1890 – Sanford, ME (Palliser)

Demolished/Lost
Added to OHD on 10/14/11 - Last OHD Update: 2/14/18 - 22 Comments

Maps: Aerial, Street

Price

Acres

0.59

Landmark Property! Consist of 2 buildings and back lot. Building 1- Classic Victorian with many high quality details. Building 2- Large 2 family home. Located in the Downtown Business Zone- Would also make a quality site for redevelopment.

22 Comments on 1890 – Sanford, ME (Palliser)

  1. Ryan says: 587 comments

    That foyer floor makes me wonder what’s under the carpets. The old bathroom is pretty cool too, but isn’t that price a bit high considering the condition?

  2. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4124 comments

    This listing is a bit confusing…my understanding is that there is a Stick style Victorian with a square tower and then a 2-family next door ALL for one price. Wish I could see more of the 2 family because in the street photos both front bays have matching stained glass windows. In any event, “redevelopment” is developer-speak for teardowns so something else can be built there. Maine has many intact Victorian houses. The Stick style house has a second phase of changes later than the original construction. The second phase includes the enclosure of an original front porch; french doors; the simple leaded glass windows, plain design replacement hinges on the doors and the tin ceiling. All appear to date from around 1910. The fine staircase millwork and patterned inlaid parquet flooring likely dates from 1890. it was not unusual for relatively well off homeowners to redo their homes as tastes changed. The Victorian era was such a strong statement architecturally and ornamentally that folks were eager to distance themselves from Victorian “excesses” by swapping out the ornate for the plain in the first and second decades of the 20th century.

    • oldhousedreamsoldhousedreams says: 525 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Yes, it’s for the two homes, the Victorian and the big white one next door.

  3. JimJim says: 3424 comments

    If there was any demand for commercial space in Sanford, these buildings would have been gone long ago. The owner has obviously let them go – probably can’t get construction financing. You’d have nearly half a million into them just to make them habitable at this price.

    • oldhousedreamsoldhousedreams says: 525 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Wow, excellent finds, thank you for sharing!

      • 4eldge says: 3 comments

        I live in Sanford and would love to buy both houses. Sanford has torn down most of the mansions on Main St., in favor of car lots, gas stations and other eye sores. 8 Victorians were torn down this year and a Walgreens is being build in their place.

  4. oldhousedreamsoldhousedreams says: 525 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I edited your comment to show the street view of that one. Was such a beautiful home! If they tore that one down, I don’t see what’s stopping them from leveling the other homes to build whatever. Such a shame!

  5. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4124 comments

    Didn’t find this design in the R.W. Shoppell reprint or Palliser & Palliser, I’ve got a planbook “expert” on it and will report back if a design match is found.

  6. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4124 comments

    Thanks Kelly, for posting the (Pallliser & Palliser, Bridgeport, CT) planbook provenance and thanks to Craig Bobby in Cleveland for promptly informing me of this example. My Dover publications reprint of Palliser Bros. designs did NOT have this one in it so it must have been from another planbook catalog by the same firm. Now we know…

  7. Kelly, Old House DreamsKelly, Old House Dreams says: 8500 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Bad news. Looks like the Victorian is on it’s way to being demolished. The white house already has been. link to story

  8. Ellen W. Todd says: 3 comments

    Sadly, the Victorian has been torn down. Another one gone.

    • Kelly, Old House DreamsKelly, Old House Dreams says: 8500 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Thanks Ellen for letting us know and for writing the article about it’s pending demolition to begin with. Do you know if they bothered to salvage anything from it?

      • Ellen W. Todd says: 3 comments

        Thanks, Kelly. I don’t know if the owner salvaged items from the house. I’ll try to find out.

      • Ellen Todd says: 3 comments

        I have learned that many of the details – stained glass, lighting, molding – were salvaged from the Victorian house. The developer plans to use them in a new structure at the site, but is still working on what he will do. “Nothing concrete yet.”

        • Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 8500 comments
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          1901 Folk Victorian
          Chestatee, GA

          Thanks Ellen for the update. I hope he will use them and the property won’t turn into just another empty lot for the next few decades.

  9. marc olimpio says: 2 comments

    I was leaving to stop and get my morning coffee,came around a corner,there was a giant excavator starting to tear this apart… and I watched {in horror} as this house was getting clawed to pieces with the excavator.. one of the things I saw was that tub come out in a pile of rubble…one early morning a couple of weeks ago…

    • Kelly, Old House DreamsKelly, Old House Dreams says: 8500 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I’m afraid I would have cried if I was there to see it torn apart. I really hope they at least salvaged the hell out of this thing, it’s a mix of shame, waste and stupidity if they didn’t.

  10. marc olimpio says: 2 comments

    Its a mix …of $$$$$$$…. bottom line

  11. L says: 189 comments

    So sad and I am afraid the same thing will happen to one of my favorites that Kelly posted in 2015. The price in now $45,00 for 602 N 6th St, Vincennes, IN.

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