1876 Italianate – Weedsport, NY

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2696 Van Buren St, Weedsport, NY 13166

  • $275,000
  • 5 Bed
  • 3 Bath
  • 4005 Sq Ft
  • 0.5 Ac.
19th Century Architectural Masterpiece; Italianate/Queen Anne Architecture. Mansions's lineage clearly victorian. Orrin W. Burritt Mansion; on the National Register of Historic Places: #07000864. House featured on page 120 & 121 in the book of the "Erie Canal Legacy: Architectural Treasures of the Empire State". The history of architecture is enriched with extraordinary designs from its commencement. These masterpieces of construction are still a reason of astound for the world. Estimated cost to reconstruct; One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) / square foot.
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59 Comments on 1876 Italianate – Weedsport, NY

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  1. TracyTracy says: 92 comments

    *clunk* (Sound of jaw hitting the floor.)

  2. Robt. W.Robt. W. says: 358 comments

    Great house. A striking Italianate painted in red sandstone colors is always a good choice, it seems, and a very interesting exterior. Nice to see all of the early photos, too.

    The large first floor room with a dining table at the rear end looks as though it may once have been two spaces, which I would prefer to the odd L-shape.

  3. sbailey says: 58 comments

    i wonder what happened to the tower/turrett ? beautiful house… the wall to wall does need to go…

  4. Nick says: 11 comments

    I wonder what happened to the turret as well…that is so bizarre that it’s just gone. I wonder how they patched an entire turret out and made that work.

    • nic says: 56 comments

      Actually I don’t think “they made that work”. It really needs the tower back for reasons of balance and dimension. However the port cochere which seems to be added since the original photo is quite nicely designed and fits very well onto the property.

  5. Melissa says: 4 comments

    Fantastic house – what a surprise to see the photo with the tower. I always feel sad when such ornate chimneys are removed – they add an element of character and balance to old houses.

  6. echo says: 112 comments

    I love this! Now this is my dream house, I just wish it was not in New York. But I love the whole thing. 🙂

  7. John Shiflet says: 5358 comments

    Somewhat well known house here…the biggest problem with this house is that any owner(s) will have to be totally into ornate or what some folks might refer to as “high Victorian” decor. Philosophically, there’s nothing simple or restrained here; just a full-blown display of delicious Victorian excess. It’s houses like this which helped turn the tide away from Victoriana in the final decades of the 19th century. The interior is so rich with colors and complex patterns that it is almost Baroque. It was ornate interiors of this kind that tastemakers at the end of the 19th century at first cautioned against then ridiculed and labled as “dishonest”. I see nothing “dishonest” here but I’m looking at it from the perspective of the 21st century, not the beginning of the 20th when there was only one direction left to go in design and that was towards simplicity.
    Of course, I genuinely appreciate this kind of high style Victorian decor but I realize for most people, especially those followers of minimalist mid-20th century design, this is at the totally opposite end of the spectrum. Therefore, despite many appreciative fans here, for most homebuyers in this price range a house of this kind would be a hard sell. The owners obviously loved this home as the walls are adorned with ultra expensive Bradbury & Bradbury papers-I recognize their “Centennial” pattern based on the designs of Christopher Dresser, an English design reformer contemporary with fellow Englishman and designer Charles L. Eastlake. Some of the other papers appear to be high-end reproductions from other companies and still others look original to the house and period. Looks like the owners or a staging pro brought in some more modern accessories perhaps in an attempt to tone down the strong flavor of Victoriana. But the house is what it is and if it were mine I’d just keep adding more to the Victorian flavor. A fairly well known doctor in Seattle, Brian Coleman, took a rather plain early 1900’s vernacular Victorian home and turned it into a temple to all things Victorian; this particular house would be perfect for the same approach but one would have to add the tower back. Dr. Coleman’s Seattle house lacked a tower, so he had one custom built complete with a carved Latin inscription proclaiming that “More IS more”. I have yet to see another old house featured here that fits that description better than this one. I LOVE it! (but sadly, its out of my price range..)

