Real Estate

Historic Real Estate: King of the Castle Edition

Posted on: April 20th, 2012 by David Garber

 

Ever dreamed of living in your own castle? With this Tudor Revival home on the market in Denver, that dream could become reality. That is, if you can cough up the $3,750,000 asking price. The home -- more formally known as The Richthofen Castle -- was completed in 1887 by the uncle and godfather of the WWI Prussian flying ace, Manfred von Richthofen (AKA The Red Baron).

A native of Prussia, original owner Baron Walter Von Richthofen modeled the castle after his ancestral home. He purchased 320 rural acres which he named "Montclair" (now home to the Denver neighborhood of Montclair), and had plans to develop his land into a health and recreational resort -- but ended up parceling it out for development.

Some details to note are the coat of arms on the tower above the main entrance, and the sandstone bust of former German King Frederick Barbarossa on the northeast corner of the home.

The house consists of 35 rooms, including a drawing room, library, music alcove, servant's quarters, butler's pantry, billiards room, "Red Baron" bar (previously the coal room), eight bedrooms, and seven bathrooms, all fitted out with details like handcrafted woodwork, leaded glass, and hand-tooled leather wallpaper with gold inlays. ... Read More →

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Historic Real Estate: Victorian Details Edition

Posted on: March 16th, 2012 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

Pequot Colony Cottage - New London, Connecticut

Built in 1892, this Pequot Colony home is minutes from the beach. Oh, you wanted more details? The house boasts stained glass, marble and slate mantels, antique lighting, a built-in china hutch, main floor laundry, and a butler’s pantry with sink. Pricetag: $410,000 ... Read More →

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Historic Real Estate: Distiller, Druggist, & Confectioner Edition

Posted on: January 20th, 2012 by David Garber

 


Classic New England. (Photo: National Trust for Historic Preservation)

64 Liberty Street - Newburyport, Massachusetts

Originally only four rooms with a center chimney and an asymmetrical facade, this home was expanded over time by its original chain of owners: a shipwright (1755), a distiller (1784), a druggist (1797), and a confectioner (1804).


The original kitchen is now the dining room. (Photo: National Trust for Historic Preservation)

A massive eight foot wide working fireplace with two bread ovens, brick hearth and raised panels are the main feature of the original kitchen, now the dining room.  Don't worry, a high-end chefs kitchen (stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, the works) is right next door.


Huge master bedroom with fireplace? Yes, please. (Photo: National Trust for Historic Preservation)

The second floor features two generous bedrooms, each with their own fireplace. A common bathroom is fitted out with radiant heat floors, an Italian limestone double vanity, and a marble-walled rain shower.

David Garber is the blog editor at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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Historic Properties for Sale: $1 School Edition

Posted on: January 6th, 2012 by David Garber 3 Comments

 

Old Lincoln School - Rock Island, Illinois

This city-owned landmark was built in 1894 and is for sale to a qualified developer for redevelopment as mixed-use commercial or residential space. It was listed as one of the 10 most endangered properties in Illinois in 2005. Best part? Pricetag: $1.

Parker-Gray School - Alexandria, Virginia

Located just steps from Old Town Alexandria and the Braddock Road metro station, this 1944 structure needs some TLC to bring it back to its former glory.  Originally constructed as a nursery school for African-American children during WWII, the building became the William Thomas American Legion Post #129, which continued to serve the local African-American community through the 20th century. Pricetag: $675,000.

Barnett Hospital and Nursing School - Huntington, West Virginia

The historic Barnett Hospital and Nursing School is a three story frame and brick veneer building is zoned for residential and/or commercial development. Parking is available on site. The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009 and is eligible for West Virginia and Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credits. The building is the only known Black Hospital founded, owned, and administer by a single African-American, Dr. C. C. Barnett, still standing. Dr. Barnett was a first cousin of Carter G. Woodson, the Father of Black History. Pricetag: $500,000.

David Garber is the blog editor at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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Historic Properties for Sale: Church Potluck Edition

Posted on: December 9th, 2011 by David Garber

 

Church buildings play an instrumental role in the social and aesthetic fabric of neighborhoods. And while its much less common for churches to change hands than traditional homes, this week's Historic Properties for Sale post features three such buildings with a lot of potential for new life as houses, houses of worship, or pretty much anything you can dream up.

Congregational Church - Bethlehem, New Hampshire

Built in 1877 as a Congregational Church, this spectacular structure was upgraded in 1997 to include new wiring, heating, plumbing, insulation, and foundation. The irreplaceable woodwork and wainscoting covering the walls and ceiling has not been touched. Features include a 2,200 square feet hall, a foyer, an office, a fully functional lower level, and upstairs living area. The building is topped by the original steeple and wooden clock which has been refurbished and is fully functional. Pricetag: $159,000

St. Philip Monumental - Savannah, Georgia

This historic church building is located in Savannah's Downtown Historic District on the corner of Jefferson and Park Streets.  Excellent opportunity for continued use by a church or community organization, or redevelopment to accomodate a wide array of uses to include residential, student housing, senior housing/assisted care, and education related uses. Pricetag: $2,400,000

Old Bethel Church - Lewes, Delaware

This one-room “preaching house” (John Wesley’s term), officially called Bethel Methodist Episcopal Church, was built in 1790 and used as a church for 80 years.  Replaced in 1870 by a larger building, it was sold, moved one block north, and converted into a residence. Known locally these days as “the meeting house” or Old Bethel Church, the building sits squarely in the middle of the historic district of Lewes, Delaware, just two blocks from the shops, restaurants, and museums of the town, and is surrounded by other old homes.  It is one of many interesting dwellings on Mulberry Street and less than a block away rests the oldest house in Delaware, the Ryves-Holt House, c. 1665. Pricetag: $549,900

David Garber is the blog editor at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.