1859 Phoenix Victorian has been a project for its owner

by Kathleen Poliquin

The pale pink Victorian at 508 Main St., Phoenix, could be a movie set with its semi-circular drive, tall wrought iron fence with two double gates and a gazebo. The setting has, on occasion, attracted wedding photographers and their subjects.

James Thompson, who bought the property five years ago, hopes it will now attract a buyer. He is offering it for $200,000.

“I bought this house because it was a project and I like to work on a lot of projects,” Thompson said. “The people who owned the house before tried to modernize it … but I like to bring things back to the old days when things were made of wood, not chip board.”

Thompson, who decorated and furnished the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home to showcase his collections and artistic bent, which both lean toward gothic, said the front wall of the living room was caving in when he bought the house. He fixed the wall and rebuilt the wood-burning fireplace front, hearth and mantel with reclaimed remnants of mahogany and a slab of black marble he found at a monument company.

The 10-foot-high living room ceiling has a tin perimeter edged with wood molding. A crystal chandelier hangs from its center medallion. In one wall, Thompson installed a back-lit, gothic stained glass window, reclaimed from a church in Hamilton.

to be continued

from blog.syracuse.com