1856 Second Empire – Newburgh, NY – $639,000

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Added to OHD on 1/29/19   -   Last OHD Update: 2/9/19   -   42 Comments
317 Grand St, Newburgh, NY 12550

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One of Newburgh's most significant mansions in the Historic District! Rare offering of an impressive Second Empire mansion that has been largely preserved in original condition. The exterior has the original mansard roof, belt course and eyebrow window heads with the only addition being an extension of the majestic columned front porch and glazed winter verandah on the 2nd floor. The interior has most of the original woodwork, magnificent carved wooden and marble fireplaces, intricate cornices, Morrocan inspired encaustic tile and Tiffany stained glass windows. Very simply, they don't build them like this anymore! Currently a 4 family, this magnificent example of Grand Victorian architecture has the potential to be adapted to many different uses with the appropriate variance or to remain as a stately family residence. Once the home of one of Newburgh's most prominent and respected businessmen, a railroad mogul twice elected as our Mayor, later a State Senator. Photos by Ann Stratton.
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Rosemary Lee, Apple2Orange Realty
(845) 213-4095
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42 Comments on 1856 Second Empire – Newburgh, NY – $639,000

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 9829 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Article from last year: link.

  2. AvatarRon G says: 162 comments

    I have never seen a lounging area incorporated into a stairway like this. I’m speechless.

  3. AvatarGlenn says: 3 comments

    Awesome home but the taxes are a staggering $16K+ per annum. I don’t understand why NY taxes are so high. I have a restored Victorian triplex revenue property of similar value in Montreal, QC (that you could bike from to downtown Mtl. in 10-15mins) and the property taxes are about $5000. What’s the story with NY???

    • Avatarlady-bug02att-net says: 9 comments
      1946 Cape
      Norwalk, CT

      Social programs are a part of the reason for such high taxes. Add to that, infrastructure maintenance. New York’s bridges and tunnels, not to mention the streets, get quite a workout and I don’t mean only the five boroughs. Upstate NY has much to offer too. It’s a wonderful place to live and work overall but it is expensive. BTW, this home is awesome.

      • AvatarKaren says: 579 comments

        Yeah, our taxes are high, but I do believe we have much better social programs than other states I’ve lived in. We do have a more extensive infrastructure than other states, and, as a previous poster said, that takes more money to maintain. Our education system here is also, overall, very much better than that of other states I’ve lived in also, and that certainly takes more money. My only gripe about N.Y., is that, we have Niagara Falls here in Niagara County, and a powerful power plant that makes electricity off the rivers current. And that energy goes to NYC, while we pay extremely high energy rates here in Western NY.
        So. This house. I could easily live here! Just a few redecoration changes, but boy, do I love this place! I only wish there more photos of the kitchen.

      • AvatarKathryn Bell says: 23 comments

        Thank you. I’ve wondered about the taxes but this makes sense. There are so many beautiful old houses in NY and at very reasonable prices. Yes! New York has glorious countryside and great people.

    • Ed FerrisEd Ferris says: 308 comments

      As a rental property, which is what the listing says it is now, the tax in Indiana would be 2%, or $14K at the asking price. There is also the probability that it was assessed when prices were higher — although Newburgh seems to be outside the NYC price warp.
      I didn’t see any signs of four kitchens for the four apartments. I wonder if the entry is shared?

    • AvatarDennis Baird says: 10 comments

      How much time do you have?

    • AvatarLanie says: 1 comments

      Public school teachers in New York State are among the highest paid in the US. I’m okay with that.

  4. AvatarMichael Ulrich says: 2 comments

    All-time winner. Hurray

    • AvatarBethany otto says: 2519 comments
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      Escondido, CA

      I agree; this fulfills every one of my fantasies, especially if it has unmentioned servant’s bells, speaking tubes, and a dumbwaiter. If it doesn’t, don’t tell me,let me live my fantasy . . .

  5. AvatarEllis says: 7 comments

    OMG this house is amazing!!! But the cherub made me chuckle….

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  8. AvatarA Davis says: 30 comments

    I love 2nd Empire, brick, woodwork, fireplaces and dormers. Great piece of work.

  9. AvatarDeniseLynn says: 225 comments

    What a gorgeous home, especially the entrance hall. I’m in love with the chandelier in the cream colored bedroom.

  10. RosewaterRosewater says: 4341 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Did this house look familiar to anyone else? It must have been someone’s share a while back last year. It looked instantly familiar to me. I clipped the image with the white marble mantle and the gilt mirror above reflecting the magnificent Gothic plasterwork when I first saw it, and have marveled over it every time I’m in that folder. Those few original decorative features are over the moon: not that the 50 years later, embarrassment of riches, top-shelf, decorative embellishments and architectural changes aren’t very fine indeed; but they certainly changed the character of the house, apart from said space which was gratefully preserved. Gorgeous mantle; gorgeous frame; gorgeous plasterwork; and gorgeous image, meant I had to have it. Jim was this one of yours?

    If I could only edit out that damn mini-fridge! Heheheh. 😉

  11. AvatarDeborah W Mann says: 166 comments

    Dang! This house is gorgeous!!

