|Address:||401 North Gay Street|
|Year Built:||c. 1870|
|Original Owner:||William P. Bogardus|
The home was built by Jared Sperry, a wealthy dry goods merchant, for his daughter Elizabeth and her husband, William P. Bogardus, shortly after their marriage. Bogardus became quite wealthy by way of his hardware business. He also served as the Knox Savings & Loan Association’s first president in 1897. In 1905 he served as president for the Mount Vernon Board of Trade, whose goals were to promote trade and industry of local businessmen and aimed to bring glass plants to the city.
This very nice home has among its original Italianate features a cornice with alternating paired and single brackets, segmental windows, carved stone lintels, and a large semi-circular headed window. Original chimneys accent the roof. A colonnaded front and side porch with heavy stone foundation was added late in the 19th century. A servant’s wing projects from the rear. The interior is also well-preserved.