Friday, January 13, 2012

Preservation Potentials: 42 + 44 N. Maple Street


Attention: Victorian House Lovers, Steampunks, Anglophiles, and fellow appreciators of all things antique! I'm not sure old-house hunters outside the immediate area realize the unique architectural offerings this quaint city has in store. In some cases these houses will require a little creativity to restore them to their former glory, but most will have retained a large semblance of the magnificent days of English-inspired American architecture, for a fraction of the cost found in other areas.

Today's featured house is a buy one get one free special of sorts! For $100,000 you can own both sides of a circa 1880 Victorian duplex. Rent the one side and it will virtually pay for your mortgage while you live in the other half, as each side has over 2300 square feet of space. This house sits nestled inbetween immaculately maintained Victorian houses of similar style in a beautiful section of Woodbury.

The external condition of this house retains many original Victorian architectural features such as stone porch, wood trim and fretwork, brick quoins, and I believe a slate roof. It also features a nice sized yard with a view of Stewart Lake! The only catch, I suppose, is that until recently it was used a daycare center and will take some work to convert the interior of the building back into a proper home, or homes.

This lovely property will be auctioned on May 18th at 1:00 PM! It is my opinion that reviving a once grand city is a community effort that largely starts at home. Vested homeowners that value the history and heritage of their house and who treat their house as an extension of the family and not just some place to crash, can and do make a difference. Preserve the past, to better the future!