c. 1870 Second Empire – Richmond, ME

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3 Hagar St, Richmond, ME 04357

  • $214,900
  • 3 Bed
  • 2.5 Bath
  • 3296 Sq Ft
  • 1.05 Ac.
Exquisite Victorian with hand crafted period details yet modern conveniences. Hardwood floors, magnificent original woodwork, doors. Library with built-ins, fireplace. 1 acre lot.
Contact Information
Conrad Robitaille, Berkshire Hathaway,
(207) 754-7466 ext. 318

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58 Comments on c. 1870 Second Empire – Richmond, ME

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11893 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Build date is either a little early or this was remodeled to add the mansard. I added two street views to show the exterior a little better.

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  2. etzkornetzkorn says: 27 comments
    1981 split level w/rock
    Lenoir, NC

    Gorgeous. Is the little set of doors in the blue room for a fold out ironing board?

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  3. Lissie says: 267 comments

    Stunning!!!! All it needs is some landscaping and carpet removal.

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  4. Pamela DeWitt says: 1 comments

    I know this house well. The owners that did most of the work were diligent to retain the home’s character. I know that the grounds were once filled with gorgeous gardens. Needs some clean up of the ground. This house stands majestically above the street with views of the Kennebec River.

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  5. ddbacker says: 509 comments

    I love second empires and I’m sure this one is great, but the out of focus exterior photos taken at weird angles makes it look creepy.

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  6. GeoffreyPS says: 105 comments

    The brass boob lamps in photos 16 and 17 are a bit jarring compared to what is seen in the rest of the house. Hopefully they are temporary.

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  7. montana channing says: 257 comments

    absolutely over the top woodwork both inside and out done by a master craftsman. what a great unbutchered kitchen although i’d open a window and toss the microwave. and a sweet little town to live in. near but not too near the Interstate and next to the Kennebec River just down the road a piece from the State Capitol..

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  8. SueSue says: 1142 comments
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    1802 Cape
    ME

    Richmond is full of beautiful old and historic homes. It is in a beautiful spot right on the Kennebec with a Main St lined with old buildings. Before we bought the house here in Windsor we looked at quite a few houses in Richmond. We chose not to buy here because of the school system. It is a sleepy town with lots of locals and many old homes waiting to be restored.

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  9. Priscilla says: 32 comments

    Is that a trap door in front of the kitchen sink?

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  10. Michael Mackin says: 2394 comments

    The doors on the main floor, at least in what I’m assuming is the dining room, has raised panels in the center that appear to be mahogany of walnut. That said, I fail to understand the door painted brown of the same style. I would so want to see the wood underneath!

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  11. John Shiflet says: 5363 comments

    The towns in the State of Maine may have the largest surviving numbers of mansard-roofed Second Empire style homes in the U.S.. The local economy must have been booming in the 1860’s and ’70’s. I love the exterior details on this house but wouldn’t want to be the painter of so many ornate details every few years. The contrasting “Zebra” stripe flooring was common in the 1860’s and ’70’s in the finer homes of that period. The price is robust for most of Maine so I would expect this to be in a decent neighborhood. With proper attention to details, the interior could be taken back to the 1870’s with colors and patterns. Unless there was a major remodel, I see nothing to connect the house with the 1840’s date. If it were from those years, it would likely be a Greek Revival or early Gothic/Italiante style house as the Second Empire did not begin to appear until the 1850’s and it was the 1860’s before the Mansard style became commonplace across the country. (rare to find a Second Empire from the late 1880’s as it quickly lost popularity by the middle of that decade) There are, however, some Greek Revival style homes nearby so perhaps further investigation would turn up evidence of the claimed 1840’s house.

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  12. MM says: 4 comments

    Says the Richmond Historical Survey: “This house was built in approximately 1870-1875 by William S. Hagar. The house is a good example of decorative Victorian architecture. The house is a three-story structure with a central tower which is its most outstanding and decorative feature. William S. Hagar was the first of the shipbuilding Hagars although he built no ships but inherited part of the family fortune. The Hagars built 21 vessels in Richmond, most of which were square riggers.”
    Note that the woodwork resembles that of Chateau sur Mer in Newport, redesigned by Richard Morris Hunt in the 1870s.

