1874 Gothic Revival in Greeneville, TN – $165,000

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Added to OHD on 11/26/20   -   Last OHD Update: 11/26/20   -   30 Comments
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411 Maple Ave, Greeneville, TN 37743

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  • $165,000
  • 3 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 2396 Sq Ft
  • 0.39 Ac.
Do you love historic homes and dream of renovating? The William Milburn home is waiting on it's new owner. You can feel the history as you walk into this lovely home built in 1874. Tall ceilings, heart pine floors, large moldings, ornate windows, fireplaces galore, and charm fill this home. Property is being sold as-is. This beauty is waiting for restoration . The property has 2 parcels being sold together giving the future buyer plenty of room in the downtown area of Greeneville. Room enough for a pool, garden, or any number of outdoor entertainment areas. The property has a detached garage in need of TLC and repair. There is also a sweet little playhouse in the backyard. If you love history and dream of a beautiful restoration project , this is it! So much potential in this home and property.
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Amanda Kilday, Southbound Real Estate
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30 Comments on 1874 Gothic Revival in Greeneville, TN – $165,000

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  1. Oh what a beauty. I loved the kitchen sink.

  2. chris32chris32 says: 100 comments
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    Canton, GA

    I want that little play house……..and those banana trees!

  3. RosewaterRosewater says: 7117 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Pretty sure I’ve never seen Flemish bond brick work on a Gothic Revival house. To my eye, a very curious look indeed.

    The “Blair Witch” themed stag portrait thing is creepy.

  4. JpedigoJpedigo says: 177 comments

    So many great things about this house! I love everything about it! Greenville is such a beautiful town!

  5. KarenBKarenB says: 321 comments
    1885 KY farm center chimney cape style

    The realtor summed it up accurately…….much potential. I’ve always been partial to Gothic style and it is not often you find one in brick. So much to love in this charming house with so much of it being original. The light fixture in the foyer is very pretty but the woodlandesque frame w/stag print makes you kinda go “what the heck is that?” One thing for me, I wonder what the bathroom looks like and if it still has it’s claw foot tub and pedestal sink. That kitchen sink is a definite keeper and that playhouse has the makings of a great “she shed.” If someone wanted a little more separation from the surrounding houses and lot across the street, layered planting of Rhododendrons, arborvitaes, and shrubs around the property edge would give it a more secluded and private oasis feel. All-in-all a house I do like and hope the next keeper appreciates what a prize this house is.

  6. JosephJoseph says: 34 comments
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    1868 Italinate
    Bellefonte, PA

    I love the atmospheric photo of the second-floor passage onto the porch. This is a fascinating house.

  7. KfideiKfidei says: 343 comments

    this home is very striking, I have never seen brickwork like that, it’s beautiful. Some paint and elbow grease would work wonders, and it looks like it’s nicely situated. I was little taken aback when I realized the first thing you see from the front door is a toilet; it’s the one thing about the house that I would change. The light fixture in there is to die for though, and so is the kitchen sink.

  8. AmyBeeAmyBee says: 830 comments
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    1859 Mod Vern Greek Revival
    Lockport, NY

    While Gothic Revival can conjure more macabre iterations (e.g. Auburn NY), I prefer the more whimsical Gothic cottage designs inspired by A. J. Downing. This has to be the most handsome masonry version I’ve seen here, with the striking Flemish bond brick as Rosewater observed above.

    The later period electrical lighting is charming, but the star of the show has to be the kitchen. The cupboards and sink appear to be an amalgamation of 19th and 20th c features. The only thing missing is a wood burning cookstove! The original doors, fireplace mantels, wide plank floors and 6-over-6 windows make me wonder if this was not in fact built earlier.

    The property itself is of a generous size, great for any purposes the new owner should devise. The playhouse is simply adorable! The garage, however, might be best replaced entirely given it’s not the original carriage house.

    All in all a lovely home perfectly suited to modern living in a historical context!

