Carr-Osborne House

08 Oct

Lizzie Borden would have loved to have lived in this one:   The Carr-Osborne House at 456 Rock St., across the street from the Fall River Historical Society, is a Greek Revival, built by Joseph Durfee in 1843.  It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980 and underwent an extensive renovation when Bob Karam of Karam Financial Group bought the property in 1985. It is also known as the Durfee-Carr-Osborne House.

From Fall River – A Pictorial History, Judith A. Boss, 1982.  (Right click for better image)

Frederico Santi & John Gacher bought the property from the Presbyterian Church for an incredible bargain at $28,000 back in November of 1977.  Having exquisite taste and a Newport business in antiques, these two gentlemen renovated the house and equipped it with the finest of furnishings. Some interiors can be viewed HERE.

When they decided to sell in 1985, it sold the very day the “For Sale” sign went up.  It was purchased by Karam Financial Group and converted into offices for Karam Financial Services.   The Karam Brothers, politically and socially connected, are a bit notorious in Fall River and own extensive properties from shopping malls to WSAR Radio and oodles in between.  These are the kind of guys who can pick up a phone and make things happen – or not.  It’s curious to ponder who may have tipped them off as soon as that “For Sale” sign went up….

The earliest pictures in Karam’s office of the house show cows grazing on the front lawn.

$28,000 in 1977.  Imagine that.   🙂


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3 responses to “Carr-Osborne House

  1. Fiz

    October 9, 2008 at 3:57 AM

    I don’t know about Lizzie, but I wouldn’t mind that! I love the 1977 price tag as well!

  2. erinB

    October 10, 2008 at 10:44 PM

    Sounds like not much changed after 1977 in tha regard ! Who puy it on the market back then?

  3. Federico Santi

    February 17, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    The Presbyterian Church (next to the mansion) put it on the market. We were living in Boston and wanted to purchase a home, couldn’t afford one in Boston and friends from F.R. told us to drive there (Fall River), find Rock Street and look around.
    Pulled in the driveway to C.O. House, rang the door bell: Rev. Bell (!) answered the door, told us the house was for sale for $40,000.00. We offered them $25,000.00 and we settled on $28,000.00. We paid $28,000.00 for our last car a few years ago!

    Moved from Fall River to Newport. Always said
    that Moving to Fall River was the best think that
    we ever did and moving from Fall River was the second best thing we ever did !


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