House of the Week: Historic Ossining Victorian Gothic

PLUS: Furniture Sharehouse Earns Needed Funds, Brushing up on Gardening Basics and Beyond, Master Gardener 2013 Calendar and Locust Grove Decorated Mansion Tours



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House of the Week: Ossining Treasure
$1.25 million
Annual property taxes: $35,935
36 S. Highland Ave., Ossining

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The next homeowner who moves into this 1872 Victorian Gothic will not only land an amazing home, but a significant piece of history as well—a history that warrants being a featured site on the Ossining Walking Tours and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. According to the Village of Ossining historic information, the unique 5,000 square-foot 14-room house that was once a hospital and a school in its former life happens to be one of the first house in Westchester built nearly entirely from concrete by workers brought in from England who specialized in this type of construction. Known as the Squire House as a nod to its former owners Dr. Amos Osborne Squire (then chief physician of Sing Sing Prison) and daughter Evelyn Squire Culp, the historic property also became (and remains) a familiar landmark in downtown Ossining. Restored architectural details include its French-style mansard roof, walnut and oak doors and floors, arched windows (some round) and doorways, gabled windows, intricate moldings and gold-inlaid ceiling medallions, and seven gold trimmed fireplaces—each a one-of-a-kind gem of its own. “The property’s concrete construction is very unusual in the northeast,” says listing agent Nancy Kennedy. “The current owner spared no expense restoring the house to its grand self over the past 15 years, leaving all of the home’s original details intact. The rooms are oversized with extremely high ceilings and feature lots of light and extraordinary Hudson River views.” The property’s ideal location on South Highland Ave (Rte 9) within walking distance to downtown restaurants, shops, and train station also means being within earshot of traffic. But, the house has natural built-in buffering, thanks to a sturdy stone wall, circular front drive, and mature trees. For more information, contact Houlihan Lawrence listing agent Nancy Kennedy at (914) 729-4531 or visit houlihanlawrence.com.

Furniture Sharehouse Earns Needed Funds
After a relentless effort to win a $25,000 grant as part of the online contest sponsored by L’Oréal Paris in connection with the 2012 Women of Worth Awards, the daily voting has ended. Although Furniture Sharehouse (Westchester’s furniture bank) and its founder Kate Bialo, one of 10 2012 Woman of Worth honorees, didn’t walk away with the top prize, the organization didn’t leave the competition empty-handed. Each honoree’s designated organization received a $10,000 award that Furniture Sharehouse plans to put to good use—helping provide more than 30 families with the basics they need to rebuild their lives with dignity and make a house a home—a bed to sleep on, a dresser to store their belongings and a table for a family dinner. In this case, losing is also winning. For more information about Furniture Sharehouse and making monetary or furniture donations, visit furnituresharehouse.org.

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White Plains resident and writer Karen Odom has a passion for interesting architecture, especially when architecture and history collide. Her extensive experience as a real estate feature writer has led her in an around Westchester's distinctive homes uncovering the fascinating stories behind the houses, their owners, architects, and designers with awe, admiration, and more than just a little amazing curiosity.

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