The gracious and comfortable BIRDWOOD, an 1855 Italianate style family home, provides an eclectic mix of antebellum charm and modern informality. "Beautiful for situation" surrounded by park like landscaping and full of elegant architectural detail yet wonderfully lived in and comfortable. Perfect for a growing family, home business or those who just enjoy a beautiful home and garden. This house is made for friends, family and lots of company!
Located on a 150 foot bluff, one block from the Mississippi River, the Birdwood was built in two stages. The original 2 story brick house, built in 1840, is now the kitchen and laundry downstairs and bedroom #4 and bathroom #3 upstairs. In 1855 the house was completed using triple brick construction, in the Italianate style, with the addition of formal rooms. The two separate buildings meld beautifully with the uniform architectural detailing of hipped roofs and corbels.
INTERIOR: Geo Thermal Air & Heat, 36 New Energy-efficient Windows! The new windows have had an amazing effect in the house, not only is the structural integrity of each wall fortified but each room is opened up, full of light, lovely views and fresh air.
1855 HOUSE HAS 12 FOOT CEILINGS AND ORIGINAL WOOD FLOORING
FOYER: 10x10 with beautiful wooden front door (another foyer door leads to front porch). There are arched windows above each door so this area is always bright and welcoming. We put in a new glass storm door so we can have an outside view all year long. We have a large cabinet for hats and keys etc. and 2 chairs in the foyer, so it is a large enough space to actually use.
HALL: 21x9 with door leading to back porch. This hallway is easily large enough for a bench or chairs, table or bookcases
GRAND STAIRCASE WITH LANDING: 3' wide stairs with a 8x3 landing, and a 9' window. This window floods the upstairs and down with light. A beautiful sight when you enter the house!
POWDER ROOM: 7x3 under the stairs with one 3' window, new sink vanity and toilet, carpet on floor.
LIBRARY: 21x15 with 5 floor to ceiling built-in bookcases, a fireplace, two 7' windows, and a five panel 7' windowed alcove with bench. We use this as a studio for our art quilts business. Two sewing machines fill the alcove and the shelves are full of fabric and sewing notions. It looks very charming. One corner is our office space with desk and computer and shelves used for books and home files. Even so there is room for a couch, coffee table, two comfortable chairs. This is an amazing room for a home business, book lovers or just a family with kids who want to fill the cases with toys and games. The library is what first attracted us to this house. Our kitties love sunning themselves on the window seat. The alcove is a perfect spot for a child's table & chairs.
LIVING ROOM: 15x18 with a 3 panel 9' window and one 7' window, a fireplace, and a built-in cupboard. So elegant yet homey.
DINING ROOM: 15x18 with three 7' windows and a built in china cabinet. Our dining table seats 10 and there is still room for a china hutch, two bookcases, linen chest, child's rocker and various decorative pieces.
1840 ORIGINAL HOUSE HAS 10 FOOT CEILINGS AND VINYL OVER LINOLEUM FLOORING
PASSAGEWAY TO KITCHEN: 8x3 with a storage/coat closet, private staircase to the 4th bed and 3rd bath, door to back porch. Being right outside the kitchen, we have shelves in the closet and use it for large kitchen appliances.
KITCHEN: 15x11 with two windows, outside door (leading to the workshop/summer kitchen), pantry, entry to laundry room, the door to the cellar, dual fuel oven, dishwasher and refrigerator. I love having an outside door in the kitchen. Its just a few steps to the freezer in the workshop when I need some veggies. The window over the sink allows me to talk with guests on the porch.
LAUNDRY ROOM: 6x7 with one window and 1940s metal kitchen cabinets. Nobody wants to talk about this, but we keep two kitty litter boxes here and it works just fine.
1855 HOUSE HAS 10 FOOT CEILINGS, ORIGINAL WOOD FLOORING, AND TILE FLOORING
HALL LANDING: 6x10 leads to bedrooms 1, 2, & 3. The doors and moldings are so beautiful, coming up the stairs is a treat.
HALL BATH: 6x10 with two 6' windows, storage closet over tub, new granite topped vanity, toilet, garden tub and marble tile, hidden entrance to tower
TOWER STAIRCASE: hidden in bathroom and was used as a broom closet until recently discovered
TOWER: 3rd floor 6x10 with two 5' windows, two 7' windows that open to functional balconies. Room is useable but in need of refurbishing. This is our prayer room. It would make a great teen room, or solarium . You can see out over the entire neighborhood as there are windows on all four sides.
BEDROOM 1: (over the Library) 16 x15 with one 6' window, one 8' window that opens to a decorative balcony, fireplace and an adjoining bath This room is wonderful. We have a king bed, two wing chairs, nightstands, two large dressers, bookcase and computer desk in this room and it still looks large. A bedroom you can live in, not just sleep in.
