1850 Italianate – Wooster, OH

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9216 Burbank Rd, Wooster, OH 44691

  • $150,000
  • 3 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 2640 Sq Ft
  • 5 Ac.
Are you the one who's been searching for that one-of-a-kind dream home? Do you love historical homes and 19th century architecture? Have you fantasized over how you would restore a Pioneer Home? Well, the fantasy is over-your dream has come true. This all brick home was built in 1850. 2640 square feet on five acres of land on Route 83.Three bedrooms, 1.5 baths. Hardwood floors. Exquisite woodwork. True double-christian doors.Ten foot ceilings. An amazing banister made of one piece of cherry. Look at the picture and tell me how they did that! Kitchen,walk in pantry,dining room,living room,office. First floor master bedroom. First floor laundry. Look at the size of the bedrooms! New roof in 2011. Lovely porticoed porch. Incredible architectural detail inside and out. This home needs work but it will more than repay everything you put into it.
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  1. John C says: 445 comments

    I have always loved this style. I look at the fact that they re-did the roof last year but apparently never touched the eaves with amazement, however. Others will have to tell us if for the area and for the state of the house-repairs undertaken and needed this is too high a price.

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  2. John C says: 445 comments

    Some room measurements and other factoids:
    Features
    School district: Norwayne
    Foyer
    Master bedroom is 16 x 16
    Bedroom 2 is 16 x 16
    Bedroom 3 is 16 x 14
    Dining Room is 15 x 14
    Kitchen is 16 x 15
    Living Room is 15 x 15
    Office is 12 x 9
    Formal Dining Room
    Heating: Oil
    Forced air heat
    Detached parking
    Garage spaces: 1
    Brick exterior
    Porch
    Lot acreage is: 5.000
    Basement
    Partial basement
    Unpaved driveway
    Well water
    Septic system
    Property style: Colonial
    Horses allowed
    http://www.northwood.com/property/property.asp?PRM_MlsNumber=3290093&PRM_MlsName=NorthernOH

  3. Robt. W. says: 366 comments

    Beautiful, unspoilt little place. Somebody restore it, quickly.

    A little tight inside — I wonder if the front door clears the newel post. The bedrooms area decent size, however. And no photographs of chimneypieces (though they are very easily imagined.)

    That wallpaper (with the rosettes centered in hexagons) would have to…stay.

  4. Teri says: 73 comments

    is that blood dripping down from the top of one of the doors? It looks “redrum” to me…spooky…

    • Pam Bates says: 14 comments

      I was wondering that myself. It looks like someone got shot in front of that door.

      • Vickie says: 26 comments

        Since that front door is exposed to the elements it might likely be rust…perhaps metal clips were used to hold the glass panes in before they put the putty around them. (?) Just a guess. Lots of water damage in this house but I love it!

  5. Vicki says: 55 comments

    Wow. No. Just no. Nothing about this one touches me. Tres creepy.

  6. toscar says: 47 comments

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    That has to be the tighest entry hall I have ever seen!

    It has possibilities of course, but oh man, the interior water damage.

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  7. John Shiflet says: 5363 comments

    Nice early Italianate house here with some residual Greek Revival detailing. I once (sadly) salvaged the interior of a house like this (c. 1860) in St. Joseph, MO that the next door owner wanted gone because the previous owner had housed some unruly tenants there. The new owner wanted to make sure no more tenants would ever bother him again so he took out a demo permit on the place. We managed to get the staircase out in one large piece after taking out the entry with it’s sidelights and transom. A stencilled name in black on the back of the walnut staircase showed it was made in St. Louis and shipped to St. Joseph. (on the other side of the state) I like the rosette wallpaper too-wonder if that pattern is still made?

    • Vickie says: 26 comments

      You could probably find something similar here:
      http://www.secondhandrose.com/

      Or if you saved one of these pictures you might find someone to recreate it for you.

