1883 Queen Anne – Westfield, NY

Added to OHD on 4/7/16   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   26 Comments
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233 E Main St, Westfield, NY 14787

  • $499,000
  • 9 Bed
  • 6 Bath
  • 4000 Sq Ft
  • 72 Ac.
Once in a lifetime opportunity to view this unique and magnificent estate. The "Wright Estate" has always been occupied by the Wright Family since the early 1880's. The basic architectural form is Queen Anne, built in the late Victorian period, influenced by San Francisco/Sacramento architecture. The prime lumber for this home was taken from the Wright brothers many land holdings in Jefferson County, today known as Cooks Forrest, Pa. The family cut and dried clear pine for the framing; cherry,walnut, and oak for wood work and trim. It was carefully rubbed, varnished and polished, and has not been refinished since 1884. Still in outstanding condition, as this house has always been heated, even with no one living there. First floor hallway wainscoting doors and door trim are made of cherry as is the living room and parlor trim. First floor dining room wainscoting, windows and doors are walnut. The dining room at any given time could easily seat 24 for dinner. All doors leading to bedrooms, are similar to all doors (9') in the home- called Christian doors because the upper four panels create the form of the cross between them. The two panels below them symbolize the Bible, the single panel at the door knob level symbolizes the communion table. The down stairs bedroom (today's terminology would be called the master bedroom) with an office, was the private quarters occupied by the 2nd generation, Ruben Gridley Wright. These quarters are done in Walnut, featuring a built-in desk cabinet with many secret hiding places. This is where Mr. Wright did all of his many business transactions. Windows turn into doors leading on to the many porches. On the north side of home is your Butler's Pantry, Kitchen, Laundry, Milk house, Wood Shed and of course the indoor wooden commode. On the second floor, you are welcomed by large original stained glass windows (Tiffany's) as you move upstairs to the grand central hall-all done in cherry wood. There are 3 very large bedrooms withfireplaces, each with their own bathrooms. An additional 6 bedrooms (originally for the Butlers, Maids and Cooks quarters) are separated to the back with each having separate stairways (men & women). The huge third floor was used for parties and ballroom dancing. A fourth floor look out gives you a great view of Lake Erie. Full basement with 10' ceiling has, party rooms, meat room with 8x10 slate slab, (believed to have come from Lake Erie) for processing and keeping meat cold. An elegant barn for keeping carriage horses and equipment is located in back of the main house. An additional home that is not occupied, is included in this sale along with the 72 acres and additional out buildings are located to the West. The detached garage is 6 bays. The caretakers home will NOT be included in transaction. There's not enough room to mention all the other unique findings that this home has to offer! Please schedule your private viewing. PRE-QUALIFIED BUYERS ONLY! SOLD AS IS!
Contact Information
Catherine Brooks, Howard Hanna,
(716) 753-7880

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26 Comments on 1883 Queen Anne – Westfield, NY

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11893 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks to CharlesB for sharing!

    • Mary Wheeler says: 1 comments

      My mother Phyllis Lancaster Wheeler,once lived in the house,when it was called Buss house,and had individual apartments! She says it’s beautiful home!

      • Aimee says: 1 comments

        This home has never been apartments,and has never left the Wright family from conception until 2016, there is another home directly a crossed the street that used to be a mansion and has been broken down into apartments since sometime around the 50s, maybe that is what she is thinking of

  2. JimHJimH says: 5149 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Enoch Arnold Curtis of Jamestown was the architect for the Reuben Gridley Wright house at 233 East Main Street in Westfield, with construction of the house beginning in the summer of 1882; the contractor was John Ard, and Harry Wratten the head carpenter.
    Bio of owner Reuben Gridley Wright (1824-1906) with old photo of home before alterations, and a recent local article:

    • John Shiflet says: 5452 comments

      Jim, 1882 would certainly accord with the Aesthetic motifs in the stained glass windows. But the 72 acres are the real bonus with this large house. With a large frame and wood sided house like this one expect maintenance costs (painting and replacing deteriorated wood elements) to be higher than for a brick house of the same size. The property seems reasonably priced for the features offered.

