1910 – Pittsfield, MA – $499,900

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Added to OHD on 3/16/19   -   Last OHD Update: 3/16/19   -   15 Comments
159 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield, MA 01201

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Gracious and elegant victorian in downtown cultural district - Close to theatre, dining and more. Step into a welcome fireplaced entry hall sitting room. Notice the unique architectural detail in the fireplace mantel, turned oak spindles and railings leading up to the stained glass masterpiece. Gleaming oak floors and distinctive woodworking open up to the light filled living room framed by the circular turret creating an elegant curved music space. Formal dining finished with exquisitely selected designer period wallpaper, moldings and beautifully detailed fireplace. Tastefully designed updated baths on each of three levels of living plus an outfitted office-exercise finished lower level with half bath and laundry. Bedroom #2-Library is a masterpiece unto itself with sold cherry trim, mantel and doors capturing the grandeur of days gone by. Updated electrical, heating and hot water.
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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 9787 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    No, those are not dropped ceilings nor does that mean they were ever lowered.

    Rosewater, I told you I was writing it down but then I misplaced my notepad! Flattened coffered ceilings?

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 4324 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Yes, “flat coffering”. Heheheh. 🙂 Nicely done. That’s a completely original feature, and really lovely. Such a fine, solid, quality home, filled with beautifully maintained oak wood work throughout: (yes – except for the front parlor, but no matter). The very nice, original built in’s in the spacious hall make for a very comfortable, usable space. Many fine, original light fixtures here are the rich icing on this enviable cake.

      • MJGMJG says: 267 comments
        1887 Queen Anne

        It all depends on what material is used in each coffer. I had ceilings just like these in several rooms of my Queen Anne as did a few of my neighbors. They are the same visually as these pictures with strips of wood. Some plain and some had a little decor to them. But what appeared to be plaster ceiling between the boards turned out to be a thick composite board material. They were not original to the house like I thought. Water damage bubbled the material up. When I ripped it down I discovered the wood boards or strips are actually hiding the seems of the large square or rectangular composite boards in every room and exposed the original plaster ceiling was under them.

        After a little research I discovered they were put in the early 20th century because the plaster ceiling had cracked under it. It was simply put over the ceiling. And though they were not a drop ceiling, they certainly were a cheaper method to cover up damaged or cracked plaster.

        Again, these may in fact be an original decorative element to this house but they certainly appear to look like the ceilings I’ve encountered that are later additions to cover damaged or falling plaster.

        I am not an expert on this type of ceiling and my research results are always coming back limited. So if anyone has any links or references to send on this ceiling type or one I’ve referenced please let me know.

  2. Karen SKaren S says: 14 comments
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    1923 Colonial
    New Rochelle, NY

    Beautiful house and beautiful use of color.

    I think that is original mounding on the ceilings, unfortunately painted turquoise in the first room downstairs. At first I also thought it was a dropped ceiling at first, but I don’t think so. I see it in the other rooms and it looks like decorative trim. It’s wood in the dining room. It will be interesting if Kelly finds out what it’s called

    Wonder what that trestle at the end of the table is for.

    This is one the best ways I have ever seen a flat screen tv positioned, sitting on a gorgeous antique chest in th bedroom with the pink/purple wallpaper. Those TVs don’t often blend in well with older homes. Nicely done here.

    • AvatarDavid Sweet says: 177 comments

      We have this same sort of flat oak ceiling trim in two of the rooms in my house, and I’m sure ours is original(1890) but I don’t know what to call it either. My wife and I always just called them “those tic tac toe ceilings”.

    • AvatarHoyt Clagwell says: 250 comments

      Trestles at both ends of the table, holding up a top that looks like it may have been part of a set with the chairs. Perhaps someone had the idea of ditching the legs and attempting a trendier look with the trestles, perhaps the original legs were damaged or lost.

  3. AvatarHoyt Clagwell says: 250 comments

    Don’t need the whole house–I could mostly make do with that entryway, the snappy grey bathroom, and that cozy third floor room with the beadboard.

    I almost didn’t click on this one because I usually find these last-gasp-of-the-Queen-Anne houses to have rather rote and generic interiors, so I was pleased to instead find an interior both stately and comfortable/commodious.

    That nook off the dining room is a bit puzzling–such a formal neoclassical arch leading to a dead-end space that’s a bit small to be useful for much of anything. Quite formal with its rigid symmetry. Too small to be a breakfast room or a proper den. Perhaps it was only ever meant to be exactly big enough to contain a rolltop desk.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 4324 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      This. Same. Glad I clicked as well: and also curious about the odd, rectangle off the DR.. My thought was that it may have originally been a family dining room, later truncated when the kitchen and service spaces were re-configured to accommodate the current space which seems decidedly overlarge to be original, (considering the standards of 1910). It could possibly be original, and having had the same purpose it seemingly has today as a separate space to contain a buffet as well as other smaller food service tables for serving large parties; sort of service a la francaise, which is not unprecedented for 1910. Not the house for me, but for some very lucky buyer who will hopefully treat it appropriately.

  4. AvatarAngie boldly going nowhere says: 21 comments

    Love this house!! Gorgeous colours, lots of windows, inspiring photography. Love the bedroom in Photo 22 with those gorgeous windows!!!

  5. GypsyGypsy says: 128 comments

    I love to see color on the outside of a house. They need a swing on that porch!

    The light fixtures seem like there wouldn’t be much output from them, except for the new kitchen. The fixtures look too small for the size of the room. I love all the natural light, but you can’t always depend on that.

  6. Avatarrkeyes says: 12 comments

    I used to live a block away from this house, on the next street over (Bartlett Ave). I’ve walked by this house many times, it’s quite a gem. This is probably the best area of Pittsfield, with lots of law offices and so forth. it’s an easy walk to the library, museum, synagogues, mosque, and churches, stores, cafes, and pubs on North Street, which is undergoing revitalization. But it’s still a quiet side street. I had no idea what it was like inside, it’s truly well kept.

  7. AvatarMelody says: 260 comments

    I like it!

    I really like that kitchen. I want a kitchen with a big, extra wide range, plus a second oven. And lots of counter space so I can have lots of cookies, pies, buns, and such all cooling or waiting to go in the oven.

    Sad that they covered over a window for the upstairs bath.

    I’d change some wallpaper and colours, but not much else.

  8. JimHJimH says: 3997 comments
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    The build date is earlier for this one – shown on maps with its tower and occupied by 1901. The first occupants were a druggist from Georgia, Philip Alexander Lowe, and his bride Alice Henrietta Cheney. They moved to another house on South Street in just a few years.

  9. AvatarKeith Sanders says: 82 comments

    This place just feels good – a lovely, loved and loving home.

  10. Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 770 comments

    I love everything about this house, both exterior and interior, love the painted trim in the dining-room.

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