Friday, March 21, 2014

Colonial Revival Harwich Port house for $1

Another home that is being offered for $1, but must be moved, has recently come to my attention.  This 1937 home is a quintessential pre world war II, colonial revival.  It is located at 52 Pleasant St., Harwich Port, MA.  Looking at its charming front facade, I can just hear Patty Page crooning "Old Cape Cod".

5 bay colonial revival cape cod cottage with 3 bedrooms 1 1/2 baths

Picture this home with a rose trellis, window boxes and a curl of smoke rising from its chimney - it really couldn't get any sweeter!  The home has original 12 over 12 windows, wide horizontal board wainscoting, 6 panel solid wood doors, period brass hardware, built ins and wood floors.  It needs a complete restoration but has very good bones.

25 Colonial Way,  a Harwich Port
Royal Barry Wills designed home,
sold last April
This colonial revival style was popularized by renowned architect Royal Barry Wills whose name is synonymous with Cape Cod houses.  The Royal Barry Wills architectural firm, run by Wills' son, still exists.  I have not been able to confirm whether this home was designed by Royal Barry Wills, though there are surviving examples of his work in this area.  Just last April, another Harwich Port Royal Barry Wills cape sold for $344,900.  That house, dating to 1949, was also in very original, but unrestored condition.  If 25 Pleasant is not a Wills design, its style was certainly influenced by his work.

Illustration from "Houses for Homemakers" by Royal Barry Wills
Illustration from "Houses for Homemakers" by Royal Barry Wills

Illustration from "Houses for Homemakers" by Royal Barry Wills

The home may also have been designed by another well respected local architect of the time, John Barnard.  His designs of the 1930's evoked a similar sentimental yearning for earlier times.

fluted pilaster entry surround with
 6 panel solid wood door

6 panel solid wood interior doors
Colonial revival style fireplace mantel
Dining room built in cupboard
typical of the era
built in storage under the eaves with original brass hardware
built in cupboard under eaves in bedroom
glass doorknobs with brass
 escutcheon plates
brass hardware on entry door

If you have interest in saving this home, please contact me:

The owners would like the home moved by the end of May but are willing to work with a prospective buyer on timing.  Please act quickly or this treasure will be gone.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Mid 18th Century house needs new home!

The Thomas Clark house, which has been described as one Belmont, MA's most historic and architecturally intact houses, will be dismantled and is looking for a new home.

This center entrance Georgian style home had the misfortune of being located on land that was worth more to the developer than the house.  It was threatened with demolition when, thanks to the efforts of the Belmont Historical Commission, the Architectural Heritage Foundation and private citizens, it was moved to a temporary location.

The house was built in 1760 by Farmer Thomas Clark to house the workers who helped on the farm.  When his own house burned down, the Clark family moved in to this house and made additions.

As you can see in the photos, it retains much of its original architectural details, wide plank floors, 9 over six windows, doors and raised field paneling surrounding the chimneys.  This home is a jewel that still faces extinction unless a new home can be found for it.

If you might be interested, please send me an email:

Please help spread the word to save this important home!