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Save This Old House ~ George F. Barber Queen Anne in Ohio $39K ~ Sold

303 N 7th St, Cambridge, OH 43725     $39,000 ~ Sold for $36,900



Oh, someone really needs to save this old house ~ a George F. Barber Queen Anne Victorian Cottage in Cambridge, Ohio. Yes, a George F. Barber!

The home has just come on the market, but with no interior photos. I found the photos below from a listing when the home was on the market back in 2016. The owner who purchased it then had plans to restore the Queen Anne, but since the realtor describes the home as a “shell,” the interior most likely has changed very little from the 2016 photos.


I was not able to discover who the original owner was, but I did find some information from the 1930 US Census. M.L. Spaid and his wife Hannah lived in the home with a servant and a lodger. Spaid had a series of jobs:  a farmer; station agent for the railroad; and a real estate investor while he also served as a congressional delegate. Apparently, he did quite well for himself. While his Barber home was not the most expensive house on the block, at a value of $10,000 in 1930, and with stained glass, multiple gables and domed tower, it certainly was one of the most impressive.

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Save this old house ~ a diamond in the rough. This Victorian Lady was design number 44 in George F Barber’s Victorian Cottage Architecture book, 1891. Over time this structure converted to apartments. The current owner had plans to renovate the home. It is currently a blank slate inside. The home has been rewired with 200 amp service. Everything else needs done. This is a shell of a Queen Anne waiting for prince charming to restore her to her original beauty.



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