1887 – Windsor Locks, CT

SOLD / Archived From 2014
Added to OHD on 3/11/14   -   Last OHD Update: 3/30/19   -   29 Comments
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  • $219,900
  • 6 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 3397 Sq Ft
  • 2.06 Ac.
If you like stunning original woodwork-pocket doors-soaring ceilings-period lighting-spacious rooms- 5 fireplaces w/ built-ins -on 2+ acre level lot -then this 3 level brick home is for you!! A true example of vintage craftsmanship! Possible sub-divide. Natural gas at the house. Newer roof - House to convey in "as-is" condition. Estate - no disclosures.
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  1. AvatarErinF says: 5 comments

    I’m loving the fireplace in the foyer. And it’s amazing how much better everything looks without snow. Even in the older pictures. Granted… I’m fond of black and whites. I travel through Windsor Locks occasionally. I’ll have to hunt this one down sometime.

  2. AvatarStacey says: 26 comments

    I love the yellow kitchen cabinets. I’d be tempted to keep them. I also love the long, upstairs hallway with the many doors branching off. I agree about the snow-as long as this winter has been here, the green of spring is such a welcomed sight.

  3. RossRoss says: 2384 comments

    How did a single new bathroom manage to slip into this otherwise untouched house?

    Love love love the original lighting. The red room has a 1930s lighting update.

    This is a VERY cool house, abounding with luscious features.

    And that tower!!!!!!

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 4410 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      My thought too – hehe. Good thing the “stainless steel appliances and granite countertops” people only got to the one bathroom..

      That cupola is very unusual. Almost looks like a belfry that was later enclosed with windows, – – or something. You can see the lame little access panel to get to it in the attic front room. The new owner might consider better insulating it, and then fully widening the opening in the ceiling to create a really very unusual and fun skylight, making that room a very dramatic and unique space. It would look reallllly cool with a chandelier hanging in it: dimmed to about 20% power at night it would look awesome. It would also make a great place to hang your ferns in wintertime as well..

      These (virtually) untouched houses are a treasure. Always hope they will find an sympathetic owner who appreciates the uniqueness of the opportunity they are acquiring; and are willing to forgo the trappings of tracty suburbia…

    • AvatarJonnyB says: 5 comments

      The “single new bathroom” was done over in the 1990’s for safety and convenience for the elderly gentleman who lived there at the time.

  4. AvatarElaine says: 140 comments

    I LOVE this one! It just SPEAKS to you! It is so simple and so dropdead gorgeous at the same time! I LOVE this baby! I love the simple exterior! Doesn’t need 20 shades of paint all over it! It’s just THERE and it’s perfect! That green bathroom is fantastic! It needs somebody to love it and scrub scrub scrub it, and it would be a beaut! That poor little stove looks like it needs someone to help it out some; just sitting there all by it’s little lonesome! BUT! If I were ever able to get this house, the FIRST thing I would do is run straight into that kitchen at a very fast clip, and snatch that horrible lamp out and throw it straight on the garbage truck! Just AWFUL!!!!

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 4410 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Lol… No worries! I’m sure the lamp belongs to the agent who was just using it to better light the rooms for photo taking purposes. No doubt they took it with them… 😉

  5. AvatarSteve H says: 165 comments

    The kitchen stove looks lonely.

  6. JimJim says: 4116 comments

    Interesting design with some Richardsonian touches. Probably a “good bones” house that needs a few new organs, though a lot to work with. The exterior photos make the house look bigger than it is and the lot is only 100′ wide, but with a huge rear yard – nice.

  7. AvatarKaren says: 132 comments

    Looks to me like there are two kitchens in the house. The one with the clip on lamp is not the same as the one with the yellow cabinets – is it?

  8. AvatarErinF says: 5 comments

    It does seem to have two kitchens! That’s interesting. I bet the room with the white cabinets was originally something else and the yellow cabinets is the original kitchen?

    • AvatarJonnyB says: 5 comments

      Actually the kitchen with the white cabinets is on the first floor and is the main kitchen. The yellow one I believe was an add on some time later, as it is on the second floor. I have lived in this house.

  9. Paul WPaul W says: 563 comments

    I’m guessing this was an architect designed house. This is an example of Victorian eclecticism that became prevalent in the later 1880’s. You have a relatively simple square house with a two story bay on the side, the you have a ‘mansard like’ side porch off the front. then we add a Romanesque front on the top floor, a clipped English gable for “just a little more” and lets throw a cupola enclosed widows walk on top for icing on the cake. You might note we are already starting to see the farther overhanging eaves that would begin to show up on craftsman style homes for good measure. The projecting square window bay on the front add some architectural interest too.

