This lovely historic Queen Anne style Victorian known as The Judge's House, was built in 1888 by Judge George Sumner and has been an integral part of Durango's history and the home of many of its influential citizens for 130 years. The home is a well proportioned two-story structure built from wood, stucco and large stone blocks quarried from native sandstone. The gracious floor plan and its original style is very much intact. The current owner did extensive remodeling but now can not move here. Their careful restoration over the years accomplished a lot of the 'behind the scenes' work: wiring and plumbing, new authentic plaster walls with blown-in insulation, the roof, sewer line, an entire radiant under-floor heating system on both floors with separate thermostats in every room. The aesthetic style and update of the kitchen and baths will be up to the next owner. Beautiful trim work and large windows still grace these high-ceilinged rooms that creates a light and spacious ambiance. The formal entry encompasses the original staircase with the parlor and stone fireplace to the north, where the Judge is said to have held court, and the sitting room with en-suite library to the south. The flowing floor plan opens into a formal dining room, complete with crystal chandelier and built in hutch with charming original hardware. The breakfast room, with mulioned windows and views of the La Platas, was built by the second judge, Judge Searcy, in 1919 along with many of his upgrades. The stairs to the upper level exhibit an unusual wood rail and detail, leading to a cozy landing alcove and views west. On this floor is the master with a sitting room en-suite (room for a possible future master bath), two other bedrooms and a bonus room that could serve as a nursery, office or hobby/playroom. The second full bathroom is off the hall with two sinks and a period built-in cabinet. This home is on a very large 10,481 sf lot, right downtown and has a reinstated old carriage house, now studio/storage space, in the huge back yard. Expanded uses should be checked with the city. This property is registered in the Historic 3rd Avenue Boulevard District and is subject to Historical Guidelines and approval of changes by the Boulevard Association. The City of Durango administers and these can be found on their website. They also have Grant information available for this type of property. This is an incredibly unique opportunity and must be felt to be appreciated. If you recognize the craftsmanship of days gone by and are intrigued with history you will be drawn to this lovely home.
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