c. 1870 Italianate – Columbia, PA

Added to OHD on 10/16/17   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   39 Comments
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226 Cherry St, Columbia, PA 17512

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  • $174,900
  • 4 Bed
  • 3.5 Bath
  • 4168 Sq Ft
A rare opportunity to own a unique piece of history. The Bruner Mansion, built in 1870, is located within walking distance to museums, art galleries, antique shopping, parks, and the Susquehanna River. Featuring original mahogany, black walnut, and chestnut woodwork, this historical property features a rare double sided ''Russian'' cook stove, beautiful cobalt and ruby etched glass sidelights. The grand first floor boasts 12' ceilings and 11' arched windows. Among the 4,000+ S.F. is a formal parlor, library/study, 3 bedrooms, a bonus room built as a ballroom, 4 baths, and charming double porches to look out over a deep and shady fenced in yard with mature trees. This property is zoned residential however, has been grandfathered in for an in-home business.
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Marilyn Berger, Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty
(800) 383-3535
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39 Comments on c. 1870 Italianate – Columbia, PA

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11832 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks Noelle for sharing this amazing home!

  2. Randy C says: 448 comments

    Calling Ross?????? That light fixture is fantastical! As well the beautiful woodwork throughout this gorgeous home makes me drool. I would simply have to try to negotiate for some of the furnishings and I’ve never seen a built-in bookcase/desk so beautiful.

  3. Cody H says: 133 comments

    Everything about this place is FANTASTIC!

  4. LorrieJo says: 38 comments

    Beautiful interior….and can you believe that cast iron range! Wow!

  5. Teri R says: 283 comments

    I’m in love. Spectacular inside! The tall bookcase, the stove! Ah!

  6. CharlestonJohn says: 1126 comments

    Tons of great details in this one. That Russian stove is fantastic.

  7. PhillipPhillip says: 266 comments
    1910 Tudor/craftsman mix

    stained woodwork in a house of this style just blows away the misguided white paint jobs we so often see

  8. kmmoorekmmoore says: 431 comments
    Weatherford , TX

    Holy smokes! There isn’t a single thing I don’t adore about this home! That book case! That kitchen!

  9. Tommy Q says: 462 comments

    Blocks and blocks and blocks of wonderful homes…

  10. StevenFStevenF says: 826 comments
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    1969 Regency
    Nashville, TN

    I love the proportions of these Italianates; everything is relatively streamlined and vertical. That built in bookcase/desk is amazing!

  11. RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Jeez. Wow. I mean – – sigh – -. This is just how I like em: not too fancy or “restored” and a little bit rough all over; like it’s been in the same family the whole time. Sure as ____ ticks all my old house favorites boxes. In a house just full of extraordinary original details, the original, custom, built-in, secretary is the cherry on top. Wow. That sucker is – – just -; I really am at a loss for words. Exceptional! It’s less grand and monumental than the one in the house round the way: https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2017/05/11/18361878-second-empire-columbia-pa/
    but I love it more. The massiveness and presence of the thing are really striking. Jeez. I could blather on about this remarkable home all day. I think it’s clear that both houses were constructed by the same builder as so very many similarities are evident. It’s amazing that two such FABulously well preserved houses exist in the same town. Maybe there are more.

  12. Momof9 says: 92 comments

    I agree with all the above, also there is something about those floor to ceiling windows and the overall ceiling height – just jaw dropping!

  13. Louba says: 18 comments

    I would love to see more pictures of the kitchen!

  14. anthony says: 1 comments


    Can you please foward me additional pics of all the bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen,including basement, exterior and backyard. Also how far is the nearest train station to NYC?

    Kind regards,

  15. bernd says: 5 comments

    Columbia is, for the most part, an undiscovered gem. I haven’t been in years, but checking out the street views, makes me want to take a day-trip very shortly!

  16. BethanyBethany says: 3498 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    Ditto what everyone else says, plus: I am a big fan of vintage clothing, and have a small collection myself. But having them standing around the house on mannequins would totally freak me out! Imagine coming downstairs in the dark for a midnight snack . . Aaack! 🙂

    • Rebnflames says: 12 comments

      To say nothing of the damage the sunlight will do to that old fabric! I have a post-civil war era cotton dimity skirt and bodice that NEVER sees the light of day.

