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donald mitchel
Would love to see your house. I`m thinking of working up a database of Barber homes and would appreciate any help. Thanks
Tamara Taylor

Our house in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

Donald mitchell
Beautiful! Love all the gingerbread!
Spence Christie

I have a Barber designed house in Woodbury CT

Barry Knechtel

I am an architect in Lafayette, IN. I've been hired to take a house that has been converted into many apartments and create drawings to get the house back to its original condition.  It turns out, the home is more than likely a Barber home.  I purchased  the downloadable home plans by Barber to use as a guide to help understand where the rooms and stairs once were. 

If anyone is interested in doing research for 928 State Street in Lafayette, IN, originally owned by Harry W. Emerson, I can send you pictures by e-mail.  barry-at-kjgarchitecture-dot-com.



ed crabtree

i have been looking for photos & or any information on the weston fulton house "westcliff". i had the good fortune to see the house & grounds just before it was torn down. i did not manage to get back before the bulldozers went to work. i wanted to get a photo review of it but was too late.


is anything available? i would love to see a set of the original plans.


any reply will be greatly appreciated


thank you


Sorry everyone. Here's the link to the our George Barber, design number 44.


I've been so buried in the house I forgot about this post. ANyway, here's the requested link.




The company web site (EF) is me. I design all that stuff. I tagged the Victorian House project to the web site I designed. A few links are dead as I work on pages, but it gives you an idea what's up.


Thank you everyone.




Here is an article about a couple of Barber homes that are going to be restored here in Knoxville,  TN:




How does one determine whether a house was designed by Barber?  An architectural historian recently visited our house and indicated she thinks it may be a Barber design. She was on vacation at the time, and didn't have her resources immediately available. I expect to hear back from her eventually. 


We know that the house was constructed in 1884, and that in 1899 it underwent a neo-classical renovation in which the porch and pilars and some interior aspects were changed. (We don't really know any details, though.) Our house is listed on the national registry as the William Brach House. The link below is to one photograph of it. I have additional interior and exterior pictures available online, and I'll let you know where, if you'd like to look at them.




Thanks for any help or information.



Hey Everyone!  I need your help!  Knox Heritage in Knoxville, TN received a HGTV Restore America grant to rehab two George Barber houses in the Parkridge neighborhood.  The two designs are Design No. 33 in Cottage Souvenir and a variation design of Design No. 239 in Modern Dwellings.  Over the next nine months Knox Heritage plans to completely restore the two houses to their original design. 

I am wondering if you or if you know anyone that has these designs.  I would love to receive pictures of the exterior and interior of these houses so we have a better idea what we will be putting back.

Please feel free to email me at info@knoxheritage.org or call the Knox Heritage office at (865) 523-8008

 Here is a link to the Knoxville News Sentinel's coverage of Knox Heritage's
Restore America houses. There is also information on George Barber and video
footage of the houses.





Hollie Cook

Program Assistant

Knox Heritage, Inc





Merrymeeting Archives LLC

The BEST resource of George Barber house LOCATIONS that I have found so far has been VICTORIAN JOHN from Washington state. 

There may be a few other people who know more locations, but he is willing to openly share his knowledge!

He is a great appreciator of Barber Homes, and Victorian homes in general, and has a great list of Barber locations - NOW MORE than what is listed in George Barber Homes, since our last conversation of sharing the Barber location lists.

Interestingly, he is of the old school, and communicates by regular mail and telephone.  He has asked me to post these so you may communicate with him -- As a revision to this post: I hung up on him at one point--so even though we don't communicate further, you may benefit from his interest and keen knowledge!

Donald Mitchell

We found another one!  Locust st in Dresden Tn.

Kevin C.

