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    Posted: Jun 03 2014 at 8:19am

Posted: 3:03 p.m. Monday, June 2, 2014

Sorg Mansion repairs begin on the roof

By Rick McCrabb

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MIDDLETOWN 

    The new owners of the Sorg Mansion say repairs and renovations to the 127-year-old residence are “moving in the right direction.”

    Mark and Traci Barnett, who live in Baltimore, purchased the Sorg for $225,000 after seeing it listed for sale on the Internet. Mark Barnett said he was impressed by the mansion’s exterior and the way the interior was preserved.

    Workers have been repairing the roof and gutters for the last few weeks. He said the roof was in “bad shape” and there were “major issues” with leaking.

When the roof is completed, the windows will be replaced, he said. Then, the renovations to the interior will begin.

    “It’s one step at a time,” he said Monday afternoon from his home.

Earlier, Barnett estimated the repairs to cost between $400,000 to $500,000, but he said that was just a guess.

    Eventually, the Barnetts plan to relocate to Middletown and spend their retirement years bringing life back into the Sorg Mansion. They may turn the mansion into a bed-and-breakfast. They have purchased and renovated four homes.

    “It’s what we like to do,” said Barnett, 56, a railroad engineer.

    The Barnetts visited Middletown a few weeks ago and were impressed by the Sorg and the neighbors they met who live on South Main Street, in the city’s historical district. He called it “a nice experience” and said the neighbors were pleased the mansion was sold.

    Rachel S. Lewitt, broker and owner of Finkelman Real Estate, which handled the property, called the Sorg Mansion “a critical part of Middletown’s history and cornerstone for redevelopment of downtown.” The property has been in the Finkelman family since 1936, said Lewitt, the granddaughter of the late Harry A. Finkelman, who died in 2004.

    It was built in 1887 by Paul J. Sorg, one of Middletown’s first industrialist and first multi-millionaires, for $1 million, according to records.

    The three-story, 12-bedroom, eight-bathroom brick-and-stone Romanesque castle features 12-foot ceilings and fireplaces in every bedroom. There’s also a ballroom, formal dining room and library. Much of the original stained glass remains today, according to Lewitt.

    In September 2009, the property was listed for sale for $525,000, according to newspaper reports. The mansion has been home to dance and photo studios, a construction company and low-income apartments over the years.

    Jeffrey Diver, president of the Middletown Historical Society, said it’s “very exciting” when he drives by and sees work being done on the mansion. Diver, who never has been inside the Sorg, said he’s looking forward to when the building is “brought back to its original glory.”

 

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The property has been in the Finkelman family since 1936....

I'm surprised they let it get into such disrepair.
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"Replace windows?" I hope that's a type-o. At the very least, all road facing sides of the house need to have the windows restored in order to stay within the guidelines of any historic district. Allowing them to do this would put the entire district at risk of loosing their distinction.
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Originally posted by Historic House Guy Historic House Guy wrote:

"Replace windows?" I hope that's a type-o. At the very least, all road facing sides of the house need to have the windows restored in order to stay within the guidelines of any historic district. Allowing them to do this would put the entire district at risk of loosing their distinction.


Not to worry. Marty Kohler, Lawrence Mulligan Esq. and their little historic committee will stop this silly replacement window vision so fast it'll make the new owner's eyes spin. The two musketeers won't allow these new rabble to ruin their historic district designation. I'll bet Kohler has a list of do's and dont's longer than his arm to lecture the new owners on. House color, architecture retention, landscaping, you name it, they have a rule for it. Kind of like a Home Owners Association with self-appointed power trips thrown in. Wonder if the new homeowners from Baltimore saw this coming.

Are the replacement windows any worse than the phony street lights down there? Both aren't accurate for a historic district are they? Where do they draw the line for accuracy on S. Main?
I'm so proud of my hometown and what it has become. Recall 'em all. Let's start over.
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