    • AHodson says: 19 comments

      Removing the central dormer and front porches in 1923, and painting it white, was a crime, to my eyes! That historical photo shows an absolutely stunningly beautiful home. I wouldn’t have even known it was the same house- just looks shabby to me now, after seeing the original photo.

  3. Melissa says: 238 comments

    The 8th picture appears to show some damage near a ceiling in a green room. Can anyone tell from the photo whether the top 12″ or so is some kind of border or tapestry? If it’s tapestry, my grandparents’ home had one, and a local landmark home has one. It could be quite a find, if that’s what it is.

  4. Lynn says: 83 comments

    Absolutely Beautiful!!!

  5. Beautiful Home! Almost $2000/month in property taxes, can that be correct?!

    • Ernie says: 117 comments


      If what is published is correct think the 72 acres is responsible for the tax multiplier here. I once looked at a moderately large (3000 square feet) Victorian in Western NY 8 years ago that came with 7 acres fronting on a small lake and the taxes there were nearly $13K

      • Charles B says: 481 comments

        The County website lists the current year’s taxes as $19,601.80. Through 2011, when the place was owner-occupied, taxes were in the $6000 range with the STAR and agricultural exemptions. Most of that 72-acre parcel is a huge tillable field. Westfield has soil and a microclimate that is the best in the Eastern U.S. for grape-growing–it is the focal point of the Lake Erie wine trail. I think the place could be a huge draw as a winery.

        • JimHJimH says: 5149 comments
          OHD Supporter

          Charles, a winery with a Victorian tasting room is a great idea; and very appealing to the kind of upscale owner the house needs.

  6. Gorgeous home! but $24,000 a year property taxes is crazy! The woodwork is beautiful. The Aesthetic Stain glass windows in the landing are my favorite! I am sure it is like a time capsule inside. Definitely a dream home for a restoration project. That is a lot of land 72 acres! More pictures would be great.

  7. Krystal says: 70 comments

    Huh, I’ve seen those doors often in my life, never before realized they were symbolic of so much Christian theology. How fascinating.

    • Gemma says: 112 comments

      Christian doors were important in the days before decent inns. Travelers would see the Christian doors and ask the residents for safe room and board.

  8. says: 72 comments

    Obviously the focus of the advertisement is the quality woodwork, which is impressive, absolutely, but I’d like to see more photos of the actual rooms!

  9. Holly Q says: 77 comments

    Neat brick arches in the basement! I can’t stand it when images for a house for sale are dark or blurry. Big pet peeve.

  10. Ernie says: 117 comments

    Great windows, but definitely not a product of the Tiffany Studios. No bats this time but some great fish and a little swan worked into the fireplace surround tiles

  11. EyesOnYou1959EyesOnYou1959 says: 273 comments
    Lincoln, NE

    This grand, old home would be a fantastic place to live, but I don’t
    know anyone who could afford THOSE kind of taxes! Maybe if/when I win
    the lottery, lol!

  12. LouB says: 79 comments

    What a beautiful house!
    72 acres, what a hobby farm that would make, or a winery for the ambitious.
    In the more upscale of the Chicago suburbs, a postage stamp plot and modest home will curry a similar tax burden. So it’s all a matter of perspective.

  13. Jennifer HT says: 767 comments

    I am getting the creepy vibe here. It is probably because of the dark pics, but I don’t get that vibe with very dark house.

  14. lara janelara jane says: 480 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Oh, this one deserves more (and better) photos!

    And 72 acres?! WOW!

  15. pamibachpamibach says: 117 comments

    It is easy to see why the family didn’t sell for all these years

  16. Jeklstudio says: 1105 comments

    Absolutely love the basement. I could see lots of full wine racks, an oak deal table with chairs, a few nice gothic lamps, plenty of glasses. And of course, a cork screw. ?

  17. Sandra says: 312 comments

    The staircase with the stained glass windows on the landing is to die for. If I had that house I’d have no lights on during the daytime, just let that low level of light filter through the windows. It’s creepy and wonderful at the same time. 🙂

  18. Karen says: 2 comments

    I’d buy it in a heartbeat if it weren’t for the property taxes. That’s the problem with living in the Northeast.


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