1900 – Dorrance, KS – $149,000

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Added to OHD on 11/20/20   -   Last OHD Update: 11/20/20   -   10 Comments
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3212 200th St, Dorrance, KS 67634

  • $149,000
  • 1559 Sq Ft
  • 13 Ac.
The House that Jack Built +/- 13 acres Property Location: This tract lies 9 miles South of Dorrance, KS and only 4 miles Northeast of Dubuque, KS. Legal Description: A +/- 13 acre tract in S20, T15, R11W - RUSSELL COUNTY Land/Structure: Listed for sale is a one-of-a-kind property known as The House that Jack Built, also known as The House of Seven Gables. These 13 acres in Russell County Kansas are well known to the local communities as a historical landmark. Located a short 9 miles from Dorrance, KS as well as Interstate 70, this property is a perfect candidate for a hunting lodge base camp, vacation getaway, wedding venue/event space, a bed & breakfast, or your very own personal residence! Sitting only 20 miles north of the famous Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area, 15 miles south of Wilson Lake, and with thousands of acres of walk in hunting within 10 minutes of this property, this area of the magnificent Smoky Hills has something to offer to any outdoorsman. The southern 4 acres of this tract is comprised of some well established expired CRP. In addition, a seasonal creek cuts the northern property line adding some character and terrain to the parcel. History: The property was homesteaded in 1876 by John Chegwidden, originally from England and his wife Mary Ann Mitchell Chegwidden of Norway. The House of Seven Gables was constructed in 1900 while the family was living in the underground which is located directly east of the home. The house was built from native limestone that was quarried from a farm just south of this location. It has become known as The House of Seven Gables due to the way the roof is constructed. The limestone structure has a very distinct, seven gable roof design, thus the name, The House of Seven Gables. In addition to the roof design, the house itself has some very unique and custom limestone engraving and etching that adds a lot of character to the property. This property does qualify as a state and national historical site if a buyer wished to apply. This property just oozes with phenomenal stories and history! Property Features: One-of-a-kind underground wine cellar/smoke house/ or bar area Rural, Post Rock water County road accessible Electric and water utilities readily available
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10 Comments on 1900 – Dorrance, KS – $149,000

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11874 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Video showing old photo:

  2. MichaelMichael says: 2668 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    Very interesting looking home! I love the bones of the home. I wonder what the interior looks like and if there is anything left on the inside worth saving.

    • Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 1012 comments
      OHD Supporter

      I’d like to see some of the interior also! I have no doubt that whatever remains is worth saving. Sadly, however, this area has astonishingly little appreciation for historic preservation so, unless someone from outside the area buys it, the house will likely be gutted, demolished or otherwise HGTV’ed.

      Fun fact: While most people would assume that the name “Dorrance” is pronounced with two syllables, the locals manage to use just one and pronounce it as “Dornce”.

  3. leighlevleighlev says: 82 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1905 victorian vernacular
    Stone Mountain, GA

    Regardless of no interior photos – this would be my dream house. Love the stone and no neighbors – perfection!

  4. JpedigoJpedigo says: 125 comments

    Fantastic house even if you cannot see the inside! The 7 gables lured me to want to see more. Oh I pray someone will save her.

  5. dunamovindunamovin says: 159 comments

    Little House on the Prairie with a tornado shelter. What more could you want? Prepper heaven.

  6. prettypaddleprettypaddle says: 180 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Excellent house made entirely of Fencepost limestone! In this picture you can see one of the drill marks just above center and a bit to the left.
    The thickness of the stones is basically the thickness of the bed of rock — it’s a consistently thin layer usually just below the surface and cropping out along creek beds. All people had to do to quarry it was remove a bit of surface dirt, drill vertical holes, hammer in some wedges, and off pops a perfect fence post. Or building stone as is the case here. Though this house also has a good collection of the stone actually used as fence posts (a common use, hence the name).

    Love, love, love this one and hope it finds someone who will appreciate it.

  7. prettypaddleprettypaddle says: 180 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Here’s a drone fly-over with an old picture of the house at the beginning. Judging by the clothes the ladies are wearing, the historic photo was probably taken soon after the house was built.

  8. jaohlertjaohlert says: 29 comments

    Looks like a great house, and given what looks like a good roof, the interior might be better than you’d think given the boarded windows. I once explored an old limestone house now grown into the woods, it had no windows, but did have a tin roof. Floors were not rotted beneath open window openings, I guess the thick stone walls offer a lot of protection even without being boarded up.

  9. PuristaPurista says: 155 comments

    First of all, no, I am not a robot (I just signed in so this question is fresh on my mind)…although a robot, even a dumb one, would find it easy to generate what I am about to say.

    With the painfully slow flyover of the video, I was sure the drone could and would enter the tornado shelt…excuse me, root cellar…for a good look around. But no, must have been a novice on the joystick that day.

    Boy, talk about American Scene, Kansas School. This place is evocative, a three-dimensional painting. From within the house you’d think you were surrounded by a forest; from the drone, you’re looking at a perfectly rectangular one-tree-deep wind fence. But life is about illusions, impressions. Well except for the chisel marks on the limestone blocks. No illusions there. Chalky dribbles of forehead sweat, lungs filled like vacuum cleaner bags, not so different from Italy save the prairie wind. You can tell there was a forlornness to this place even when it was filled with farm life.

    I like it. First thing I’d do is cut down those trees to open up the view. No, not really.


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