  17. Zann says: 548 comments

    I’m completely useless now.

    This house has killed me. Excuse me while I sit here with my head on my desk and recover.

  18. MonChiChiPox says: 209 comments

    Gorgeous. That price? Seriously? If I had seen pictures with no price I would have guessed triple that.

  19. barbara sloan says: 3 comments


  20. Neness says: 50 comments

    Columbia is a treasure trove of early architecture that is very gradually being discovered as Lancaster County keeps attracting new people with it’s treasures. Nearby is Marietta another undiscovered town of beautiful houses and of course Lancaster itself which is tops.
    Wright’s Ferry mansion in Columbia , now a museum, is an early house built by a wise, industrious and erudite woman who in the 18th century accomplished so much. https://lancastercountymuseums.org/wrights-ferry-mansion/

  21. Jeanne Smith says: 68 comments

    Yeah, it’s not been HGTVed!

  22. Van says: 37 comments

    I’d have to become a major Steam Punk. Perfect fit don’t you think.

  23. Colleen J says: 1168 comments

    Uhmmmm what can I say that no one else has said … going to cry now cause I can’t have it!

  24. KarenZ says: 1194 comments

    That bookcase is incredible! Everything inside is just beautiful!

  25. DonS says: 51 comments

    It’s almost too good to be true. How did this place escape today’s hideous modern amenities? It’s stunning in so many respects…a true gem.

  26. Gregory K. Hubbard says: 470 comments

    I agree with everyone’s comments! It’s genuinely moving when someone finds a great house and knows how to handle it. Thanks for finding this treasure for us to admire.

    Pre-1900 architecture has become very rare in Southern California. There’s truly wonderful 20th century stuff here, but I am definitely at the wrong end of the country.

  27. abevy says: 332 comments

    Love it! I agree with Gregory. This one is perfect.

  28. Matt says: 1 comments

    I agree with everyone’s comments. There is beauty everywhere inside this home, but no one has mentioned that beautiful marble fireplace/mantle. That thing is huge!

  29. Lancaster JohnLancaster John says: 828 comments
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    1875 Victorian Farmhouse
    Lancaster, PA, PA

    I toured this home with a view toward possibly buying it for my own residence. It went under contract and the deal fell through and now it is unfurnished, which really allows you to get a sense of the amazing scale of the rooms, the floor-to-ceiling windows, the fireplaces and the tremendous ceiling height. It does, though, take more imagination now to see it as a lovely home. The two large front parlors and foyer are the best part of the home. The dining room, in the rear ell, has a fireplace and a serving hatch (which looks original) to the kitchen. There are front stairs and rear stairs, and the kitchen (although it has a few modern cabinets and a modern range added) is largely untouched since it was built. There is a scullery/pantry immediately behind the kitchen which has the second side of the amazing, likely original, coal cook stove. Toward the rear is a modern bathroom. The second floor (to my recollection) has four decent size “family” bedrooms above the 2 large downstairs parlors. They are semi-renovated, some still have some not-lovely linoleum type floor covering although the upstairs hall and one bedroom has a very nice 3-dimensional linoleum which resembles the famous Mercer Tile used in the Pennsylvania State Capitol. There is a relatively new bathroom immediately above the front door area. There are at least two additional second floor bedrooms in the rear ell, but you have to walk through one of them to get to the other. The agent omitted photos of some areas which need attention, particularly the rear of the house which has a two-level “L” shaped porch which is in need of significant repair. Some of the windows seem dodgy as well. In short this home does need work, which is probably what is putting buyers off. In my opinion, the price in many other areas of Lancaster County would be fair, but the problem is that Columbia’s values are among the lowest in the county and anyone going in here at this price would need to have a long-term time horizon to hope to recoup the investment. ALL THAT SAID, this is an amazing property, right up my alley — I’m someone who dislikes modernized, overly restored old homes and would happily live in this place with very few changes. I will probably go for a second look.

  30. MJGMJG says: 1947 comments
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    I can’t believe these stoves are still in situ

  31. Slroulette23Slroulette23 says: 156 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Those dresses…wow!!

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