|Address:||204 North Gay Street|
|Architectural Style:||Georgian Revival; Italianate|
|Year Built:||c. 1840|
|Original Owner:||John Sherman|
The house was probably built around 1840 by John Sherman, who was one of Mount Vernon’s earliest and most prominent citizens. Sherman served as a member of the Mount Vernon City Council, and was one of the founders of the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. The brother of William Tecumseh Sherman, also named John Sherman, may have lived in this house for a time when he came to Mount Vernon to live with John Sherman, the cousin of his father. The latter-mentioned John Sherman later became a U.S. Senator from Ohio (in office from March 6, 1897-April 27, 1898), and was author of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act.
The John Sherman House is likely the oldest house in the 200 block of North Gay Street. It is unusual in that the front of the house abuts the sidewalk. The house was built on a sloping site so that the basement opens onto the garden at the rear of the house. The most dominant features of this simple structure are the tall, narrow windows on the 1st-story, which begin at ground level. The windows of the house retain their original stone lintels and sills. The basement windows of the house are capped by flat arches. Corbelling can be seen in twisted bricks under the eaves. Sidelights and transom surrounding the original front door, tall rectangular windows with plain stone lintels, and a well-proportioned pediment with overhanging eaves are among this fine home’s Greek Revival characteristics. Dormer windows project from the roof, facing the street. A columned side porch dates from the late-19th century.