Historic First House of Chevy Chase, Ishpiming – The Corby Mansion, Listed At $29 Million – See The Gilded Age Gem (21 Images)
May 30, 2018 by Billionaire Addresses
Ishpiming – Corby Mansion – The First Home Of Chevy Chase Village, MD.
It was brought to our attention today by the Washington Post about a wonderful Gilded Age mansion, that was one of the first homes built in the then, Chevy Chase Village, Maryland. The homes’ history places it as one of Washington D.C.’s most historic examples of the gilded age era that’s still standing and with a listing price of $25.90 million, it is currently the 2nd most expensive in the area.
Surrounding homes for sale in the same neighborhood list for between $1.65 million and $3 million — with an average of five bedrooms and five bathrooms.
The sale is being represented by Long and Foster real estate, based in Potomac, Maryland. Other homes for sale on the companies site range from between $650,000 to $1.2 million.
The ‘houses for sale’ listing has been up on Zillow for about a week and has garnered 6,000 views. At least 64 shoppers have saved it to their homes list, according to the site. Thanks to Zillow for the images.
Thanks go out to the New York Times, Zillow, Maryland Government website, and the Washington Post for info for this post. Thank you.
Read more of the history of the home below throughout the images.
Entry through the grand foyer yields both his and hers solid oak coatrooms, a nod to the days of entertaining glory in the nation’s capital. A massive formal ballroom with hand-carved ceilings and ornate styling provide the perfect setting for large gatherings, meetings and hosting guests.
Built in 1894, the three-story, Tudor style-home is 13,000 square-feet, with a stone-facade and cottage style peaks. It boasts a grand ballroom off the entryway and a number of private entertaining rooms— like a club, piano and drawing room — no doubt a fixture of high society-parties in the early 20th century.
The home actually goes by the name Ishpiming, a Native American moniker coined by its second owner, according to a 2010 profile of the mansion and its history in Bethesda Magazine.
It was originally built by Francis Newlands, a politician from Nevada and a successful real estate and land developer throughout the late 19th and early 20th century charged with developing the outer, residential neighborhoods of the growing capital city.
In 1909 the mansion was bought by Washington businessman William S. Corby, known as the man who patented the first dough-molding machine. He oversaw an extensive renovation to the homes present and glamorous state.
Senator Newlands was the resident of a grand house (originally built for Senator Stewart at 9 Chevy Chase Circle) on the northeast side of the Circle; this house later became known as the Corby mansion for its owner, William S Corby, who patented the first dough-molding machine.
Charles and Hattie Corby bought the house in 1908 to use as a weekend place. In 1914, with the help of Charles B. Keen of Philadelpia, they remodeled the house, greatly enlarging and wrapping a brick envelope around it. Their additions are mostly on the north side of the house. Once the property included 400 acres and 21 buildings, among them a tenant house, pump houses, barns, a golf course and what Marilyn But of the women’s committee says was the largest private greenhouse in the area.
After Mrs. Charles Corby’s death the houses was acquired in 1943 by the Sisters of the Holy Cross. In conforming to their order’s rules, they frosted the glass in the house, including mirrors and glass doors. A later owner, the American Speech and Hearing Association, used it as offices, with the attendant changes. Along the way, the organ was sold, though the fake decorative pipes (standard for organs of that period) remained.
Ishpiming also went through some hard days. But it kept its organ and, best of all, it acquired sympathetic private owners, Muriel and Dr. John E. Threlfall, who have restored the house in the style to which it had been accustomed under the Corbys.
From The New York Times
A timeless residence that remains the premier home in the most sought after neighborhood of the Capital Region. This landmark Tudor-Style residence is one of the first homes ever built by the historic Chevy Chase Land Company, over a century ago, and served as the gateway house of the prestigious community of Chevy Chase, Maryland. It became affectionately known as Ishpiming, when its second owner, William S. Corby, a baking magnate, purchased the home from Nevada Senator Francis G. Newlandsin 1909 and selected the Native American name, meaning high ground in Chippewa.
The home remained highly coveted through the years, even prompting government officials in D.C. to make multiple inquiries regarding the possibility of the house serving as the official residence for the Vice President of the United States.The home sits on two incredible acres of land on Chevy Chase Circle and every stunning period feature remains intact on this 16th Century English-style masterpiece that transports you to Elizabethan times.
In just its recent history, the home has been visited by the previous four Presidents, numerous foreign dignitaries, politicians and global power brokers. Ishpiming is a piece of DC history; timeless, well preserved and one of the most distinctive homes in the region. In addition to all of the requisite entertaining attributes, the home boasts seven bedrooms, including three masters on the second floor each with their own fireplace; with additional guest bedrooms on the third level, as well as numerous sitting rooms, including a dance rehearsal space, a music room with stained glass windows, and an artist’s studio. The grounds have remained meticulously maintained, preserving the entire natural splendor modeled after the English countryside, resulting in rare privacy and exclusivity in a quintessential DC setting.