Monday, January 12, 2015

Decorative Arts History for Sale

If you are a regular visitor to Historic properties .com then you already know this.
For only the third time in its history, the Nagele Merz house is offered for sale.

This was a most difficult decision on our part but the increasing demands of our consulting business and the opening of our new Historic Design Center in 2015 and the expansion of our antiques business, we simply do not have the time, and energy, to devote to its continued restoration.
 We have other properties in the neighborhood, under restoration as well and we feel the sale of Nagele Merz will bring more energy into the neighborhood, which has seen a great deal of restoration since we arrived.

The home was near extinction in late 2008 when we bought it and certainly had we not bought it, it would not be standing today and certainly its artistic treasure , the RARE Neo Grec Stenciling, would never have seen the light of day and the neighborhood around it would not be experiencing the rebirth it is enjoying. What restoration work has been done? Well as you can see from the above photo, a LOT! The 1920's siding has been completely removed. The overgrown landscaping has been removed.  Dozens of trees and scrub bushes and truckloads of weeds and honeysuckle were removed. The retaining wall was re-laid, thousands of hours spent to date getting the grounds back.

Excavation  of the sunken garden began with the re-creation of the pond.

Planting thousands of dollars worth of bulbs and plantings. The later addition side porch was removed and a new period appropriate front porch created.

Inside: all the old ductwork has been removed and rerun, Wiring has been carefully fished through existing plaster walls so the home can be upgraded to 200 amp service and be trouble free. New Pex plumbing has been run and is ready for connection to manifolds, The upstairs has been reconfigured to provide for a new master bath and a historic Claw foot tub located for it. The house is largely ready for HVAC installation.

Of course what Nagele-Merz is all about is its Decorative Stenciling. Thousand of hours of work went into removal of old paint layers in the formal parlor and restoration of the stenciled walls in the Parlor and Dining Room. The value of room restorations to date would be well over 20K. The parlor has a new patterned hardwood floor all custom cut and hand laid.  This work has been totally documents in detail on this Blog over the years

This parlor has a beautifully restored cast iron mantle and custom over-mantle.


There is also a matching valance which has custom period drapes included in the sale.

This room also has a 4 light period chandelier with globes and custom hand-painted ceiling medallion.

The Dining room stenciling is well underway and the new owner will be provided with room set stencils to complete the work. There is a gorgeous muraled  sky ceiling with another hand painted medallion and 5 Globe period Chandelier. the Dining room features a one of a kind cast iron custom faux painted mantle as well. Provided with sale is enough wood flooring to put down another period style floor or you can elect to refinish the wide fir floor.

Period stencil sets will be provided for the upstairs front bedroom due to the losses of plaster have required drywall be used.

The house is ready for an exterior paint touch up and some siding will need be done. The Roof is recent and in great condition. The house had replacement windows installed before we bought it but historic sashes are easy to find locally to go back to original 2 over 2's.

Our plan has been to remove part of rear structure added in 1900 and build a larger kitchen wing but one may elect to stay in the original footprint but some restructuring of the room used as the kitchen would be required. The house originally had a separate brick kitchen. The house sits on a double lot and property taxes on house and lot are less than 100.00 a year. There is more than enough room on the double lot for a new garage

The home is eligible for a 275K 10 year tax abatement offset against any work done that improves its value.

The home will have protective deed covenant essentially requiring all exterior work be done to historic preservation standards and that the front parlor stenciling may not be altered. The home is eligible for National Landmark based on its ownership and the rare decorative stenciling. There I extensive documentation of all restoration work done with over 4000 documentary photos taken during restoration to date.

This home restoration has been covered in detail over the years on the this blog and there have been article's in numerous publications including the Cincinnati Enquirer about the restoration. It has been featured in numerous preservation-based forums as well. The home was the centerpiece home of the Knox Hill Preservation Opportunity Home Tour in 2012.

This restoration, to date, has taken thousands of man hours and could not be duplicated for anywhere near our asking price. The home is offered at 47,500.00 to a preservation minded buyer ready to become the new steward of this historic home and continue its preservation and restoration. More info
If you are a preservation minded buyer who appreciates the historical significance of this home and wants to be part of the renaissance going on in the neighborhood Please contact me for complete information on what has been done to date and what remains to be done, and tell me why you want to be the next steward of the Nagele Merz house.


Maria Updegraph said...

I'm sorry you had to come to this decision. I have been following your blog for some time now and it actually inspired my blog and two restorations in Lockport NY.
You did an beautiful job on the home and I really hope it receives the owners it deserves.
If you get a chance please check my lockport ny revival blog out and we sure could use some more individuals like you here.

Kevin LeMaster said...

Are you moving out to the place in the country? You've done a nice job turning that into a property that can eventually be amazing.

Paul Wilham said...

No Kevin its all about hours in the day. We have been very fortunate to bring more preservation minded people into the area. Two new people in the last month. One an OTR transplant and another from Georgia. A house is being finished up across the street from here and its a just a good time to find someone to take the reins and complete this.We also have the new design center to open this year. I cant get more than 24hrs in a day!