"10106 Hyla Brook • began as a blacksmith shop in the early1800s. It is historically significant for Columbia because it was the site of Columbia’s temporary post office that opened August
15, 1966. In 1981 Bruno Reich purchased the small stone and stucco structure. He spent 16 years creating the unique structure that now adds to the architectural landscape. "
"This imposing private home,purchased by John McDonough in 2002 and renovated and enlarged, was the only one of the original Oakland structures that was not acquired by The Rouse Company
during the land acquisition thereby putting it in the outparcel category. George and Edith Ralston had purchased the home in the late 1950s and had no interest in selling even when they were aware that a city would grow around them. While McDonough’s renovation is extensive, adding 3500 square feet, there is a nod to the historic heritage. He retained the existing windows, the 100 year-old oak floor in the parlor and the 200 year old pine floor in one second story bedroom. The dormers were added to replicate those on the barn. During construction the stone walls were found to be structurally unsound and needed to be re-mortared to reestablish structural stability. The house is currently on the market listed for just under $1million."
Unfortunately the economics of the housing market in the 1970's and 80's made this type of housing diversity unsustainable. Jim Rouse's desire to have neighborhoods with different styles gave way to the more typical housing tract homes that offered 3 or 4 models to homeowners. While we never had a sameness of a Levittown we don't see this type of neighborhood in the Columbia villages built in the 1980's.