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Historic Properties for Sale: Basic Shapes Edition

Posted on: November 4th, 2011 by David Garber 1 Comment

 

Basic shapes. First thing that comes to mind is that child's toy where you hammer shapes through a raised platform. Anyone else? Basic shapes seem so ... elementary - but they're everywhere! Look how these Historic Properties for Sale incorporate circles, squares, and triangles into their designs.

Java Head - Coral Gables, Florida

This historic landmark waterfront estate was built in 1936 for Dr. James Jude, one of the co-inventors of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (better known as CPR). Reminiscent of Art Moderne and Art Deco, the home and estate is comprised of three acres, which includes baynan trees, gardens, tennis court, pool, pool house with guest house, a four-car garage with separate apartment, and a 125 feet protected coral rock dock with direct ocean access. Pricetag: Contact Agent.

Clarkson-Watson House - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Meticulously and sensitively renovated by four architects in 2007-2008, the Clarkson-Watson House (circa 1740) is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Its links to American history are profound. It was owned in 1793 by Mayor of Philadelphia, Matthew Clarkson; Thomas Jefferson lived there during the summer of 1793 when he resided in Germantown to escape the Yellow Fever epidemic that ravaged Old City Philadelphia; and the upstairs parlor was used as a meeting place by the Generals Washington, Knox, and Greene after the Battle of Germantown in 1777. Pricetag: $599,000

Fairlee Mansion - Catonsville, Maryland

This grand Victorian home on two and a half acres is located in Catonsville, Maryland, close to both Baltimore and Washington, DC. It features spacious rooms, high ceilings, extensive historic detailing, two staircases, a large wrap-around porch, custom fireplace mantels, in-law suite with kitchen, gorgeous wood floors, and much more. The historic Fairlee Mansion is one of the largest and most distinguished homes in Catonsville's Historic District. In addition to its historical significance, the Historic Fairlee Mansion served as a set for two episodes of Law & Order. Pricetag: $835,000

David Garber is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He's imagining a basic shape right now. A rectangle. His bed. Snooze.

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Historic Properties for Sale: California Frank-enstein Edition

Posted on: October 28th, 2011 by David Garber 1 Comment

 

Halloween approacheth. And truly, there's no better way to mark the holiday than to show off an amazing, scary-only-in-price house by Frank Lloyd Wright. Followed by two also-pretty-amazing historic homes that, whose pricetags we hope won't completely spook you out of purchasing. (Yes, friends, another $1 million plus edition. Turns out these historic homes are kinda unique and in high demand.)

The Fawcett House - Los Banos, California

This Frank Lloyd Wright mid-century modern house was built in 1961 of concrete block, mahogany, and glass boasts 6 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, and situated on 80 acres of land. Fifteen pairs of mahogany French doors open the entire interior space to the gracious terrace in the garden court. The deep overhanging roof with copper fascia creates a sense of refuge and a strong horizontal tie to the earth. Oh, and there's a dang cool swimming pool. Pricetag: $1,750,000

C. B. Pearson Estate - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Designed and constructed of local quarried Wissahickon schist in 1913 in the "Pennsylvania farmhouse" style, the C.B. Pearson Estate is situated on a very manageable half-acre parcel of impeccably manicured grounds. this 4,421 square feet residence is fully updated and move-in ready. Pricetag: $1,099,000

Huntingfields Manor - Huntingtown, Maryland

Historic Huntingfields Manor, c.1670, is a significant historic estate with much of its historic detailing intact - all within a gorgeous setting: rolling pastures, historic barns and stables, a tenant house, a one-acre pond, an in-ground pool, a four-bay garage, sauna, gardens, wood floors and so much more. Pricetag: $1,499,900

David Garber is a member of the Digital and New Media team 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.

Historic Properties for Sale: Red, White, and Blue Edition

Posted on: September 30th, 2011 by David Garber

 

Fourth of July fever? Nope. Collection of properties in that happen to fall into that color set? Yep. This week's Historic Properties for Sale post is a total hodgepodge. A red antiques barn here, a white house there, and an old blue post office over yonder. But yes, we do love us some America.

