c. 1850 Gothic Revival – Beacon, NY

SOLD / Archived From 2017
Added to OHD on 6/20/17 - Last OHD Update: 2/14/18 - 18 Comments
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Price

$675,000

Beds

4

Baths

2

SqFt

4325

Acres

0.37

One of a kind Gothic Victorian Home located in the heart of Beacon's historic district. This four bedroom, two bath home, boasts two additional parlors that could easily convert into a master suite on the first level. This home retains original character with arched double doorways, paneled entryways, marble mantel fireplaces, curved balustrade to second floor landing, trefoil windows, wraparound porch, high ceilings, decorative bargeboard and balconies, and wood inlay border parquet floors. New first floor bathroom with walk-in shower and radiant heat. New wooden windows. Lower level offers additional living space with its own entry. Lovely view of the bridge from second and third floors. Large private yard and carriage house with lots of possibility. One block to Main Street and three blocks to Metro North. A Beacon Gem!
Sold By
Claire Browne, Gate House Realty      (845) 831-9550
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18 Comments on c. 1850 Gothic Revival – Beacon, NY

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  1. Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 8913 comments
    Admin

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    This home was on the site in 2012. It sold and the new owners spent the years restoring it but now are having to relocate and put the home on the market.

    Thanks to the owners for sharing their home with us!

    The old interior listing photos to show the before were really not great enough to keep but I kept the exterior to show how it use to look!

  2. GeoffreyPS says: 100 comments

    One word: SQUEEEEEE!!!!

    OK, more words: Love the porch. The owners did a lovely job with the restoration. I really with there were more gothics around where I live (eastern Washington), they’re my favorite style.

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  3. shellbell67 says: 139 comments

    I just found my latest favorite. This house is perfect as is. I can’t even put into words how much I loooooove this house! WOW!

  4. Bethany says: 2264 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Escondido, CA

    Fantastic inside and out! I love the pier glass, the tiled bathroom, and the kitchen that is not all new and built-in-y.

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  5. JimHJimH says: 3584 comments
    OHD Supporter

    A wonderful house! Possibly designed by one of the A.J. Downing crew, who were active in this area: Davis, Vaux or Withers. Vaux especially liked the trefoil figure and used it often on his Central Park bridges:
    http://forgotten-ny.com/2001/07/bridges-of-central-park-part-1/

    The church across the street is St. Andrews Episcopal, built in 1900. The Parish Hall, the attached part on the right, was once a carriage house that predates the church by decades. It has similar trefoil windows and may have been built with the house.

    • 22South says: 4 comments

      HI Jim,
      You must be familiar with the area. The old carriage house next to St. Andrews could hold some clues to the mystery. We do strongly believe that this house is one of these great starchitects. There is a sister house down the road they have the same trefoil windows and they insist it was A.J. Downing. If we can find out who designed and built one then it will confirm the other.

      AJ Downing and Withers both grew up in this area and both married girls from Beacon NY. This is partly why their work is so prominent. In came Vaux a little later and tale is that Olmstead also had a “Lab” in Beacon to test trees.

      There is some slight connection to Withers and this house that might make some rational sense. It is a fact that he designed and built the Episcopal Church St. Lukes in Beacon. St. Andrews is the other episcopal church. Had withers a strong relationship with the episcopal church in Beacon he may have donated his carriage house…. There are signatures on the barn wall from the turn of the century, tonight i am going to study them closer and see if one of signatures connects any dots.

      – Owner

      BTW happy to answer any ?s about the house.

      • JimHJimH says: 3584 comments
        OHD Supporter

        Thanks, 22South. I started to do some research on the house just to get a feel for the history. Where did the 1850 date come from, as some of the interior details look a bit later?
        In the 1870’s, a map shows the house was owned by an engineer named John B. Leverich (1828-1894), a Civil War officer who moved to Beacon after the War. A Dutchess County newspaper, the Red Hook Advertiser, reported April 24, 1869: Samuel Bogardus of Fishkill Landing has sold his place to a Mr. Leverich of New York, for $8000. I haven’t found that deed yet, but another from 1870 has Leverich buying the St. Andrews lot across the street from John H. Brinckerhoff. Colonel Leverich was an interesting guy, the owner of a 54′ steam yacht named the Carrie A. Ward, which he took on excursions up and down the Coast. In 1882, the yacht sank in the Hudson after hitting a rock. I’ll see if I can find more on Bogardus, probably the Samuel (1806-1886) buried at St. Lukes.
        https://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=129323253

        Withers actually was English, and came over after Vaux, around 1851. He married Downing’s sister-in-law Emily De Windt, from Beacon as you mentioned. Withers designed a list of buildings in Beacon: St. Luke’s, the Reformed Church, Tioranda, the Tioranda School, Howland Library.
        My favorite is Tioranda, originally called Glenhurst, the 1859 mansion of Gen. Joseph Howland. Tioranda still stands but is unfortunately endangered by long neglect, and tied up in an estate. It’s better known for its later life as Craig House, a private sanitarium with some famous residents like Zelda Fitzgerald and Truman Capote. (Jane Fonda’s mom slit her throat with a razor there in 1952!)
        http://bigoldhouses.blogspot.com/2011/08/jazzy-and-i-just-finished-our-20th.html

        • 22South says: 4 comments

          Wow, That research is great! We have been trying to gather clues for the last five years. Yes I just learned that withers came over from England. The previous minister at St. Andrews thought that the church itself had been designed by Vaux, but later learned that wasn’t the case. They do however have a tiffany stained glass window.

