One of Camp Hill’s most historic — and most visible — buildings is up for sale, as Creative Elegance owner-operator Kathryn McCauslin-Cadieux plans to retire.
The building, located at 2129 Market Street, is believed to date from the early 19th-century. McCauslin-Cadieux bought the building in 2001 for her clothing boutique after Landis Jewelers had vacated the property.
“When I heard the Landis family was finally going to sell the property, I knew I had to have my store in there,” McCauslin-Cadieux said. “I looked at the property around 3:30 in the afternoon, and by 7:30 in the evening, I bought it.”
The property has 3,827 square feet of leasable residential or commercial space, according to broker RSR Realtors, including a 1,400 square foot residence in the former carriage house to the rear of the property.
The upper floor of the main building has also been used as an apartment, although McCauslin-Cadieux currently uses it as additional retail space.
“It’s set up so that if somebody wants to turn it back into an apartment on the second floor, they can,” she said. “Renting the second floor and the carriage house pretty much paid my mortgage for the first couple years.”
McCauslin-Cadieux said that her mother had done research on the property when she first bought it. Landis Jewelers had occupied the building since 1970, with a number of other owners before that who used the property as a combined storefront and residence.
The building does have a number of features that indicate its age, McCauslin-Cadieux said. The kitchen was originally designed so that horses could be led in at night, in order to protect them from thieves.
The original cooking hearth over the fireplace is still present, with what was once a small set of stairs leading up to a hole or trap-door in the floor. This allowed food to be lowered from the upper-floor pantry down to the kitchen.
The garage space in the carriage house also features an antique lathe. McCauslin-Cadieux said that her mother’s research indicates that the original residents ran a small woodworking business that turned many of the stair rails and bannisters for Camp Hill’s early homes.
“We think that lathe was used for most of the woodwork in the old houses of Camp Hill,” McCauslin-Cadieux said.
The property is zoned for general commercial use under Camp Hill’s code, said Garrett Rothman with RSR.
“I would anticipate either another professional office, like some of the other buildings along that stretch of Market Street, or a retail or restaurant use, especially with the high visibility,” Rothman said.
The property is currently listed for $849,000.
McCauslin-Cadieux plans to retire to Philadelphia to be closer to family. Although business has been strong, competing with increasing pressures from online sales was not something she wanted to deal with this late in the game, McCauslin-Cadieux said.
“We’ve had a very strong business there,” she said. “I just got tired of fighting with online sales, and I’m at the age that I’m not going to get into being computer savvy.”