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Chris DiMattei
 #401 
I know exacly the Barber design you are referring to.  It is one of my favorites.  So far,  have recorded two known examples of this design, one of which still survives.  Please contact me directly via my email address below, so we can share information.

Also, the Mount Pleasant Iowa Barber designs you linked to with your previous post, are ones I posted to Flickr.  That town has one of the best collections of Barber designs in the mid west.

Chris
crdimattei@verizon.net


Marty
 #402 
We have finally started renovations @ George Barber's last home @ 1701 East Glenwood in Knoxville, TN. Funding it ourself, rather than loans. (Thankfully the recession seems to be over & we now can begin to finish this house.) Can't find any plans- think this must have been his retirement house- where he planned to live out his life... which is what happened. He & his wife died here. Had a local historic preservationist tour the house (Anne Bennette) who assured me that it was indeed a George Barber house. The contractor we are using is highly recommended to do the kind of work we want to see done. He just uncovered the plywood ceiling on the porch yesterday & found exposed beams with bead board between them- a real architectural gem discovered! This is so exciting!!
Rena Goff
 #403 
Best of luck Marty.  Post a photo, if you wish!

And thank you Chris for letting me know of the George Barber home in Osawatomie, Kansas. We visited last year [after seeing John Brown's log cabin] and here is one of the Kansas photos --

George Barber house in Osawatomie Kansas.

Along the way there was a Barber home on Rt 34 in Iowa --
The following website has photos that surpass the ones I took! Take a look....
http://hookedonhouses.net/2011/05/29/a-colorful-queen-anne-victorian-for-sale-in-iowa/

KEN PENUEL
 #404 

We are proud owners of Barber home in Fort Gaines, Georgia.  We spent a year restoring it in 2002-2003.  House was built in 1900 and we are only the third owners of the residence.  First got information on the house from Michael Alcorn of UNLV in 2002 via a comedy of coincidences by accident.  (see attached letter below).

 

I have enclosed a picture of the house as it is today.  Interior is original but have added a large kitchen/dining area to rear.  We removed an unfortunate two story porch that had been added perhaps in the 40’s.  But, we added back a screen porch that I found was original to the house via a 1905 photo from across the street.  We live in it each day and love it.



Tim Isenmann
 #405 
Please delete my previous post #404.  Wrong house.

THIS is the house I think is a Barber design in Keokuk, IA.  Can anyone help matching this pic with a design plan from a Barber catalog. 

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=355597237788674&set=o.2405659946&type=1

Joshua Eddleman
 #406 

I have recently started renovations on a 1903 Barber home in Helena, Arkansas. The house retains much of its original features including a speaking tube from the master bedroom to the kitchen. I have also discovered the original paint and hand painted stenciling in the living and dining room. I have included to pictures I found in Barber's American Homes published in 1907. They included the floor plans plus interior views.

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Rena
 #407 

Great house!  Thank you for posting.  It must be nice also to have a "chambers" bedroom, on the first floor.  And the speaking tube at the upper-floor masters to the kitchen -- those were the days! 

 

facebook.com/oldcookbooks

Jennifer
 #408 
This is a house which was recently for sale in Buford, GA (it just went to auction a week ago). It was built for the Allen Family back in the late 1800s and then moved to another location in 1910 when the family decided to build a bigger house on the original lot. I have photos of the original family sitting on the front porch. I'm quite smitten with this house but cannot afford the sales price much less keep up with or afford any renovations (the house was gutted of all it's lighting and many built-ins when the owners foreclosed). Anyway...

I never knew who the builder was but a little internet searching brought me some info. Another site said it was Design #11 in Cottage Souveniers #2 but it sure doesn't match anything at all in the book I just downloaded from housemouse. Then I looked here at the KD Lawrence house in Lovelady TX and saw that it was virtually the same house. That person says it's Design #32 in a Modern Designs book. Can anyone confirm?

