1858 – Leominster, MA

Added to OHD on 1/20/20   -   Last OHD Update: 11/26/20   -   17 Comments
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127 Merriam Ave, Leominster, MA 01453

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  • $244,900
  • 6 Bed
  • 3.5 Bath
  • 5276 Sq Ft
6 bedroom Antique in need of updates and minor repair with lots of potential. No changes to P&S / addendum to be signed within 48hrs of acceptance. No changes to P&S / addendum to be signed within 48hrs of acceptance..Buyer and/or agent to verify property information.
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Dennis Oliveira, JDS Realty Group
(781) 331-3160
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17 Comments on 1858 – Leominster, MA

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12399 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I’m staring at the roof trying to decide if the roof design is a straight mansard or plain old hipped roof. If it were steeper with a clearer curb I’d say mansard. The back section has some details that are slightly different than the main front part so I’m not sure if that’s original or an imitation addition.

    Looking at the street view notice the quatrefoils in the top of the arched windows. Neat!

  2. MJGMJG says: 2520 comments
    OHD Supporter


    I’m thinking maybe the front part and hip roof were added in the 1870s?? Thoughts? Front porch was definitely enclosed during the 20th century. I also wonder if the tower had a roof on it.
    I would love to see more pictures of this place. It’s pretty incredible.

    • JimHJimH says: 5526 comments
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      That’s right – got it wrong above. The steep roofs on the front and tower were added before 1880, with the mansard on the rear addition. (Turning the old photo helps!)

  3. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5630 comments
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    1897 Queen Anne Colonial
    Cadiz, OH

    Most of what I see here inside looks 1870-ish. The style is what I consider as “Modern Gothic” or reform Gothic that peaked in the 1870’s. I suspect there was a mansard roof over the towered section in the middle at one time. The front porch was likely open originally. Price suggests that this is a desirable location. The metal USPS mailbox at the corner of the property looks ancient in streetview.

  4. Buck's DaughterBuck's Daughter says: 147 comments
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    Truly an interesting home, the surrounding neighborhood looks like there might be several rentals, but all-in-all looks to be a pleasant neighborhood. It does appear to be a nice solid home with most original features intact, including the exterior detail above windows and what appears to be a balcony/porch on the 3rd floor, and registers/radiators. Love the countertops, cabinets, and under-mount sink, in the kitchen; very nice. Only thing I might change would be to remove the wallpaper. This is truly a home that could be easily restored to its glory days and can you imagine this home in the fall; gorgeous.

  5. MichaelMichael says: 3166 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    You can see just a glimpse of the staircase in picture #9 through the doorway. I’m not sure why they wouldn’t include this in the pictures. The house has a hip roof on the front part with a mansard on the later addition on the back. The dormers in the attic are exceptional. I would rethink the last addition on the rear of the house. (You can see it on the street view if you go down the side street.) Thank you, Jim, for finding us the historic picture link! It shows what a stunning house this was in it’s day!

  6. Does anyone know what the original paint colors are?

  7. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5630 comments
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    1897 Queen Anne Colonial
    Cadiz, OH

    There are a couple of ways to determine original period paint colors. First would be a scientific approach of obtaining paint layer slices from various areas of a house. The best areas are those protected from the elements like under eaves, under porch roofs, and other sheltered areas. A microscopic analysis of the layers will reveal various paint colors used over the years. Usually the bottom layer that was applied directly to the wood was a primer followed by finish coats.
    A second approach would be to look at period paint books and see what was popular during the period of relevance to the house. Until the post Civil War era, ready mixed and tinted paints were largely unavailable. Skilled painters had to mix their paints on-site themselves beginning with oxidized white lead powder, added linseed oil, a dryer additive to lessen the drying time, and pigment(s) in the proper ratio for the desired paint color. Extra care had to be taken if additional quantities of paint were needed to match colors so where large surfaces awaited the paint brush the paint was mixed in barrels so the color would match and not require a second or third batch to be mixed.

    By the 1870’s, factory mixed paints were available and color results were more consistent. That decade also coincided with the use of polychromed or multi colored paint schemes for houses. To help select the best combinations of colors, paint companies published colored house illustrations showing colors and their placement on the house. Here’s a couple of catalogs available from Internet Archive: (free read and download) Seeley Brothers-1885; https://archive.org/details/seeleybrothersma00seel/page/n4/mode/2up (house examples are from the 1870’s and early 1880’s) and John Lucas paints (1898) https://archive.org/details/PracticalSuggestionsOnExteriorDecoration A house built in 1858 would have probably used a simple white or stone color popular for Greek Revival and early Gothic Revival homes but post Civil War would have changed to a two, three, or even a four color palette. By the 1880’s the complex Queen Anne style homes were popular and some examples had a dozen or more paint colors. By the end of the 19th century, simpler trends in architecture led to fewer colors being used. After 1910, white was again very popular both as trim and body color.

    A very useful reference book for choosing Victorian era colors is Victorian Exterior Decoration by Roger Moss and his spouse, Gail Caskey-Winkler. It has been around in several printings since the 1980’s so that used copies are now quite inexpensive wherever used books are sold. If all else fails, there are several color consultants like James Martin of The Color People http://www.colorpeople.com/ consultants who will for a fee create a custom color palette for your home based on the criteria you choose. The heyday of the Painted Ladies phenomenon was in the 1980’s when several consultants received regional and national acclaim for their artistically painted Victorian era houses. Their careers were well documented in the Painted Ladies series of books.


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