c. 1890 Stick/Queen Anne – Stamford, NY

SOLD / Archived From 2017
Added to OHD on 8/10/17 - Last OHD Update: 2/14/18 - 20 Comments
141 W Main St, Stamford, NY 12167

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Classic Queen Ann in Stamford New York "The Queen of the Catskills". This Stately home harkens back to the resort years of Stamford. Built C. 1890 on West Main Street (known then as "Brooklyn Heights") this wonderful home served summer visitors for generations before becoming a year round residence. Little changed over the years the house boasts bulls eye woodwork, hardwood floors, pocket doors, built in cupboards, bedroom wash basins, large living room with bay end and a formal dining room with fireplace. Tall windows give great light to the entire house. Rear stairs lead to a complete third floor with four bedrooms and an antique, non functioning, bath. These rooms are covered in Victorian era wall paper and have not been touched in over a century. One third floor rooms boasts a stage where summer tableaus must have been performed in the "Ode to a Grecian Urn" era. The arch top dormer windows beckon Pollyanna.One update is a vintage 1950's St. Charles kitchen in excellent condition. The roof was replaced in 2007 with architectural shingles. The hot air furnace has also been replaced. The basement has a blue stone floor and entrance steps. A large original carriage house now has a two bay garage with opener on the first level and a former plumbing supply storage center on the second floor. There is a heating system in the carriage house as well but the functionality is unknown. The attic of the Carriage house contains a treasure trove of original woodwork, doors, staircase elements and shutters stored there over the years as changes were made to the house. This home will need TLC. Every room is covered in 1940's or earlier wallpaper. The exterior needs painting and repair. Chimney will require pointing or rebuilding and the front porch is in need of some attention. All windows are original and there are very few storms and screens. This is a very worthy project and will make a fantastic family home or weekend retreat. This is part of the history of one of the most unique villages in the Catskill Mountains. Just 3 hours from Times Square...and what a difference that little distance makes in what you can get for your real estate dollar!
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20 Comments on c. 1890 Stick/Queen Anne – Stamford, NY

  1. The staircase while nice is for sure not original. It’s amazing the attic rooms still remain. It was very common after the depression for these spaces to have been gutted, too much maintenance required. Others simply fell into complete disrepair and over time disappeared. I see evidence of former finished spaces in nearly every old house I have worked on. Most homeowners today just assume their attics were never finished. This attic appropriately seems to be missing most electricity aside from maybe a few ceiling lights, I see no outlets . What a great find.

  2. That light fixture looks Art Deco to me. I love this house, it would be amazing (and exhausting) to bring it back to its’ original glory.

  3. A real winner there in Stamford! Good eye RT. It’s a fantastic Stick style Victorian which has unfortunately had nearly every original interior detail stripped from it or unfortunately altered, including the staircase, (the one extant is NOT original). Someone decided this house needed an entirely new look in the late 20’s and gutted the place nearly to the bone. I’m almost willing to forgive them considering the remaining pair of ABSO FAB matching slip shade fixtures = ooohhh aaahhh. The real plus is the untouched exterior. Fortunately they left that alone. Unfortunately the top-shelf St. Charles cabinet set is the very least collectible. Faux wood grain enamel is – well – aesthetically anyway – pointless. The Formica is FAB! Great house though. Quality new roof is a blessing. Great price. Nice!

    • BTW – I sure don’t see a “treasure trove” of original house parts in the CH like the description mentions; but fingers crossed for the new owner that IS the case!

  4. Living in a stick style victorian (that had some unfortunate “updates”) myself, it’s nice to see some of what is definitely original, especially the exterior. It is rare to find a home this old that HASN’T received era appropriate additions, like the gorgeous art deco chandelier in this house. I’m always hoping to see a close-to-original kitchen/butler’s pantry when I see a stick style listing so I can have a better idea what mine might have looked like. This is still a beautiful home with great potential. I hope someone who appreciates its aesthetics buys her and restores her to some of her former self.

  5. I really love all the built-ins and the little alcoved sink in the bedroom. I wish they still put sinks in bedrooms now-a-days.

    But that attic seems particularly creepy for some reason. I wouldn’t want to be locked up there!😬

      • As long as one’s dreaming, why choose? Take on both, fill them up with friends. Make a weekend rental out of the bigger house, live in the smaller one.

        The mountain views are fantastic.

        I’ve been utterly charmed by the D.B. Provoost plan for ages–all the best features of a grand Stick-Victorian into a perfect, dollhouse-like concentration. This adaptation demonstrates that the exterior of the house is just as wonderful in physical reality as what the plans and elevations suggested.

        I find the interior of this adaptation disappointing, though. At least the departures from the layout of the entry hall, staircase, and parlor on the original plan. I’ve already been looking through the pictures and rearranging things a bit in my head. Perhaps one could at least slightly reconfigure the stair, introducing a lower landing incorporated with a Stick-style colonnade and spandrels, retaining the overall openness while creating some sense of a proper transition between entry and parlor…

      • Tough choice for sure! That amazing house sure has the original interior this one is lacking, but man-o is it a dog on the outside. Depressing to see these very fine homes rotting away.

  6. I absolutely adore all the dormer windows and especially the triangular window in that poor forlorn bath… YUM! This house is so very cool that I would love to have her, but I think it would be more appropriate for younger owners with serious construction chops and very deep pockets… and a lifetime to love her.

  7. This house has new owners who love and understand it. Yes the wall between the parlor and front hall was removed..and neo colonial staircase extended to match (C. 1930’s) but that was pretty much all of the changes save the kitchen…and makes the house more livable in modern terms (guilt free I might add as done by others long ago). The components were all saved in the carriage house…thankfully….and so the original staircase..or lower part…could be restored.
    So this property has a new lease on life…how about jumping in on another…!

  8. Additionally…re Stamford Victorian…all of the blinds were saved and all have working louvers…the hardware is on the exterior so all that need to be done is to figure out which one goes where!


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