'Save This Old House' Update: 2004
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 2004...
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: Benoit, Mississippi
While we can't seem to track him down, word on the street is this legendary Greek Revival has a new owner, who is patching it up and replacing the columned façade that blew off during a 2003 tornado. The house is an important part of both southern and Hollywood history. Built by Judge J.C. Burrus in 1858, it was occupied by Union soldiers during the Civil War. Then, in 1956, it was the setting for the Elia Kazan film Baby Doll based on a screenplay by Tennessee Williams.
Location: Malakoff, Texas
Status: Still available
Despite strong reader interest, the owner of this Lone Star castle is still looking for a buyer. Built in 1927 out of tan brick, it features 18-inch-thick walls, Spanish tile-capped parapets and an arched leaded-glass window. The 4,000-square-foot home sits on nearly 2 acres and boasts 11 rooms and a brick three-car garage.
Location: Tuscumbia, Alabama
Despite our keen reporting skills, we weren't able to track down any information on the fate of this 1870 Greek Revival farmhouse. Once the site of the Tuscumbia Railway Co., the home's attributes include "boxcar" siding, a columned portico, and original wood flooring. We can only hope that someone purchased this handsome old house and took care of the much-needed cosmetic work.
Location: La Grange, Missouri
An old-house lover from Iowa saved this Greek-Revival home in 2007 and started off the renovation by tacking on a new roof. A rear addition, built in the mid 1900's, complements the original 1856 structure. But the best thing about this home is its stunning front-porch view of the Mississippi River. We're sure the new owner is loving it.
Location: Guilford County, North Carolina
In June 2006, a woman who runs a rescue dog shelter saved this 1830s Quaker farmhouse by relocating it to her own property in nearby High Point, North Carolina. While the reconstruction process is taking longer than expected, she's dedicated to protecting the home's historical integrity and will move in once the restoration is complete.
Location: Danville, Illinois
Status: Still available
Herman Munster would be quite angry to learn this Queen-Anne-meets-Gothic manse—which eerily resembles the house featured on a certain '60s sitcom—is still in need of a savior. The 1880s house is split into six single-occupancy units, with two on the first floor, three on the second floor, and an attic apartment.
Location: Attleboro, Massachusetts
When we first featured this 6,500-square-foot mansion, its owner, the Sturdy Memorial Hospital, was trying to find someone to relocate it so the hospital could expand its campus. Turns out Sturdy had a change of heart and is now using the 1901 structure as administrative offices. Hopefully, it will continue to maintain the manor's well-preserved architectural details.
Location: Woodside, California
Status: Still available
Contact: Howard Ellman, 415-777-2727
Though about 100 TOH readers have called about this 1926 house, not much has changed since we first featured it. Designed by George Washington Smith, the 17,000-square-foot home does prove a bit of a challenge, since it must be relocated to another property. Despite some floor and wall damage, many of its Spanish Colonial Revival-style features are still intact, including decorative Mexican wall tiles, exposed timber ceilings, and wrought-iron chandeliers and railings. If a prospective buyer doesn't act soon, the structure will eventually be demolished.
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Owner William Link was initially looking to sell this 1893 Queen Anne cottage, designed by architect James M. Creighton. In the end, though, he couldn't give this charmer up. He took it off the market and is working hard to return it to its original condition.
Location: Grosse Ile, Michigan
When the Jenson family impulsively moved from California back to their home state of Michigan, the first thing they did was purchase this Grosse Ile farmhouse, which not only needed a lot of repairs—but a new plot of land to rest its weary bones. In 2006, the Jensens cut the 1836 Italianate in half and moved it clear across the island. If that weren't enough, they also added a master bedroom suite and a full wrap-around porch. While the farmhouse is still a work in progress—landscaping is next on the agenda—the Jensens should be commended for doing all they possibly could to save and preserve this nineteenth-century treasure.