Wisteria Lodge was built in 1850 by Oscar Foote, a real estate developer, meat purveyor and bottled water entrepreneur. Foote, who built it for his second wife, also lived across the street at the Temple House.
Clearly, he was a man ahead the times. Foote attempted to bottle and sell water from nearby spring, but failed in that venture. (Imagine his surprise at grocery store aisles these days!) But during the period he tried it, this house was known as the “Reading Highlands Mineral Springs House.”
Foote developed a lot of the area in this neighborhood.
After Foote sold this structure, it became the Summer Avenue House Hotel. Since 1940, it has been known as Wisteria Lodge. If you look closely, you can see the W and L on the front gate.
It has six bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and 5,420 square feet. It last sold in 2015 for $870,000.