CENTENNIAL SCHOOLS~The Merson House~ is a house registered as a historic property. It's an American Four Square that reflects many of the characteristics of this popular style including the box shape, high hipped roof, central gable dormer, and full-width front porch. The house sits on 0.62 acres.The house abuts the scenic Cat Rocks Branch valley. Although aluminum siding covers the wood frame, the house is a significant example of vernacular Prairie Box design and retains its overall early 20th-century character. This house is significant as an example of early suburban planned development in Howard County. It is part of an important intact corridor on the outskirts of Ellicott city lined with early 20th century buildings. While there were planned developments along the B&O Railroad's Washington branch near Laurel dating from the late 19th century, this subdivision was one of the first of its kind in the northern section of the country. Unlike neighboring counties, Howard County never experienced the housing boom created by the arrival of rail and streetcar lines. This tract along old Columbia Pike represents one of the few pre-World War II developments that exist in the county. Like many prosperous merchants in downtown Ellicott City, August Stigler, a wholesale flour dealer, moved outside of town to the hillside along Columbia Pike in the early 1920s. After purchasing 20 acres from Caleb Rogers in 1928, Stigler subdivided his land into 12 lots of nearly equal size, roughly 1/3 of an acre. The lots were all 70 feet wide and about 200 feet deep abutting the cat Rocks Branch stream valley. According to his son, August Stigler Jr., Stigler was capitalizing on the success of the streetcar line which connected Ellicott city with Baltimore, He believed that people would be attracted to affordable lots within a short distance of the Ellicott City station. Construction of these houses began in 1928, but at least three lots long remained empty because of the Depression. Although no documentation has been found to confirm their origin, Stigler's son believes a number of the houses eventually built were ordered from popular catalogs of the period. The style of this house and its neighbors suggest this theory is a valid one. ~ Breathtaking 4 story HISTORIC colonial in the heart of Ellicott City! Many original restored features along with all of the new amenities! Original cypress wood front porch! Custom molding and built-ins! Central air conditioning! Modern kit with Silestone counters & Stainless steel appliances! Huge addition with a 1st floor master suite or family room with a full bath! Original pine floors! Fully finished LL! 2 car garage! Screened porch! Stunning yard! Must see! NOT in the flood zone! 1st floor addition could be a fantastic in-law suite or home office! Finished basement could easily be converted into an in-law suite or apartment with a separate entrance!
Attic, Built-Ins, Chair Railing, Crown Molding, Entry Lvl BR, Master Bath(s), Upgraded Countertops, Shades/Blinds, Wood Floors
Dishwasher, Disposal, Dryer, Exhaust Fan, Icemaker, Microwave, Refrigerator, Stove, Washer
Full, Fully Finished, Outside Entrance, Walkout Stairs
Vinyl Siding, Stone, Brick and Siding
Porch(es), Porch-screened, Brick Porch
HOWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM
Listing information last updated on December 31st, 1969 at 7:00pm EST.