September 20th, 2012 Categories: Old Vintage Silver Spring Takoma Park Houses
This is one house that had me speechless when I saw it, the outside and the inside. It’s located in the Wynnewood Park Section of Woodside Park and was listed by an agent in my office as an “AS IS” fixer-upper. It was even more interesting inside.
It was built in the late 1920’s in the Woodside Park Neighborhood of Silver Spring. The stone used to build the house is said to have come from the Crosby Noyes Mansion. Crosby Noyes was the owner and editor in chief of the Washington Evening Star Newspapers. The stone was “recycled” from the mansion that stood near this house, when it was torn down in 1926. Stone masons from the National Cathedral laid the stone on this house and the one next to it. The similar stone house next door is where the wife and children of notorius Gaston Means lived in the 1930’s while he was in prison. You can read about these houses and the rest of the interesting history of Woodside Park on this site: Woodside Park Architectural Walking Tour
The house has a 2 story living room with a curved staircase leading up to the only 2 Bedrooms in the house. The 2 Bedrooms were off a balcony that overlooked the living room and massive stone fireplace. It looked to be all original. The light fixtures and 1 & 1/2 baths were ORIGINAL circa 1920’s. The kitchen appliances had been removed, darn it , would have really liked to have seen those! They did leave the awesome huge old 1920’s kitchen sink though. The basement had a narrrow spiral staircase steps going down with a heavy rope for a handrail (too scary for me). It was in very very sad shape and not for the faint of heart remodeler or restorer. This house was snatched up within 24 hours and had multiple contracts.