c. 1820 – Machias, ME

Added to OHD on 7/24/18   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   13 Comments
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2 Bruce St, Machias, ME 04654

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  • $69,000
  • 5 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 2100 Sq Ft
  • 0.37 Ac.
Historic 1820's Cape in heart of town. Remarkable price for this home. 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large living room, spacious kitchen, den, office, original details, vintage molding, wide-board floors, hidden beehive oven, shed barn and large fenced-in yard. Move-in and make it your own.
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Nicole Ball, Better Homes And Gardens/The Masiello Group
(207) 255-8133
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13 Comments on c. 1820 – Machias, ME

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  1. Wilfred says: 7 comments

    I really like the fact that this old house has not suffered from the “Exposed Beam Syndrome”. I would hardly think in 200 years time people will be ripping the drywall off our modern homes ceilings to expose the floor joists. I also like the round cornered bathtub, circa 1940’s perhaps. Machias is way Down East and has a branch of the University of Maine located there. Of course the ocean is not that far away either.

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  2. VMaloneyVMaloney says: 95 comments

    This house just needs some TLC, what an incredible price…but those stairs look a little steep to me….

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  3. Laurie W.Laurie W. says: 1705 comments
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    1988 Greek Revival Wannabe in beautiful countryside
    NC

    Yessss, Wilfred! The Exposed Beam Madness is my very biggest pet peeve! Finally some company. Either ceilings are ripped apart to show the beams or more commonly, beams — wood or fake — are added beneath it, creating an out-of-proportion room. This appears often in antique houses whose builders and occupants would have been mortified for joists to be visible in their formal interiors. Thank you for making my day!

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  4. kevinb says: 11 comments

    originally I think the house would have had a lot of exposed beams given the building techniques back in the 1820’s people that far out in the boonies usually built pretty rustic simple cape cod homes with lumber sourced locally.

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  5. Sandy BSandy B says: 794 comments
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    2001 craftsman farmhouse
    Bainbridge Island, WA

    Not sure what the ceiling lath (?) and (?) is covering, but bet it’s not lath and plaster. I also am opposed to exposing old beams, even if beautiful. The original builder would have been appalled to have such structure exposed. Just as when a log house was built, it was sided as soon as finances permitted to be, “a proper house.”

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  6. Les Fossel says: 79 comments

    Ceilings were almost always plastered – except on very early, or very primitive houses, or in the less formal work areas in the rear of houses. In the earliest houses (almost all prior to 1780), where timbers were exposed, they were carefully planed smooth – often with some kind of chamfer on the edges. In such cases, the bottom of the subfloor was also hand planed. The next stage was exposed and cased timbers (girt, plate, summer beam). The last stage of exposed frames was the cased corner posts. The lath in early plaster ceilings was almost all thick accordion lath. Riven lath was seldom used since it was all a maximum of 4′ long (too hard to efficiently split longer sticks). This could easily be a topic of an extended discussion.
    My spreadsheet titled “dating old houses by their features” covers this area. In theory it applies only to Maine, but actually has much broader application.
    Les

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    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11851 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Here’s the spreadsheet Les sent me. It’s a great resource.

      And here’s hoping the download link works! 🙂
      PDF file: https://www.oldhousedreams.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Dating-Old-Buildings-Color-Arial-Version.pdf

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    • JRichard says: 182 comments

      Les,
      That’s a very handy guide. Sometimes, as with my house, there are several different ‘layers’ of renovations which can confuse the issue. I’ve got evidence of late 18th century beginnings together with major improvements in around 1840 and again in around 1900. I’m about to add yet another layer in the form of a new barn/garage/carriage house. When I bought it, I was told the build date was 1763, but I haven’t been able to confirm that. Such an early date is possible, but I actually think something like 1790 might be closer. At any rate, it’s an interesting old place which I’ve loved living in, whatever the true age.

      • Les Fossel says: 79 comments

        Send me selected pictures accompanied by your questions and I can probably get very close to the construction date of your house. Here are the 5 ways to date a building:
        1. Dentrochronology – dating by matching tree rings;
        2. Written records;
        3. Oral (usually family) traditions;
        4. Technological changes;
        5. Style changes.
        Using the last two ways, I can usually come within 5 years in Maine. I can probably get within 10 years almost anywhere – assuming there is enough original material surviving. The houses that have had a complete facelift every generation (25 years) are much more difficult to date. Barns and other outbuildings are also extremely difficult to date accurately.

  7. JRichard says: 182 comments

    I believe you have to go back somewhat beyond 1820 to find beams that were exposed originally. By the time of this house’s construction, if the build date is correct, machine-milled lath was available and plaster was widely used, even in modest dwellings. I wouldn’t expect to see exposed beams in a house that did not also have gunstock posts visible which this house lacks.

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  8. abevyabevy says: 310 comments
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    1857 victorian
    Applegate, MI

    What a good old house for a good price. Like the old tub in first bath also. Someone has done a good job to make this a livable home.

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