      • John Shiflet says: 5363 comments

        Thanks, Vickie. They do have some nice patterns at Secondhand Rose. Custom wallpaper reproduction is very expensive. I still think this might be a pattern that someone may still be making because the geometric design will go with so many different periods and themes. By changing the colorways, even more versatility is available. It might not be that old either; it’s rare for wallpapers to survive more than a century unless they are in a protected area like a closet or behind a later built-in or behind a fixture. I found a small fragment of early wallpaper under a ceiling light fixture from the 1920’s in our 1889 home. The rest of it had long disappeared from subsequent wallpaperings. Too bad it was so small because it had a riot of colors and patterns that might be categorized as American Eastlake.

  8. Tamara says: 7 comments

    The sconce is Virden, the Winthrop line. It’s a cute fixture but way too late a fixture for the house, it’s from the 1930’s.

  9. Aaron says: 42 comments

    Funny house. Greek Revival, Greek Revival, Greek Revival, and then suddenly, the top 3 feet are Italianate.

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    • John Shiflet says: 5363 comments

      It was built at a time when popular home styles were transitioning from Greek Revival over to the newer Italianate. That allowed the owner to have a comfortable blend of the familiar along with a more up to date appearance. Down in the Deep South in 1850 they were still building Greek Temples and calling them houses; it wasn’t until the last few years just before the Civil War that Italianate and Gothic Revival houses started appearing there. They were already over a decade old on the Eastern Seaboard. Greek Revival holdouts and transitional hybrids continued to be built in remote areas of the South and West into the early 1870’s.

  10. Ryan says: 485 comments

    OMG, this is a plenty big house…why DID they locate the stairs so darn close to the front door? It’s bizarre. The facade of this house reminds me so much of a house in Fort Plain, NY (that was listed for sale at under a hundred grand) I was recently obsessing over. The two houses could be siblings. Well, first cousins anyway.
    http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3590/4553382476_623a3ecfe2_o.jpg

  11. Susan Brittain says: 15 comments

    Hi, owner here. The door definately clears the lintel. And no gunshots, just water damage. The door with drips you’re seeing is not exposed to the elements but is the door from the livingroom to, what was, the formal parlor, and has been used as a first floor bedroom for decades. The home was built in 1850 on the foundations of a home built in 1816 which burned. The end of the single story, which is now a pantry and a utility room was added on in 1860 as a hired hands room. There are no fireplaces here. There was one in the kitchen, which was bricked up when or after the electric was installed. There were, at one time, wood stoves for heating in the storied section of the house. We have never heated the upstairs bedrooms and the only heat run upstairs is to the bathroom, which has the original fixtures, including pedestal sink and tub of porcelein over iron. The windows are the original glass, hard wood floors are farm style, unfinished in the center where the rug covered them, and painted around the edges. One room, now the den, has refinished floor. The ceilings are 10″, and doors, double christian with a full cross up and down, are unusual in this area. The walls, are 14″ double walled brick, and there are some boards in the attic that are 2″ wide.

    The home was built, one of three, by the Armstrong family, and was once part of a farm of over 100 acres, can’t remember the number. The second house is about a quarter of a mile up the road, and the third is in Wooster, proper. The brick was formed of clay from and fired on the property. We believe the home was once a carriage stop, but are unsure whether it was this house, or the first. We also believe this was once a stop on the underground railroad.

    There is a new roof, because there had to be a new roof. We had huge snow and ice followed by a hard fast thaw a year ago last feb. Had big damage, and the insurane co did us wrong. We couldn’t afford to do more that put on that roof. We do have the fallen pieces of the eaves. My sister, who is physicaly disabled, and I don’t have the resources to fix or maintain our beautiful home. We moved here in 1975, when I was 14. My father developed serious health issues in the mid 80’s and passed in ’87. My mom lived here until she became ill in 2009, when she passed, and became increasingly unable to maintain the property. It was everything a model farm home can be when we came here in ’75, and so I know what the potential of this place is. We hope whoever buys it will bring it back. We’ve had a lot of people viewing the home, and are anticipating our first offer sometime in the near future, and have an open house this coming sun, April 15 from 2 – 4. If you have a question, I’ll be happy to share any info I have.

