1861 Gothic Revival in Auburn, NY

Added to OHD on 12/2/19   -   Last OHD Update: 5/29/20   -   67 Comments
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113 North St, Auburn, NY 13021

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  • $50,000
  • 10 Bed
  • 3 full, 2 half Bath
  • 5960 Sq Ft
  • 0.92 Ac.
Exciting opportunity for someone who loves classic brick Victorian mansions. The house was built for Auburn banker James S. Seymour in 1861. Mr. Seymour was well known for his philanthropy, having founded the Seymour Library and the Auburn City Hospital. The house was later owned by Charles A. McCarthy, founder of Dunn and McCarthy Shoes. Inside this three-story historic beauty, you'll find nearly 6,000 square feet of living space, a stunning hand-crafted curved staircase, pocket doors, hardwood floors, 4 marble fireplaces, 10 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms (3 full, 2 half), beautiful original custom woodwork and built-in cabinetry. The home is situated on nearly 1 acre of land with a 2-story carriage house. (Price Reflects Condition.) Are you a Buyer with the best plan to restore this property?
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Michael DeRosa, Michael DeRosa Exchange
(315) 406-7355
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  1. CoraCora says: 2059 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    YES! It really was for sale!

    This definitely needs to be purchased by an OHD-er…

  2. BethanyBethany says: 3496 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    This may be my all-time favorite Brickorian that’s ever been on the site. And that carriage house too! I’m impressed that such lovely photos were taken; usually a low-priced house like this isn’t considered worth the bother.

  3. BrizzzyBrizzzy says: 11 comments

    I don’t ever post, but have been an almost daily lurker since the original “Old House Dreamer” site and always enjoy reading the comments.

    THIS is the one that started me on my love for old houses, and started me scouring old house sites in search of my someday dream home. I fell madly in love with this beauty back in 2009 when it was last for sale. I was convinced it was meant to be mine. I cried when it was sold. I tried to tell myself at least it probably went to someone who would cherish it and care for it. Seeing it posted this morning hurt my heart. She looks quite a bit worse for wear, but I still long for her.

    I kept the sales brochure for all these years and still have it (if anyone’s interested in seeing it for comparison’s sake…to see what it was/could be). If I wasn’t a poor-ass millennial and had the resources to devote to reviving her (and wasn’t a newlywed whose husband might just leave me if I unilaterally bought a house 300 miles north from us), I would do it today. Not tomorrow, today. Like, hop in my car and drive. I will forever love this house so, so much.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Thank you!

      download pdf, floorplain
      download pdf, pics from 2009

    • I keep looking at this house and am so incredibly intrigued. I own an antique store and have always wanted a dream house like this with so much history and character. Seriously considering the long drive to go see this. I am interested to get more information from you if you are willing to divulge what you know! haha email me at poutforpeace@gmail.com

      • BrizzzyBrizzzy says: 11 comments

        I think it’s all pretty much posted in the links and comments above/below…unfortunately I don’t know much else. There was a little bit of additional information provided by the realtor, i.e., property condition disclosure, survey, etc. I’ll send to you but it’s all backdated to 2007 and would be wildly out of date by now. It had condition issues before, as you can see from the older photos, but the condition in the newer photos definitely seems like even more work would be required now. I really do hope that someone will buy it and love it. I’m not kidding when I say that I would do it, no matter the work involved, if I were still single.

        • AmyBeeAmyBee says: 497 comments

          Do you know when it was last occupied? It appears from the new photos someone may have begun re-converting it back to a single family. Do you know how the mechanical were back in 2007?

    • We must be mind-twins…I feel exactly the same way! The stairs, the china cabinet! The ATTIC! This is the house I would like to die in. I’ve said this before — 5 times before, the others I have restored from Vermont to Texas — but this would be a lifetime house.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6536 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Thanks’ for posting all the pix of, and info about, this rad house!

  4. SharonSharon says: 636 comments
    OHD Supporter

    2001 Contemporary
    Sedalia, MO

    That last image fosters the adventurer in me. What secrets to be found! And the old photo boasts such grandeur in those eaves and balcony. Question is how bad you want it because it’ll take some serious commitment. I hope there’s a taker out there.

