Victorian Architecture In Phoenix, AZ

FOR SALE IN PHOENIX! A VERY RARE OPPORTUNITY TO OWN A LATE VICTORIAN QUEEN ANNE Style, circa 1898, The WILLIAM LEWIS OSBORN HOUSE! Fully restored and only $375,900 also zoned commercial C-2 and MORE! Plus, 2 LOTS included in ONE Sale!

1266 West Pierce Street Phoenix, AZ 85007 – MLS # 5666459. Also listed under commercial MLS # 5666545 – Only $375,000


1266 W Pierce St. Phoenix, AZ 85007

Walking up to this WILLIAM LEWIS OSBORN HOUSE, a LATE VICTORIAN QUEEN ANNE Style, circa 1898, listed on The National Register of Historic Places, is like rolling back time to the good ol’ days! It’s impossible not to notice the TWO HUGE wraparound decks, upper AND lower that have BREATHTAKING DOWNTOWN VIEWS & the cross gabled roof in this BOOMING LOCATION! This classic has been FULLY RESTORED, HIGH-END REMODEL THROUGHOUT!

Looking for a live/work space? This is IT! Zoned C-2, C-C, M-H, R-5, allows for mixed-use & much more! With TWO LOTS INCLUDED, they’re options galore & the parking is plentiful.

The features in this Historic Home are ABUNDANT! Connected to the kitchen is THE COOLEST original Butler’s Pantry (10’x6′) w/all original plank wood walls & marble slab.

The restoration of this original floorplan maintained many original features AND now includes new dual pane, Low E windows which are DRAMATIC throughout the home which allows for tons of natural light; Completely new, custom kitchen with high-end custom cabinets, stunning stone countertops, gas stove & all new Energy Star, stainless steel appliances and all new period flooring.

The living room and dining room soar with 10′ ceilings & fabulous crown molding, canned lighting in the living room and the original built-in’s are marvelous! The wood floors throughout the house have been fully restored & are original pine, oak & fir. The baseboards are original throughout with the lower level being 7″ and the upper level being 8″.

The stairwell and railings leading upstairs are all original wood & just spectacular with an over-sized window for natural light! All bedrooms are upstairs are quite large (see specs) and one has French Doors which open to the upper, wrap-around balcony. Two of the three upstairs bedrooms have Jack-n-Jill baths and walk-in closets (one is 7-1/2′ x 6′ and the other is 6’x5′ and has a new sink).

All bathrooms have been fully remodeled yet the ORIGINAL, restored clawfoot tub and the ORIGINAL Presidential sink in EXCELLENT condition remain in downstairs bath. Exposed copper gives a very cool look in this tub & shower area.

There’s a new plastic sewer line, all new copper plumbing & PEX throughout, new dual flush toilets & all new Low-Flow water fixtures. The roof is brand new with a 25-year shingle. There are 2 brand new 13-seer A/C units. The drywall is ALL NEW from ceiling to floor throughout the home along with an overkill of new cellulose insulation in attic. Entire home is newly painted with Low VOC paint. Good-sized laundry room (7×6) on first floor is quite convenient.

The exterior, original, wrap-around full-width Veranda porches and asymmetrical facades have been restored and waterproofed an offer breathtaking views of downtown Phoenix and Arizona’s gorgeous sunsets. The upper deck has all new roll matting and the lower deck was just treated with Valspar Duramax.

This property’s lot size is an entertainers dream which can easily accommodate 100’s of guests as has been done in the past. There’s even a concrete, crescent shaped, multi-stair area which can be used for a stage.

The exterior also has a HUGE custom storage shed on a concrete slab (16×11) AND the ORIGINAL, very cool looking ORIGINAL OUTHOUSE has been restored and is now used to enclose the 60-Gallon hot water heater plus storage space.

Front & rear landscaping is all new with more than 20 new plants & trees, grass, desert landscaping, drip and sprinkler systems with 2 control boxes, multi-zones & timers.

Be sure to check out all the commercial zoning, (like C-2 & more) this property has and the many, many options available! This can be a live/work home, a commercial office perfect for attorneys as the core of downtown is just a few minute drive. The State Capital is 1/2 mile away and the core of downtown is 1 mile or less away. Or, maybe you’re an artist & would like a live/work gallery? This property is move-in ready and get business or life rolling!

County Tax Records of year built and lot size are incorrect. Please see all the COOL docs in the docs tab for verified year built info and lot size, cool, old pictures and much more. Don’t forget to check out the current annual taxes at $404/year! This classic, historic home is one-of-a-kind and is a MUST SEE!

Victorian Style

Victorian Style

Victorian architecture refers to several styles developed during the reign of Queen Victoria

A common mental image of a “Victorian” home looks much like a dollhouse with elaborate trim and bright colors. But the term “Victorian architecture” actually refers to styles that emerged in the period between 1830 and 1910, during the reign of Queen Victoria. The Victorian era spawned several well-known styles, including Gothic revival, Italianate, Second Empire, Queen Anne, stick style, Romanesque style and shingle style.

