c. 1880 Queen Anne – Lynn, MA

SOLD / Archived From 2017
Added to OHD on 6/13/17 - Last OHD Update: 3/12/18 - 25 Comments
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  • $499,000
  • 7 Beds
  • 5141 Sq Ft
Don't miss out on this "hidden gem" located in the highly desirable Diamond District. This Classic Victorian built in 1880 is loaded with exquisite detailed woodwork and design throughout. From the exterior dental molding to the beautiful decorative circular turret the craftsmanship is fantastic. The grand entrance way with custom wood molding and detailed wainscoting hallway showcases a huge handcrafted fireplace and soaring ceilings. Extremely large windows drench this home with natural sunlight. Large extravagant solid wood pocket doors lead into the rooms on the main level of the home. A wonderful center staircase allows access to the upstairs bedrooms. This home has unlimited potential but does need some TLC and your personal touch to make it your own. If you have the vision to put your own touch on this home it could be incredible. Priced to sell and priced as is. This home is a must see to appreciate the huge potential. ****First showings at OH Sat 17th ,Sun 18th 12-2PM*****
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25 Comments on c. 1880 Queen Anne – Lynn, MA

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  1. AvatarWendy says: 54 comments

    Stunning. Love the mismatched (?) spindles! And the font? Beautiful woodwork too.

    • AvatarJoe says: 635 comments

      The balusters are not mismatched, they are matched sets of three, showing off different wood turning abilities on all three designs. It is unfortunate that they didn’t select a higher grade of oak such as quarter sawn throughout to make a more spectacular show.

  2. AvatarChristian says: 3 comments

    I wonder what it would look like with the porch being opened again. But the entire house is really special.

  3. AvatarDonald C. Carleton, Jr. says: 249 comments

    This is another one where I’d never leave the entry hall…who cares what’s going on with the rest of the place when you can walk in the door and ensconce yourself with a suitable cocktail in that that massive, killer, over-the-top fireplace inglenook?

  4. AvatarEricHtown says: 314 comments

    I’m sure the house would look better if the porch were opened back up. They did a nice job on enclosing it with the fan lites but for me I’d rather have the porch opened back up. It looks like a giant Hershey’s Kiss was dropped on top of the corner tower.

  5. JullesJulles says: 532 comments

    The Palladian window and the stair railing spindles says Federalist to me. I know there have been several updates over the years but could the original build date be earlier than 1880?

    • Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 10342 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Probably not, that window style was popular for Colonial Revival’s too (this home has both QA and CR features.)

      • RossRoss says: 2406 comments
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        1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
        Emporia, KS

        Queen Anne-style homes started to incorporate Colonial-syle features in the 1890s. Such homes are called Queen Anne Free Classics.

        This house however predates such a stylistic shift.

        To my eyes, and I may well be wrong, the porch looks like a later Colonial-Revival update. While the house likely had a porch originally, I suspect it would have been quite different. And certainly not enclosed!

        I am also gonna guess that the Palladian-style window above the porch is from this update, as are the two arched windows overlooking the stair.

        The black chandelier in image #6 is likely original, and would have been gas originally, with glass or ceramic “candles”. It is a treasure!!!!!!!!!!

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

    Damn.

    Now I want an onion dome on my house!

  7. AvatarHome Sweet Home says: 31 comments

    The triggers of memory: focusing on that ‘onion-domed’ turret, and the decades fall away, and I’m a wee lad in my mother’s lap entranced with tales of Ali Baba. Reminiscence is a magic carpet ride … and this is a house screaming out for the beneficent excesses of a devout Orientalist.

    With sleight of hand, and the invocation of “Open sesame”, the mind’s eye can envision this house ‘alive’ with the riches of appropriate layers of hand-knotted rugs, expanses of brocade draperies, a flamboyant riot of the best of Victorian wallpapers, a veritable ‘jungle’ of potted palms and ferns and, of course, at least one massive aspidistra, plus the sort of furnishings that invite throws & cushions — In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a stately pleasure-dome decree …

    This structure simply invites fancy & fantasy with elements like that brilliant entry-way inglenook … the gangway gallery opposite the head of the staircase … and just imagine the effect of the original copper roofing finishes gleaming across that sea of slate?!

    With the right palette of colours covering the facade, and some creative designs applied in re-imagining the decoration of that enclosed porch (so that it stands as more an extension of the architectural theme and less as a carbuncle), this place could rise like some exotic mirage from its Massachusetts streetscape … a mecca where that other Richard Burton might comfortably luxuriate.

  8. LottieLottie says: 403 comments

    My…my! What a beautiful home! I wouldn’t change a thing. Love the porch just like it is. Love the stairs and all the mantels and woodwork!

  9. AvatarJeff Myers says: 78 comments

    I’m thinking of what it would cost to re-roof an onion dome…. in slate.

  10. AvatarMomof9 says: 95 comments

    I don’t drink, but if I did I wouldn’t mind tossing a few champagne glasses into the fireplace!

  11. AvatarEyesOnYou1959 says: 266 comments

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  12. JimHJimH says: 4204 comments
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    The NRHP info says house was built in 1889 for Walter Blanchard, a shoe manufacturer. By 1900, Blanchard was retired, living here with his wife Sadie Brigham and a servant; they had no children. By 1910, the Blanchards were living in a fashionable neighborhood in Los Angeles.
    A garage was added and other changes made for new owners around 1910, most likely including the porch enclosure. The original design seems to be a hybrid Queen Anne/Colonial Revival with quite a bit of classical content like other homes built in the same period there:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diamond_Historic_District_(Lynn,_Massachusetts)#/media/File:Diamond_District_House.jpg

    • Eric UnhingedEric Unhinged says: 544 comments

      The most aggressively Colonial attributes of this exterior were added and not part of the original design. The porch is not original; it is an early 20th-century addition and undoubtedly replaced a porch which actually related to the rest of the house. In the first photo, a cornice runs beneath the roof only to stop abruptly over a window and where the roof jogs slightly indicating some sort of an alteration. The likely non-original Palladian window looks silly; it is under-scaled compared to the original 1/1 windows flanking it. This house was not built with a bunch of colonial muntins and fanlights everywhere; it had large and fashionable single-paned sashes. The roof is top-heavy because of numerous expansions through the roof…. the gable on the left side of the house appears to have a boxy tumor growing out of it – clearly not original. The 3rd floor of the bay window on the right-hand side of the house is also likely a later alteration. This house looked MUCH less colonial when new.

    • Interesting that he was a shoe manufacturer, as shoes and hats are what built Lynn. I wonder if he left following the Great Fire? It’s a wonder I never stumbled across this one while living nearby!

  13. AvatarColleen J says: 1260 comments

    Pretty cool house! Lot of cool nooks and cranny’s (Oh dear, I sound like my mom) … would have liked to see bathroom and kitchen. Great house. Fireplace is jaw dropping.

  14. Avatarhistorybuff says: 41 comments

    While you’re discussing possible time period just let me move in, enclosed porch and all! Home Sweet Home, I’m with you. This house lends itself to poetic musings. Well done!

  15. AvatarDonS says: 59 comments

    It’s interesting to note how often changes made to houses to “improve” them, didn’t always end with positive results. The architect who designed them really knew best. Albeit the materials and craftsmanship of early renovations were of a superior quality, the proportions and uniformity of the original style often suffered in varying degrees. Today’s remodels, however, using one dimensional gas filled double pane windows with phony divided lights and then plastic siding, hands down, beat all.

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