  8. echo says: 112 comments

    John,thank you for the great post. Every time I read something of yours you are educating me in some area of historical houses. Wonderful house and its too much for my pocket book also but I do dream big. lol 🙂

  9. Marcia Ames says: 24 comments

    I’m so in love with this house! It was sold 3 years ago, and they have done a fabulous job restoring it. I had no idea it had a tower missing until they listed it this time with the vintage picture. I’d put the tower back if I owned it. I went and bought a lottery ticket yesterday, just in case it was meant to be mine, LOL.

  10. curiousergeorge says: 140 comments

    I am simply stunned with how colorful and beautiful that foyer (?) is! And with such grandeur and beauty all around the interior, not sure I’d want to go outside. With or without the tower, I think it’s a truly lovely home, and I’d move there in a New York second if my wife would let me (but she’s not into cold winters).

    If marijuana is ever legalized, I imagine plenty of people would want to move to “Weedsport”!

  11. AudreyAudrey says: 100 comments

    Gosh, I usually hate ornate Victorian interiors like this, but somehow this one works in a truely fantastical way! It’s not quite right, but it’s that quirky/macabe/whimsical gothic feel that has me hooked. My props to the interior designer!
    10 lashes for whomever lopped off her tower! The horror.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11913 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Are you sure that’s the right article?

      • John Shiflet says: 5358 comments

        That article pertains to the replica high-style Queen Anne Dr. Brian Coleman constructed in Seattle, WA,… NOT the Weedsport house. In my earlier comments, I mentioned the Seattle replica Queen Anne as an example of how colorful and ornate some Victorian houses could be. Interesting article, nonetheless.

  12. Rodd Sala says: 2 comments

    Just saw this beautiful home featured on the Today show. Barbara (?) stated that the house was beautiful but needed all new furniture! I was very surprised by her comment because she normally displays an excellent knowledge in various architectural styles and periods but clearly “missed the point” of this stunning home. As John Shiflet mentioned, this is a Victorian house which one should simply “add more” to.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11913 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I checked out the clip online. I sometimes forget people aren’t as old-house-crazy as me and would want to live in a museum. 🙂

      Italiano style? lol

      • Audrey says: 100 comments

        Oh man, I laughed out loud!
        And I’m suspect of that being the original wallpaper! I think they need a new real estate spokesperson who knows what they are talking about! I’d like to volunteer 🙂

        • John Shiflet says: 5358 comments

          As far as I can tell, all of the wallpapers are reproductions. I too heard the comments on the Today Show. Most of the papers are high-end (expensive) repros from Bradbury and Bradbury made in Benecia, CA. I recognized one pattern from their Neo-Grec line and as well as their “Centennial” pattern in the room with the Tiffany style table lamp. I’m sure Bruce Bradbury felt complimented by the Today show host referring to them as “original wallpapers”. While not technically correct, Bradbury papers are derived from authentic period sources. I wish they had shown the house with its original tower-it looks so majestic with it and I hope the next owners can afford to and will put it back. Still a stunning Victorian house even without its tower.

          • Kelly Wejko says: 5 comments


            Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments about my beautiful home. You are absolutely correct about the Bradbury paper in the ball room. We did put that in as well as some reproduction papers in the servant hall way in the back of the house, and a few first floor ceilings. There are many, many areas that do have their original paper in fantastic condition. The entryway and stair case is completely original and it has lost nothing of its original glory. As happy as I was to have the house featured on the Today show, they weren’t particularly accurate with their commentary. The house is anything other than spooky, all the furniture is comfortable and works perfectly. The house has a beautifuly feel to it, inside and out. I live in every area of the house with my two 11 year olds and we agree its more formal than a contemporary property, but we love it. Thank you again for your comments.

            • John Shiflet says: 5358 comments

              Kelly Wejko,
              Thanks for your comments about the wallpapers. That clarifies the issue about the Today show and the “original” wallpapers mention. I cannot find enough superlatives to describe your wonderful house. I’m sure selling it comes with regrets; I’d never want to sell it if it were mine. Here’s hoping the next owners will respect and treat it as well as you and your family have-you are true preservationists.

