Historic Home Tour – Lorain Style?- Wurmser -Ohio Historic Inventory
On my desk is a plethora of information on Henry Oswald Wurmser – the renowned architect mentioned in the previous post
“Their buildings stand on all portions of the United States as monuments of genius and ability…..
The following are a few of the many buildings constructed from their plans:
Opera houses, at Grundy Center Ia, Cherokee, Ia Findlay Ohio, Bowling Green O, Delta O, Sabina , O City Hall Baltimore, O- Hotels Marvin and Gibson- Findlay, Harrison at N. Baltimore, O Minneapolis, At Ottawa, O. Public Schools: New Philadelphia,(2) Findlay O (6) Ashland Ky; Conneaut O, Mansfield O,Canal Dover, Cheeryville, Kans; Homer , Mich; Burlington Vt; Decatur Ill;
And then to Lorain in 1893 where in the History of Lorain County he continued to be identified with the best work of his profession
At Lorain he has erected all the public school buildings during the past 21 years – with the exception of three. …..
During his active career Mr. Wurmser has designed and built 1,224 buildings in Ohio, including among many others the Methodist Church at Elyria and the Reeves Hotel at New Philadelphia Ohio….
He has been especially favored by the School Board of Lorain
—– ahhhh! sorry Mr. Wurmser your monuments of genius and ability….. have gone for the most part ……..Poor old Wurmser – his buildings weren’t favored by other school boards in Lorain in the coming years…. guess they didn’t appreciate his genius and ability ….
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And now his home at 1348 West Erie Avenue that is is part of the Ohio Historic Inventory along with the little house in the back 1348 B is negated by those who “decide”
The little house 1348B where Cliff Wurmser (son), a teacher at Harrison School, had also resided .
and today inside that little house
And so much for that Ohio Historical Inventory and study so hyped and touted back in the early 90’s showing Lorain’s Historical Worth. Just another study collecting dust. Oh! it is used if the City Of Lorain has to use federal money to demo a house. Community Development has to go through the paperwork in Columbus if they are using federal funds, but really if there are no federal or tax payers monies involved, there is no teeth to this particular “historical dog”. So let us take a walk through the Wurmser House, the one where the Ohio Historic Inventory stated:
“This may be one of the oldest houses in the Charleston Village survey area It reflects the Federal style in its side gable roof , strict symmetry , and windows of 6/6 double hung sash . The 5 bay facade features an Italianate-era doorhood but the multi -paned sidelights are probably original as ar the fan lights in the gable ends. and may date as early as the 1840’s.
Obviously, the home may have been 50 years old already as the Wurmsers moved in in 1893- ( ah! a historic home even in Wurmser’s time )- You have to wonder what this renowned architect saw in this house to make it his home- what I wonder appealed to architect’s eye – its symmetry, simple lines, its Federal styling- who knows ? We never will – like his schools and other buildings his thoughts too, are gone………….
So let us take a video stroll through this home in Lorain’s Preservation District ( there is an oxymoron for you)
Come let me show you how Lorain treats America’s historic inventory………..
Glad “the powers that be” didn’t treat my home town’s history ( London England) with the same lack of respect- we would be in deeper trouble without all those tourist dollars from America every year…………………….
Note: Thanks to Dennis Lamont, Renee Dore and my secret squirrel photographer for all their help and informaton.
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