61 and 65 Jefferson Avenue

JCLA 6161 Jefferson Avenue

 

An Italianate style brick house, said to have been built in the 1880s. The bricks are laid to resemble pilasters, breaking the walls into recessed panels. The pattern continues around the house, and was copied when two two-story porches were added to the south side in the early 20th century. The low hipped roof and tall two-over-two windows with hoodmolds above are typical Italianate features, as is the round-arched doorway.

 

65 Jefferson Avenue

 

This two-story brick carriage house with a slate roof was converted to residential use in the early 20th century, and is now the office of the Jefferson Center for Learning & The Arts. A barrel-vaulted brick passage at the north end of the building leads from the yard to the alley. The gas lantern on the exterior was added in 2011 in tribute to charter board member Robert Lazarus, Jr.

 

First surveyed as a portion of Montgomery Township as designated on the first survey of Congress Lands made in May 1799 by John Mathews and Ebenezer Buckingham, United States Surveyors.

 

Sold by the United States authorized by Thomas Jefferson, President, to Seth Harding of New London, Conn. Feb. 20, 1802 in accordance with a Feb. 18, 1801 act of Congress offering grants of land to "refugees from the British Provinces of Canada and Nova Scotia", attested by James Madison, Secretary of State.

 

A complete list of transfers is available; highlights include:

 

Sold by William Bambrough to The State of Ohio March 19, 1845 for use as grounds for Ohio's Lunatic Asylum

 

Sold by the State of Ohio authorized by Rutherford B. Hayes, Governor, to William S. Sullivant May 2, 1870

 

Upon the death of Constance Wheeler on Oct. 25, 1926, the property was returned to her father, with the remainder of her possessions and personal effects to be left to "my dear friend, Max Mitnitzky, all the love of my life as he is the only man I have ever loved, and I feel that my father understanding the circumstances which have prevented our marriage will comply with my request."

 

Upon F.A. Wheeler's death, the land was left to Guy V. Fridley and Charles J. Pretzman, trustees, on Dec. 2, 1928

 

Sold by trustees to Ann Mae Loving Feb. 26, 1930 after spending over a year under contention among the various parties mentioned in Wheeler's will, with the money obtained to be divided among those parties according to the decision of the court following Wheeler's death

 

After bringing suit against the Lovings April 4, 1929, the mortgage company won the right to have the property sold to Rose A. Street as of July 12, 1930

 

In turn, Rose A. Street then leased the premises to W.E. Loving (Ann Mae's husband) for the amount of $400/month

 

Beginning Dec. 23, 1935, the property was sold between several companies following the liquidation of the Columbian Building and Loan Company, to which Rose Street had sold it. The various owners are as follows: Windsor Arms, Inc., Capital Corporation, Globe Securities Corporation

 

Sold by 651 West Broad Inc. to The Board of Trustees of the Ohio Conference of the Methodist Church Sept. 5, 1944. The purchase was associated with the creation of a Board of Trustees "for the support of superannuated or retired ministers of The Ohio Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church and the widows and orphan children of ministers of the Ohio Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church"

 

Sold by the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Conference of the Methodist Church to The Blenheim Company Nov. 9, 1945

 

Sold by Virgene A. Fanta through the Zenith Holding and Trading Corporation to the Jefferson Center Sept. 25, 1973

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