CUMBERLAND — Phyllis Blair at all times questioned why her grandmother appeared spellbound whereas she leafed by way of home ground plans within the late Nineteen Forties.
Greater than 70 years later, Blair not too long ago toured a grand Cumberland house and eventually obtained some solutions to her questions.
Blair, born in 1940 in Cumberland, was eight years outdated when she, her siblings, their mom and different members of the family moved right into a tiny home owned by her grandparents, Joseph Habig and his spouse Viola Prepare dinner Habig.
“My grandfather had misplaced all the pieces and right here he was taking us in,” Blair mentioned.
The Habigs had moved to southern Maryland after Joseph discovered work as a constructing inspector for the federal government at Naval Air Station Patuxent River.
However a few years earlier than that, the couple lived in a brand new, lavish, three-story home at 523 Cumberland St.
The structure“My grandfather constructed that home,” Blair mentioned of the 1910 development the place the Habigs lived till 1922.
The home was deeded to the husband and spouse.
“I discovered that fascinating as a result of at the moment girls had no rights,” Blair mentioned. “My grandfather beloved my grandmother.”
She additionally mentioned her grandfather was a plumber and had a retailer in downtown Cumberland.
In response to Maryland Historic Belief paperwork, Joseph Habig in 1913 additionally owned a constructing at 151 N. Centre St. in Cumberland.
The information present Wright Butler offered the plans for that constructing.
“A four-story, brick constructing, the Habig Constructing combines Butler’s favourite business Romanesque type with the favored, bracketed shed-roofed constructing type,” they state. “Acquainted Butler particulars akin to brick arches, stone quoins on the corners, and stone keystones seem on this 1913 constructing.”
That construction housed Joseph Habig’s enterprise, which in response to Western Maryland Historic Library information included “stoves, roofing and spouting.”
The solutionsBecause the economic system headed for a breakdown, Joseph Habig misplaced his home in 1922.
“He was attempting to maintain the enterprise going,” Blair mentioned. “He wasn’t paying himself, he was paying his workers.”
Because of extra monetary difficulties, Joseph Habig later misplaced his retailer constructing and enterprise.
He and his spouse went from being very rich, to having virtually nothing.
“My grandmother informed me that throughout the Melancholy she had two units of garments for every of her (seven) youngsters and she or he’d wash one set for the following day,” Blair mentioned.
“They have been shifting from home to accommodate in Cumberland as a result of they couldn’t pay the hire,” Blair mentioned and added her grandfather refused to take heed to his spouse and file for chapter to avoid wasting their property.
After the Habigs moved to southern Maryland, at one level they’d 9 folks dwelling of their tiny home.
“There was at all times a line for the toilet,” Blair mentioned.
Blair would later notice her grandmother missed her former house in Cumberland.
“My grandmother was at all times amassing home plans from magazines,” Blair mentioned. “I by no means understood it.”
After the Nice Melancholy, Blair’s grandmother was by no means the identical.
“She was depressed,” Blair mentioned. “She wouldn’t get away from bed.”
The tourBlair, who lives in St. Mary’s County, noticed the Cumberland Avenue home on the market on-line, and known as the itemizing agent, Ally Litten — dealer at Mountainside Residence Realty.
Litten and her six-month outdated daughter Sunny led Blair on her first tour of the home, which has lots of its authentic options.
Litten additionally gave Blair some particulars she’d discovered whereas researching the home.
“(The Habigs) constructed this crown jewel after which they misplaced it,” Litten mentioned.
Litten described the home as “a west aspect gem.”
There are “two units of stairs going all the way in which to the third ground,” Litten mentioned. “It’s a particular home on Cumberland Avenue.”
Joshua Greise, a Realtor at Carter & Roque Actual Property in Frostburg, and his spouse, Autum Greise, proprietor of the The Strawberry Canine in Cumberland, purchased the 523 Cumberland St. home.
Their property transaction was scheduled to shut on Friday.
“My first impression was how properly the home was restored whereas preserving the attraction of a Victorian house,” Joshua Greise mentioned by way of e-mail.
“I’ve at all times beloved Victorian properties, so it is a dream come true,” Autumn Greise mentioned by way of e-mail.
“It’s apparent how a lot time and work has been put in to take this house again to its authentic situation and you may’t beat the superb views of town from the third ground,” she mentioned.
“We’re so excited and honored to have the possibility to buy such a tremendous house,” Autumn Greise mentioned.
Household talesBlair talked of the house’s stunning fireplaces, built-in cupboards, pocket doorways and huge closets.
“The home had all the pieces,” Blair mentioned.
She recalled household tales about the home together with when her mom fell from a second-story window on her twelfth birthday.
“One thing occurred to her ear,” Blair mentioned. “I believe that was brought on by that fall.”
Blair’s voice trembled at instances whereas she talked of the home her grandparents constructed, beloved and misplaced.
“It’s arduous. It’s actually emotional,” Blair mentioned.
However she was glad to have skilled the home.
“I’ve discovered a lot about my household,” Blair mentioned.
“I really feel good that I went in the home. I perceive my grandmother now,” she mentioned.