File this house under “They don’t make ‘em like this any more.” The stunning Queen Anne Victorian was built in 1897 in Osceola, Iowa, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s known as “The Banta House” and was designed by the popular Victorian-era architect George Barber.
The house, which features 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, 3 fireplaces, and 3 porches, is on the market for only $300,000. It has been restored, but it needs some decorating help. As I was looking through the photos, I was plotting how I would redo everything. Take a look and see what you think!
It has only had two owners since it was built, which is pretty amazing for a house of its age (114).
This is called “The Greeting Room.” I like the sound of that.
The front parlor is completely dominated by the wallpaper, which really needs to go.
The listing says the house has 2,423 square feet, which surprises me. It looks larger than that from the outside.
The architect George Barber sold about 20,000 house plans during his career, marketed worldwide through mail-order catalogs. Over four dozen Barber houses are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You can learn more about him and see photos of other houses he designed here.
Thanks to Amanda for finding this one. She says, “I am dying to know what is behind that attic dormer window above the tower.” Me, too! For more photos and information, check the listing by Mary Erickson at Re/Max.
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