78 Jefferson Avenue

78-80jclaNow the Cecelia Cullman Center for Children, features a plan and details typical of the picturesque Eastlake style of the 1880s and 1890s. The asymmetrical massing, tall chimneys, and incised lintels are characteristic of the style, which was inspired by the aesthetic philosophy of Charles Eastlake, author of the book Hint on Household Taste (Eastlake wrote about furniture and decorative arts; Americans adopted his philosophy and translated it into an architectural style). The red pressed brick with narrow mortar joints is typical of the period. Carved lintels over the windows feature typical Eastlake motifs; the sawtooth pattern is repeated in the shallow wooden cornice of the roofline.

 

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 US government 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 Seth Harding to Bela Badger of Bucks County, Penn. Feb. 16, 1803

 

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

 

Sold by Evelyn Brown to the Jefferson Center for Learning and the Arts 1973

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