1880 Queen Anne – Lynn, MA – $1,100,000

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Added to OHD on 3/12/18 - Last OHD Update: 3/12/18 - 34 Comments
28 Atlantic St, Lynn, MA 01902

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Located steps away from Kings Beach in the prestigious East Lynn neighborhood known as the Diamond District is Oak Hall.

Oak Hall was built in 1890 for The Honarable State Senator Otis Breed, who was both a local bank president as well as the chairman of the Boston Lynn Railroad.

The entry hall and foyer have oak paneling (Thus the name of the house) and chestnut floors. The oak staircase has intricate carvings and distinct spindles. The 7 fireplaces have original detailed tile and full size intricately carved over mantles. The main floor contains a front parlor with outstanding detailed fretwork framing a large bay window. The rear parlor has half oak paneling and exquisite period lighting. The large dining room is well light with an outstanding period crystal chandelier. It can accommodate 20 + people, and has a large fireplace with over mantle and original Gruber tiles.

The kitchen has been recently redone with quality custom cabinets, stainless steel appliances, granite counters and a tin ceiling. The kitchen even has 2 dishwashers to make clean up a breeze after a good night of entertaining. In the kitchen is a working 1890s annunciatior or servants call box system. Via a button in any room throughout the house you can signal down to the kitchen and your help can respond to your every whim. (butler not included). There is also a pet cubby in the kitchen that is built in under the stairs.

The house has 6+ Large bedrooms split between the second and third floors. The house even has a small servants quarters with two built in cupboard beds on the fourth floor. The first and second floor bathrooms are spectacular! The first floor bathroom has an exquisite stained glass window, high tank toilet, carerra marble floor and period sink.

The second floor bathroom contains a rare pillbox brass toilet, a rib cage shower tiled in Carrera marble subway tile. There is a copper claw foot tub with oak rim, that came from a private Pullman train car. The floor has carerra marble octagon tiles. The room is finished off with a beautiful stained glass window and outstanding refurbished period lighting. There is even a small hidden room for the kids to play hide and seek or place to store your valuables.

At the top of the intricate oak stairs is what was originally called the gallery and is great to display your favorite art as well as a perfect office nook to overlook it all.

The garden level contains a summer kitchen and laundry room, home theater, wine cellar, hidden bonus room, storage room, utility room and casual den with fireplace. There is a large front porch with antique porch swing, great to watch the world go by and catch the sea air as it rolls in off the Atlantic.

The yard has been expertly landscaped with a good mix of mature trees and new plantings. The side yard has an outstanding rose garden. There is an automatic sprinkler system that also includes automatic wateres for the hanging baskets. The property contains a large detached one car garage with an automatic door opener and storage loft, with a freshly epoxied floor.

The house is heated with gas. The gas boiler has just undergone a complete upgrade with all new electronics and burner chamber yielding 93% operating efficiency. The roof was just stripped and replaced with three tab 30 year black asphalt shingles at a cost of $50k. The historic weathervane was restored and replaced on the tower. The entire house was scraped and repainted at a cost of almost $20k. Antique shutters were sourced and reinstalled on the house to restore the original character of the home.

The house is currently being entirely re-wired at a cost of almost $100k, work should be completed by April 1st.

Oak Hall is truly a property to be seen and enjoyed by all.
Contact Details
Ryan Johnson, Owner      516-983-0314 / rjohnson@post.harvard.edu
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34 Comments on 1880 Queen Anne – Lynn, MA – $1,100,000

  1. Super interesting “Sarah Winchester” detail there on the landing = ???. Sure hope the owner will chime in with a bit of insight about that intriguing curiosity. 🙂

    • I am assuming it was the only way to have natural light spill onto the stair? And the adjacent door is so that one can reach the window to open/close it, and clean it?

      Fabulously eccentric.

      • Could be. Sounds reasonable enough. The door on the landing is also curious. Does it lead up a short flight into the former sleeping porch, now enclosed, at the back? Is it the conjunction of a service stair?. Hard to get a read on the stair location, but I’m betting it’s at the back. Pretty great! C’mon owners. What’s the skinny? 🙂

    • Hi. I am told that the nook on the stairs is called a coffin corner. That when someone died their coffin would be propped up so they can be viewed on the way to see the grieving spouse in the Master bedroom.

      Thankfully, I haven’t had the occasion to use it!

