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Tell us about yourself:
I was in the US Army and just came back from a 3 1/2 year tour from Germany with my wife (who was also in the army). We both love old houses and finally found one for ourselves!
Tell us about your old-house experiences and dreams:
My wife and I just bought an old late victorian house. It is in good shape and I plan on restoring it. I have always wanted a victorian house and now I have one!! It doesn't need too much major work, so hopefully the resto job won't be as difficult for a novice like myself.

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At 4:00pm on November 13, 2008, Ken the Old House Guy said…
Hi thanks! Good luck with your house - I love the staircase. Check my website for some things to watch out for when restoring and beware of most contractors.

Ken
At 9:31am on November 19, 2008, Susan Scofield said…
I'm not sure where Middletown is. I will look it up on a map. I am on the west side of Cleveland. I love your photos. My interior was stripped of some of the woodwork, the fireplace mantel (there is only one fireplace) and the steam heat radiators. I have no original light fixtures, but have found old gas pipes in some of the ceilings. My house had beautiful spiral cut oak columns between the double parlors and the foyer, but some of them are gone. I do have all my pocket doors though. I will post my interior photos at a later date.
At 9:38pm on November 21, 2008, Susan Scofield said…
I have not done much exploring in your area of Ohio. I have filled several photo albums with old house photos from towns all over the northern half of Ohio. Hopefully I will be able to do more driving and exploring in the spring, before I get back to the siding job on the rest of my house. This is a great web site!! So much fun to watch other restoration work done by regular folks and not printed in a magazine.
At 4:21pm on July 10, 2009, Brandy Colmer said…
Wow! Its gorgeous! I love all the dark wood. the double doors, the stained glass windows the staircase. Oh, and the fireplaces! Excuse me - amazing! Is the whole house brick on the exterior? Are you going to stay with the gray, or change the color?

I cant wait to see how it progresses!
At 10:01pm on July 25, 2009, Dana Jerabek said…
Very cool house...it definitely looks very similar to the one we just bought with all of the woodwork, fireplace, window locks, etc. Beautiful!
At 3:47pm on September 17, 2009, Kim Zunino said…
Hi! Your house is beautiful-I would call it a Queen Anne. Looking at its form, it appears to have a hipped roof with lower cross gables, typical of Queen Anne homes. I want to classify this as an example of a subtype of the Queen Anne style known as a Free Classic, which represents sort of the transition between Queen Anne and the Colonial Revival styles. I could see the original porch having columns instead of spindlework. Oh, and that staircase is a treasure! Best of luck with the home!
At 1:54pm on May 9, 2010, Beverly Jamison said…
Have you considered replacing the wrought iron columns with columns? Does the house have built in wood guttering? You are so fortunate to have all your wood trim still intact. I have one room with some of the trim left, and two five panel doors left.
Do you know how to bring life back into my 5 panel doors? The wood appears to be dry.

Also, I am so glad to see the lady in the photo wearing a mask, I hate those darn things, but they really are a health saver.
Love your stained glass window and great stairs. Also, Thank you for serving our country.
At 11:55am on May 11, 2010, Beverly Jamison said…
Yes, the iron columns would make Mother-In-Law a great present for Mother's day next year:)

I will be doing some reading on wood working. Gosh, you are lucky to have a real claw foot tub, I am going to be looking for one, to put away for when I can do a master bath (we don't have one), only a up stairs bath and down stairs bath. Old houses are a challenge, but what they return to us as good stewards and to the neighborhood is not measurable. The measure is when a person you don't know comes up to you in town, and says, you have the old Henderson house, just wanted to tell you it hasn't looked so good in years, and I have lived here most of my life, and the person must be 70. :)
At 1:03pm on May 12, 2010, Beverly Jamison said…
Craig s List, I will be looking for one there. Thanks for the information. I found one over 6 feet long, and by the time I called on it, some other lucky tall person had found it.
At 10:18pm on May 9, 2011, Brandon S said…
Yeah I am all about the old houses no matter where they are located. I have only seen the pics of the house that have been randomly posted on the internet. I am amazed that the house has not been looted or vandalized like they are here.  I have been in contact with Rachel Lewett and am hoping to make the trip from Northern Michigan Wednesday to see the Sorg house... Im excited about it to the fullest. I have been involved for several years in the preservation of historic buildings in my area and am looking forward to moving on and helping out somewhere else.

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