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Friday Fixer-Upper: The Horace Bushnell Cheney Mansion

Friday Fixer-Upper: The Horace Bushnell Cheney Mansion

by Rachael Meyerink. Source: Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

Who’s up for fixing up a mansion? All 6,000 sq. ft. of Connecticut’s ca. 1896 Horace Bushnell Cheney Mansion are in need of rehabilitation, but oh, what an opportunity. This is one of a collection of homes in Manchester built by the Cheney’s, a family of silk manufacturers, near their factories. For sale for $200,000, this magnificent property sits on 3.5 acres in a historic district and appears to have retained most of its original charm and character.


Horace Bushnell Cheney Mansion


The Details

78 Forest Street
Manchester, CT 06040
5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 6,025 sqft
Lot Size: 3.5 acres
Rare Opportunity To Own and Restore The Graceful Horace Bushnell Cheney Mansion. Situated High Atop The Great Lawn On A Sprawling 3.5 Acre Lot in The National Cheney Historic District. Home Requires Total Renovation. Lots Of Potential To Restore This Estate To Grandeur. 6000+ Sq Ft, 4 Fireplaces, Stately Architectural Details.
Full listing available at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. Lots of historic photos available HERE!

The Eye Candy

Rachael Meyerink resides in Sioux Falls, SD and is a Midwestern girl, born and raised. To her, “home” feels like sun shining through windows paned in wavy glass, an extra sweater on cold winter days and a window fan humming in the background in the heat of summer. In short: home feels like an old house. She and her husband have owned three such houses in their 15 years together- a 1923 American Four Square, a 1960s ranch and finally, an 1889 Queen Anne listed on the National Register of Historic Places. By day she works as a pediatric dietitian, and on nights and weekends, rehabs her old house with her husband. Her three children, yellow lab, ginger cat and five chickens complete their family. She keeps an online journal of her old house rehab adventures at

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