572 East Front Street

The Kuehn House

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The Kuehn House:

 

The brick house at 572 East Front Street, while not one of Perrysburg's old Victorian treasures, is included in this series because there are not too many of its style in town. It is English Tudor, sometimes called Jacobethan Revival, which derives from architecture of the 16th and 17th centuries. It was designed by Perrysburg architect Harold H. Munger.

It was built in 1928 by Ernest and Lucile Kuehn.

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572 East Front Street

Mrs. Kuehn's parents, Howard and Sara Warner, lived one door east on the corner at East Boundary Street in the Queen Anne house (the Acklin House) that had been moved across the street from the river side of East Front Street.

Called by historic building inventory people an "impressive example" of its architectural style, the Kuehn House is of asymmetrical shape and features several steep side gables, at least two with the tops clipped, or receding, a central tower with parapets, or battlements, and leaded casement multi-pane windows. On the west side, two large gable dormers are joined by a row of the same kind of windows. The front entrance has an arched stone-edged doorway and over it is a matching arched window with a wrought iron grille beneath it. Inside is an enormous sunken living room. This style house was very popular in America during the 1920s and '30s.

Not much is found in local records about Mr. Kuehn other than that he was a sales manager for Velvet Brand Ice Cream Company (SealTest brand) in the late '20s when the house was built. During the Depression the family lived with Mrs. Kuehn's parents next door while the brick home was rented. Still later, he operated Mr. Warner's dry goods firm in Toledo, was sales manager of Miller Oil Co., and worked at Rossford Ordnance Depot.

The Kuehns eventually purchased the old house at 338 East Sixth Street (reportedly badly rundown at the time, according to their daughter, and remodeled it to its attractive appearance today.

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