  12. Cathy F.Cathy F. says: 1827 comments

    I think I may’ve been in this house several years ago while on a Newburgh Historical Society house tour – they hold an open house tour each December. Because… I remember the entry hall’s raised fp & seating area. If it wasn’t this house, then Newburgh has two houses with this unusual & very cool feature!

  13. AvatarLori says: 12 comments

    I am in love! This place is absolute perfection.

  14. AvatarMaggie says: 10 comments

    WOW!!! I LOVE the whole entry area, and everything!

  15. AvatarAnnalise Fiebiger says: 29 comments

    This house is an incredible work of art! However, the taxes would steer me away.

  16. AvatarKrysta says: 16 comments

    Please pardon my wide-eyed ignorance, but would that be considered a drawing room? A grand parlor? Is a grand parlor a thing?? It’s a parlor but seems to be much grander than a regular ol’ parlor, elevated and everything! I’ve never seen anything like it. That one room made the whole house a winner in my book. Wowza.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 4341 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      It’s actually just a really, really, really, fancy “landing”; believe it or not. We’ve seen a few from time to time over the years. They are an aspect of the “great hall” fad popular at the time of the big re-do; and never were really used much, for much of anything – remarkably. Learn about that and MUCH more by diving into the rabbit hole of old house knowledge which is/was “Big Old Houses”:
      http://bigoldhouses.blogspot.com/ John Foreman, the author, has moved on to the great beyond, so no comments or replies are possible there btw.

      Maybe the term you’re looking for as opposed to “grande parlor” would likely correspond with “withdrawing room”, or drawing room; usually the finest, and mostly frilliest of a fine home’s public rooms. The drawing room was almost always the province of ladies, who would “withdraw” there from the dining room after the meal was served. Gentlemen would remain and have cigars and male conversation; or in even grander houses, withdraw to “smoking rooms”, billiards rooms, or libraries for talk of business, shooting, sport, etc.. Less grand houses usually had a front and back parlor. The front parlor was for public entertaining, and often called the “formal” parlor. The back parlor was mostly for the family exclusively.

      Right. Cheers! Hope that helps. 🙂

  17. MichaelMichael says: 1224 comments

    So many stunning things about this house, starting with the staircase and landing. What a magnificent space.

  18. AvatarJamie says: 6 comments

    Holy staircase! ❤️

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  20. JimHJimH says: 4024 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Fantastic house! An updated Second Empire without all its original fittings is disappointing for a purist, but this one atones by having some spectacular late Victorian woodwork.

    Built for lumber dealer David Moore (1813-1877), the house was owned by bank president James M. Wentz around 1900, possibly the owner who remodeled the house at that time.

  21. AvatarDianeEG says: 478 comments
    OHD Supporter


    If romantic novels are your thing: Visitors came calling and would be put in the staircase landing area to wait for the arrival of the owners. It was the era where women called in the mornings, businessmen in the afternoon and suiters in the evening. The entry was designed to show the visitors, while they waited, just how wealthy and cultured the owners were. A suitor would see the young daughter come down the stairs, a vision in current fashion. All the while the hired staff worked behind the scenes taking hats and umbrellas, dressing the misses, cleaning and food prep probably stationed in the basement. The top floor being the bedrooms of in-house staff. AND they lived happily ever after. Until someone put in two rooms of dropped ceilings but then I’m just being picky. May be one of the few homes I’ve seen on here where I actually wished I had $700k and change to work it back to it’s single owner magic. But the fairy tale continues in my mind.

    • AvatarKrysta says: 16 comments

      You are right on – I keep having visions of different romantic scenes scroll through my head looking at the staircase landing area and staircase, envisioning ladies in beautiful embroidered gowns floating down each step. Keep the fairy tale alive, dropped ceilings or not!!!

  22. AvatarPeggy Sullivan says: 39 comments

    Hummm….train to PennStation 1 1/2 hr/ to Albany 3 hrs… By car about the same…that constitutes a bedroom community if you need to be in Manhattan..I grew up sliding down a bannister like that…..love it!!!

  23. AvatarKeith Sanders says: 87 comments

    C’est magnifique! We’ve been delivered to the days of daguerreotypes. Indubitably incredible, right down to the three spindle sisters on that splendid staircase. Breathtaking beauty!

  24. AvatarKarenR says: 35 comments

    Be still my beating heart.

  25. AvatarElaine says: 9 comments

    Feels like your stepping back in time. Beautiful!

  26. AvatarStacy says: 116 comments

    That woodwork!! Pretty phenomenal home I think!! Beautuful!!

  27. Avatarzoomey says: 482 comments

    What a beautiful, beautiful house!! That dining room! The stained glass window in the bathroom! The stairway! Those beautiful windows in the servants quarters! I love every single thing about this house! If only I could pick it up and move it to a warm climate. Breathtakingly beautiful house.

  28. AvatarChrisICU says: 527 comments

    Please let the new owner like unpainted woodwork…Please let the new owner like unpainted woodwork…Please let the new owner like unpainted woodwork…(genuflectIng)

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