Lorain – a moving story? A wasted story ? Forlorn and Forgotten

June 26, 2012 at 2:37 am 4 comments

Tracking back into the history of the Wurmser House


and how could an “old/new model???? come to be on the site

turned up a couple of situations where those of previous generations – did not throw away the structures but simply moved them around the city.

I wrote about the traveling 1st parsonage- traveling down the hill to the hollow where it still stands today,

and the odyssey of the little traveling church that went from street to street at least 5 times that ended up as possibly Lorain’s first duplex. I have ranted and raved about these old homes of historical worth- such as Mayor King’s House that went from historical to bad to worse to worthless????

Let us look at another traveling house another which held “another King” and his family- this time it did have the famous Admiral Ernest J. King connection.

This was the Methodists parsonage number 2. pictured here -in 1892 as the community laid the cornerstone for the new church now 6th and Reid.

Apparently Reverend Frank J Smith writes in the Green Book (???) :

that this house was on the property he purchased for a church site and it had been moved east , $35.00 raised and a foundation put under it $85.00 also an addition put on $211.00…”we paid for the new ( to us) parsonage and church site and had $187.00 left to apply on the new church”


The house had been the property of Admiral Ernest J King’s father , James King and had its share of sunshine until the church was built so close to it. It lost its glamor, if it had any , and I fear became a sort of stepchild. Probably it kept warm though with so much protection. Therefore less coal for heating and you know how some of the brothers ( monks?) would look at that situation.

The pastors families couldn’t have been too happy in it. No outlook but a cold brick wall on one side and the neighbor’s house too close on the other side. I wonder if the rain on that steep church roof didn’t spatter the parsonage windows . Form 1892 to 1906 seven different pastors and their families resided there. Finally the Official Board decided that we must have something better . There had been much sickness in the old house because of lack of sunshine and the presence of much dampness.

The house was sold and moved off the lot. Mrs. Margaret King Hurst , a cousin of Admiral King’s says the house was moved to “Hoganville” ( the long ago name for that portion of Lorain west of Oberlin Ave. and was placed on the Northeast corner of Brownell and Chestnut ( now 7th ) Street . Sometime later it was enlarged and modernized and is now serving as a two family house. What long ago interesting stories some old houses could tell……………

Well the old parsonage, King House still stands at 1238th 7th Street

Photo Lorain County Auditors site

And as the writer of the history of the Methodist Church in Lorain wrote those many years ago

What long ago interesting stories some old houses could tell……………

Trouble is no one is listening to them – they are non- entities in this city their stories silenced with decay and abandonment – discarded when they can no longer give of themselves……… their stories ….. just so many blog posts on an inconsequential blog from Lorain (e)



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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Renee Dore  |  June 26, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    There is an “Antiques Road Show” right here in the Charleston area of Lorain-for the architectural syles these old homes were fashioned from ( all 18th century). The wooden houses of Charleston Village…

  • 2. Lisa  |  June 26, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Is there some reason why Community Development can’t use the funds they’ve been using to buy houses to renovate (or rebuild) and resell, to buy the historical houses for preservation instead? Just curious.

  • 3. Loraine Ritchey  |  June 26, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    – I was told they have to meet certain criteria- the Wilford house because although it is for sale hasn’t been foreclosed and or abandoned….. maybe the Wurmser House might meet some of the requirements but for the most part they don’t meet the criteria of the nsps…… but the Wilford house could meet other programs and I have been naggin Community Development to come up with one…but nothing et

  • 4. Darla Cuevas  |  July 4, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    I love reading the stories of these old houses. When i bought my first house i wanted an old house, with history. I did not know what history i had till Renee told me. Im happy to own that house.

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