As if this Halloween couldn’t get anymore strange… a full moon, social-distancing ideas to celebrate the holiday and now, a spooky Victorian estate hits the market waiting for the unsuspecting victim– uh, we mean buyer– to take a virtual tour. Located in Abilene, Kansas, the former hometown of Dwight D. Eisenhower, is this perfectly creepy and jaw-dropping historical home, otherwise known as Lebold Mansion.
Not only do the listing photos make a statement of their own, but the architectural design and ornate details of the home’s exterior are sure to capture anyone’s attention. Built in 1880, at the cost of $18,000 according to Kansas Travel, the 140-year-old home has been the subject of many restorations to maintain the home’s former beauty while offering updates to keep today’s buyers interested. High-end appliances in the kitchen and bathrooms have been added by the current owners while conserving the original design of the estate. Added to the National Register of Historical Places in the 1970s, the home was recognized to have served as a telephone operator boarding house, an orphanage, and later, apartments in the mid-1900s. Now, it is a private residence of which the owners are looking for a potential buyer.
The home itself has 23 rooms which features ornate wallpaper and intricately designed ceilings and floors. The kitchen has been updated to accommodate the modern family and the listing agent describes the home as the perfect fit for a “family or bed and breakfast business.”
The exterior is the epitome of a Victorian-era home. Fit with wrought iron fencing, bay windows and nooks, gabled roofing, and a central tower with a speaker’s balcony. The warm tones of the home’s brick contrast with the brightly-colored stained glass dormer windows.
To add another layer of history on top of this already significant home, it’s located in the former hometown of Dwight D. Eisenhower. Only a five minute drive from the former president’s home, potential buyers will be surrounded by history while staying in Abilene.
Looking for more photos? You can virtually tour the listing right here on Homes.com, otherwise, be sure to visit Homes.com’s blog where you can find more virtual historical home tours.