Save This Old House: Ohio Foursquare
An 1890s beauty on a mansion-lined street is up for grabs in Toledo's Old West End neighborhood
Published October 2013
Location: Toledo, Ohio
Contact: Judy Stone, 419-241-1717
The History: In the late 1800s, Toledo's Old West End neighborhood was a place for the city's affluent bankers and factory owners to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown. The streets were lined with grand houses, including this 1897 American Foursquare, first owned by Louis and Harriet Ottenheimer, who raised their son, Jack, here. Louis worked as a vice president of a cloak manufacturing company and in the 1920s became a banker. The Great Depression ended Toledo's banking and manufacturing boom, and many houses in the Old West End, including the Ottenheimer residence, were converted to rentals. The house has been vacant for three years.
Shown: The six-bedroom, three-bath house needs major repairs, but renovated homes in the area have sold for up to $290,000.
Why save it? The exterior of the 3,632-square-foot house has the symmetrical facade typical of foursquare homes, including a pair of box bay windows on the second floor. The surrounding streets are lined with striking examples of restored Queen Anne, Tudor, and Colonial Revival houses.
Shown: The front porch, supported by Corinthian columns, provides a view across the street of the lavish Queen Anne built by Jacob Freeman, a Toledo jewelry maker.
What It Needs: While the house has plumbing and electrical hookups from the city, it requires all new systems and extensive structural repair. One of the brick chimneys needs rebuilding. The Old West End has made a comeback in recent years, which makes this a perfect time to snatch up the worst house on one of the best blocks of grand old homes in the city and to make the place your own.
Shown: A side dormer is embellished with decorative corbels.
A rounded dormer adds dimension to the home's simple hipped roof.
This cantilevered window on the second story is supported by a decorative corbel.
Original trimwork on the box bay windows.
The enclosed portion of the front porch has its original six-panel door and wainscoting.