c. 1878 – Naugatuck, CT

SOLD / Archived From 2018
Added to OHD on 12/4/18   -   Last OHD Update: 2/16/19   -   25 Comments
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Step back in time to a Bygone Era where you will find pocket doors, a fireplace in your bedroom & the charm of original woodwork & hardwood flooring! 6 bedroom Victorian with updated kitchen featuring center island and pantry. Formal living and dining rooms. Family room with gorgeous fireplace. Enjoy beautiful views from wrap around porch and balcony! Close to train, bus & schools. HUD OWNED SOLD AS IS. Financing: Cash, conventional, FHA. Please make an appointment to view this home with a Real Estate Agent or Broker of your choice.
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25 Comments on c. 1878 – Naugatuck, CT

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  1. AvatarMiaNJ says: 9 comments

    I love this house. It has so much potential. But the siding on the outside just makes me cringe! The inside is stunning; the curved corners, the woodwork, the fireplaces, all gorgeous. Needs much love, but could be a real gem.

  2. RossRoss says: 2371 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    Picture #10? On the wall, left?

    That is an annunciator!

    I am soooooooo jealous! The one in my 1894 house is long gone.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 9794 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I wondered what that was!

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 4333 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Oddly, unless can otherwise be explained, there seem to be bells, (as in the rather loud early electric buzzer sort), at ceiling level in at least three of the principal bedrooms: NO four in fact; four of the (probably) main bedrooms have them. How wild. —???

    • AvatarKaren says: 577 comments

      What is an annunciator?

        • GambacciniGambaccini says: 296 comments

          The “electric bells” for burglar and call bells for servants were more popular than people think in the late 19th century. Some assume they only came into a house when the house was electrified, but electric call bells are electrified with glass cell batteries. There are tons of articles written about them in Scientific American magazines at the time as well as sales catalogs.

          • RosewaterRosewater says: 4333 comments
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            1875 Italianate cottage
            Noblesville, IN

            Really? Burglar bells in each bedroom?! Heheheh. Imagine them all going off at once in the middle of the night! LOUD – I should say; and right above your bed! Lol.

            • GambacciniGambaccini says: 296 comments

              The bell itself is usually only located in the kitchen or servants room. Sometimes a bell was located in the basement I’ve read in some early catalogs. The push button in the bedrooms is just to call the servants. usually just looks like a doorbell.

              • RosewaterRosewater says: 4333 comments
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                1875 Italianate cottage
                Noblesville, IN

                – Yet there are all those bells in all of the main bedrooms! Heheheh. 🙂 It’s a mystery.

  3. AvatarMargaret Kuberka says: 53 comments

    I think I have flannel sheets that match that plaid wallpaper. Great house but that brass and glass fireplace screen needs to go. The green tile surround and mantle is gorgeous.

  4. AvatarMelissa says: 249 comments

    There are a TON of houses like this in Naugatuck and what can’t be found under the vinyl siding is likely available at a local architectural salvage company. It’s on the train line (change in Bridgeport for metro north) and centrally located in CT.

  5. RosewaterRosewater says: 4333 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Nice! Very nice.

  6. AvatarDavid Sweet says: 182 comments

    This is a really lovely home inside with many great features, but I wish I could have seen it before the porch was removed and the vinyl went on. Vinyl is for RECORDS, not OLD HOUSES.

  7. AvatarKaren says: 577 comments

    If they were going to put vinyl siding on-and I can see why, just for the convenience of not having to paint every few years-why did they go for boring baby blue? Why not some vinyl shingle style siding in a color that would make this house really stand out? Anyway, I love the fireplaces, the wood, that ceiling (!). The porches! It looks like inside, all you’d need to do is redecorate (plaid wallpaper? Musta been a guy’s room). I bet that back in the day, this was a real showplace. It sure could be again! Going by the aerial view, I’d love to go through each house in the neighborhood.

    • MJGMJG says: 296 comments
      1887 Queen Anne

      I was gonna mention that too that i have seen people do clapboard siding on the first floor and switch to shingle on second and third. That’s more in keeping the exterior covering if the times.
      In the end siding is not my option. Ever.

  8. AvatarMelissa Roberts says: 42 comments

    Gorgeous home, full of details and a big turret.

  9. Avatarkath says: 210 comments

    i dont care for wallpaper, give me antique white paint anyday. and siding is low maintaince , i understand why? if youve ever had to get an extension ladder, and chip old paint, then repaint, every l0? yrs, gets old quick, siding is easier

  10. AvatarGregory K. Hubbard says: 331 comments

    Vinyl siding is not the answer! In my opinion it is a terrible choice.
    In my decades in historic preservation I know of lots of examples where the artificial siding hid serious water and structural damage. One house in Kennebunkport, Maine, the ‘Samuel Stairs’ house, had been covered with artificial siding for perhaps 10-15 years to eliminate the need for painting.
    Much of the interior smelled of mold. When the artificial siding was opened, there was mold everywhere. The wood siding was so soft from a years-old minor cornice leak hidden by the artificial siding, that the contractor accidentally pushed his hand through the wood. He removed the artificial siding, let the historic siding dry for two weeks, and it recovered its strength. However, the final work required that they deal with the mold.
    There are other examples in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport, and that’s just two towns in one state, out of 50, and those are just the buildings I am aware of.
    In a further complication, an affordable installation of vinyl siding, with a practical budget, requires the covering or complete removal of most architectural detaining! The people who pay for the vinyl, or install it, are not stupid thugs. But a job that respects the architectural detaining of your house or building is very costly, and the manufacturers do not produce siding components that can be easily altered to respect the architectural ornaments.
    Furthermore, artificial siding is expensive. In most cases, an installation where the workers made an effort not to destroy the building’s design can be as expensive as a good paint job. In addition, vinyl siding looks bleached out and shabby long before. That is why the paint companies have worked with siding manufacturers to create a vinyl paint or vinyl compatible paint. Thus to keep your vinyl sided building looking good, you may well have to paint it again just like the old wooden siding.
    Replacement or vinyl siding can affect whether or not your building will qualify for National Register of Historic Places listing, and thus its qualification for federal tax credits. As a result of all this, it is possible that your new siding could impact the building’s sale price.
    Again, in my opinion, vinyl or other types of artificial siding is a bad choice.

    • MJGMJG says: 296 comments
      1887 Queen Anne

      Well said! I was about to reply to that as well. There are ways to do things and ways to not do things. The application of siding on this house is the way NOT to do things. It’s completely flattened the house of its original variegated exterior.

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