1881 Second Empire – Centreville, MD

Added to OHD on 12/11/15   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   24 Comments
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115 Chesterfield Ave, Centreville, MD 21617

  • $142,900
  • 5 Bed
  • 2.5 Bath
  • 3547 Sq Ft
  • 0.26 Ac.
BRING THIS BEAUTY BACK TO IT'S ORIGINAL GLORY! This Vintage Victorian is located in the historical district of Centreville. 5BR, 2.5BA, Formal Living Room, Dining Room, Family Room w/Bay Window, 10' Ceilings, Original Moldings, Mahogany Staircase Winding to the 3rd Floor. 2 Fireplaces, Hardwood Floors, Front Porch, Slate Roof, In-Ground Pool, Multiple Decks and much more. Call today for a Showing!
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Gwen Eskridge, Coldwell Banker Chesapeake
(410) 822-9000

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24 Comments on 1881 Second Empire – Centreville, MD

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  1. L. Adams says: 56 comments

    😀 Hi Kelly! Might want to edit the first line – it’s typo-ed “gory” instead of “glory.”

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12133 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Haha. I didn’t notice that. By the way, I did not write the description. 🙂

      • Theresa says: 41 comments

        Oh,yeah I knew that. It’s usually from whatever page you get it from. I just saw an opportunity and took it. Just thought it was a cute mistake. Beautiful house by the way.

      • Pickles says: 1 comments

        I didn’t know this house was foreclosed !
        The last owners used to be huge Halloween fanatics . I went to a few killer Halloween parties , back in the day ! Sorry to see that they ‘lost it ‘ .

  2. LadyBelle says: 61 comments

    Floors need work, and I question the large bone painted on the wall, but these all seem things I could live with. Hard to tell if the floors are warped or if anything leans since all the pictures involve fish eye or some weird angles.

  3. Theresa says: 41 comments

    How “gory” would you like this to be??

  4. BethanyBethany says: 3444 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    Oh my husband is sure lucky we don’t live anywhere near here ’cause I would be having an affair with this house. It is my absolute favorite style and the interior is really cool. Even the kitchen is neat, I probably wouldn’t change much, not being a purist 🙂

  5. SeanSean says: 158 comments
    1928 Spanish Revival
    Long Beach, CA

    This is a fun house! And I’m always torn between Second Empire and Italianate as being my favorite styles.

    There is a bit of wackiness in this, but that could be calmed down. And the kitchen with the 1940’s Streamline Moderne cabinetry is really great – a bit jarring for this house, but we’ve come to expect things like this with older homes. The brick fireplaces are a bit harsh, and to me would require the most amount of work to bring them back to something close to what they would have been originally.

    Great find though! Thanks!

  6. JimHJimH says: 5269 comments
    OHD Supporter

    This is known as the Yates House for its owner at the time the house was documented by the Maryland Historical Trust in the 1980’s. The house was built as a speculative venture by William H. Hopkins. who bought the lot in 1880 for $400 and sold the house a year later for $4000.
    The first long term owner was Margaret Anne Long Taylor (1842-1914), a widow with 5 living children at the time she moved in. Her husband was a much older and quite wealthy planter named George Wesley Taylor who died in 1876. Mrs. Taylor owned the house and lived here with her children for 22 years, then moved in with her daughter.

    This is a great old house that survived for a hundred years with most of its features intact, as detailed in the state report. The last 30 years haven’t been so kind. From the few photos here it’s difficult to say all that’s been lost but the list begins with the “well-preserved marbleized slate mantels”, one of “Roccoco form and Eastlake decoration”, the other of “very handsome Classical form”. I hope they got a good price for them.

    • JimHJimH says: 5269 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Looks like Kelly found one of those mantels in New Berlin, NY! 🙂

      • Tony says: 76 comments

        2 houses from me…That is the Perry house that just sold. Jim…since you have a knack for finding out history of old homes..wondering if you could find out about mine. 29 N.Main St. New Berlin, NY 13411

        • JimHJimH says: 5269 comments
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          Hi Tony,
          Neither the Historic District info or the NY state inventory identifies the owner/builder of your house, and I’m not seeing any directories with addresses, or period maps with names (1875 doesn’t help). On the Perry house, the inventory names John McGuire as the builder and I could tell you all about him, and could deduce some things about his house.

          You need to go back with the deeds to find the early owners. There’s also a detailed history of New Berlin by Floyd Wilbur, and local historical societies of course.
          Some small towns published souvenir picture books of houses around 1900. If you’re lucky New Berlin had one. Last year when looking at a house in Oxford, I found an old book of houses online and came across a nice one built by a relative of mine in 1892 that I didn’t know about! You need to be lucky sometimes.
          I can tell you have a great house in a wonderful little town full of them, but I think you probably know that already.

  7. John Shiflet says: 5428 comments

    That slate mantel would certainly be appropriate for the period and style of the house. The exterior colors are also sympathetic for the period. I see some work ahead for the next owners but a fair amount has already been completed. Wonder if the in-ground pool is usable or not? I like the old ornamental iron fence seen on the side-maybe its a remnant of the original? (that was much larger) The house seems like a good compromise between price and the features offered. Its not a total rehab, just a moderate project that shouldn’t cost a fortune to take it to completion. Nice as well to be able to take a dip in the pool after a long day’s hard work during warm weather.

  8. Sapphy says: 376 comments

    There’s so much potential here. And what a great price!

  9. Paul W says: 465 comments

    Looks like ceilings have been lowered comparing the height in the entry to the rest of the house. The home depot crown moldings don’t help. This house would benefit by a restoration but I have feeling its going to be involved. Personally I’m not a fan of swimming pools with old houses.

  10. Graham says: 140 comments

    Anybody know what that odd round blob at the upper side of the window in picture #13 is?

  11. Allan says: 82 comments

    I found this link to the house, with a few vintage photo’s, there’s one of the back which helps to understand the location of a few of the interior photos. I actually miss the screened in porches.


  12. Ernie says: 116 comments

    That bannister seems wider than most and perfect for sliding!

  13. Robt. B. Falls says: 15 comments

    i love it. a little cosmetics, tarting-up of the brick fireplace and removing the woodburner of dining room. keeping the fp in kitchen and a gradual replacement of the kitchen scheme. some trimming of the landscape and turning the ‘cement pond’ into a natural pool. thus eliminating anyone from diving from 2nd floor porch. the chandelier in the yellow-orange ‘living’ room is very appealing. how could one not be a halloween enthusiast in such a house?

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