  5. ScottScott says: 339 comments
    1951 Grants Pass, OR

    It looks like the roof is fairly new, doesn’t it?

    • BrizzzyBrizzzy says: 11 comments

      According to documentation (dated 2007) the realtor sent me when I was interested in the house back in 2009, the roof had been replaced “within the past 5 years”.

  6. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Reminder, don’t inspect the home via the listing photos or assume why the owners are selling. 🙂

  7. BrizzzyBrizzzy says: 11 comments

    Here are images from the Highlight Brochure back in 2009 (I cropped out the previous realtor’s information). They hint at a time when the house was even lovelier. The parlor with the Christmas tree is what grabbed me. Also the attic eaves. And it was the subject of a painting by an artist, portraying it in its Civil War-era heyday! Lincoln’s secretary of state, William Seward, lived nearby.


    Other interesting things about Auburn: Located in the Finger Lakes region, known for its wine. Site of the first execution by electric chair. And once a year, masses of crows descend upon it and inconvenience the locals for a week or two before disappearing. It’s like a lower-rent, less-publicized Salem. Perfect for a spooky chick like me. <3

  8. Barbara VBarbara V says: 933 comments
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    1800 cottage
    Upstate, NY

    I’m hoping Ross will weigh in on this one. In fact, the porch is hugely reminiscent of the Cross House, and we’ve all seen how that is turning out.

    What this beauty needs is a “Northeast Ross” – or even a group of three or four equally committed OHDers… How I’d love a glorious project like this!

    • RossRoss says: 2469 comments
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      1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
      Emporia, KS

      Hi, Barbara!

      How did I miss this TREASURE?



      I am quite besotted!

      As much as I love my 1894 house, this earlier period is more my style.

  9. GearGirlGearGirl says: 193 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Second Empire, Gothic, Tudor... Scottsdale, AZ

    This crossed my news feed elsewhere yesterday and I was wondering why it was listed as multifamily. It apparently was split into apartments.

  10. tcmchickietcmchickie says: 152 comments
    OHD Supporter


    I would seriously consider selling my soul to be 20 years younger and in better health to tackle this beauty! She’s just breathtaking!
    Thank you to the folks in this thread who have posted info and pics from the previous sale and also the article about their approach to selling this property.

  11. I’m struck by the Italianate features in this house. I’m not that familiar with Gothic design, so it may be that the two styles overlap somewhat. But EEK! the beautiful curved staircase! the fireplaces! the archways! all shout “Italianate” to me.

    And with brick, no unending marathons of house painting ahead, either. Ross can probably speak to that!

  12. JimHJimH says: 5119 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Fantastic house worthy of the very best restoration! Though basic preservation might be fairly straightforward, fully restoring the exterior with its original (probably terracotta) pinnacles and chimney pots would be wonderful. The late Victorian porch isn’t original but didn’t replace an earlier one and doesn’t detract from the façade much imo. Looks like there’s plenty to work with inside to bring back an opulent period decor if desired. A lot better than most fixers at this price for someone with the skills and resources to restore it!

  13. WendytravelsWendytravels says: 65 comments
    1850 Cotswold stone

    Oh my. That last photo– so moving and beautifully composed. I so hope someone can restore this beauty.

  14. WOW. Ok, group project. I’m ready, let’s go !!

  15. What a beauty!! This is on my short list but further north than I really want to be. Would someone please get a 203k rehab loan, get it landmarked and apply for NY state historic tax credit please!! https://parks.ny.gov/shpo/contact/

    • EdwinaEdwina says: 32 comments
      Orient, OH

      OMG!!!!! I have absolutely got to have this jewel! It has so much character and life! I love it. What a brilliant idea of sitreasure. Thank you.

  16. timhildebrandttimhildebrandt says: 100 comments
    1927 arts and crafts
    Indianapolis, IN

    what an attic, what a place. Is there an organization that gathers together the necessary funds and awards a project like this to enthusiasts?

  17. RosewaterRosewater says: 6536 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    There is no way that total roof job cost less than $50K.

