Home of the Week: With 10 fireplaces and bar, Westford antique is toast of the town

Home of the Week
photos by Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff

33 Main St., Westford

If he could, Sherman Dewey Fletcher probably would welcome the chance to see what became of the Greek Revival he built nearly 170 years ago for $2,724.40 in lumber. It might even bring a smile to the man, whose dour expression is captured in a portrait that hangs in the dining room of this updated home. The antique has modern amenities like central air, but the historic “pub’’ and 10 functioning fireplaces (some Rumford) from back in Fletcher’s day remain.

The broad porch with regal columns, pictured in historic images of the community, still welcomes and shields residents and visitors alike, thanks to its restoration. The front entry leads to a foyer and a sense of space: The ceilings are about 10 feet tall, and the rooms flowing off it are large and sunny, compliments of long rectangular windows, some still accompanied by three-piece solid-wood interior shutters.

The living room has a substantial, lighted built-in cabinet next to the fireplace and a windowed bumpout with a seat that follows its curves. The tin ceiling is painted white, and the floors are narrow hardwood. The adjacent dining room — where Dewey, who was town treasurer, a farmer, and a merchant, now holds court in his portrait — has a chandelier evocative of gas lights.

The family room offers inset shelves next to the fireplace, a walk-in closet, and a painted tin ceiling. Steps away in the breakfast room, there is a nook with a granite counter and sink — space currently used as a coffee-brewing station.

The kitchen, where the brick fireplace with beehive oven is still the focal point, there are now granite counters, stainless-steel appliances, and a butler’s pantry. The floors are a wide-plank pine.

The laundry space/mudroom offers a half bath and a door to the rear patio and in-ground gunite pool, but the coal-fired wash tubs remain as a reminder of how things used to be done.

But the biggest and best surprise has to be the “pub’’ the homeowner added, where concert posters, instruments, and beer paraphernalia from seemingly endless trips to Brimfield’s flea markets hang from the ceiling, cover the walls, and frame the two-seat wooden bar. Most of it is staying.

On the second floor, the master suite was fashioned out of what was once the servants’ quarters in the back wing. The ceilings are lower here than in the rest of the house, but there’s a fireplace. The suite includes a sitting area, a large walk-in closet, and a bath that’s a study in white wainscot and blond hardwood. There are two sinks, each with white basins supported by blond hardwood, as is the large soaking tub, which is positioned to provide views of the two-acre lot as you bathe. There is a separate shower. A door off the bath opens into one of the home’s three attics. A bedroom has been commandeered to serve as an office.

Completing the second floor are three other bedrooms, a full bath with a double vanity, and a sleeping porch that runs parallel to two of the bedrooms.

The home has extensive storage, an attached two-car garage, updated wiring, high-efficiency gas heat, and an unfinished basement. The foundation is fieldstone, and water seeps in when there’s heavy rain, only to be channeled into an unused well. The two acre lot, which includes a barn with electricity and a new roof, undulates gently and is dotted with fruit trees.

Listing agent Suzanne Koller of Suzanne & Company Keller Williams in Concord is holding an open house on Sunday, March 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. Take the virtual tour at her website,


Style: Greek Revival
Year built: 1848
Square feet: 3,814
Bedrooms: 5
Baths: 2 full, 1 half
Sewer/water: Private/public
Taxes: $14,347 (2016)

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