1876 – Spencer, MA

SOLD / Archived From 2014
Added to OHD on 12/4/14 - Last OHD Update: 2/14/18 - 11 Comments
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  • $224,900
  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Bath
  • 4249 Sq Ft
  • 0.51 Ac.
The details make all the difference in this Grand Queen Anne Victorian filled with fine original features including 3 beautiful Fireplaces, amazing woodwork and gorgeous hardwood flooring. Wait until you see all the built- ins! They are fantastic! China Cabinets, Butlers Pantry, Rich wood seating on both sides of the Fireplace...the list goes on and on.... 2 tenants on the 2nd floor help pay the mortgage while you live in splendor on the main level...OR turn this into a one of a kind single family and keep it all to yourself! An enormous 3rd floor, walk up attic could add to your living space! The beautiful wrap around porch with gazebo accents the front of the house and double doors lead to a grand foyer. Poised on over 1/2 acre within a short walking distance to shopping, Richard Sugden Library, fine restaurants, Luthur Hill Park and the bus line! The same family has lived and loved in this home for more than 75 years and this is the first time it is being offered for sale
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Donna Flannery, ERA Key Realty Services      (508) 885-6336
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11 Comments on 1876 – Spencer, MA

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  1. AvatarNeobrien says: 4 comments

    Drives me crazy when there’s an original butlers pantry and a ‘modern’ kitchen.

  2. RossRoss says: 2406 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    Love the house! Stunning!

    I would love it even more with the original exterior colors recreated.

    And I REALLY love the metalwork on the roof. Grrrrrrrrrrrr!!!

  3. AvatarMW says: 727 comments

    Interesting house and looks in pretty nice shape too. Maybe just mostly some cleaning and repainting for the most part along with the usual wiring and plumbing upgrades as is to be expected with a house like this. Agree, the kitchen appears to be the worst of it, as is also so very common of course. But it doesn’t appear to have had money wasted on it, so is basically a blank canvas to make you r own kitchen as you please. So, is almost better that way. What is worse is when someone has recently spent a lot of money on a new kitchen and done a less than ‘good’ job at it, also very common of course. At least this one can be gutted and tossed without shedding any tears, but it is still functional in the meantime.

  4. JimHJimH says: 4208 comments
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    Pretty amazing house at a very reasonable price that could maybe use some professional consultation on color and decor, and a new kitchen. Built for Noah Webster Sagendorph (1835-1917) from New York’s Hudson Valley. Excerpts from the NRHP nomination for the extended Spencer Town Center Historic District (2003):
    “The residential streets Grove, Pleasant, Prouty, High, and Main are quintessential mid-to-late 19th century, small town streets. They are lined with stylistically distinguished frame houses, and three brick schools, uniformly set slightly back and shaded by rows of mature street-side trees. The houses are in a moderate to good state of preservation. One of the most impressive features is the general absence of artificial siding and inappropriate replacement windows.
    “The Noah Sagendorph House, 26 High Street (ca. 1884, MHC 196) is unrestrained in its Queen Anne style and represents the most high style expression of its era in the boundary increase district. It is a 2½ story house with a complex roof configuration and interior volume. The main block of the house has a front-gable, slate roof ornamented along its ridgeline with iron cresting rails. There is a 1½ story, side-gable wing on the south that has a slate-covered mansard roof. Both sections are covered with clapboards and stickwork and their foundations are brick. The entry of the three bay main block is centered, and adjacent to it is a 2½ story, three-sided bay. The entry door is double leaf and its surround has incised Eastlake style quatrefoil ornament. Window surrounds have footed sills. A wraparound porch with a circular gazebo corner extends across the west and south elevations of the main block. It has a spindle frieze and is supported on posts with brackets above turned railings. Cast stone stairs entered between cast stone rampant lions lead to the porch. The south wing of the house has two, through-cornice dormers and a separate entry. Chimneys are ornamentally laid and their brick is multicolored.
    “One of Spencer’s most successful entrepreneurs was Noah Sagendorph who between 1857 and 1864 re-built an empty satinet factory at Mill and Valley Streets with a partner William Upham, and manufactured fine woolen goods by steam power. In the census of 1870 Sagendorph is listed as having come to Spencer from New York – perhaps with a relative Rebecca who is listed as a domestic servant. He was boarding with John and Cora Cutter and listed himself as a woolen mill worker rather than an owner in 1870. The textile business prospered and Sagendorph built a house on the crest of High Street at 26 High Street (ca. 1884, MHC 196) (Photograph No. 6) from which he became a progressive gentleman farmer with extensive property on Pleasant Street, the district’s boundary increase.
    “Noah Sagendorph of the Noah Sagendorph House, 26 High Street (ca. 1884, MHC 196) (Photograph No. 6) as noted above became a gentleman farmer as well as a textile manufacturer and part owner of the Prouty Shoe Company. His farm was on Pleasant Street north of the district boundaries. In 1900 he linked his home and his farm when he had a well dug on the west side of High Street with a 60’ windmill over it (now gone) to supply water for his farm.”

  5. RosewaterRosewater says: 4561 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Wow. Those front and right side elevations are a feast for the eyes! What may have seemed cluttered and disjointed is instead a symphony of detail. Pretty darn dramatic from the other side and in back too. The interior is a wonderfully preserved, top-shelf delight from room to room. Jeez.. Kitchen schmitchen: do what you want in there. I’d just take out the acoustical tile, drop in a vintage floor, spread a little paint, and call it a day.. Original gasoliers throughout. Delightful…

  6. Paul WPaul W says: 562 comments

    I wish hey had invested in exterior paint rather than the kitchen work. The exterior has a great deal of complexity and detail but the all white palette one hardly notices. A well planned historic exterior paintjob would make this house shine and really increase its street presence.

    Mantles and built ins are top notch (love the parlor floor). A well planned restoration done over time on the interior could create more period perfect look.

    The rear elevation staircase/decks contraption needs to go to. I’m guessing there is probably is very little, if any insulation, so insulating would probably help reduce heat costs which I imagine are considerable on this size home.

  7. AvatarDot Gillis says: 49 comments

    I can’t speak to the technical details, as I’m still learning from all you amazing folks, but I know what I like. I like this! Grand, impressive, yet subtle and charming. The interior is fab and at least the kitchen is larger to accommodate today’s lifestyles. Some nice paint, bit of a clean up in the yard, and you’d have the rest of your life to play in the interior.

  8. memosonicmemosonic says: 24 comments

    Good painting is expensive and hard work for the prep, cleaning and priming. Detail painting is even more expensive. I am glad to see where paint has been applied to protect and preserve the exterior of the house. New owners can add the detail painting.

  9. JimHJimH says: 4208 comments
    OHD Supporter

    This house is being used as a 3 family which explains the separate entrances and the fire escape. The stairs and the apartments aren’t shown in the pictures, so let’s hope the alteration is minimal.

  10. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4718 comments

    This house is an 1870’s residence that was remodeled in the Queen Anne style around the turn of the last century. (which speaks highly of the talented remodelers in those days compared to the slap-dash remodelers of today) The Queen Anne tower, porch pavilion, inlaid patterned parquet floors, and mantel-buffet combo date from this latter period. I could not help but be saddened reading the National Register nomination noting: “One of the most impressive features is the general absence of artificial siding and inappropriate replacement windows.” It’s as though original windows and lack of artificial siding are so extraordinary that they become “impressive features”. I concur that the kitchen lacks character and does not tie in stylistically with the Victorian flavor of the house. I think even more impressive in this house is the survival of original roof cresting and finials as well as the prominent gable braces-these were often the first items to go missing on Victorian era homes.

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