'Save This Old House' Update: 2003
You wanted to know: What happened to those gorgeous, ravaged beauties we feature in the back of the magazine each issue? We tell you which have sold, been demolished, or are still available for your taking
Each week, we get dozens of emails from readers wondering what ever happened to the houses featured in our popular back page column, Save This Old House. We know you're dying to find out if that bombed-out Richardsonian Romanesque in Kentucky ever found a new owner, or whether or not that endangered Creole cottage succumbed to the wrecking ball, or was swept up at the last minute by a preservation-minded buyer.
Ready to learn the fates of some of your favorite endangered houses? Here are the ones we featured in 2003...
Oh, and take note, bargain hunters: As a Proud Preservation Partner of Save This Old House, Behr will help ease the way of fixing up an endangered house by providing up to 20 gallons of interior and/or exterior paint to the buyer of a house featured in 2010 in the magazine column—at no charge. For more details, write to [email protected].
Location: Fargo, North Dakota
In May 2003, this 1913 sandstone-block house was razed, despite the valiant preservation efforts of local citizens' group Save the Jail. The home—attached to the Cass County Jail—had served as the sheriff's residence. When the county opened a new jail in 2002, the old jail and attached house were put up for sale. No buyer came forward, so the county moved ahead with demolition plans, even though the structure was on the National Register of Historic Places.
Location: Statesville, North Carolina
This charming Craftsman bungalow was threatened with demolition when a neighboring community college decided to expand. Instead, a couple looking for a home-sweet-home in which to retire snatched it up, then had it dismantled and rebuilt. Today, the partially restored home occupies a beautiful site on the New River in Ash County.
Location: San Francisco, California
This small structure is one of more than 5,000 "refugee shacks" built to house those left homeless by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Today, only 30 remain. This particular shack is now being restored by the Oakland-based Fifth Avenue Institute, a nonprofit arts organization, which plans to use it as an artist's studio.
Location: Brazil, Indiana
The original savior of this unique Mission-style home was forced to sell it when his job required him to relocate. Luckily, a couple looking to move to the Midwest purchased the home, and are finishing the restoration work.
Location: Clinton, New York
Grover Cleveland's boyhood home was purchased by a contractor, who was willing to put in the time and energy to save it. While he preserved the original brickwork and chimneys, he also built an addition, doubling the square footage and allowing space for a new kitchen, laundry room, and upstairs bedroom.
Location: Gary, Indiana
Status: Slated for Demolition
When we featured this circa-1917 Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home, the American Heritage Home Trust was looking for a buyer to save and restore it. One came forward shortly after our column appeared, and restoration work began almost immediately. Sadly, after significant progress, fire gutted the house in January 2006, leaving only the charred exterior shell. It now awaits demolition.
Location: Louisville, Georgia
When this former firehouse appeared in the magazine, it had been sitting vacant for almost 30 years. But today it's home to a popular art gallery (which also serves as a community gathering place) and two apartments. The first-floor gallery, run by the non-profit Friends of Historic Downtown Louisville, focuses on the work of contemporary Southern and rural artists.
Location: Princeton, Illinois
Status: Still Available
This Gothic Revival—once the site of a dinner party for Abraham Lincoln—is still on the market. It features 1,600 square feet of living space, porches on three sides, and a detached garage. Built in 1850, just 20 years after the vibrant farming community of Princeton was founded, the house is structurally sound and still has its original pine flooring and trim. The kitchen, bath, furnace, and second-floor wiring need updating. But at this price, the house is a steal.
Location: Antwerp, NY
This 1816 Federal sold just one month after it was featured in Save This Old House. Since our recent attempts to contact the homeowner have been unsuccessful, we can't provide any juicy information on their progress. But we'll let you know as soon as we hear from them.
Location: Miles City, Montana
After we featured these two officer's quarters, built circa 1877, the seller received more than 300 inquiries from readers across the country. The homes ultimately fell into the hands of local owners, who moved one of the buildings—and will soon move the other—to a nearby site on the Yellowstone River. Restoration is planned for both.