Catalpa House is an 1806 historic gem in Rensselaerville, NY. The whole town of Rensselaerville is a perfectly preserved 1800s village popular with artists, journalist, photographers and chefs.
The Catalpa House history page says: The house was built by Franklin Frisbee of Brandford, Connecticut to be a store, ballroom, tavern, office and home to the Frisbee family. It was in the 1880s that the porch and gingerbread were added to the home. In 1922, Edith Lounsbury turned it into a boarding house and added more rooms. She was famous for serving large Sunday chicken dinners throughout the downstairs rooms until she closed in 1974. After that, it was a popular bed and breakfast until 2012 when it became a private residence.
Listed as a Pristine Georgian Colonial at 5032 Delaware Turnpike Rensselaerville, NY
Old House Dreams shared that Trulia has an older listing showing how the house looked before it was painted blue.
Catalpa House was named after the Catalpa tree. Owners of the house have been told the Catalpa tree on their property is the “second largest Catalpa tree in the entire state of New York.”
CATALPA HOUSE has:
6 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms
4,300 square feet and is
CHARMING AND DELIGHTFUL, IT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE IT HAS SIX BEDROOMS AND FOUR PLUS BATHS.
MARVELOUS ENTRANCE DOORS THAT REMIND ME OF SALOON DOORS. THE HOUSE DID ORIGINALLY HAVE A TAVERN INSIDE OF IT AMONG OTHER THINGS.
Kitchen’s been updated. Way in the background, is that an old-time icebox? Anybody know?
NEW LAUNDRY ROOM
The original wide-plank painted flooring is what get my attention when i first saw the house.
BEDROOMS AND BATHS
I think Catalpa House is a historic treasure. It has led an interesting life especially the part when it was a store, tavern and ballroom.
See my Historic Houses page where all the old houses are displayed like the two homes below.