And when we saw this Dutch Colonial Revival, we knew it had just the right potential. Outside, the home had a gambrel roof and unique front porch arches, still intact. Inside, while much had been stripped away over time, some bits of character, like push-button light switches, remained. I also loved the house's history. It was built for an enterprising female music professor at the turn of the century from a $5 architectural plan from Ladies' Home Journal. She financed it with music lesson fees.
Shown: The homeowners found this 1898 Ladies' Home Journal ad offering the plans for their house. Cost to build it at the time: $1,500 to $1,750.