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  13. MM says: 4 comments

    Here is a better exterior photo:
    http://www.panoramio.com/photo/84950659

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  14. Deb Crocker says: 51 comments

    Dreamy❤️

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  15. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11893 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Added two new listing photos of the exterior.

  16. Juli says: 1 comments

    Do you know how old the roof is?

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  17. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11893 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Reduced to $214,900!

    I moved to the front page again, normally I don’t do it this often but there’s something about this home I’m completely crazy about and I’m determined to find an OHD’er to buy it! 😀

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    • John Shiflet says: 5363 comments

      Given the success you’ve had over time with folks finding their dream home here, I think there’s a good chance this one too may go to one of OHD’s fans. Besides, this house truly is an architectural gem-who wouldn’t be proud to call it HOME. It might be interesting someday to see a tally of homes found and sold through the pages on Old House Dreams. I know its now a substantial number. Keeping my fingers crossed for this fine residence…

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      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11893 comments
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        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        I’m just started collecting testimonials, mostly as a way to talk agents/owners into having their home on OHD. There are SO many more, this is just a hair size of the number that have told me they found their home on OHD: https://www.oldhousedreams.com/testimonials/

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        • John Shiflet says: 5363 comments

          That is surely a small number of the total. I’m certain the actual number of homes found on Old House Dreams and bought by folks who saw it here is at least in the dozens if not hundreds. I would hope that anyone who finds their Old House Dream here would be kind enough to post something about it. You put an enormous amount of time and effort in keeping this site going and it is essentially a non-profit. Such sites are becoming increasingly rare these days with sites throwing up paywalls and fees. (all the more likely now that the era of “net neutrality” is over) I promise if we buy our next old house and its one that was posted on this site I will provide a heartfelt testimonial.

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          • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 898 comments
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            1901 Folk Victorian
            Chestatee, GA

            I wouldn’t say no profit…kinda more low profit based on the number of hours I spend at it. Now if I reduced my hours you could say no profit! lol

            But I’m clinging to hope I’ll never have to switch to fees, as in charging owners or agents.

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        • Bethster says: 936 comments

          I’m curious, Kelly: what’s the particular advantage to having agents/owners tell you about their listings–that is, as opposed to finding them however else you do, maybe through browsing listings, or looking at links we post? And would you feel like you must accept everything they send you?

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          • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11893 comments
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            1901 Folk Victorian
            Chestatee, GA

            For one it saves me a step from having to email agents, get permission along with the name of their photographer (that’s why you may not see a home that was shared in the link exchange on OHD that was obviously professionally shot, the agent won’t email me back!) Also I’ve been posting homes I wouldn’t have otherwise, because I missed seeing them in my searches or the link shares. I don’t do it for all homes, some agents LOVE the extra advertising so I don’t have to email them every single time. I use to not post for sale by owner homes but now it’s set up so I can. I don’t post every home that’s sent in, I said no yesterday, twice! lol

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          • Robinjn says: 253 comments

            I would think that agents/owners would be happy to pay a small fee to get a house featured on OHD. In addition to the people who have bought directly from this site, think of the people who have shared OHD listings on their own pages and how that has spread. Even though I’m not in the market, I do share specific homes with friends so we can ooooh and aaaaah over them.

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        • Melissa says: 239 comments

          either send me an email or let me know how I can give you my testimonial. You know I found my house on OHD – after driving by the house daily for 2 years!!!

        • darla says: 105 comments

          with a few rare exceptions, I only look at the homes that I would seriously consider purchasing, so I hope this site holds up well.

          I am not necessarily ready yet, but this site has been invaluable in my process. I could be ready in a flash if the perfect deal came along, and I fully expect to find my home here.

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    • Mary H. Dunton says: 28 comments

      Me too! I’d almost kill for this gem.

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  18. Randy C says: 454 comments

    I wish I were that OHD’r, but I’m happily stuck in Kansas. It is a beautiful home though with so much rich detail. I envy the person in Maine that get’s this one.

