"HEADWATERS" 11 SHALLOWBROOK COURT, OLNEY, MARYLAND
About Headwaters For all you Montgomery County, Maryland history buffs and Maryland Historic Property enthusiasts - do we have a house for you!!! Headwaters is a historically significant Manor Home located 15 miles just north of Washington D.C. Headwaters, an Olney Homes For Sale and a significant and beautiful 3 story colonial home located on over 2 acres in Olney, Maryland is listed at $1,399,000 and shown by appointment only.
For all you Montgomery County, Maryland history buffs and Maryland Historic Property enthusiasts - do we have a house for you!!! Headwaters is a historically significant Manor Home located 15 miles just north of Washington D.C. Headwaters, an Olney Homes For Sale and a significant and beautiful 3 story colonial home located on over 2 acres in Olney, Maryland is listed at $1,399,000 and shown by appointment only.
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A History Lesson:
Headwaters was built between 1924-1925 by Sears Roebuck Company and is likely the largest home ever designed and built by Sears architects and craftsmen. Just five years later the same team from Sears' Home Construction Division that built Headwaters was chosen to create an exact replica of Mt. Vernon for the 1931 Paris Exposition.
President Herbert Hoover personally made the decision that the United States would be represented at the exhibition with a Mt. Vernon display. Headwaters figured prominently in the Hoover's selection of Sears as the home was offered as surrogate for the government to review.
Headwaters was purchased by Harold Ickes, Secretary of the Interior in 1931. Ickes was one of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's most trusted "New Dealers, and Icke's published diaries document many Roosevelt visits to "the Farm." Headwaters remained the home of Ickes and his wife, Jane, until he sold the property in the early 1970's.
Today, the architectural design and integrity of Headwaters remains almost completely original and intact. Virtually every door and window in the home is as built and installed in 1925. All of the brass hardware and hinges are original, as is most of the oak flooring.
Fortunately for preservationists, Headwaters has had relatively few owners. Lionel Probert, the first owner and a bachelor, lived in the home for only a few years. The Ickes family owned the property for the next 40 years, and other than building the bookshelves in the living room in the 1930's, made no changes to the original Sears design or construction.
Two subsequent owners began renovations in the early 1980's Mr. and Mrs. Ray Martin in particular owned Headwaters for the next 25 years and completed the "first round" of renovations. This included the installation of copper plumbing systems, new HVAC, and new boilers for radiator heat. Most importantly, the Martins completely stripped all of the paint from painted surfaces, especially doors, window frames, sashes, and baseboards to assure the integrity new paintwork.
Headwaters is a special property - from the lush green gardens and beautiful pool and guest cottage to the beautiful interior and flow of the house. For more information, please contact Betsy Schuman Dodek of Washington Fine Properties at 301-996-8700.