MEDINA, Ohio — Some of the fascinating architectural particulars of the historic McDowell-Phillips Home, 205 S. Prospect St., is the spherical turret on the southeast nook of the constructing.
The unique blueprints name the rooms the Bay. On the primary ground, the turret room holds the formal parlor; on the second ground is the master suite. Each giant rooms — 16 ft by 24 ft — initially have been heated with fireplaces; each have been furnished elegantly and have giant bay home windows wanting down West Washington Road towards Public Sq..
Throughout the Medina County Historic Society’s ongoing restoration of the house, the turret rooms have supplied fascinating mysteries and curiosities.
On the primary ground, a big bullet gap was found within the pocket door main from the parlor to a sitting room towards the rear of the home. Farrell McHugh, a society trustee and an Military veteran who’s acquainted with firearms, recognized the outlet as most likely made by a .44 or .45 caliber handgun. Up to now, no rationalization for the outlet has been discovered.
In the master suite, as Brian and Carole Feron have been painstakingly eradicating the unique wallpaper, they found writing on the wall recording the title and date of the workman who ready the partitions for the paper again in 1892.
Under a drawing of a hen — a swan or a pigeon — the person recognized himself as “Thomas Clark, 17 Grove Road, Cleveland, O.” He added the date — April 21, 1892 — and in giant letters “PASTE BOY.”
The Ferons tried to analysis the title and deal with of Mr. Clark and located a number of Thomas Clarks in Cleveland at the moment. McHugh found a map displaying 17 Grove St. in an space now occupied by the Ohio Division of Corrections’ Northeast Pre-release Middle.
In 1892, Grove Road was a part of a densely populated middle-class neighborhood. The road itself and all of the properties are lengthy gone.
The unique furnishings in the master suite stays, due to the generosity of Drew and Miriam Phillips. The very giant headboard and dresser are ornately carved darkish wooden, with lighter wooden inlays.
In a latest foray into the attic, Feron found an identical carved piece that matches above the gasoline fire mantle, complementing the furnishings and clearly a part of an identical set.
The bed room is ready for brand new wallpaper — the world with the paste boy’s writing might be preserved and left uncovered so guests to the home can see this pleasant piece of Medina’s historical past. The carved piece from the attic might be cleaned, polished and changed above the hearth mantle.
Workmen and volunteers will proceed to find and restore treasured artifacts in order that guests will have the ability to expertise life in Medina on the flip of the final century. The historic society is wanting ahead to the top of the coronavirus pandemic when will probably be secure to welcome visitors to the property.
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