home of the week

Built in N.H., rebuilt on a Framingham hill

joanne rathe/globe staff

1103 Grove St. in Framingham

Price: $645,000

Style: Colonial

Built: 1940


Square feet: 4,403

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Bedrooms: 7

Bathrooms: 5½

Sewer: Private

The central part of this house was built by a family of potters in the 1770s on a hill in New Hampshire. In 1939, the post-and-beam house was dismantled and moved south, where it was reassembled on a hill in North Framingham, facing west and looking out over fields and farmland that are still there.


“At that point, they had hired an architect who re-created the east and the west wing of the house so that they would be in keeping with the origin structure,” said David Ferrini of N.B. Taylor & Co., the listing agent. “In doing so, all of the floorboards are the 14-inch floorboards even though that was built in 1940.” Thirteen rooms are spread across the three sections of the house, and each section has its own staircase. The kitchen, with a long island holding a cooktop, fills the first floor of one of the wings. A butler’s pantry leads to the dining room, in the original portion of the building.

A large, Rumford fireplace with a bread oven on one side — one of the house’s eight working fireplaces — is built into one wall. “In the original house, this would have been the kitchen,” Ferrini said. A smaller room with built-in bookshelves is a library; another small room is used as a music room. The living room is 30 feet long; at one end, a bay window with 50 panes of glass looks out over the back yard.

In the other wing of the house, the first floor is divided between a den and a bedroom with an adjoining full bathroom. The second floor across all three sections holds six bedrooms — three large, three smaller — and four full bathrooms. There are some newer touches: The water is heated by a solar heater. A functioning greenhouse, with heat and ventilation, was added to the back of the house. The house, reached by a long driveway leading up the hill, sits on 2.27 acres, including landscaped gardens and a barn.

Ferrini will hold an open house Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m.

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