The 1894 Charles J Daum house in Blackford Grove sits high on Washington Avenue’s tower row, with its 3 story turret over the main entrance rising like a beacon for the Victorian era’s Queen Anne style. It’s now on the market with fair warning: you may melt onto the inlayed floors in a pool of envy at the sight of the immense Victorian casings, rich original woodwork, beveled glass, and intricate hardware.
If the architectural integrity wasn’t already stunning enough, the original wooden overhead tambour door from the J G Wilson Manufacturing Co is an absolute jaw dropper, shutting off the main stairwell for all those times when Victorian social recreation clamored late into the night and the kids needed some peace and quiet upstairs before they arose early to be chauffeured to etiquette school with a liveried driver.
Whether you’re looking at a home from 1894 or 1994, recent updates to the roof, full HVAC install, electrical, completely restored woodwork, refinished floors, repaired ceilings, 1800s clawfoot tubs with new bathroom fixtures, and a modern kitchen will give you valuable peace of mind, while the architectural quality throughout will blow your friends’ minds. Off the massive front entry sits two formal parlors, one currently used as a bedroom.
Off the formal dining room sits a full bath with claw foot tub and the well appointed kitchen with large island, solid stone counters, stainless appliances, and a walk out to a beautiful deck and patio. Upstairs you’ll find four bedrooms along an F shaped hall plan, a massive linen room, a landing at the top of the rear stairs, and a large full bath with claw foot tub and a separate room for the water closet. The walkup attic boasts a loft with room for storage and plenty of room for a hammock in the tower room, where in the spring and fall you can fall into a deep sleep thinking about your next Victorian social call.