'Save This Old House' Update: 2011
See whether your favorite worse-for-wear homes from the back page of TOH magazine found new owners or met the wrecking ball
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 1900 Queen Anne survived the wrecking ball, or if that eye-catching Kentucky farmhouse ever found a new owner. Some of the houses we featured last year did in fact find new owners—owners who are at work painstakingly restoring them right now. Others were not so lucky.
So, are you ready to learn the fates of last year's STOH superstars? Keep clicking.
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 2011 in the magazine column—at no charge. For more details, write to [email protected]
Location: Greene, New York
This 1900 Queen Anne was originally home to Lester C. Fairchild, a local broom manufacturer. It was recently purchased by a gentleman who plans on renovating it into a home for his parents. While little work has been done so far, we're hoping the house, and the two-story barn out back, will soon be a great home once more.
Location: Washington County, KY
When we last checked in on this Victorian-era farmhouse in the hills of Kentucky, owner Jeannie Oldman told us she got "three million phone calls" after our article appeared. But unfortunately, none led to the sale of her home, and we've been unable to reach her since. We'll keep tracking down what's become of the property and let you know soon.
Location: Jeffersonville, Indiana
Status: Still available
$1: Must be moved
While the nonprofit Indiana Landmarks received a lot of calls about this historic 1864 farmhouse, they've yet to find the right person to take on its relocation and restoration. To jump-start interest, the home is currently for sale in a 45-day bidding period that will end in August 2014. It's a daunting project (the house needs to be relocated to make way for some new water wells), but keep in mind that there's a 1.2-acre plot of land just down the road that's available for $89,000. Considering Jeffersonville is just across the river from Louisville, Kentucky, whoever restores this house will have the best of country and city life.
For more info, call 812-284-4534.
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Status: Still Available ($1: Must be moved)
"We had immense interest immediately after the release of the article," says Indiana Landmark's Chad Lethig regarding the second of two $1 Indiana farmhouses featured in Save TOH in 2011. "Unfortunately, it didn't materialize into someone willing to take on this project." The empty clapboard house was once home to Isaac Cotton, a beekeeper and Civil War draft enrollment commissioner, whose father, John, built the place in the early 1850s. While the 13-room house retains gorgeous ash, oak, and poplar millwork, a local realty company wants to develop the property, and is working with Indiana Landmarks to find someone to relocate the house. "We continue to show and market the house," says Lethig, "but the clock is beginning to tick louder."
Anyone interested can call Chad at 317-639-4534.
Location: Wilson, NC
Status: Saved (well, almost)
"We have an offer!" says Kathryn Ferrari, regarding the once-forgotten Queen Anne we featured last summer. While she is still negotiating several liens left over from previous owners, Kathryn is hoping the 1880s house, built by local minister Pleasant Daniel Gold, will see its cracking clapboards and ornate spindle work restored in the upcoming year.
Location: Greenwood, Mississippi
Status: Undetermined ($95,000)
Last summer, Josephine Gillette told us all about her childhood home, a sunny 1905 Queen Anne located in the Mississippi Delta. It's a great house. Built by Stage Mayre, one of Greenwood's wealthiest landowners, it's outfitted with solid-oak millwork, beveled glass doors, and a beautiful butler's pantry. While we haven't heard back from Ms. Spicer just yet, we'll let you know as soon as we do.
To explore this house, see Save This Old House: Greenwood, Mississippi.
Location: Goldsboro, North Carolina
This cavernous Queen Anne in Goldsboro was recently saved as part of our Great TOH Giveaway. While the official winner has yet to be announced, we're hoping the 1912 five-bedroom will see lots of love in the upcoming year.
To explore this house, see Save This Old House: Goldsboro, North Carolina.
Location: Wheeling, WV
Status: Still Available ($38,000)
Lots of people came out to see the 1830s brick Federal house we featured in the September issue of TOH magazine. Little wonder, since the three-bedroom is located in beautiful Wheeling, West Virginia, and retains many of its original details, including pocket doors, and loads of cherry millwork. "While we haven't had any firm offers yet, we anticipate that we will in 2012," says Laura Kuhns, of the Vandalia Heritage Association. "We heard from folks from as far away as Louisiana, and even one or two native West Virginians, who want to come home."
For more information, call 304-368-1555.
To explore this house, see Save This Old House: A Brick Federal With River Views.
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Status: Still available ($95,000)
While many have called about the circa-1890 Queen Anne, built by a Pittsburgh lumber industry tycoon, the four-bedroom house, packed with cherry millwork, is still on the market. "This is disappointing," says Alice Vaday, the real estate agent in charge of the listing. "Especially since I live two blocks away from it, and would love a new neighbor."
For more information, call 412-600-9488.
To explore this house, see Save This Old House: A Historic Iron City Queen Anne.
Location: Saginaw Michigan
Good news regarding this historic 1886 Queen Anne in Saginaw's lovely Cathedral District. "I'm happy to say that we've deeded the property over!" says Marcia Hoffman, who was in charge of the listing. "No, we didn't sell it, but the publicity from the article helped convince our local historic society to act as caregivers for the home. They formed the Friends of the Hill House to help raise funds for a complete restoration." The house was designed and built by architect Fred W. Hollister for lumber baron Clarence Hill in 1886. Hollister was a notable architect who, two years prior, built the Saginaw County Courthouse.
To explore this house, see Save This Old House: Gilded Age Queen Anne.