c. 1870 Italianate – Columbia, PA – $174,900

For Sale
Added to OHD on 10/16/17 - Last OHD Update: 2/14/18 - 36 Comments
226 Cherry St, Columbia, PA 17512

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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.
Contact Details
Marilyn Berger, Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty      (800) 383-3535
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36 Comments on c. 1870 Italianate – Columbia, PA – $174,900

  1. 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.

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

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

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

  5. 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.

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

  7. Hello,

    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,

    • – Yes, and if you would be so kind as to then forward copies of them on to Kelly you’ll be making more than a few of us VERY happy – PLEASE! 🙂

  8. 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!

  9. 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! 🙂

    • 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.

  10. I’m completely useless now.

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

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

  12. 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/

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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!


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