“It’s a nice little house,” he said, “Full of Victorian goodies. There’s one problem. It’s being torn down for a parking lot. It will have to be moved.” I opened the door, and stood, amazed. Columns, holding an arch to the dining room. Beyond, another squared arch to a large kitchen. Bay windows. High ceilings. Pocket doors to an office. And on the corner–a turret, perfect for a Victorian Christmas tree! Tear it down? Not on THIS woman’s watch!
It took months to find the money, find a lot, design and excavate and pour a full walk-out, 9 foot basement with many openings for doors and windows, and have it moved. On the last nice day of the year, Nov. 30, 2000, it took three hours to go the first 2 1/2 blocks, and three hours for the last 100 ft., winched with chains to the walnut trees on the hill. That night, a snowstorm blew in, and it was another month before we could slide it over onto the foundation.
This Edwardian Vernacular home was built in 1906, the year electricity first came to Cassville. It is solid, framed of oak. The roof is old, but has no leaks. The basement is dry. It sits in the center of a double lot, ringed with trees, and has room for gardens, and for a garage if you wish. Much has been done, but there is still much to do. The wraparound porch and the large back deck had to be torn off for the move. The porch is only half replaced, and the deck not at all. It also needs a central heat and air unit.
The main floor has a 19’x15′ living room, with a 6′ diameter corner turret, a 12’x16′ dining room with a full bay window, a 12’x15′ kitchen with center island, a 15’x15′ office, a 6’4″ x 9′ bathroom with a claw-foot tub, and two bedrooms, 12’4″x12’4″, and 14’x11’8″, with another full-wall bay window. Upstairs, under the hip roof, is a 19’x16′ unfinished bedroom, and a 7’x11′ bath. The basement is 36’x46′, with a gravel floor and rough plumbing for a kitchen, 2 bathrooms, and a laundry. It has 5 large openings for 2- or 3- panel French Doors, and two sets of high windows
The house is located in a small (+/- 4,000 people) town in the Missouri Ozarks, considered both the Upper South and the Lower Plains. It is a beautiful area of trees, lakes, and farmland. Weather is generally mild, and the growing season stretches from March to November. The house is sheltered from destructive storms by a hill to the southwest. Demographically, the area is strongly white, conservative, and Christian. Liberals get a bit lonely, here. Cassville is the County Seat of Barry County, and so has far more retail and services than most towns its size. It is a well-run, friendly place, with half to two-thirds of the population coming from other places. Though we lost some businesses from the pandemic, we were never fully locked down, and the town is not deteriorating. It is a resort area, majoring in fishing and hunting. There are many attractions nearby, such as Branson, Missouri and Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and we have several larger cities located just over an hour’s drive–Springfield, Joplin, and Fayetteville-Rogers.
Five years ago, I was in a bad car accident, and nothing has been done since. At 74, I am too old to continue this project. I am staying in the area, but downsizing. I will not sell to an investor or flipper, but am looking for a person or family who will love and enjoy this little piece of history. The price reflects the modest real estate values in the area and the work that needs to be done. A cash sale would be best, as the house is unique, and no comps will be found.
I will be glad to answer questions by email.
Updated on July 21, 2021 at 10:34 am