Revolutionary Cape Cod & Barn - Lisbon, New Hampshire

This 1781 cape cod and red barn form a perfect live-work property. The house has beautiful exposed beams throughout, a field stone fireplace, wide plank pine floors, updated kitchen, and five bedrooms. An adjoining apartment has one bedroom with a modern kitchen, large bath and living room. The heated barn has three levels and has been used as an antique shop and an auction hall. Pricetag: $344,900

Columned Victorian - Waverly, Rhode Island

Built in 1840, this Victorian home features double parlors, three fireplaces, hardwood floors, vintage light fixtures, and a three-bay garage. It is located just a short stroll from downtown Westerly, the local library, dining options, and Wilcox park. Pricetag: $429,000

Old Campbell Post Office - Charlottesville, Virginia

The original Campbell post office is now a country residence privately situated in the heart of the Keswick Hunt. Built in 1930, the home is well-lit and boasts hardwood floors, and a brand new kitchen. It even has a riding ring for all you horse enthusiasts. Pricetag: $250,000

David Garber is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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Historic Properties for Sale: Close to (DC) Home Edition

Posted on: September 23rd, 2011 by David Garber 1 Comment

 

I'm as big of a Washington, DC cheerleader as it gets. I love biking its wide avenues and rowhouse-lined neighborhood streets. I love that it's reinventing itself and that people are reinvesting in neighborhoods that could use a lift. I love how international it is, how front and center it is, and how there's something interesting to do any night of the week.

Although you won't often hear me advocating a move out of the city, I am somewhat contractually obligated (okay fine, these are great houses) to show off these on-the-market options just outside DC's border. You know, just in case you're in the market for Congressional representation.

Renovated Victorian - Chevy Chase, Maryland

This charming 1901 Victorian has been beautifully updated and maintained by its present owners. It is situated on a gloriously landscaped quarter acre with water fall and koi pond in the convenient and popular Somerset neighborhood. The home is graced by a gorgeous front porch, formal living and dining rooms with fireplaces, sunny family room opening to a deck, and an eat-in kitchen. Pricetag: $1,795,000

Lord Fairfax House - Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Centuries of grandeur permeate this renovated 5-bedroom, 5 1/2-bath historic home with exquisite woodwork and curving staircase. Built in 1801 for Thomas Lord Fairfax, a close friend of George and Martha Washington, this in-town mansion features a library, game room, up-to-date kitchen and breakfast room that cater to everyday living, and a magnificent dining room and grand salon for special events. The sunroom embraces a garden with year-round gazebo, garage, and off-street parking. Pricetag: $5,995,000

Maple Shade - Vienna, Virginia

Built in 1890, Maple Shade is a quaint farm house that retains the charm and ambiance of a bygone era. The kitchen and baths have been totally renovated for the 21st century, yet reflect earlier times. Newly painted inside and out, Maple Shade is just moments to shopping, nature trails, and the local historic district. Pricetag: $699,900

David Garber is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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Historic Properties for Sale: Hello Ohio Edition

Posted on: September 16th, 2011 by David Garber 2 Comments

 

As a one-time Ohio resident (go Miami Redhawks!) I can say with confidence that it's a state with a heckuva lot going for it. Cities like Cincinnati and Cleveland are on the rise, there's a hometown localism that's hard to ignore, and it has that American-flags-painted-on-barns-in-the-middle-of-giant-fields spirit infused throughout.

This week's Historic Properties for Sale post features three oh-so buyable places in Ohio, only one of which is actually a house.

Weiant-Wehrle House - Newark, Ohio

Nestled in a close, social neighborhood, which hosts the active Historic Hudson Community Association, this 4,000 square foot, 6-bedroom home is a preservationist dream.Built in 1890 out of brick and stone, the home features a wraparound porch is on a double city lot with a detached carriage house.

Libbey High School - Toledo, Ohio

Okay, so technically this went up for auction in August, but it's still a neat property to gawk over, so I'm including here with no hesitancy. If I didn't know otherwise, I might say it was the school from Sabrina the Teenage Witch - it's Just. That. Classic. (But why do school systems always drop the ceilings and reduce window height??)

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church - Cincinnati, Ohio

Vacant since 1989, this church is the primary landmark of Sedamsville, a Near West Side community two miles from downtown. It is beautifully sited on a hilltop overlooking the Ohio River andKentucky hills. Our Lady of Perpetual Help is an ornate Gothic Revival brick church designed by German-American architect Adolph Druiding. It features ornamental brickwork, a rose window, an interior balcony and a 170’ spire.

David Garber is a member of the Digital and New Media team 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.