The lot was sold by Anthony Furness, a stone mason who lived on Jay Street in a stone house around the corner from 603 Franklin, to Charles Shepard in 1868 for $1,400. The house was then built for Customs Collector Charles Shepard (1810-1875), a Vermont native, his wife Laura Swift Ripley Shepard (1820-1899), and their five surviving children, Julia, Charlotte, George, Laura, and Elizabeth. Son Charles, a 2nd lieutenant in the 106 Regiment NYV, was killed at age 21 at Cold Harbor during the Civil War and never lived here. Custom Collectors made a good income in those days, enabling Charles to construct this formidable brick home for his remaining large family.
After Charles passed in 1875, Laura lived in the large home with two daughters, her sister-in-law and a servant. Daughters Julia and Charlotte never married and inherited the house, taking in lodgers to help with expenses. Sometime after 1920, the house was sold.
Priced below Assessment. Take a look at this stately brick beauty. With a little love and updating, this home for sale can be the envy of the neighborhood. This house has over 2,600 square feet of space, massive rooms, very high ceilings, large pocket doors, gorgeous natural woodwork, Original chandeliers, and hardwood floors throughout. It has a formal entryway with a winding staircase. The kitchen is very large with lots of room to be an eat in kitchen if you desire. The dining room has an original chandelier, and a door to the back porch. The dining room could also double as a second living room. The living room also has an original chandelier, and can be closed off with the large pocket doors. The den can also be a first floor bedroom, or home office. There is also a full bathroom downstairs right off the kitchen.
Going upstairs there are four huge bedrooms and all have large closets. There is a nice size space between the two front bedrooms that would make a nice reading or computer area. Rounding out the rooms on the second floor is the full bathroom. A nice perk is the second floor covered porch that’s got plenty of room for outdoor furniture. The bonus is the full walk up attic. This space is massive, wide open area that can be storage, a play room, or a rec area.
The house sits on a nice sized corner lot with a 2 stall garage. Call today to see this home.