Save This Old House: Ohio Brick Greek Revival
A bequeathed fortune allowed a widow to build this lavish home that has seen many lives
Filled With Fancy Millwork
Location: Galion, Ohio
Contact: Mike Morse, 567-455-4205
The History: When prominent businessman Jacob Ruhl passed away in 1858, he left quite a bequest for his wife, Sarah: Along with a cluster of furnishings and farm animals, he set aside a small fortune—and very precise instructions—to build her this sprawling 7,000-square-foot house, which she outfitted quite lavishly. The house was later purchased by Dr. C.D. Morgan, who briefly converted the building into a makeshift hospital for patients in town. In the years since, it was used as a rooming house as well as a private residence, and has sat vacant for several years.
Shown: The seven-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath house sits on a third of an acre in a neighborhood of smaller houses.
Zillow, the real-estate marketplace, wants to see this home restored. As a Proud Preservation Partner of Save This Old House, Zillow is offering a $2,000 award to the buyer of this diamond in the rough. Contact [email protected] for details. And to explore more homes for sale, visit zillow.com. Offer expires 3/31/2016.