This 3500+ sq ft spacious mid-Victorian Italianate was built in 1870 by a prominent local family. Symmetrical in layout, the central hall features a curving walnut gentle staircase that winds its way to the third floor attics illuminated by a ruby flashed skylight. A formal drawing room with hand painted walls, family parlor, dining room with built in Moorish china cabinet, powder room, butler’s pantry, kitchen with restored original cabinetry and servant’s stairs complete the first floor. There are five bedrooms and one full and one half bath on the second floor along with an outside porch and sitting alcove at the front of the hall decorated with a hand painted ceiling. There is a large servant’s room on the third floor as well as full attics. All the windows in the house have their original folding pine blinds. All the original deep plaster cornices and ornate ceiling medallions still exist. Ceilings are twelve feet high. The original mantelpieces still function and the four chimneys have been relined as needed. The summer kitchen is still in the basement. A one car garage probably built in the 1950s sits in the back corner of the fenced property with mature landscaping that includes a fern-leaf beech, weeping white pine, tree peony and the like.
The rubber roof was replaced less than ten years ago. There are two gas furnaces in case one should fail and there is an auxiliary heater that operates in the event of a power outage so the house is never without heat. Everything was done to insulate the house as best as possible including blown in attic insulation and storm windows everywhere. All the electrical was replaced as was the plumbing. Telephone, coaxial cables and speaker wires were run to all the rooms before the furnishings were done. Central air has been added as has a security system. There is no reason why the house would not be considered move-in ready.
The house has been papered using antique and historic reproduction wallpapers. Many of the floors have historic reproduction brussels carpets including copies of those selected by the King of Hawaii for his palace. And most of the windows have historic window treatments all appropriate to the period of the house. The main bathroom has a geometric marble floor inset with lapis. And the kitchen with its old growth lumber is more than adequate for a casual breakfast at the white marble counter overlooking the garden or a cocktail party for over 100 or a dinner party for twelve to twenty.
Located in central Pennsylvania, Williamsport was the lumbering capital of the United States from the 1860’s until the turn of the century. By then the lumber barons had cut down most of the trees but being by then farsighted they created one of the first Chamber’s of Commerce as well as one of the first private foundations in the United States which today still annually pumps approximately five million dollars into the local economy making possible an impressive community performing arts center, symphony orchestra and ballet along with the largest museum between Rochester and Harrisburg. The area is home to Little League Baseball and the World Series is held here every year with its kickoff parade marching past the front door every August. The area is on the Susquehanna River and there is plenty of hunting, fishing and recreation happening all around the region. The city is also only fifteen minutes from Route 80 and approximately a three hour drive from Manhattan, Philadelphia or Baltimore making even day trips possible. But you don’t have to travel that far to find great food. Williamsport has a large number of truly amazing restaurants and many of them just a short walk from the house as is downtown.
The house is located within Williamsport’s historic district which is listed on the National Register of historic places. After almost 40 years as the third owner it is time to pass the deed along to its next steward after almost one hundred and fifty years. I came to Williamsport from the San Francisco Bay Area and have never regretted the move. There are some amazing people here, not just architecture. And whenever my friends have come to visit they have always remarked about the beauty of the area as well as the quality of life here. I hope that the next owner will be as happy as I have been.
Antiques are not part of the sale. But anything you might see in a photo and wish to retain I am glad to negotiate.