1769 Georgian – Chestertown, MD – $3,850,000

Off Market / Archived From 2012
Posted in 2012. Sold status unknown.
Added to OHD on 10/18/12 - Last OHD Update: 6/7/15 - 13 Comments
101 N Water st, Chestertown, MD 21620
  • $3,850,000
  • Beds: 6
  • Baths: 6
  • Sqft: 7440
  • Acres: 0.94
Widehall is one of the foremost examples of mid-Georgian architecture in Maryland and was placed on the register of Historic Places in 1972. Built in 1969 by Colonel Thomas Smythe, a wealthy ship owner and merchant, today it certainly is the premier waterfront home in Chestertown's historic district and thought by some to be designed by the same architect as Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Entered through a heavily paneled front wood door, with a triangular pediment above and hand fluted side columns, into the large stair hall with hanging mahogany stairway from which Widehall derives its name. Magnificent triple arches delineate a 36 foot center hall leading to three rooms of equal size, through doorways with classic cornices and 12 foot ceiling height throughout. The dining room is the best workmanship found with a broken pediment panel above the fireplace, one of six original fireplaces, and flanked by two built in cupboards. Silver knobs decorate the paneled shutters of the 12 over 12 original windows and the beautiful, antique chandeliers, one Waterford from a Newport mansion, illuminate the deep moldings, wainscoting, and wide plank gleaming floorboards. A magnificent two floor columned porch was added to enjoy the Chester River waterfront view as well as a kitchen wing. It is said that George Washington was a guest when he founded Washington College and during later visits to the college. Recent owners completed a total renovation in 2007 providing state of the art utilities and modern amenities from six zones of geothermal heating and cooling, 17 zones of in floor radiant heat, low temperature alarm, sprinkler system, LiteTouch computerized lighting, a whole house generator, gourmet granite kitchen with professional Viking stove, two laundries, sound system, security and electric trap door access to the pi??ce de r??sistance, the rooftop Widow's Walk. The panoramic view from that vantage point is incredible from the bridge to the yacht club. The outstanding modernization completed without impacting the beautiful museum quality architecture creates a thoroughly livable home for today. Own a piece of history in Chestertown, a vibrant college town and enjoy life on the Eastern Shore.
Historical Information
On National Register of Historic Places
Last Active Agent: Laird Bunch, Sotheby's, Brandywine Fine Properties // 302-654-6500
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13 Comments on 1769 Georgian – Chestertown, MD – $3,850,000

  1. Wow! Not remotely my style, but I can appreciate how exquisite this home is, and what a great many features!

  2. I like it (and would probably like it better with some minor alterations), but I wonder how much of what I’m seeing is original to the house. The moldings, staircase and mantels are great, but I wonder exactly which parts are actually original? The site is beautiful, too, although I think adding a few shade trees on the water side would be a big improvement, personally.

  3. I’ll take it! Would add my own personal touches and colors, oh what fun! Gorgeous! I like everything about it. 🙂

  4. Widehall is an all-time favorite of mine. I’ve not been in it in years, but visited quite a number of times when in college when the late Wilbur Hubbard owned it – an older man at the time, his family had owned it for much of the 20thC, (his sister had “The Lindens”, a famous c.1754 house, salvaged and relocated to the Kalora neighborhood of D.C. from Danvers, Massachusetts in the 1930s.) Widehall is a superb house, of beautiful proportions and scale, and some wonderful details. It’s a place that impressed and stuck with me for many years now.

    As I recall, there were a number of “improvements” made as part of the Hubbard’s somewhat broad restoration, but those cased openings on either side of the fireplace that separates what’s now the dining room from a drawing room don’t quite seem familiar – though I doubt they were added recently. The house as I recall it had been restored many years earlier and had a lifetime’s collection of mostly American antiques — and boatloads of Chinese export porcelain. It had a more organic feel whereas not it looks more of a particular moment. Part of the appeal of the house was that it held its own so well, even against some fairly radical changes like the double piazza on the river elevation.

    Ryan is right, I think, that some mature shade trees would improve the riverside garden. There were some huge oaks, I think, but they were probably in decline three decades ago; generally, the boxwood and other plantings looked more “mature” when I was there. No doubt some plantings were overdue for some hard maintenance.

    Here are some H.A.B.S. photos from 1936: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/md0288/

  5. The 1936 photo’s are very nice. Thank you for sharing that info. I really love this house. Yes, I would also put some trees on that side as it looks a little empty, yet maybe they want the view more open.Either way I would take this in a heart beat if I had some change laying around.lol 🙂

  6. This house is now vacant and has been foreclosed on. Sad condition inside right now.

    • Sad to learn that. It’s a wonderful house, one of my favorites since I first saw it many years ago.

  7. Specifically, the bank let the sprinkler pipes freeze during this past very cold winter. That’s called stewardship of a National Register property by a financial institution. They’ve guaranteed themselves a headache now. I’m astonished that the state historical trust and local community aren’t furious about this.

  8. This house is so elegant and so breathtaking…I do hope it has been treated as a home of this caliber deserves. It’s so beautiful, it almost (almost) leaves me speechless.


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