One of the oldest homes in Baltimore County is at 10136 Falls Road and dates, in part, to the late 1600s. Known as Taylor's Hall, the original section is a two-story log structure. Land records show that subsequent stone expansions took place during the 1700s.
The manor sat in ruins until 1986, when Marty Azola, a historic preservationist, bought the worn relic of Maryland's Colonial past for $1, with the understanding that this official county landmark was to be moved rather than demolished to make way for a new housing development.
Azola dismantled the structure, numbering every piece of stone and log, and then reassembled it on a 1-acre lot in Brooklandville's Rockland Village, where it backs to a horse farm. The current owners worked with Azola and an architect to rehabilitate the property.
An addition containing a kitchen, family room and powder room was built on the new foundation and Azola reassembled what he moved, piece by piece, of the original log-and-stone house.
"It became a new house inside an old house shell," said listing agent Ted Stewart of Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty. "It's a classic telescoping style," he said, referring to an architectural design that has three sections, each larger than the one before it.
In the interior, new flooring seamlessly meets original 17th- and 18th-century boards. Five bedrooms, three bathrooms and a powder room are part of the 4,700-square foot living area. There are five wood-burning fireplaces with a gas fireplace in the family room, which opens to an updated kitchen. Built-in bookcases, crown molding and chair rails are some of the home's many architectural details.
The home is listed for $1.395 million.
"This is a piece of Baltimore County history," Stewart said. "It's an old house without all the old-house problems."