Friday, June 29, 2012

'Overloch'

 'Overloch', the John A. Burnham estate designed by Winslow, Wetherill & Bigelow c. 1907 in Wenham, Massachusetts.  Click HERE to see 'Overloch' on google earth and HERE on bing.









Photos from American Homes and Gardens, 1908.

9 comments:

The Ancient said...

Zach --

American Homes and Gardens, March 1908, page 85: "Overloch" [sic].

http://books.google.com/books?id=algiAQAAMAAJ&pg=PP8&lpg=PP8&dq=%22Wenham%22+and+%22John+A.+Burnham%22&source=bl&ots=_G_7W6AxdG&sig=R28eNGJvJypXBwHI_BxCUy5k_go&hl=en&sa=X&ei=AaftT4G7IMbu0gGM5aTwDQ&ved=0CDgQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22Wenham%22%20and%20%22John%20A.%20Burnham%22&f=true
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http://www.jbarrettrealty.com/properties/Wenham/Main-Drive/226744

(Interior views. Apart from the sunroom addition, it appears near mint.)
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http://www.gutenberg.org/files/34893/34893-h/images/ill_028.jpg

(Overloch garden, as it then was.)

Zach said...

Thanks... I don't know why I put an A in there to begin with.

Zach said...

Perhaps I was just channeling a Boston accent...

Pak ya ca in tha lach.

The Down East Dilettante said...

Actually Ancient, look again: The entrance portico has been removed and replaced by a projecting porch and second floor room.

Interesting to compare the selling price and taxes with comparable property on Long Island.

The Ancient said...

I was referring to the interiors, but you're quite right about the entrance.

Perhaps the new entrance makes more sense now that the house isn't sitting on 250+ acres. In any event, it doesn't bother me.

(After all, I am a founding member of The Anti-Portico Party.)

Glen said...

I liked the original portico better, but more disturbing is the service wing, originally two stories with a matching hip roof, is now a one story, flat roofed ell, looking rather like a little tract house stuck onto the end. Completely alters the balance of the house. The columned arbor on the back is also gone. This house needs some sensitive restoration.

The Ancient said...

http://www.suelima.com/print.asp?listingid=71073056&agentid=BB301156&a=BB301156

(Additional interior pictures. And the the price keeps falling.)

Glen said...

Thanks for the link Ancient. I beleive the original Dining Room is now the Kitchen, comparing fireplaces and wall paneling. Beautiful interior, but the curb appeal his hard to fall in love with. It also doesn't have central air according to the listing so it likely also needs some other infrastrcture updates - and someone to love it.

Jaxupra said...

I lived in that house from 1955-1965. When we bought the house, there were no pillars in front, and there was a third floor to the right end looking at the front of the house. My parents removed the two top floors of that section for three reasons. First, it was expensive to heat. Second, there had been a small fire, which rendered the third floor unlivable. Finally, they sold the carriage house, which meant that we needed a place to park the cars. They also had a pool in back of the house, which is no longer there.