1856 Italianate – Kingston, NY

Added to OHD on 7/31/13   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   13 Comments
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10 E Chestnut St, Kingston, NY 12401

  • $149,900
  • 5 Bed
  • 5 Bath
  • 4217 Sq Ft
  • 1.15 Ac.
Significant restoration project situated on 1.15 acres overlooking the Rondout neighborhood. Highly motivated seller. Special opportunity to own a key piece of Kingston s history. Constructed circa 1860 by Edgar Newkirk, Cashier of the Rondout National Bank. The faces of his children are carved into the newel post of a grand staircase. It was later owned by Dr. David Kennedy, a patent medicine manufacturer- Dr. Kennedy s Favorite Remedy who was also Mayor of Kingston from 1892-1895.

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  1. says: 5 comments

    Beautiful home, but those taxes! Yikes. Also, I can’t decide if living with Mr. Newkirk’s children’s carvings are adorable or a little creepy. 🙂 I think for that fireplace, I could deal with the newel post.

    • Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 138 comments
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      Despite the realtor’s description, I don’t think the faces on the newel post are carved.
      They appear to be ceramic tile, and – like the staircase itself, stylistically a product of
      the 1880’s – not 1860. The house appears to have had a major renovation about that time, including the patterned brick chimneys on the exterior. Regardless, the house
      is very nice – I like the mantelpiece as well… I’d be willing to bet that it is marbleized
      slate with a few coats of paint on top.

  2. lara janelara jane says: 480 comments
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    I love those tall French doors! The chimneys are so pretty, too.

  3. You’re right Eric. The tiles were made by the American Encaustic Tile Co of Zanesville Ohio.

  4. Jim says: 5147 comments

    The EB Newkirk house was built in its entirety before 1875 when it was illustrated in the county atlas. City directories show Newkirk living at that address from 1871, so it may have been built around that date. His 5 children were born 1867-1872 so that matches; the tiles were probably made locally. The engraving shows a cupola and a tall tower with a view towards the river, both lost. The neighborhood is outside of the Rondout revival of recent years, with a mix of apartments and old houses large and small.

  5. John Shiflet says: 5456 comments

    I’m with Eric…the newel post face is a ceramic tile inset into the wood. He’s probably right about the mantels being slate faux painted to imitate marble or some other natural finish and since have been repainted again, maybe several times. The listing shows surprisingly few period details for a 4,000 sq. ft. plus house. Having slightly over an acre is a bonus. But I’ve said before if NY State taxes weren’t so steep more old house lovers might be willing to move there. Taxes in that range would be pretty rough on retirees or someone on a fixed income. About $175,000 to pay in taxes every decade would be quite a bite for most folks.

  6. Jim says: 5147 comments

    Yup, that’s the one. I love the horse-drawn trolley going down Union Ave. I think Eric was right about the tiles since they could be made separately and inserted into the stock post. The detail on the tile is raised which would be carved in negative and the tile pressed, fired, glaze-painted and fired again. They were making decorative tiles in New York since the Dutch days. Both of EB Newkirk’s parents were from local old Dutch families – his mother Phebe Ten Eyck grew up here: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/64007213
    The old Newkirk “estate” was for sale a few years ago, only $3MM – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtpOhLXtuiY

    Kelly, I just noticed if you click on the pictures it becomes a slide show – pretty cool. Is that a new feature?

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11877 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Yes, something that I wanted to add for a long while. It helps when the photos are larger than they appear, so you are able to see a bit more detail.

  7. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11877 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Price is down to $189,900.

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