1888 – Richford, VT (Palliser) – $350,000

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Added to OHD on 12/2/18   -   Last OHD Update: 12/2/18   -   25 Comments
122 River St, Richford, VT 05476

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  • $350,000
  • 7 Bed
  • 6 full, 2 half Bath
  • 5455 Sq Ft
  • 0.81 Ac.
Amazing opportunity to own this architectural marvel!! Currently used as a full time residence and Bed & Breakfast. Located in a peaceful and historic town bordering Canada. This home is within minutes of the mississquoi river, bike path, public canoe launch, playground, grocery store, NOTCH health and dental facility and much more. Looking for a new adventure that involves living in a mansion? This is your opportunity to house travelers from all around the world or keep it all for yourself and fully indulge in this one of a kinda beauty.
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Tyler Hull, Sherwood Real Estate
(802) 527-7666 / (802) 848-3836
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19 Comments on 1888 – Richford, VT (Palliser) – $350,000

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  1. AvatarGemma says: 129 comments

    What bleak weather in which to photograph such a splendid house! Love all the nooks and crannies.

  2. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4718 comments

    I believe I’m correct in stating that this was one of the largest residential designs in the Palliser Bros. house plan portfolio. The Pallisers were based in Bridgeport, CT, but sold house plans nationwide. The design is on the cover of the Dover Publications reprint of the Palliser plan book. I love the spatial arrangement of the house with its striking facade. A large .81 acre lot comes with the house. And SIX full bathrooms? Wow.

    • AvatarCharlesB says: 411 comments

      Actually, the Pallisers designed a goodly number of opulent mansions for industrialists and business tycoons, particularly in the “Brass Valley” towns in the western part of Connecticut and the textile towns in the eastern part of the state (here is one example from Waterbury set on a hilltop studded with similarly scaled Palliser houses: http://historicbuildingsct.com/?p=3822). The big houses were apparently the product of a “luxury properties division” of the firm and seldom made it into the design books.

      The Richford, VT house is a “budget quality” replica of George Palliser’s own residence, which stood on Lafayette Street in Bridgeport. George’s house had a red-brick first story trimmed with buff brick, and the interior woodwork and stained glass were far more opulent. That third-floor observation deck overlooked the mouth of Bridgeport Harbor and Long Island Sound. The place was torn down in the late-1970s to make room for a college tennis court.

      • AvatarJohn says: 78 comments

        I grew up in Waterbury when the brass mills were all still operating. This house was always a showstopper, perched on a rise and overlooking a neighborhood full of Victorian houses. If I remember correctly, the community college was next door and ended up annexing the property. Still, I also seem to recall a Jewish organization being quartered there at some point as well. Either way, it’s a great house.
        Waterbury isn’t what it used to be, I haven’t lived in Connecticut in almost 40 years, but the occasional trips back through town leave little of what I remembered still as I see it in my memory.

        • AvatarMichele P Pagan says: 75 comments

          This house is listed as being in Richford Vermont – are we talking about the same house, in the same town?

          • AvatarCharlesB says: 411 comments

            Yes–the Waterbury reference was about a ‘mother lode’ of other Palliser residences of opulent scale.

            Our Richford house here is pictured in Michael Tomlan’s introduction to ‘The Palliser’s Late Victorian Architecture’ (1978). Speaking of the book ‘Model Homes,’ he states, “The featured design on its cover, identified as Plate I, was a cottage which George Palliser was building for himself at Seaside Park, Bridgeport’s then-fashionable residential suburb. The house is no longer extant, but a copy of the design, the Boright house (1887-88) in Richford, Vermont. . ., still stands as witness to the architect’s imaginative capabilities.”

      • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4718 comments

        Charles B., I appreciate the clarification about the Palliser Bros. portfolio of designs. My reference was primarily towards published Palliser designs but I at least considered that they could have created custom designs just as other house plan sellers often did. George F. Barber, notably, offered custom designs if his clients requested them so making the Barber design attribution for his custom homes is sometimes challenging. I’ll now incorporate the information about custom Palliser designs with my somewhat limited knowledge about the firm. Thanks.

      • AvatarLisa Coté says: 1 comments

        HI Charles,
        Do you have any photos of George Palliser’s house in it’s glory? We, too have what we believe to be a Palliser home from the front cover.

        • AvatarCharlesB says: 411 comments

          I don’t. The Bridgeport History Center at the Bridgeport Public Library has one IF they can find it (it was called ‘Lafayette Hall’ and stood at 151 Lafayette Street). Other than that, the building was on the campus of the University of Bridgeport–it was torn down in 1975 or ’76–and they may have a pic in their archives.

    • Michael MackinMichael Mackin says: 1309 comments

      I have the publication your referring to. I have always admired the design and the look. It’s nice to finally see some pictures to see what I’ve admired for so long!

  3. Tommy Tommy "snow will stop that itch" Q says: 464 comments

    What is the first thing I think of when Vermont comes to mind? Snow and skeeters! ;- )

  4. AvatarLisanne Greco says: 1 comments

    And to think that I could have bought this house in 1981 when I was fresh out of high school for $62,000! But being fresh out of high school, it might as well have been a million dollars for me….it was a nursing home at the time and my friend and I knocked on the door to tell the owner how we admired the house. We ended up getting the grand tour from top to bottom and were sent on our way with a jar of home canned mustard pickles! I just love Vermont hospitality!

  5. AvatarDennis says: 18 comments

    Beautiful House. Check out the village of Richford on wikipedia and they have a snowy photo of this house at Christmastide. Less than 1-1/2 hours from Quebec.

    • AvatarAngie boldly going nowhere says: 27 comments

      Laughed uproariously whilst reading all the articles re South Canada. Brilliant stuff!!! I note the snow. I can look out my window and see snow as well. Blessed winter. With respect to the house, I quite like it especially the green doors. It’s not something one sees every day, but they don’t seem out of place at all.

  6. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10360 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
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    Posted last year, new agent and photos so updated and moved to the front page. Comments above may be older.

  7. Ed FerrisEd Ferris says: 311 comments

    Here’s a link to the planbook:
    I don’t see it in the photos, except a hint in the front view, but the tower has an outrageous cat-slide roof, in the book at least.

    • AvatarMJG says: 528 comments

      That’s the book where I recognized this house too. Though thanks to the link on the archives site! I added it to my hundreds of favorites.
      The house is immaculate!
      I’m curious why the doors are painted hunter green. Not gonna be an easy stripping 🙂

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