    • John C says: 445 comments

      Best of luck with the open house and offers! I am having an open house this Friday evening and have some idea of the trepediation and work involved for you. How you found the time to compose this gracious note I will never know, as I seem to have about two minutes a day to sit for the last several weeks! Thanks from me on my part — this home is a real piece of American history.

  12. susan says: 15 comments

    John C, Thanks. And best of luck to you also!

    • john c says: 445 comments

      Susan, I received a full price offer and am doing the contract-signing this afternoon. Remember, I wanted only second-best luck. I hope you and your sister get your asking price and a signing bonus and a bowl of roses and, well, anything and everything else you want!

  13. John C says: 445 comments

    Thank you, Susan. The last three days I and two would-be helpers have been working like mad. This afternoon is the lull before the storm — the viewings/open house tonight. That is why I find myself at the computer — of course, even now I have to answer last minute questions from the Realtor. Anyway, I am struck again by your graciousness — so much so I wish only second-best luck for myself. I think you and your sister (and your home) deserve the very best.

    • susan says: 15 comments

      John, that is so incredible! Congratulations. 🙂 I hope we’re so lucky as you have been. Our realator says that the two gentlen who show the most interest in our home are a bit cocky, thinking that it won’t sell.
      I know the market is tough, but I also know that historic homes are not common houses, and I will always remember my entire family falling completely in love with this place on first sight. Even in it’s dilapidated state, I know that it jumps off the screen, and I also know that thousands of people have been driving past it for almost 40 years, wanting a peek, and occasionaly, through the years, stopping to ask mom if she would consider selling it. Our whole situation has been very difficult, and selling this place, which has been part of my life for for the last 37 years, although neccesary, hurts my heart. So I really appreciate your good wishes, for us and for our home. I so much want it to be brought back to it’s potential, even knowing Ohio is a tough state for historical homes.

      Your success warms my heart, and I’m sure will carry over in a cloud of joy! 🙂 I’m so happy for you!

  14. john c says: 445 comments

    Thanks Susan, and my fingers are crossed and my hopes high for tomorrow and the days after for you and your sister. You know, the qualities of your home jumps off the screen, but the quality of you and sister jump off the computer screen even further and in brighter hues and more crisp outline! You two will win out. Remember, houses can be old or new, but it is the souls we bring to them that make them homes wherever we are. Wherever you two are, are special homes indeed!

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  15. john c says: 445 comments

    Susan, I just wanted you to know that I am encountering unexpected bumps in the contract for sale. If you want more details from what I hope is the runner up in luck, myself, feel free to contact me at cliffguy72@hotmail.com.

  16. Andrew says: 2 comments

    SOLD! I guess I’m the lucky buyer 🙂 I am rather ecstatic about this!!!! Thank you for sharing all of that information, Susan!

    • John C. Shiflet says: 5363 comments

      Congratulations, Andrew. You’ve bought a wonderful old house steeped in history on an estate sized lot. (5 acres!) Just give this fine old home the TLC it deserves and it will give back to you. Very few houses of this type and age are so intact and unremuddled; it is something you can restore and pass on with pride to future generations. I wish you the best as you begin your old house adventure and please feel welcomed to ask any questions pertaining to restoration as you move forward. A number of us here have walked (or are still walking) in those shoes and found practical solutions to old house restoration problems. Welcome to the old house owner’s club! (or welcome back if you’ve restored one or more before)

      • Andrew says: 2 comments

        Thank you John. I’m extremely new to all of this as I am a current architecture student at Ohio state, and am 22. It’s very exciting, and I can’t wait to have my own place to restore and gain knowledge and experience.

  17. john c says: 445 comments

    I congratulate both you, Andrew, and Susan and her sister. I think all of you will come to realize you share great love for this great old home. Susan, in the midst of my own whirlwind of events (we finally got the contract between the lawyers approved last week), I salute you! May the future reward you for the efforts you and your sister and your family have put into preserving the past so well! The house is, as John S says, intact and unremuddled: those are the greatest words of praise possible.

  18. Joyce Brittain says: 15 comments

    Sorry to take so long to reply. Our computer died and with all the rush with the house Susan and I (Joyce here) haven’t had a chance to start up a new one until now. We are thrilled to have sold the house and especially to Andrew who seems like just the perfect person to have the house. We can tell he really loves it and has wonderful plans for the house and the property as well. It will be exciting to see the place transformed. He already has porch furniture and ferns hanging . As for Susan and I, there has been a home on the market for a couple of months that we fell in love with immediately and the day after we accepted Andrew’s offer we made an offer on this house and got it. So in the past 2 weeks we sold hte old house and bought the new house and all the transactions are final and we took possesion of our new house Mon. May 21st. It has been quite a rollercoaster ride. John, I hope things have gone well with the sale of your house. Thank you for your best wishes and thoughts. I believe they were very helpfull.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11892 comments
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      Congratulations on selling the house, and congratulations to Andrew for buying it! Glad everything worked out! 🙂

    • john c says: 445 comments

      Joyce, the news about you and Susan has made my day! This is great and I wish you both much happiness in the years to come in your new home! I thank you for the update.

      Now you can wish me luck! The buyers I talked about turned out to be tire-kickers, supposedly having had six prior purchases fall through after having offers accepted. My sale, too, fell through. However, others have made an offer and I continue to have high hopes.

  19. Susan Brittain says: 15 comments

    Luck, luck, luck, luck, luck, luck!!! Home like these have their own souls and I really believe it’s a soul connection that puts people together with the right home so that both get the best of the other. We feel incredibly lucky that the right person found our home, now his home, and that we are moving into a fun and funky 50’s ranch. 1850’s to 1950’s. 🙂 Our agent says that the first folks to be really interested turned it down because they have a baby and don’t want to raise her on such a busy road, something I completely understand. They asked Veronica (Reynolds, of Remax), to help them find another vintage brick home of the period in the area. I sure wish them all luck. They certainly exist, riding through wayne and holmes counties, and other spots in ohio, is a treat just to visit our favorite old houses. Ohio seems to not have the same kind of following in old homes as so many states surrounding us. It’s such a shame for a state with such huge history to not be well connected with it. It’s so great when someone like Andrew takes the time and has the interest to research not only the style of the home, but also it’s personal history. Joyce reminded me of a story from the second owners of the house, the Bevingtons. He was a mortician, and Joyce remember the McFarrens, (third family who sold to my parents) storing potatoes in the coffins stored in the cellar, left from Mr. Bevington’s business. Coursse there may be a little more left around the place. Mr Bevington, apparently brought syphilis home to his missus, and they survived it long enough for the disease to cause major mental damage. He ended by hanging himself across the road in the silo or the farm. We think the spirits that hang around the place are he and his wife. Just guessing, still………

    I have faith, John, that you’ll do well, and your house will do well, and you’ll all find the right fit, the right soul fit. We had friends who didn’t believe this was going to happen for us. When mom passed, we said we’d like to be back down in Wooster in two years. It’s taking two and a half, and when it moved, it moved like a whorlwind. The funniest part of it all is that our agents’ collegues told her she was crazy to take this listing, because of how much work is involved. They told her it would never move. Lots of people looked, and waited for the price to come down. Andrew knew what he wanted, and persued it agressively. There are a lot of disappointed people out there, and a lot of folks in Veronica’s office eating crow (which Joyce offered to bake into a pie for her 🙂 Course, Veronica is an old house person herself. If her currant home had been ready to sell, (not quite done yet), she’d have made an offer herself. Guess you just have to be one of those people. You’ll get there John, I believe it and wish you all of the luck and satisfaction we have now!!

    • john c says: 445 comments

      Ohio has, as you say, a remarkable history for those who care to know it and an amazing architectural heritage for those who wish to view. Ohio’s crowning glory, however, is her people, exemplified by you, Susan, and your sister. (Now, as to Joyce’s crow-pie baking, I don’t think I can rank that as a State treasure. No doubt I will have to eat it some day and will ask for the recipe.)

