Historic Clara Tice House c.1894 - This grand Victorian home on nearly a 1/2 acre is one of the most beautiful in Hagerstown's Historic District. It features spacious rooms, high ceilings, extensive historic detailing, 2 staircases, large front porch, 2 fireplaces with custom mantels and gorgeous wood floors. The kitchen has been updated to accommodate the most inspired chef, while retaining an early 20th century charm. The formal parlor boasts 10' windows in the front, bay window on the side and a custom ceiling treatment with custom wood trim. The spacious dining room is light and airy, and includes the original built-in china cabinet.
Historically, the 400 block of North Potomac Street contained many of the homes of Hagerstown's business leaders. Today, it's central location offers travel convenience to Interstates 70 and 81 and any part of Hagerstown. This home is just minutes from the town square and the popular Western Maryland Blues Fest. The front porch offers front row seating for the annual Alsatia Mummers Parade - the largest nighttime parade on the east coast.
Only 4 families have occupied this home since it was built in c.1894 and the last time it changed hands was in 1985. This is a rare opportunity to purchase a historic masterpiece and become its steward for the next 28 years! This is a home of rare and beautiful distinction near to Washington, DC, Baltimore, Harrisburg & Charles Town, WV.
Featured in May 31, 2013 Kiplinger Magazine Online - Clara Tice House is one of the best deals in America under $300K
Main Floor (11' ceiling)
Formal Parlor 26' x 15' - Wood floor, hanging lamp w/plaster medallion, fireplace with wood mantel, bay window (10' x 5'), crown molding, painted ceiling with decorative wood trim design, 2 doors to center hall, 2 front 3 pane windows 10' x 3', 8 windows total.
Entry Hall 28' x 7' - Wood floor, hang lamp, crown molding, original front & back doors with transoms, staircase with ornate newel post.
Family Parlor 18' x 14' - Wood floor, crown molding, fireplace with ceramic tile & ornate mantel, closet, hanging lamp, 5 windows.
Dining Room 24' x 15' - Wood floor, chandelier w/plaster medallion, crown molding, decorative wall trim, built-in china cabinet, exterior side door, door to hall, 2 doors to kitchen, 3 windows.
Kitchen 17' x 14' - Wood floor, ceramic tile counters, bricked stove area, cherry cabinets, ceiling fan, 4 hanging lamps, exterior door to porch.
2nd Floor (10 1/2' ceiling)
Bedroom 1 20' x 15' - Wood floor, closet, 4 windows, doors to front hall, back staircase hall, pass through bathroom to bedroom 2.
Pass-Through Bathroom 9' x 6' - Ceramic tile floor, pedestal sink, tub, window.
Bedroom 2 14' x 12' - Wood floor, ceiling fan, closet, 3 windows.
Hallway 28' x 8' - Wood floor, hanging lamp, door to porch.
Hall Bathroom 10' x 6' - Outside bedroom 1, ceramic tile floor, window, claw foot tub, Deco sink.
Bedroom 3 15' x 14' - Wood floor, closet, ceiling fan, 3 windows, adjoining door to Bedroom 4.
Bedroom 4 15' x 14' - Wood floor, closet, ceiling fan, 2 windows.
Bedroom 5 16' x 12' - Wood floor, ceiling fan, 2 closets, bookcases, 2 windows, sink, ceramic tile counter, cabinets.
Full attic with fixed staircase.
Full basement with fixed staircase.
The Potomac-Broadway Historic District consists largely of a late 19th and early 20th century residential area with most buildings dating from 1870-1930. Major architectural styles found in the district are Second Empire, High Victorian Gothic, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Spanish Colonial Revival, and American Foursquare. The district contains large prestigious mansions, slightly smaller scale single-family houses, more modest houses and duplexes, apartments, and urban townhouses. The townhouses contain both commercial and residential uses. The mansions on the west side of North Potomac Street and Oak Hill Avenue are set well back from the street by tree-shaded front lawns. The homes on the east side of North Potomac Street and Oak Hill Avenue and on Broadway and E. North Avenue contain smaller front yards than those of the mansions. The townhouses on lower Potomac Street and on North Locust Street are set against the sidewalk. Together these buildings and settings portray the growth and development of Hagerstown from the late 19th century through its major commercial/industrial boom period from about 1880 to the 1930's.
