Save These Old Houses
From the popular back page of TOH magazine, these low-cost beauties are still available for the homeowner who's willing to save them
From the popular back page of TOH magazine, these low-cost beauties are still available for the homeowner who's willing to save them.
Price: $1 (must be moved)
Contact: Sandra Chalk, New London Landmarks, 860-442-0003
The church that sits next door to this striking Italianate is getting antsy about tearing it down so it can expand. The house was built in 1866 on land once owned by Joshua Hempstead, author of a famous diary documenting life in 18th-century New England. Most of the men who built the houses in this port city were moonlighting shipbuilders. And just as their vessels were built to withstand the most terrible tempests, their houses were equally as solid.
Contact: Michelle Cicero, 919-497-0434
Built in 1894, this Italianate remained in the same family for about 50 years before a local doctor bought the place and performed some unnecessary surgery, tacking on a massive rear addition not exactly in line with the original spirit of the house. Preservation North Carolina, the nonprofit that now owns the house, is hoping the next owner will demo the addition and return the house to its original floor plan. The house has many notable features, including Corinthian columns that divide its enormous living room in half, colorful stained-glass windows, and beautiful parquet floors.
Price: Free (must be moved)
Contact: Jerry Shinn, 603-529-7539
This white clapboard Gothic Revival was once home to Arthur and Hazel Eastman, proprietors of an adjacent general store known as the Wal-Mart of its day here in Weare, New Hampshire. The house's rear ell was built way back in 1766. About 100 years later, the front addition was constructed, giving the house its distinctive character. Now the owner of a nearby lumberyard is looking for someone to move the house so he can expand his business.
Contact: Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, 574-232-4534
This quirky 1867 Second-Empire-meets-Stick-Victorian cottage is in need of someone who's willing to paint, plaster and patch it up. It'll also need new plumbing, HVAC and electrical systems. The 2,400-square-foot three-bedroom has original hand-carved brackets supporting a squat mansard roof, and some pretty elaborate spindle work on the front porch.
Contact: Christine Schoonover, 513-619-7502
This poor old 1880s Italianate still needs someone to restore its sturdy brick facade 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.
Contact: Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, 812-284-4534
We're not sure why this 1875 Italianate is still on the market. The exterior has already been lovingly restored by the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana. Now it's just waiting for someone to come along and do the same for the inside. There are plenty of original details, including a walnut staircase, oak mantels, and pine floors. The house is located in a fine historic neighborhood just minutes from downtown Louisville, Kentucky.
Contact: Call Dean Ruedrich, 919-497-0434
While this 3,800-square-foot late-Victorian-era manse has generated a lot of interest from TOH readers, it's still available. The house boasts a full-length front porch with original spindle-work and turned posts, as well as tons of original windows, and a front gable decorated with hand-sawn shingles.
Contact: Monte Herford, 616-780-3096
Once home to members of the Kellogg family (yep, the cereal guys), this 1913 Arts & Crafts-style bungalow still stands empty and abandoned, as it has for more than a decade. Aside from some cracks, the brick exterior is still solid. Inside you'll find plenty of Craftsman-style details, including built-ins, wainscoting, patterned tile floors, and many original doors and windows.
Price: $89,500 (negotiable)
Contact: Tanya Stutz, 318-330-9355
Realtor Tanya Stutz is holding out hope that someone will come along soon and save this 1870s Creole cottage—one of the oldest, sturdiest, and architecturally notable houses in the small town of Lake Providence. The three-bedroom lakeside house has thick-as-brick walls, broad eaves, front and back porches, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a center hall that cools things off by channeling lake breezes through the entire structure.
Contact: Jeff Heinichen, 412-751-4616
This house's current owner, Jeff Heinichen, had originally planned on tearing down what was once a vinyl-covered eyesore and replacing it with a new house. But when he started peeling that siding off, he discovered massive hand-hewn timbers held together by horsehair chinking. Turns out, it was an early 1800s log cabin, similar to those that once dominated this area of western Pennsylvania in the 18th and 19th centuries. The house's interior was last remodeled in the 1980s, and requires some serious updating. The house also needs a new roof, windows, and some new chinking between those timbers.
Contact: Joyce Perrin, 888-318-8938
Station agent E.J. Pierce built this quintessential Queen Anne in Union Springs, Alabama in 1907, dressing it up with pre-cut moldings, mantels, and cabinetry. The 2,300-square-foot home features walnut wainscoting, oak over mantels, and 12-foot-high Corinthian columns that divide the house's 10-foot-wide entryway from its octagonal front parlor. For the past seven years, the house has stood empty. When the owner of a local hunting lodge grew worrisome about its condition, he decided to snatch it up, hastily replacing the leaky roof to prevent any rain damage. Now he's looking for someone to give the old place a full restoration.
Contact: Preservation Durham, 919-682-3036
In the early 1900s, John Evans made a name for himself heading up a local orphanage known as the Durham Children's Home. But John was also lauded for his prowess with the hammer and nail. Not only did he build this enchanting Gothic Revival for his family in 1910, he also constructed most of the adjacent late Victorian-era bungalows in this East Durham neighborhood, which one local refers to as "the place where everybody's grandparents lived." Preservation Durham, which now owns the house, is hoping someone will take advantage of North Carolina's generous 30-percent Historic Rehabilitation Tax credits to buy the place, re-plaster its walls, restore its original windows, and whitewash the weathered picket fence.
Contact: Paul Howe, Cote & Howe Realty, (866) 625-3222
The old Hubbard-Cotton Store was in a bad state of disrepair when we featured it in our magazine in 2005—so bad that the town of Hiram was planning on demolishing it. In 2006, the house was purchased by a gentleman who planned on turning it into a bed and breakfast, or returning it to its original purpose as a country store. After adding a new roof and interior framing, he, unfortunately, passed away, and the home is now back on the market for $150,000. Located at the foot of the White Mountains, the 1850s Greek Revival is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Call Paul Howe to save this home from demolition.
Price: Free (must be moved)
Contact: Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, 812-926-0983.
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 it 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.
Contact: Gaston Callum, 919-616-5832.
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.