August 14, 2020: Link Exchange

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11855 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Today’s postcard is from Hull, Iowa (the other location written on the front is probably the photography or printing company.) I didn’t go too deep into researching the location, I think this was for the First Christian Reformed Church, link to the history of the church. I have found another postcard by the same writer showing the home in another scene, eBay postcard 1. And another home altogether, eBay postcard 2.

    The book recommendation is the recently published Rescued & Restored from Indiana Landmarks. It features over 50 landmarks in Indiana that have been restored including some homes that you’ve seen on OHD before. If you enjoy seeing before/after (mostly exterior), this is a good one!

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    • MJGMJG says: 1975 comments
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      CT

      Really nice! I always look forward to these. It’s kind of sad people use dryers more than hanging the clothes outside, at least where I live. When I was a kid, all the houses had clothes hanging outside during the day. I get it now, most people are much busier and its easier and faster to throw in and out of a dryer, but there was a nice freshness to it. I guess its fresh on my mind because my dryer just broke and I was force to hang my clothes on a rack and put on my back porch, at first I was frustrated about it, but then I thought, Oh, I’m time traveling 🙂

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      • Cathy F.Cathy F. says: 2218 comments
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        1920 Colonial Revival
        Upstate/Central, NY

        Hanging laundry on the clothesline is nice in the summer, but winter (where it’s cold) is another story! The clothes wind up being stiff as boards! (We didn’t have a dryer when I was a kid.)

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      • Gail M.Gail M. says: 202 comments
        1964 Brutalist midmod condo
        Saint Paul, MN

        I sold my house where I could hang laundry on the line. The only thing about housekeeping I enjoy, even in the winter.

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      • BethanyBethany says: 3510 comments
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        1983 White elephant
        Escondido, CA

        MJG, I know an issue for me is the ironing involved with air drying clothes! I used to do housework for a lady who hung everything on the clothesline followed by hours of ironing. Ugh!

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      • Anne M.Anne M. says: 868 comments
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        1972 raised ranch.
        Hopkinton, MA

        We lived in a building with 4 apartments built in the 1910s when we were first married, we had the second floor & there was a washer in the kitchen, no dryer though. We had a small porch off the kitchen where I put up clothes line but if I needed them done quickly, I hung them on a clothesline in the full walk-up attic – they would toast dry. In the winter, I used drying racks in front of the radiators or sucked it up & went to a laundromat. Got an electric dryer when our son was born, it blew fuses every time we used it. Moved soon after. Laundry was never so adventurous again 😉

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        • MJGMJG says: 1975 comments
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          CT

          I remember found that too. On the radiators or my mother used to hang them over the heat register when I was a kid if it was raining. We had a dryer but she didn’t use it a lot.

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        • RosewaterRosewater says: 6584 comments
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          1875 Italianate cottage
          Noblesville, IN

          Even though my grandma had an early 60’s, top-shelf, Maytag washer dryer set; she never used them. My grandpa had bought them for her right before he died unexpectedly. She may have used them in that brief time while he was still alive; but after he was gone I don’t think she ever touched them again. She always used the wringer washer in the cellar, and hung the clothes to dry on the lines down there in winter, and outside in summertime.

          In the same vein; she, (nor any of us), ever used the tub/shower in the main bathroom; instead all showers were taken over a cespit from a shower head hanging from the ceiling down there. No shower curtain or enclosure of any kind; just standing there nekid and wet; the A.R.Co boiler keeping one nice and toasty a few feet away. “Too much of a bother to clean it”. Heheheh. She was a right peach, and I miss her.

          My grandma’s house is still in the family, and I love visiting there.
          https://www.oldhousedreams.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/stelladad1b2.png
          The little girl with grandma is my dad. 😉

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    • PaulPaul says: 100 comments
      Arlington, VA

      I believe you are correct about to which church it belonged. I found the same picture on the Hull city website mentioning some of the same info as in your link. It stopped being their parsonage in the mid 1960s. Just scroll down and you will see it.

      http://www.cityofhull.org/site/history/

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    • Barbara VBarbara V says: 938 comments
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      1800 cottage
      Upstate, NY

      Kelly, in regard to your book recommendations, thought I’d mention that I just finished “Empty Mansions” and enjoyed it very much, as I have with several others you’ve mentioned. Thank you!

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  2. SonofSyossetSonofSyosset says: 97 comments
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    1798 Federal/Georgian
    East Dennis, MA

    
    So…. no house to post this week, but I thought I would survey Old House Dreamers for the most common phrases or descriptions you come across in historic home real estate listings.

    My top three:
    Own a piece of history
    Step back in time
    If these walls could talk

    Honorable mention:
    Needs some TLC
    Historically significant property
    Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

    Please add yours below. Stay safe.

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  3. QuiltingWitchQuiltingWitch says: 79 comments
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    1969 split level prisoner
    Great Falls, MT

    1850 with acreage, Athens, NY

    https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/30490637_zpid/

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  4. Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 1010 comments
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    1879 Italianate – Bedford, Indiana – $599,000.
    Sharing this one primarily for the handsome exterior. It features an unusual tower-like entry capped by an octagonal cupola. The cast iron porch is exquisite:

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/12406-Tunnelton-Rd-Bedford-IN-47421/221144066_zpid/

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  5. PollyPolly says: 12 comments

    The postcard with the photo of the woman was taken in a small town about 10 miles from where I live. I was excited to see the town and state! No photographer in that town these days.

