Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Tyler Spite House

Frederick housing history includes the grand Tyler Spite house at 112 W. Church St. This home, which has been used as a bed and breakfast as well as a home, has been for sale on and off since December of 2009. It was purchased at the height of the market in 2006 for $1.5 million and is now for sale at $1.2 million.  In June 2010 it was listed for $1.84 million. The current price is a 35% discount over the 2010 price!  It is an elegant colonial home built circa 1812. It is a 9,000+ sq ft home with 12 ft ceilings, 7 bedrooms, 4 full baths, and 3 half baths. Taxes are a mere $21,274.  I would love to see this property occupied again. Needless to say I'd be honored and thrilled to be the one to sell it! 


History
Wikipedia writes:  In 1814, Dr. John Tyler, an eminent ophthalmologist and the first American-born physician to perform a cataract operation, owned a parcel of land near the courthouse square in Frederick, Maryland.[10] The city made plans to extend Record Street south through Tyler's land to meet West Patrick Street.[10] In fighting the city, Tyler discovered a local law that prevented the building of a road if work was in progress on a substantial building in the path of a proposed road.[10] To spite the city, Tyler immediately had workmen pour a building foundation, which was discovered by the road crews the next morning.[10][11]


The Los Angeles Times wrote a good piece about it:   http://articles.latimes.com/1990-04-29/travel/tr-41_1_spite-house . There are many other articles about this home that you can search for on Google.

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