1885 – Dorchester Center, MA

SOLD / Archived From 2016
Added to OHD on 4/5/16 - Last OHD Update: 2/14/18 - 44 Comments
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  • $899,000
  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Bath
  • 2870 Sq Ft
This grand Queen Anne Romanesque Revival home sits on a perch overlooking historic Melville Avenue's architectural gems. Long a local landmark, it was designed by City Architect Arthur H. Vinal for his family and has been respectfully cared for by the current owners for over fifty years. Spectacular museum quality features include 10' coved ceilings, four intricately carved tiled fireplaces, parquet flooring with elaborate inlays and a grand Tara staircase rising to a stunning stained glass window bay (there are 31 stained glass window panels in the home). The opulent dining room of Moorish design with applied plaster tiled walls, built-ins and a large stained glass window nook framed by a Syrian arch is the star of the show. Showings by appointment beginning Saturday April 9 and Sunday April 10 from 1:00-3:00pm both days.
Sold By
Lee Robinson, Sotheby's International Realty      (617) 825-0800
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44 Comments on 1885 – Dorchester Center, MA

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  1. Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 10324 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks annaP for the share!

    • AvatarPeggy Farrell says: 2 comments

      The staircase in this house is the most beautiful staircase I ever seen. When I look at houses the first thing I look at is the staircase. And this one is a knock out. 🦋🎠🎈🌹🎭💐☃️🍀

  2. AvatarDJ says: 77 comments

    wow ,my jaw is on the floor. Is that tin ceiling and walls or gold?

  3. Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 10324 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    This is the kind of house I want to see DETAILED DETAILED DETAILED pics! One of the best looking dining rooms I’ve seen yet (not a fan of the gold.)

    • JimHJimH says: 4197 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Agree, Kelly. Unbelievable woodwork and glass in this house. I’d guess the dining room had gold leaf or gold-flecked paint that’s difficult and expensive to reproduce correctly. Maybe it’s the photography but it looks like they used Krylon spray paint. Rooms like that need expert curation rather than decoration. The little lion in the last photo seems to be saying – Really?

  4. AvatarBethany says: 2656 comments

    Wow! Sure would like to see the kitchen.

  5. Marcia AmesMarcia Ames says: 27 comments
    OHD Supporter

    I am speechless! And immediately going out to buy a lottery ticket. The Moorish dining room is unbelievable…….

  6. AvatarHiJumpin1 says: 10 comments

    Just dropped the mic!

  7. RossRoss says: 2405 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    This house makes my house look like a simple shack.


    However, as fabulous as the house is, it could be more. Oh baby, so much more! The right colors and decor would make this house into something lethal. People would drop dead upon viewing!

  8. AvatarChris says: 555 comments

    Wow that’s not what I expected when I first saw the exterior. I’m not a big fan of all the gold, but those interiors are incredible. It makes the bedrooms appear almost monastic in their paleness.

  9. AvatarMiaNJ says: 10 comments

    Another gem. Not crazy about the gaudy gold in the dining room, either. Just a little too much for my taste. But the floors are beautiful, the chandeliers, the moldings… jury is still out on the pink upholstered wall in the bedroom, though…

  10. AvatarDee says: 7 comments

    If I lived there I would never leave the house!

  11. Doug GreenDoug Green says: 86 comments
    1929 Spanish Revival
    Glendale, CA

    Surprised nobody mentioned the newel posts. I have never seen them illuminated like that. The whole house is over the top.

  12. AvatarLori says: 52 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Yukon, OK


  13. Avatarmichael says: 18 comments

    Oh my gosh!! Beautiful! Those Newell post! Who has 900,000 I can have?

  14. AvatarNathan Davis says: 42 comments

    I think I may have just had a heart attack! That must be one of the most amazing houses ever! as i was first scrolling through, i was in awe of the lights INSIDE the newel posts, but then the Turkish parlor happened. JUST WOW! also, is it me or does the listing square footage seem a bit small? I live in a house that is about the same size of the square footage listed here, yet this house seems twice the size.

  15. AvatarTina says: 4 comments

    Yes Doug, the newel posts are my favorite part, or maybe all that stained glass. Whatever, I love everything I can see, even the house across the street! Unreal, I even love the gold!

  16. Michael MackinMichael Mackin says: 1304 comments

    Not a fan of the red barn color exterior but some of the interiors are well done. The gold room is a little over the top for me.

  17. AvatarLindsay G says: 589 comments

    I died. I’m dead. It’s over. I cannot wrap my tiny little head around the sheer amazingness of this home!

    And all the homes on the whole block seem to be like this!

