Monday, October 6, 2014

Warren Historic District Walking Tour **photo heavy**

Awhile back, I had picked up a pamphlet for the Warren Historic District Walking Tour. Like most pamphlets, it came home and was added to a pile. While cleaning out my office/creative space the other day, I came across the walking tour pamphlet again (in addition to similar pamphlets for nearby towns). I knew the immediate forecast only had one more sunshine in it before too many days of raindrops. I told myself I would complete the walking tour this weekend, and I did!

Combined with the photos I blogged yesterday, I walked 2.5 miles. That puts me another 2.5 miles closer to my goal of 93 miles for the month. 93 miles, that is crazy right? Anywho...

There are 12 buildings listed as part of this walking tour. It seems as though a  more extensive tour is available by contacting the historical society. The walking tour begins outside of the historical society building.

The historical society can be found at 210 Fourth Avenue.
Construction began in 1870 and was completed in 1873.
The Struthers-Wetmore-Schimmelfeng House is of Second Empire Style and became the central location for the county historical agency in 1964.

Next up is The Mansion House at 215 Fourth Avenue.
This Greek Revival Style structure was built in 1833. 
The original use of this building was as a tavern.
This building has also served as a hotel and a bank.
This house was marketed toward judges, jurors, witnesses, parties and others, due to the courthouse being across the street.
Present day, this building offers apartments.

Stop #3 is the Noyes-Donaldson House at 216 Fourth Avenue.
This home is listed as being constructed in 1843 and is Greek Revival Style.
This is one of Warren's oldest homes.
According to the pamphlet, it is believed the front section of this home was built before 1843. This belief is based on the width of the floor boards and the use of corner risers all the way up.
The house was sold in 1895 for $5000. Members of the same family have owned or resided in this home since the 1880s. 

Next up is the Siggins - Smith House.
This house is at 315 Liberty Street and is of Eclectic Style, completed in 1907.
The house was built for the then president of the Warren Electric Street Railway, David Siggins.

Stop #5 is the Brown-Citro House at 318 Liberty Street.
I didn't take a full house shot since they were working on the missing corner.
This home is of Second Empire Style. The construction of this home is said to have been well documented in the Warren Mail from 1867 to 1869.

Stop #6 is the Struthers Library Theatre at 302 Third Avenue.
This structure was completed in 1883 and is Second Empire Style.
This building began as a library and cultural center. This landmark is no stranger to change, with changes being made to keep up with changing needs.
If you read yesterday's post I mentioned one of my favorite shops. 
That window can be seen here. The Dan Van Gogh Flower Company is housed in the corner of the Library Theatre building.

#7 is the Jackson-Sill House.
This Greek Revival Style home is at 224 Liberty Street is circa 1830.
This is one of the oldest cottages in Warren. This structure has been home to many things, including a press, patent medicine, jig-saw puzzle making, photography studio, in addition to others.

This one, not mentioned on the tour, but cool none the less.

Our post office, also not mentioned on the tour.

Next stop is the Falconer-Smith-Borger House at 301 Market Street.
This home was completed in 1866 is of Italianate Style.
Despite becoming home to modern offices, much of the original detail work has been retained.

#9 on the walking tour is the Scofield House at 307 Market Street.
Complete in 1890 this home is Tudor Style.
In the 1940's the home was turned into apartments.

Another not on the tour.

#10 is the Jamieson House at 311 Market Street.
I love the  leaves on the ground.
Construction of this home began in 1874. The home was nearly finished when it damaged by a fire. The house was rebuilt and completed late 1875.
The house remained in the Jamieson family until 1938 when it was turned into apartments and offices. 

House number 11 is the Mead-Shear House at 312 Market Street.
Completed in 1868 this house is of Italianate Style.
The house had a few different owners before being sold to the First Church of Christ, Scientist in 1929.

What a beautiful day.
Another not mentioned on the tour.

The final stop on this walking tour is the courthouse at 204 Market Street.
Completed in 1876 this building is of Second Empire Style and cost $97,434.59.
The original statue of Justice, raised in 1877, can now be found in the entryway. There is fiberglass replica atop the tower today.

Next to the courthouse is the historical society, where we started.
The historical tidbits about each of these structures is information provided in the brochure for the walking tour.

This entryway made me smile!
I just had to share.

A special thanks to the society for putting together such a brochure and giving me a reason to get out and walk yesterday.

Which building is your favorite?
Thanks so much for stopping by.

Hugs and love from my small town to wherever you are!
xoxo ~ Small Town Jen


  1. You did a great job. These house are beautiful and have so much history.


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