c. 1837 Greek Revival – Norwich, NY

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110 N Broad St, Norwich, NY 13815

  • $165,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 2.5 Bath
  • 3316 Sq Ft
  • 0.84 Ac.
First-time offered for this exceptional example of Greek Revival architecture in the City of Norwich. Well known in the city with original post and beam construction circa 1837 with a wood frame addition in the 1920s, this home features: front & rear staircases, four large bedrooms with two full and one half-bath. Oak hardwood and wide plank floors, one wood-burning and one-natural gas insert fireplace. French doors, grand foyer with staircase on first leading to a large, upstairs foyer. Built-in curio cabinets, walls of pantry space in ceramic-floored kitchen. First floor laundry. Walk-in closets. Three porches, patio and plenty of parking for 15+ vehicles. Large, 350'+ square foot unfinished walk-up attic and 1300+ square foot unfinished basement with one garage bay. Wraparound driveway. Former 900 square foot doctor's office makes a perfect on-site office away from home or income property. The .85 acre parcel has mature butternut and crab apple trees, rhododendrons, with strawberry and blackberry bushes. The residence offers a wealth of flexibility for the new owner. The residence is eligible for a federal & NYS Historic Preservation Tax Credit Programs for 20% tax credit of renovation expenses. The Seller is providing a one-year home warranty of the appliances and mechanicals to the buyer at no charge.
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James Michalowski, Howard Hanna
(607) 563-1020
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  1. dkzody says: 236 comments

    The house in which we currently live was built in 1974 and had a similar mural in the living room to that in the last picture. We stripped it off when we moved into the house in 1980.It sort of shocks me to see one still in place.

    • Ryan says: 460 comments

      My living room had one when I bought this place too. It was truly awful, but TBH I don’t really hate the one they used on the Norwich house. I feel like, somehow, it kind of works there.

  2. Barbara Kahl says: 53 comments

    I have never seen a front door with a fan window that had so much width to the moulding that it was cut off by the ceiling. Has anyone else seen homes with that occurring? I find it surprisingly uncomfortable to look at.

    • Jerry says: 33 comments

      My thoughts exactly. That really bothers me.

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11874 comments

        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        I can’t say if it’s original or not, I don’t know enough about Federal to Greek Revival transitions or if the fan light and surround was added closer to c.1900.

    • CharlestonJohn says: 1091 comments

      I’m guessing the fanlight transom and the window in the gable end were added at the same time the rear addition was done around 1920. As a general rule, Greek Revival architecture didn’t use the fanlights typical of Federal style entrances, and the detailing of the fanlight isn’t as fine as the square fluted pilasters that support it. The diamond pattern window next to it probably dates to the same time.

      • JimHJimH says: 5104 comments
        OHD Supporter

        From the NRHP North Broad Street Historic District nomination:
        The earliest residences in the North Broad Street Historic District are located on Cortland Street (originally Pleasant Street), Rexford Street, and the lower-most portion of North Broad Street. All of these homes are constructed in the Greek Revival style. The facades of 8 Cortland Street, 12 Cortland Street and 110 North Broad Street are all so similar that they may have been constructed by the same builder, Archibald Clark, who is known to have designed 110 North Broad Street. The front elevations of these houses are all three bays wide with Ionic pilasters that evoke a panelled effect. In addition, all three contain doorways with similar rounded arches, keystone ornaments, and large fanlights.

    • Ryan says: 460 comments

      I’ve seen that a number of times, so it’s not too unusual I guess. I’d like it better if it wasn’t cut off though.

    • Eileen M says: 288 comments

      my immediate thought was that the ceiling(s) had been lowered and that the top of the fan is still there.

  3. imogeo says: 29 comments

    I think this house has been well-loved. Compared to many I’ve seen over the years, it is in a neighborhood chock full of other delicious historic properties. The murals are not a distraction in the least to me, and I LOVE the white trim work…crisp and bright and sparkling. As a Southern boy would probably freeze to death the first winter in New York, but that house sings to me.

    • Martha LodesEileen M says: 288 comments

      You might be surprised that with just a little advice, you can keep yourself warm. It’s really much easier than trying to cool one’s self in extreme heat.

