As you drive down Historic Walnut Street in Springfield, you’ll immediately be transported back in time by all of the gorgeous old homes lining both sides of the street. The one that catches your eye more than any of the homes on Walnut Street is our listing at 1435. The home’s tower/turret, open porch, gable roof, symmetrical bays, chimneys, stained glass, deep color with contrasting trim & windows, and scalloped trim will immediately capture your full attention. This stunning home is a true Victorian masterpiece full of rich history! Upon entering 1435 E Walnut Street in the heart of Springfield, one begs to ask the question of what has happened within these walls during the past 130 years. If only walls could talk…..
Our sellers recently took us on a tour of their magnificent home and told us some of the history behind this historic treasure. We were amazed at how it’s been brought into the 21st century, yet still takes you back to the 19th century. So much of the original character still remains intact over 100 years later from the stained glass to the hardwoods and even the unique sliding shutters! It’s unbelievable to experience the detail in person…just imagine living here!
Architect & Building
George H. Sease was a retired sea captain and Civil War veteran who became a well-known architect during the late 19th century, designing Springfield’s government structure and several buildings at Drury Univeristy. Sease bought two parcels of land in 1886 for $6,000. At the time, the property was still outside of city limits in an area known as Frisco Heights Addition of Springfield. He built the home that now stands of the lots sometime between 1885 and 1990.
George Sease passed away in 1916 and the home remained in the family until roughly 1940. For the majority of the time after Sease’s death until 1970, the house was unoccupied and began to deteriorate. Thankfully, past owners have brought the home back to life and not allowed this piece of Springfield history be lost in the past!
One super interesting fact that the current owners, who have lived in this masterpiece for 15 years themselves, told us is that there have only been a total of 5 owners of the home. That’s amazing considering the home is 130 years old! Who will be the lucky 6th owner of this historic masterpiece?!
Carriage House Relocation
The carriage house/garage that’s currently on the property was not original to the home. In 1984 the O’Day/McGregor carriage house was relocated to its current location at 1435 E Walnut from the Thompson Sale Car Lot. The relocation across town on a long bed trailer was a memorable day in Springfield that drew newscasters and bystanders alike to report and watch. Today you would never know that the carriage house/garage wasn’t built with the home because they look like they were built to go together from day one.
Exterior Details & Character
The home’s incredible character is immediately noticeable from the exterior details that are classic Victorian from the edging/ fencing and spindles/rails to the windows and the roof. Other prominent Victorian style features include the symmetrical bays and small chimneys at irregular angles, open front porch, tower/turret, gable roof, and the 3-dimensional ornamentation.
Interior Details & Character
This gorgeous home has incredible details throughout that create its unique, historic detail from the hardwoods to the crown molding! Some of our favorite original features include the stained glass windows, fireplaces, staircase & railings, trim/molding & archways, plus the doors & knobs!
Staircase & Railings
Trim/Moldings & Archways
Doors & Knobs
21st Century Updates
We love how our sellers have been able to seamlessly bring modern 21st century updates to this 19th century home without making the updates feel out of place among all of the historic character and details. The main places that the updates have been made were in the kitchen and the master suite. Another great modern addition to the home is the relaxing outdoor living space that includes a deck, in-ground pool and surrounding patio.
The recently updated kitchen has all of the modern conveniences you want with newer stainless steel appliances, yet doesn’t feel too modern for the home. Instead of granite, our sellers chose beautiful butcher block counters that would flow more with the historic character. Truly every single detail of this space was meticulously chosen to keep the original feel of the home!
The original layout of the home did not have a master bath or walk-in closet. Our sellers recently converted the 6th bedroom into what is now the tranquil master bath and massive walk-in closet. We love this update to the home that is its own private retreat featuring a double vanities, tiled walk-in shower, and spacious walk-in closet with built-in organization!
Outdoor Living Space
Outdoor living is also at its finest with the deck, in-ground pool and surrounding patio with pristine landscaping! This relaxing backyard provides an excellent space for outdoor entertaining.
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This breathtaking home is truly unlike any other home in Springfield, Missouri, or even the entire country!! We could continue to describe the home, but there’s nothing like seeing it in person. Seeing these incredible details in person will leave you speechless and thinking about the past, imagining people who used to walk through these rooms with top hats and bustle skirts. If only walls could talk…
Call us today at 417-812-5055 to schedule your own private tour of this Victorian treasure!