1910 – Schenectady, NY

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Posted December 2014. This home has been archived on OHD. The sold status is unknown.
Added to OHD on 12/22/14   -   Last OHD Update: 9/10/18   -   6 Comments
1300 Union St, Schenectady, NY 12308












2000 Vanguard showhouse! Each room touched by a different designer showcasing faux painting techniques and gorgeous murals. Grand foyer and vestibule with dramatic woodwork and fp. Bright oval music rm enhances acoustics. Living rm features striking mahogany paneling, coffered ceilings, and terracotta fireplace. Renovated 21st century kitchen with eclectic mix of casework. Needs a little TLC.
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Christopher Haddon, Realty USA
(518) 370-3170
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6 Comments on 1910 – Schenectady, NY

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  1. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4610 comments

    Not many houses featured here have formerly been “designer showcases”. (from 2000) Looks like the decorators/designers from 15 years ago respected the historical interior although some artistic license and demonstrations of faux painting techniques are evident. The 1910 construction date seems plausible although not many towered Queen Annes were being built by that late date. Take away the tower and the familiar shape of the Foursquare form becomes evident; I believe at least some early Foursquares incorporated Queen Anne details but it would be a stretch to say all Foursquares evolved from the Queen Anne style. Not much in evidence here either to suggest an affinity for the Arts & Crafts Movement which was at a peak around 1910. The original homeowners were probably older or at least preferred the older styles. The finish levels indicate a generous budget and an architect’s hand. Schenectady became the home of General Electric Corporation through mergers of existing companies in 1892. The giant industrial corporation brought prosperity to the community which is reflected in this fine home.

  2. AvatarSylvia says: 43 comments

    This house is really beautiful but I have a couple questions. The transom and sidelights to the vestibule seem newer than the house. Is it just the angle of light or something? And in the 18th photo down, the room with light green walls and columns. It looks as though the columns were originally framing a doorway or similar opening. Is that right? In spite of that, I like this place a lot. I would probably look for different shades for some of the ceiling fixtures because I’m not fond of dingle dangles on the light fixtures but that’s really minor.

  3. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4610 comments
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    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    The sidelights and transom with leaded beveled glass is very characteristic of the Colonial Revival style as are stylistic details like the urn shaped finials on the staircase newels. I can’t determine whether the paired columns are original or not as they show the designer showcase faux painting techniques from 2000. They may have merely been props for the designer or formerly designated an entry into a now blocked off space. In summary, the entry appears original as far as I can determine.

  4. JimHJimH says: 4023 comments
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    Schenectady has a 350 year history and representative architecture from all periods. The city also has relatively bad crime figures and some rough areas, mostly on the other side of town. This neighborhood is very good though many of the large older homes have been divided for apartments for Union College students a few blocks from campus, which may have happened to this house at some point. Great details – I wouldn’t want to change much here. Some numbers that a buyer should check out: Sold in 2010 – $325,000, Listed in 2013 – $375,000, Property Taxes in 2013 – $13,758.

  5. Avatarrobert says: 16 comments

    To keep the dorms filled, many of the students are no longer allowed to live off-campus, so some of the local housing stock on that side of the College has been taken over by a “changing neighborhood”. This house is a few blocks farther up Union Street, but that’s still an issue to consider.

  6. AvatarKrazMom says: 800 comments
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    Anthem, AZ

    My favorite entry ever. The inglenook, stairs over the fireplace and landing. Swoon.

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