Stockbridge store in Norman Rockwell painting has hit the market
If you have ever dreamed of entering the world of Norman Rockwell, this is your chance to live in one of his works.
The Stockbridge Country Store in Norman Rockwell’s “Home for Christmas (Stockbridge Main Street for Christmas)”Has been put up for sale. The 1967 painting offers a winter snapshot of the Berkshires town, where the artist spent the last years of his life. In line with the title, the list rose on Christmas Eve.
36 Main St. is perhaps best known for its country store, but the structure consists of 10 units. This includes six retail spaces, a restaurant, two apartments and an office. The building, built in 1900, measures 6,392 square meters on a quarter of a hectare. It has been in the hands of the current owner since the 1970s and has a companyThe facade has remained unchanged since the beloved American painter reproduced it more than 50 years ago.
This building, along with the other facilities on Main Street The artwork was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002. Every year during the holiday season the parish will recreate the painting, Close the street to traffic and park vintage cars along the block.
The property is listed by Katie Williams by William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, who happens to have a personal connection with the building. Her grandfather bought it in 1964 and turned the then hardware store into the Williams & Sons Country Store shown in the painting. Her family no longer owns the property, but her father remembers that he worked in the business and saw Rockwell regularly. According to Sotheby’s, the artist’s former studio was nearby. “Norman Rockwell would come a couple of times a week,” said Williams.
While the exterior has remained pretty consistent, the business and its offerings have continued to evolve, Williams said. She said her dad remembered the shop that sold coffee and tea in the 1960s, but now it’s more of a gift shop with “lots of Berkshires t-shirts” and “little knickknacks.”
The only other retail space in the building with an entrance on Main Street is vacant. The others are accessible in what Williams described as “very charming” behind Main Street, commonly known as “Mews”. These on-site facilities include Once Upon a Table Cafe, Heirlooms Jewelry, and Peace Love & Chocolate Shop and Cafe. The mews area also opens onto the courtyard of the Red Lion Inn – a pre-Revolutionary War facility.
The structure comes with a sticker price of $ 2,200,000. This is the second building from the painting that has hit the market in recent years: the Victorian was two doors down listed for nearly $ 1,800,000 in October 2019. The price was reduced to $ 1,500,000.
See more photos of the Williams & Sons Country Store building below:
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