SOLD – Happy Seller Says:
“When it came time to sell our family home of 37 years, I knew it was essential that we find a realtor that would appreciate all the reasons my parents had bought an 1892-built home in suburban/rural Maryland. I found Gary Gestson via a website that I had found years ago advertised in the back of Old House Journal, www.historicproperties.com. My brother had interviewed a big name in local real estate already, not knowing of his ties to developers in the area. He had laughed at the price my brother said he’d like to list at initially which actually wasn’t far off at all what we agreed to list with Gary Gestson. For me, it was most important to find a new owner that would love & care for the house as we had done all those years. Gary was great from the get-go as I knew he would be, as a lover of old homes. We had the good fortune to have an all-cash offer as the first one on our home by a family just down the street who also had an older home & who had always admired ours in passing. We negotiated on the price & Gary’s guidance & expertise in real estate transactions, especially regarding older homes, led to a successful conclusion & the torch is now passed. I wholeheartedly recommend Gary for the sale of your beloved home whether it’s old or new. Thank you again, Gary, for everything!!”
Historic Wilson-Bennett House c.1900
This extraordinary 5-6 bedroom historic masterpiece is beautifully positioned on a 3+ acres corner lot with bordering stream and mature trees. Described by the Maryland Historical Trust, as “one of the larger, and more grand, Queen Anne’s in Howard County”, this unique Victorian home, with much of its historic detailing intact, offers an astute buyer the rare opportunity to complete the restoration of one of Maryland’s most precious treasures. From its turret and charming parlors, to its high ceilings and grand spaces, this vintage beauty captures the essence of life at the turn of the last century. Step into another era as you ascend the magnificent staircase with its hand carved adornments and reflect on early 20th century life in this country home that was built as a retreat for an affluent family wishing to escape the bustle of Baltimore City.
This is a home of rare and beautiful distinction, close to Baltimore & DC, yet a world away.
The Wilson-Bennett House is a 2 ‘/2-story, three-bay by four-bay frame structure with narrow novelty siding with comer boards on most walls and staggered-butt wood shingles on the turret and the gable ends and dormers. The roof has a gable on the front wing and is hipped elsewhere, with a ridge running northwest-southeast, and with a conical roof on the turret; it is all covered with asphalt architectural shingles. The northwest elevation has a projecting wing on the north half, with the turret at the north comer of the house. The windows in the house are one-over-one wood sash with plain head-cut trim. There is a porch that wraps around all four sides of the house, with turned wood posts and curved sawn brackets that have fan-patterned cutouts in them. Part of the southwest side of the porch has been enclosed. On the northeast elevation the east bay is set back from the plane of the other bays by several feet. The east-center bay east comer of the first story is angled, with a door and two-light transom set in this angle.
Maryland Historical Trust
The Bennett family acquired the 24-acre lot on which the Wilson-Bennett House sits in 1892 for $3,200, and Wesley B. Bennett became a partial owner of the property in that year through inheritance. The Bennett’s sold the property to Elizabeth Wilson of Baltimore in 1894 for $3,600. At that time there was apparently a house on the property, but it burned in 1896. Wilson and the Bennetts were apparently related, though the exact connection is not known at this time, and she lived with Wesley and Mary W. Bennett, or they lived with her, much of the time (and were buried together in St. John’s Cemetery). Wesley Bennett was a coal dealer in Ellicott City, but also acted as a broker, buying and selling real estate for Wilson, and it is not clear whether this property was intended merely as an investment, or as a summer home. In any case, Wilson and the Bennetts sold the property and an additional 28 acres in 1903 for $10,000. The increase in value probably reflects the replacement of the burned dwelling with the existing house. The house they built is a large Queen Anne, with masses that project and recede and are broken up with gables and dormers, a porch that wraps around all four sides, as well as varied materials. These were all picturesque techniques to break away from a static, symmetrical building that dominated the landscape to one that seemed to blend more into the landscape. This is a very good example of the building type and is one of the larger, and more grand, Queen Anne’s in Howard County. Unfortunately, we do not know who was responsible for its design and construction, but the front porch brackets are very similar to those on the Donovan House at 1690 Woodstock Road, and could possibly indicate a common source.
Main Floor (10′ ceiling)
Entry Foyer 13‘ x 9’ – Wood floor, hang lamp, staircase.
Formal Parlor 16‘ x 16’ – Wood floor, fireplace with wood mantel, wood stove insert, hanging lamp, pocket doors, 6′ radius turret, 6 windows.
Rear Parlor 16′ x 14′ – Wood floor, fireplace with marble mantel, wood stove insert, hanging lamp, pocket doors, 3 windows.
Dining Room 18′ x 15′ – Wood floor, fireplace with marble mantel, hanging lamp with medallion, picture rail, crown molding, exterior door, 3 windows.
Kitchen 25′ x 16′ – Plywood floor, marble counters, 2 ceiling fans, Frigidaire gas range, Bosch dishwasher, Frigidaire refrigerator, door to basement, back staircase, 2 exterior doors to porch, 3 windows.
2nd Floor (9′ ceiling)
Landing 13′ x 6′ – Wood floor, 1 window.
Hallway 22′ x 4′ – Wood floor, closet, back staircase, 1 window.
Bedroom 1 16′ x 16′ – Wood floor, fireplace with wood mantel, built-in bookcase, 6′ radius turret, pass through door to Bedroom 2, 5 windows.
Bedroom 2 15′ x 14′ – Wood floor, door to hall, 2 windows.
Bedroom 3 15′ x 13′ – Wood floor, fireplace with wood mantel, 4 windows.
Hall Bathroom 12‘ x 11’ – Vinyl floor, claw foot tub, closet, 1 window.
Laundry Room 10′ x 10′ – Vinyl floor, cabinets, 1 window.
Closet 10′ x 4′ – Wood floor.
3rd Floor (8′ ceiling)
Landing 12′ x 6′ – Wood floor, 1 window.
Bedroom 4 (unfinished) 16′ x 11′ – Wood floor, skylight, 1 window.
Bedroom 5 14′ x 10′ – Wood floor, built-in bookcase, 2 windows.
Bedroom 6 15′ x 14′ – Wood floor, closet, 2 windows.
Hall Bathroom 8′ x 7′ – Vinyl floor, paneled half-wall, claw foot tub, 1 window.
Den 19′ x 16′ – Wood floor, ceiling fan, back stairs to second floor, skylight, 1 window.
Gazebo & Large Storage Shed
Maryland Historical Trust – Wilson-Bennett House – HO-1052