1874 – Lowell, MA

SOLD / Archived From 2018
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Added to OHD on 12/2/18   -   Last OHD Update: 3/30/19   -   93 Comments
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  • $699,900
  • 5 Bed
  • 3.5 Bath
  • 7304 Sq Ft
  • 0.34 Ac.
The featured mansion and subject of the cover story in Victorian Homes Magazine, winter 2018, is now for sale! This nationally registered, Hoyt Mansion could be yours. A Gande-Dame of the era, this mansion includes Eastlake-gold multi-color exterior, restored original frescos, marble fireplaces, period chandeliers, hardwood floors with intricate inlays, a grand mahogany curved staircase in an L shaped foyer, and breathtaking views of the Merrimack. The dining room is opulent with built-in mahogany framed mirrors, mahogany wainscoting, a Rose color marble fireplace, and wide plaster crown molding. The large kitchen is gorgeous, newly renovated with period taste, it has granite counter tops, SS sink, an authentic tin ceiling with recessed lighting, a commercial grade Viking gas stove with an exhaust hood that is crowned by a wall mounted mantle. Flanking the kitchen are both a chef’s pantry and a butler’s pantry providing an abundance of cabinet space.
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  1. Kelly, Old House DreamsKelly, Old House Dreams says: 10360 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks to the owner for sharing his amazing home with us!

  2. AvatarVicki F says: 72 comments

    Wow, Wow and Wow! I won’t list everything I like about this house, but I have to say that I LOVE that butler’s pantry. Not that it outshines the rest of the house, but it is one of the better examples (OMG – that sink!) still retaining its originality, that I’ve seen.

  3. AvatarGraham says: 163 comments

    Now that’s a staircase!
    What a great house.

  4. Robt. W.Robt. W. says: 449 comments

    The interior is not what I expected at all: it’s on a scale altogether larger than I would have imagined, and with some great surprises. The scale and proportion and detailing of the interiors makes for one great space after another. I might make cosmetic changes to some of the wall finishes, etc., but aside from those comparatively small changes the interior is more than fine as is.

    On the exterior, the low red sandstone retaining wall/terrace looks a little at odds, but it makes sense when seen in the street view in tandem with the very similar masonry house next door (and in the historic photo at the MACRIS link on the Wiki entry for the house: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoyt-Shedd_Estate)

    Great house, and a neighborhood of great houses.

  5. Paul WPaul W says: 562 comments

    We talk a lot about the ‘gilded age’ of Victoriana and this house certainly fits the bill. The staircase is a work of art, the period wall artwork. Nice antiques (I’d draw exception to some of the reproduction pieces) but it all integrates well. This would be 2-3 mil in any major real estate market. This would be one house I’d hate to part with.

  6. MarionMarion says: 84 comments

    The thud that you just heard was me fainting….
    This is a magnificent home, that rounded staircase alone is swoon worthy. To list everything I love about this stunning house would take days… I wouldn’t change a thing!

  7. AvatarBruce says: 9 comments

    Well I am the owner of this 23 room mansion. This had been my love and passion for the past 10 &1/2 years. Once unlivable now grand to the period . Yes I am devastated to leave, but it is time for a new lover of a piece of history. I am listed well below market value . Please contact my agent at William Ravies

    • Kelly, Old House DreamsKelly, Old House Dreams says: 10360 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      You’ve done a wonderful job with it! Good luck on selling it, it’s a gorgeous home.

    • AvatarBrandy Gray says: 3 comments

      Cmon Bruce keep the house and I’ll move into it with you lol..it’s gorgeous and has so much character, I love it. Not something I’d ever be able to afford myself but a girl can dream.

    • AvatarWilliam Walkington says: 64 comments

      You’ve done a magnificent job with this home. I can see you love it. So sorry you have to leave, but, if you’re like me, you’ll fall into a new project with gusto. May God bless you in your next endeavor.

    • AvatarCindy says: 75 comments

      Bruce, your home is above and beyond words!!!! Wish you all the best with your new love!!!!!

    • ChristieChristie says: 126 comments

      Where did you find the Austrian shades? Or did you have them made? Envious of those!