BATH 1: 4x11 (built into bedroom 1 in 1950s pink ) with tile shower, floors and walls, new sink and toilet, one 6' window, large closet with 3 built-in drawers
BEDROOM 2: (over living room) 19x15 with two 6' windows, one 8' window opening to decorative balcony, working gas fireplace, one large closet and one small closet This room also is so functional. Besides a king bed, there are two dressers, a linen hutch, nightstand, table with two chairs, recliner by the fire, bench with cushions and a TV stand and cabinet. Just to show how much living space there is in these bedrooms. More like a private apartment.
BEDROOM 3: (over dining room) 13x12 with two 6' windows, one closet with built-in drawer, one floor to ceiling cedar closet (the closets face each other leaving 3'x4' space between), upstairs Geo-thermal unit, and the only upstairs access to 4th bed and 3rd bath. We keep our seasonal clothing in this cedar closet as guests only need one closet. There is room for a small table and chair in the alcove between the closets and a beautiful view into the side yard.
1840 ORIGINAL HOUSE HAS 7 CEILINGS, VINYL AND CARPET OVER LINOLEUM FLOORING
We have this area set up for guests. With the private stairs, they can come and go at will, even access the kitchen without being disturbed or disturbing us if they choose. We use bedrooms 3 & 4 with the hall, stairs and bath as a sort of guest apartment with room for a whole family. We have a queen, crib and 3 twin beds in this area and it still looks spacious and lovely with room for a small table and chair near the window.
STAIRCASE: narrow turning stairs whose 1st floor entrance is disguised and opens to an upstairs landing
HALL LANDING: 3x9/3x6 with one 6' window, a linen closet (we use this for craft supplies and wrapping paper etc.) and leads to 3rd bed, 4th bed, and 3rd bath
BEDROOM 4: (over Kitchen) 12x15 with two 2' windows and a closet
BATH 3: (over Laundry) 6x8 with one 4' window (from the floor behind the tub), original claw foot tub (with new shower attachment), new toilet and sink, and a closet
CELLAR: interior entrance is in kitchen and extends from kitchen to the front hall, houses main floor Geo-thermal unit, and has 2 workbenches. The exterior entrance is outside the dining room
EXTERIOR: The entire house is surrounded by lawns, hedges, flower beds, deciduous, evergreen, fruit and flowering trees. This property has outdoor places to play, to sit and meditate, to watch the neighborhood activities, to eat or barbeque, to relax. So much variety that there are sunny and shady places all day long for sitting with friends or relaxing with a cool drink or morning coffee. Guests can use our own yard for a place to go enjoying the various aspects of its beauty for morning strolls and afternoon outings. We walk around the house when we need a refreshing break.
FRONT PORCH/LOGGIA: 16x13 cement half covered by a three arch loggia This is a great place to sit and watch community activities.
BACK PORCH: 7x12 /7 x18 L shaped plank floor with rubber roof We have an outside sofa, table and two side chairs here under the kitchen window and two other bistro sets on this porch. It is large!
FRONT YARD: 5' above street with wide stairs, lawn, curved walk with rose bed So impressive and beautiful from the street!
SIDE YARD(alley): poured cement patio with free standing metal gazebo, 2 peach, 1 walnut tree, hydrangea bed the length of the workshop, large hedge separating yard from alley, holly by the house. Pretty hard to describe how lovely it is.
SIDE YARD (Fulton St.): 7' above street with street to yard cement stairs and the inscription BIRDWOOD. We often park here by the stairs under the shade of huge trees that line the street.
BACK YARD: sidewalks connecting house and outbuildings, large lawn (lots of room for children to run and play) and a 6 fence bordering neighboring properties. This yard is enclosed from the street with a stand of trees and forsythias, very private
WORKSHOP: 14x22 former summer kitchen 5' from kitchen door used as a workshop or a one car garage has a drop down ladder to 2nd story, workbench and a remote controlled garage door We have used this building to create seasonal decorations, as a woodshop for our home business and to house seasonal lawn furniture etc. It is clean, wired and spacious, but like the carriage house, without insulation. Great potential for an artist or craftsman who wants to keep his work separate from the house.
CARRIAGE HOUSE: 33x22 two stories with workbench and is used as a garage with cement floor downstairs and wood floor upstairs, 3 windows down and two up, two garage doors Sort of like having a barn that matches your house. A large workspace, perfect for someone who has a love of tools or woodworking. This building is dry, safe and serviceable.
This house is an experience, a world in itself. To our knowledge, it is not restored but has been continually maintained. We are not aware that it has ever stood empty. That means that for over 160 years each owner has upgraded or made changes as needful to keep the house functional, safe and comfortable. There are idiosyncrasies, imperfect efforts in places, a mysterious stain on the dining room floor things we would do if we were able to stay here longer. But all in all we have decided to find it charming. Having lived in completely new houses as well as worn, we find much assurance in a home that has stood the test of time. The Birdwood is certainly that. Hope you will come and see her.
Property Taxes $3690
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