1852 Greek Revival – Wiscasset, ME

Added to OHD on 12/14/17   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   34 Comments
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18 High St, Wiscasset, ME 04578

  • $199,900
  • 6 Bed
  • 3.5 Bath
  • 6720 Sq Ft
  • 0.9 Ac.
The former “Musical Wonder House” is now offered for sale with its beautiful flying staircase, over 6700 sq. ft. of living space, with ornate, original woodwork, wood floors and 20 plus spacious rooms worth restoring to its original splendor. The home needs another party with vision for its future and to be a part of its history.

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34 Comments on 1852 Greek Revival – Wiscasset, ME

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11836 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks Sue for sharing!

  2. Joseph says: 413 comments

    This was once very elegant, and nicely kept when it was the Musical Wonder House (museum of music boxes and such). A rather sad story about how it ended up in this condition. Has now been empty for years.

  3. jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1112 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1947 Ranch

    WOW. I simply love that staircase! This one has tons of potential too, could be so lovely with some $$ and elbow grease. Very appealing.

  4. Alice says: 65 comments

    Wiscasset is such a great town–wish I could take this one on!

  5. L Adams says: 58 comments

    Love this house and imagining it filled with beautiful antique music boxes is making my head spin. Wall to wall Reginas and Stellas. Would love to have seen it in its heyday. 🙂

  6. kmmoorekmmoore says: 431 comments
    Weatherford , TX

    What is the green piece in the 24th picture? Very beautiful, unique, and interesting place!

  7. Les Fossel says: 80 comments

    Inspected it years ago. Needs all new systems – knob & tube wiring with bare wiring, etc. Structurally sound. Roofs don’t leak. Needs new kitchen, baths, insulation, etc.
    Great location on High St. Last unrestored house in the area. Nice neighbors.

  8. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1017 comments
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    1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

    When I first saw the entrance hall, I did a double-take, thinking there was a mural on the walls. It does seem to be well-suited for a nice panorama! I really like the first bathroom that seems to be tiled to the ceiling, and then the bath with the green tub.

  9. Kevin Vincent says: 2 comments

    I visited this place when it was a “mechanical” music museum. It had all kinds of rare pieces, player pianos, gramophones, even musical ash trays and cigarette dispensers. I was shocked when I saw this add this morning and can’t believe how the house has deteriorated since I was there less than ten years ago.

  10. LIn says: 63 comments

    Such a Beautiful home I agree some one with time and money could make this amazing home again !!

  11. Tricia M says: 20 comments

    Oh the possibilities!!!! It is hard to see past the peeling wall paper and old rug but there is a beautiful lady waiting to once again shine within her community!!!

  12. Ken says: 66 comments

    25 or so years ago I sold music boxes to this place. The guy that ran it was a bit of an old ball as I recall. This is a great town, it’s listed in a pictorial book called Six New England Villages by Samuel Chamberlain.

  13. SueSue says: 1130 comments
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    1802 Cape

    Wiscasset is a lovely town. I posted this one thinking that it would be an amazing project for someone that wanted to move to Maine. You are not far from Portland and winters are much better by the water. Truly, this is a gem just waiting to come back to life.

    • Caroline says: 17 comments

      If it’s still on the market when I win the lottery I will snap it up and hire the best historical architect I can find to put it back together. The kitchen is especially heartbreaking.

  14. JB says: 101 comments

    Hmmmmmmmmm, so tempting. We live in Maine and considering a move somewhere else within the state. As a former professional musician, the name of the house caught my attention as we as that beautiful staircase upon entry. Sizeable rooms, bathrooms are in decent shape but would be perfect with a little tcl. I’d like to remove some of the builtin display cases, however, and return those specific areas to what they were originally. I noticed a little leakage surrounding a few of the windows in pictures shown along with some dirt (mod?) on the door that is open in the kitchen. I could easily envision providing music lessons here or even having some jazz/R&B/rock jam sessions here providing some music lessons and revitalizing the neighborhood with some live music….tasteful, of course. lol We may take a drive to see this property as it’s not too far from our location Downeast.

