Hermansader’s Victorian Mansion
ORIGINAL NOT FOR SALE! For now, I want to keep the original. I've owned this home for 32 years and I am not ready to part with the original. Maybe it'll go to the future owner. PRINTS - The approximate print image size is 12-3/8 x 17-1/4". ARTIST'S PROOF PRINTS are $25.00 each - Very low inventory and near retirement. SIGNED AND NUMBERED PRINTS are $20.00 each; and, OPEN EDITION PRINTS (Unsigned/unnumbered) are $10.00-$15.00 each. 'Hermansader Victorian Mansion' porcelain ornaments are available.
I painted this oil painting in 1996. In 1996, a record snowstorm hit this area (32"), and the artist depicted it like it was. The property is on the National Register of Historic Places. Mr. John J. Snyder, Jr., local historian, visited the home in 1990 and said, "It is a fine regional example of late Victorian period architecture - and surely one of the best buildings of this specific period remaining in Columbia." The land on which it sits was purchased by Dr. John K. Lineaweaver in 1872 and sold to Francis A. Bennett in 1889. Mr. Bennett, the proprietor of a dry goods business located at 239-241 Locust Street, Columbia, Pennsylvania, built the home in 1890. In 1897, Frank S. Given bought it; in 1920, Jay Herr bought it; in 1923, Henry Westerman bought it; in 1953, James W. Staman, Jr. bought in 1986, Charles R. Stark bought it; and in 1989, this artist bought it. The building is a three-story, three-bay, stone, and wood-shingled Queen Anne house. Other architectural characteristics include a slate tower, a cross gable that is half-timbered with three double windows, a bay window on the second story, and a veranda with clustered posts and a pedimented entranceway. The mansion has 20 rooms and is very authentic. According to a history book, it was on the street known as "Millionaire's Row."