    Mmmmmmwwwaaaaaa – yeah.

    Sure hope we hear more about this one in years to come!

    • PhillipPhillip says: 265 comments
      1910 Tudor/craftsman mix

      i agree, when i saw what a nice job they had done on the roof and that they had used those very expensive dimensional shingles(Carriage House) i thought that it was virtually a gift towards the restoration of the house. With a good roof over it now the damage should mostly be over, although getting that trim preserved would be top of my list

  18. MichaelMichael says: 2530 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    It’s such a sad sight to see those glorious carved barge rafters missing on the house, I’m guessing forever. The interior looks like it could be stunning but I’m guessing this one is going to take some deep pockets. At the end of the day, there is still those Mew York taxes!

  19. 67drake67drake says: 266 comments
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    1993, hey I’m still looking! Boring
    Iowa County , WI

    I’d like to get, and then frame some of those interior photos! They’re so nice they almost look staged. And I’m hardly the “artsy” type :). The lighting and shadows….

  20. MBelloniMBelloni says: 41 comments
    1860 Italianate
    Brownsburg, IN

    WOW. What a HOUSE!!

  21. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5471 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    Just when I thought the days of extreme bargains were over, up pops this faded jewel. There’s a delightful overlap of styles here…some Castellated Gothic combined with Italianate. It was not uncommon for styles to overlap and combine during the mid-19th century. Imagine this house in the Hudson River Valley? You could add another million or more to the price if it had River views. The period photo provides all of the visual information one would need for a faithful restoration. I don’t seen where a lot of modernization inside has occurred, which I consider to be a good thing. While I lean more towards the last quarter of the 19th century in my architectural preferences, I respect the era that this house represents as well as the excellent design that went into it. The roof may or may not be responsible for the visible water damage inside. It’s quite possible an inside pipe froze, then thawed, and perhaps it wasn’t discovered until a substantial amount of water was discharged throughout an upper floor.

    I do think it likely that the almost token price is based on the realization that this house could take a substantial outlay of funds for a basement to attic restoration. It’s certainly not suitable for a first time old house buyer-restorer unless they have a large trust fund available to tap in to or they are major successful entrepreneurs.

    With a careful, preservation friendly approach, this could again be the mansion it once was and could stay in a family for generations to come. The history of the home appears to be well documented as well. I can only hope the perfect buyer and this house soon meet each other. Right now, its almost a ghost of what it once was and deserves a much better fate than one leading to eventual oblivion. I sincerely hope we get a chance to hear from the home’s next owner along with good news about their intentions for this house.

  22. KatiedidKatiedid says: 6 comments
    labelle, FL

    Photos #2 & 7 look to me as if the porch was not part of the original construction. There is a set of doors on that side of the house, but the really old photos show no porch, and the new photos look like windows on that side were bricked in. I just have been fascinated with this house. One realtor wrote it was cut up into 2 apartments, but there is 4 meters in the basement.. and the prop appraisal report describes 4 units. Comparing the 2009 to now photos has helped me picture the place on the inside. The juliet balcony over the front door must have been fabulous to stand on! The right side of the door, the column that runs up to the turret would be my biggest worry, the brick work needs a mason, stat! I also wonder if the rear turret was capped as the front one was? I hope to see all her bells a whistles returned to her roofline. If only I was a trust fund baby..https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2019/12/02/1861-gothic-revival-in-auburn-ny/

  23. EdwinaEdwina says: 32 comments
    Orient, OH

    OMG!!!!! I have absolutely got to have this jewel! It has so much character and life! I love it.

  24. AmyBeeAmyBee says: 497 comments

    There’s a deadline on this house:

  25. AllisonAllison says: 32 comments

    Such a beautiful home that HAS to be restored! If I could, I would live in 1 room and restore a room at at time. I’d document everything, do research to find original photos, and start a blog showing all of the work.

  26. Hello all! I’m new to this community, but like you all I was stunned when I saw this gorgeous property. I’ve learned a lot reading your comments and reactions. I just wanted to let you know that I am going to the property TODAY to see it in person. I’ll be taking pictures and walking the property with a historical preservationist. It is my hope to move there as my primary residence and continue my career in the local school district as a teacher and artist.