    • AvatarKaren says: 626 comments

      If GM had a plant in Lowell….You are so lucky to have gotten such a house! What a wonderful job you did, restoring it! I love everything you’ve done to decorate it too, from the window treatments to the furniture!

  8. AvatarBruce Macaulay says: 9 comments

    Thank you

  9. AvatarLORENZO says: 1 comments

    Bruce -Thanks so much for adding to the beauty of Lowell. With all of these kudos from all over I really hope you get a lot more than your asking price! It deserves a lot more. Hope you’ll stay here & put your great stamp on something else.

  10. AvatarTheresa Feeney says: 16 comments

    What don’t I love about this house! The wallpaper is beautiful, the staircase, everything is so well maintained!

  11. AvatarShannon says: 1 comments

    This home is breath taking. Words do not do it justice. The pictures are gorgeous but let me tell you, if you have an opportunity to see it in person don’t pass it up. The details put into this home is something you just don’t see anymore. You can tell that no expense was spared back in 1874 or with this current owner! I can just picture lavish parties and walking down that grand staircase in a wedding dress!

  12. Avatarmspwhite says: 3 comments

    i don’t like wallpaper… but with this house it just fits. as busy as it is it works.
    the stairs are magnificent. wish i had the money!

    • AvatarKaren says: 626 comments

      I wonder if a lot of original owners of houses like these, well, of any house back in the day, got wallpaper, just to show they had the money to do so. I like wallpaper in houses of this age and style. Provided the pattern isn’t overpowering, and this works great.

  13. AvatarBruce Macaulay says: 9 comments

    I am the home owner

    I honestly have completely fallen back I love with my dream home. Many of the decor comments made on here made a lot of sense to me. Much tie in with the kitchen has been made with richer colors, window treatments and a 11 ft floor to ceiling china cabinet . I have also started the process of changing the out side colors . Stayed toon on that one. As far as some of the wall finishes that have been commented on they are original frescos from the late 1800’s I discovered under layers of wallpaper

    • AvatarJoe Wolfenden says: 2 comments

      I did like the green color it was beforehand. Sorry to see you are moving on. I love that you have shared the house with so many people over the years. As a bnb as a event site and now as a coliving Home Kudos to you.

  14. Avatarmspwhite says: 3 comments

    Really? i thought those frescos were wall paper…. they are beautiful.
    what is the name of the blue wall paper in the sitting room??w

    what color are you thinking for the outside?

  15. AvatarBruce Macaulay says: 9 comments

    Yes the frescos are imbedded into the plaster painted by Italian artisans late 1800s . I know the hall was done in the same theme to include the ceiling but thinking may be lost and probably a bit too much. Exterior is going to be a radical change, I will post pics on my progress. Burt pumpkin is the body with autum leaves as the trim with other accents . I also am gilding many of the details . I have spent 12 years up keeping the last owners color scheme about time I expressed my personality which is spot on high style Victorian . Hoping you like

  16. Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 10360 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Here is a snippet of the paint scheme Bruce sent in. Oh boy, can’t wait to see the full house painted like this!!!!

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 4561 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Oh yeah. Those colors are RICH! How about that English basement! Would love to see more of THAT too. This house is just too RAD!

      • AvatarMyUnclesHouse says: 2 comments

        Hey! My uncle owned that house when these pictures were taken. He was very mindful to keep the decor as true to the period when it was built as possible. He did a stellar job, of course.

        The basement was very dark as I remember and unfinished. It was a doctor’s practice at one point and there was tons of antique medical equipment but I do not believe the basement has been refinished as of yet.

  17. AvatarKaty Schwiebert (Katy Reid) says: 2 comments

    Uncle Bruce I love seeing all the spectacular work you do on this home. I have many fond memories there and seeing it change and improve makes my heart happy. I hope all is going well and that you continue to do incredible work.

  18. AvatarBruce Macaulay says: 9 comments

    It’s wonderful encouragement like this that keeps me going strong. I am living my restoration dream and plan to continue to creat great memories . Thank you Katie

  19. Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 10360 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Updated pics! Thanks to Bruce for sharing, the paint job is amazing!

