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Real Estate PLANNING TO SELL YOUR HOME THIS SPRING? NOW IS THE TIME TO PREPARE! PLUS HOME DESIGN & DECOR see pg. 5 BOB LUCIDO TEAM THE BALTIMORE SUN SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2019 | OF KELLER WILLIAMS INTEGRITY Baltimore Sun Media Group UNIONTOWN n 2015, a former bank building in Uniontown was at risk of collapsing and being considered for demolition. ¶ But nearly four years later, the brick bank has been transformed into a single-family home that marries history with the present. The old rural community bank at 3424 Uniontown Road was built more than 110 years ago, and sat vacant for 30 years before former Sykesville Mayor Jonathan Herman purchased it from Historic Uniontown Inc. in 2015 — when it was at risk for collapse if expensive repairs weren’t made.
“It’s in a historic district. I had to come up with a historically compatible design, and Steve [Ziger, the architect], did a great job,” said Herman, who is also the founder and president of Herman Construction Inc.
“I was kind of enamored by the old structure,” he said. “So the front room, whoever buys this house, is going to have a perfectly preserved front room and perfectly modern three-story addition behind it.”
By the time Herman bought the building in 2015, Historic Uniontown had replaced the roof, repaired iron bars on the windows, replaced a boiler and made other repairs over the years with grant money the organization received — but some repairs could not be completed due to lack of funding.
When Morabito Consultants evaluated the building that year, the structural engineering firm confirmed it had deteriorated so much the bank’s rear wall was structurally unsafe and needed to be replaced. That was money Historic Uniontown didn’t have.
The Carroll County Savings Bank originally constructed the building in 1907 before it was purchased by the Taneytown Bank in 1951. Historic Uniontown owned the bank from 1979 — when Taneytown Bank operations were moved to another Uniontown location — until Herman purchased it.
Herman, who has been in the restoration business for 45 years, said he always loved the bank and knew he needed to do something when Historic Uniontown reached out to him with dire news: The back wall had just collapsed and they were going to demolish the building in two weeks unless they could find someone to stabilize it.
“They put a fence around the entire “It’s like a time capsule, just beautiful.” Jonathan Herman, who restored the bank See page 6 BANK, TOP-SELLING PROPERTIES $2.3 Million 4 1 2 $1.2 Million $1.6 Million 30 Colony Xing, Edgewater, Anne Arundel Co. 21037 515 Lake Shore Dr., Pasadena, Anne Arundel Co. 21122 75 Charles St., Annapolis, Anne
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