  2. Wow. Gorgeous. Woodwork. Light fixture. Window details. New roof. In Seattle, a million dollars gets you a small fixer-upper, or a suburban McMansion with almost zero lot line and even less personality.

  3. Wow!! What a gem this place is!! That old surround shower is fantastic!! My next door neighbor has one!

  4. Oh! The dining room set for dinner! I wonder what is on the menu? Imagine gourmet food and interesting people with which to share it. Far cry from the frozen burritos in front of the tv that is on my agenda for this evening! Yes, I like the kitchen! Oh Kelly! You would be proud. On a drive with my husband, I picked out the different types of old houses and told him the name! Learned it all here!

    • LOL A true sign of an OHD’er, driving husband (or wife) crazy with “Look at that Queen Anne!”, “That Greek Revival!”, “Oh, that’s a Colonial Revival, probably built around 1910.”

      • Lol, so true, but so fun! It can be also very rewarding, as it educates people in an interesting and enjoyable way how beautiful and varied these homes and buildings are, along with the fascinating history behind them. I have experienced people become just as interested as I am once they are introduced to it. It’s one small way to hopefully preserve more of these gems.

    • I do the same thing! I have always loved old houses, but never knew the names until I became a subscriber here. The site should be called Old House Education.

  5. What a beautiful home! I believe I see another stained glass window in that long narrow bathroom. Wish there was a close up of that. Just so many beautiful aspects to his home. Congrats on the homeowner for keeping so much originality. And yes, that dining room undoubtedly has stories to tell of family/holiday dinners.

  6. Amazing what painting the window sashes and adding real movable shutters will do to an exterior. (compared to the street view) Beautiful home! love the decor.

      • I’d guess it was the late 70s Kelly, we had the same car, only ours was bright yellow. It was an AMC Gremlin, lol.


    This house is what I would call the product of an accomplished American life. Gorgeous AND homey, all at once.

  8. Lynn, Lynn the city of sin
    You never come out, the way you came in..lol.
    Beautiful house.

    • Lynn does have a reputation, but the house is in east Lynn in an area known as the Diamond District. Some of the other interesting properties in the neighborhood include the Benz Mansion and the Chase estate.

      Atlantic Street was one of the “Merchant’s Rows” of its day. Lynn was known for producing shoes, and most of the original homes were owned by the factory owners

  9. Such a beautiful home. I love seeing the different staircases and bannisters in these old homes, as well as the different light fixtures and stained glass windows. I too am interested in that door on the landing. Where does it lead to? I also LOVED the Kermit relaxing in bed. STUNNING home—one of my favorites.

  10. The first photo is fabulous! I love the black and white bathroom and oh my, all those beautiful windows too

  11. Definitely check out the pictures on Zillow you get to see more of this giant beauty. What a home!

  12. What an assortment of unusual and nicely preserved details. Handsome house! I like the ‘rood screen’ that separates the office from the rest of the upper hall. Wait. Is that a desk or an altar?

    • Hi. I am told that the nook on the stairs is called a coffin corner. That when someone died their coffin would be propped up so they can be viewed on the way to see the grieving spouse in the Master bedroom.

      Thankfully, I haven’t had the occasion to use it!

      That is a desk at the top of the stairs. The oak matches perfectly. It comes with the house if you buy it. Willing to sell the home furnished

  13. What a spectacular home! I just love every single detail of it, but that stairwell and the shower are incredible! I have never seen a Queen Anne with this much square footage. The owner obviously has exquisite taste–not only in the choice of home, but also the choice of dog. I saw the little Dachshund in the one photo in the kitchen! Since I have one, I can tell you that they spend a LOT of time there, lol!
    Just went through the pics again and I can see the two Doxies on the rug in the Dining Room. So cute!

  14. Cheers to the realtor for the great description and wonderful pictures! What a awesome house.

  15. Is this home currently or previously being used as a B&B? It seems to have many indications. Among all the many nice things: “automatic wateres for the hanging baskets” took me to gardening heaven! I would have never dreamed of such a thing and now it’s another on “the list”.

    • The house is not a B&B. I just use it to host the holidays for the family. When we all get together there are 20 of us, and everyone has a bed to sleep in!

  16. Outstanding job on your restoration Ryan,details are everything. Your windows and original shutters are just one example of doing it right. That bathroom is dream perfect with a mix of yesteryear done in a clean modern way of today. You should be so proud of putting your home back on the map making it Lynn’s show piece . I have a feeling your will do great things with your future home . Bruce


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