1850 Greek Revival – New Kingston, NY

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5090 County Highway 6, New Kingston, NY 12459

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  • $249,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 2172 Sq Ft
  • 1.3 Ac.
Situated in the very center of the charming Hamlet of New Kingston this Greek Revival beauty built in 1850 has been in the same family for generations. Ideally & conveniently located between Margaretville & Bovina this hamlet home has the added advantage of sitting on a large 1.30 acre parcel with long range back views. The house is a 2 story, gable-roofed frame building with a decorative, recessed center entrance flanked by sidelights with fluted Doric columns that evoke a bygone era. The house retains Greek Revival style cornice corner pilasters matching those on the center front on all four corners. Inside the Main floor has good flow with spacious, bright rooms including a big eat-in Kitchen and a separate Dining room, Living room & Parlor. Also on the main floor is a large Pantry / Laundry Room & full Bath. The 2nd floor has 4 Bedrooms and a full Bathroom with tub. All original woodwork & floors throughout. Forced Oil Heat with a recent furnace keeps it cosy during the Catskills winters. A covered back porch takes advantage of the lovely views and with more than an acre of land gardening opportunities abound. There is a full basement with a laid stone foundation & Bilko doors. As per the New Kingston Valley Historic Resources Survey (2003): This property is individually eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion C as a highly intact & representative example of its type. Residential structures dating from the late 19th century line the street opposite. A rustic barn has previously been used as a 2 car garage and a separate small workshop is nearby. Check out this rare property with so much potential. Catskill Village Living at it's Best!
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Laura Krukowski, Catskill Dream Team
(917) 399-3243
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37 Comments on 1850 Greek Revival – New Kingston, NY

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  1. natira121natira121 says: 730 comments
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    1877 Vernacular
    Columbia River Gorge, WA

    I REALLY like the way this house looks from the front. Is it indeed considered Greek Revival?

    I wish there were more pictures!

  2. Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 1046 comments
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    This is one of the most handsome Greek Revival facades I’ve ever seen. The full-height pilasters flanking the slightly recessed entry (and tripartite window above) really reinforce the feeling of a Greek temple. Just beautiful.

  3. JimHJimH says: 5265 comments
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    The house was built for Isaac Birdsall (1823-1900) merchant, farmer, postmaster and part-time preacher, who was a key figure in the development of New Kingston village in the mid-1800’s. The house is said to have been built from a published design though none has been identified. The house is nicely preserved and the property retains a wonderful early barn.
    The Swart & Birdsall store was established next door in 1848. A school, church and other homes and businesses followed and New Kingston appeared on maps by 1856. Birdsall became postmaster and distributed the mail from his store, and also sold insurance. The Faulkners took over the store in the late 1800’s and eventually the house, which is still owned in the family. The store was later expanded and remains the post office to this day.

    Now, store with house at left:


  4. RosewaterRosewater says: 7156 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Can someone recommend a good biography, or source of info, about the Livingston family? I find myself wondering just how much land they had back then. I know their holdings were various, and not singly held, being possessed by different members of the family; but just giving away five thousand acres is impressive even at that level. Thank’s in advance.

  5. DianeEGDianeEG says: 561 comments
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    1896 Farmhouse W/Swedish roots
    Rural, IL

    JimH – Wanted to thank you for the research and history lessons you share with us. Were you a teacher and/or historian at one time? You never get bogged down in the “I’d do this or that” or “petty sillyness”; just kind, balanced and patient instruction. Thanks.

    • JimHJimH says: 5265 comments
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      Thanks Diane! I was never a teacher but I have been reading about history and old houses for a long time. And I do say what I would do with some houses although I agree those comments can get tiresome, probably mine included.

    • Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 1046 comments
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      While we all appreciate the expertise that so many capable commenters provide here, let’s keep in mind that this site is called Old House Dreams… it’s seriously OK for the comments reflect the dreams of others. Especially now.

  6. ErnieErnie says: 323 comments

    Love the front. I would change the exterior color……I don’t like when everything is the same color. I think it hides details that should be emphasized. I would also put the shutters back up. Would have liked to have seen the upstairs landing, the windows.

  7. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12143 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Agent replaced with new interior photos showing more of the home than the old ones. Updated, moved to the front page.

    • JimHJimH says: 5265 comments
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      Thank you! I love the interior, a nice combination of early preserved elements with later but not very recent updates. It’s perfect for a weekender (or a full-timer), and it doesn’t need a new kitchen! (I hate when a rural house is updated by city folks to look like a condo or Brooklyn loft!)

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7156 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Yeah, thanks’ Kelly. This is just such a wonderful house. Great kitchen. Great everything; down to the somewhat faded, chalky green front door.

      Leaving that fab. bottle collection was genius! Often, subconsciously, that’s just the sort of thing which might tip someone’s emotional scale toward a sale.

      Such a treat to see it again; and more to see every time. Choice.

      • Barbara VBarbara V says: 1199 comments
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        1800 cottage
        Upstate, NY

        Absolutely, Jay! And the area is just wonderful. I keep checking back on this one and am amazed that it remains on the market… Just a bit beyond my meagre budget, unfortunately.

  8. MichaelMichael says: 2853 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    I love those floors!

  9. Real estate agents can be such unintentional comics. The house is in New Kingston, which I’ve never heard of, and “Ideally & conveniently located between Margaretville & Bovina,” which I’ve also never heard of. Margaretville has only 600 people and Bovina has fewer than that. They are not ideal or convenient.
    The town sign says that people got settled in New Kingston in 1855 after the British burned their town of Kingston in 1777.
    Where were they during the 78 years in between?

  10. BradGBradG says: 45 comments
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    1847 Georgian
    Melbourne, Australia,

    What an absolute stunner!

    Agree with Architectural Observer it’s one of the best Greek Revival facades I’ve seen too, and with Jim’s research that it was built from a pattern book…the sort of entry detailing you would expect to see in a wealthy city at the time and even more interesting that it’s in a rural area.

    So much original fabric and millwork and the design of the newel post and balustrading is quite unique.

    Seriously beautiful house.

  11. davemessdavemess says: 6 comments
    1850 Colonial
    Brookfield, CT

    I don’t see a chimney. I”m assuming this house had one (likely central based on the age and covered fireplaces), that was removed at some point?

    • Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 1046 comments
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      The fireplaces you see aren’t “covered”; they were built this way on purpose. Note that the original wood floors show no sign of hearths in front of these decorative mantels. By 1850 it is likely that the house was entirely heated with a few cast iron wood stoves and not reliant upon fireplaces for heat. These would still require a chimney stack, but it would have been smaller than earlier chimneys. The chimney seen at the back of the house is not original. I agree that the original chimney was likely centrally located (some of it even may still remain).

    • PreservationMattersPreservationMatters says: 97 comments
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      1720 Saltbox>>Greek Revival
      Windham, CT

      Dave, given the build date, it is possible this home was originally heated with stoves, and not a central chimney. Stoves, or even an early central heating system would have been touted as the latest heating innovation. In Windham, CT, a furnace salesman came through town, in the 1860’s (according to local historians)and was successful at convincing several homeowners to switch. As a result, central chimneys were removed and replaced with central halls and grand staircases. One of my neighbors still has the hearthstones in her floors – but no fireplaces.

  12. PuristaPurista says: 177 comments

    Regarding previous comments, first thing I noticed was what wasn’t there: chimneys. There could have been fireplaces, Franklin stoves, or wood stoves. Regardless, there would have been chimneys. House looks strange without them.

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