$1.75M | Built c.1892 | 15,550 Sq. Ft. | 15 Beds | 18 Baths | 1.62 Acres
1120 Centre Avenue, Reading, Pennsylvania, United States, 19601
While initially under the impression that Reading, Pennsylvania’s historic Stirling Guest Hotel was pending sale (Zillow), we uncovered the property had actually sold in May 2019 to new owners. It had been on the market for two months before selling to Cesar Gonzalez, owner of The Gables Bed and Breakfast in Philadelphia. According to WFMZ, Gonzalez and his brother purchased the property together. The 15,550 square foot Chateauesque style mansion was designed by architect Theophilus P. Chandler and built from 1890-92 for industrialist James Hervey Sternbergh, owner of American Iron and Steel Manufacturing Co. It is constructed of squared granite ashlar and features a number of eclectic decorative elements including tall chimneys with decorated caps, a balustraded verandah, steeply pitched gable roofs, and roof dormers. The Stirling Guest Hotel shared some of the history of the mansion on their website, “The mansion remained the private residence of the Sternberghs for over one hundred years. Gertrude Sternbergh, the youngest daughter of Mr. Sternbergh, was a lifelong resident, and infused her passion for the arts into the essence and spirit of Stirling. She was hostess to grand concerts which brought talented classical musicians through Stirling’s doors.” In 1998, the mansion was purchased by Kaj Skov who converted the property into a hotel with 9 large furnished guest rooms and 6 more in the carriage house. The historic property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.