1855 Italianate – Plainfield, CT

Added to OHD on 3/29/18   -   Last OHD Update: 11/7/20   -   39 Comments
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40 Main St, Plainfield, CT 06374

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  • $450,000
  • 6 Bed
  • 5 Bath
  • 5856 Sq Ft
  • 2.54 Ac.
The Village Mansion: Built in 1855 and located in a historic district as the main residence for one of the town's mill owners, this 5856 SF Italianate home is situated on 2.56 village acres and has seen much attention in the past several years. Featuring 6 bedrooms and 4-1/2 baths with soaring 12' ceilings, original black walnut trim details and doors are everywhere along with red pine floors and mercury glass door knobs. There are now 9 fireplaces most with their own unique Italian marble surrounds. Current owners have installed new thermopane windows and done a great deal of renovation work to bring this grand dame back to its original grandeur. There is a stucco outbuilding that could be a studio, guest house or at home office. Stone courtyard, a lovely porch and the grandest of chicken coops further enhance this fabulous property. Formal, grand and bygone days.
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Stephanie Gosselin, Berkshire Hathaway
(860) 928-1995
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39 Comments on 1855 Italianate – Plainfield, CT

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  1. RachelMedRachelMed says: 107 comments

    My dream! Currently obsessed with the arched bookshelf passage between the two sitting rooms. Think it’s picture 27. Love it!

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    • RachelMedRachelMed says: 107 comments

      Also if you click through to the realtor.com link and view the virtual tour (here: https://www.planomatic.com/mls178632) on the floor plans you can see a lot of like, vestibules? between rooms. Between the dining and family rooms and from the hallway to one of the bedrooms on the second floor. That’s an interesting feature I don’t think I’ve seen very much. Wonder if it was to help with heating or noise between rooms? There are also a ton more pictures in that virtual tour link.

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7273 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      How’s this for dreamy? ๐Ÿ™‚

      https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2013/10/03/c-1870-italianate-west-warwick-ri/

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      • RachelMedRachelMed says: 107 comments

        Yes! Love! Those checkerboard floors are so fun. I think I’d even keep the retro bathrooms as like a nod to house evolution. Italianate is definitely my favorite “classic” house style.

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        • RosewaterRosewater says: 7273 comments
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          1875 Italianate cottage
          Noblesville, IN

          Did you notice the original glass conservatory in the antique photo? The double doors to it are still there beside the fireplace in the front parlor even though the room itself is long since gone.

          Also, scroll down to the bottom of the comments to see the new exterior color scheme. I love that house too much. The mid-mod kitchen and baths are aspects which make the place great beyond great, and I sure hope they have survived the current ownership. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Nick pulli says: 23 comments

        I think I love this house better (the one you have a link for)?????

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      • TXJewelTXJewel says: 353 comments
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        1920 Thurber Brick 4 Square
        Strawn, TX

        Wowee, wow wow! Thanks for the link. What a fantastic house, one of my all time favs! I even loved the kitchen and bathrooms. So glad it got repainted. The way they had her painted that horrible all over yellow made me want to cry.

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    • peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1066 comments
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      1885 Italianate.
      MI

      YES!!!!

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  2. RosewaterRosewater says: 7273 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    A super fine Italianate. Pretty impressive on the whole. The secondary stair really confuses me; to the point where I was questioning if there might be an earlier house in there somewhere, but I don’t think so. It may be a secondary, family stair; with a further third service stair somewhere further back. Very unusual to see such a decorative, substantial entrance and stair in a service hall exclusively for the use of servants: the variant style is curious as well.
    Sure wish we could have peek on 3, especially where the light well comes through from the lantern. Oh well. Thanks’ for the lantern shot anyway!

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    • Jennifer HTJennifer HT says: 739 comments
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      Anthem, AZ

      The virtual tour on the Realtor link shows it being in the add on, just inside that covered porch. There is a floor plan on there too. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • RosewaterRosewater says: 7273 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        Thank you Jennifer! The few addl. pix, and especially the floor plan, were very helpful in answering my question. I’m going to go out on a limb and say yes, (and please – somebody prove me wrong if no), the service wing of the current house is formed by the bulk of an earlier house dating from around 1820. It probably started out as a Federal, center hall, four over four with two interior, shared, centered chimneys servicing open hearth fireplaces for each of the rooms above and below. When the Italianate house was built, the original 1820 stair was retained as a family stair within the now secondary side hall. The floor plan shows the third, service stair is right next to it terminating into what were originally sculleries, now opened space called “breakfast nook”. The double sided fireplace is pretty clearly from the earlier construction. There are other indicators, but I’ll elaborate further if someone expresses an interest.

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    • JimHJimH says: 5390 comments
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      Yeah, the attic space with windows all around has to be interesting, and the combo belvedere-lantern is very cool.

