c. 1804 Federal – Heath, MA

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Added to OHD on 6/21/18   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   9 Comments

48 South Rd, Heath, MA 01346

  • $165,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 2982 Sq Ft
  • 10 Ac.
Classic c.1804 Brick Colonial beautifully sited on approx.10 open acres that is fondly known as the Dickinson Farm. This special place is surrounded by picturesque open meadows, beautiful views, several outbuildlings and stonewalls. The home is in need of extensive renovations but well worth restoring. Many original period details remain that include attractive handcrafted moldings, 4 panel doors with old hardware, traditional staircase, and a Palladian window above the front door. The interior features 4 fireplaces, wood floors, kitchen with pantry, 4 bedrooms and an attached shed/workshop area. There are several outbuildings that need work and questionable if most can be saved. It is a gorgeous piece of property and surrounded by APR land that can be purchased separately. If you are looking to restore that special home in the country and operate a small farm, then this one is for you! Cash or substantial down payment only, property will not meet conventional lending standards.
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Wanda Mooney, Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont REA
(413) 625-6366
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9 Comments on c. 1804 Federal – Heath, MA

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  1. Kfidei says: 391 comments

    Poor Baby! How did this happen to you? So much potential here, I hate to see these lovelies come to hard times. I hope someone loves her and brings her back. I wish we could all meet here, with barrels of stripper, and get right to work.

    I am curious about a couple of things that our building experts might be able to answer. The Palladian window is said to be original (and a lovely thing she is, too) but the interior photo looking out of that window seems to show that the ceiling is no longer clearing the window frame. Why would a ceiling be a few inches lower now? I am assuming the frame was once fully exposed. Is it just sagging sheet rock, maybe? The second question is about the addition on the back of the house. How old do you think the wooden addition is? would the value be improved by just removing the wooden parts and concentrating on restoring the brick section? Looks like she’ll need determination and deep pockets to get her back to her fighting weight… maybe only saving the core would make it more doable? Forgive me if this is sacrilege, but the wooden part doesn’t look all that old to me.

    • William Walkington says: 55 comments

      I have seen similar treatments of fanlights before. The builder was more interested that the appearance was perfect from OUTSIDE since that’s the part EVERYONE sees. If the builder made the inside trim “work” the glass would have to be much smaller and the outside trim would look pinched and skimpy.

    • Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 1166 comments
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      1875 Limestone house
      Langeais, Loire Valley,

      Maybe the lower ceiling was for pipes? Or maybe it was always that way. I once visited the Merchant’s House (1832) in NYC, and it has a palladian window because the house is Federal. But from inside the foyer, this palladian semi-circle is cropped on one side because of the partition wall. Unfortunately i could not find a picture on Google or in my FB album to show you. It was always that way.

  2. Michele P Pagan says: 64 comments

    Wow!!! What a terrific place, just waiting for the right person to come to do the restoration. So many original details to be preserved, and so many terrific outbuildings! This is the real deal, when it comes to historic preservation. I hope it isn’t just gutted by someone who wants to flip it!

  3. JosephJoseph says: 36 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1868 Italinate
    Bellefonte, PA

    A beautiful, unmolested property.

  4. abevyabevy says: 302 comments
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    1857 victorian
    Applegate, MI

    Yes, poor house. It stars with a lost lentil. Some of the floors look like they have been used in a garage. Front door was nice just take work to get it back. I wonder what the kitchen was like? Someone will save her!

  5. Gregory_KGregory_K says: 449 comments
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    Chatsworth, CA

    Good questions. Hope I’m not insulting your intelligence with this.
    The front door with its arched fanlight is a partial Palladian window – it needs to have flanking ‘sidelights,’ or windows, to be a true Palladian opening. Refer to the Basilica Palladiana, a very early design by Andrea Palladio himself of about 1550, but completed years later. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basilica_Palladiana
    This house was expensive when built. The woodwork is pretty impressive, in an age when all those moldings and boards were planed and shaped by hand. However, the house was not tall enough to accommodate the full arch of the front door, so the woodwork projects into the hall’s plaster ceiling. This gave the owners the arched doorway they wanted, without the added expense of another half dozen to a dozen rows of brick in added height for the first floor.
    The exterior brickwork on the façade is laid in fairly expensive ‘Flemish bond,’ where the headers, or narrow ends, of the brick alternate with the stretchers, or long side of the brick. The next row was then shifted sideways by half a brick’s width. Those headers stick into the interior of the brick wall, and make the façade brickwork stronger than other bond patterns. Most buildings were built using ordinary, ‘garden wall’ or ‘American’ bond brickwork. In garden or American bond, there are anywhere from 4 to 7 rows of stretchers, then a single row of headers. It just not as strong, or attractive.
    This brick is extra soft because it was locally made, and fired at too low a temperature. If the new owners use a mechanical grinder to remove loose mortar, or repoint the mortar between the bricks with new cement, they’ll destroy the brick, and the home’s stability and appearance.
    Finally, the rear frame wing appears to mid-to-late 1800’s in age, although much of it might be nearly as old as the front block. Unless it is in poor condition, it would be cheaper to repair it than demolish it and rebuild.

    • historicnehomeshistoricnehomes says: 5 comments
      1890 Farmhouse

      The rear, wood frame part of the house was built before the brick section. At least, the first floor of it. A reverend bought this place and built the brick part for his wife, in 1804. The second story of the wood frame part in the rear was added later, by the father of one of the inhabitants of the house that just passed away this March, at the age of 94. If I hadn’t been in the middle of buying another home when this one appeared, I would have bought this one in a second, like I believe the person who has it under agreement now did. My heart is broken. But I hear the buyer is a historian, so I can only hope that means he will do the right thing. I’m still in shock though.


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