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Sold! Main Street mansion sold to internet star

Sold! Main Street mansion sold to internet star

ILION – After five years of searching for the perfect house, macabre stylist, photographer and baking enthusiast Christine McConnell found it – on West Main Street in Ilion.

“A house like this is a rare find,” McConnell said Wednesday, two weeks after moving in. “I love that no-one has messed with it. It’s hard to find old houses without updates. But this one, it’s like it has been frozen in time.”

Another perk in McConnell’s opinion, is the plot of land surrounding the building.

“There’s so much land,” she raved. “So often these old houses are on busy main streets and get sandwiched among other buildings, so things are always moving so fast around them. This one has room.”

Christine McConnell recently starred in Netflix’ “The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell.”

McConnell came close to purchasing a home in Westfield, and closer still to purchasing a house in Auburn last winter. She changed her mind after visiting the Auburn house in person.

“It just wasn’t the right fit,” she said.

After eyeing the historic Richardson House online for about six months, McConnell decided it was indeed the home for her and bought it sight unseen. She, her husband, their 3 cats and a dog made the cross-country trek from Twin Peaks California to move in, and lay eyes on the house for the first time, in early September.

Now, the five-bedroom mansion will be the main subject of McConnell’s online presence. She plans to post pictures and videos on her renovations and stylings.

“I’ll be embellishing upon the architecture that’s already there,” she said. “I’ll be making it functional for today while maintaining the historic look and feel. I have so many plans!”

As for the rumors of the building being haunted, McConnell said she is curious to learn more but does not put much stock in those stories.

“I’ve never been a big ghost believer,” she said.

McConnell is a well-known internet star, described in a 2018 New Yorker article as “Martha Stewart meets Tim Burton.” She had a cookbook published in 2016,

The Richardson house, built in 1873, is on the National Register of Historic Places.

“Deceptive Desserts: A Lady’s Guide to Baking Bad,” and recently starred in her own Netflix show, “The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell.”

McConnell’s new home, known as the Thomas Richardson House, was built in 1873. The Italianate style house was built for Thomas Richardson, who was born in England and came to the United States in 1854. He became an attorney for E. Remington & Sons, founder of Remington Arms, and maker of farm equipment, sewing machines and typewriters. Richardson later became counsel for the Ilion National Bank.

More recently, Ilion residents Bob and Ann Dreizler purchased the home and operated it as the Chesham Place – Bed & Breakfast in the 1980s and 1990s.

The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

To watch McConnell’s video of their cross-country move, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVn9QZoGz-U

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