1850 Greek Revival – New Kingston, NY – $264,000

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Added to OHD on 4/16/19   -   Last OHD Update: 4/16/19   -   11 Comments
5090 County Highway 6, New Kingston, NY 12459

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  • $264,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 2172 Sq Ft
  • 1.3 Ac.
Situated in the very center of the charming Hamlet of New Kingston this Greek Revival beauty built in 1850 has been in the same family for generations. Ideally & conveniently located between Margaretville & Bovina this hamlet home has the added advantage of sitting on a large 1.30 acre parcel with long range back views. The house is a 2 story, gable-roofed frame building with a decorative, recessed center entrance flanked by sidelights with fluted Doric columns that evoke a bygone era. The house retains Greek Revival style cornice corner pilasters matching those on the center front on all four corners. Inside the Main floor has good flow with spacious, bright rooms including a big eat-in Kitchen and a separate Dining room, Living room & Parlor. Also on the main floor is a large Pantry / Laundry Room & full Bath. The 2nd floor has 4 Bedrooms and a full Bathroom with tub. All original woodwork & floors throughout. Forced Oil Heat with a recent furnace keeps it cosy during the Catskills winters. A covered back porch takes advantage of the lovely views and with more than an acre of land gardening opportunities abound. There is a full basement with a laid stone foundation & Bilko doors. As per the New Kingston Valley Historic Resources Survey (2003): This property is individually eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion C as a highly intact & representative example of its type. Residential structures dating from the late 19th century line the street opposite. A rustic barn has previously been used as a 2 car garage and a separate small workshop is nearby. Check out this rare property with so much potential. Catskill Village Living at it's Best!
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Alexander Exarchos, Catskill Dream Team
(917) 399-3243
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11 Comments on 1850 Greek Revival – New Kingston, NY – $264,000

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  1. natira121natira121 says: 286 comments
    1877 Vernacular
    Columbia River Gorge, WA

    I REALLY like the way this house looks from the front. Is it indeed considered Greek Revival?

    I wish there were more pictures!

  2. Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 501 comments
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    1918 Bunkhouse
    WestOfMiddleOfNowhere, KS

    This is one of the most handsome Greek Revival facades I’ve ever seen. The full-height pilasters flanking the slightly recessed entry (and tripartite window above) really reinforce the feeling of a Greek temple. Just beautiful.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 4410 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      It is very handsome for sure.

      I find myself wondering if it might have been a more substantial structure though if the owner had not been burned out and forced to move. I don’t remember ever seeing one of this specific form before which didn’t have an upper (portico?) which was nearly a mirror of the front door and surround below; whether it was a door or just windows. This one with it’s more demure upper detail seems very unusual. That stair is such a slight little thing as well. Pretty special as is IMO.

  3. JimHJimH says: 4105 comments
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    The house was built for Isaac Birdsall (1823-1900) merchant, farmer, postmaster and part-time preacher, who was a key figure in the development of New Kingston village in the mid-1800’s. The house is said to have been built from a published design though none has been identified. The house is nicely preserved and the property retains a wonderful early barn.
    The Swart & Birdsall store was established next door in 1848. A school, church and other homes and businesses followed and New Kingston appeared on maps by 1856. Birdsall became postmaster and distributed the mail from his store, and also sold insurance. The Faulkners took over the store in the late 1800’s and eventually the house, which is still owned in the family. The store was later expanded and remains the post office to this day.

    Now, store with house at left:


  4. RosewaterRosewater says: 4410 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Can someone recommend a good biography, or source of info, about the Livingston family? I find myself wondering just how much land they had back then. I know their holdings were various, and not singly held, being possessed by different members of the family; but just giving away five thousand acres is impressive even at that level. Thank’s in advance.

  5. AvatarDianeEG says: 484 comments
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    JimH – Wanted to thank you for the research and history lessons you share with us. Were you a teacher and/or historian at one time? You never get bogged down in the “I’d do this or that” or “petty sillyness”; just kind, balanced and patient instruction. Thanks.

  6. ErnieErnie says: 214 comments

    Love the front. I would change the exterior color……I don’t like when everything is the same color. I think it hides details that should be emphasized. I would also put the shutters back up. Would have liked to have seen the upstairs landing, the windows.

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