My hobby is making dollhouses. Since I can't afford the real thing, I very much want to make a replica of this in 1" scale. Can't do that without floor plans because in 1990 the owners did make some modifications and I can no longer get into the house to take any more measurements and photos.

http://www.greenleafdollhouses.com/forum/index.php?app=gallery&image=68232
Anne
 #409 
I have the same design house in Wilson, NC - it is Design 11, but there are a couple of different editions of his books, so it depends upon the printing. I have found 17 of the same design still in existence across the US.  If you "google" 501 Broad Street, Wilson, NC you will see my house. Mine did have the 3 floor balcony but it was removed over 40 + years ago...(probably about the same time, they enclosed part of the porch).



elaine
 #410 
Jennifer:

Looked at the pics you posted on the Greenleaf site.  Have you ever considered doing a 1/4" scale dollhouse?  I fell onto this forum while looking for Barber House info for a cigar box mansion I want to build.  Quarter inch is a great scale, since it's easy to display a finished house on a tabletop or bookshelf, but it's also big enough to see detail.  Just a thought.

Feel free to email me privately to continue the dollhouse conversation...

writerchick1962 at aim dot com
Otis
 #411 
I do not live in a Barber house, my house started as a center hall "planter" style house in the 1880s, but it was updated and added onto in the 1890s.  I found my porch railings (or very similar ones) in George Barber's 1891 Cottage Souvenir Number 2, on design #4.  This was about the same time other Barber homes were being built in my town, so I assume someone probably had a catalog circulating around.  Was wondering, has anyone else ever seen this design on other homes?  I would be interested to find another home with this same design but have had no luck yet!  I would like to know as close as I can exactly when the addition/updating on my home might have taken place.  Thanks! 

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Jamie
 #412 

Can anyone tell me if this is a Barber house. I was originally told it was a "Sears" home, but some paperwork found in the house leads me to believe it is a Barber. It is also listed on Wikepedia as a Barber home (1908 Mt. carmel, Il). How can I confirm this???

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KEN
 #413 
GEORGE BARBER HOUSE IN FORT GAINES GEORGIA.  WANTED TO POST FLOOR PLAN OF ORIGINAL WHICH I HAD NOT DONE BEFORE.  WE JUST HAD A COMPLETE NEW PAINT JOB TO HELP PREVENT THE PREVALENT MILL DEW PROBLEM HERE IN FORT GAINES GEORGIA.  WE ARE LOCATED ABOUT A MILE FROM THE CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER.  SEEMS TO BE WORKING.  HOPE SO ANYWAY.  
WE ALSO FOUND THE ORIGINAL INTERIOR SHUTTERS FOR THE HOUSE IN THE ATTIC.  REALLY DID NOT KNOW WHAT THEY WERE BUT DISCOVERED THREE SHUTTERS WERE ORIGINALLY ON THE INTERIOR OF EVERY ROOM IN THE HOUSE.  MANUFACTURED BY BURLINGTON VENETIAN BLIND COMPANY OF BURLINGTON VT.  WE HAVE INSTALLED ALL WE HAD, ABOUT 40% OF THE HOUSE, AND THEY REALLY GIVE IT A WARM AND COMFORTABLE FEELING.


Katie
 #414 

My husband and I are looking into buying this home. I've seen online that it was listed as a Barber home but I'm unable to figure out which house plan it was. After some stumbling upon a similar looking home, I may have found a house plan but was unable to locate somewhere online where I could see the floor plan. 
http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1712-Niles-Ave-Saint-Joseph-MI-49085/73886575_zpid/ 

http://www.oldhousedreams.com/2011/03/31/1903-queen-anne-st-joseph-mi/

Those 2 links are of the home were interested in.  

[IStggsbwlaeb151000000000] [1712niles] 

The house it looks similar to, in my opinion, is 1618 Washington in Knoxville, TN. It's really not all that close that, but the closest I've been able to fine. Does anyone have in insight into the house in Saint Joseph, MI?

