Save This Old House: A Midwest Mission-Style
This Youngstown, Ohio, home, which was built in 1910, still has many original interior details
Published March 2012
Location: Youngstown, Ohio
Contact: Mark Peyko, 330-259-0435
With its Mission-style gables and Craftsman-style porch, this house in Youngstown's Wick Park Historic District has always been a standout. Then again, the neighborhood has long been known for its quirky, eclectic architecture, which includes everything from Mediterranean-style manses to a full-fledged Adirondack cabin. The house was built in 1910 by Frank Lyons, owner of a successful drugstore, and was later sold to another business owner, Beecher Higby Sr., who ran a Ford dealership on Youngstown's automobile row.
Shown: The porch was built with Tapestry brick, an art brick manufactured from the early 1900s to the 1950s.
As the city's prosperity declined, so too did the neighborhood's. The house became a rental property but has been empty for about five years. The 2,380-square-foot house has four bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms.
Shown: A historic shot of the house taken in 1927.
Original details include ceramic-tile floors, oak millwork, and stucco walls. The house is just blocks away from Youngstown State and 34-acre Wick Park, which recently received a $100,000 grant toward a planned $2.8 million restoration.
Shown: The original staircase is made of solid oak.
The roof and several rotting eaves have to be replaced. All-new systems are required too. While the neighborhood is slowly attracting new homeowners, many houses remain abandoned. Like this house, Wick Park is a work in progress. Both are worth the effort.
Shown: A sitting room retains its Mission-style details, including a tile floor and stucco walls.
The spacious living room spans the width of the house and has a tiled fireplace surround.