Address: 401 Chase Avenue
Architectural Style: Italianate
Year Built: c. 1865
Architect/Builder: Unknown
Original Owner: Unknown

Thomas Bennett was born on January 20, 1805 in Maryland.  He moved to Jefferson County, Ohio soon after his marriage to Elizabeth Stratton.  By 1828, the couple moved to Danville, in Knox County, where they stayed for four years prior to moving to Gambier in 1832.  Bennett played a large role in clearing land for the establishment of Kenyon College, and began farming as soon as that undertaking was completed.  In 1858 he took on the task of carrying mail between Mount Vernon and Gambier.  When the Cleveland, Mount Vernon & Columbus Railroad was completed in 1873 (now a part of the Kokosing Gap Trail), Gambier no longer needed a mail carrier, so Bennett returned to farming full time until his death in May 1880.

This large two-story Italianate house is offset at an angle rather than being squarely aligned with Chase Avenue.  The hip roof is supported by paired cornice brackets, very common in this style of house.  Although the windows have been updated with single pane sash windows, retain their long rectangular frames with flat arch Classical hoodmolds.  The large front porch was added sometime in the early-20th century, and is more of a Queen Anne style that wraps around the southern side.  The slender columns have brackets at the capital, and have decorative woodwork that stretches between each to form delicate, gingerbread-like arches.  A two-story ell at the rear of the house is original, though the single-story wing at the rear was added sometime in the mid- to late-20th century.



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