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Julia Morgan combined the Swiss Chalet and the Beaux-Arts styles to design the George W. Wilson House in the First Bay Tradition.

George W. Wilson House -- Vallejo, California

In 1907, Julia Morgan designed the George W. Wilson House. Blending elements of the Swiss Chalet style and neoclassical Beaux-Arts style, Morgan created a house that, after its completion in 1909, became one of her finest examples of a residence designed in the First Bay Tradition. Morgan’s design prowess is demonstrated in the expansive butterfly floor plan of the house, the Arts and Crafts-style finishes, and the tiled-faced fireplaces handcrafted by the Grueby Faience Company. But the unique architectural details aren’t the only remarkable views this house has to offer. There is an upper balcony that provides bay views as well as views of the famous Mare Island Naval Shipyard. Price: $1,200,000

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In 1978, the Frank Applegate House received a sunroom addition designed by noted architect William Lumpkins.

The Frank Applegate House -- Santa Fe, New Mexico

Designed in 1921 by Frank Applegate as a private residence, the Frank Applegate House meshes both the Spanish Colonial style and the Pueblo style to create among the first of many Pueblo Revival, or Santa Fe style, houses. The house, built with adobe brick, has two stories with two bedrooms on each level. It is situated in a private, park-like setting that can be enjoyed by owners and guests through a spacious sunroom, which was added to the house in 1978 by legendary architect and historic preservationist William Lumpkins. Price: $950,000

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The property surrounding the Penfield House contains the construction site of Wright's last residential commission named Riverrock.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Penfield House -- Willoughby, Ohio

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1955, the Louis Penfield House is nestled on 30 acres of heavily wooded property, creating an atmosphere of solace and solitude. The house features three bedrooms, one-and-a-half baths, and a 12-foot floor-to-ceiling glass walled living room that offers a panoramic view of the bluffs on the Chagrin River. Included on the Penfield House property is a historic century home with two rental units, a cottage, and the construction site for Frank Lloyd Wright’s last residential commission, dubbed Riverrock, which was designed by Wright for the Penfield family in 1959. The Penfield House has operated as a vacation spot for the last 12 years and can continue to be used as a tourist destination or as a residential home. Price: $2,100,000

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Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. She is passionate about using historic preservation as an avenue for underrepresented communities to share their unique stories. Jamesha also enjoys learning about other cultures through reading, art, language, dancing, and especially cuisine.

Historic Real Estate: Dutch Style Edition

Posted on: February 27th, 2015 by Jamesha Gibson 1 Comment

 

The Marquis de Lafayette established his headquarters in the Samuel Van Saun House during the Revolutionary War.
The Marquis de Lafayette established his headquarters in the Samuel Van Saun House during the Revolutionary War.

The Samuel Van Saun House -- Wayne, New Jersey

In 1780 the Marquis de Lafayette established his headquarters in the house of Samuel Van Saun in what is now Wayne, New Jersey. Van Saun built this Dutch Style house in the Preakness Valley near the Singac Brook 11 years before Lafayette’s fateful visit. Today, the Samuel Van Saun house not only sustains its significance as a New Jersey Historical Landmark, but it also retains its original Dutch-Style architecture, all while offering modern conveniences. The house has a media room, five bedrooms -- including a master bedroom suite with walk in closets and “his” and “hers” master bathrooms -- and a spacious basement addition also constructed in Dutch Style. Price: $1,999,999... Read More →

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.

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. She is passionate about using historic preservation as an avenue for underrepresented communities to share their unique stories. Jamesha also enjoys learning about other cultures through reading, art, language, dancing, and especially cuisine.

Historic Real Estate: Cozy Cottage Edition

Posted on: February 13th, 2015 by Jamesha Gibson

 

Santarella is known as Tyringham’s gingerbread house.
Santarella is known as Tyringham’s gingerbread house.

Santarella -- Tyringham, Massachusetts

Santarella is located in western Massachusetts’ Berkshires. Built in the Storybook Style by sculptor Sir Henry Hudson Kitson in the 1920s, Santarella is known today as Tyringham’s gingerbread house. This cottage sits on four acres of land that includes gardens, brooks, a lily pond, and woodlands. Two rustic towers that feature guest suites, a Colonial-style farm house, and a two-bedroom owner’s cottage are also included on the property. The towers, farm house, and Santarella itself can be used as destination event and wedding venues. Price: $1,995,000... Read More →

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.

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. She is passionate about using historic preservation as an avenue for underrepresented communities to share their unique stories. Jamesha also enjoys learning about other cultures through reading, art, language, dancing, and especially cuisine.

Historic Real Estate: $500,000 and Below, Bargain Edition

Posted on: January 29th, 2015 by Jamesha Gibson 1 Comment

 

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The Glossbrenner Mansion was designed by British architect Alfred Grindle.

The Glossbrenner Mansion -- Indianapolis, Indiana
The Glossbrenner Mansion was built in 1910 and designed in the Tudor style by British architect Alfred Grindle. This house has carved oak, mahogany, and Circassion walnut paneling along with beautiful stain glass windows complimented by carved stone. This spacious mansion has three stories, five bedrooms, and five half bathrooms. It is in need of tender loving care for further restoration. Price: $500,000... Read More →

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.

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. She is passionate about using historic preservation as an avenue for underrepresented communities to share their unique stories. Jamesha also enjoys learning about other cultures through reading, art, language, dancing, and especially cuisine.

Historic Real Estate: Greek Revival Edition

Posted on: January 16th, 2015 by Jamesha Gibson 1 Comment

 

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Benachi House and Gardens was featured on the television series "Orleans" and "The Big Easy."

Benachi House and Gardens -- New Orleans, Louisiana

The Benachi House is set on the historic Bayou Road in a picturesque scene surrounded by oaks, sycamores, palm, and magnolia trees. Nicholas M. Benachi, Consul of Greece in New Orleans and lucrative businessman, built the house in 1848 in the Greek Revival style as evidenced by its bold symmetry, Greek Key doorways, and banded cornice moldings. The house has nine bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a carriage house, and a lot that holds parking for seven. The Benachi House was featured on Episodes of “Orleans” and “The Big Easy” and continues to be considered for possible film locations. Damages sustained by the house during hurricane Katrina have been completely repaired. Price: $3.995 million... Read More →

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.

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. She is passionate about using historic preservation as an avenue for underrepresented communities to share their unique stories. Jamesha also enjoys learning about other cultures through reading, art, language, dancing, and especially cuisine.

Historic Real Estate: Queen Anne Edition

Posted on: January 2nd, 2015 by Geoff Montes

 

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The sprawling seven-bedroom Chaffinch House was built in 1894.

The Chaffinch House -- Easton, Maryland

The stately Chaffinch House was built in 1894 and is one of the Easton’s most striking examples of Queen Anne Victorian style. Named after original owner William P. Chaffinch, the sprawling 3,000 square-foot mansion remained in the Chaffinch family until it was sold by William’s daughter Louise in 1943. Later owners turned the seven-bedroom house into a bed and breakfast, which is now in the midst of an elegant renovation. The house’s unique design consists of a wrap-around porch with custom railings, key-hole windows, oriels protruding from the walls, fishscale shingles, gables, and an octagonal turret with a tall peaked roof. The 3.5-story house also comes with a fenced-in backyard and a one-car garage. Price: $439,500... Read More →

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.

Geoff Montes

Geoff Montes

Geoff Montes is the Editorial Assistant for Preservation magazine. He enjoys Art Deco architecture, any activity that can be done at the beach, and cotton candy.