FOR SALE – The Israel Demeritt House is a two-story, center-chimney, timber-frame dwelling, 40’ x 32’ with attached cape ell, 40’ x 21’. NH state historian, Jim Garvin, reports that it “is the best example so far identified in Durham of a two-story, center chimney house in the federal style.” Out of seven original fireplaces, three are incorporated within fully-joined raised panel walls. The remaining four mantels showcase the craftsmanship of Nathaniel Demeritt, the original builder, with reeded moldings derived from Asher Benjamin‘s A Country Builder’s Assistant (Demeritt’s own copy is housed at the New Hampshire Historical Society). Original crown moldings, chair-rail and casing are unique and have been preserved in nearly every room. The house also retains all original sash and corresponding “Indian” shutters. There are six bedrooms and room for two full bathrooms. The summer kitchen, 20’x 23’, is large enough to accommodate modern amenities with minimal retrofit of historic features. The house is dismantled, documented and preserved in its entirety. Please contact Arron Sturgis, (207) 698 1695, and peruse the articles below for more information.
Read our series, “The O’Kane Notebook,” on dismantling the building, and the craftsmanship revealed in the process.
Read James Garvin’s report on the history of the building and its residents. You’ll never read a more well-written application for National Register status.
Peruse all of John Butler’s stunning photos of each interior and exterior wall, with trim carefully itemized and outlined, below: