The owners of a historic Edgartown home on the Edgartown harbor will withdraw their application to demolish the house, after the Martha’s Vineyard Commission voted to review the project at their meeting last Thursday.

In a letter dated July 12 and sent to the Gazette early Tuesday morning, homeowners Steve and Ellie Wise said they would no longer seek a demolition permit for the former Harman house at 189 Katama Road.

The letter was addressed to the staff of the Martha’s Vineyard Commission.

“We are writing to inform you that we are withdrawing our demo application . . . at this time,” the letter said in part. “Whether we rebuilt or renovated, we have always planned to respect the aesthetic of the town and to create a family home that was in keeping in with the local architecture. We viewed our demolition application as the first step in considering our available options.”

Purchased in April for $11.2 million, the 8,000-square-foot, Colonial-style home with a deep-water dock on the Edgartown harbor dates to 1916, according to a commission staff report. The report states that the home is a prime example of historic trim and molding, with original antique blown glass window panes throughout the building.

Because the home is over 100 years old, the demolition application was referred to the commission by the Edgartown building inspector as a mandatory concurrence review.

In a previous letter, the Wise family said they would not refurbish the house, saying it would be inefficient and expensive. The family did not include a plan with the demolition permit.

At a meeting last Thursday, the commission voted 10-3 to review the project and hold a public hearing on the demolition. While a small contingent of commissioners felt local boards should handle the project’s review, the majority noted that only the commission has the sole power to review the demolition and expressed concern about the historic nature of the house.

Commission staff scored the home a seven out of a possible 13 on its historic structure rubric, meaning it has limited historical significance — earning high points for visibility and historic features, including original floors, molding and trim.

On Tuesday, commission administrator Lucy Morrison said the commission had received the letter announcing the demolition permit withdrawal, and that it would enter the public record later Tuesday.

Ms. Morrison said if the homeowners pull the demolition permit, the commission would halt its review of the project. A public hearing on the demolition had not been scheduled yet.

Edgartown building inspector Reade Milne could not be immediately reached for comment.

In their Tuesday letter, Mr. and Mrs. Wise explained why they did not provide a plan and thanked the commission for their work.

“We were advised not to create extensive plans until we received your input on our options for the existing structure. We will meet with our architect to discuss your feedback,” the letter said. “Thank you for the time you have spent on this and for all that you do for the Island.”