A trip down memory lane: 1890 Colorado Victorian

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Franklin street Victorian

Have you ever wanted to see inside a house you lived in decades ago? Me too!

One of my readers recently contacted me with a listing for an old house she used to live in during the 1980’s.

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image from: realtor.com

“It looks beautiful now but they took out the red Chambers stove – travesty!”

Yes, blasphemous about the stove. But let’s have a peek inside this historic Colorado charmer…

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image from: realtor.com

The home is in a great location in the historic downtown area of Colorado Springs, and this is reflected in the $428,800 price tag. I know, I know.

But look how perfect it is!

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Actually, you are getting 2 houses for the price of one because in addition to the 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom main house, there is ALSO a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom guest house! (I believe these pictures only show the main house, though.)

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The kitchen looks sharp, BUT, it is endlessly disappointing that someone yanked out the red vintage stove. A stove like the one pictured below:

image from: http://www.antiquestoves.com/gas%20stoves/images/red90c1/1.jpg
image from: http://www.antiquestoves.com/gas%20stoves/images/red90c1/1.jpg

*sigh*

Says the reader who used to live here [whom I shall refer to as “C” from one of my all-time favorite blogs: Nascara] –

I dream about the house and cooking on the Chambers stove … I never got scared there, not even with all of the old house noise. I felt loved by the house, enveloped in its care for me. I’ve never felt that way, before or since about a home.

I know the feeling.

A glimpse into the butler’s pantry:

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(Note the intricate “hand carved” woodwork!! – C tells me that the original owner did all the wood carving himself!)

Upstairs, there are a couple of adorable bedrooms with those sloped ceilings that make the rooms feel like a cozy nursery:

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image from: realtor.com

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The sweetest vintage bath….

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C disclosed that she had the chance to purchase this house back in the 1980’s for a mere $80,000 but the heating costs were so exorbitant back then, it would have been too costly to afford.

I cried the day we moved.” Says C.

Downstairs, a little nook to cheer your soul…

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image from: realtor.com

And a beautiful perennial garden out back….

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image from: realtor.com

I wonder if the old gal looked much different back in say, the 1960’s or ’70’s? Tastes do change over time – as I am reminded when I look back at the evolution of my childhood home.

Anyway, thanks to C from Nascara for telling me about this nostalgic gem – I can feel the love and affection for this old house.

 

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Sources:

http://www.trulia.com/property/3095342419-232-N-Franklin-St-Colorado-Springs-CO-80903

http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/232-N-Franklin-St_Colorado-Springs_CO_80903_M22132-18383?row=19#modal_PhotoGallery

http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/232-N-Franklin-St-Colorado-Springs-CO-80903/13616744_zpid/

 

 

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