    If there is something particular you want to see up close let me know! I know it’s short notice, but I’ll check injustice in case.

  27. dwr7292dwr7292 says: 446 comments
    1930 carriage house
    Bethlehem, CT

    It seems like the property has generated significant interest. Netflix star Christine McConnell has submitted an offer.


    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I love Christine, it would be amazing if she were to buy it. Not holding my breath, she seemed definite in her Instagram (or Facebook, I forgot where I read it) post that it wasn’t right for her…but maybe she’ll change her mind!

      • BrizzzyBrizzzy says: 11 comments

        It sounds like she may have changed her mind because they convinced her it could be a new TV show. She said in an interview yesterday that it’s “so creepy-looking” and “in line with my brand”:


        I saw she said in another interview that it would have to be made more secluded because it’s on a main street, which I’m assuming means she wants to put up big gates or trees or something to block it from view/access. So I’m kind of sad about that. I have always loved her work (tweeted words of rage at Netflix when they cancelled her show) and she is extremely talented so if she gets it, I’m happy from the point of view of preservation of the house. But sad that it would probably end up being blocked from view. And just from a personal “this house has been a dream of mine for 10 years” standpoint…I always felt it was the most gorgeous house I’ve ever seen and it hurts a little to hear it reduced to “creepy” and “good for my brand” when her initial reaction was that it wasn’t quite right for her.

        When I saw the house for the first time, I was homeless and in no position to do anything about it. So I’m not kidding when I say it was THE dream. (I later wrote a memoir about being homeless and it did pretty well.) I was still talking about it 10 years later. A month before it came back on the market, we had swarms of crows in Pittsburgh, and I told my husband “reminds me of Auburn and their famous crows…did I ever tell you about my dream house that I missed out on?” (I had. About a million times.)

        Right after the house was reposted for $50K, and after my first post on this thread, I ended up negotiating a large-ish raise and my husband and I even sort of spoke about whether it might be feasible to go for it…because it was THE dream, and when would the opportunity ever come up again? The house is only 5 hours north of us. I was surprised but excited to hear that he might be up for that level of adventure. But then they set up the “10 days to submit an offer” contest and it was just too fast to make anything happen. I hope whoever gets it does right by it. From a purely selfish standpoint, I’m not looking forward to watching a TV show about it (which I definitely would anyway, because…c’mon, it’s “my” house and I couldn’t help myself!)

    • BrizzzyBrizzzy says: 11 comments

      She has not submitted an offer; I follow her and almost jumped out of my seat when I saw (MY!) house show up again on my feed. She went to see it but said she decided against it, too much of a project for her at the time and also she prefers something more secluded.


      • AmyBeeAmyBee says: 497 comments

        What a shame! Christine’s rendering is wonderful! (I especially love the fence with the crenellated gateposts!) Makes me wonder what she would have done with the interior!!

  28. AmyBeeAmyBee says: 497 comments

    I thought Ms. McConnell has passed on this property (according to her Instagram post)!
    Could this just be wishful thinking???

  29. AmyBeeAmyBee says: 497 comments

    Some interesting info on the architect who designed the Seymour Mansion, John W. Vanderbosch:

  30. I so much hope this goes to someone who is going to turn it into a museum or open it to the public in some way. Then maybe I can get a job there once I finish my Museum Studies degree.

  31. MJGMJG says: 1947 comments
    OHD Supporter


    What a stunner! Sad to see the loss of gable decoration and finials on top of the roofs and tower but there is SO much to this house!

  32. RosewaterRosewater says: 6536 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Thanks’ Kelly! How exciting for that couple. I’m so glad they got it over that Netflix woman, or whatever. Perfect house for a family with 8 kids. Heheheh.

    Super exciting to see a whole new batch of good pix in that article as well! Super stoked there is a good shot of that choice gasolier. Clipped!

  33. AmyBeeAmyBee says: 497 comments

    Let me introduce you to the Seymour Mansion’s new owners:

    I wish them all every successful in this challenging endeavor!


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