March 24, 2017

Preservation Personals: 18th-Century Georgian Seeks Preservationist's Care

  • By: Jared Foretek

When I was built in the late 1700s, there wasn’t much to speak of in these Maryland woods. It was a secluded area where land was cheap and a middle-class family could build a home.

Two-hundred fifty years later and things sure have changed in Silver Spring. Now we’ve got the nation’s capital just a few miles away. Heck, now we have a nation (the jury was still out on that idea when I was built)! And I’ve been here through it all.

Preservationists have taken quite a liking to me, which is why my sale will benefit the National Trust and I come with a preservation easement on my Flemish bond brick exterior and certain parts of my property’s landscape. Known as Milimar, I was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. They wrote glowingly of my symmetrical Georgian style, calling me “noteworthy as an example of an early ‘middle’ class home.”

The original structure is two-and-a-half stories with a gabled roof. But that building stretched just one-room deep, so a rear addition was built some time later to make the first two stories more spacious.

No longer the only sources of heat in the whole place, my four fireplaces remain intact. I have a full bathroom on every level, wood floors in the dining and living rooms, and a kitchen with an open plan and a family room addition. My original curving staircase takes you upstairs to the spacious master bedroom.

I admit, I could use some work. At more than 250 years old, who couldn’t? But there aren’t many 18th-century homes just waiting for someone to make them their own. Frankly, there aren’t many 18th-century homes still around at all.

So if you want to live amid American history, I’m the house for you. Learn more about me here.

Silver Spring Georgian exterior

photo by: David Maplesden

Silver Spring, Maryland 20904.

Silver Spring Georgian Kitchen

photo by: David Maplesden

My kitchen had exposed brick before it was cool.

Silver Spring Georgian Kitchen

photo by: David Maplesden

The living room has one of my four fireplaces.

Jared Foretek is an editorial intern at the National Trust. He enjoys historic train stations, old bars, and interesting public spaces.

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