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Medina home tour turns back clock

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    Stephen Ryan and his fiance Ashley Stopka, left, discuss a 1929 storybook home on North Jefferson street in Medina with volunteer Kathy Daum during Saturday’s Twilight Stroll Home Tour. Ryan is a Medina native, but now he and Stopka live in Cleveland Heights.


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    Unique lighting and colors are featured in a 1929 storybook home on North Jefferson Street that was part of the Twilight Stroll Home Tour Saturday in Medina.


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    Exposed brick work is a prominent feature of an 1843 Greek Revival home on West Washington Street in Medina featured during Saturday’s Twilight Stroll Home Tour.


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    Christine and Daryl Dreifke of Medina walk up to a Victorian cottage Saturday during the Twilight Stroll Home Tour in Medina.



MEDINA — Paul Wood had always dreamed of owning the 1929 Storybook house on North Jefferson Street. It was the home of his fourth-grade teacher, Jean Evans, for more than 40 years.

“It was always my favorite house as a little kid,” Wood said. “I used to ride by on my bike when I lived on Ryan Road.”

As an adult, Wood left Medina and lived in Maine for nearly 30 years. When he decided to move back home, he discovered that his favorite hometown house was on the market. He bought the home in December 2014.

“I couldn’t believe that it was available,” Wood said.

Wood’s home was one of 10 historic houses that were part of the eighth annual Twilight Stroll Home Tour — bicentennial edition. Six of the homes were in the South Court Historic Neighborhood, and one each was in Bankers Row, Water Tower, Founders Way and East Liberty.

The homes were built between 1843 and 1940 in a variety of architectural styles. They included an 1877 Victorian cottage, an 1880 Greisinger home, a 1923 Craftsman bungalow, a 1933 Colonial Revival, a 19th-century farmhouse, a 1936 Freda Snyder English cottage, a 1940 double Cape Cod and an 1881 Queen Anne.

The event Saturday also included a horse-drawn carriage — the Old Phoenix stagecoach — offering rides through the neighborhood.

Savanna Armbruster greeted visitors to her 1843 Greek Revival home on West Washington Street, where she lives with her family.

“I like how much character the home has,” Armbruster said. “It’s very original. And we’re keeping the story of Medina alive by making sure it’s kept up.”

Armbruster’s guests Saturday included Judy and Mike Davanzo, both of whom have been active with the Medina County Historical Society. They said they have rarely missed a Medina historic home tour.

“I love old homes,” Judy Davanzo said.

Thom and Patricia Ryan of Medina took the tour for the first time. The couple — along with their son, Stephen, and his fianc←e, Ashley Stopka — explored Wood’s home on North Jefferson.

“We’ve been meaning to take the home tour for several years but never did,” Thom Ryan said. “We saw an article about it in the paper and decided to come.”

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