  4. Connie Murray says: 114 comments

    Be still my heart — love Greek Revivals — Norwich is a very pretty town. OK the scenic wallpaper and the kitchen both need to go but at that price, it is so worth the $$$$$. Wish I could move today!

  5. Glorybe says: 133 comments

    Truly, the winters in New York have been quite mild the last few years. I’m not sure I love the pantry doors, but all the pantry space would be wonderful. I did notice that historic preservation would pay for some of the upgrades needed. The first thing I would do is take out the kitchen monstrosity.

  6. VictorianJoy says: 112 comments

    When I was a little girl, my school bus drove down 4th street which we called,”the road where all the rich people lived.” There were several homes much like this one and I would imagine being “rich” and living there! There is something (minus the kitchen and mural) that is warm and welcoming about them. I still love them to this day!

  7. kevinb says: 116 comments

    The house has great bones. i wonder if the ceiling in the entry was dropped a bit and that’s why the fan light over the door looks cut off. i’d have to get rid of the murals and put in an appropriately sized prep island in the kitchen and probably change out that kitchen floor tile too. but at first glance, much of what i would do looks like fairly easy diy jobs.

    • Cathy F. says: 2192 comments

      I was wondering about that, too – if the entry hall ceiling was dropped at some point. Funny, but if it was built that way originally, it would be a curiosity rather than bugging me. But if due to a later change, I’d prob want to get it back to not being clipped off at the top.

      The street view shows lovely surroundings, as others have mentioned. Not only the neighborhood & its other homes, but can also see the hills outside of town. I’ve been to Norwich, albeit only 1-2 times that I can remember, and since it’s on a corner of Rte. 23, have probably seen this house – albeit many years ago when my nephew was a little kid. (I had met up my parents & sister in Norwich, as a partway point for each of us, to trade him off for summertime visits with his gr’parents & aunt/me.)

  8. ddbacker says: 484 comments

    It’s fun to see multiple eras represented in one house and what different generations considered “updates”. It would not take much to bring this back to 1837 if that is what you wanted to do.

  9. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11874 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I forgot to mention what’s behind the property….


  10. Laurie W.Laurie W. says: 1705 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1988 Greek Revival Wannabe in beautiful countryside

    Oh boy, if we lived there I’d never see my husband again. The car museum would be his forwarding address!

    PS — Kelly, the site won’t allow me to log in as Laurie W. Doesn’t matter to me; for a while someone else also used the name Laurie, so I added the W, but she hasn’t been around for a while.

  11. JimHJimH says: 5104 comments
    OHD Supporter

    According to the state historic survey, this home was designed by local architect Archibald Clark and built for Dr. Harvey Harris (1795-1881), a lifelong resident of Norwich. The property was part of a 256 acre tract purchased in 1789 by Harvey’s father John Harris, a Nantucket-born sea captain. A state historic marker up the street commemorates the Harris purchase at the location of his 2 room pioneer cabin, in which the first town meeting was held.
    Dr. Harris was a prominent local figure who maintained a farm and orchard behind the house, and he left the property to his wife Philinda and their 6 children.

  12. Roz Brown says: 6 comments

    I love it, even the Star Trek kitchen. I bought 930 W Water Street in Elmira, NY, which I saw in Old House Dreams. It has a 1986 kitchen. It reminds me of my old Volvo. Anyway I love living there and the wired kitchen suits me fine. I loved the 1980s, and that era too has its place in design history. The mauve and gray color schemes, oak furniture, and copper kitchen decor actually mix beautifully with Queen Anne Victorian.

  13. Lottie says: 355 comments

    I love the exterior of this house! The interior needs a few tweaks, but it can be beautiful, too!

  14. MimiMimi says: 188 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Rochester, MN

    Love these shelves —built-ins are so nice— the house is beautiful on the outside! Interior needs some care & tweaking but a nice house.

  15. Signe johnson - Grandeur Restorations says: 44 comments

    In my 35 years of renovation experience I would suspect that you are 100% correct. In the photo of the staircase, at the top at the switchback you can see that the wide molding appears to be about 3″ higher than ceiling above the entry hall, that is usually a dead giveaway that the ceiling has been lowered. I have often found entry moldings covered and I have even found ornament ceiling medallions still intact under lowered ceilings in homes this age, it seems it was often just easier to frame it down and cover it up that to repair the plaster.

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