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  19. PhillipPhillip says: 246 comments
    1910 Tudor/craftsman mix

    The exterior is truly magnificent. I think I would just remove the added appendage on the back. The deco wedding cake chandelier is very nice.

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    • Gregory K. Hubbard says: 458 comments

      That addition, age unknown, whether built as an attached barn or later as a garage, is vital in the winter in that part of Maine. You WANT to have your car indoors, and in a heated space, if you can manage it. I shoveled out a very cold car for many years, and while I love both the snow and cold, doing the shoveling several times a night to keep the attacking snow at bay so I could drive in the morning, became a serious problem.

  20. Zann says: 558 comments

    I have a secret desire to run away to either Maine or Vermont where I can live in a beautiful old home and make an overly sufficient income doing something vague and unrealistic, like candle making or all natural beauty products (neither of which I have the know how to patience to do.)

    Long story short, this house is not making it any better. I would so, so, so love to live in this one!

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  21. StevenFStevenF says: 863 comments
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    1969 Regency
    Nashville, TN

    What a great home for someone. I love the mansard roof, the simple fireplace mantles and the glassed-in library shelves. I agree with the poster above; I’d yank off the newer addition, which I believe includes the room with the aforementioned “boob” lamps.

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  22. Zann says: 558 comments

    I went back and looked at the pictures, thinking “What are they talking about? I didn’t any boob la……… ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh…. Yeah.” That can never be unseen, nor will I ever call them anything else.

    I was expected gold statuette lamps or something.

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    • Sue S. says: 280 comments

      I have unfortunately called those cheap spec lights “boob lights” as well. Once you see it, you can’t unsee it, that’s for sure.

      What an amazing house! Can’t think of much I’d change except to un-Home-Depot the kitchen (remove the “appliance garage” in the corner, etc.).

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  23. Annabelle says: 119 comments

    Boob Lights! Love it! And love this house! I don’t think the bushes in front could be saved as they are so overgrown but I think I wouldn’t want any vegetation to hide the beautiful outside of this home. Boob Lights! Hahaha!

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  24. Gypsy says: 206 comments

    Second Empire is not one of my favorite styles….but I’ve never seen one that looked this good either. My taste may be changing just a little bit…..

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  25. Erica says: 2 comments

    I’ve always called them boob lamps too! It’s quite a common term for those lamps, actually 🙂

  26. MikeB says: 45 comments

    Exactly what I’m looking for. Now if I could find some money.

  27. Colleen J says: 3 comments

    Love me a house on a hill, especially ornate ones such as this.

  28. abevy says: 345 comments

    I love this home. If it was just not in the town area. It is so decorative and it seems to be in very good condition. Thanks to all its owners who have kept It that way.

  29. Gregory K. Hubbard says: 458 comments

    Three comments:
    Zann – Founding an all natural whatever company and restoring a great house is exactly what the founders of ‘TOM’S’ of Maine did. The magnificent Federal Style house at 99 Main Street in Kennebunk was their restoration project-home. As with many Federal Style homes in Maine, this house does not brag, but the interior is lovely. The master builder-housewright was Thomas Eaton, whose other structures include: the addition of the tower to the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church (1803, 114 Main Street), the Portsmouth, N.H. style Bourne Mansion (1812, 8 Bourne Street), and huge Wallingford House (1804, 21 York Street).

    Just a personal note: I organized the team that saved Wallingford House from demolition for an auto parts store and gas station.

    As I noted above, that addition, age unknown, whether built as an attached barn or later as a garage, is vital in the winter in that part of Maine. You WANT to have your car indoors, and in a heated space, if you can manage it. I shoveled out a very cold car for many years, and while I love both the snow and cold, doing the shoveling several times a night to keep the attacking snow at bay so I could drive in the morning, became a serious problem. You need a building that can serve as a garage. If it is new construction, just remodel it.

    Finally, Earle Shuttleworth, the State Historic Preservation Officer, is a superb historian, so it is possible that the state can tell you who the architect was, and what other buildings he designed.

    He could probably even tell us who originally designed the boob lamps.

  30. Dreamer says: 2 comments

    Absolutely Love it!

  31. Deb says: 51 comments

    Oh, I’m in love. I hate winter but I’d move there for this beauty

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