July 14, 2017

Preservation Personals: New York Shingle Seeks Lake-Loving Owner

  • By: Jared Foretek

What do Welch’s Grape Juice and Frederick Law Olmsted have in common? A beautiful 1912 Shingle-style home in western New York. That’s me!

I was built by the Welch family to enjoy some peaceful lakefront living. And they spared no expense designing the whole property, commissioning Olmsted’s firm to landscape the 2.18 acres and 120 feet touching Chautauqua Lake.

I’ve got over 2,410 square feet inside, situated atop a sloping yard with a lovely wraparound porch to overlook the lake. The common spaces inside are oriented to the outdoors, making great use of my pristine property. The living room (with a fireplace for the off-seasons) has a great lake view with two entry doors, and it connects seamlessly to my formal dining area, which sits adjacent to the spacious kitchen and is great for entertaining guests.

Upstairs, I’ve got six bedrooms, making me perfect for a summer vacation with family and friends. And when it’s warm out, you or your guests can even take advantage of the two sleeping porches. Three bedrooms have great lake views and all six get great natural light.

Back downstairs, I’ve got a spacious basement with easy access to the yard. Everything’s been well maintained and upgraded over the years, keeping my turn-of-the-century charm unspoiled. Bemus Point is a tranquil, relaxing area, perfect for getting away from it all and getting out on the water. Learn more about me here.

New York Shingle exterior

photo by: Diana Holt

Bemus Point, New York 14712.

New York Shingle living room

photo by: Diana Holt

My living room has a fireplace and great natural light.

New York Shingle deck

photo by: Diana Holt

The design creates a seamless flow from inside to outside.

Jared Foretek is an editorial intern at the National Trust. He enjoys historic train stations, old bars, and interesting public spaces.


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