Hey guys, I've just came across this board in a google search.  I'm an architectural designer and just picked up an original Geo. F. Barber floor plan design book.  The cover is missing but most of the other pages are still intact and in good shape.  Several of the ads are still in the book.  The designs range in number from Design No 1 (has a round turret in the front with a round porch wrapping around it.  Cost to build - $5,250) to Design no. 70 (ornate gazebo) and then it continues the design numbers through some very nice details.  In the back of the book is a small print of each floor plan and cost detail followed by several letters of praise each dated from 1892.


Any light you guys can share on this book would be very appreciated.  My plans were to disassemble the book and frame most of the pages for hanging in my office for decoration.  Might not go that route now.


Thanks for your help.



Kevin C.

Sorry, I forgot to subscribe to this thread....


Dear Donald -- Thank you very much! 


We didn't know about Dresden, TN Barber house! 


A list of many of the Knoxville Barber houses are listed on the Restore Knoxville website. 


We believe there is also a Barber house in each of these TN cities:

  • Lebanon, TN
  • Pulaski, TN
  • Rockwood, TN
  • Seymour, TN

Rena, manager

Merrymeeting Archives LLC






Rob Leroux, I believe that your house on page 4 of the site is the same as the Foy Beasley Hamilton house that I posted on page 3 of this site.  Does anyone have any information on the floor plans of these houses?  I found out that the Foy Beasley was built in 1895 in Eufaula Alabama, by a Mr. Britt. 


Thanks, Shirley

Doug Franklin

There is a No. 2 George Barber for sale in Ladonia, Texas. Information may be found at the link below:



Regards, Doug Franklin 903-456-2687

Donald Mitchell

I found one in Helna, Ar. The Pilow-Thompson House, a B and B.


Stephen Jobe

Wow! I had no idea what I had!

I am a residential architect in Greensboro, NC. Years ago, my brother was living in Columbia, SC and worked part time for someone who bought old estates. He found and gave me the following:

  • an envelope from Geo. G. Barber & Co. Architects, Knoxville, Tennessee postmarked Jan. 27, 1897. Addressed to W. M. Reedy MD, Clio, South Carolina
  • a typewritten letter to W. M. Reedy, M.D. responding to a request for a house design - dated Jan. 26, 1897 on Geo. Fl Barber & Co. Architects letterhead
  • a two-sided printed sheet - one side gridded for floor plan sketching by the homeowner and other side a checklist for details desired in the house
  • a schematic floor plan drawn in pencil on tracing paper for a proposed one-story house. Walls are colored in yellow and brick fireplaces are colored in red

All materials are in excellent condition. I have never been to Clio, so I do not know if the house is in existence.

Does anyone have information about this house? Is anyone interested in these drawings?

Donald Mitchell

Yes,were very interested! As I understand documents of this type are fairly rare.

David Shaw

We have owned a George Barber home in Alabama since 1996. I poste about it on this forum some time ago. It's now for sale and listed on eBay if anyone is interested. Our house is the only known example of Rosemont, which was also the design of Barber's own final family home in Knoxville. It is a transitional free-classic Queen Anne with very elaborate woodwork. We have loved it, but have had to relocate and need to pass it on to someone who will love it as much as us.

Donald Mitchell

Are there any books or magazines that show the 1900-1910 homes? I would like to get more information on these as I suspect there are more barber houses in the town that i live in. A friend of ours is buying one that has fabulous floors and a bow front and porch turret that I feel might be one.

Jackie Freeman

I found this website looking for information on George F. Barber himself. I

collect "Shelia's" which are miniature wood replica's of historical houses with the history written on the back.

I have several of the George F. Barber miniatures and a poster she made

from some of his actual plans, with his picture on it. At the time I acquired

the poster, I met either his grandson or great grandson, George F. Barber Jr.

who was in this 80's in 1997. I am interested in some history on George F.

Barber.  I understand some of the Barber houses can be found in my hometown of Houston,Texas in an area called "The Heights" I have not scouted them out as of yet.




