A Hagerstown entrepreneur has new plans for the historic Elliott-Bester House at 207 S. Potomac St.
Devonté Dinkins’ Legit Management is offering office space in what he calls “Potomac Suites,” starting at $500 per month. He said utilities, internet access and on-site private parking are included in the flat fee.
An open house is scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday.
“I like historic buildings. … The building is in good shape,” Dinkins said.
Another strength, he said, is being close to the Hagerstown Cultural Trail and the downtown area, with the urban-improvement project, which will expand educational and cultural offerings in the city’s core, getting underway.
“I figure small businesses will want to be in that area,” Dinkins said.
According to Dinkins, a total of 5,000 square feet will be available. Some of the suites are large enough to house related offices, such as law partners. The building also features an event space, which Dinkins said will be available for rent to the public.
The building is on the National Register of Historic Places. Online property records indicate the main structure was built in 1750.
According to the Maryland Historical Trust, the building’s significance is in its “architectural and historic merit.”
“With its remaining original woodwork and interior and exterior detail reflecting 18th-century formal design, the house is an excellent example of a dwelling built early in western Maryland’s architectural history,” the trust’s website reports. “Since brick apparently did not become a prevalent building material in Washington County until after 1800, the Elliott-Bester House with a probable late 18th-century building date is particularly outstanding. The house derives additional significance from its association with Commodore Jesse D. Elliott who spent his boyhood years there. Elliott is remembered in military history for his distinguished role in the Battle of Lake Erie with Commodore Oliver H. Perry during the War of 1812.”
Later, the Bester florist business operated from an addition built in the early 20th century. In more recent years, it was the home of the Urner Nairn and Boyer law firm.
“We bought it from them,” Dinkins said.
Deed transfer records show Dynasty Capital Partners LLC purchased the building last month from Elliott Bester House LLC for $135,000.
Legit Management also manages an office building at 240 S. Potomac St. and has plans for residences at 244 S. Potomac St.
“All of it is what I call this ‘entrepreneurial campus.’ You’ll be able to live and work downtown,” Dinkins said.