Nelson Daniels House – Circa 1908
You may remember this house in its “all white” phase. Back on the Victorian Home Tour in teal blue, and under new ownership is the 1908 Queen Anne-style house with classical revival elements that was built for Nelson A. Daniels, Vice President of Jordan Hardware Company. Friends of Bill and Becky McEnery encouraged them to see this house two years ago when it was listed for sale (even though the McEnerys had no plans to move), and they decided to accept the “invitation to move to the neighborhood” after one tour of this beautifully restored home.
If you have visited this home in the past, you’ll want to see how recent construction, custom cabinetry and a bold color palette have further enhanced this gem. One of the four bedrooms has become a master bathroom and walk-in closet that the ladies will covet! Previous exterior improvements blended flawlessly into the architectural design of the unusual palladian windows (which face west and south on the 3rd story), and the rebuilt chimney with its interesting details. The concrete 10’ wide steps lead up to the front porch, which was extended around the right side of the house and connects to a marvelous deck accessed from the dining room by French doors. The concrete steps are duplicated here, leading to the newly expanded parking/patio area designed with paving stones. It’s absolutely stunning! (How many driveways deserve that description?)
The living room has two large archways: one from the foyer, the other into the airy dining room. A unique 18-paned window tops a large glass built-in étagère. The unusual fireplace is entirely brick with carved nut-like molded forms below the mantel & braid-type molding above the curved opening. Be sure to observe the canvas ceiling in the living and dining rooms and the original glass in the windows. Wall colors were selected from traditional Victorian hues, and Bill McEnery created false-panel moldings that add a touch of elegance to the dining room. Beautifully preserved wood floors throughout the house provide an interesting counterpoint to the bold colors of the rugs, furniture, and window coverings. The double moldings on the tops of the door casings are noteworthy details.
The stylish kitchen, designed by previous owner Joan Slowik, melds perfectly with the century old features found elsewhere. The woodwork, moldings and classic cabinets, some of which are glassed, are reminiscent of a more gracious era. A stunning large antique window with palladian detail provides a wonderful view of the spacious rear yard where Becky has expanded the gardens.
The upstairs rooms are all large, square, and cheerful. One serves as the guestroom/office while another room is for watching TV. In the master bedroom, new cherry cabinets replace an outdated built-in and offer an abundance of storage. This room’s closet was doubled in size by combining it with that of the adjacent room when a second full bathroom was created. It’s this bathroom that makes the trip up the stairs worthwhile! The granite-tiled shower and vanity, along with refurbished original moldings, balance modern convenience with Victorian in Becky’s spa-like retreat. And the modern closet design, complete with fold-down ironing board, shoe and sweater cubbies, and damask storage boxes are a sight to see.
Locals may remember this house as the decades-old home of T. A. Callaghan, legendary Windham High School coach of baseball, basketball, & football. The McEnerys hope to enjoy modern living in their Victorian home for decades to come.