1782 Federal – Colrain, MA

SOLD / Archived From 2017
Added to OHD on 6/15/17 - Last OHD Update: 2/14/18 - 26 Comments
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  • $99,500
  • 6 Beds
  • 4 Bath
  • 4999 Sq Ft
  • 6.3 Ac.
Wow, check out this property! 6.3 acres on a trout stocked river! Lower field used to be leased to local farmers for corn. House was in the process of a rehab, and just needs to be finished. Lot could possibly be subdivided. Assessed at over $300,000! Grab your contractors and bring this gem back to life.
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Douglas Fontaine, Maniatty Real Estate      (413) 774-3400
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26 Comments on 1782 Federal – Colrain, MA

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  1. Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 10360 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I labeled this Federal despite the mansard roof which I’m guessing was added in the mid-1800’s.

    Thanks Ed F. for sharing!

    • AvatarJoe says: 636 comments

      As usual your guesses seem to be right on. Even the stair to the third floor has the Second Empire vibe that goes with the mansard roof addition, while the ones to the second floor look like true Federal. The upper panels in the front door look like they may have been glass adding to the vibe.
      I want this house too. It is probably lucky that I don’t have the resources to collect houses that need work the way I have with furniture.

    • Avatarjoseph says: 21 comments

      It looks like the “mansarding” was done in the nineteenth century – a Federal up the street from me had this done. (One of the 19th century “cottage” architecture books showed how a plain farmhouse could be “modernised”). Since the house has plenty of room, I would want to remove that and go back to the original pitched roof.

  2. AvatarMustachman says: 12 comments

    I love everything about this place however I’d need to be very intoxicated to sign on the dotted line. Exhausting work but what a beauty she could be again

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

    Aaahhhh the drywall people strike again. Hoy…

    • Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 10360 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I must be really, really, really tired, I don’t see any new drywall.

      • RosewaterRosewater says: 4561 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        I can’t sleep, and I don’t see it either – heheheh. No – thank god they didn’t make it that far, but you can sure tell that’s where they were heading. Also a blessing they, for some reason, just demoed the plaster and only got to ripping out some of the lath. With much of the lath remaining the new owner will have the re-plastering easier than re-installing the lath, (not to mention cost). People do this because it is “easier” to replace plumbing and electrical and if you just rip it all out and then stick up the drywall when you’re done. It’s lazy and VERY short sighted when it comes to antique buildings. I can tell the difference in a heartbeat, and it changes the entire character of antique rooms – not for the better.

        The wavy gravy lath in that one bedroom is so super fractally cool I’d have a hard time covering it back up. 😉

        • Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 10360 comments

          1901 Folk Victorian
          Chestatee, GA

          I thought the same when I saw it, I wondered how could I not cover over it! Maybe just not cover a space of it, cover it with a picture frame and glass? Don’t know if that would work since you could see through it to the other side but still, it’s really cool.

          • AvatarJoe says: 636 comments

            How about sanding it smooth and finishing it with shellac? You could even back light it with lots of small, low heat, soft light LED bulbs. It could start a new style, however you would have to forgo insulation if it is an exterior wall. More of a wouldn’t it be cool to see idea than something one would like to live with.

            • Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 10360 comments

              1901 Folk Victorian
              Chestatee, GA

              True, maybe that one wall over the fireplace could be done that way. It’s too bad the others are exterior walls, it would look cool back lighted with LED’s. Totally not 1782 appropriate but a cool thought of what could be done. 😀

    • Avatarjoseph says: 21 comments

      I wish I had known there were so many fans of broken, crumbling plaster. I could have sent them buckets full.

  4. AvatarJohn says: 78 comments

    I think that what was meant was that all of the plaster was attacked in prep for drywall. Makes me appreciate the work that went into building houses- putting up all that lathe, piece by piece into every wall and ceiling! Looks like all of the wide plank flooring on the first floor has been ravaged, I mean salvaged, by someone as well. Hope it’s in the barn but kinda doubt it.

  5. AvatarDinyB says: 2 comments

    Love MA. Deep pockets to own this old beauty!

  6. AvatarSteve H says: 165 comments

    Looks like surprisingly little ‘Victorianizing’ was done to the interior when the mansard roof was added.

  7. AvatarJRichard says: 231 comments
    1763 center-chimney cape
    Biddeford, ME

    Kelly, I think the difference in the lath between the first floor and the third confirms your suspicion about the Mansard story. These 19th century improvements can make it difficult to know what to do: though the addition of a roof like this is clearly not original, it’s now old enough itself to have historic significance. My own house, built in 1763, was jazzed up around 1850, then again around 1910. There’s the temptation to bring it all back to 1763, but I’ve chosen instead to leave it as-is. It’s important, I think, to remember that these are homes, not museums.

  8. AvatarEileenM says: 244 comments

    I’d be that those floors would be gorgeous cleaned up and waxed.

  9. AvatarScott Cunningham says: 375 comments

    Look at that lath!! Its not pre-cut lath, rather lath split-cut from a single wide board (of a width that’s not been seen in the US since the 1850’s!!

  10. CoraCora says: 1893 comments

    Oh I love this. And 6 beautiful acres, ahhhh!

    Even with its odd mansard hat, it’s wonderful.

  11. AvatarStevenF says: 770 comments
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    1969 Regency
    Nashville, TN

    This looks like something from an Edward Hopper painting. http://pictify.saatchigallery.com/275387/edward-hopper-paintings

  12. AvatarGregory Hubbard says: 356 comments

    Ripping down real plaster to install insulation, and using sheetrock for repairs yields questionable results. A study by the University of Vermont concluded that insulating walls could be hazardous to your home’s health. It shifts the temperature change between the interior and the exterior of the structure to the interior of the walls, causing condensation.

  13. Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 10360 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Dropped to $99,500!

  14. AvatarDenise Balcanoff says: 1 comments

    My in laws own this house about 30 years ago. It was lovely. We have so many wonderful memories gathering around the big dining room table in the kitchen. Great times tobogganing down the big hill into the cornfield. The house was beautiful and charming. Sad to see it in such poor condition. I hope someone will bring back its original beauty.

  15. AvatarLaura Giard says: 1 comments

    Yes, that was my parent’s home for many years (as mentioned above). They lovingly and painstakingly restored much of this house. We have so many happy memories there. The spaciousness allowed much of the family to live or visit. It has been heartbreaking to see it fall into disrepair. We do have so many wonderful warm memories of this house. Able to cross country ski out the back door, walk down to the river to swim. I believe the home originally belonged or was built by a doctor. I too hope someone will once again be able to call it home. It would make my mother (92) happy to know someone loved it again.

    • AvatarSierrah Rafferty says: 1 comments

      Hi! I’m so glad I found this website! My Fiancé and I bought it back in August and have just moved in. We only have a few rooms done but it’s coming along so nicely. We’d love to know more about the history of the home and who has lived here!

  16. AvatarD says: 2 comments

    I’m the new owner and she’s coming back to life!

  17. AvatarD says: 2 comments

    You guys won’t like this…… I finished burning all the lath this spring

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