Center chimney Colonials, a New England treasure!

Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties Licensed in Connecticut

Center Chimney ColonialCenter chimney Colonials, a New England treasure! I saw the most amazing chimney in the basement of a home today, I actually went back to my car, got my camera and had to take pictures of this. This is an old New England center chimney Colonial, built in 1786. It is a very impressive size at over 2,500 square feet, although when you see the size of the chimney in the basement you can understand that the house would have to be big to house this monster! Center chimney Colonials were the first really distinctive style homes in New England.

I love antiques, and this one is certainly a home that someone could sink their teeth into. The house has 4 fireplaces that I can see. 3 downstairs and one smaller one upstairs. (I didn't get a picture of the upstairs one though.) I was wondering if there were more upstairs that have been walled over, I can't tell. The largest fireplace still has the beehive oven, I couldn't resist sticking my head inside and getting a shot off! The real treat? In the attic (which is amazing, I am going back to shoot more photos, the beams are awesome!) there is a smokehouse attached to the chimney! Plus another attic above the attic.

Of course, like any self respecting New England antique center chimney Colonial there are beautiful hand hewn beams all over and wonderful chestnut floors. I was drooling even though the house needs quite a bit of work.

As this was a working farm for years there are all sorts of old barns and buildings which gave me many photo opps. I will be going back when spring is here to get more photos for myself. There was an buggy parked out back, all I needed was a horse and I would have been all set! Across the street was the spring house which feeds water to the house. The water was crystal clear, it really is amazing.

I did a bit of research on the old center chimney Colonials, the funky staircases were very typical as they wrapped tightly around the chimneys. This one is no different. I was told that the banister and newel posts are believed to be original. I don't know about that, but it is pretty cool. The windows and doors were known as "bays", and you could tell if someone was prosperous by the amount of bays. As time went on it became the norm to have 5 "bays", 2 windows on each side and a front door.  Center chimney Colonials are very symmetrical, the rooms up and down mirrored each other, called 2 over 2.

There really is something quite special about a New England antique, I hope that this one finds someone who understands and appreciates its beauty and brings it back to the gem it must have been at one time. This one is on the market in Roxbury, CT for 1.3 million dollars, sits on 19 acres of pasture and wooded area. A real Connecticut beauty. I was pleasantly surprised by the lure of this wonderful center chimney Colonial I visited today!

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Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Real Estate Cafe LLC - Bend, OR
Curator of Happy Endings

Wow, now that is a real treat!  Nice that you got a sneak peak and a picture at the same time :)

Mar 04, 2010 02:06 PM #1
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

Andrea, That is very cool!  I love antiques but we don't have antique houses here.  In our area an old house was built in 1960.

Mar 04, 2010 02:29 PM #2
Sheldon Neal
Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited - Maywood, NJ
That British Agent Bergen County NJ

Nice research Andrea ! And great photos :o)

Mar 04, 2010 02:58 PM #3
William Johnson
RE/MAX Associates - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE

Hi Andrea,

I just wrote you a very long response about the house I grew up in. I forgot to make a copy of the comment because every time I write comment these days, it says " There was a problem saving your comment: Comment can't be blank and then the comment disappears. Frankly I am losing my patience in the endeavor with all the proxy errors and now this new form of error that causes the comment to disappear. I guess my patience is wearing thin, but know that I did try to leave you something worthwhile as a worthwhile comment. ( I made a copy of this comment before posting as this is happening continuously)

PS. Pardon the rant.

Mar 04, 2010 03:30 PM #5
Liz Moras Migic
Chilliwack, BC
Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor

1780's wow - that's just too amazing and some interesting research you done!

And William I'm with you on that one!

Mar 04, 2010 03:40 PM #6
San Antonio Texas New Homes for Sale - San Antonio, TX

Hi Andrea,


  What a nice property ...Good luck !

Mar 04, 2010 05:45 PM #7
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Andrea, that is cool, thanks for the research!  What a massive chimney and gorgeos construction!


Mar 04, 2010 07:37 PM #8
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

How neat!!! Great research. I like to inspect older historical houses. If the walls could talk... 

Helping you help others live their American dream...

Mar 04, 2010 08:08 PM #9
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Melinda, it was such fun for me!

Marchel, oh, how horrible for you! I go gaga for antiques. This is in an estate, and my dear friend has it listed, she understands my love and had no problem with me taking those photos. I met one of the heirs of the estate who asked me for some photos, I will put them together for him when I am done. It was such a treat.

Shel, I was so fascinated by the chimney in the cellar, it was jaw dropping! Thank you!

William, I am so sorry. I have not encountered that issue, but issues abound here lately. AR needs to go to the doctor!

Liz, isn't it awesome?

Robert, the luck is not mine to have, a friend has it listed. But a cool house indeed, isn't it?

Tony, just makes you stop and go wow!

Michael, I am sure these walls will talk when the house is renovated!

Mar 04, 2010 09:45 PM #10
Caren Wallace
Premier Property Group LLC - Tualatin, OR
Portland Caren Real Estate

Andrea, what an interesting post about the history of your architecture! The pictorial was cool, I loved the bright blue barn!!

Mar 04, 2010 09:56 PM #11
James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

Great pictures. I love and hate inspecting houses like that one. I love to see the old antique architecture, but hate having to write the report. LOL I have never seen a chimney structure like the one in that basement. Very interesting.

Mar 04, 2010 11:36 PM #12
Debi Boucher
Real Estate Showcase Photography - Woodland Park, CO
"Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours

Andrea - This post was extremely interesting, and well done! Your photos are excellent,too! I really enjoyed learning about 'center chimneys', coming from the west, I knew nothing about it!


Mar 05, 2010 01:47 AM #13
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Caren, thank you! I love the barns there, it was painted blue years ago because there was a Blue Seal Feed Store there at the farm. Caused such a stir in town when it was done, LOL. Now it is a local landmark and treasure!

Jim, are you conflicted? Aren't they interesting, I would just love to attend the inspections on this house, and of course to be there when work was being done. They should find all sorts of interesting things in those walls!

Debi, thank you so much. I love these old homes, can you tell?

Mar 05, 2010 02:21 AM #14
Marlene Hoffman - Naples Beach Condos
Downing-Frye Realty, Inc. - Naples, FL

Andrea, what a great photo opportunity for you!  I'll bet you are anxious to go back.  Your story was interesting too as I know nothing about center chimney colonials. 

Mar 05, 2010 02:38 AM #15
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

I'm glad you went back to get your camera, Andrea. We don't see much before the 1980's here in Las Vegas!

Mar 05, 2010 12:47 PM #16
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Marlene, I am anxious to go back, this is a very interesting home. It should be a real showpiece when it is restored.

John, LOL, I would be sad. I really love antiques. Glad you enjoyed the show!

Mar 05, 2010 09:03 PM #17
JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

That's awesome Andrea and you got some great pictures. I love old homes and antiques.

Mar 06, 2010 12:59 PM #18
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

The charm that exists in those old structures would be nearly impossible to duplicate, they are so unique.  I love the shade of blue on that one structure!

Mar 06, 2010 01:40 PM #19
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

JL, thank you, and as you can tell I love them too!

Myrl, when that was first painted it created such an uproar in the little town it is in, but now, it is a landmark and whoever buys it will not be looked on kindly if they change it, LOL.

Mar 06, 2010 09:36 PM #20
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