The Ultimate Retro
DISCOVER A TIMELESS QUEEN ANNE THAT PROVES THE GLORY OF THE GOLDEN AGE.
A timeless Queen Anne proves the glory of the Golden Age.
Springfield, Massachusetts, 1887. A burgeoning development springs up alongside the recently expanded trolley lines.
Over 900 homes are coming together in this little area, thanks to the industrious efforts of builders like the Mcknight brothers. A mixture of homes is appearing: small and large, Tudor and Colonial revival. Watch a century weather the homes’ structures, and enter this Queen Anne home in the present day.
Gary Yuschalk and Larkin Mayo, the present owners of the home, purchased the spacious house in 2010. They were only the third homeowners, but the house had already undergone multiple renovations over the years. The home’s first owner, Mrs. Adams, was the wife of Dr. Adams, who commissioned the home’s building. Adams lived there a short time while commissioning the building of a larger home nearby. While Adams never moved into this home, Mrs. Adams did, and she sold the Queen Anne to its next owners.
The next owners modernized the home in 1917, adding electricity and modern lighting. They also installed new wallpaper and repainted the interior. Following the deaths of these owners, the home passed to their family, before Gary and Larkin purchased it in 2010. In addition to adding new light fixtures and draperies, Gary and Larkin repapered the rooms and imported their vast collection of antiques. Since the 1980s, the two have been collecting Victorian artifacts, which they move into old buildings to furnish. “Many of the additions were materials purchased for but not incorporated into our last project, the Lebold Mansion,” they say.
“The challenge in Springfield was to find a house that had both ceiling height and enough wall space to house our furniture and artifacts.” The two considered about 50 homes before finding this one, “which suited [them] to perfection.”
At 4,600 square feet, the house is “generously proportioned.” There are three floors and 13 rooms, in addition to a full basement. Despite a few interior changes over the past century, they say “the house remains largely in ‘as-built’ condition,” and praise the work of its original craftsmen. “We remain impressed by the excellent design skills of the Mcknights,” they say. “We constantly remark that this remains our favorite of all the houses we’ve owned.”
ARCHITECTURAL GOODS AND BADS
Among the home’s excellent architectural features are its wellplaced windows. “The extra-wide city lot allows for excellent light in every room and windows are positioned to allow cross-ventilation in every room,” Gary and Larkin say.
On the flip side, it was one of the “modernized” features from the early 20th century, which presented a challenge. Although the home’s second owner equipped the kitchen with the best conveniences of the time, those have changed since 1917. “We no longer work in a kitchen the same way they did 100 years ago,” they say. Gary and Larkin knew they needed a kitchen that would fill today’s needs, while fitting into the rest of the home.
“After coping with it for three years, we remodeled it completely,” they say. Unfortunately, a kitchen remodel meant working around tons of openings. “The problem with Victorian kitchens is they are all doors and windows,” Gary and Larkin say. In this case, there were six doors and two windows. “We always try to work within the architecture and
above left. Did someone say “tobacco king?” Gary and Larkin’s smoking room speaks volumes about the success of the tobacco industry in Victorian America. Storing pipes and cigar boxes, cigarette dispensers and match holders, the room continues to...