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1882 Victorian: Second Empire

Gray-Taylor House

Facade
Facade
Facade, showing original front porch, double entry doors, bay window on north side serving livingroom and bedroom, Mansard roof and dormers. In this view the ivy is dormant, but it greens up beautifully through the spring and summer and changes color in the fall.
Victorian home and renovated pony barn on 1 acre in award-winning historic community. This architecturally-significant property is individually listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Featured in "Victoria" magazine in 1988.
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Side elevation
Side elevation
Side elevation, showing Mansard roof, bay window, side porch and parking. Ivy is dormant and greens up beautifully in the spring and summer and changes color in the fall.
House, rear
House, rear
View of the rear of the house, showing outside access to basement, side porch, 2-story bay window serving the diningroom and master bedroom, etc.
Entry hall
Entry hall
First-story entry hall showing staircase, parquet floor, double entry doors
Entry hall 2
Entry hall 2
Front hall, looking from front door, showing stair rail, door into livingroom with transom with etched glass, parquet floors, trim, doors to coat closet and powder room at right.
Diningroom
Diningroom
Diningroom, showing bay window, cherry finishes, original paneled shutters, etc.
Parlor
Parlor
Parlor, showing chandelier, windows, French windows at right
Parlor
Parlor
Parlor, showing white marble fireplace mantle and matching hearth
Living room
Living room
Livingroom, looking into bay window and showing mantle
Kitchen
Kitchen
Eat-in kitchen, showing abundant natural light and generous cupboard and counter space
Second floor hall
Second floor hall
Hallway, second floor, showing railing, typical door and trim, hallway to servants' quarters at the rear of the house
Master bedroom
Master bedroom
Master bedroom, looking into bay window. A dressing room and bathroom are accessed directly from this room.
Bedroom
Bedroom
One of the bedrooms on second floor, also featuring a large clothes closet, book shelf, and marbelized mantle
Pony barn, facade
Pony barn, facade
Renovated pony barn with screened-in porch at left
Pony barn, side elevation
Pony barn, side elevation
North side, showing basement-level garage
Pony barn, interior
Pony barn, interior
Interior, showing open floor plan, looking from kitchen area into living room area and showing original braced framing
Pony barn, kitchen
Pony barn, kitchen
Interior of pony barn looking toward kitchen from living room area
Pony barn, porch
Pony barn, porch
Your very own tree house--the screened-in porch off the kitchen of the pony barn
Yard
Yard
This view of the fenced yard looks away from the house and shows the lush plantings which are found throughout the property.
Yard
Yard
Looking toward the house from the fenced-in and very private yard, showing the arbor vitae enclosure that is directly off the side porch.
Bedrooms 7
Full Baths 3
Half Baths 1
Heated Sq. Ft. 4,537
Stories 3
Acres 1.0

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Victorian house & renovated pony barn on 1 acre

The property is located on one acre in a highly desirable neighborhood within easy walking distance to the historic downtown, in Brookville, a safe and award-winning historic community of 4,300 which is the county seat of Jefferson County and is a true piece of nineteenth-century Americana. Brookville is approximately 1:20 northeast of Pittsburgh, 1:40 west of State College and 2:00 southeast of Erie, along I-80.

This spectacular solid brick Victorian landmark is approximately 4,500 s. f. in area, with three finished floors, up to 7 bedrooms, 3½ bathrooms, and a full basement. The first floor includes a spacious entry hall with double entry doors with etched glass, and a staircase of walnut which extends completely to the third floor and is trimmed with a walnut newel, balusters, and handrail. Also on the first floor is a parlor with a white marble mantle and French windows, a living room and dining room, both with bay windows. The dining room retains its original cherry finishes and built-in china cupboard. Also on the first floor are a powder room and a spacious kitchen with ample cabinet and cupboard space. Between the kitchen and dining room is a pantry with a built-in floor-to-ceiling cupboard and generous linen storage. A servant’s stair leads from the kitchen to the second floor. The second floor contains 4 bedrooms, with the master bedroom featuring a bay window, a connecting dressing room, and a bathroom with shower. Another full bath is located at the end of the front hall and the former servants’ quarters at the rear of the house also contain a full bath. The third floor contains a hallway opening into 2 more finished rooms, another room presently used for storage, and the laundry room.

The finest original Victorian house in a town noted for its historic architecture, the house was featured in the October, 1988 issue of “Victoria” magazine. It retains its original trim on all floors, including baseboards, original doors, and door and window molding. Most doors have transoms, some of which are of etched glass. Hardwood floors are found throughout, including elaborate parquet floors in the entry hall and parlor. The 3 principal first floor rooms retain their original cast plaster ceiling medallions, each one of a different design. The house has an original Victorian front and side porch, and dormers penetrate all sides of the Mansard roof at the third-floor level.

Also included is the former pony barn with an architect-designed interior. It measures 24’ × 36’ and is located approximately 100’ west of the main house. The interior incorporates an open-plan first floor including a powder room and a screened-in side porch off the kitchen. The second floor features 2 bedrooms, one of which connects to a full bath with shower, along with a bedroom-sized laundry room. Storage space is located in the attic, which is accessed by a pull-down stair. The basement is under the full building, is heated, and contains a garage.

The yard includes a substantial expanse of flat area along with easily mowable hillside, mature trees, and a secluded sitting area enclosed within two rows of tall arbor vitae. Parking is immediately adjacent to both buildings, accessed by a private driveway accessed from east and west.

The property has remained in the original family since it was first built and has been occupied continuously. Both the house and barn were built by a Civil War veteran who later became a local bank president. The country’s last surviving Civil War veteran, he was also instrumental in establishing a rest home for Civil War veterans and their widows.

Archived in August, 2010

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