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  6. QuiltingWitchQuiltingWitch says: 79 comments
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    1969 split level prisoner
    Great Falls, MT

    Nicely done, Portland, OR – $2,490,000

    https://www.zillow.com/b/5631-SE-Belmont-St-Portland-OR/45.517021,-122.605279_ll/

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  7. Tony BianchiniTony Bianchini says: 45 comments
    Alvord, TX

    Seguin, TX, completed 1881. Nearly an acre of land…and don’t miss the basement/wine cellar! Texas Historical Marker in pictures discusses history. Asking $693K:

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/617-N-Guadalupe-St_Seguin_TX_78155_M91436-52548?view=qv

    Another in Seguin, 1940 ranch. Asking $850K. Sharing mainly to see if anyone can come up with an idea to park in the garages…

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/255-Lake-Placid-Dr_Seguin_TX_78155_M90688-22839?view=qv

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    • BethanyBethany says: 3510 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      That’s pretty funny! Looks like they lifted up the whole house on piers, and just left the garage doors intact. I assume it’s living space on the inside. Very interesting problem-solving.

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    • Sandy BSandy B says: 762 comments
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      2001 craftsman farmhouse
      Bainbridge Island, WA

      Tony….love the 1881 house…..that cellar is a real live Enoteca…!!! It’s the best cellar yet.

  8. Tony BianchiniTony Bianchini says: 45 comments
    Alvord, TX

    Germantown, NY. Amazing re-do of an 1872 Gatehouse, on nearly 3 acres. Asking $960K:

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/794-Woods-Rd-Germantown-NY-12526/30004611_zpid/

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  9. Cathy F.Cathy F. says: 2218 comments
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    1920 Colonial Revival
    Upstate/Central, NY

    1930, $224,900; style… Norman? (pure guesswork on my part!); Utica, NY; on a pretty street a few blocks from me.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/12-Proctor-Blvd-Utica-NY-13501/31574235_zpid/?mmlb=g,0

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    • GearGirlGearGirl says: 197 comments
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      Second Empire, Gothic, Tudor... Scottsdale, AZ

      You’re in Utica? I’ve been spending the summer in Bouckville! I had the 1830s house in Westernville under contract last month (severe mold problem caused me to cancel the purchase). Got any others in the 75k ish range? I realized in the past couple of weeks that a lot of homes never even hit the MLS, it’s all word of mouth. I cruise neighborhoods like a vulture…

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      • Cathy F.Cathy F. says: 2218 comments
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        1920 Colonial Revival
        Upstate/Central, NY

        Yep, Bouckville not too far from here. Land of antiques (along with Madison). I found my DR’s corner cupboard down there at The Depot, and It looks right at home in my DR; it had been taken out of a house similar to mine in my general neighborhood when the other house was being remodeled (arghh!).

        Sorry, but I haven’t heard of any houses in that range up for sale. Good luck in your search.

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    • ErickHErickH says: 53 comments

      I’d call that a tudor revival based on the time it was built and the architectural style. I lived in a neighborhood (Country Club neighborhood) in Omaha, NE that had many homes like this built around that time. Those homes tended to be very well constructed, have some nice details, and exceptionally livable.

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      • Cathy F.Cathy F. says: 2218 comments
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        1920 Colonial Revival
        Upstate/Central, NY

        That was my first thought, but then I was second guessing myself, thinking it perhaps had some French Norman aspects to it. A hybrid, maybe?? I certainly am no expert!

  10. Anne M.Anne M. says: 868 comments
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    1972 raised ranch.
    Hopkinton, MA

    1924 Tudor style in Longmeadow, MA for $515,500. lots of character!
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/90-Colony-Rd_Longmeadow_MA_01106_M38066-74953
    1910 in Enfield, CT – lots of great wood, and not a scintilla of HGTV here folks, $129,900.
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/484-Enfield-St_Enfield_CT_06082_M38891 46593
    1850 Cape in Tiverton, RI for $399,900 https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/929-Crandall-Rd-Tiverton-RI-02878/97587572_zpid/
    1794 School House in Middletown, RI re-imagined. Comes with the original bell tower & bell in one of the bedrooms, about 1.5 miles to the beach, next town over to Newport, $1,295,000
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/195-Third-Beach-Rd-Middletown-RI-02842/2078538592_zpid/

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  11. GearGirlGearGirl says: 197 comments
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    Second Empire, Gothic, Tudor... Scottsdale, AZ

    Gotta mention a pet peeve: when a photographer uses a crazy lens and a room that is actually 6×8 looks 15×24… Also, when “Virtual Tour!” really means just a slideshow of the exact same listing pics. If more people would just pony up a little extra cash for matterport OR an actual video walkthrough, this would be so much easier!

