'Save This Old House' Update: 2006
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 houses from 2006...
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: Cairo, Georgia
This 1912 cross-gabled clapboard house was once home to the mayor of Cairo, Georgia. But when an adjacent local bank decided to expand, the local landmark was in danger of being demolished. Thankfully the bank decided to offer the five-bedroom free to anyone willing to move it from the property. Last year, someone took the bank up on its offer. The house has been dismantled, and moved to Alabama, where it will soon be reconstructed. We'll keep you posted.
Status: Aberdeen, Maryland
Back when we featured this circa-1750 three-bedroom center-hall Colonial—known as Poplar Hill—a Wal-Mart had just moved in across the street, and the property the house sits on was for sale. Sellers James and Anne Pomeroy were fairly certain the new owner would take advantage of their property's potential for further commercial development, so they offered the house free to anyone willing to relocate it, before it was replaced by some big-box real estate. But this house ain't going anywhere. A developer has agreed to buy and restore the house right where it is, turning it into a visitors center for what will soon be a new Aberdeen town center that will include a new train station.
LOCATION: Pennington, Alabama
A lot has happened since we featured this ramshackle 1910 farmhouse, surrounded by sweet potato fields and pecan trees. Last year, a gentleman from Louisiana purchased it for a weekend getaway spot. He fixed it up a little, adding a new roof, and a few coats of paint. But soon after he bought the place, he decided to get married, and is now trying to unload his country bachelor pad to someone who's willing to finish the restoration work he's already started.
Anyone interested can call Tonya Johnson at 334-289-1855
LOCATION: Cincinnati, Ohio
STATUS: Still available
This poor old 1880s Italianate is still needs someone to restore its sturdy brick façade and make it into a home. While many readers have traveled to Cincinnati to take a look, most were turned off by the "transitional nature" of the neighborhood, says realtor Christine Schoonover. The house is located in historic Over-the-Rhine, once home to over 45,000, mostly German residents, who opened dozens of beer halls, breweries and saloons. While the neighborhood went through a decades-long rough patch, new businesses and residents are trying to return it to its former glory—a worthwhile task, since OTR is home to some of Cincinnati's finest architecture.
Call Christine Schoonover at 513-619-7502.
LOCATION: Granite Falls, Minnesota
A preservation-minded woman from Granite Falls recently moved this 1878 Italianate just a few blocks away, where it is now awaiting completion of a new foundation. The house—built by Civil War veteran Julian Weaver—needed to be moved to higher ground after it, and the other houses surrounding it, were continually flooded by the Minnesota River.
LOCATION: Duplin County, North Carolina
STATUS: Still available
This 1768 farmhouse, built by a distant relative of former President Jimmy Carter, is still in need of someone looking to preserve its Georgian-style raised-panel wainscoting, original doors, and Federal-style chair rails. The new owner will also have to install a well, and update its electrical and mechanical systems.
Contact Gaston Callum at 919-616-5832.
LOCATION: Savannah, Georgia
SELLING PRICE: $100,000
We were worried about this dilapidated 1900 Folk Victorian, which was having a hard time finding a buyer due to the amount of work it needed. But this April, a local rehabber finally saved it, and is now returning the converted single-family house back to its original duplex layout. The house started sagging toward the neighboring property last year, so the two-story porch had to be temporarily removed in order to re-stabilize it. The Belgian block on the porch has been repaired, and the rotten wood siding has been replaced.
LOCATION: Marblehead, Massachusetts
While a lot of TOH readers were interested in moving this 18th-century saltbox, though no one was able to make an offer, due to site constraints and the cost of relocating the 4,680-square-foot five-bedroom house. Fortunately, many of the materials from the home, including the floorboards and other interior pieces, were salvaged and incorporated into other projects around town.
LOCATION: Lawrenceburg, Indiana
STATUS: Still Available
PRICE: Free (must be moved)
This 1845 Federal-meets-Greek-Revival house is still available free to anyone willing to sweep it off of its limestone foundation and move it to a new location. The house has been empty for almost five years now, but remains in remarkably good condition, with many of its architectural details still in tact, most notably its poplar woodwork, cherry balustrade, and original six-over-six windows. Four stone fireplace mantels are also included in this 3,000 square-foot four bedroom house.
Anyone interested can call the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana at 812-926-0983.
LOCATION: South English, Iowa
This 1872 brick manse originally caught our attention because of its four mastlike oak columns, constructed by a well-known local shipbuilder, and the elegant front and rear veranda railings, which echo ones seen on Mississippi riverboats. Unfortunately, we have no idea what happened to it. The seller's phone has been disconnected, and we are unable to track her down. We'll let you know as soon as we hear anything.