New London, Connecticut
Contact: Sandra Chalk, New London Landmarks, 860-442-0003
The church that sits next door to this striking Italianate is getting antsy about tearing it down so it can expand. The house was built in 1866 on land once owned by Joshua Hempstead, author of a famous diary documenting life in 18th-century New England. Most of the men who built the houses in this port city were moonlighting shipbuilders. And just as their vessels were built to withstand the most terrible tempests, their houses were equally as solid.
Goldsboro, North Carolina
Contact: Michelle Cicero, 919-497-0434
Built in 1894, this Italianate remained in the same family for about 50 years before a local doctor bought the place and performed some unnecessary surgery, tacking on a massive rear addition not exactly in line with the original spirit of the house. Preservation North Carolina, the nonprofit that now owns the house, is hoping the next owner will demo the addition and return the house to its original floor plan. The house has many notable features, including Corinthian columns that divide its enormous living room in half, colorful stained-glass windows, and beautiful parquet floors.
Weare, New Hampshire
Contact: Jerry Shinn, 603-529-7539
This white clapboard Gothic Revival was once home to Arthur and Hazel Eastman, proprietors of an adjacent general store known as the Wal-Mart of its day here in Weare, New Hampshire. The house's rear ell was built way back in 1766. About 100 years later, the front addition was constructed, giving the house its distinctive character. Now the owner of a nearby lumberyard is looking for someone to move the house so he can expand his business.
Contact: Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, 574-232-4534
This quirky 1867 Second-Empire-meets-Stick-Victorian cottage is in need of someone who's willing to paint, plaster and patch it up. It'll also need new plumbing, HVAC and electrical systems. The 2,400-square-foot three-bedroom has original hand-carved brackets supporting a squat mansard roof, and some pretty elaborate spindle work on the front porch.
Goldsboro, North Carolina
Contact: Call Dean Ruedrich, 919-497-0434
While this 3,800-square-foot late-Victorian-era manse has generated a lot of interest from TOH readers, it's still available. The house boasts a full-length front porch with original spindle-work and turned posts, as well as tons of original windows, and a front gable decorated with hand-sawn shingles.
Battle Creek, Michigan
Contact: Monte Herford, 616-780-3096
Once home to members of the Kellogg family (yep, the cereal guys), this 1913 Arts & Crafts-style bungalow still stands empty and abandoned, as it has for more than a decade. Aside from some cracks, the brick exterior is still solid. Inside you'll find plenty of Craftsman-style details, including built-ins, wainscoting, patterned tile floors, and many original doors and windows.
Durham, North Carolina
Contact: Preservation Durham, 919-682-3036
In the early 1900s, John Evans made a name for himself heading up a local orphanage known as the Durham Children's Home. But John was also lauded for his prowess with the hammer and nail. Not only did he build this enchanting Gothic Revival for his family in 1910, he also constructed most of the adjacent late Victorian-era bungalows in this East Durham neighborhood, which one local refers to as "the place where everybody's grandparents lived." Preservation Durham, which now owns the house, is hoping someone will take advantage of North Carolina's generous 30-percent Historic Rehabilitation Tax credits to buy the place, re-plaster its walls, restore its original windows, and whitewash the weathered picket fence.
Contact: Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, 812-926-0983.
This 1845 Federal-meets-Greek-Revival house is still available free to anyone willing to sweep it off of its limestone foundation and move it to a new location. The house has been empty for almost five years now, but it remains in remarkably good condition, with many of its architectural details still in tact, most notably its poplar woodwork, cherry balustrade, and original six-over-six windows. Four stone fireplace mantels are also included in this 3,000-square-foot four-bedroom house.
Duplin County, North Carolina
Contact: Gaston Callum, 919-616-5832.
This 1768 farmhouse, built by a distant relative of former President Jimmy Carter, is still in need of someone looking to preserve its Georgian-style raised-panel wainscoting, original doors, and Federal-style chair rails. The new owner will also have to install a well, and update its electrical and mechanical systems.