HomeSource - Dutch Colonial sparkles in Oak Hill District

July 23, 2005|by DAVE THOMPSON

This week's HomeSource Feature Home is a stone Dutch Colonial brimming with personality and located in Hagerstown's Oak Hill Historic District.

A visitor who steps into the entrance foyer and glances left into the living room and right into the dining room will immediately be struck by the elegant interior trim and woodwork around entryways and windows.

"Doc" Rudy, a Hagerstown pharmacist in the 1920's is said to have purchased the trim and woodwork from a post-Revolutionary War house near Winchester, Va., prior to its demolition. The woodwork was reputed to have been carved by Hessian prisoners of war who stayed in America after the war. Rudy commissioned an architect to design a house featuring the woodwork, and the "Rudy House" at 813 The Terrace was completed in 1927.

While the woodwork is a talking point, it's by no means the only attractive feature of this house.

The first floor has 10-foot ceilings, hardwood floors and antique crown moldings and chair rails. Doors feature antique door handles and locks. The 15-by-25-foot living room encloses a wood-burning fireplace, built-in bookshelves and a crystal-and-wrought-iron chandelier. An exterior door leads to a columned side porch that has a brick floor and attractive wrought iron railings. The 12-by-18 dining room has a large built-in corner cupboard.


Owners who followed Doc Rudy added extensive improvements to the first floor. A north porch off the dining room was enclosed and now makes an ideal office/study. Later a sunroom was added to the west side (rear) of the house. It includes a hardwood floor, crown molding, tinted Palladian windows and atrium doors to an expansive concrete patio.

The current owners undertook an extensive renovation in 1988. The kitchen was enlarged and modernized, the sunroom became a sitting room/family room, and an oversized two-car garage was added, enlarging the patio to the rear. Air conditioning was added to the first floor, and floors on that level were refinished.

The revamped kitchen is designed for gourmet cooking with its Corian countertops, island with pot rack, commercial 36-inch Wolf gas range, handmade cabinetry, breakfast bar and ceramic tile floor. Appliances include a trash compactor, dishwasher, side-by-side refrigerator and garbage disposal.

Upstairs are three large bedrooms, including a 16-by-25 master that includes a walk-in closet and two additional closets. Each of the other bedrooms has two closets. The master bedroom is served by an updated bathroom that features ceramic tile walls and a Corian tub and sink. One of the other bedrooms is adjoined by a half-bath, and there's also a hall bathroom serving the second floor.

There's a real bonus on the third floor, where attic space has been modified to serve as a huge 23-by-45 family/recreation room. The room features exposed beams, electric baseboard heat, carpeting, two ceiling fans an two skylights. It swallows up a 7-foot slate-bed pool table (which conveys with the house) with the greatest of ease.

A stone foundation basement includes unfinished rooms, a laundry hook-up and storage shelves.

The large backyard with its wooden fence, flowers and herb garden is a pleasant place to while away time. The 24-by-43-foot area of the concrete patio provides ample room for entertaining.

Other features include a five-zone heating system for efficient distribution of the home's hot-water baseboard heat, and a security system.

A touch of the old, a generous helping of modern features and a location in one of Hagerstown's great neighborhoods would make this home an attractive choice for the right family.

For additional information, contact Joan Schupp of Long & Foster Realtors at 301-393-8352, 800-448-3105, ext. 8352, or e-mail:

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