Brooke Man­sion on the auc­tion block

Own­ers pre­vi­ously listed prop­erty for sale at $1.7M

The Boyertown Area Times - - LOCAL NEWS - By Tony Phyril­las tphyril­las@21st-cen­tu­ry­ Ed­i­tor

In the mar­ket for your very own man­sion? You’re in luck.

The Brooke Man­sion, an ar­chi­tec­tural gem that dates back to 1887, is up for sale.

For the right price, you can own the three-story, 14,000-square-foot man­sion sit­u­ated on three wooded acres at 301 Wash­ing­ton St.

The sand­stone and cedar shake man­sion is the work of renowned ar­chi­tect Frank Fur­ness and was com­mis­sioned by in­dus­tri­al­ist Ed­ward Brooke II as a wed­ding gift for his bride, Ann Louise Clin­gon.

The man­sion fea­tures 42 rooms, in­clud­ing 16 be­d­rooms, 11 bath­rooms, a breath­tak­ing two-story en­try foy­ers with an open stair­case; 10 cus­tom-built work­ing fire­places; stained and leaded glass win­dows; and a cir­cu­lar rose­wood li­brary with carved book­cases.

If you can af­ford to buy the man­sion, you’ll prob­a­bly need a place to store your valu­ables. That’s where a walk-in safe comes in handy. The build­ing also fea­tures an orig­i­nal wooden el­e­va­tor; a huge wrap-around porch and a full base­ment with an ad­di­tional 4,000 square feet of stor­age space.

The struc­ture still retains 95 per­cent of the orig­i­nal Queen Anne ar­chi­tec­tural fea­tures and has been well-main­tained through the years, ac­cord­ing to Horst Auc­tion­eers of Ephrata, which is han­dling the Sept. 29 auc­tion.

It’s not just the build­ing that’s up for sale. The en­tire con­tents of the man­sion — fur­ni­ture, an­tiques, ar­chi­tec­tural fix­tures, ori­en­tal rugs, art­work, books, china and glass­ware and as­sorted col­lectibles — can also be had for the right price.

The 19th cen­tury es­tate has had sev­eral own­ers through the years. The Brooke chil­dren sold the man­sion in the 1940s af­ter their par­ents died. The most re­cent own­ers — Pe­ter and Marci Xe­nias — ren­o­vated the build­ing while liv­ing there and also op­er­ated a suc­cess­ful bed-and-break­fast on site for many years.

A re­cent one-day open house that served as a fundraiser for the Women’s Club of Birdsboro at­tracted nearly 900 vis­i­tors to the man­sion, which hasn’t been open to the pub­lic in more than a decade.

The build­ing auc­tion is sched­uled for Sat­ur­day, Sept. 29, at 1 p.m. The sale of con­tents be­gins at 9 a.m.

In­ter­ested buy­ers can also pre­view the build­ing con­tents on Thurs­day, Sept. 27, from 1-4 p.m., and Sat­ur­day, Sept. 29, from 7 a.m. through the time of the sale.

A few more points of in­ter­est for se­ri­ous buy­ers: The build­ing is be­ing sold as is. The win­ning bid­der will have to place a $75,000 down pay­ment on the day of the sale in cash or by Penn­syl­va­nia check with the bal­ance due at set­tle­ment on or be­fore Nov. 30.

The auc­tion firm also points out that the build­ing can be used as a res­i­dence, a bed-and-break­fast, of­fices or a restau­rant un­der cur­rent Birdsboro zon­ing reg­u­la­tions.

In ad­di­tion to the pur­chase price, the new owner will also be pay­ing an an­nual school prop­erty tax bill of at least $17,000 to the Daniel Boone Area School District.


An ex­te­rior view of the Brooke Man­sion in Birdsboro, a 14,000-square-foot struc­ture de­signed by ar­chi­tect Frank Fur­ness.


One of 10 cus­tom-built fire­places in­side Brooke Man­sion.


One of the many or­nate rooms in­side Brooke Man­sion dec­o­rated with an­tique fur­ni­ture and fix­tures.


One of the many an­tique light fix­tures in­side the Brooke Man­sion.

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