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Location: Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Intrigued by our map of extravagant mansions and estates of Gilded Age industrialists? Well, here's one that one could rather reasonably own for just over $500,000. Designed by Richard Upjohn, architect of New York City's Trinity Church and a founder of the American Institute of Architects (as well as its inaugural president), the 1884 Victorian showpiece was originally built for industrialist George Fay.
After his daughter donated the home in 1910, the 7,543-square-foot building was reborn as a private social club that only closed in June 2015. That's why there are wide open spaces on the upper floors and a commercial-grade kitchen, which would need to be reconfigured for complete residential use. What hasn't changed and probably shouldn't are the beautiful original woodwork, mantels, and stained glass found all over the building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1978.
∙ 658 Main St [Realtor]
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