          We have located Maps from in or around 1850 with the property marked. At one point I saw a map with the name Jackson on it. Your research is very interesting though, and I would be surprised if there are any earlier deeds that are recorded. There was a fire that burned all of the records in 1850 and I believe that there is evidence that the house was there then. I agree there are signs that some of the interior is more modern. The lore is that it was also part of the underground railroad, there are signs that this may have been the case with a room in the basement that looked like it could be made to look like a wall. Anyway there have been major alterations in its history. At some point the kitchen upstairs and the room above it were added on. I also believe that the addition on the barn was added at the turn of the century. I will try to take some pictures of the signatures and drawings inside the barn. Maybe you would recognize a name. They are all signed 1898-1901… on what would have previously been the outside wall.

          Yes Tioranda is amazing and it has sat empty for a long time! I would love to solve the mystery so that the new owners can say assuredly who built this beautiful house.

        • 22South says: 4 comments

          Also the address for the sister house is 125 South Ave. You seem to have good resources for digging up historical documents so maybe that will help solve the mystery!!

          https://www.google.com/maps/@41.4990345,-73.9780928,3a,15.1y,250.02h,88.73t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sjhn7ippwCFoBlMHfPlEbRQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

          • JimHJimH says: 3584 comments
            OHD Supporter

            22South, here are 2 more strong clues that get you closer to an attribution of the house to Frederick Clarke Withers:

            1. The other house you mentioned, actually 123 South Avenue, was built in the late 1850’s for Henry A. Alden (1823-1882), the president of the New York Rubber Co. He moved to the area from NYC about 1857, which puts construction of that house in the same period as Tioronda and the Reformed Church. The state Historic Preservation department put together a summary on that house years ago that mentions Davis, Downing and Vaux. That info was later crossed out and added by hand: Architect – Frederick Clarke Withers, architectural firm of Downing & Vaux. It doesn’t say where they got that info, but seems added with some confidence. You can find it here:
            https://cris.parks.ny.gov/
            http://www.historicmapworks.com/Map/US/12804/Fishkill+on+the+Hudson/

            2. I can’t find the Bogardus to Leverich deed, but the newspaper item along with his name on the 1876 map, for both the house and the church lot, would seem to confirm that sale. More research reveals Leverich was a Tammany Hall crony of Boss Tweed in the city, lapping up huge contracts for road maintenance and such. Maybe he fled to Beacon for his life!
            Samuel Bogardus (1806-1886) is a known quantity from an old local family. He was a Trustee of the Village of Fishkill Landing when incorporated, and its first President. He was a carpenter by trade, and worked on major projects in the area. His most notable project was the Reformed Church of Beacon, as noted in its history and in the NRHP info. That was Withers’ first major church project, and its success drove his career.
            Architects didn’t often design modest homes in those days, and for a master builder like Bogardus, complete drawings would have been unnecessary. There’s no strong evidence that Withers or any architect did a total design there. The stair and trefoil windows seem like details that Withers might have sketched out for Bogardus in the course of the church project that were enough to give the house its distinction.
            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reformed_Church_of_Beacon

            • 22South says: 4 comments

              This is very informative. I am not really able to navigate the CRIS website, but I take your word for it. It is fascinating that Downing/Vaux were listed in association with 123 (now 125?) South Ave. Then crossed out and Withers written in. Bogardus is also fascinating and the family history very interesting going way way back, and connected with Madame Brett which all makes sense. . . for the town.

              Where did you find the original Newspaper reference that connects Bogardus and Leverich?

  6. EricHtown says: 182 comments

    I love those 2 totally unique dormer windows. I’ve only ever seen windows like those in churches.

  7. Agusta says: 58 comments

    What a lovely home. Too bad it’s in a part of the country that my husband would never consider living.

  8. peeweebcpeeweebc says: 638 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1885 Italianate.
    MI

    My oh my, honey I’m home! This is a beautiful treasure! I praise the owners who so beautifully and tastefully restored her, so sad you have to leave.

  9. Tommy QTommy Q says: 450 comments

    Is that the fire department across the street? Lots of white paint for sure. The did some hard work on it and it shows.

  10. MarthAllenaMarthAllena says: 85 comments

    Beautiful restoration! I love so much about this house!

  11. Wandering Lush says: 1 comments

    Oh god. Yes please! I love this home. Beacon is one of my favorite places. Perfectly situated to get to the city or the mountains. Life in the Hudson River valley is beautiful. This is definitely a dream home for me and my husband.

  12. m w s says: 1 comments

    This house has a love story involved. Rumor has it that it was designed as a cottage for Evelyn Nesbit (the original gibson girl) to live in while her husband Harry Thaw was in nearby Mattewan prison for killing her lover Stanford White, designer of Madison Square Garden. This explains the elaborate master suite overlooking the Hudson River and the walk-through closet to her dressing room if it has not been closed off. The kitchen was originally in the basement with a dumb-waiter to the butler’s pantry that is now the first-floor kitchen. There had been a second-floor breakfast room at one point. I was but a child then when I visited and my memory may be fading.

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