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Medina home tour offers a peek into the past

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    The carriage house behind The Spitzer House Bed & Breakfast, 137 S. Prospect St., was converted into living quarters in an effort to economize during World War II. It is now the home of Spitzer House owner Delane Nagel.

    NATHAN HAVENNER / GAZETTE

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MEDINA — A 1960s-era aluminum Christmas tree and mid-century modern furniture might seem a little out of place inside an 1890 carriage house, but those gathered inside Sunday said it seemed to work.

Located behind the Spitzer House Bed & Breakfast, 504 W. Liberty St., the historic building is the private home of the B&B’s owner, Delane Nagel.

The Spitzer House was built for Gen. Ceilan Milo Spitzer, and remained in the family for more than 70 years. Today each bedroom in the B&B is named after a member of the Spitzer family.

Nagel’s home was the oldest of the five featured in the annual Holiday Home Tour hosted by the Community Design Committee, which attracted 300 tour participants.

Committee treasurer Beth Ramer said the building has been a private residence since the 1940s.

“The Spitzers, as a war conservation effort, turned this into a residence when they relocated from the big house because it took less resources to power such a small footprint,” Ramer said.

Ramer’s husband, Charlie, a committee volunteer, pointed to the high windows in Nagel’s office that feature their original wormy chestnut and suggested it might have been two stalls for horses during the 19th century.

“The study is the original tack room and it’s nothing but wormy chestnut. In 1890, wormy chestnut was a throwaway wood,” Beth Ramer said.

The Sunday afternoon tours began at the 1887 gothic revival St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 317 E. Liberty St. Other homes featured on the tour included a Sears Kit house built in 1921 owned by Stan and Sherri Sheetz, 342 E. Liberty St.; a 1951 Cape Cod owned by Fred and Jackie

Pallotta, 137 W. Homestead St.; a 1951 Colonial revival owned by Dr. Will and Michele Nichols; and a 2017 Greek revival owned by Laura Gowe.

“This year we tried to concentrate on finding one home in each of (Medina’s) five historic districts that we have worked to establish,” committee member Nancy Mattey said. “Medina has such a great system of communication, everybody knows everybody, so we just ask people whose homes we admire from the outside.”

Mattey said proceeds raised from the tour will go toward restoring the second floor of the Medina Town Hall and Engine House Museum on Public Square, which eventually will hold the committee’s offices and a public meeting room overlooking the square.

“In Medina, the square is everything,” Mattey said.

Contact reporter Nathan Havenner at (330) 721-4050 or nhavenner@medina-gazette.com.

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