This Starbuck mansion, known as the “East Brick,” is an iconic Main Street home built in 1837 in the Georgian style by whaling merchant and ship owner, Joseph Starbuck, as a gift to his son William.
Recently updated and restored this is one of the most important historic homes in the country. The current owners have undertaken an historically sensitive restoration including plaster moldings and rosettes, uncovered and restored a basement fireplace, installed a new slate roof as well as restored the brick parapets. They also researched and installed wall coverings and custom drapery fabrics typical for this period. There are 6 bedroom suites, 4 with fireplaces and all with beautiful private baths. On the third floor there is a large open room plus 2 bedrooms that share a bath. The 3rd floor also provides easy access to the cupola where the Starbuck family could watch for their whale ships to return from the Pacific. The lower level is set up with a full Kitchen, Living room and 2 bedroom suites that can be used as a separate apartment, There is a wine cellar, and tasting room with a gas insert fireplace discovered during restoration, and walkout access to the rear brick patio and gardens.
Granite steps lead up to the grand entry foyer and hall with original curved staircase; To the right are double parlors with fireplaces. Beyond this is the rear family room with over sized windows overlooking the gardens, patio and large private yard. To the left of the front hall is the office where William Starbuck most likely conducted business, like all the formal rooms it has a marble fireplace and high ceilings with original plaster rosettes and moulding details. The dining room has hand painted whaling era murals painted in the 1950s. The modern chef\’s kitchen has all of the best appliances. The large island is ideal for casual family socializing. There is an additional dining area in the adjoining family room.
Large master suite with fireplace, marble master bath has fireplace, soaking tub, shower, attached sitting room with fireplace and full bath which could be a separate bedroom suite, two additional bedroom suites, both with marble baths and fireplaces. There is a unique 2nd floor loggia overlooking the lawn and gardens, which is an ideal setting for dining or relaxing.
Cathedral ceiling living /family room with wet bar and circular cast iron stairs to the roof top cupola. Natural light filters down through the glass floor of the cupola. Two bedrooms share a marble bath with shower.
Lower Level: Family/TV room, full kitchen, bedroom with bathroom. There is another bedroom with steam shower; Wine cellar, tasting room and ample storage and laundry room complete the lower level, which has direct walkout to the rear patio.
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Listing Company: Killen Real Estate