Made Over by Two Brooklyn Artists, This $650K Catskill Villa Mixes Modern and Vintage Flair


    While the exterior of this house is all picturesque 19th century charm, the interior received a complete overhaul by its artist owners, adding a dash of vintage and industrial style.

    The house on the market at 78 Spring Street is located just about a half mile from downtown Catskill, N.Y. While Hudson has the train station, Catskill, located just across the river, is no slouch with its walkable downtown core, 19th century architecture and cultural sites, including the home of a famous former resident, Hudson River School painter Thomas Cole.

    Located in the East Side National Register Historic District, the report dates the house to 1850, tying it to the ornamental villas and cottages popularized in the 1840s and 1850s. The frame dwelling has a romantic mix of elements common to the period, including a prominent front gable with decorative trim, a bay window, and a three-story square tower with a bracketed cornice.

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    A bird’s-eye-view of Catskill in 1889 shows the house and its neighbors at the corner of Spring and Day streets. Map by L.R. Burleigh via Library of Congress

    One family of note popped up with a quick research dig: Clarence Edelbert Bloodgood and Josephine Case Bloodgood. Clarence was a lawyer and local school commissioner who served as a state senator in the 1890s. Census records show the couple living in the house with extended family from at least 1905 to 1920.

    Two Brooklyn artists, a painter and photographer, purchased the house in 2014 after having already tackled the renovation and opening of a guest house in Hudson. One of them owns a well-known restaurant in Bed Stuy.

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    After extension renovations to 78 Spring Street, it opened as The Catskill Milliner in 2017. The transformation of the interior included bringing in a less formal style with a mix of vintage and industrial flair. The first floor was opened up to create larger gathering and entertaining spaces, a new kitchen and baths were installed, ceilings were opened up to expose beams, and salvaged windows were installed. Not surprisingly, for a home created with an artistic eye, it is rented for photo shoots when not in use as an Airbnb rental.

    There’s no floor plan but there is a video tour and you can check out the before and after pictures on the inn’s website and on the Instagram.

    The first floor includes a parlor that has been opened up to the original stair, an industrial beam providing the support. There’s also what appears to be a slate mantel with painted ornamentation and gilding. Another gathering space runs the length of the house and is set up with a living room at the front and a window-filled dining room at the back. Adjacent to it is the kitchen, which also mixes vintage and industrial with wood counters, pipe shelving, a large vintage farmhouse sink, and a black-and-white hex tile floor with an interesting geometric pattern in the center. The appliances include a vintage Chambers stove with a modern hood above.

    Upstairs the ceilings have been opened up to give each of the four bedrooms high ceilings and exposed, original wood beams. Since they were designed with rental use in mind, each is large and one even features a lofted space to fit more guests. There are three full baths upstairs, all with black and white tile, vintage fixtures and touches of wood. There’s a half bath on the first floor along with laundry.

    The house is listed for $650,000 with Raj Kumar of Select Sotheby’s International Realty.

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