  18. AvatarKarenZ says: 965 comments
    OHD Supporter

    I really love the exterior colors on this one! I’m glad that they kept it down to a couple, lol! That stairway is just a work of art and the working lanterns in the bottom the perfect touch! OK–I learned another thing on the Old House Dreams website. They are called Newell Posts! I cannot imagine how long it took to build this one–years?

  19. AvatarJohn Nevitt says: 12 comments

    I agree that the gold in the Turkish parlor is over the top, but I like it. I another house, something so ostentatious would never work, but I can’t imagine anything subdued with such ornate and original architecture. The newel posts and the stained glass really put this house in a category all by itself.

  20. AvatarMona says: 19 comments

    OMG!! Just when I thought I couldn’t be any more excited after seeing the previous last listing, I see this! SPECTACULAR!!!!

  21. AvatarLori says: 119 comments

    The craftsmanship of years past….

  22. AvatarMontana Channing says: 252 comments

    16 stained glass windows at the top of the stairs and lighted newel posts. i’m building a time machine and going to get that architect. we need more of these places.

  23. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 790 comments

    Ohh, that Moorish dining room!

    “In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a stately pleasure dome decree…”

  24. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 790 comments

    That bedroom with the tufted, upholstered wall is so Hollywood Regency! A different vibe from the rest of the house, but how swank!

  25. AvatarMary says: 39 comments

    Wow!!! Wow wow! That dining room is so crazy amazing. It should be a requuirement that the new owner have a dinner party every week! The living room wallpaper just can’t compete with the dining room- not sure why they picked that.
    In looking back over the pictures I see a bathroom. It didn’t even register The first time around that I saw a bathroom picture At all–I was just so blinded by the rest of it!!! Lolol.
    Love it. Can’t imagine what kind of a kitchen would go with this dining room!

  26. kizilodkizilod says: 48 comments

    When I saw the dining room, it reminded me of the Moorish Smoking room from the John D. Rockefeller House, which is now installed at the Brooklyn Museum. I revisited the photos, and the rooms aren’t as similar as I had remembered, but it is worth checking out if you like Moorish style rooms: https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/objects/59358/Worsham-Rockefeller_Room

  27. AvatarAmyB says: 25 comments

    There is not much more to say that others haven’t, but O.M.G. is this house delicious! Heavenly for sure!

  28. TimothyTimothy says: 154 comments

    This house, the interior glory, the inset newel lights….. My, oh my!!

  29. Paul WPaul W says: 562 comments

    Amazing interior. The Moorish and aesthetic elements are totally unexpected given the more simple Romanesque exterior. The goal here would be to do some serious research on the paint colors in the other rooms and restore them to the same level of authenticity as the Moorish Parlor. The Staircase which brings together a heavy aesthetic Movement/Eastlake with the Moorish detail in the newel posts shows a design firm work here. I be curious to see who the architect , builder and designers were. This same design aesthetic is transferred into the mantle and over mantle which is a museum quality pieces in their self. Amazed I have not seen this house before.

  30. AvatarAnn says: 100 comments

    Jewelry everywhere you look!!!!!

  31. AvatarEyesOnYou1959 says: 266 comments

    OMG! Somebody pinch me, I must be dreaming! What an absolutely gorgeous
    home! I could definitely see myself living here.

  32. AvatarBrianO says: 39 comments

    Wow that stained glass!

  33. AvatarBig Rog says: 187 comments

    absolutely stunning. If it were on a larger lot, I think it would sell quickly. I love all the large rooms, the gold accents, the beautiful wood work. The place looks like a palace. Love it!

  34. jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 948 comments

    The floor and fireplace in the diningroom. OMG. The newel posts. OMG.. The artglass windows. OMG. The neighborhood–fantastic!

  35. MonicaGMonicaG says: 172 comments

    Swank, indeed DofG. Thud. Thud. Thud. Death.

  36. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4708 comments

    “Drop Dead” WONDERFUL summarizes my feelings about this unique house. I am in awe over it; its one of the best ever posted on Old House Dreams and I can see from above that I’m not alone in my sentiments.

  37. SueSue says: 1175 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1802 Cape

    I cannot even fathom what this would cost to build today. That price is shockingly reasonable. This house is a work of art.

  38. AvatarJennifer HT says: 796 comments

    Can I just “yeah that” to everyone above me? As much as I don’t love the gold I wouldn’t change it. It is part of the eclectic glory this home brings. I would decorate that room over the top and wear evening attire when I am in there. Just kidding… kinda.

  39. AvatarGerry S says: 28 comments

    Great restoration ! Wonderful street full of fantastic houses. Neighborhood goes downhill quickly at both ends of the street.

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