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Sold- Under $100K Sunday – “The Castle” – c.1876 Second Empire/Gothic Revival in Elmira, NY Under $100K
July 18, 2021
615 Columbia St, Elmira, NY 14901. $100,000 Sold on Nov. 15, 2021 for $200,000
This amazing c.1876 Second Empire/Gothic Revival home is a contributing house in the Clinton-Columbia Historic District and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It went under contract before I could even get it posted, but it is too fabulous not to feature it anyway!
Early Family History
The mansion was built in 1876 for Lorenzo Webber (1817-1884) and his wife Jane Welch Webber. Mr. Webber climbed the ladder first by buying a farm, then dry goods, lumber, milling and tanning business. In 1867 he became part owner of the Bloss Coal Mining and railroad Company, and after that became successful in real estate and banking. He also served in the New York State Legislature for two years.
Sometime before 1898, the addition was built when Webber’s daughter Adele and her husband Stephen C. Gray lived there. Mr. Gray ran his real estate office from this address.
The house was rented out as apartments for decades until it was purchased for $157k in 2005. The current owners live elsewhere in Elmira, a charming college town, working to restore it. A new roof, heating, plumbing and electrical work has been performed, but they now need a new buyer to take over the reins. You can see more pics of “The Castle” on Architecture of Elmira, NY Facebook page.
The Castle! Truly amazing Mansard style mansion with gothic influences. This property is a whopping 41 rooms! Incredible woodwork. Multiple fireplaces. Some original light fixtures. Stunning stained glass. Massive open curved staircase. Restoration has begun. New electric service has been added. Newer rubber roof. 2 High energy efficient boilers. Some rooms have been gutted and are ready for drywall. Many rooms retain there original character. All of this on a large lot with a massive barn. Home is not currently habitable. Barn in rough condition and will not be accessible.