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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Hidden Plainfield: Signed Stickley

Craftsman cottage looks down over its setting.
Today's Hidden Plainfield is a Craftsman cottage looking over its neighborhood from an imposing setting, nestled amid old-growth trees.

I once sold this house when it was occupied by a friend who took a job transfer. The house was bought by his company and sold through their relocation division.

It was then a five-bedroom house with intact original Craftsman built-in cabinetry and wood trim, with a working fireplace and a gazebo in the back yard.

The house also had intact hand-crafted bronze wall sconces and ceiling fixtures, with a signed Gustav Stickley door knocker on the front door.

I had quite a dustup with the appraiser hired by my friend's company, who came in with a lowball appraisal of $149,00. When I challenged the figure and got a chance to see the paperwork, the appraiser -- no architecture fan -- had classified the home as a 'Cape Cod'.


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Anonymous said...

When I guess based on topography, I am usually wrong, but I like to guess. Houses along Sheridan west of Grant Avenue sit on a rise. That's my guess.

Anonymous said...

This house is on West Eighth Street between Grant Avenue and Hobart.

If it is the same house there was property to the left of the picture which was also part of the same property, but I believe it was sold off and a house was built on it.

At one time there was a big tree in the middle of the sidewalk and the sidewalk pavement went around the tree on both sides. That tree was on the bottom of the hill out of view of this photo on the extreme right side -- I believe the tree came down sometime in the late 50's early 60's.

oldskooler said...

The hidden property is on West 8th Street between Grant Ave and Hobert Street.

oldskooler said...

The hidden property is on West 8th Street between Grant Ave and Hobert Street.

Anonymous said...

You betcha, W. 8th Street. G & R's old house.

Jan said...

This house is on 8th St. just west of Grant St. This block - mostly the South side of the street - has a number of very charming houses including some nice Tudors.

Anonymous said...

My family lived in the house from the '40s until 1966... I grew up there! It was a wonderful home in a great neighborhood. I remember playing cards on the front porch in the summer and endless games of hopscotch on the sidewalk. Sledding down the front yard hill (it seemed so much bigger then!) in winter. I felt like the luckiest kid in the world.