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 4561 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Wowski! Gorge. Puts my scraping and painting efforts this summer to shame! Really love the palate; and the gilt effects on the decorative elements are LUXXXXXE. Nice.

  20. Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 10360 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Back on the market, new paint job! I kept the old comments above so some are from when this was posted in 2014. Moved to front page.

    The exterior colors chosen, hands down my favorite exterior paint choices ever.

    If you’d like to see the before exterior:

    • AvatarRhea K. says: 1 comments

      The shade of green is absolutely perfect, an absolutely astonishing improvement from the golden brownish color. What an awesome example of Victoriana. The staircase is breathtaking, uou can almost visualize uourself descending it slowly in uour Victorian dress. I love, love, love that home; the kind of home you walk into & feel instantly like you belong. I absolutely love the homes from this time period.

    • AvatarKaren says: 626 comments

      Oh yeah. I like what Bruce did with it much better!

  21. AvatarDianna says: 20 comments


  22. AvatarMW says: 727 comments

    Wow! Impressive inside and out, to say the least. Price seems beyond reasonable for such size and quality. At least compared to CA prices anyway.

  23. Avatarddbacker says: 384 comments

    These are not the paint colors I would have chosen, which is why you shouldn’t let me choose paint colors. These are perfect, inside and out.

  24. AvatarAnne M. says: 559 comments

    Really just a stunning house – and that butler’s pantry is all that & more!

  25. AvatarMonChiChiPox says: 229 comments

    If I ever fall down a staircase I hope it looks like this one. I can go out in style. This house is over the top. In a very good way.

  26. AvatarRandy C says: 422 comments

    Oh, my dear God. I am truly speechless…there is just so much to love in this home. Bruce, my most heartfelt congratulations to you for your efforts, expense and wonderful taste in restoring this property. I have no idea why you would be parting with it and it’s none of my business, but if I had a fraction of what it would cost to maintain and live in, I’d be there in a heartbeat. Just stunning.

  27. Avatarken says: 55 comments


  28. AvatarJeff Myers says: 78 comments

    Wow. $650 K is probably about 25% of replacement cost for this house!

    • AvatarRandy C says: 422 comments

      Actually, this house couldn’t be replaced. They don’t make the details, fixtures, etc. like this anymore. Unfortunately, we OHD’rs are living in the wrong era I’m afraid.

  29. AvatarDebbie Kirsh says: 1 comments

    Wow the house is awesome. I love everything about it especially all of the frescos. Amazing the colors are wonderful. Stunning work! What is the town like?

  30. AvatarLinda R says: 236 comments

    The chandeliers take my breath away. And the frescos. In Boulder, CO you get a 3 bed 1960’s ranch house for this price. Of course it is 65 degrees today, probably a bit chillier in Lowell, so there is that.

  31. AvatarWendy says: 54 comments

    I just had a stairgasm….

  32. AvatarZann says: 532 comments

    I can’t compliment this house or the gentleman that restored her enough. I think most of us are likely blown away right now. “Beautiful” doesn’t cut it.

  33. AvatarDanielle Jensen says: 2 comments

    Beautifully appointed!!

  34. AvatarPAUL says: 3 comments

    May I make a comment on how uniformly intelligent ALL of the people commenting are. I am in complete awe of your appreciation for these homes and your intelligence. Truly, may I absorb a handful of your knowledge! I am so impressed daily by the remarks made.

  35. JimHJimH says: 4208 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Just fabulous – thanks Bruce!

    Good luck with selling the place. You’ve set a very high bar for the new owner to improve on the overall look and decor.

  36. AvatarEva Garcia says: 5 comments

    Do not sell this magnificent home. You will regret it the rest of your life. Looks like a castle.

  37. AvatarClayton Fulkerson says: 56 comments

    Bruce should be paid to stay there. I can think of no better custodian.

  38. AvatarBruce's New Assistant says: 14 comments

    I call shotgun on being Bruce’s personal assistant for his next project! People retire to here, in sunny warm Florida, Mr. Bruce! I scrolled through this beauty at a snail’s pace. Each photo offered so much to see. I love, love, love the color choice outside! That staircase is what everyone dreams of, the butler pantry, the trim/crown moldings, that d/r floor, transom windows, decor…Oh, the list just goes on and on to ..infinity. Bring it south Bruce, I can’t wait to start my new “job”.

