1912 Colonial Revival – Schenectady, NY

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Added to OHD on 4/1/19   -   Last OHD Update: 7/2/19   -   11 Comments

1186 Wendell Ave, Schenectady, NY 12308

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  • $159,900
  • 7 Bed
  • 3.5 Bath
  • 2826 Sq Ft
  • 0.21 Ac.
This is a great opportunity to restore this stately colonial in the Historic Ge Plot. NEEDS WORK> Beautiful untouched original woodwork through out.Formal living room and Dining Room each with FP, Family Room,Master Suite with Nursery.SOLD AS IS.
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11 Comments on 1912 Colonial Revival – Schenectady, NY

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  1. jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1128 comments
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    1947 Ranch
    OR

    Unless there’s something else major not showing in these few photos, this seems like an amazing deal. Too bad the kitchen and baths aren’t shown :/ Might very well turn into a nice family home with a bit of elbow grease.

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  2. JimHJimH says: 4924 comments
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    This home was designed by local architect Arthur G. Lindley, with its 3 identical neighbors, for contractor John McDermott (1839-1916). He built these homes for his adult children with an extra bit of quality and love.

    Schenectady Gazette – July 6, 1916
    THE LATE JOHN McDERMOTT
    The death of John McDermott removes one of the best known, most respected and, in point of residence here, oldest, citizens of Schenectady. Born in Ireland and coming here with his parents while still a lad, he grew up with the country and the city, achieving a place in the community as one of its leading citizens.
    To Mr. McDermott’s credit as a contractor and builder are some of the finest and best known structures in the city. They will remain for many years, a testimonial to his ability and his integrity, constituting an enduring monument.
    Active in business matters, in politics and in the affairs of his church, he will be greatly missed. His death is that of one of Schenectady’s foremost citizens.

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    • John says: 2 comments

      Once again, thank you, Jim, for the context. As far as obits go, that’s a nice one, and here we are, 103 years later, noting a man’s life and passing because of an enduring legacy in the form of what he’d built. To me that’s one of the greatest things about architecture that survives-it Can be the definition of its era, and a remembrance of the people who created and lived in it. Just me, but I think the built environment is a great teacher in every brick and board, as much so as the natural world- both are so incredible

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    • jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1128 comments
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      1947 Ranch
      OR

      Thanks for that JimH. Don’t you love the language of this era? “Born in Ireland and coming here with his parents while still a lad. . . ”
      And look, the writer of this obit was right, it has ‘remained for many years’. Someone will end up with a very sweet home.

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  3. peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1041 comments
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    1885 Italianate.
    MI

    Pretty from what I can see, would love to see more. There are some really beautiful homes on that street and in area.

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  4. David Sweet says: 288 comments

    Wow. A lot of goodies for a great price!

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  5. MichaelMichael says: 2131 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    Nice place and good neighborhood from what I can see. It would be nice to see a few more pictures.

  6. GardenStater says: 157 comments

    Gorgeous woodwork and built-ins. First thing I’d do is remove those two pine trees that are blocking the front of the house.

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  7. zoomey says: 500 comments

    Want to see more! I love this era, and this house is so full of beautiful details. Love the high ceilings, the unpainted woodwork, the wainscotting in the dining room (is that an original fixture?), windows, built-in cabinets, leaded glass, newel post… It will be a fabulous house when renewed.

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