Thursday, August 18, 2011

Cincinnati Preservation Bargains: A Victorian Original

Anyone who has restored a historic home will tell you that one of the most expensive parts of restoration can be returning the exterior of a home to its original configuration. Recreating porches of other exterior details can often run in the tens of thousands of dollars.

Finding a relatively untouched Victorian is harder and harder to find these days. This house appears to be on of those rare finds. A classic Brick Victorian , stylistically this looks a lot like one of the A.J. Bicknell and Co Designs. The porch is as built, the 'hood" over the front parlor windows is very nicely detailed and the circular window in the front facing gable is still there, not replaced with a vent like so many other similar houses.. There also appears to be a square bay on the left side. It just doesn't get better than this in terms of originality.

The house sits on a 50 x 100 foot lot and I could easily see  how the addition of a small gazebo in the side yard and a formal English garden would make this a showplace. Priced at a very reasonable 50K, this home at 6241 Chandler looks to be great starting point for someone who wants a substancial Victorian home. A short sale MLS # 1269236 offered by Sonya Walker at K&D Asociates in Real Estate.

Do you know of a Preservation bargain? A home that just needs a preservation minded owner to return it to its former glory? If so email me at and we might feature it here. Since we started this series, dozens of homes are now in Preservation minded hands, saved from the clutches of investors or slumlords. Saving Cincinnati, one house at a a time!

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