1876 Second Empire – Schaefferstown, PA – $299,900

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Added to OHD on 1/15/19   -   Last OHD Update: 1/15/19   -   20 Comments
104 S Market St, Schaefferstown, PA 17088

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Stately 1876 3 story brownstone home features 11' ceilings on 1st & 2nd furs, original chestnut woodwork with beautiful architectural detail, wood floors, wood shutters built into each window, original hardware on many doors, updated kitchen, 2 car garage and so much more. You must see this home to appreciate it's rare beauty. So many rooms the possibilities are endless!
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Wendy Wills, Berkshire Hathaway / Homesale Realty
(855) 257-6704
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20 Comments on 1876 Second Empire – Schaefferstown, PA – $299,900

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  1. Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 9797 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    More photos on the agents website, linked up top.

  2. AvatarJoe says: 589 comments

    I was scrolling down from the top on OHD when I reached this house. As my mind absorbed what I was seeing, I literally gasped out loud. In spite of the fact that I am in no position to make a change for years to come, my penchant for second empire houses caused the sound to emerge. I don’t remember ever gasping before.
    It is just the kind of house and in the condition that I like. I do question a lot of the choices that have been made both in the additions to the house and the coverings used on floors, walls, and ceilings. The thing is, those are the things that I most love to remove and see what I can make of them. Thanks so much for posting this one! The gasp alone was a great new experience.

  3. AvatarDonald C. Carleton, Jr. says: 250 comments

    Exterior has a great Charles Addams/Edward Hopper vibe, although the cornice/gutter needs to be redone in a period-appropriate manner. What’s there now is definitely off!

  4. Avatarbetsy says: 167 comments

    The ceiling heights ! The round top doors ! The miles and miles of UN-painted woodwork.
    Its well cared for condition. Love it

  5. Avatarkarrie says: 228 comments

    Wow this house is and could be beautiful like it was when it was shinning brand new! Someone needs to restore this beauty to her former glory. Looks like someone closed off a door in one of the rooms. Restore this beauty please. The woodwork is fantastic. sigh

  6. AvatarPamela Haber says: 16 comments

    Now that’s a Halloween House!!! And I mean this in the very best of compliments!

  7. AvatarGregory K. Hubbard says: 331 comments

    Hello folks,

    I agree with everyone; it’s a great house. Both Donald and Michael are right, the aluminum planks on mansard’s cornice and the curb moldings really robs the mansard of its power. There is a small chance that the original moldings survive underneath that aluminum. After all, it’s much easier to cover than replace.

    Unfortunately the lost porch columns will prove a far more serious loss. Parts of the brackets survive on the porch beams, but I hope that there is a good historic photograph, or perhaps drawings to accurately recreate the missing columns. I’d need to address that pretty fast, because those wire columns would drive me nuts.

    This is almost certainly a design by Isaac Hobbs (1817-1896). He was a very successful architect who, with his son George, enjoyed a widespread practice. I believe that he designed some homes as far west as Ohio, and some as far north as Connecticut, but his primary business seems to have been concentrated in Pennsylvania. Dover has reprinted the second, 1876, edition of one of his pattern books, ‘Hobbs’s Architecture…’ He must have loved the Renaissance, because every other home is either Italianate or capped with a mansard. Some of the best are Italianate with mansard roofed towers.

    There is a fine biography on the website ‘Philadelphia Architects and Buildings:’

    The spectacular house Michael spotted is one of Hobbs’s designs. It was featured on pages 194-195 of ‘Hobbs’s Architecture.’ The drawing in the book recorded the shape of the corner tower’s missing domed mansard roof.

    There have been some sad demolitions, and an appalling amount of vinyl and aluminum siding in this town, but it’s got an abundance of good looking buildings. It also preserves a nice building tradition for this region, extending down into the top edge of Maryland. Many of the homes were built right against the sidewalk, so close that some of the front doors, when opened, actually swing out to its edge.

    It’s a long hour and forty minute drive to Philadelphia, but Harrisburg is less than an hour away. I’d pay that price daily to live in either one of these beauties.

  8. JimHJimH says: 4014 comments
    OHD Supporter

    The house was built for Dr. Thomas T. Zerbe on the site of a 1758 home that was demolished to make way. Merchant William M. Weigley built the other sandstone mansion a few years later. Neither house is listed on the National Register. Old photos of them:
    Bio of Zerbe:

    • AvatarLoriChristie says: 7 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Thank you(?) JimH 🙂
      Just spent the evening reading & studying the pictures in your link. A nice escape in to yesteryear.

  9. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 9797 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Posted last year, lowered in price so thought I’d move it to the front page for another look. Comments above may be older.

  10. AvatarMichael McNamara says: 18 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1937 Georgian
    Evanston, IL

    Those interior doors ! And what a charming town!

  11. AvatarDeborah Ellington Thrasher says: 15 comments

    Love Love a Second Empire! They make me crazy!!!

  12. AvatarDoreen says: 216 comments

    I painted my kitchen that same exact pink/green combo that is in the dining room. I would LOVE to paint the floor, too, but…le sigh. Dogs. I have dogs. It’s difficult enough just trying to vacuum around their furry butts, much less keep them out of the kitchen for DAYS while that paint dries! I have visions of green doggy foot-prints all over the rest of my hardwood floors!


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