This morning’s post was on historic houses that have quietly vanished in Columbus between 2009 and 2013. This post is about an opportunity to keep that fate from happening to another Columbus house.
1323 3rd Avenue, North is currently for sale. Unlike several featured Thursday, it is not on the National Register, nor seemingly did anyone renowned live in it, nor was it used as a hospital in the Civil War (it did not even exist before the Civil War, which counts for a lot in Columbus). The MDAH Historic Resources Inventory has no information on the house as both the house and the surrounding neighborhood have not apparently had any architectural surveys conducted. The surrounding neighborhood is an intact, historic one comprised of Victorians and Craftsmans of various sizes, generally in good, unremuddled condition with few vacant lots and no incongruous intrusions. The area could quite easily be added to the National Register based on its architectural integrity.
1323 3rd Avenue, North is a substantial but not flashy Victorian with Neoclassical porch details, which may or may not be the original porch. It is a good-sized house with four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and just shy of 3,000 sq. ft. It does not appear to have been converted into apartments and is currently a single family house. The exterior has original windows, wood siding that has not been covered in vinyl, and decorative siding and woodwork in the front gable. Interior photographs show original trim, doors, stair, hardwood floors, and at least one mantle. The bathroom shown is a disaster with the kitchen only somewhat better. The listing advises entry through the rear door since the front porch is unstable. The roof and foundation both appear to need work, with the floors in one room sagging.
In short, it is a fixer-upper.
The house was listed for sale March 3 for $15,600 with a price drop to $13,500 just a couple of days ago. It is brokered by Stephen Jones of Re/Max Partners. I find the Realtor.com website easier to use, so a link to the listing on that site is also included.
While the house needs a substantial amount of work, it has the potential to be a great historic showplace. Perhaps there is a Preservation in Mississippi reader out there with the ability to restore this house and keep it from becoming either a remuddled mess or just another vacant lot.