402 East Front Street

The Norton House

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The Norton House:


Sometime between 1850 and 1863, Jesse E. Norton built the brick house at 402 East Front Street. It's not a pretentious dwelling, but it does contain an interesting blend of Victorian style features that attract the eye of even the casual observer.

Mr. Norton was a prominent Perrysburg resident and businessman. He started and was a cashier of the Exchange Bank, the short-lived but first bank of this town. He was elected mayor for 1859-60, and was Worshipful Master of Phoenix Lodge, F. & A. M. in 1857. When the Civil War broke out, he attended the first war meeting here when the President called for 75,000 militia to put down the rebels.


402 East Front Street

He then became a colonel in the 21st Ohio Infantry Regiment and saw combat in Virginia. He was wounded and captured in a bayonet attack at Kanawha River, but his regiment went on to do valiant service. Local resources tell little else about the man.

The house features steep gables with some gingerbread trim typical of the Gothic Revival style. But the long windows and segmental arches are more common with the Italianate. An extended brick frieze follows the gable angles and extends to formation at the corners. There is a peak moulding on each gable, with a frame bay window beneath the one on the west side which contains a row of dentils. There are also dentils on the front near the entrance. The rear porch facing west may be original.

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