Advertisement

Fate of Kammerer House may be sealed

March 19, 1999|By JULIE E. GREENE

The fate of the historic Kammerer House may be sealed.

Washington County Commissioner Bert L. Iseminger said Thursday night that the only thing the commissioners can do at this point is ask that local historians have the opportunity to document the house before it is razed.

The commissioners received a letter on Wednesday that said the historic structure must be moved or torn down.

The letter came from Citicorp Credit Services Inc., which wants to buy the property on which the house is located. The farmhouse, built by Johan Ludwig Kammerer in 1774, is on a half-acre lot in the Airport Business Park, surrounded by parking lots and buildings.

The Hagerstown-Washington County Industrial Foundation Inc., a private-public agency known as CHIEF, owns the land and received a demolition permit for the property on March 3.

Advertisement

The county has until next Thursday to respond to Citicorp's letter, but Iseminger said the next move is up to historic preservationists who have been trying to save the house.

Commissioner John L. Schnebly said the house, which has a limestone basement, may not be movable since it was built on a spring. If it is moved, its historic value would decline significantly, he said.

The Herald-Mail Articles
|
|
|