fixer upper

Circa 1888 Historic Maryland Fixer Upper Under $58

“The Cyrus St. Clair Jr. House” Located in the Pine Street Neighborhood Historic District. Victorian home is ready to be restored to its original glory. Home is in need of major/total rehab throughout. No electric or water meter in place. Home currently zoned per city of Cambridge as “Single Family Residential”. Property being sold strictly AS IS- cash or rehab loans only. Location gives you easy access to Downtown Cambridge’s shopping and dining options. **Per owner- electric company advised that in order to turn service on a licensed electrician will need to inspect/sign off on system. Since ownership seller has not had power or water on at the premises. Owner was advised during an inspection that several areas in the plumbing would need to be capped prior to turning water on. ****Agents/Buyers to use caution when accessing the house***
  • 5bds
  • 2ba
  • 2,227sqft
  • Circa 1888


If interested in a property, please contact the realtor whose link is provided in the post below, or contact an agent of your own choosing. Independent verification of details and status is recommended.

423 High St, Cambridge, MD 21613 $57,500



Family History

Cyrus St. Clair Sr. was a freed mulatto slave (as listed in US Census) and resident of Cambridge, Maryland, prior to 1850. He owned his own butcher shop. He was also a grantee of a lot and house in Cambridge as long as the church next door could use the house when needed.

His son, Cyrus St. Clair, Jr, was the owner of our featured house. He purchased the lot on High Street for $350 and had this 2 i/2-story house with prominent tower constructed. Like his father, he owned a butcher shop. He lived in this home with his wife Nica, and children Ida, May and George.

In 1945, the widow of Cyrus, now known as Mamie St. Clair, sold the house and it subsequently got into the hands of Dr. Calvin Lycurgus Kiah. Per Find-A-Grave, “Calvin served as the Dean of the Division of Education at Savannah State College and later Vice President for academic Affairs for Georgia State University in Atlanta, making him the first to desegregate that institution’s administrative staff. He was a World War II veteran and a member of the 33rd Degree Masons. He was married to Virginia West Jackson of Baltimore, Maryland.”


Architectural History

From the Maryland Historical Trust

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