[1618-washington-knoxville-tn1] http://www.knoxheritage.org/sites/default/files/KH%20George%20Barber%20Homes%20Tour_web.pdf

Marty McWhirter
 #415 
Well,  have been trying to renovate our Barber house (@ 1701 East Glenwood Ave in Knoxville, TN) for about 15 years. Long story short, lack of funds, personal family problems & vandalism have caused many delays.  And now, the city is tired of dealing with us taking so long. They have given us an order to repair or face possible demolition within 60 days. I'm told they don't like tearing down houses- particularly ones that are in good shape & with such importance historically, so I don't think there is any risk of that happening. 

So, we are actively seeking buyers now who can accomplish renovation quickly. In new hands, I am sure the city would give a new owner an extension for completing renovation, if needed, as long as they had a signed contract with a general contractor who would begin serious renovation work with plans to get it back up to code swiftly. Our Codes enforcement has been very patient with us, we just haven't been able to get it completed. (Tho' I did have it almost up to code at one point...)

The neighborhood is definitely undergoing a renaissance. Many of the old homes in this neighborhood have been lovingly restored. There is a large park nearby (Casweel Park has a softball complex & a 100% totally handicapped accessible playground), YMCA (Exercise gym, pool, basketball gym, after school care), & a busy senior center- all within easy walking distance. There is also a nearby 1940's warehouse (a few blocks away- also near the park) that was recently purchased, with plans for mixed residential & retail to go in there. They have plans for a brewery and artist studios. It will really be a big boost to the area. And being so close to the University of Tn Knoxville (~ 3  1/2 miles away), it is a good location to live in. (You could bike, bus or even walk to campus.)

The house is not one of his typical, large Victorian houses. It is only ~ 1200 SF.  I imagine it was the Barber's retirement home. Parkridge, the neighborhood where our house is located, has more Barber houses (in one neighborhood) than anywhere else. Many Barber houses have been restored in this area. Ours was his last house. From looking at historical records, it looks like the house was built around 1911. He lived there for a couple of years with his wife, then they died within months of each other.

 

 

Structurally, every contractor I have had in there (several) tells me it is in very good condition. Vandalism has caused it to look in poor shape externally, mainly from the rear, which only faces an alley (no houses). The siding has been partially stripped from there & a little on the sides (as you can see in photo), and the windows had a lot of broken glass damage this past year (thanks to 3 young hoodlums that were living next door- & thankfully they are gone now). Having the siding stripped from much of the wood frame building (grown up vandals which stripped siding & copper from electric & plumbing) at least allowed us to see that the wood underneath was basically in good shape over all and we have repaired the small areas of damage we could see already. Yes, this house needs someone with the funds to swiftly work on it & get it up to code & have some single family move in to it & love it.

Since this is a MUST SELL situation now, we are asking 29K or best offer for it. There is an additional lot next to it which can be purchased as well (asking ~ 5K for it). There are no liens on the property and it was fully paid off several years ago. The taxes are current. We have several interested parties inquiring about it, and already have one offer we would accept, but it is lower than we'd like. If you are interested, or know of anyone who might be interested, in possibly buying this house- George Barber's LAST house- please get in touch with me as soon as possible.

Marty
865-803-3816 [Glenwood] 

 

 

 

Marty
 #416 
Finally got it listed on our local preservation website. Here's the link:
http://knoxheritage.org/properties-for-sale/the-last-george-barber-house/
Peter Dandridge
 #417 
Hello fellow Barber fans! Just wanted to let you know that a book about George F. Barber, and his work, is now available for pre-order through amazon.com.  Architectural Ragtime: The Houses of Geo. F. Barber & Co., by Chris DiMattei and Michael Alcorn, should be available by the end of September 2015. Search for the title, or "geo f barber", to locate the book; a search for "george f barber" or "george franklin barber" won't bring it up.
Peter Dandridge
 #418 
 . . . . don't click on the Barber & Co. link; it was somehow created automatically, and will not take you to the proper page from which you can order the book. 
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