      • Kelly Wejko says: 5 comments

        And can we talk about the fact that she doesn’t recognized Mackenzie Childs furniture ??? I adore that table.

        • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11913 comments

          1901 Folk Victorian
          Chestatee, GA

          I wouldn’t have recognized Childs either, but loved the table. 🙂

          You have a gorgeous home, easily one of the best on the website I’ve posted. It’s not only well decorated but it just looks so warm and homey! Thanks for clarifying about the wallpaper.

          Do you know what happened to the tower?

  13. echo says: 112 comments

    Kelly,You are a lucky lady to be living in such a classic Victorian as this.It is done in fabulous taste. It is my dream house as I stated above. 🙂

  14. scott says: 58 comments

    I was hoping that kelly could tell us what happened to the tower or turret that was in the old photo but is gone now….???

  15. Kara says: 19 comments

    This is off-topic for this Weedsport home but I just finished watching a video feature on the Seattle replica home that John Shiflet mentioned, owned by Brian Coleman, and wow! More *is* more.

    The Turkish room surprised me! I appreciate what I am learning here. I was aware of the later fascination with things Chinese through my music studies but Turkey is news to me!

    It’s a great little clip. The inside of the house is unbelievable. He walks the walk, as they say.

    • John Shiflet says: 5358 comments

      Thanks for sharing, Kara. I had seen some photos of Dr. Coleman’s unique Seattle home in Victorian type decor magazines but this video showed the scope of the transformation. As for “Turkish” Corners, they became a Victorian era mainstay in the 1880’s to satisfy the popular culture’s taste for the far-away and exotic. By the peak of the Queen Anne style phase between 1885-1900 such exotic “corners” could be found in many American homes from coast to coast. We think little now of world travel but back then displaying souvenirs of the far-away and exotic revealed you were worldly educated, refined, and had the means for long distance travel. Interior decoration critics during the first decade or two of the 20th century were very harsh in their criticism of quaint Victorian era relics like Turkish corners and these once popular “corners” went from being in many households to almost none. You recognize a Victorian era home is a virtual time capsule if it still has any surviving evidence of a Turkish corner. For what its worth, I’ve been collecting Orientalist (Turkish corner) type relics for a couple of years in hopes of someday recreating an exotic “Turkish corner” in our own c. 1889 home. It’s not very expensive to find old tapestries, period prints, bric-a-brac, that convey the flavor of the exotic old Middle-East as seen through 19th century eyes. The previously mentioned Bradbury & Bradbury (husband and wife team) wallpapers came out with a “Persian” themed wallpaper a few years back and a few other reproduction paper companies include Orientalist/Turkish themes. The February 2008 Victorian Homes magazine issue had an extensive article about “Turkish Rooms” and there’s a fair amount of information available on the web as well. The romantic Victorians frequently embraced exotic or historical themes (often from medieval times) for their interior decor-it’s possible to do the same today without a large fortune being spent.

  16. Karen says: 73 comments

    This house is over the top in so many ways!!!! I could go on and on listing all the great features that we love in houses like this, but these are the few things that would make this the oh so perfect house: the tower needs to be reunited with this house first of all. I think that architectural component is so unique and adds so much personality to a house. Next, I wish there was a beautiful tile mosaic at the entrance to go with those beautiful front doors. Some really bling, bling chandeliers would go wonderfully with this high Victorian home, don’t you think??? The kitchen should be more, to go along with the opulence of this home. And lastly, it’s just too cold up there!! This dream home would be beautiful in the South!! I’m sure Weedsport is a beautiful town, I probably would like it during the warmer months. I bet between taxes and heating bills, it gets expensive to operate this home. Best wishes, Kelly Wejko, on the sale of your lovely home. I absolutely love the wallpaper in the hallway (the one with the Tiffany-style lamp). Did you say that was original??

