1915 School – East Worcester, NY

Added to OHD on 2/19/18   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   20 Comments
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22 Main St, East Worcester, NY 12064

  • $52,000
  • 8500 Sq Ft
  • 1.1 Ac.
Own a piece of history! Originally East Worcester school house, currently outfitted for a Heating and Plumbing Supply Company. Unique building with tons of potential. Spacious rooms with large windows.Original staircase has been enclosed, but could be opened up back to its original state. Loading dock in back, along with multiple outbuildings.
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Melissa Klein, Howard Hanna,
(607) 547-5933

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20 Comments on 1915 School – East Worcester, NY

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  1. Paul Price says: 194 comments

    Wow, that is 0.000019 cents per square foot! I could see the floors refinished. An outdoor kitchen on the loading dock; a bandstand in the lean-too carports. What a wedding venue!

    • Joe says: 762 comments

      I am sorry, am I making the Calculation incorrectly? 8500 squ ft for $52,000. Dividing the price by the square footage. 52000/ 8500 = $6.11??? that comes to six dollars and small change per square foot. It is a great buy for the space. Around here you couldn’t rent the space for one year for that. Of course one might have to consider the cost of renovation and maintenance into the equation.
      Regardless If I lived in the area, a few years back I would have jumped on such a deal.
      I’d have been able to sell antiques and restore them from the same location.

      • Wyatt says: 1 comments

        Joe would there be demand for antiques in that location

        • Joe says: 762 comments

          Today, there is a significant decrease in demand for antiques in my specialty, American period furniture. This appears to me to be the case for all of what would have been considered antique forty years ago. There is furniture that would have brought very little at auction and/or taken to the dump back then, which is bringing significant prices today. The best example of this is stuff which is being called mid-century modern, although a lot of it appears to me to be just decent quality manufactured furniture from the fifties and sixties. I have concluded that the financial demands of keeping up with the electronic revolution’s fast pace, have placed young people in a position that makes antique collecting a low priority. The lack of demand may be compensated for by the decrease in prices. To my eye, the prices of antiques are lower than they have been during my entire adult life. I started collecting in the late seventies. Antiques had been breaking price records at the time. They continued to do so and I believe that they peaked towards the end of the nineties. Since then, i think that the prices have pretty constantly declined. I think it is a great time to buy antiques, but, like with anything that one might see as an investment, prices could continue to decline on what I perceive to be correctly called antiques. On the other hand, as the younger generation today ages, the demand may soar and, if so, the prices will follow.
          -I have no knowledge of this part of New York. I could neither confirm nor deny that it would be a good place for an antique shop.

          • Joan says: 1 comments

            Bingo! Glad that you explained that. My parents started bringing antiques back from England in the 70’s. They had a small antique store for a while. The prices for those pieces were sky high. Today, they would sell for pennies on the dollar. I have a big Staffordshire collection that would have been worth thousands 15 years ago. Now, lucky to get a few bucks for a piece. MCM has caught on to such a degree that high end furniture manufacturing is recreating it. I don’t quite understand this fad. Nostalgia?

            • Joe says: 762 comments

              My take is that people place the most value on the things that their grandparents had. My own collected American period furniture, and I made it my life’s work.

          • says: 191 comments

            Joe, you are correct in reference to the late 90’s peak. I wasn’t aware so much of the antique furniture end as much as glassware and other collectibles, which was what my website specialized in until I shut it down about 12 yrs ago. What happened in my realm was the proliferation of the online auction king, and everyone listing “rare” items. The market became flooded, so the average person could basically get what they wanted, whenever desired. Therefore when one stumbles upon a “rare” item these days, the thought of obtaining the item before it evades you, and you may never see one in person again for the remainder of life, doesn’t pop into the thought process. If it does, you then question the chance of finding it cheaper somewhere else.

  2. RossRoss says: 2426 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    Wow! Wow!

    My mind races with the glory this could be.

  3. CoraCora says: 2091 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    I have an affinity for old schools/schoolhouses. ?

  4. Elaine says: 87 comments

    OH MY GOSH! There are shelves for all my crap! I could pack and move, and I wouldn’t have to throw anything away! This is the first place I’ve seen, where I could ”fit!” HAH!

  5. Candy Lund says: 113 comments

    This old school has a lot of personality and so much potential! It would be fun to fix her up and give her a new purpose. I keep thinking of an arts and crafts retreat. Alas, it doesn’t live on the west coast. I hope someone does something amazing with this beautiful building.

  6. MonChiChiPox says: 200 comments

    I’ve been in several school conversions. Some for single family use and others for condos. I’ve never been disappointed on how the conversions have taken place. I even bid on a condo in one in Connecticut but lost out. This building will be no different. A living space would be fantastic. Somehow old schools lend themselves to easy conversions for living spaces.