My all time favorite Barber home is the Sloca house in Fairfield Iowa.  I don't know what plan number it is (I would love to know).  Built in 1896, i feel it was his best house design.  I know a book titled Victorian Architecture of Iowa by William Plymat Jr.that has a few authentic George Barber houses and some that might be. 

Donald Mitchell

I always recognize the several variations on this plan by the stairs decending both sides of the porch turret. And a wonderful carriage house too!


Of course it is my favorite - I look at it from my office window next door!


We publish a Digital Download eBook version of

Cottage Souvenir #2, 1891, by George Barber

available at housemouse.net/ebooks/plan0104.htm


I also have been traveling around taking pictures of other Barber houses. The last trip, we looked in 3 Illinois cities that were SUPPOSE to have Barber houses, but had no known street address.  


We didn't find any! lol.  But we found an amazing array of historic houses that completed our trip.


This is a picture of the Sloca in Fairfield before the renovations that are in-progress. The house is looking better and better each year!  They will keep the exterior color the same, which I think is GREAT!  The house is amazing.



Sloca mansion in Fairfield, Iowa

For anyone interested in George Barber's "New Model Dwellings And How Best To Build Them," from 1895-96, I found a microfiche copy at the University of Florida's Art and Architecture library. The microfiche printer was probably as old as the publication (or seemed to be anyway) so my print out wasn't the best quality, but at last I have it in my hands!

If you are interested in finding a library near you with a copy, go to Find In A Library at:

I'm hoping someone will publish it someday like Cottage Souvenir #2.
Allen Warren



My name is Allen Warren.  My wife and I purchased the pictured home in Forest Grove, OR (~30 miles west of Portland) in 1997, placed it on the National Historic Register shortly thereafter and are in the process of renovating it.  The home was originally built ~1888 by George Macrum.  The picture as shown was taken in the early 1900's when the residence was used as the first hospital in the area.


I've spoken with several individuals about the possible architect and the name that continues to surface is George Barber.


For those who have actually perused the 'Cottage Souvenir #2', does this home resemble any found in Barber's book?


Thank you,

Allen Warren



I just checked Cottage Souvenir #2 by Geo. Barber,

and Shoppell's Co-operative Building Plans, and no matches.


The towers in Shoppell's are closer to your house's tower, and the proportions in Barber's are very similar to your house.  


Perhaps Alissa, above, will know if there is a match in Barber's New Model Dwellings?


Allen, your home is wonderful! But it doesn't match any of the designs in Barber's New Model Dwellings.

You are all incredibly kind to respond so quickly.


It truly is a wonderful home though in much need of renovation.  For those unfamiliar with Portland, OR and, in particular, Forest Grove, a little info . . . Forest Grove is ~30 miles west of Portland.  In the late 1800's, George Macrum, an successful Portland businessman, decided to build a large home in Forest Grove and move the family there.  In researching Macrum, neither the local expert historian (Jo Morelli, an unbelievable woman who REALLY knows her history) nor the individual I hired to help me complete the National Historic Register application could ever find out exactly why Macrum chose to move his family out to Forest Grove and who might have been the architect for the home.  Some think possibly Macrum wanted his children to attend the local private university (Pacific).  Others think maybe he wanted a more rural setting for his family. For whatever reason, Macrum moved his family and 3 servants to Forest Grove and was one of the main backers for the first electric power plant in Forest Grove.


The home is the only standing residence of 3 huge homes built around the turn of the century.  The Macrum home has 3 floors and a basement.  Each floor is ~2000 sq. ft.  We have 5 fireplaces on the first floor and 5 on the second.  Oddly enough, no fireplaces or heating ducts run to the 3rd floor.  In 1901, not too many years following the Macrum family setting in, Mr. Macrum passed away and his wife chose to move the family back to Portland.  I chuckled when I first read this figuring her husband probably didn't ask her opinion about moving to Forest Grove originally.  Anyway . . . a few years later the home was purchased and turned into the first hospital in the area but closed towards the end of WWI due to lack of medical supplies and "constant flooding in the basement during the wet Oregon winters."


