MANASSAS, Va. — On April 26. Hugh and Kerry Ickrath of Manassas held an open house at 9300 Prescott Avenue.

The home, which is over 100 years old, was just days away from demolition when the couple and a few investors bought it via short sale last year. Sadly, the home had been deteriorating since the mid 1980s and was eventually boarded up. Ickrath and several neighbors worked tirelessly to save the historic building.

Over the past year, the renovation has been on high gear. Large windows no longer sport plywood, but are glowing with white paint, a new wrap around porch graces the house and bright purple paint edges the topmost floor of the victorian. Guests were smiling and laughing with amazement as they toured the home on Saturday. The event was scheduled to run from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., but people started showing up at 10 o’clock.

“We were up late last night,” said Hugh Ickrath, owner. “There was work being done right up til the last minute and there’s more to be done, but we have come a long way!”

From the flooring to the molding in each room, Ickrath said they entire house was gutted. Everything including, wiring, plumbing, appliances and even a hook up for a washer and dryer had to be upgraded or added to the original structure. The Ickraths said that they wanted to keep as much of the original flavor of the home as they could while modernizing it. Bathrooms had to be added on each floor and closets as the original home had only a few of each.


“I think my favorite part was dealing with all sorts of different workers,” Icrath said. “At one point they even stayed in our home.”

Prescott 2This past week, the Ickraths put the home on the market. The property is just under a half an acre with a small shed and a two car garage. Ickrath said the home is around 2,800 square feet and has new everything. Last Fall, the Ickraths opened the home and donated over $3,000 from visitors to Habitat for Humanity of Prince William County. Saturday’s event was even more popular, over 700 people checked out 9300 Prescott and the $5.00 door charge again went to Habitat for Humanity.

“I really enjoyed working on the kitchen,” said Kerry Ickrath, owner.”I had a vision on how I wanted it to look; with patience and paint we got it there!”

By the end of the day the now beautiful home on Prescott Avenue brought in $3,500 for charity. But more guests were scheduled to arrive during the evening. Ickrath said that it was Prom night and one of the neighborhood teens would have her picture taken in front of the home. Today, it’s hard to believe that 9300 Prescott was headed for the wrecking ball not long ago.

“I can’t wait til we can welcome a new family here,” Ickrath said during the open house. “It has been a long haul, but totally worth it.”

Photos By Mary Rosenthol

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3 Responses to “After ‘Amazing’ Renovation, 9300 Prescott Placed Back on Market” (Leave a Comment)

  1. yellowroz says:

    This is not just about a house; the location is a gateway to Old Town Manassas, and the loss of this house would have irreparably have damaged the urban fabric of that neighborhood of Victorians. Thank you, Ikraths, you rock!!! <3

  2. Connie Moser says:

    I think it’s the most inspiring act of community I’ve witnessed. Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to make this happen.

  3. Jo Bauserman duke says:

    I was trying to stir up some interest in this house months before it was scheduled to be demolished. It’s a lovely old home. I was born and raised in Manassas.. I thank you for your dedication and moral outrage and action. I think since I complained about it I should now give the proper accolades. And I too especially thank mayor Parrish for his final vote delaying its destruction and giving the old house one more chance at glory. A sight to behold.

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