Save This Old House: A Grand Italianate on Main Street in Hope Valley

The two-and-a-half-story home was built for a mill baron in 1869.

The late owner of 1050 Main Street in historic Hope Valley didn’t slap on vinyl siding over the weatherboard. He didn’t install Pergo over the original hardwoods. He didn’t carpet the handsome carved staircase. He did the bare minimum, and he did it carefully. For that, we are grateful.

This hip-roofed Italianate, on the market for $249,ooo, was built for William Greene, who co-owned a textile mill in town with his brother, Thomas. The brothers’ homes, which stand side-by-side on Main Street, were built in the same style and feature the same red Bavarian glass in the entryway. Thomas’s home looks to be in better condition, at least from the outside, while William’s has dulled a bit over the last 150 years.

According to the Platinum Group‘s David Mancini, the most recent owner of 1005 Main Street was a renowned motorcycle mechanic who traveled the country for work and for pleasure. When he was home, Mancini says, “He spent more time in the motorcycle shop in the back,” a carriage house with a wood-burning stove and loft area.

“He was slowly doing things over time,” Mancini says. “Quite a bit of work was done, and there’s quite a bit of work to be done.”

Mancini urges potential buyers to “bring their contractor,” as the property is offered as-is with no disclosures. Porch work, new chimney flashing and faceboard repair are the most obvious exterior projects. Despite the work, Mancini says the house, with granite caps on its foundation, is solid.

“This thing was built like a castle,” he says. “It’s remarkably straight. There’s really only one room that has signs of settling.”

One bathroom is finished and the kitchen, with custom wood cabinets, is about ten years old and requires little more than sanding and painting. The late owner also painstakingly removed paint from interior mouldings, a clear indication of how much he respected the home. His nephews, who live across the country, are handling the estate sale, which is not subject to probate approval.

“It’s worth saving,” Mancini says. “It’s got a lot of life in it. There’s a lot that’s salvageable. In the right hands, it’s going to be amazing.”

Won’t somebody please save this old house?

For more information or to schedule a showing, contact the Platinum Group’s David Mancini at 401-741-7216 or visit

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