51 Symphony Circle
51 Symphony Circle was built in 1881 by Francis Bennett and has an odd and slightly eerie history. It was constructed as a dream retirement home for Francis and his wife Ira, but Francis unfortunately died in 1881 just prior to completion and would be the first of two people to died shortly after paying for this home. Since then, the property has traded hands many times and been used for a number of different things.
In the early 70’s it was converted into separate apartments and rented out. Shortly after that an architect bought the house and used it as an office. Then in the early 2000’s a local businessman bought the house with the idea of creating a modern version of the original plans. You can tell by following the beautifully crafted original hardwood flooring, which was installed by hand, what the original rooms looked like and where the modern twist was put into play.
The slight modernization of this home was tastefully done and takes nothing away from the original design. Everything was restored to its original beauty, or carefully thought out in terms of how to keep the character of the home intact. Heated floors in the bathroom, rounded walls for extra storage space, and a more open design concept brought this house into the 21st century. The hardwood floors, stained glass pieces, original staircase, and careful selection of trim and paint to match what was originally their kept all the charm of what was meant to be a 1880’s dream home.