101park

Address: 101 Park Street
Architectural Style: I-House; Federal
Year Built: c. 1855
Architect/Builder: Unknown
Original Owner: Unknown

The house may have been moved to this site from another location.  The I-House configuration gives the home an approximate construction date of c. 1855 or older, but the current location of the house was listed as belonging to the T. R. Head & Company at least until 1871.  Thomas R. Head was born on August 5, 1823 in Hampshire County, Virginia.  His family moved to Knox County when Head was 12 years old.  He married his wife, Angeline Derby, on October 21, 1849.  She was born on July 17, 1826 in New York state, and moved with her family to Morrow County, Ohio in 1836.  Thomas and Angeline moved to Gambier shortly after their marriage, where Thomas became butcher, but also had some business as a livestock dealer.  Head gave up his practice as a butcher in 1861, focusing on raising and selling livestock alongside general farming.  Sometime between 1871 and 1896, the T. R. Head & Company, who most likely used the property for a stockyard and slaughterhouse, sold the site to Professor John Trimble.

It is thought that the house was built by Professor Trimble sometime around 1855.  He immigrated to Gambier from Ireland in 1851 to teach Latin, Greek, and other ancient languages such as Hebrew at Kenyon College, a position he held for 25 years.  He served as professor emeritus for the last three years of his life.  He resigned in 1878 because of his failing health, and died in April of that year.  Professor Trimble's son, John Trimble, Jr., also became a professor at Kenyon College, and lived in this house for several years.  It may be that Trimble, Jr. moved the house instead of his father.

The floorplan and architectural design of the home all suggest a construction date before Trimble bought the T. R. Head Company land, making it a strong possibility that the home was moved from another location.  The house is an end gable house built using the two story I-House plan.  The windows were updated at a later date in the Italianate style with arched lintels.  The roof is moderately pitched, and has two chimneys near the center of the house.  The main entrance is located in the center of the building, and is very deeply recessed, also a later alteration.  A small one-story addition was constructed on the north side of the house sometime in the early- to mid-20th century.

 


 

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