The 400 block of North Potomac Street and 600 block of Oak Hill Avenue contained the homes of Hagerstown's business leaders who either created or rode the tide of the economic boom to great prosperity. The district was also home to insurance brokers, jewelers and executives with numerous manufacturing companies and banking establishments. Many salesmen, clerks, mid-level executives and craftsmen lived on Broadway and North Avenue. The district is located between the Oak Hill and Downtown Historic Districts.
Architectural Design Guidelines for the Historic Districts of Hagerstown.
Having retained much of the buildings and urban form achieved by 1930, Hagerstown today is a window to turn-of-the-century America. Instead of reading about the impact of the Industrial Revolution on small town America, people can visit Hagerstown and walk the streets and touch the buildings where turn-of-the-century Hagerstonians worked, shopped, played and lived. At the core of the City is a compact business and government center of four- to eight-story Victorian and Beaux Arts buildings. Surrounding the downtown are the urban rowhouse and genteel mansion house neighborhoods developed for Hagerstown's boom era workers, industrial magnates and business managers. Scattered throughout are the two-story, pre-Civil War era houses of our early German settlers. Hagerstown's rail heritage is evident in the still active rail lines which nearly encircle the central city. In recognition of this important urban architectural heritage, six National Register historic districts have been designated in Hagerstown.
Hagerstown was founded in 1762 by Jonathan Hager, a gunsmith, fur trader, farmer and politician. After settling he quickly increased his wealth and expanded his land holdings acquiring over 10,000 acres which he used to layout plans for the town. It was originally named Elizabethtowne, in honor of his wife, but was later changed to Hagerstown in his honor.
Hagerstown was situated at the crossroads of the “Warrior Trading Path,” the Eastern Native American North / South Trading Route, which is modern day Route 11 and the First National Road, now Route 40. The town grew quickly and was a prized location for transportation of all kinds from covered wagon to nearby river navigation.
The 19th Century marked the arrival of the railroad to the area in 1834. This, perhaps more than any other factor, spurred the growth of Hagerstown into the city we know today. The nickname “Hub City” comes from the way all the railroad lines running into to Hagerstown resembled the spokes of a wagon wheel on the map. The Western Maryland, the Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) and the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) all supplied these “spokes." Railroading grew as an industry and was the main driver of the local economy well into the 20th Century. Although passenger service has ceased, freight still rolls through Hagerstown everyday.
1884 - Harrison E. King convey tract of land to S. Martin Bloom
1892 - Mary Tice acquired the land
1894 - Clara Tice (daughter) acquired the land and built the house
1928 - LaVelette M. Shelly
1928 - J. Frank & Julia Ridenour (deceased, willed to Helen Ridenour Byron)
1952 - Stanley & Marguerite Moore
1985 - Current owner
Hagerstown Maryland - Official Website
Washington County Historical Society - Documents Washington County's Rich History
Hagerstown & Washington County History - Maryland Convention & Visitors Bureau
Calendar of Events - Maryland Convention & Visitors Bureau
Hagerstown Historic District - National Register of Historic Places
Tax Credits - Historic Preservation Tax Credits
Maryland Historical Trust - Maryland Department of Planning
Architectural Design Guidelines - For the Residential Historic Districts of Hagerstown
Western Maryland Blues Fest - Critically Acclaimed Blues Event in the Mid-Atlantic Region
City of Hagerstown 250th Anniversary Celebration (September 24, 2012)
Our Town: Hagerstown (April 26, 2011)
Community News by City of Hagerstown (April 23, 2013)
Historic City Farmer's Market
Alsatia Mummers Parade 2012 - Hagerstown Maryland (October 28, 2012)
17th Annual Blues Fest Picnic (June 4, 2012)
Western Maryland Blues Fest in Full Swing (The Herald Mail June 24, 2011 - Feature Article)
Kiplinger Magazine Online - Clara Tice House is one of the best deals in America under $300K
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