1875 Second Empire – Dover, NH

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37 Summer St, Dover, NH 03820

  • $439,000
  • 5 Bed
  • 5 Bath
  • 6347 Sq Ft
  • 0.29 Ac.
Fabulous 3 story, 6300 sq ft Victorian in good condition with all the original features and woodwork intact. Superior location that is just a short walk to downtown.
Contact Information
Bill Ryan, Keller Williams Realty,
(603) 610-8500

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10 Comments on 1875 Second Empire – Dover, NH

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  1. PJ says: 1 comments

    This might be my favorite house ever! Any ideas which of those rooms is the top floor of the tower? (Assuming one of the pictured room is the top)

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Agents RARELY show attics, basements, or towers; all of which are my favorite old house spaces. 🙁

    • Rachel Stevens says: 1 comments

      I just went and looked at it! All the rooms with the dark painted floors are on the third floor. The tower is at the end of the hallway and is seperated by the 3 black/grey steps that go up and then on the other side is 3 steps down and you are in the small tower area. There was a door with additional stairs into the attic, but it was too dark and hot to go up there for much more than a glance.

  2. Polly Scott says: 6 comments

    I think it’s the rooms with the very dark floors.

  3. RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    I really like this house; and the overall effect of the interior spaces seems comfortable and mostly pleasing. I would disagree with the agent that the woodwork and features are original if that means extant from the build date. It seems to me that the house has had several major re-models. The first and most significant happened probably between 1885 and 1895 when the large bays were added or significantly transformed; the current main stairway was installed and the woodwork in the lower and upper halls, as well as many other rooms, was replaced; all of the floors on the first two levels were replaced; and the commodious side porch was added.. The second redo probably happened around 1900 to 1910 when the front and rear parlors were combined, and the woodwork and mantle were replaced with the current Edwardian examples. The dining room mantle probably dates from that period, as well as the large bank of casement windows with transoms. This was also the time when most of the houses’ fireplaces were either sealed or completely removed (cringe), and the gravity steam system was installed. What is left of the kitchen dates from that time as well.. It is a pity that the “Queen Anne” features were not left in tact throughout as it seems quite a significant amount must have been spent on those finishes, and no doubt the mantles were lovely where they were replaced. The Edwardian features are too heavy and clunky in this house and really don’t work.. If someone with the means and desire to bring this house to it’s fullest potential were to take on the task; removal of those features and replacement with either appropriate Q.A. fittings, or those of the original French Second Empire / Mansard style, would make the house feel more cohesive and less stylistically disjointed…

    • Robt. W.Robt. W. says: 359 comments


      The exterior is striking and the interior has a lot of early details and the rooms and the interior overall is attractive. It’s a bit of a disappointment to me, however, because 1870s interiors are often so rich, and there’s very little evidence of the stated 1875 construction date inside.

  4. Daidra Carsman says: 5 comments

    Amazing house!

  5. Paul W says: 470 comments

    This was clearly a house that changed with the latest fashions over the years. One almost needs to pick a period and stay with that period. Just finding enough cast iron mantles and overmantles might be daunting task. This could be brought back to its original period and be a grand home, but you are starting at a pretty high price point.

  6. TimothyTimothy says: 144 comments

    In picture 5, looking up the staircase, does the woodwork change or is it just me? Has part of the staircase railing been redone and the rest not quite? Nice house overall. I can picture living there. But, I would have to find a way to re-open those sealed up fireplaces.

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