Gothic Revival – Felton, PA

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Details below are from March 2016, sold status has not been verified.
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Added to OHD on 3/18/16   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   12 Comments

2125 Delta Rd, Felton, PA 17322

  • $229,900
  • 4 Bed
  • 2.5 Bath
  • 4872 Sq Ft
  • 1.01 Ac.
Historic dream home ready for your finishing touches!!! Imagine impressive 8" wide moldings and 11' ceilings that will showcase your furnishings. Guests will be awed entering grand tiled foyer w/ impressive open staircase/chandelier. Massive formal LR is more than 27'. Large kit w/ fp opens onto porch and stone walled courtyard/garden. Character continues in immense 1500 sq ft 3rd flr family rm w/ exposed brick wall striking historic old bar.
Contact Information
Susan Miller, Howard Hanna,
(717) 235-6911

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12 Comments on Gothic Revival – Felton, PA

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  1. painted ladies says: 13 comments

    Oh-the creative juices are flowing right now. I love this house. So much potential. My husband would love that bar and I love the fireplace in the kitchen and the cute little bathroom in the last picture. The outside could be so beautiful with landscaping and some sprucing up. I wouldbe perfectly happy here.

  2. BethanyBethany says: 3481 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    This is one of the oddest houses I’ve seen on OHD. If you have those beautiful floors seen in other pictures, why put down that 80’s tile? What is that seeming fridge-in-a-dining-room-that-seems-to-be-a-kitchen-that-has-a firplace-turned-into-a-cupboard? Also the random soaker tub? From the outside this is a heart-stealer. I am confused by the interior.

  3. Pacific Northwest Girl says: 28 comments

    Living in the Northwest, I am fascinated by brick exteriors because we don’t have many of those. This is a very comfortable home with tons of potential for returning to its original glory. Not sure why tile is in the foyer? That upstairs bar is certainly creative.

  4. Wanda in NC says: 59 comments

    Can somebody tell me about those baseboard heaters? Are they electric? It would be too expensive to try to heat a big house with electricity here, so they usually have natural gas forced-air heat. Houses here seem to have been built with not a lot of consideration about winter. Summer is the miserable time here, so we have big porches and shade trees. So in these northern houses, is the idea to be able to heat only the rooms you are using, or are they not electric at all?

    • karen says: 138 comments

      Those baseboard heaters are typically electric. Lots of people do shut off the radiators in rooms they aren’t using in the winter to save money.

      • RossRoss says: 2434 comments
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        1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
        Emporia, KS

        I had a house once with such baseboard heaters.

        There were not electric, but rather an updated version of radiators. They are not attractive but do provide excellent heat.

  5. RossRoss says: 2434 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    This house would be a knock-out if properly restored.

    There was once a porch which wrapped around the house. You can see the obvious roofline on the brick. Was this now lost expansive porch an original feature?

    • Michael Mackin says: 3253 comments

      I thought the same thing about the missing porch. I wonder what it looked like when it was originally built?

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

    What a great house! It’s very imposing and almost threatening in the way it was designed. Too bad it doesn’t sit farther off the road.

    Like everyone has said, there’s brilliance mixed with “whatdahell?” details inside… but those are easily rectified. I love the fireplace in the kitchen, and actually the whole kitchen isn’t too bad. Backdating the baths, restoring the entrance floor, and some spit and polish would make this a dream.

    I’m curious about the bar & “stage” in the third floor ballroom. I wonder if the house was ever open to the public, as some kind of bar or B&B? That might also explain why someone opted for tile in the entrance – if it was a public house with more foot traffic than from a single family, a tile floor entrance would be much easier to clean.

    Zillow gives the build date as 1900, but it looks way earlier than that! Gothic Revival was out of style by then. Way out of style. And there are a lot of details that say mid-1800’s to me.

    Curiouser and curiouser…

  7. JimHJimH says: 5581 comments
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    The house is in rural Chanceford Township south of York PA, a short distance from the crossroads known as Brogue, or Brogueville depending on your map. A large farm here was purchased in the 1840’s by Benjamin Porter (1778-1872), a yeoman farmer from Maryland.
    Of his seven children, his son Benjamin Franklin Porter (1827-1886) showed the most promise in the local school and was sent to college in Delaware at fifteen. After completing his schooling, B.F. taught school while also studying medicine. He returned home as a certified physician and built a wide-ranging practice from here. He also ran the farm for his aged father, served as a local official and improved the school, with his wife as headmistress. He served two terms in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
    The house of Dr. B.F. Porter is indicated on a local map in 1876, though it was probably built at least a decade earlier. After Porter’s death the house and farm were sold to another physician Dr. B.F. Posey who continued as village doctor here for many years.
    A really fine house that transcends the silliness of the recent “improvements”. Geez.

  8. John Shiflet says: 5661 comments

    I agree the house likely dates from the 1860’s to early 1870’s with later changes. One can see “ghost” lines in the brickwork to either side of the existing porch indicating a much wider porch in the past. The peaked gables and that single pointed Gothic gable window tie the house to the Gothic Revival style. Most likely the original larger porch had other identifiable Gothic design details like scroll-sawn corbels with trefoil or quatrefoil cutouts. Hard to tell how old the stained glass at the entry is. Most pre-1870’s stained glass was painted and fired much like traditional cathedral windows. The house is not period perfect but has the potential to be a nice historic home on an acre of land.


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