  39. PhillipPhillip says: 183 comments
    1910 Tudor/craftsman mix

    Amazing restoration inside and out. Just a total work of art.

  40. AvatarTeri says: 84 comments

    Speechless! Absolutely beautiful! The outside color change turned an ugly duckling into a Swan! Oh to have lived in that time period. I missed my chance by a hundred years.

  41. AvatarLadyhart says: 15 comments

    Standing and applauding. Wowza, Bruce! The place is fab (that stairway! that butler’s pantry!), and the updated exterior paint job is simply perfect. Your hard work will be appreciated by old home lovers for years to come. Bravo!

  42. AvatarMary H. Dunton says: 29 comments

    Wow! This is one of the most beautiful houses I have ever seen on this site. I love everything about it.

  43. AvatarDavid F. says: 30 comments

    I want to know the story of the house next to it. There are so many similarities, it had to have a tie in to this house.

  44. AvatarTina Blalock says: 6 comments

    This wonderful, amazing mansion is beyond description. It embodies all one could dream of in a gilded age beauty , and much more.
    Bruce, the love and respect and passion for your beautiful home and all the loving improvements you’ve made shines through as if your spirit and love is abound in it.
    I wish with all my heart my husband and I coukd be the next caretakers and protector of this architectural piece of Art!! It has all we are looking for and then some . If it were only iN THE South East😟. We currently live in North
    Florida and are looking in the Carolinas, Tennessee, Georgia. Trying to stay a few hours from kids and young grandchildren. It’s so hard to find something of this caliber in the south. There are great Southern Greek Revivals,
    Plantation homes, Georgian revivals. All gorgeous…. just not heart stopping as your gem.
    Best of luck ! May the new owners love it as you have! And may your future endeavors bring you joy!

  45. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4718 comments

    As others have commented, this fine period home is wonderful in almost every way. I like the newer paint colors selection. The c. 1876 Watts-Sherman house in Newport, RI, is widely recognized as the first Queen Anne style house built in the U.S.. The architect was the renowned Henry H. Richardson. Assuming the 1874 construction date is correct, I see characteristic Queen Anne details in the cantilevered turret and upper “candle snuffer” dormer with an ornamental balustrade. Was this part of a slightly later update? Also, the stained glass panels in the entry door look to be 1880’s versions rather than from 1874. In the mid-1870’s, much of the stained glass was painted and fused like Church windows. In no way do any of these apparent later stylistic updates detract from this mansion grade home but I was curious to learn if some later updates occurred? Is the architect known? I truly believe Bruce when he says he feels devastated having to put this dream Victorian on the market-I think most of us would feel the same way. I can only hope one of our Old House Dreamers becomes the next lucky owner.

    • CharlestonJohnCharlestonJohn says: 849 comments

      I seem to remember reading this home was originally built in the Stick style and likely remodeled sometime in the 1880’s to include the Queen Anne elements. Regardless, the exterior is stunning, and the paint scheme perfect.

      • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4718 comments

        Thanks, Charleston John! An 1880’s update would dovetail nicely with its current appearance. The exterior is indeed stunning and one of my all-time favorites here.

    • AvatarBecky says: 5 comments

      I agree that it appears that there were some “updates” done perhaps in the later 1800’s. My 1st clue was the staircase, the inlaid floor border runs under the staircase rather than around it. The staircase is gorgeous, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t believe it to be original. The house is beautiful and beautifully decorated and kept up. Just lovely.

  46. AvatarColleen J says: 1260 comments

    Jaw dropping!! Everything! Pantry unbelievably rich! Need to win a lottery And inquire about furnishings too. Wow worth every penny!

  47. AvatarCarolyn E. says: 73 comments

    Dear Uncle Bruce, this is your long lost niece Carolyn E. Just wanted you to know how much I love the “family home,” and as such, am willing to move right in to keep this magnificent gem in the family. I promise to do you proud!

