208 East Front Street

The Lock House

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The Lock House:

 

Captain Levi C. Lock was, among other things, a well- known steamboat captain here during the Victorian era, and he built this attractive two-story Tuscan Villa Italianate brick home at 208 East Front Street sometime after his retirement in 1868.

Born in 1815, he settled in Wood County in 1835. He was in business partnership with Dr. Erasmus D. Peck here when Peck sent him in 1847 to Bowling Green to start a mercantile business. He became a prominent resident of that town, being one of it incorporators in 1855.

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208 East Front Street

He also served as justice of the peace and clerk of Center Township, was postmaster and a forwarding agent there, and built and operated an ashery, the first manufacturing enterprise in Bowling Green.

The house he built to spend his retirement years in here is called one of the most authentic examples of the Tuscan style in the Perrysburg-Maumee area. It has a flat hip roof with a broad overhang embellished by paired eaves brackets, and round-headed windows with corbelled brick drip mouldings. A round-headed double door front entrance has stained and leaded glass panes and there is a fanlight above the doors. The Colonial-style canopy over the entry, supported by Tuscan columns, is a later addition. An Italianate porch originally extended across the full length of the front, and a one-story addition with hip roof has been built onto the rear.

At some point Captain Lock was engaged in the transportation of fish between here and Toledo when commercial fishing was a sizeable Maumee River industry. He was at one time owner of the Cora Lock, a popular side-wheeler riverboat that ran between here and Toledo. It was named for his daughter, a well-known lady here.

Levi Lock died in 1874 at the age of 59.

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