      Your wonderful comments have given me new resolve and inspiration — and as things come to fruition I will keep you posted here.

      Odd about the 50s house — if this place ever sells, a house of similar 1950s vintage is one possibility I am looking into in the South.

  20. Susan Brittain says: 15 comments

    Oh, there’s a doppleganger for the house somewhere in ohio. Joyce and mom found it once, but she doesn’t remember where it is. We’ll have to get out a map. She thinks she can find the name of the town. We’ll check it out when there’s a little more time. 🙂

  21. suan brittain says: 15 comments

    I don’t find it so odd….the 50’s have an incredible style of their own. Our ranch has been updated from time to time through the years so the interior is not so pure in style as the exterior. However, the updates have given us some great spaces….an enclosed, 3 season porch, and a farm house sized kitchen, that we’re doing jigs around 🙂 The basement is a full, walkout with some of the original kitchen fixtures making a canning kitchen. There is a second fireplace in the main basement area, that will become a crafting space for my sewing machine and quilt frame, with plenty of space for a second tv, comfortable chairs and a futon or day bed. The space in the place is made for entertaining. We can’t wait to have our friends coming in for game nights, and garden club meetings, arranging flowers for the fairs, valentine sweets in Feb (we’re bakers and pastry chefs), and chili and fixin’s in the fall…..and christmas with family, whom we’re going to be geographically closer to, now. There is certainly maintenace with our ’56 home and it’s well planted almost half acre, but it’s been well maintained and much loved. The leaves in fall (can you say mulch!) will be a challenge, and we’ll be needing a new roof sooner rather than later. But, there is a new furnace/whole house air, a wonderful cross breeze through the entire house, which really maintains it’s cool, even before the air, and we hope, eventually, to extend the patio (with swing), under the porch, out into the lovely yard with visions of a brick grill and/or a homemade tandoor or adobe bread oven next to the firepit! Maybe not period, but oooooh the naan! And do we have plans for the fenceline at the back of the property, visions of plantlife dancing in my head. I hope your 50’s ranch is calling to you, John, or if not, that the next special home will snag your attention any day now. So many eras, so many beautiful styles to choose from. I have to say, as we’ve been looking for the last year and a half, the only other house I fell hard for was also a 50’s ranch, but it sold quickly, before we were through the clean out and ready to bid.

    As for crow, a dish much more fun to bake than eat…..well, it wasn’t a very polite offer for lunch time fare, but it did offer a couple of smugly self satisfied gals a giggle. 😉

    So our 50’s home won’t be pristine in style, (we’ll have to see what happens with furniture in the next few years), but it will reflect us, as well as the Swains who loved it before us. I have a lifetime of projects ahead of me, and will have to try to leave this home in as good a state for the next generation of retro conscious home owners. What an adventure! I’ll hold you in mind, John, as you work on your own new venture. The right thing happens at the right time for the right reasons. Believing it brings it about. new age hippie adadge, or karmic philosophy….whatever, I have lots of good feeling to go around and there’s a chunk of it winging it’s way to you. Have lots and lots and lots of it from many wonderful people supporting us, and the best way to increase the luck and love is to share it. (guess I’m giddy, that new roof will eventually bring me back down to earth! Until then…..thinkin’ bout cha 🙂 )

    • john c says: 445 comments

      (Was ill yesterday and so did not respond when I read this.)

      Susan, you remark on purism in style. No doubt we all respond to pure styles. It makes so many things easier to do and visualize. The mix and match of styles and eras in a happy informality is something that comes slowly to most of us over time while living in a place, But to a few, and I think you and your sister number among these, can do so much faster because you have purism of life: your evocative description of your plans, your activities, your friends, even your “lifetime of projects”, all token that you both can create a home of joy and peace and wonder. Around that focus, I am sure, objects will come to mix and match joyfully and well. Kelly has created a wonderful blog, “old house dreams,” but where it is most wonderous is when it overlaps with a mythical blog we all can recognize when we fleetingly see it, “really wonderful homes”. That is what you both will have, and even your thoughts about sharing luck and a good feeling that wings its way demonstrate that your new home, with the newly rebeginning life, is a temple in mid-festival to all that is good in life and home and family and friends. And if you think about me — well, rest assured I think of you both and am inspired by you. I will think about you both and draw upon that inspiration frequently, as I conclude this transaction with the new set of buyers and then go looking for my new place to make home.

      Now, I am going to see (despite not being really fit) today the film The Best Exotic Hotel Marigold. From the reviews I have read, this promises to be a powerful reinforcement to your message: a home is what one makes of a house (or a hotel or a palace! You have put me in the best possible frame of mind to see it!

      Golly, between you two, Andrew and what you all represent, Wooster is one heck of a town, I’d say.

  22. suan brittain says: 15 comments

    Well, feel better, John. I hope the movie helps, or at least takes your mind off of feeling crummy. That’s definately on our list of “to see”s, looks like fun 🙂

    Wooster is an interesting place. We’re coming back to wooster because we have such a strong core of really wonderful friends. We wouldn’t have gotten through the job of mom’s home and into this one without huge help and support, physical, emotional, prayerful, spiritual, and motivational from the folks here, from family, from our friends, old and new in Kent, in Strongsville, in Cleveland…….but the friends in Wooster are waiting with open homes and hands and hearts.

    I gypsied for a couple of decades, and i’m lucky enough to love several places as home, in Chataqua county, NY, and the Roaring Fork Valley in Colorado, plus several places here in Ohio. I’ll tell you, I cried when I left the Rocky Mountains. I was in the valley when 9/11 happened, and like a lot of people after that, realized I felt very vulnerable being so far from mom and Joyce when something that huge and impactful happens. Came back to NY for a summer, and then here to Cleveland for the last decade, which is an hour from Wooster and always home.

    Wooster, something like Chataqua, has people with a lot of money, farmers, many of whom live on a tight string of credit their entire lives, and the College of Wooster, a school strongest in liberal arts. So it’s a juxtaposition of some of the most conservative folks with a community of liberals, free spirits, artists, (outsiders) who stir things up regularly. It’s on the edge of the bible belt, is dry for sunday sales of spirits, and has a thriving community of uniterians. There are folks in Wooster who live, almost as on an island, like cleveland, columbus, or any larger city is another world. And there are folks who live in wooster, but do most of their shopping in a circle of 60 to 80 miles around the town, and who regularly travel outside it’s borders. Have you ever read Sinclair Lewis’ Main Street? Wooster’s bigger, with more liberal components, but in many, many ways, it’s Main Street. Wooster can definately take itself pretty seriously. 😉

    For those of us who are not conservative in religion or politics, Wooster can be a challenge. Joyce and I are very lucky that our mom was an incredibly objective, intelligent, unprejudiced woman with a great gift for friendship that stretched across political, social, religious, cultural boundaries and that she lived her openess and acceptance. Let me tell you, for all of the really wonderful people in town, there are some who can challenge compassion and a liberal spirit! 🙂 Still, that can be said of any place, or every place. Wooster is a beautiful town, very aware of it’s personal caste system but also with communities of people who ignore those boundaries. One of the best things about living in Wooster is that we’re more likely to be wakened at late hours by the hospital’s helicopter that with Vices’, searching for a perp, at least in our new neighborhood. 🙂

    I enjoy the great things Wooster has to offer, and will miss and have to travel for the things it doesn’t. Lots of good reasons for a day trip. Sushi is fairly new here, and I may have to learn to do for myself. I’m taking nori and rice with me, may have to wait to afford a really good rice cooker……we’ll see 🙂

    Well, off to work in the cool of the evening, for a bit. Take good care John, and we’ll be really interested to follow your search for your next home.

