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Victorian Homestead First Floor

In 1987, this 1874 Victorian farmhouse received a major makeover. Water damage in the ceilings was fixed, the porch was rebuilt, and all of the rooms were remodeled. A bathroom was added off the water pump room. When another family member took possession of the house in 2003, it was time for another makeover. They were able to work on restoring much of the house to its original condition.

Sound-proofing insulation was added in the ceilings, and the plaster walls and ceilings were restored. The house was originally heated by 3 fireplaces, with woodstoves on the upper story. Eventually the house was hooked up with natural gas. Today the heating and cooling are provided by a geothermal system.

The dining room mantelpiece is a replacement, as the original disappeared after the fireplaces were bricked up in the 1940s. The other two are original. The parlor mantelpiece was stripped down and a section of the original faux marbling was left as-is. The marble hearths are new. The fireplaces in the bay window room and the dining room mirror one another; the only difference is the crest over the firebox.

All the trim in the parlor, dining room, bay window room, and hallway, including the rope braid, is original, except for the crown molding and the picture rail. The dark color of the transom frames in the parlor is thought to be the original color; the lighter staining in the parlor was the style around 1890. All of the trim in the house was restored, or painted if appropriate.

The distinctive pattern on the hallway flooring had worn away with time. A conservator was able to replicate the pattern, altering it just slightly so you can see where the original was. The rest of the flooring in the house was unsalvageable, and was replaced with Brazilian cherry.

The original front door has a squeeze trigger and a mechanical twist doorbell that still work. The newel post, handrail, spindles, and stair treads in the entrance hall were also restored. The newel post has burled walnut inserts, some cherry, and an oak cap. The handrail is thought to be sycamore; the spindles alternate between walnut and oak. The treads are oak, with walnut trim.

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