'Save This Old House' Update: 2009
You wanted to know: What ever happened to those gorgeous, ravaged beauties we featured on the back page of the magazine? Learn which of last year's houses have sold, been demolished, or are still up for grabs
Location: Chicago, Illinois
An assisted-living facility put up quite an effort to find a buyer willing to move this cavernous Stick Victorian to another location. Sadly, there were no takers, and the house was demolished late last year. Many inquiries were received regarding this former home of artist Earl Howell Reed (aka Earl the Etcher), whose works were once showcased at the famed Art Institute of Chicago, but no one could seal the deal. The land where the house once stood will soon become the site of 139 senior living apartments.
Location: Union Springs, Alabama
Status: Still available
Railroad station agent E.J. Pierce built this 2,300-square-foot Queen Anne in 1907—back when Union Springs was still a bustling cotton hub. Today, the town is known more for its startling supply of elegant and affordable Victorian-era homes. And this one is an excellent example. The house features red pine wainscoting, oak mantels, and 12-foot Corinthian columns, which divide the home's center hall from the front parlor. The good news is that it's still available, and—bonus!—the price has been dropped from $75,000 to an absurd $55,000.
Call Joyce Perrin at 888-318-8938 for more information.
Location: Goldsboro, North Carolina
A frequent visitor to this house in the 1920s, McArn Best remembers sitting in its elegant living room and listening to classical music on an old Victrola with her grandfather, who built the Italianate in 1894. Thankfully, the music will continue in this old house, which was recently purchased by a couple who is working with the seller, Preservation North Carolina, to restore the place. Don't be surprised if you see the finished product pop up in a future issue of TOH.
Location: Elizabeth Township, Pennsylvania
This 19th-century log home hails from undetermined origins, but its purchase by the Elizabeth Township Historical Society has solidified its future. Using grants and loans, the Society is faithfully restoring the three-bedroom pioneer property back to its 1800s aesthetic. We'll update you as the project progresses!
Location: Cement City, Michigan
TOH reader Kerry Golden reached out to us to help her save this Greek Revival farmhouse, which had been in her family since 1865. The house was handed down from generation to generation up until Kerry's father inherited it in 1989. He spent the next 19 years working on it intermittently until his death just last year. Since Kerry lives out of town, she was trying to find someone to pick up where her dad left off. And she did just that when a couple bought the place back in September.
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Our article generated a ton of interested in this 1907 Baltimore rowhouse, says real estate agent Aaron Rice. Many offers were made, but none of them worked out. The house was eventually put into foreclosure, and was taken off the market last year when the roof caved in. We'll check back next year to see what, if anything, has been done to save this once prestigious Reservoir Hill residence.
Location: Camden, Arkansas
This unassuming Folk Victorian farmhouse had plenty of potential but no offers—that is, until Thurnina Wilson and husband Steve got hold of it in 2011. Before moving in earlier this year, the couple commuted 40 minutes every weekend to rural Camden. Steve handcrafted molding for the home, in addition to installing drywall and sanding and stripping the original millwork. The ambitious couple is nearing completion of their whole-house renovation and couldn't be prouder. "We worked our hides off," says Thurnina. "People come by and tell us that they feel like they're in a museum."
Location: Front Royal, Virginia
Status: Pending Demolition
The house that once belonged to the town's beloved country doctor has a pretty grim diagnosis. After numerous efforts to find someone to relocate the house from the commercial strip where it sits to a more tranquil plot of land, the owner is planning to demo the structure in early March 2010. Now he's just looking for someone to salvage its architectural details, which include paneled doors, beadboard, original staircases, and windows.
Call John Evans at 540-635-2153 for more information.
Location: Syracuse, New York
Status: Still Available
This beautiful 1913 Tudor was snatched up after a well-timed price reduction. And no surprise either, given that the three-bedroom house retains lavish built-ins, leaded-glass windows, tile from Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, and two stunning fireplaces. Though no significant updates have yet been made to the Wellington Ward–constructed home, we'll keep you apprised of the proud new owner's progress.
Location: Adel, Georgia
For artist Tim Schmaltz, the ample windows and 14-foot ceilings more than justified the structural overhaul needed by this 1907 Queen Anne. Tim completely restored the home's period features and earned a Georgia Trust Restoration Award in the process. Because he sculpts all over the country, Tim leases the home to tenants who can enjoy its six wood fireplace mantels and heart-pine floors year round.