Israel Demeritt-O'Kane House - price reduced! FEATURED

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Listing Type: For Sale
Property Type: Residential
Price: $229,680

Style: Federal
Year Built: 1808
Half Bathrooms:
Lot Size (acres):
Size (square feet): 3,600
Condition: Project - needs work
Additional Out Buildings: Barn / Stable
Submission Date: 11-07-2012
Last Update: 07-19-2017
Agent Details: Arron Sturgis
Company Name: Preservation Timber Framing
Phone Number: 207 698 1695
Cell Number: 603 781 5725
The Israel Demeritt House is a two-story, center-chimney, timber-frame dwelling, 40’ x 32’ with attached cape ell, 40’ x 21’.  NH state historian, Jim Garvin, reports that it “is the best example so far identified in Durham of a two-story, center chimney house in the federal style.”  Out of seven original fireplaces, three are incorporated within fully-joined raised panel walls. The remaining four mantels showcase the craftsmanship of Nathaniel Demeritt, the original builder, with reeded moldings derived from Asher Benjamin‘s A Country Builder’s Assistant, (Demeritt's own copy is housed at the New Hampshire Historical Society).  Original crown moldings, chair-rail and casing are unique and have been preserved in nearly every room.  The house also retains all original sash and corresponding “Indian” shutters.  There are at least six bedrooms and room for two full bathrooms.  The summer kitchen, 20’x 23’, is large enough to accommodate modern amenities with minimal retrofit of historic features.  The house is dismantled, documented and preserved in its entirety.Please visit for more information.

Photo Gallery

Blue Parlor
Photo taken in 1955 for NH Profiles magazine. More photos at

Front Staircase
This exquisitely joined staircase has been preserved in one piece. Photo taken in 1955 for NH Profiles magazine. More photos at

Original Summer Kitchen, used as a dining room by the O'Kane Family
Photo taken in 1955 by Doug Armsden for NH Profiles Magazine

Bedroom fireplace upstairs
One of seven original fireplaces preserved in their entirety.

Exterior, looking towards the gable end
Please visit for more photos and information on this beautifully crafted historic home.

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