  7. Ruede says: 4 comments

    This reminds me of McMenamin’s Kennedy School in Portland, converted an old school to a brewery and hotel

  8. Glorybe says: 133 comments

    Oh! So much to love, especially since I’m a teacher, I would fit right in here!
    I think it would be a great antique store for someone Desiring that direction.

  9. Michael Mackin says: 3166 comments

    By looking at the pictures and the design of the school itself, it looks as if there was a gymnasium that was added to the rear of the original structure at a later date. It’s hard to tell by the interior pictures because this space appears to have been divided up in both directions. It’s such a picturesque building and who wouldn’t want to have a gym as a great room space?

  10. Deborah says: 2 comments

    Saw this property yesterday with the intention to convert it to a one family house. All I can say is WOW what a tremendous amount of supplies EVERYWHERE from floor to ceiling. Apparently the owner passed away leaving tons and tons of plumbing and heating materials throughout the building, and as was told to my husband and me, that they would all be removed by someone other then the estate. Realistically it seems to me it would take months and months to clear out all the materials and debris to even see what is actually there to work with. I can tell you that if you have lots of money, time and patience you could probably turn this into a beautiful place but keep in mind it will be a tremendous undertaking. Everything from ceilings, walls, floors, all mechanicals, etc. will need to be addressed and keep in mind the tremendous amount of space that is present in this building – it is cavernous… Because of all the supplies and debris it was impossible to get a rational determination of the soundness of the building and an approximate cost of the renovation. So with this being said we passed on putting in a bid. This is a project for the less faint of heart. Good luck to those braver then myself!!

    • Joe says: 762 comments

      -If you turn things around to see possible bright side, this might be useful. There are people who I believe are often called scrappers who would likely be willing to clear the building out entirely in exchange for the plumbing parts and recyclable metal. I think a buyer would be able to realize a surprisingly large portion of their purchase price if they set there minds to reselling all of the things inside. It sure seems to me that a plumber who had such a large place to fill with “supplies”, may have saved lots of early plumbing fixtures that he was asked by clients to replace and remove. My understanding is that the typical plumber would not keep large quantities of supplies on hand. One may even be able to make a good profit above the purchase price, if willing to expend the time and energy to determine the value on things and then market them. Perhaps OHDplumbingsupplies.anything might be a website they could start.

  11. Deborah says: 2 comments


    All the plumbing supplies are NOT PART OF THE SALE! They belong to a third party along with all display pieces. I agree with you that these items could be sold on the internet in some form but once again these items do not belong to the beneficiaries of the estate who are selling this property. It was told to me that this third party was slowly removing all these plumbing supplies and my thought was it is going to take an army of people and a lot of time to remove everything. Once again you can’t imagine how much stuff is in this 8,000 square foot space. It DOES HAVE TREMENDOUS POTENTIAL but it is impossible to evaluate until what is going to be removed is removed.

    • Joe says: 762 comments

      Dear Deborah,
      -Thank you for explaining.
      -I write this for you and anyone who is buying property that is part of the estate of someone who has died,
      -I had inferred that the contents would be removed and the process of their removal had not yet been determined.
      -There are so many factors involved in the settling of an estate, that things are sometimes said that have not actually been decided. If the contents have been sold to someone else, they are likely to take what has value to them and leave the rest behind. The estate may have made an agreement to sell the contents with the condition that the buyer of the contents removes of all of the contents, but that cannot be assured. When a prospective buyer of this building makes an offer it can include any conditions that the buyer wants to put into the contract. For example a buyer could write that he or she may select any contents left behind that they would like to keep, while the estate would be required to remove anything else. Buyers do have the right to ask for anything. The personal representative (PR)of an estate has sole discretion in making an agreement, although the wishes of the heirs, if the representative is not one of them, are usually considered. The PR is often a lawyer, whose experience with estates does not consider that a buyer may value the contents. Such an attorney might have someone on call to take contents to the dump without thinking about their value. I don’t think that things that are dumped or sold with the real estate need to be appraised for the estate. A savvy buyer who has interest in keeping the contents might make a full price or better offer contingent on the contents not being removed. A PR who has agreed to allow someone to remove all or certain of the contents in exchange for keeping those contents, without anything in writing, might sell the property as is with the contents. On the other hand a PR may feel that once his or her word has been given, even a verbal agreement holds. It is even possible that the PR has hired someone to empty the space with no discussion of how the contents are to be disposed.The PR wants to do the simplest thing possible, which would be to leave the things in place as the property is transferred.
      -Someone like yourself might write an offer that is contingent on your satisfaction with an inspection of the building after it has been emptied. A cash offer with the fewest hoops is almost always the PR’s goal. The price may not be the most important issue at all. The contents may all be going to the dump. When making an offer for real estate that is part of the estate of someone who has passed away, one can never assume that there is anything that is not on the table. What the real estate agent has told you may not be written in stone.


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