Tickets cost $10 and are available in advance at Tiffin Ace Hardware, 1550 W. Market St., and on the day of the tour at the Grammes-Brown House, 172 Jefferson St., Tiffin.
This year’s tour includes homes within the historic district that have never before been featured, as well as one just north of town. A repeat visit to a downtown loft apartment reveals the versatility of the older living spaces. The headquarters of the Tiffin Historic Trust, the Grammes-Brown House, exemplifies the Victorian love of decorative interiors and objects. Another, even larger home from the very late 1890’s, exemplifies the changes taking place in architectural taste at the turn of the 20th century. On the south side of town, a late 20th century home displays the charm of neighborhood living.
In 2001, Mary Schriner, the widow of Dr. Robert Schriner, bequeathed her spacious 1950’s brick home on North Ohio 53 to Tiffin University, along with 25 acres of land. The residence was remodeled to accommodate social gatherings and is now home to the Tiffin University president, Dr. Lillian Schumacher, and her family.
The Troxel/Boehler home on Clay St. exemplifies the elegance of large homes built in the late 1800’s in the Queen Anne style and later “modernized” by H. Lynn Troxel to the Georgian style. The current owners, the Boehlers, bought the home in 1987 and undertook renovations to adapt to the modern lifestyle while being careful to retain the home’s earlier characteristics.
The Empire Block on South Washington St. is one of the downtown buildings that have experienced rejuvenation due to the investment of local business people Weston Reinbolt and Suzie Reineke and the city’s Façade Enhancement program. This two-story loft apartment has been included on the tour in the past, but current tenants Peter Holbrook and Tom Hoffman have found ways to reconfigure the space through the use of furnishings and art work. Another loft apartment in the same building will also be on tour.
The Tiffin Historic Trust’s headquarters on Jefferson St., the Grammes-Brown House, is among the featured homes on the tour. First built in the mid-1800’s, the owners later transformed the home into the Italianate style, and 100 years later, members of the Tiffin Historic Trust restored the elegant interior. Tour tickets are available at this location on the afternoon of the tour.
The newest home on the tour was built at the end of the 20th century. The Luidhardt’s stucco ranch home features an open-living layout, making it perfect for entertaining guests or just relaxing. The home is located on a double cul-de-sac in a quiet neighborhood.
Contact J. Martin at 419-618-0698 for more information about the tour.