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 has 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, 3 fireplaces, and 3 porches. Take a look!
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 kitchen has old-time charm:
The listing says the house has 2,423 square feet, which surprises me. It looks larger than that from the outside.
The formal dining room has potential with the big windows and the fireplace, but I’d love to see the carpet pulled up.
One of the bedrooms, where the third fireplace can be found:
One of the four baths:
Love all the windows and the light coming into this room:
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.
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.