The Victorian styles evolved largely from the imposing, elaborate Gothic style, which appealed to the romantic Victorian idea that fashion, architecture and furnishings should be beautiful rather than practical. A wealthy Victorian woman’s clothing, for example, involved corsets, hoop skirts and dresses that used yards of fabric. It made sense for the trendy home designs to reflect that excess as well.

Victorian House In Phoenix, AZ

Victorian Architecture – P. Smurthwaite House 1897, Phoenix, AZ

Architects took the ideas of Gothic architecture and added French, Italian, Tudor and even Egyptian details. Designers were free to combine the styles to create several different well-known styles — and combine the styles as they saw fit. As a result, there are few Victorian homes that look the same.

Ideas from the Gothic style may have started the Victorian styles, but a kick from the Industrial Revolution nationalized the trend. Steam-powered sawmills could create elaborate materials cheaper and faster. As a result, late Victorian homes became increasingly ornate. Even lower-income families could afford trim and patterns to turn their existing homes into “folk Victorians.”

The Queen Anne style came into fashion in the 1880’s, at the height of the mass-production of architectural trim. These elaborate, brightly colored homes are the image most people think of when they picture a Victorian home.

As the Arts and Crafts Movement began to hit America, critics accused the Victorians of needless complexity and clutter, advocating a more streamlined, handcrafted home. The style fell out of fashion, but is still very prevalent in historic communities around the country.

Key Elements 

Victorian Homes

Victorian Style Home

Two to three stories. Victorian homes are usually large and imposing.
Wood or stone exterior. The majority of Victorian styles use wood siding, but the Second Empire and Romanesque styles almost always have outer walls made of stone.
Complicated, asymmetrical shape. Unlike the boxy Greek revival style, Victorian homes have wings and bays in many directions.
Decorative trim. Commonly called “gingerbread,” Victorian homes are usually decorated with elaborate wood or metal trim.
Textured wall surfaces. Scalloped shingles, patterned masonry or half-timbering are commonly used to dress up Victorian siding.
Steep, multi-faceted roof or Mansard roof. Victorian homes often have steep, imposing rooflines with many gables facing in different directions. The Second Empire Victorian style has a flat-topped Mansard roof with windows in the side to allow for maximum space inside the house.
One-story porch. A large, wraparound porch with ornamental spindles and brackets is common, especially in the Queen Anne style.
Towers. Some high-end Victorian homes are embellished with a round or octagonal tower with a steep, pointed roof.
Vibrant colors. Before the Victorian era, most houses were painted all one color, usually white or beige. By 1887, bright earth tones like burnt sienna and mustard yellow were in vogue.

Famous Examples

Gingerbread House. A Savannah, Ga., landmark was built by Cord Asendorf in 1889. It’s considered one of the best examples of Steamboat Gothic architecture.
Wedding Cake House. A square brick home in Kennebuck, Maine, was originally built in 1826. Like many homes in the Victorian era, it was covered in wooden Gothic decoration in 1850 to keep up with architecture trends.
“Painted Ladies” in San Francisco. The term “painted ladies” refers to Victorian houses painted in three or more colors to embellish their architectural detail. It was first used to describe the colorful homes in San Francisco in the 1978 book Painted Ladies: San Francisco’s Resplendent Victorians.
Rosson House. Built in 1895, this Phoenix home is a great example of the Queen Anne style and is now a museum. Its detailed trim is often referred to as Eastlake detailing, after furniture designer Charles Eastlake’s elaborate creations.

The 1895 Rossen House in Phoenix, AZ

The 1895 Rossen House in Phoenix, Arizona

Practically Speaking: Hassles and Headaches

Victorian homes have smaller rooms and less closet space than most modern homes. Also, like many historic home styles, you’ll probably need to do some rewiring, and repair interior plaster and trim to correct house settling.

All that elaborate exterior trim can also turn into a lot of repair work. Most of the trim styles used on Victorian homes aren’t widely available, so you may have to get costly custom replacements.

The most pressing hassles are often the health hazards of lead paint and asbestos. Victorians raved about asbestos and often used it in construction and decorating. Now we know asbestos fibers are carcinogenic if released into the air. Removal or sealing can be expensive, so make sure to get a thorough home inspection.

House Hunting

Thanks to the flood of ready-made designs, there are Victorian-style homes — especially Queen Anne style — all over the country. Most Victorian homes were built before 1910, but in Midwestern farming communities the style was still being built as late as the 1940’s.

San Francisco and New Orleans are known for their painted ladies, and there are similar groups of the colorful houses in the Charles Village neighborhood in Baltimore; Lafayette Square in St. Louis; Cape May, N.J.; and the Columbia-Tusculum area in Cincinnati. If you like the style and don’t mind doing the extra upkeep, you can likely find a Victorian in almost any city.

By: Liz Gray, HGTV

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