1894 Queen Anne in Binghamton, NY

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3 Chestnut St, Binghamton, NY 13905

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  • $185,900
  • 5 Bed
  • 3 Bath
  • 4212 Sq Ft
  • 0.16 Ac.
A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO OWN AN AMAZING HISTORIC BINGHAMTON HOME FROM THE 1890'S! This high style Queen Anne home designed by Lacey and Bartoo, Architects. Original construction began in 1894. It is known as the Brown-McLean House and has been owned by the McLean family since 1920. Many original features, woodwork, barn, stained glass windows. Covered front porch and an unbelievable finished attic
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Suzanne Krause, Howard Hanna
(607) 760-3366
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13 Comments on 1894 Queen Anne in Binghamton, NY

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11910 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Sorry, I try to keep from posting more than one home in the same state in a day but it’s so hard when there’s been some incredible NY properties on the market this week.

  2. Old House dreamerOld House dreamer says: 77 comments
    Millington, IL

    Who else besides me would want this just for the stain glass alone !!!

    • Randy CRandy C says: 426 comments
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      2015 Reverse Ranch 1/2
      Olathe, KS

      That would be me! As well the beautiful floors and (mostly) unpainted and very nice woodwork. Love the wainscotting and the built-in in the dining room. Very nice home.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6764 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      The attic space is equally motivating for me. The shared, Shingle Style balcony out onto the generous upper deck of the porch is rad as well. I’d have plants all over up there and lay out and get some sun in the summertime. It’s not the fanciest house; but I find these and other factors like the nice big spaces throughout; also the woodwork, plaster, floors, exterior, etc. all seem to be in great condition – for the price! Heheheh.

  3. BethHBethH says: 234 comments
    1999 Dutchess County, NY

    So the ladder in the attic is just up to a skylight? I don’t see anything higher projecting from the roofline.

    Those staircase windows… oh man. Just breathtaking. I’ve had absolutely no experience with stained glass – would they require work (re-leading?) or anything in a house of this age?

    This is another one that I could see us moving into – it would put my now 10th grader so much closer to a lot of upstate universities in two years! And the little side benefit is that I would get a gorgeous house into the deal!

  4. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5358 comments
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    1897 Queen Anne Colonial
    Cadiz, OH

    Architect (custom) designed homes often have more architectural “drama” than builder spec homes of the same period. I think this house may have had some minor stylistic interior changes after 1900. That unremarkable square unadorned newel post is at odds with the lavish stained glass landing windows and fancy turned balusters. I imagine that originally the house was a riot of colors and patterns inside instead of the sedate stark white walls. Perhaps since this was owned by one family since the 1920’s some earlier photos would provide clues of the original interior.
    As for protecting the stained glass, I do not see any sags in the lead matrix. That said, it would not hurt to have an antique art glass restoration professional take a look at them to make sure any minor condition issues are taken care of before they become major. Although I personally like to see stained glass windows at night from outside the house, some choose to protect them from the elements by putting storm windows in front of them. Just don’t use plexiglass as it quickly becomes brittle and opaque. I think its quite possible the plain Colonial Columns were replacements for original ornamental posts possibly with added fancy Victorian millwork. Surely in a town the size of Binghamton, early photos could be located in local history resources. Then again, if I were not too fussy about restoring original details, the current configuration would work fine. I think this was a well lived in and well loved home for the families calling it home since 1894.

  5. Wow!

    I would be terrified to mow the lawn. With my luck, a rock would be launched through one of those windows.

  6. JimHJimH says: 5114 comments
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    As mentioned, the house was designed by the partnership of Elfred Bartoo and Sanford Lacey, prominent local architects who had been junior partners with Isaac G. Perry, the unofficial state architect of New York. Together, these men designed many prominent buildings in Binghamton and elsewhere for a period of 50+ years.

    Not all of their work has fared as well:

    The house was built by carpenter Charles H. Monell for himself, wife Hattie Gillespie and their 3 children, who lived there about 30 years. Department store executive Charles Mossman McLean bought the house around 1920.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6764 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      At least the opera is still standing and has a chance. A very similar example in my town was torn down in favor of a city hall parking lot in the 80’s.

  7. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5358 comments
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    1897 Queen Anne Colonial
    Cadiz, OH

    Jim, it’s sad to see the Stone Opera house in such peril. I know there was a similar situation in Woodbury, NJ, and the novel solution was to rehab the 1880 G.G. Green Opera house as senior housing as well as retail uses: https://www.njfuture.org/smart-growth-101/smart-growth-awards/2014-smart-growth-award-winners/gg-green/https://www.njfuture.org/smart-growth-101/smart-growth-awards/2014-smart-growth-award-winners/gg-green/ Binghamton still has a fair number of Victorian era architectural gems. I can only hope its Opera house gets a reprieve while there is still time to save it. I sometimes think that water (infiltration) has destroyed more historic structures than fires.

  8. pamibachpamibach says: 116 comments

    Wow! nice home in a nice section of town

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