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Tuesday, November 26,2013
Holiday Historic Homes

2013 Holiday Historic Homes Tour

Athens County Historical Society and The Athens NEWS offer a peek at historic homes in Athens

The history of Athens Co. spans over two hundred years, beginning with the establishment of Ohio University as the first university in the Northwest Territory in 1804. Our community is blessed with wonderful historic structures, which have been carefully maintained for posterity.

While many of the business and university buildings are still in use and regularly accessible to the general public, the magnificent houses of the time are not. The Athens Co. Historical Society and Museum, with sponsorship from The Athens NEWS, is offering the community a rare glimpse of these beautiful homes with its 2013 Holiday Historic Home Tour, slated for Sun., December 8th.

Read on and enjoy a brief look at the history of five of these lovely residences.

Special thanks go to Mrs. Joanne D. Prisley, whose research, memories and writing contributed immensely to this publication.

To read the digital edition click here.

Tuesday, November 26,2013
Holiday Historic Homes

2 University Terrace

Louis I. and Mildred Francis Brown Home, Ohio University Contemporary History Institute

Brown House is a contributing structure in the Ohio University College Green Historic District. There is some confusion as to its actual construction date. In the building's description in the historic district documents, the construction date is listed as 1884, crossed out and 1929 substituted. A similar conflict occurs on the 1977 Ohio Historic Inventory document, where the date is listed as c. 1884, crossed out and replaced with 1930, and then that date crossed out. However, both documents agree on the description of the structure:
Tuesday, November 26,2013
Holiday Historic Homes

60 Elmwood Place

Andy and Kristina Snow Home

This attractive red brick Craftsman Bungalow is a part of the newly established East State Street/Elmwood Place Historic District. It is one of five homes constructed on Elmwood Place from 1920 to 1926, a period of growth for both Ohio University and the McBee Binder Company.


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Holiday Historic Homes

52 University Terrace

General Charles H. Grosvenor, Ohio University Konneker Aumni Center

Early in 1900, Charles Grosvenor had his architect cousin, Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, design a family home on University Terrace to join the elegant houses of well-to-do Athenians surrounding the Ohio University College Green. The Georgian Revival home was completed in 1901. According to Ohio Historic Inventory forms, the building has "wooden ionic columns which support the entry portico; Greek fretwork lintels; a wrap-around veranda; and seven fireplaces."
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19 Park Place

George Weckman Home

Although a privately owned residence, the Park Place Weckman home is a contributing structure in the Ohio University College Green Historic District. In-Lot 165, upon which the home is constructed, was leased to a series of people by Ohio University. They include John Nicholson Dean, 1851: Charles S. Dickey, 1860; Thomas Hanshaw, 1860; and Ada Crippen, 1871. The leases were for 99 years and were renewable forever. Leaseholders could sell leases to others, but purchasers never secured fee simple title to the land. The money from leases of land in Alexander and Athens Townships was used to support the University.
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Holiday Historic Homes

196 E. State Street

Will and Maria Lamb Home

This two-story frame American Foursquare home was built in 1905. It has eight rooms including four bedrooms. Despite dramatic alterations to its porch in 1966, it is a contributing structure in the East State Street/Elmwood Place Historic District. Alterations to a structure do not prevent its inclusion in an historic district if it is possible to remove changes and return the structure to its original construction.

 
 
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