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Another U-Move-It One Dollar House: the Middleboro Massachusetts 1876 Otis Briggs House

briggs-house1The owners of the historic Otis Briggs House are looking for a buyer to purchase and relocate the house. The Victorian Eastlake-style house stands behind Steve’s Sports Den at 145 Centre Street in downtown Middleboro, Massachusetts and is on the proposed site of a new mixed use commercial and apartment building. The developer of the project, Robert Saquet, manager of Egger’s Furniture Store (just down the street), is hoping to find a new home for the structure rather than demolishing it.

briggs-liveryThe house is named for Otis Briggs, a prominent and successful horse dealer and stable keeper who built the house in 1876. Briggs ran his business out of stables on the same property as the house and lived here until his death in 1911. Briggs’ business slowed down with the advent of the automobile and Briggs took down the stables in 1907.

briggshouseaerial3The 2 1/2 story house retains many original architectural details common to many upper middle class houses in the late 19th-century. The wide front porch has the original bracketed wooden arch work with pendant finials and the broad overhanging eaves feature unique Eastlake-style double brackets. The original front double doors with their large glass panes and original letter drop remain. The interior features a main staircase with turned balusters and a solid walnut newell post and railings, and functioning pocket doors. There is even an indoor outhouse remaining in the rear ell of the house.

briggs-house2The details in the porch and the front facade of the house can be seen from the side of the building where the house was joined to a commercial building in the 1920s. The house has been unoccupied for nearly 60 years, and most recently used for retail space and storage for Steve’s Sports Den. The house appears to be in rough condition, but Saquet describes it as “solid and structurally compact” and is confident that it would survive a move. The Middleboro Historic Commission ordered a demolition delay to create time to find a potential purchaser who would move the structure. The 18-month delay will expire in December of 2010, and if nobody steps forward to the move the house, Saquet will demolish the Briggs house to clear the way for his project.

So you have some time to plan how you’re going to move the Briggs house to your lot, but at just $1, this house may go quickly! If you’re interested, contact Robert Saquet at (508) 947-0680 or email Egger’s Furniture at eggersfurniture@yahoo.com.

1 Comment

  1. by Scott Steil, on 10.23.09 @ 1:49 AM

     

    Like to find/save a historic house in Washington State from demolition.

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