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Historic Milton home moves skyward

May 15, 2019

An historic home on Union Street in Milton is moving up.

Town Projects Coordinator John Collier said the structure at 131 Union St. is being elevated to reduce flooding and install new footers and a new foundation. Collier said the house will be raised 39 inches higher than it was. He said the house is within the floodplain and renovations should not affect neighboring properties.

Property owner Brian Nickerson told the town’s Historic Preservation Commission in November that he plans to put a brick veneer over the foundation, replace asphalt shingles, remove vinyl siding, repaint the hardwood siding and replace the attic windows. Three chimneys had to be removed, although Nickerson told the commission that he would restore at least one of the chimneys.

The house was originally built in 1905 and is in the town’s historic district. A historic status allows for tax credits for restoration work, however, the home has to remain in its original position to maintain its historic status with the U.S. Department of the Interior; it can be raised but it cannot be moved. The home is located in one of the most heavily flooded areas of Milton, at the bottom of the hill on Union Street.