    • JB says: 101 comments

      p.s. property taxes…..ouch! Apologies, taxes beyond my ability to pay annually. Sad, this is such a wonderful home w/ so much potential. Deep pocket old house lovers, please step up! Perhaps the town or a non-profit could purchase this property w/ the understanding of restoring it to it’s original glory?

  15. Tamara Webb says: 7 comments

    So much potential! Would be a beauty once restored!

  16. Michael Mackin says: 2530 comments

    I love the wide plank floors!

  17. Gwenn says: 106 comments

    We used to stop here on the way to Deer Isle and see the Hesper and the Luther Little 🙂

  18. says: 35 comments

    I only got to go there once, but this was an awesome museum when it was operating. Much like an old penny arcade, many of the musical machines were rigged to begin playing when you deposited a quarter in them…I dimly remember an orchestra of automaton monkeys in one & a little miniature Mozart playing piano. A truly wondrous collection, sad to see it go, and sad that its end is supposedly shrouded in mystery & scandal. I think the owners just disappeared with all the antiquities and left the house abandoned. You can still find LPs of selected recordings from the Musical Wonder House on eBay for instance, including a christmas album.

  19. Ashley403 says: 77 comments

    I found this video of what the house and the Musical Wonder House Museum used to look like. It is a little long but worth the magic of what used to be. It is rather sad to see glimpses of how beautiful the house was: https://vimeo.com/27893248. Also wonder what happened in the kitchen it looks to be far worse deteriorated than the other rooms.

    • TJ says: 11 comments

      Oh THANK you Ashley for posting the “vimeo” of this once magnificent home. I sat enthralled as all the many music boxes played in the background. I hope that someone with a dream of their own will renovate this ol’ beauty back to her original splendor.

  20. Ashley403 says: 77 comments

    The Musical Wonder House (Music Museum): THE GOLDEN AGE – 1963-1986

    It was in operation for 23 years May through October.

  21. JB says: 101 comments

    Ashey403, Thank you for providing a wonderful video showcasing the Musical Wonder House’s superb collection of fascinating antiques. B/c of your video, I gained more curiosity regarding the eventual details surrounding the abrupt closing of the museum. Due diligence is highly encouraged regarding the purchase of any property. This magnificent house deserves to be saved and restored, imho. For those individuals who may be interested, here is the link to the “rest of the story” as Paul Harvey would say:


    • TJ says: 11 comments

      Thank you, JB, for posting the article about this collection and its’ previous owner(s). After watching the “vimeo” mentioned in another post, I simply couldn’t wait to read the story you posted here about this home’s background and the unbelievably amazing collection it contained. I must admit to shedding a tear or two as I read thru its history. How heartbreaking this story is. (And from listening to the “vimeo”, I can now very well understand why there is a ghost associated with this home. If anything like this had been done in MY home, I’d come back to haunt it, too!)

  22. I just have got to know why two entrances in the front? Very nice old place but am wondering if the three column in the front were made that way later along with the two doors? I am just used to seeing these symmetrical looking, definitely would make a beautiful home.

  23. Michael collins says: 1 comments

    3 men bought this beautiful home Feb 2018 and is love with the grand lady Michael Collins Dana long and Dan Dyer we are restoring it to the beauty she once was we call her scarlet she is going to be a show case please come by

  24. Les Fossel says: 80 comments

    Glad to see the Musical Wonder House is back in caring hands.
    I know your house quite well.
    I assume you’ve met your next door neighbor Susan.
    If not, she’s a 30 year close friend, so I’d be happy to introduce you.
    Let me know if I can do anything to help.
    Alna is just 10 minutes away.
    Les F.

  25. Trisha Chaffin says: 11 comments

    I am so happy to see that some historic minded and caring individuals have purchased and are going to restore this lovely & fascinating home. If I lived closer, I would gladly donate my time and energy to volunteering my assistance in any way possible. If you find the need for any grant writing, Michael, or publicity via articles or research as you wade thru this project, feel free to contact me. I would be happy to donate my time for this worthwhile and lovely home. “May her Music Ring Again.”

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