    The interior is period to the home with correct mantels and trim. The only thing I am not sure of is that brick fireplace. It is either a later addition OR was an attempt to add some Romanesque elements to the interior, If that is the case there should be heavier wooden mantle shelf or maybe this had some terra cotta applied ornamentation. I am guessing there were stained glass windows in the staircase area. Other than that its remarkably preserved.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 4410 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Hmmm. I was thinking the hall fireplace was original. That the other fireplaces utilize the same brick, have the same scale; and although they have typical Victorian mantles, the surround brick is left exposed, free of the common decorative tile usually found.. I agree the house does show the hand of an architect. If that is the case, his use of exposed interior brick would be a compliment to Wright and Richardson who were becoming famous for those details at the time…

      Any ideas about the odd bead board cabinet over base next to the fireplace upstairs? I’m thinking the main stair probably winds it’s way up behind the chimney mass, which might account for the base; but the cabinet is an odd bit. If the raised base is there to allow for added head room for the ascending stair, that would make sense; but the cabinet is still odd. Can’t say I’ve seen an installation of it’s like before. Also seems like it might hide something mechanical…

      • RosewaterRosewater says: 4410 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        Might add that I see compliments to Furness in the exterior treatments of this house as well…

        • Preservation MattersPreservation Matters says: 98 comments

          Rosewater, I stayed at a B&B in Litchfield County – home of a similar era. There was a similar “wooden box” configuration in our 3rd floor room. Turned out there was an elevator installed at one time (since decommissioned) and the boxing held the motor and covered the opening in the floor. But I don’t see evidence of an elevator in any other photo and I’ve been re-visiting this listing regularly. Absolutely gorgeous home! Love it!

  10. NancyNancy says: 201 comments

    I’m not sure about that fireplace in the entry as well. It seems to not belong to the original house and takes up space. I was also wondering where that modern bathroom came from?? Strange. This house has so many neat little nooks and crannies (and it’s brick!) I love it!

  11. AvatarJames R. says: 68 comments

    Queen Anne with Romanesque elements, is how I’d classify this. I guess it was set up as a duplex or multi-family apartments at some point, hence two kitchens. I hope someone saves that yellow Kitchen cabinetry. I’d get rid of that one modern fireplace insert with glass doors.

  12. Kelly, Old House DreamsKelly, Old House Dreams says: 10086 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    There are two “kitchens”. I think it was probably broken into apartments once and the yellow cabinets are on the 2nd story. I could be wrong, hard to tell what rooms are what sometimes.

    • AvatarJonnyB says: 5 comments

      Correct you are. The yellow “kitchen” is on the second floor and I believe was an add on. My understanding is that one of the previous owners did use it as a sort of boarding house.

      • Preservation MattersPreservation Matters says: 98 comments

        I love this home – I wish we could free up $$ quickly enough for serious consideration. I’d take the yellow cabinets and bring them downstairs to the main floor to create a “new-old” kitchen.

        • AvatarJonnyB says: 5 comments

          Absolutely! Bring those cabinets downstairs, clean the glass fronts and what a beautiful kitchen. Go for it. Anything CAN be done. Where there is a will, there IS A WAY!

          • AvatarJames F. Roche Jr. says: 2 comments

            It’s way too late in the game for me, but I sincerely hope that someone can take this house and make it their home. It has a rich history.

  13. LottieLottie says: 405 comments

    What a treasure! I love all the woodwork! What an ingenious idea to curve the staircase around the chimney on that little fireplace in the entry, Once the bricks are warm so are the stairs. And I just love the yellow cabinets! It looks like the upper cabinet doors have glass inserts that are all painted yellow. How wonderful to have an early photo of the house! It looks like this house was made to last!

  14. JimJim says: 4116 comments

    The chimney which vents the fireplace in the foyer matches the other original chimneys on the exterior, and is rotated 45 degrees like the fireplace – see photo #5 and aerial. Structurally it would have been very difficult to add it after construction.

  15. Avatartadpaula says: 24 comments

    LOVE LOVE LOVE all the wood! Just gimme some Murphy’s Oil Soap and I’d be in hog heaven!!!

  16. dragonflyspirit14dragonflyspirit14 says: 263 comments

    Wow! Gorgeous gorgeous home but looks like a real money pit. If I had deep pockets or win the lottery I would buy this house in a heartbeat. I hope someone wealthy takes on this home as their project soon. I would hate to see it destroyed.

  17. AvatarJames F. Roche Jr. says: 2 comments

    This home was built by the Stockwell family, who operated a livery service and stable on Main Street of Windsor Locks. On the Windsor Locks Historical Society Facebook page there’s an old photo of Main Street and an overhead sign that reads “Stockwell Stables”. Subsequent families that lived in this home sold eggs (a chicken coop was in the southeast part of the back yard) and in the 70’s the most recent family stabled a horse there, which was sold to me for my daughter.


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