      Awesome house stem to stern! And worth looking around for the bathrooms:
      https://photoplan-cache.cdn.planomatic.com/tourFiles/178632/photocache/5399275-1024wh.jpg
      https://photoplan-cache.cdn.planomatic.com/tourFiles/178632/photocache/5399290-1024wh.jpg

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  3. Jeff says: 65 comments

    Wow

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  4. SeanSean says: 158 comments
    1928 Spanish Revival
    Long Beach, CA

    Now when you say, “Old house dreams”, this is what the dream is all about!

    Everything about this is perfect (Except for all the yellow. I can’t stand yellow! LOL!) But ignoring all the yellow; the age, the style, the location, the restoration, the property, the outbuildings, the scale, the details… it’s all a wonderful dream! I so wish I was at a point to move; I’d be calling a realtor immediately. And it costs just a few thousand over what I paid for my modest Spanish Revival in Southern California!

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  5. CharlesB says: 479 comments

    This may be THE most perfectly decorated house I’ve ever seen. Here’s a little more history:

    http://historicbuildingsct.com/?p=7716

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  6. JKleeb says: 319 comments

    I love everything except the new windows part-the stairs confused me as well. I like all the vestibulesโ€”would be really practical with a lot of house guests.

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  7. CharlestonJohn says: 1089 comments

    There are too many fantastic details to even mention within this mansion grade Italianate. Yellow isn’t for everyone, but kudos to the owners for not painting it white. The ell that houses the kitchen appears to be a later addition, with difference in the eave bracketing, the lack of quoins, and difference in windows being a few exterior indicators.

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7273 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      John I’ve got my nickel on the Ell being earlier actually. See my comments above and let me know what you think, if interested. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I would add that another reason for my theory is the location of the ell off the side of the main house facing front which is highly unusual instead of being off the back. Considering the site, there is really only one orientation for the front of either house, which would help explain why the ell is to the side since it probably encompasses 2/3 of what was the earlier house described above.

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      • JimHJimH says: 5390 comments
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        You’re probably right about the ell being earlier – the windows don’t match the rest of the house, or the outbuilding. The owner was in town by the 1820’s, so it makes sense he upgraded his house after his success with the mills years later.

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      • CharlestonJohn says: 1089 comments

        Looking at it again, you may be right. I had assumed that it was a later addition built to house the kitchen, but the addition does have the form youโ€™d expect from an early 19th century house. Your point about the ell being joined to the side rather than the rear like most kitchens is further evidence and would explain the formal, if relatively simple, second stair hall, even though the actual staircase looks newer to me.

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  8. kmmoorekmmoore says: 418 comments
    Weatherford , TX

    Exquisite. I adore the kitchen floor. The furnishings are outstanding.

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  9. Clund says: 113 comments

    There is something about a house with arched doorways! That entrance and the way the windows are arched around the exterior door, with arches repeated on the interior. A big thumbs up to the photographer for showing that so well.

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  10. JB says: 95 comments

    Uhhhhmmm, yes, I think this one will do. haha Absolutely beautiful property.

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  11. Marc says: 248 comments

    I would make the cupola room shine like the rest of the house! Why does it seem like they are often neglected, even when the rest of the house has been restored well?

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  12. Maria says: 6 comments

    How in the world is this stunning home so CHEAP?!? I can’t get over it! It’s gotta be haunted, right? Of course that makes it even MORE appealing to me…

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  13. Bill says: 3 comments

    Simply magnificent. On the Gold Coast of Long Island this house would sell in the 4 million dollar range with taxes around 75K per year. A true bargain if you have the means!

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  14. Deborah Mann says: 143 comments

    I am in love….this house is to die for!!!

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  15. BethanyBethany says: 3466 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    Ditto everyone else’s comments, plus–my all time favorite light fixture in the parlor!

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7273 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      That’s a rad fixture Bethany, for sure. They are usually above dining room tables, but this one looks great right where it is. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  16. says: 6 comments

    After all these years, finally an inside look at this house, two pictures of this house are in the 1973 book Victorian Houses a treasury of lesser-known examples by Edmund V. Gillon Jr. and Clay Lancaster (plates 46-47), ANY Victorian house lover needs to find a reprint of this book.

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  17. Zann says: 517 comments

    This is another that is so beautiful I feel like living there would be overwhelming for me. It would be one of those “I have nothing else to hope for” moments.

    This is one of my favorites for sure.

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  18. zoomey says: 533 comments

    Stunning house. The decor is not my taste, and all that wallpaper would kill me to peel off the walls, but the house is magnificent. The butler’s pantry is nice, the kitchen fits well enough into the house, I could lose the gold leaf cupid (is that what it is?) on the stairs, but the rest of the house is just yummy. Love the arches and windows. So much to enjoy here. The property is pretty too.

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