1903 Shingle – Bennington, VT

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144 Union St, Bennington, VT 05201

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  • $175,000
  • 5 Bed
  • 2.5 Bath
  • 3565 Sq Ft
  • 0.14 Ac.
Steeped in family tradition and Bennington history, this property will mesmerize you! Built in 1903 by architect, William C. Bull, Maggie Lowrie House this gable-front house in transitional Shingle-Colonial Revival style is listed in the Vermont State Register of Historic Sites Urban Sites and Structures Survey. Old world details like dentil molding, leaded stained glass windows, tiled fireplaces, original fixtures, wood floors, all in great condition! Close to restaurants, library, post office and shops. Keep the office space or use as fabulous single family.
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Nancy Stagnitti, Hoisington Realty
(802) 442-8337 / (855) 300-5674
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6 Comments on 1903 Shingle – Bennington, VT

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  1. DaveDave says: 260 comments
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    1875 Queen Ann/Stick
    Des Moines, IA

    A whole lot to like here, especially the staircase. I often wish people would not paint victorian woodwork, but also understand others have differing tastes. I just know how hard it is to remove when you want to go back!

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  2. MichaelMichael says: 2674 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    I love the shingle style with it’s colonial revival details, on this house both inside and out. I wish the pictures were better quality though. It would be nice to see better colors on the exterior to highlight the details that seem to get lost.

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

    Strong Colonial Revival flavor on this house and that carries on into the interior. It’s possible that some of the woodwork was originally painted because a number of millwork catalogs from the early 1900’s offered a painted ivory and gilded finish on fretwork pieces. I see no evidence however that there were ever any fretwork pieces inside. A closer look at the exterior suggests there was more than a single color originally; there’s a diamond shape made of shingles in the front facade almost hidden by being painted the same as everything around it. This is a nice, well preserved home of the period in the Dutch Colonial style due to the Gambrel shaped gable to the side.

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  4. HopePHopeP says: 2 comments

    My husband and I just bought a house that looks exactly like this from 1904 and would love to know more information about our home. Does anyone know what the short door is for in one of the pictures? We have one just like it. Would really appreciate it if i can email some pictures of our home because we do not know where to start. Thank you so much!

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

    If the house form and design is a close match with your home, that suggests the design must have come from a published source. (plan book, magazine, or portfolio of house plans) The architect that was noted, William C. Bull, may have functioned in the capacity of “supervising architect”. That means he used plans created by another architect for construction of the house under his supervision. Alternately, perhaps he was the architect of your home as well and used the same set of plans he created for both homes. Reference is made to Vermont State Register of Historic Sites Urban Sites and Structures Survey: https://accd.vermont.gov/historic-preservation/identifying-resources/hsss Staff at the site may be able to help you to find answers to your question(s). As for where to start, follow the rule of “first, do no harm to your old house.” in simple terms, it merely means to not forget the details and features that attracted you to your house in the first place. If you alter the house and lose those features, it will be less of a house in the process. A recent book that directly addresses your question is RESTORING YOUR HISTORIC HOUSE by Scott T. Hanson. I’d recommend buying it through the bookstore under “Books” at the top of this page but I don’t find it there. (buyers through the Old House Dreams bookstore help support this site) There are many other “how to” restoration resources and sites providing restoration advice so finding answers to common old house projects shouldn’t be difficult. As to where to start…roof issues should be a priority as leaking roofs will damage any completed projects under them. Foundation and structural issues are also a priority as sags or weaknesses in the foundation or walls can cause plaster to fail and crack. Provided the roof, framing, and foundation pass inspection, the next priority should be systems: heating, air conditioning, electrical, and of course, plumbing. Last on the list would be cosmetic: painting, plaster, finishes, and such. You’re free, of course, to paint or refinish provided the items of higher priority are taken care of. Don’t refrain from hiring pros to do some of the work if it is beyond your knowledge and skill levels. Best wishes as you go forward with your old house projects.

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