The home went through various owners and was even abandoned during the Depression era.  We found pictures taken when the home was abandoned and vandalized.  Unfortunately, the bank owning the home sold off most of what is actually the true front portion of the property.  When people drive by the home they see the side and believe it's the front of the home.  We hope someday to be able to purchase the two lots that encompass most of the original front lawn, raise the homes and restore the rightful front lawn.


We purchased the home in 1997 from Marty Warner, a passionate lady who had owned it since the early 50's and ran the first preschool in the area appropriately named "Castle PreSchool" because of the prominent turret feature.  Marty didn't have much money but to her credit, she never "pieced out" the home to raise funds.  It was in incredibly rough


The home is not terribly ornate as you might expect from a home of this style.  But it does have wonderful wood throughout.  It's truly amazing the quality of all the wood: no knots or blemishes.  Shortly after we purchased the home someone remarked, "You should sell off all the trim, tear down the home and build new."  Even though I did tell this person they were silly, I realize the home probably indeed is worth more pieced out.  And even though the renovation is taking more funds and time than I could have ever dreamed to have correctly calculate, it's too beautiful to even consider razing it.

Donald Mitchell

I may be way off but I sugguest looking at New York architecture from the late 1890s. Just explore photos and look for similar details. The first architect that comes to mind is Charles Miller. Good luck in your hunting!

Andie & Victor
We recently purchase what appears to be a George F. Barber home. However, we're unfamiliar with the catalog number that would have been assigned to this model.
It has been identified by the township as a Barber home, however there is much discussion on whether Mr Shaw used materials from his lumber mill or if the materials were shipped to Springwater.
Here's a the link to Springwater's web page on the home. Note that the colours of the home have been changed since we purchased the property.
If you are aware of, or, an owner of a home like ours we'd be most appreciative hearing about it. We'd like to know the various details of the home exterior/interior that ours may have had, but has since been lost.
She's a labour of love and we would greatly appreciate any insight!
I finally scanned in all 136 pages of George F. Barber's "New Model Dwellings And How Best To Build Them." This is a catalog that came out after Cottage Souvenir #2. The quality is not great – I had to use an ancient microfiche printer at the University of Florida, and most of the photographs are illegible. But the drawings and copy are fairly readable.

Please email me if you would like a copy. I have it in pdf format and after all the work of scanning it, would be happy to share it with other "Barberites" like myself. Hopefully someone will publish a pristine copy someday.
Bob Bersell

Fellow Barberites.... I am a member of the Mount Dora Historical Society here in Florida. We are fortunate to have one of the really great, beautifully preserved Barber house here...the Donnelly House, which has been widely written about, including by Michael Tomlin.  We have just commissioned a limited edition of 100 of the Sheila's house plaques of our house. This issue was discontinued a while ago, and has been out of production. These earlier issues are being sold, I see, on e-bay in the $40.00+ range. These, being limited, should be even more collectible. I will offer these to Barberites for $25.00 including tax and shipping.(They will retail for $24.95 plus tax and shipping.) If you'd like one please mail me a check for $25.00,payable to the Mount Dora Historical Society,to: Bob Bersell, PO Box 542,Mount Dora, FL 32756, and I'll get it right off to you.. By the way,I am conducting tours of the house on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. If you come our way I'd love to see you. You contact me at: (352) 735-6900.

