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This Week’s Find: The Judge’s Chambers

by Mark Wellborn

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212 Montgomery Avenue

In 1878, James Henderson built a large home on Montgomery Avenue in Rockville. Henderson became a successful lawyer in the area and he and his wife eventually raised their eight children at the property. When he became a judge later in his career, Henderson also had his chambers at the house, which is why the home, now on the National Register of Historic Places, is known as The Judge’s Chambers.

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Front porch

Shortly after World War II, the Victorian was converted into four separate apartments, according to current owner Beth Modiano. However, despite the conversion, the home still sits on a 20,000 square-foot lot and the apartments have the original doors, floors and mantels from when it was built in the late 19th century. (Modiano has renovated the kitchens, added central A/C and updated the electrical in all four units.)

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Living room in one of the apartments

While the property has been solely an investment property since Modiano and her family purchased it in 2002, the eventual owner could live in the three-bedroom apartment and rent out the remaining one-bedrooms. However, the judge’s chambers are now gone.

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Back of the house

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This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/this_weeks_find_the_judges_chambers/3836

3 Comments

  1. DRT said at 10:17 am on Thursday July 21, 2011:

    Beautiful house. It is so cool to hear about the history behind properties like these, so thanks UrbanTurf!

  1. jag said at 10:37 am on Thursday July 21, 2011:

    Historic Rockville really has some beautiful homes.

  1. Nikki said at 4:59 pm on Friday July 22, 2011:

    I would definitely like to read more about the history of some of the homes you feature. This is a really cool house!

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