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US History: How These Iconic Houses Changed The Real Estate Industry

Posted by Staff Reporter on Mar 22, 2016 08:45 AM EDT
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People stop to look at San Francisco's famed Painted Ladies victorian houses on February 18, 2014 in San Francisco, California. According to a report by mortgage resource site HSH.com, an annual salary of $115,510 is needed to purchase a house in San Francisco where the median home price is $682,410. The report included 25 of the nations largest metropolitan cities with Cleveland, Ohio being the cheapest with a needed salary of $19,435 to purchase a home. (Photo : Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

History enthusiasts can now take a road trip around the country through some of America's most historic and storied houses. From Gilded Age manors to rustic farmsteads, the following is a compilation of the most beloved historic houses in the nation.

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  • Gaines Wood​. Considered as the crown jewel of Demopolis, it began as a modest cabin. It was onstructed in the years between 1843 and 1861 by owner and architect General Nathan Bryan Whitfield. It had since then been expanded and refined into the building it is today. It is one of Alabama's most beloved Greek revival homes.
  • Russian Bishop's House. Imperial Russia played a pivotal role in the development of Alaska, but few surviving examples of its colonial architecture are left in the state. However, the Russian Bishop's House that was constructed in 1842, is a rare monument to when Sitka was dubbed New Archangel and served as the center for Russian colonialism, according to Wild Strawberry Lodge.
  • The Wrigley Mansion. In 1929, Chewing Gum mogul William Wrigley, Jr. completed his eclectic, Spanish colonial-style manor high on a hill overlooking Phoenix. He passed away shortly after, but today, tour packages of the home keep his work alive.
  • San Francisco's Painted Ladies. It is arguably the most photographed street in California and is dubbed as San Francisco's Postcard Row. The homes were constructed by a developer between 1892 and 1896. The seven sisters are privately owned, but that does not stop tourists from enjoying a vibrant pastel background from their picnic spots in Alamo Square just across the street, according to Amazing Planets.
  • The Molly Brown House. Not only was the residence home to one of history's most iconic women, it is also an incredible example of eclectic, Victorian architecture. But, like all historic homes, the house nearly did not make it. When Denver moved into the 1970, a group made a successful plea to save the structure from the threat of urban renovation that destroyed so many of the city's historic treasures.

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