bob bersell
I think I should ad some more about the Donnelly/Barber house here in Mount Dora. It is a much "enhanced" version of plan number 1 from Barber's 1892 "Souvenir..." book.Professor Tomlin, in his introduction to the Dover press reprint describes it as a residence built to display the sucess, etc.of its owner.The locals her called it "Mr. Donnelly's Gingerbread House".It is a beauty,and beautifully maintained by the Masonic Lodge which owns it. Its interior has been much changed in order to adapt it to Lodge use,but we are currently attempting to restore the grand entrance hall and sitting room behind it to their former appearance. I got involved when it was decided to open the house up for tours,which the Masons had never done, and they needed a house historian to try to re-create the original interior layout, which I think I have done fairly successfully, based on Barber's  book and what the house itself told me. I am really enjoying doing my house tours and have created a slide show to enhance the experience.The house was built in 1893 and Mr.Donnelly lived in it until he died in 1930, after which it ultimately passed to the Masons.
Our Sheila's plaque really does it justice, and I'm happy that I ordered it reissued, even for just a limited re-run, which,by the way is an exclusive of the Mount Dora Historical Society. My e-mail address is: doloresber@aol.com

This message board is managed by Merrymeeting Archives LLC, publishers of the PDF download version of Cottage Souvenir #2

The Mt Dora house is a gem, and the closer you look, the more dazzling it is. 

Donald Mitchell

Yes ,Rena has some fantastic photos of the Donnelly house as well as several others from florida in her E-book. Great job Rena!

Marty McWhirter
Well, I just discovered my husband & I own a house that George Barber lived in for a couple of years. It was his last residence & he died at home there. The house is in Knoxville, TN. I have seen the obituary that says he died @ home at 1701 E. Glenwood. I looked up in the city directory & his residence is listed as 1701 Coleman in the 1913 & 1914 directory (no listing in 1915, the year he died). It also says Glenwood (Coleman), meaning that Coleman was renamed Glenwood around that time. (This is also backed up w/ Sanborn maps.)

What I can't prove, as yet, is that he designed and built the house. It would make sense that he did- the other 2 houses he lived in (in Knoxville) he designed & had built. This house is also not one of the Victorians. I guess it is some sort of Colonial- maybe Colonial Revival?  A big departure from what he is best known for. It is a small, house, too. (2BR/1BA)  It has been vacant for the last several years as we've slowly been working on it. The yard is way over grown.  We'll work on that & then I'll post a picture of it. I also need to look at some of the old deeds & surch out other possible ways to ascertain if this is one of his designs. Whew.... lot's to do!
Jewell Williams

I own a beautiful 1903 George Barber home in Bristol, Tennessee. It is in amazing condition for a home that old. It has five tiger oak fire places and a staircase to die for.

Please post a photo! I'd love to see your house!
Donald Mitchell

Me too!


I work with the Downes-Aldrich house in Crockett, Texas. Built in 1893 with George Barber plans. It is an historical home museum listed in the registry.

Who would have thought, so many years ago, that anyone else would have ever cared about George Barber and his house designs. My late husband was passionate about Barber's work and as we lived in Knoxville TN, where Barber lived and worked there was a lot to be passionate about. Unfortunately, Knoxville,at that time, was an excellent example of the statement that genius is seldom appreciated in one's hometown.  Numerous Barber houses were destroyed with heartbreaking casualness. I loved the photo of the house built with the same plans as Rosemont in Knoxville.  I was in front of the bulldozer when Rosemont came down for a parking lot. It had not been abused and was lovely. I was lucky enought to salvage (I had very little time!) a few of the shaped bricks from the fireplace, I think I still have a porch light, and I do still have what is possibly the orginal toliet paper holder!  Perhaps another time I can relate more information.
So wonderful to see that Barber is being recognized for his beautiful work and that there is also an interest and appreciation of his work in his hometown.
Heather Bryson
I live in design no. 53 of George Barber's. My home was built in 1892 and is on the National and State Historical register. It is very unusually because it is in Durango, Co. I believe it is the only one of Barber's here in our area. .Please check out my web site at Durangobedandbreakfast.com. I purchased the house 37 years ago and turned it in to a Bed & Breakfast 17 years ago. Everyone who enters my home falls in love with it. Sincerely, Heather
In Keokuk, Iowa is a wonderful example of a Barber creation. Built in 1897 (as a wedding present) is was the private home of prominent Keokuk residents before being renovated and turned into a Bed & Breakfast called the Grand Anne. Here is the website listing http://www.bbonline.com/ia/grandanne/ They found the original architect drawing while renovating and had them framed and hung in the foyer. This house's exact twin is located in Wyoming but I was unable to find any information online about it.

