c.1870/c.1888 – Watkins Glen, NY – $325,000

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Added to OHD on 5/10/19   -   Last OHD Update: 5/10/19   -   11 Comments
115 S Monroe St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891

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  • $325,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 3 Bath
  • 3237 Sq Ft
  • 0.35 Ac.
Great Investment Opportunity !! Ready to be right in the Heart of Watkins Glen? Look no further !! The A. F. Chapman House is a landmark and listed on National Register of Historic Houses. It is a 2 1/2-story, High Victorian/Queen Anneastyle building with a steeply pitched gable roof. It features a three-story tower with Queen Anne style details. Beautiful woodworking and detail throughout home, four fireplaces, 9 'doors, beautiful pocket doors, so much detail remains. Listed as a 4 bedroom, this could easily be 5 bedrooms with master bed/bathroom downstairs & upstairs. 5/16 Showings Start.
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(607) 257-0666
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11 Comments on c.1870/c.1888 – Watkins Glen, NY – $325,000

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10338 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    The fretwork, are those glass inserts and original? If so, why wasn’t that even more popular back in the day?

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 4549 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Good question, because WOW! That’s a first for me. Spectacular set, (no less). I’ve seen that particular sunburst motif a few times: most impressively in Logansport where John shot this amazing window: https://www.flickr.com/photos/11236515@N05/22260859759/in/album-72157659861547599/ This house has some: https://flic.kr/s/aHsk2qUgP7 I like to call it “Victorian electric”. Heheheh. Great stuff. Cant imagine how rare the glass in fretwork is. Bet John will want to share this one with his fretwork specialist friend.

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      • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4714 comments
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        1889 Eastlake Cottage
        Fort Worth, TX

        I think one of the reasons why interior fretwork became rather boring after 1900 is because by then it had become mainly an inexpensive way to liven up a decorative scheme while fretwork pieces of the kind seen in this house were truly works of art and were custom made. I think I have an idea about the possible makers of these pieces: (Cutting & Delaney, Buffalo, NY, 1889) https://archive.org/details/ourdoorswindowsh00cutt The Buffalo, NY, firm was but one of several regionally that experimented with novel fretwork designs including some which incorporated stained glass jewels in the design. A few (probably custom order only) designs were even more elaborate with stained glass roundels or cameos. After 1900, a standardized set of fretwork designs had become common with their availability being as close as the local millwork supply catalog. All of the spindles, balls, and stick pieces, by then were being mass machine produced and they were hastily assembled in factories with jigs and templates to speed up production. By 1915, fretwork was rapidly disappearing from household use along with everything else associated with the Victorian era. But for a decade or so, novel or custom fretwork designs created from the mid-1880’s to mid-1890’s elevated fretwork to an art form as seen here. The period photo is of great value as it shows this was an “artistic” house with the lavish interior treatment showing a riot of colors and patterns. The rope portieres between rooms in the period photo were also very popular from the 1870’s-1890’s. Last, yeah, I’ll share these with Paul T. who has a Moorish Fretwork page on Facebook. I love the view from the front porch as seen in streetview. The Victorians would have described it as “Picturesque”.

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  2. Avatarmbabordo says: 2 comments
    CA

    What a delightful Finger Lakes charmer! I’m betting they’ll have offers before the first showing date. The wood work, the stained glass, the fret work, the view! Do pass the smelling salts. I fear I shall faint away!

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  3. AvatarScott says: 60 comments
    1951 Grants Pass, OR

    Check out the sad second empire across the street waiting for a little love and attention.

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  4. MichaelMichael says: 1307 comments

    I love the brick exterior and those porches. The hillside location gives you great views. I have to say I haven’t seen the glass in the fretwork on a lot of other houses either. Pretty cool though!

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  5. LisaNLisaN says: 51 comments
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    1845 Greek Revival
    Ithaca, NY

    Wow!

  6. Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 464 comments
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    1980 board & batten modern

    I would enjoy living here for the vintage car racing in Sept. The parade of old cars could be seen from the house on Friday night. Nice small town right next to one of the Finger Lakes.

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  7. AvatarNathan says: 42 comments

    Holy crow! That fretwork is amazing! I love the squigly sort of starburst patterns but mostly… THOSE STAINED GLASS JEWEL INSERTS! My word. I would buy it just for the fretwork, let alone the lovely house attached to them

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  8. AvatarNathan says: 42 comments

    There should be more pictures. lots of images of details but not enough showing the full rooms

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  9. LUCINDA HOWARDLUCINDA HOWARD says: 223 comments
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    Me too on the squiggly. I love fretwork and with the glass it is even better.

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