THE MARKET. Private Hidden Valley Estates single story on the Lake. Located on an acre lot in one of Granite Bay’s most sought after neighborhoods, this home was designed to maximize lake views. Surrounded by soaring redwoods and a multi award-winning Japanese garden containing a variety of flowering flora and botanical masterpieces, including many rare bonsai.
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/7920-Morningside-Dr_Granite-Bay_CA_95746_M29448-27095

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  26. ChrisICUChrisICU says: 650 comments

    I love everything about this. Thanks so much for sharing.

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