Up on Wheels But Not Going Far

Photo | Jennifer Martinez The historic Dudderar House is up on wheels, positioned for rebirth as a custom, historic home.

Photo | Jennifer Martinez
The historic Dudderar House is up on wheels, positioned for rebirth as a custom, historic home.

Have you been wondering why the historic house located near the main entrance of the Villages of Urbana has been elevated on a set of wheels recently? It is being preserved thanks to the community’s developers who wanted to retain the few historical structures that exist in this new community.

Known as the Dudderar House, this structure that dates back to the 1830s is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. It is currently identified in the Maryland Inventory of Historic Places (Dudderar Farm, # F-7-135).

The fate of the house has been uncertain due to multiple owners and its small size, which makes it unsuitable for commercial use as an event venue. Parkwood Homes purchased the house in 2017 for renovation and resale as a single family home.

It is elevated on wheels while the new foundation and basement are constructed. Its final location will 10 feet closer to the street. The interior will be modernized, including new windows and a two-bedroom addition in the back. It will have a garage and a basement, but the original exterior will be preserved. When the renovation is complete, the house will feature four bedrooms and three and a half baths.

Costel Filip, senior project manager for Parkwood Homes who is overseeing the construction of the project, said that the project is “a way to give something back to the community.” He added that the bricks of this home were made from clay that was excavated from Sugarloaf Mountain and baked in a kiln right on the Dudderar home site.

Filip hopes that the majority of the basic construction will be completed by July 2019. He will then begin “light marketing” to find a prospective buyer, which will provide an opportunity for the future owner to add custom features to the home. For additional information, please contact Filip by phone at 301.399.5854 or via email at costel@parkwoodhomes.com.

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