  48. AvatarBruce macaulay says: 9 comments

    You have know idea how much your words of encouragement mean to me . The color change actually came from you guys last time I was on the market. The color was drab now the house really shines. I am still in love with this home soon to be featured in Victorian Homes magazine. I feel my work is now complete, time for a new prodject where I can save another home. Again thank you

  49. Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 10360 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Two before photos from Bruce:

  50. AvatarKat says: 6 comments

    GORGEOUS! Thank you for sharing and brightening my day.

  51. Avatarstellabella says: 9 comments

    Bruce ! I’m Australian and I appreciate the craftsmanship , the unpainted timber is my favourite component of these beautiful homes and I believe that they should saved , as they also represent the forest that we’re bountiful at the time ! You don’t neglect and destroy . Besides I see them as big carbon sticks ( I hope ) Bruce I love your choice of colours! Pat yourself on the back , and that’s just the exterior. The interior one word Bruce gobsmacked.

  52. AvatarJanet Vodder says: 122 comments

    Outstanding restoration job on a spectacular house. And I am so in love with that one bed!

  53. AvatarLynn says: 69 comments

    I just received my new copy of Victorian Homes and this is the featured house! It shows this house all decorated for Christmas and let me tell you the spread is fantastic! I am so awed by how Bruce restored this mansion. You must get the magazine and read and see for yourself. Just awesome! I love the Boston area and ooh if I was able to, I would buy this home in a heartbeat!

  54. TimothyTimothy says: 154 comments

    This home is beyond amazing! While I have no idea of home prices in Lowell I do know that in where I live (Peoria, IL) this house would be considered a bargain and would already be snapped up by a lucky buyer.

  55. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10360 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    New agent and outstanding new photos, updated and moved to front page.

  56. AvatarSerene says: 1 comments

    Yes please!

  57. AvatarMW says: 727 comments

    Were those giant houses to the rear of this house and the similar house next door the carriage houses for each? If they were, they were/are giant houses in themselves.

    Hard to believe this house has not sold yet. Looks outstanding and obviously there has been a phenomenal amount for work put into it to get it back to this condition. If I had any reason to relocate to the area, I’d definitely consider it. I love big in-town houses, my favorite.

  58. GypsyGypsy says: 137 comments

    Love at first sight! Everything is perfect. I’m so glad to see beautiful floors with no carpet.

  59. Avatarkdar says: 83 comments

    I usually don’t get excited about window treatments… but my God!!!

  60. AvatarWendy S says: 8 comments

    I think this is the most amazing house I have seen in a long, long time. It has truly been loved!

  61. MichaelMichael says: 1309 comments

    I have asked Santa for this house! Many thanks to the owner for sharing this house and the incredible care he has taken in restoring the house! His work is certainly appreciated by us here!

  62. AvatarBob Dwyer says: 2 comments

    Bruce–Bless you for all you’ve done to preserve this piece of American history! Now, if I could only afford this beautiful, beautiful home….

  63. AvatarEric says: 314 comments

    Oh WOW what an absolute stunner! I like the exterior but would have never expected the interior to be so much more sumptuous and elegant. The extravagantly thick crown mouldings the rich fabrics and soft yet vibrant color palette is one of the best finished interiors I’ve seen in quite a long time. Well done, to the owners!

  64. AvatarKarenZ says: 976 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Bruce, this house literally took my breath away! The colors that you code for the exterior are exquisite and really make this beauty shine. Oh, how I wish that I could move in there!

  65. AvatarAaron says: 2 comments

    You say it couldn’t be lived in when you first purchased the house. Do you have any pictures of it before you fixed it up?

  66. AvatarAmy P. says: 219 comments

    Stunning…I am in love!

  67. Avatarbecky says: 80 comments

    If there is a heaven, then this is a huge slice of it! I can count on one hand the homes I have seen that have been this magnificent! If this were in California, depending on which part of the state, it could EASILY go for $5mil or more! At the price offered for this gorgeous home, I consider it a steal! I truly hope the one who purchases this home love it and take the care Bruce has done. I would pay just to get a tour of this place! For his sake, I hope the new owners show the love and respect it deserves. I have gone over the pics many times since seeing this post and each time I see more beautiful areas and things! What eye candy!

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