Step into the era of Queen Victoria when you enter this “Victorian Cottage” as it was called on the original building plans in 1895. This is just one of the four outstanding homes on this year’s 29th Annual Home Tour sponsored by Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice on Wednesday, July 13 from 10:00 to 4:00.
Tickets for the tour are $40 and can be purchased at Black’s Gift and Paper Store, after June 13th, located at 8 South Main Street, Wolfeboro. An optional luncheon ticket is also available. This year’s luncheon will be held at O Bistro at The Lake View Inn from 11:30 to 1:30. The price of the lunch ticket is $15.00.
In the 121 years since this lovely home was built, two separate additions have been added to its grandeur. In 1980, a four-story addition to the back of the home created an art studio on the lower level, a music room above that and a master bedroom on the second floor. The current owners expanded the house further by constructing a large, beautiful kitchen/sunroom above a new ground floor garage. When the old side porch was taken down, much of it was repurposed to add a new rear entry and back stairway leading from the music room down to a new brick patio and expansive backyard. A newly installed dumb waiter enables the owners to transport groceries and heavy packages from the lower level garage to the kitchen.
There is period furniture mixed in with the new on all three floors of the home. The many original Victorian mantels found throughout contain the classical elements of the time such as pilasters, columns and classical moldings. The mantle and surround in the music room was hand carved by an artist in 1893 whose name appears on the back of the mantle. Also located in this room is an 1885 Steinway baby grand piano which has been lovingly restored after serving as a leather-covered piano in a bar!
Other features in this seven-bedroom home include the original butler’s pantry and the 1895 lighting fixtures in the front parlor, the library and the dining room. The remodeled bedrooms and bath on the top floor were originally built as servant’s quarters.
House Tour committee members will once again be selling Dine Around raffle tickets on Saturdays leading up to the tour as well as on the day of the tour. Look for them at one of the following locations: Black’s Paper and Gift Store, Harvest Market or Hunter’s Shop n Save. For more information call 569-2729.