  17. Kelly Wejko says: 5 comments


    Thank you so much for you thoughtful comments on my beautiful nest. At the time I bought the house I was married to a contractor and there was some discussion of restoring the widows watch tower. I am divorced now and that job is beyond my capacity. There is a beautiful parquet wood floor in the space between the two front doors, it’s original and it would be a shame to remove. Whenever possible, I retain the original elements of the house. The light fixtures, are for the most part the first set of lights installed here, so again, if they aren’t irretrievably broken, I don’t replace them. The wallpaper in the foyer is original, it is in fantastic condition, the walls are flocked velvet brocade and it is hard to fully appreciate the intracacies and beauty of the ceiling papers. There are two elements that have glitter embedded in it and one of the two is an ombre effect beneath the glitter, its really so lovely that I envy the folks that got to build this house with all the ornamentation. They must have had the best time ever. The paper in the back hall, which is what I think you are referring to with the Tiffany style lamp, was installed by us when we got here. The heat and a/c is not as bad as you would think. It is very manageable and the house stays warm and cool, depending on the season. And today is the day to test the colddddddd issue. We are in the negative digits from a snow storm, and I thank god we don’t have this for any great duration.


  18. Robb says: 187 comments

    We may be relocating to upstate NY and this is a house we have on our list of possible houses if we relocate. It is the place we love and would continue to keep up and maybe someday restore the tower 🙂 A true gem!

  19. Kelly says: 5 comments


    Let me know when you are here and we’ll give you a tour !


  20. Martin says: 12 comments

    My wife and I both REALLY LOVE this house!! The Bradbury wallpaper is totally awesome. We have an old victorian here in Ohio, but nothing like this. I hope it is still for sale when we get the time to go try to see it. I would like to know more about Weedsport 🙂 Just one awesome house! I also agree that the tower needs to go back!

  21. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11913 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Dropped to $289,000!

  22. Sue Ostergaard says: 1 comments

    I love this house, love Victorian style. I wish I had a bundle of cash, it would be a great house!

  23. Robb says: 187 comments

    Great house and a great price! Too bad the job I was to relocate to area for was changed. That is what happens in my industry (Mortgage Underwriting Manager). I would want to restore the original tower. Find me a job in the area and I am there and will continue to restore the home 🙂

  24. Paul W says: 462 comments

    It speaks to the fact that historic preservation and museum quality restoration has to be done due to ones love of Preservation and the Victorian era, because you do truly limit yourself to a limited number of buyers out there who can appreciate the nuances this kind of house. You don’t restore Victorians to get rich quick in real estate, sometimes you break even, but often, you lose money. It takes special people with vision to do this kind of restoration. We need to educate more people so they can appreciate this grand era of Interior design and excess. The only way preservation continues is with new people coming in to be stewards of homes like this.

    • Karen says: 73 comments

      I wholeheartedly agree with Paul W. This home holds a treasure trove of architectural riches that aren’t commonly found in many Victorians anymore, or if they do have all these bells and whistles, owners may not be able to afford the upkeep. Many times, these beautiful jewels may be in such small towns or economically depressed towns, that when the home sells, it doesn’t bring the amount of money that it is truly worth. Sometimes it may be the only fine home in the area and can’t fetch a reasonable price because the other homes in the area aren’t as prestigious. Or because there is no commerce in the small town. I dream of finding an affordable home with fine features like this one, in a not-too-small town with a great historic district and beautiful town square and less than an hour away from a large city with dining, shopping, and top notch medical facilities. With weather not too cold and not too hot, with low taxes and low crime and friendly people and a community that cares for historic preservation. Y’all let me know where this dream home is!!!

  25. RosewaterRosewater says: 6773 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Dang. I wasn’t subscribed to this thread, so missed the new pix. Bricker just posted some on Flickr, and I was like; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3PUu88nOcw This place is a whole different animal with it’s tower intact. Lucky buyer! Hope they have the cash and the want to put it back..

