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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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Chris DiMattei left a comment for E. G. Richard
"Yes I am still here, but you may way to email me directly, so you can include any attachments you may want to send along.  My email address is crdimattei@gmail.com  Thanks."
Jan 9
tom replied to Chris DiMattei's discussion Do you live in a George F. Barber "pattern book" house?
"wow, yes it really does, thank you"
Sep 25, 2016
caseypratt replied to Chris DiMattei's discussion Do you live in a George F. Barber "pattern book" house?
"It looks sort of like design 37 in the Barber book."
Sep 25, 2016
Chris DiMattei replied to Chris DiMattei's discussion Do you live in a George F. Barber "pattern book" house?
"Tom, There is much that I can share with you regarding the design of your home, and the architect who created it.  Please send me an email message to crdimattei@gmail.com so I can replay with some more info and some neat graphics.…"
Sep 25, 2016
Chris DiMattei replied to Chris DiMattei's discussion Do you live in a George F. Barber "pattern book" house?
"Tom, Congrats on your new home, she sure is a beauty.  Can you tell me the address of it, so I can see what I have in my files?  Thanks."
Sep 24, 2016
tom replied to Chris DiMattei's discussion Do you live in a George F. Barber "pattern book" house?
"This is one of his houses."
Sep 23, 2016
Stephen Aleman replied to Chris DiMattei's discussion Do you live in a George F. Barber "pattern book" house?
"Chris, A few people have told me your are the authority so I turn to you in hopes that you might be able to help with a reference question.We will soon be auctioning a historic home in Murfreesboro, TN that we believe was designed by George F…"
Jun 13, 2016
Mike Anderson replied to Chris DiMattei's discussion Do you live in a George F. Barber "pattern book" house?
"Joseph T Potter Residence (c.1889), Edgewood/Park City Historic District, Knoxville.TN. Well on Her way to regaining Her Victorian Coat of Many Colors."
Dec 20, 2015
Ken Gasper replied to Chris DiMattei's discussion Do you live in a George F. Barber "pattern book" house?
"UPDATE: We discovered a 1900 newspaper clipping verifying the house was designed by Henry C Trost. Trost studied with Frankloyd Wright in Chicago. He was responsible for most of historic downtown El…"
Sep 29, 2015
Chris DiMattei left a comment for Bruce Perry
"Bruce, I do have some information that I am happy to share with you.  Please email me directly at the following email address, so we can correspond directly through email.  Thanks for reaching out. Chris DiMattei crdimattei@gmail.com"
Apr 17, 2015
Bruce Perry left a comment for Chris DiMattei
"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?…"
Apr 17, 2015
Tammi Frazier replied to Chris DiMattei's discussion Do you live in a George F. Barber "pattern book" house?
"Thank you so much!! We do not normally have that much snow. I had to dig a few years back to get that picture. We get ice occasionally... that's it. The house has its original boiler system that still works perfectly!! We did install central…"
Feb 25, 2015
Chris DiMattei replied to Diane Turner's discussion Do I have a Barber Home?
"Diane, sorry I did not post a reply to this earlier, Somehow I missed your post to the forum.  Anyway, Casey is correct, this house is an example of George F. Barber's design #1, for the pattern book entitled "Cottage Souvenir No.…"
Jan 20, 2015
caseypratt replied to Chris DiMattei's discussion Do you live in a George F. Barber "pattern book" house?
"Hi, That is so amazing. Do you have a blog about it? Gosh. Houses that big should have geothermal heat; looks like you're in a snowy winter climate. Casey"
Jan 20, 2015
Chris DiMattei replied to Chris DiMattei's discussion Do you live in a George F. Barber "pattern book" house?
"Tammi, thanks for posting the photos of your beautiful home.  It looks stunning with the fresh snowfall, in one of your pictures.  There is much that I would love to share with you, regarding the design, and the architect who designed it.…"
Jan 19, 2015
Tammi Frazier replied to Chris DiMattei's discussion Do you live in a George F. Barber "pattern book" house?
"This is our 1906 George F. Barber home. 2.5 years to renovate and worth every second. We have lived here for 12 years now.  I know of two other duplicates to our home in Rolling Fork, MS and Keywest, FL. I was curious as to any others that were…"
Jan 19, 2015

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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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http://www.flickr.com/groups/cottage_souvenirs/

Comment Wall (5 comments)

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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