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Do you live in a George F. Barber "pattern book" house?
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I am researching the work on noted "pattern book" architect, George F. Barber. Barber is credited with the creation of tens of thousands of homes, throughout the USA and Canada, by using a mail-order…Continue

Tags: pattern book, Queen Anne, George Barber, Victorian

Started this discussion. Last reply by tom Sep 25, 2016.

 

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Tell us about yourself:
I am an architect specializing in historic architecture, in particular, Victorian design. I am currently involved in a long term research project that involves the discovery, identification and documentation of homes designed by noted "pattern book" architect, George F. Barber. I am always interested in learning more about any home designed by Barber, so please feel free to contact me if you know of any.
Tell us about your old-house experiences and dreams:
I am in the middle of restoring my own 1890 Queen Anne house as well as my Barber house documentation project. One day soon, I hope to build one of my modern day, Barber design reproductions.
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At 9:23am on December 12, 2009, Mike Anderson said…
Chris..
The house you list as one of George Barbers' Residences on Washington Avenue, was not. As a former owner and long-time Barber Enthusiast, I point out this error. His second Home, "Rosemont" , was at 1715 Washington Avenue. Michael Tomlan visited the sight (1980ish) prior to its Demolition. The home at 1724 is in fact one of Barbers Designs, but, not connected to him in any way I could determine,oiher than his design.

Thanks,

Mike Anderson
At 7:49pm on December 12, 2009, Chris DiMattei said…
Mike, can you give me some additional information relative to your comment? Which Barber residence are your refering to (street address), and which list was it on? By "Barber residence" were you refering to a house that Barber himself owned and lived in, or just one of his designs? Also, can you tell me where you are getting your information about the home at 1715 Washington Avenue? I have the home at 1724 Washington as being the W. O. Haworth house.
At 9:46pm on October 2, 2010, Michele Campbell said…
Hi-the only clue we have is an ash dumping mechanism on the fireplace dated 1893. Also, carefully wrapped in a 1922 local paper were floorboards--a little fancier than the ones there now. Our house has boocoo stained glass windows--even in the attic! Curiously, there are at least 2 other houses within 10 blocks with stained-glass in the attic too...this house is now a 13 acre horse boarding facility--very run down--and was home to a Standardbred pacer-B'Haven, who was horse of the year in 1955. Will send photos soon.
At 3:49pm on October 3, 2010, Michele Campbell said…
If there is a way to privately give you the address, I will. More about the house--it has several groupings of the shaped shingles,(250 on the round porch entryway roof to be exact, that I hope will be replaced by winter,) the other two houses I noticed in the neighborhood are maybe 2-3 blocks to the west. We are currently not living there because of a mildew problem in the basement which will be waterproofed in a week or so, making it livable for asthmatic me. My contractor has brought a boom truck there and I am keeping my fingers crossed he'll get those shingles done, as well as painting, etc..... I think we felt sorry for the house and barn and fence and oh, you know how it is!
At 10:55am on April 17, 2015, Bruce Perry said…

Barber Home Sac City, IA

I'm working on a National Register application for this home in Sac City, IA. I have  Barber's builder's specs for the home which was built in 1912.  Do you have any information on the home?  Thanks

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