  26. Martin says: 12 comments

    I hope the tower is put back on too and I hope the new buyers keep us in the loop with their work. I REALLY liked the house and wish I could have gotten it though 🙂

  27. Bill Daugherty says: 7 comments

    It’s been fun reading all these comments! I am the new owner of the Burritt Mansion and I love everything about it. Including the former owner, Kelly Wejko and her kids. We have become a second family to one another. This is my dream home and, although I haven’t been living in it long, I’ve been working on preserving the original elements of the house as had Kelly. One of our local artists, Gail Demi, has been in to do restoration on the period wallpaper that had been damaged in the move. There are two rooms that will be getting period wallpaper in the fall and the exterior will be spruced up in September as part of the maintenance that goes along with a 150 year old clapboard house. And Kelly was right. The house has central heat and air and it stays very comfortable year round and it runs nearly half as much as it cost me in my last house in Prospect Park South, Brooklyn. This home is tight. No drafts. Amen!

    As for restoring the tower… well, it would be nearly $10K to do, I understand. I’m not sure if it’s something I’ll do since it was strictly ornamental originally. The attic, which wasn’t pictured, is nearly 2000 sq ft with a 12 ft. ceiling in the center. I will most certainly be building this space out at a future date using wainscoting and resurfacing the original wide-plank floors.

    To all those who had considered purchasing this place, I say “thank you” for having not done so. This is where I will happily spend my remaining years surrounded by amazing people and safely ensconced in these historic walls.

    • Karen Longo says: 73 comments

      Congratulations, Bill!!! You are one lucky fella, indeed!!! I absolutely love this house with all its wonderful gorgeous features. I am certain you will enjoy your new home for years and years. I hope I am lucky enough to find such a jewel of a house at such a great price in an area we want to live.

      • says: 7 comments

        Thanks Karen… appreciate the kind words. I am able to do what I do pretty much anywhere that’s somewhat close to a College or University, so Weedsport worked out to be a great spot – but I’d have done just about anything for this house! 😉

        • Karen Longo says: 73 comments

          You say you would have done just about anything for this house—I don’t blame you!! At least you already lived in New York. I live in the warm south–Mississippi. If I were a daring woman, I’d say I’d do anything to live in this house and come up there and marry you so I could live in that gorgeous house!! LOL!!! Just kidding! I wish I could find a home as fine as yours!!

          • billyboyny says: 7 comments

            Ha, Karen! I’m a single man living in a Victorian house, loaded with lace, doilies, Victrolas and a toy poodle. You do the math. Not sure we’d be an ideal match (wink). But now it’s YOUR turn to find your dream home. I’m sending good thoughts your way. Picture yourself in your ideal home and manifest… manifest… manifest…

            • Karen Longo says: 73 comments

              LOL, Bill!!! I was pretty sure that was the case. I was just making a joke about how far I’d go to move into that house!! Lol. Those of us that follow Kelly’s site are extreme lovers of old houses. I often wonder to what extremes we would take to live in our dream homes. Hey, I could be your gardener!! Lol.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6773 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Nice buy Bill. One certainly would be hard pressed to find a more visually delightful, quality, top-shelf, antique house anywhere. Your main stair and upper stair hall are two of the most interesting, elegant spaces I’ve seen in any house of this period. The Aesthetic period decorative elements are also splendid. Enjoy! 🙂

    • TheDaringLibrarianTheDaringLibrarian says: 174 comments
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      Coastal Cottage

      Just magnificent! There are houses here on OHD that take my breath away. This mansion had me at this sink.
      As a Librarian, I gotta hope there’s a Library somewhere!
      Congrats and wishing you the very best.

  28. Marcia Ames says: 24 comments

    I am from Syracuse and have wanted a Victorian as long as I can remember. When I first saw this home, I fell in love. You are lucky that I did not have the money to buy it, or it would have been gone the day it hit the MLS. Since I couldn’t have it, I sent the listing to Kelly, hoping that who ever got the home would know just how special it is, and be preservation minded. From what I have read here today, I think this home has found the perfect new owner. I can breathe a sigh of relief that this home is in good hands and will be well loved. Thank you Bill

  29. billyboyny says: 7 comments

    Marcia… thanks for your enthusiasm. It’s well-loved I assure you. Come by for a tour sometime! 🙂

  30. Marcia AmesMarcia Ames says: 24 comments
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    Thank you! I will take you up on that! I never say no to a house tour, and enjoy meeting other old house people!

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