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Westminster, Maryland                       Circa 1907
156 Willis Street
Westminster, Maryland

Beautiful Second Empire home on historic Willis Street in Westminster MD. Move in condition. Elegance combined with modern convenience. Five bedrooms three and half baths. Beautiful wood floors throughout. The kitchen has glass front cabinets, pull-out shelves, and recessed lights. Dual staircase. Air conditioning and ceiling fans have been added. Master bedroom has its own bath. All plumbing and electric are updated. There is an expansive composite deck and a screened porch.

On March 10, 1896, Joshua, a physician and co-founder of Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) purchased the lot for this house from Sallie K Longwell, the heir of John K Longwell for $750. In 1907, when Ms Longwell died, the family estate was divided and Dr. Herring served as her executor, auctioning off the rest of her farm and laying out Willis Street, know as the city's "Prestige Street" in the process. Herring is thought to have built this home (and its twin 162 Willis) sometime near the turn of the century. Although historic documents suggest he built it as a rental property, local lore says he constructed the nearly identical homes for his two daughters - a theory that rings true, since the over 6,000 square foot double is unusually large for a rental and is very finely constructed in the Second Empire style. In 1915, this half of the home was sold to Ernest J Sponseller - mayor of Westminster from 1910-1912 - for $2600. His widow sold the home to Richard Bixler in 1965. In 2001, Margaret McPherason purchased the home and did much of its restoration, including opening the third floor up (it had been sealed off). The home was sold again in 2015. The current owners have restored the interior doors, added a marble backsplash, refinished the sunroom, and relined the chimney.

Home is located in the heart of Westminster within-walking distance to Main Street shopping and restaurants. Historic Willis Street is capped by two landmarks: on the south end, the courthouse, and on the north, emerald hill, the city hall since 1942, and the former home of prominent citizen, John K Longwell. While being surrounded by history, there is quick easy access to the county office buildings and Rt 140 which hosts shopping centers and other businesses. Carroll County MD is economically strong and growing with a new large facility for FUCHS Spice company of North America and an ever expanding Knorr Brake, Penguin Random House, Northrop Grumman (to name a few). Carroll County provides a quality education with public and private schools and McDaniel College. Carroll Hospital Center is ever growing and know as one of the top hospitals in the country.

Carol J Fertitta
Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty
443-600-6001 or 410-876-3500