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  12. Pretty sweet old (1862) house with added “glass tower” (1891) in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. CDN$369k.
    https://www.realtor.ca/real-estate/22227171/10-parade-street-yarmouth-yarmouth

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  13. Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 1010 comments
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    Now that’s a tower! Quite a mash-up stylistically, but this house is definitely fun; thanks!

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  14. RanunculusRanunculus says: 36 comments
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    Love the dark paint in the dark-wood living room! Jewel tones are what was originally called for. Cozy it down rather than lighten it up!

    This is a spectacularly elegant yet homey house. Perfect blend/balance. As you said, “nicely done”.

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  15. ChrisICUChrisICU says: 663 comments

    MCM in Hamden CT $850k
    Per the listing: Striking Mid-Century modern home built by Yale architect Sidney T Miller for his own family in 1964. The house has appeared in Architectural Digest shortly after it was built and is listed in several architectural guides to New Haven.
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/129-Deepwood-Dr_Hamden_CT_06517_M47903-59029

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  16. Barbara VBarbara V says: 938 comments
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    1800 cottage
    Upstate, NY

    1792 brick home of the Reverend Johannes Schuneman in Catskill, NY, for $395,000. Looks to be largely untouched to my untrained eye:
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/40-N-Jefferson-Ave-Catskill-NY-12414/30495951_zpid/

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  17. nicnic says: 78 comments

    1859 Abandoned Canadian farmhouse. Not for sale, just an interesting old house dream. I can’t guess the unique style. Love the exterior with its two toned brick work. And love those intricately carved barge boards. Never seen such curlicues there. Inside I love the floor plan and some of the elegant wallpaper. The ‘urban explorer’ in this video says that the farm was recently bought for development and they have already bulldozed the trees around the house and much of the land. Unfortunately this house is probably next for the dozer. What a pity.
    https://youtu.be/Y2oQ_GrUCZw

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  18. MornaMorna says: 8 comments
    Hamilton, MT 59840, MT

    1875 Brick Victorian in Fayette MO. With attached jail.

    https://my.flexmls.com/traviskempf/search/shared_links/3mADu/listings/20200812154502685559000000

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  19. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11855 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    If anyone wants to give some tips to Edeason8 about applying their home to the National Registry… https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2013/11/08/1906-queen-anne-eutaw-al-george-f-barber/

  20. Not sure if it’s too late to share a listing, but one of the famous Louisburg Square townhomes in Boston became available for a cool $18.5M. Federal style (1899), six floors, private terrace, beautiful stairs, and one of the toniest addresses in the city (John Kerry would be your neighbor) could all be yours. He might even be the seller here – it’s hard to tell for sure, but his building is in the same row at least.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/17-Louisburg-Sq-Boston-MA-02108/59166308_zpid/

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    • JosephJoseph says: 415 comments
      1790 Northborough, MA

      Kerry’s is next door to this one (which is down from the 20.5 million they were asking last year).

      Apparently three houses in this row comprised a convent years ago, and a developer bought the entire property and created/recreated three individual homes.

      But I think Kerry’s house on Martha’s Vineyard was for sale this past year.

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    • ChrisICUChrisICU says: 663 comments

      Yet it looks so uninspiring. For 18.5 you get a dining room that seats 8 and living room that isn’t much better. Interior finishes look Big Box
      and staging looks dull. I’m rarely critical, but despite 7000 square feel of space I’m not getting “grand in scale” as the listing implies.

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  21. JkleebJkleeb says: 283 comments
    Seattle, WA

    1853, Greek Revival/Italianate, Jamaica Plain MA, $2,985,000

    The 3D tour walk through includes the stairs to the cupola and the interior of it—so often this is left out and you can actually see the spaces well. The house is a former B&B, which you can see by the lack of closets and multitude of bathrooms. The owners converted the house back from 5 apartments to the current configuration and while some touches are too modern for my taste kudos to them for bringing it back.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/50-Burroughs-St-Boston-MA-02130/59133706_zpid/

    Article re the B&B closure and house

    http://realestate.boston.com/buying/2020/06/19/taylor-house/

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  22. MonteKMonteK says: 4 comments

    1875 Howard County Sheriff’s House and Jail.
    Fayette, MO

    2465 sq ft Renovated house with 2500 Sq Ft Attached jail.

    https://www.reecenichols.com/homes-for-sale/203-E-MORRISON-Fayette-MO-65248-302841038

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  23. OHDdroolerOHDdrooler says: 31 comments
    MI

    https://amp.indystar.com/amp/3392299001

    10 most endangered buildings in Indiana

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  24. Originally a Catholic Church, dating back to 1885, this amazing transformation from church to a very livable home has taken all the best features of a church structure and folded them into a gorgeous Mediterranean-style home. $274,900

    Weyauwega, Wisconsin

    https://specialfinds.com/listings/historic-converted-church/

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  25. Popular George Barber Plan built in 1892 on the Wisconsin Historical Registry. Lots of retained charm. Photos do not show porch sunbursts which were being restored when photo was taken, but they are partially up now and the listing will be updated when completed. Current xcel only $210/m with fam of 8.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/904-W-Willow-St-Chippewa-Falls-WI-54729/79367919_zpid/

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