    • john c says: 445 comments

      Susan,
      I am cribbed, cabined and confined, as the saying went, between various things. We discovered this morning that for reasons no one understands, my boiler account was on a “commercial” basis which means that we cannot do a residential heat disclosure which means …. Well, no one is exactly sure of what and I am certain I have been out a good deal of money over the last fourteen years or so. Then I had bills to pay and then consulted with the doctor’s office and so now have to go get prescriptions. Finally, I had an aunt die in a far-off state and have to make some calls about what is likely to happen. All that is prelude to saying I don’t have time to respond as I would wish.

      That is unfortunate. Your posting evokes so much. You mentioned Chautauqua and of course that reminds me of the Association and the related Literary Society — at one point my family had a seemingly immense number of those books. Thirty years or so I read in the Wall Street Journal, I think, that the Lake Chautauqua Literary Society was down to 12 book clubs or circles. What a great loss that is.

      And you mentioned the Uniterians. I am here in Chicago and have, the last month or so, followed up a little bit on youthful memories of Dr. Preston Bradley who orated so much and so often as a Uniterian from the People’s Church. I don’t wish to be controversial, but I wonder why “liberal” theologians cannot today assemble the sort of nationwide following people such as Bradley had.

      But of course you mentioned the castes and the crossing of castes and Main Street (don’t forget that Wooster probably has Babbit and Doddsworth and Kingsblood Royal and all the books wrapped up in itself!) and, of course, then there “Ladies of the Club” about Ohio.

      You see what happens: you evoke something in my mind and my mind starts reeling! Anyway, must close and it may be a few days before I can again return to the building and the computer. At least I suspect the doctors will insist up that. But when I search, I will keep you posted.

  23. suan brittain says: 15 comments

    Oh, and Kelley, thanks for your congratulations! So sorry, I had not meant to ignore you! It’s been a really difficult couple of years and we’re thrilled and stunned in equal portions that the right people seem to be landing in the right homes. When time eases a bit, I look forward to visiting your blog.

  24. suan brittain says: 15 comments

    No trouble John. I understand and I’m without a lot of extra time now too. Steaming wallpaper on sat and hoping to finish unloading the pod with mom’s furniture on sun……our move is a gradual one as we make our improvements and pack in Wooster.

    So very sorry about your aunt. And about your illness……lot to have thrown at you at once!

    Take good care of yourself, health is first. And my goodness, good luck with the heating disclosure. Had something similar with our insurance of mom’s house….hope your outcome will be muuuuuuch better than ours.

  25. Andrew- Golden Corners home Owner says: 1 comments

    Just incase people still check this out and read this feed: it has been four years since I took possession of the home, and it has become more than just a house already! I have of course kept all the integrity of the woodwork, walls etc on the inside, and have done nothing but restore and repair the outside, slowly but surely. The bathroom got the largest update upstairs, which is definitely my favorite place to relax. All of the wood floors stayed and were sanded down and oiled to a matte finish. Original windows are trying to be repaired at best so I can keep the integrity from inside and out, getting the amish to make new screen and storm windows to match. I just put a wood burning stove in the front parlor, having to put a new chimney up with brick that matched the old so well, and piped it out the exact same hole that was patched with plaster decades ago! Pretty special to have that up and running again in the same place as when the home was built. I check this from time to time so if anyone has any further questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to ask! Thank you

    Andrew

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11892 comments
      Admin

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Thank you Andrew for the update! Sounds like it has been coming along nicely! Glad you are the one restoring it and keeping all the yummy original details intact. 🙂

  26. susan brittain says: 15 comments

    We go past the house now and again on our way to appts…and the house looks wonderful from the outside. Andrew has done work not only on the house but on the grounds, taking down overgrown and dead trees, planting beautiful flowers, and in general, making it a beautiful home again. More than that, Andrew has done a bit of his own archaeology/anthropology and found rooms below the kitchen that we (and the previous owners) never knew existed. We knew that the house used to be a stop on the underground railroad, and Andrew has found the evidence of that. Very exciting!!

  27. Teri says: 73 comments

    Any new pictures to share of what you have done!

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