  9. AmyBeeAmyBee says: 830 comments
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    1859 Mod Vern Greek Revival
    Lockport, NY

    Exhaustive history of William E. F. S. Milburn, who reputedly built this house:
    “The father was a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church for five years more than half a century. He was, during the war of the Rebellion, an avowed Union man and was much persecuted and imprisoned by the rebels for his Union sentiments. He was chaplain of the Eighth Regiment Tennessee Cavalry Volunteers United States Army. The mother was born near Harper’s Ferry Va April 10 1802 and died February 14 1861. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Our subject served as a soldier from November 20, 1862 to October 25 1865 in Company B Twelfth Regiment Tennessee Cavalry Volunteers, United States Army in the war of the Rebellion. He was engaged in the battles of Florence and Shoal Creek and Sugar Creek, Ala; Pulaski, Triune, Clifton, Spring Hill, Columbia, Campbellsville, Franklin, and Nashville, Tenn, and the fourteen days of continuous skirmishing with Gen Hood’s retreating forces from Nashville to Eastport, Miss.
    After the war he entered school and was graduated with the degree of AB and won the highest honors of the class of 1871 in the East Tennessee Wesleyan University. For the two successive years 1872 and 1873 he was professor of mathematics in his then alma mater. In the year 1874, he was graduated upon examination from the University of Michigan with the degree of Master of Arts. He was president of the Holston Seminary for one year 1874-75 in the meantime reading law so as to be admitted to the bar in 1876, at Athens, Tenn, his license being signed by Judge Hayle and Chancellor Bradford.

    In 1879, he removed to Abilene, Kansas, and early in 1880, he located at Greeneville, Tenn. From January 1882 to July 1885, he was special examiner of the United States Pension Bureau in the State of Kentucky with headquarters at Bowling , after which he resumed the practice of law at Greeneville. In November 1886, he was elected as a Republican to represent the county of Greene and served with ability and distinction in the Legislature of 1887. He was a member of the executive committee of the State Temperance Alliance, and took an active part in the canvass to adopt the constitutional Prohibition amendment in 1887. October 1, 1878 Florence Ella daughter of Mr John H Williams of Golden, Col became his wife. She was born at Ducktown, Tenn March 19, 1859. To this union have been born three children namely Lulu Belle, Frank Emily, and Blaine. Mrs Milburn is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

    [There is some evidence that he married again after his first wife’s death. A short article from the Chattanooga Times:
    “Johnson City, Tenn., July 4 – A quiet wedding took palace Wednesday morning at 9:30 o’clock at the home of Mr. And Mrs. Frank Mountcastle, on Watauga Avenue when Miss Mary W. Hardy became the bride of Capt. W. E. F. Milburn, quartermaster of the soldiers home.” No marriage rcord found, but he is listed as married on the 1920 Census and also on his death certificate.” ]

    William E F Milburn died on July 9, 1925 in Greeneville, TN, and according to his death certificate, he is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery.

    The original article is from History of Tennessee, Volume 2, Goodspeed Publishing Company Staff, Southern Historical Press, 1887, p.1224″


  10. TheDaringLibrarianTheDaringLibrarian says: 211 comments
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    Coastal Cottage

    Do you think from this picture that the top of the window got cut off by the ceiling that the ceiling was originally higher?


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

    This is a very appealing house for all of the reasons noted above, plus the wonderful patina of 150 years. It deserves a much better setting.

  12. chardinchardin says: 16 comments

    Love the kitchen. My grandmother’s kitchen had a sink like that. With a little work to the fireplace the space would be so charming – perfect for having a friend over for coffee. The natural light at the top of the stairs is nice. So much potential.

  13. miles227miles227 says: 241 comments
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    1955 Storybook Ranch
    Northridge, CA

    Regarding the brick work, the back side and the left/west side of the main volume is common bond (7 stretchers/1 header). It’s visible to the right of the banana trees. The brick below the sunroom windows appears to be fascade. The left/west side of the house with the air conditioner is visible on street view. I was looking at that side because I was curious about the closet to the left of the TV fireplace–it looks old and it’s blocking a shuttered exterior window. I wondered if the shuttered window was added for exterior symmetry or if it was originally a regular window that was covered by the addition of the closet.
    I love the stag picture. And the motorcycle cloud ceiling.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7117 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      > Regarding the brick work
      Well, you really made a study of the damn thing! Heheheh. Well done.

      > I love the stag picture
      Seek help. 😉

  14. MichaelMichael says: 2841 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    Love the brick exterior of this interesting Gothic Revival home. The later front porch is a little out of place for the style of the home but then so are some of the light fixtures. I guess it reflect what the owner liked at the time, style of the home be damned! The kitchen sink is great! Don’t lose it!


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