Lancaster County PA Realty Check: The Linden House, Marietta, PA

The Linden House, Marietta, PA

The Linden House, Marietta PA:

In 1983 I purchased the Linden House in Marietta, PA.  Built ca. 1805 by lumber magnate Henry Cassel, the 6,000 SF mansion had fallen on hard times.  After being unceremoniously chopped up into ten low rent apartments, the roof had been burned off and the house condemned.  The mansion had 606 window panes (yes, I counted them), most of which were broken.  It also had three center halls, fifteen fireplaces including a walk-in fireplace in the summer kitchen, and an ornate fanlight over the front door.

The Linden House

Linden House Antiques was just one of the plans I had for the Linden House.  I envisioned an antique dealer cooperative.   My ultimate plan was to restore the mansion and live there in historic Marietta PA, but my ex-wife could not be convinced to give up her modern home and live across the street from an industrial plant which blocked the original Susquehanna River view. 

                                        The Linden House

I loved that house.  I could picture the fabulous parties that must have been given in the early days, with those beautiful center halls and stairway, and the linden trees for which it was named, that lined a walk all the way down to the river.   I always felt that I  was entering another century when I went into the back kitchen door of the house, with the walk-in fireplace.  As soon as the door closed, all the modern traffic noise went away, and there was a certain serenity inside.  I actually felt like I was communicating with the original builders as I uncovered their original materials.  

The Linden House

Another corporation I started was Linden Realty, which I would have headquartered there.  Unfortunately, I ran out of money after I had gotten the house back to its original configuration, removed 110 tons of debris out of it, saved it from condemnation, and made it weathertight again.  I had to sell it at a loss in 1985 before I could start the actual restoration, after all the work I put into it.  The mansion was subsequently allowed to deteriorate again.

Recently the present owner, who purchased the house in 2004, found me on Localism.com and contacted me!  He was looking for early photographs of the house as he continues the restoration.  I will have to look in my archives, because I too had searched for early photographs so I could do an accurate restoration.  I also took many photos of the Linden House before and during my work on it.  I'm looking forward to seeing the progress he has made.  Don't ever believe that no one will see you on Localism.com!

Copyright2007BrianSchulman©

 

Brian Schulman offers expert real estate representation for buyers and sellers of homes in Lancaster County, PA.  To learn more, visit http://www.FindLancasterHomes.com/

Lancaster County Facebook Business Page Brian Schulman LinkedIn R.E. Lancaster County Newsletter 

Interested in Receiving Information on  Local Lancaster County Events?

Lancaster Local Events  

 

Comment balloon 12 commentsBrian Schulman • June 08 2007 05:54PM

Comments

This is a fascinating story, Brian. I enjoyed it very much and could feel your passion for the mansion, and for those times when it was first built, come shining through.

I'm sorry you did not get to see your dream through to completion, however it sounds like you got the ball rolling and the new owner will carry forth with it. One day it may be back to it's former glory...now if only the industrial plant across the road would disappear and the linden tree walkway be brought back. Your descriptive writing enabled  a clear vision of this property's former glory and graciousness.

thank you

Jo 

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith about 11 years ago

Hi, Jo.  I'm glad you enjoyed the story.  I'm still looking forward to getting to seeing what progress the new owner has made on the inside of the house.

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) about 11 years ago
This was my Great Great Grandfathers Aunt and Uncles home. My GG Grandfather visited them here around 1887. He came from Germany. He decided he liked it here so much he moved the family here in 1888. At that time my Great grandfather was 9. My grandmother would tell me stories and show pictures. The one picture of an article about the cassle mansion was not this one as listed here.
Posted by Jean Comfort over 10 years ago

Thanks for commenting, Jean!  I was the the 35th in a long line of owners.  Apparently the mansion was too much for many of them to keep for long.  I researched all the prior deeds.  I'm sure your relatives must have been on the list.

The picture of a Cassel mansion that was not this one, was probably the Victorian mansion across the street that originally belonged to Henry Cassel's son Byrd.

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) over 10 years ago
I am sorry you could not complete your project. It looks like a beautiful building with lots of character .
Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 10 years ago
Gita, it is a great building.  I hope the present owner has the financial strength to restore it to its original glory.  In any case, it will take years.
Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) over 10 years ago

I live right up the block from it.

Posted by Daniel Hanks over 10 years ago

Daniel, have you been able to see the interior recently?

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) over 10 years ago

No, I having yet but I want to.

Posted by Daniel Hanks over 10 years ago

Daniel, if you do get a chance to see inside, let me know how they're coming along!

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) over 10 years ago
I was told that a relative of my Father's owned a store on what is now the curve of Market St. In Marietta.... I Believe it might have been a butcher shop. I believe it was before the depression. Our relatives were Engels (Engles) and Stahls. Do you know any more about the Linden House or if that corner was a store?Any info. you can give me about businesses on Market St. around the1920-40 time frame, i's appreciate it. thanks.
Posted by Linda Viselli over 7 years ago

Hi Linda, thanks for your comments.  I know where the curve is, but I don't have any specific knowledge about former businesses there.  The research I did was mostly about the Cassel family.

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) over 7 years ago

Participate