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A Colonial Mansion from the Architect of Independence Hall

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Location: Chestertown, Md.
Price: $3,850,000
The Skinny: Lawyer Andrew Hamilton may have wrested control of the project away from other lawmakers, but it was architect Edmund Woolley who designed and built the first Pennsylvania state house, later to become famous as Independence Hall. After that epic, 21-year project, Woolley would go on to design extravagant private homes, like the Philly-area mansion known as Hope Lodge and, possibly, this waterfront manse in Chestertown, Md., on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Distinguished by a massive central atrium, the aptly named Widehall is, according to the brokerbabble, "thought by some to be designed by the same architect as Independence Hall in Philadelphia." Hardly conclusive, but the 7,400-square-foot house—currently listed for $3.85M—would be notable anyway, as the one-time home of Maryland governor Robert Wright and U.S. Senator Ezekiel F. Chambers. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Widehall features six bedrooms, six bathrooms, and the products of a 2007 renovation, like radiant geothermal heating, a generator, computerized lighting controls, an updated kitchen, and a motorized trap door to access the rooftop "widow's walk."
· Widehall [Sotheby's International Realty via Zillow]