Re: my previous post - I believe I found a couple of pics of the Grand Anne twin in Rawlins, WY. http://wyoshpo.state.wy.us/gferris.htm and http://www.wyomingtalesandtrails.com/rawlins3.html
Donald Mitchell
Thanks for the links Tim, I always love to see another Barber design. Heres a link to the house Susan abovre spoke of in Texas.

Donald, thanks for Downes-Aldrich house pic. I see these homes and want to enter and explore and learn their history.

A much better pic of the Grand Anne: http://keokuk-ia.com/tourism/KeokukImages/grandanne2.JPG

Stayed in Clydes Retreat one Thanksgiving, got up early in the morn, and snapped this pic - right out of a fairy tale: http://www.geocities.com/bibliofile/GA_BandB.jpg

Here's the Clydes Retreat room - very comfortable: http://www.geocities.com/bibliofile/Clydes.jpg

The Grand Anne's twin - another pic of the The Ferris House in Rawlins, WY. Notice the stairs coming off forward of the porch at right - the Grand Anne porch is larger with no stairs. Of course the owners of these homes could modify the plans as they saw fit: http://wyshs.org/cal-1986.htm

The Ferris House today: http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/rm_restoration_homes_areas/article/0,1797,HGTV_3787_1378988,00.html

Ferris House today: http://homepage.mac.com/georgepost/PhotoAlbum3.html

Some other spooky history on the Ferris House: 'Two men were killed in construction accidents during the erection of the house and in the late 1800’s, Cecil Ferris, the youngest son was accidentally killed by an older brother who was playing with a gun. He is seen wandering the mansion. There has been poltergeist activity, weird sounds and lights turning off and on. There is also a woman in a long flowing nightgown that haunts the kitchen area. The mansion is now a bed and breakfast and guests report sightings and noises at night."

Keokuk, IA is my hometown and I love its history and architecture. Keokuk sits on a 300 ft bluff overlooking the Mississippi River (and Lock and Dam #19, AND the only hydroelectric plant on the River) and was a thriving industrial and commercial center in the late 1800s/early 1900s. Sitting right above the bluff is Park Place and Grand Avenue, 20+ blocks of mansions and grand homes built by the prominent members of her community. Several versions of several building styles are represented with spectacular views of the River. Keokuk has several homes listed in the National Register, including the Grand Anne.

When she opened as a B&B I was determined to stay in every room and find her history. Clyde Royal Joy, a leading businessman in Keokuk, had this house built in 1897 as a wedding present for his bride.The structure was built for $12,500 from plans made by Barber. Its beautiful, authentic and original - except for the lattice work, which is now gone, that was in the foyer and along the dividing walls in the 1st-floor rooms. The 3rd-floor ballroom has been converted into two lovely guest rooms (with great views) and a billiard room.

A little online research indicates Barber has two other homes in Keokuk. I will have to research this and get back to you.

Looks like I'll be purchasing the Cottage Souvenir #2 too!

Sorry for the long post - I require complete information, as I think anyone interested in these homes does.

Donald Mitchell

Thanks Tim. I would like to put together an album of barber homes someday. Were too busy on this one now to do anything like that but were not that far fom Knoxville and may make the trip to photograph sole of those. My mother in law lives in Murfreesboro, not to far from there. I`m sure theres some in Nashville too. I made a lot of pics on Fatherland St which is undergoing a lot of renovation and they are infilling vacant property with very nice looking victorian style homes. Right now were pulling off the vynil siding one section at a time and stripping and painting. Here is some pics of Christies cut in work. Oil base, Three coats. The woodwork was very crisp when we got it stripped of old paint.

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