|Contact name||Suzy Yucht|
|Status||Project - needs work|
|Home area||5,592 sqft|
|Lot Area||1.7 acres|
In 1901 Frances L. Coleman and her husband, Arthur J. Holden, purchased a plot of land and house in Old Bennington, Vermont. By 1905 they had enlarged it into a nine-bedroom Shingle Style house where they raised five children. The house has been designated as part of the Old Bennington Historic District.
Virtually nothing has been changed or modernized over the years. From a historic preservation perspective, wonderful; from a restoration perspective…. It will be a big project to bring the electrical, plumbing and heating systems up to current standards. However, there are no improvements that need to be undone and the work can progress over time because the foundation, walls and floors are as solid as the day the house was built and the roof is new.
The first floor features three fireplaces, one with Persian blue inlaid tile. There’s a butler’s pantry that, in addition to all the cabinet space and a working dumbwaiter, has room for a stove and refrigerator.
The second floor has three formal bedrooms, a bathroom off the hallway and a sleeping porch. Two of the bedrooms are connected by a large bathroom. The servants’ quarters wing on the second floor has two bedrooms and a bathroom, all of which are entirely wood paneled and have doors with working transoms.
The third floor features four bedrooms, one of which has its own sink, as well as a bathroom with a marble sink. Projecting out over the two-story ell is a 3×3 bay gambrelled rooftop sun porch with sliding windows that the write-up in the historic register calls “unusual.”
On the lower level the servants’ kitchen has a rare brick-set range that almost certainly predates the 1905 addition. More are still it that it still has its copper hot water tank. There’s a laundry room with a long soapstone sink. Both rooms have old-pine wood floors and full-view windows and doors leading to the back yard. The other rooms are a servants’ pantry, a furnace room (with its own commode), a workroom, and a cold room.
The formal garden was designed by nationally-known landscape architect Rose Greely in 1934 and modified in 1934. It’s overgrown but otherwise unchanged and the pool still holds water.
There’s a large carriage house that needs some structural repairs. It has a stall for a horse and another for a motor vehicle. Much of the interior of the carriage house, like the servant’s quarters, is wood paneled. The slate roof is in good condition. Because of zoning and proximity to the lot’s boundaries, conversion to a residential auxiliary dwelling might be problematic.
Public water and sewer. Power: 100 amp service, fuses/breakers.
Additional Buildings / Amenities
- Carriage House
- Finished Basement
- Guest Cottage