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Twilight tour features 10 historic homes

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    The oldest home on this year's home tour, an 1843 Greek Revival, is at 326 W. Washington St.

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    The Greisinger home, 513 S. Court St., was built in 1889 and is known as the biggest brick home in Medina. The attic was used as a dance floor.

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    The 1923 Craftsman bungalow, located at 110 Lafayette Road, was built by the owner of Gibbs Motor Co.

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The oldest home on this year's home tour, an 1843 Greek Revival, is at 326 W. Washington St.

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MEDINA — The eighth annual Bicentennial Twilight Stroll Village Home Tour 4-9 p.m. Saturday will recognize the importance of the city’s bicentennial by featuring homes throughout the “village.”

Many of the homes were built in the early years of settlement to the mid-20th century.

Organizer Bill Lamb expanded the tour to include one home in each of the other four historic neighborhoods as a nod to the city’s 200th birthday, as well as six homes on South Court Street.

In addition to the house tour, guests will have an opportunity to listen to the clip-clop of horses’ hooves while taking a ride on the iconic Old Phoenix Stagecoach.

Tickets for the tour are $10, available at Cool Beans Caf←, 103 W. Liberty St.; Miss Molly’s Tea Room, 140 W. Washington St.; and the Medina County Visitors Bureau, 32 Public Square.

Guests are invited to tour the 10 homes, five of which are new to the tour. There will be six homes from the South Court Historic Neighborhood and one each from Bankers Row, Water Tower, Founders Way and East Liberty.

There also will be lemonade sold near the Greisinger home, 513 S. Court St., a magic show at the Freda Snyder home, 530 S. Court St., and a wine bar at Lamb’s house, 721 S. Court St.

Historic characters also will be wandering around the houses.

Lamb said he’s excited to present houses from the original village.

“People get a wider experience when you make circle around the historic district,” he said.

Lamb said the people who built the homes played a vital role in the development of the community, built the downtown, built and ran businesses and served on the Village Council.

The 10 homes are:

  • 530 S. Court St.: After the “Renew Medina” renovation/restoration was completed in 2015, this 1877 Victorian cottage was given a complete facelift;
  • 513 S. Court St.: The Greisinger home was built in 1880. It is the biggest brick home in Medina and tour guests will have the opportunity to explore the attic of this home. Residents danced on the oak floor in the attic. It has a view of the square;
  • 110 Lafayette St.: The 1923 Craftsman bungalow was built by Earl Gibbs, who owned the Gibbs Motor Co. at South Court Street and East Smith Road, where the GetGo station is today;
  • 311 N. Jefferson St.: The 1929 Storybook house has an architectural style that was popularized in Hollywood in the late 1920s;
  • 326 W. Washington St.: This is the oldest home on this year’s tour, an 1843 Greek Revival. This home was built when John Tyler was president;
  • 210 W. Homestead St.: This 1933 Colonial Revival is owned by Ward 1 Councilwoman Laura Parnell-Cavey. Until the mid-1930s, this area of town was farm fields;
  • 339 E. Liberty St.: Just east of St Paul’s Church, this is 19th century farm house that incorporates a number of architectural details;
  • 530 S. Court St.: The famous 1936 Freda Snyder English cottage. The Snyders were the owners of the Farmers Exchange, which burned down. The Snyders had their house built with brick and concrete so it wouldn’t catch fire;
  • 715 S. Court St.: This is a 1940 double Cape Cod. It is one of the mid-20th century infill homes built on earlier farm fields;
  • 721 S, Court St.: Tour organizer Bill Lamb’s home is an 1881 Queen Anne. The home was built by Civil War veteran Paul Parker and originally sat on 10 acres.

Lamb said every time he does research on the home tour, he learns new things about the city. He sat down with local historian Bob Hyde and found out Parnell-Cavey’s home once sat on a 150-acre farm.

She thought her house was built in 1937, but it was actually 1933.

“When the houses were built isn’t always accurate,” Lamb said. “Sometimes it was when they put an addition on the house.

“When people are on the tour, they get to hear that history.”

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.


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