Renovation gives Carter House new life PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 17 January 2013 10:58
A view of the exterior of the Carter House. (Photos: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
After years of planning, the long-awaited opening of the Carter House is at last in sight.
At Tuesday’s Wood County District Public Library Board meeting, trustees voted to approve a nearly $148,000 renovation of the site, located across Church Street from the library — the final push in the effort to make the building available to the public.
“I think this will be a great addition to the community, and I think the community will like to see the house restored somewhat to its historic grandeur, if you will,” said Board President Brian Paskvan.
The home, originally known as the James House, was built around 1877 by Benjamin James, an attorney who served in the Ohio General Assembly.
It was subsequently bought in 2005 for $250,000 by Robert and Patricia Maurer and gifted to the library in honor of Maurer’s aunt, Martha Carter, an educator who strongly believed in libraries. It was officially transferred to the library in 2008.
Ken Ryan of All American Construction and Plumbing looks over plans inside the Carter House.
A view of the staircase inside the Carter House.
The library has worked for a number of years to renovate and prepare the home for public use, and had previously bid the work out before the Poggemeyer Design Group pointed out structural issues with the home that had to be remedied. They have since worked with Poggemeyer as a consultant on the home; a bathroom was recently renovated, and an entrance ramp installed. Updated electrical, heating and cooling systems have also been installed on the first floor. An estimated $127,000 has been spent on work at the property already.
On Tuesday the board approved the renovations, amounting to $147,900, including a $6,500 restoration of a balcony on the second floor of the home. The contract was awarded to American Construction, which had performed the restroom work.
Among other renovation efforts, the home will have its floors refinished, ceramic tile will be installed in the entryway, the plaster will be refinished, a new kitchen will be created, and a heating system will be installed on the second floor.
“So, folks, this should do it,” Paskvan said, saying later that “it’s been a goal of the board from the beginning to give this back to the community to use.”
The library plans that the house will be used for library and public programming, and it will also be made available for private gatherings.
It is anticipated that all work on the home will be finished by June 3.
At the meeting, Library Director Michael Penrod additionally pointed out to the board refurbished, authentic 1920s-era light fixtures which are to be used in the home, paid for out of donated funds.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 11:51

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