Architects Joseph Yost and Frank Packard in Ohio: Auglaize, Darke, Miami, and Shelby Counties
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This blog showcases the known designs of Columbus architects Joseph Warren Yost & Frank Lucius Packard in the region of Auglaize, Darke, Miami, and Shelby Counties of Ohio. These two architects were in partnership during the years 1892-1899; each practiced separately before and after this period of time. The history of these structures has not been studied. The blog’s purpose is to generate local appreciation of these treasures, inspire research/promotion of them, and save/value those that remain. The Yost & Packard firm, nationally recognized, would likely be considered one of Ohio’s most significant.
Three designs are being singled out for a bit more description beyond the captions that accompany their photos:
Grand Opera House of St. Marys. A bit of advance work prior to driving to St. Marys paid off. Had I not done so, I would have concluded this building had been raised. Contact with Beth Kenneke at the library in St. Marys resulted in two pictures being sent…an old one clearly showing a 3-story structure and the current appearance which clearly looked 2-story covered by a modernized remuddled front. The roof lines with a small raised section in the middle looked mostly like a match. More back and forth with Beth and her patience solved the mystery. Of all things, the street had been raised thus putting the first floor basically underground. During my later visit to St. Marys to take pictures, I spoke with the owner of the jewelry store across the street. His basement has a front door…and it opens into the street fill (soil and gravel) pictured in this blog. Mystery solved. A fund-raising campaign is currently underway to restore the Grand Opera House. Jason Clark, whose house was designed by Yost & Packard and is pictured in this blog, is a member of the advisory committee for this project.
Darius William and Anna Weddell residence of Elizabeth Township. Yost & Packard’s hardbound promotional publication Portfolio of Architectural Realities lists a residence for “D. Weddell…Casstown.” I’ve driven through tiny Casstown in Elizabeth Township of Miami County several times looking for a house that I could guess was a Y&P design. No such luck. When I was putting this blog together I decided to search for a list of graves in the Casstown area. There was no D. Weddell, but there was a Weddell spelled Weddle. Turned out to be a person who could easily afford to build a large house designed by an architect…Darius William Weddle. Mystery solved. This isn’t the first misspelling in the publication that has thrown me off course.
Mrs. George Nickolas Zeigenfelder residence of Piqua. Portfolio of Architectural Realities lists a residence for “Mrs Ziegenfelder…Piqua.” There are a number of Ziegenfelders in Miami County and without a name other than “Mrs” I eventually hit a dead end. Recently to the rescue came fellow Otterbein University graduate and Piqua resident Jonna Stewart Raffel. She had previously found me on Facebook perhaps from a comment I made on the Piqua-Caldwell Historic District Facebook page. Her email: “I believe I figured it out. I believe it is 714 W. Ash St. My next door neighbors! Mrs. Ziegenfelder, a widow, had the home built between 1892-93. She remarried to W.W. Tice in 1893, and then she died in March of 1894. The home then transferred to her son, Robert Ziegenfelder. Researching was a bit of a mess because they spell their name all kinds of different ways, but I have enough newspaper clippings to back it up, and I confirmed the address with the 1900 census. The main clue that caught my eye was the one that says she would be Snyder’s neighbor to the west. (My home at 704 W. Ash St is the A.G. Snyder residence). The other is in her funeral clipping. It says she had a beautiful home built for them.” Along with the Facebook coincidental meeting, both the Ziegenfelder and Snyder houses are directly across the street from old Piqua High School built by Henry Karg of Westerville who is the subject of my very first blog (which may be accessed on my website doninwesterville.com). 😊
I wish to thank the following individuals for their generous and thorough assistance in contributing to the blog: Kevin Accurso, owner of the Weddell house in Elizabeth Township; Jason and Andrea Clark, owner of the Bamberger house in St. Marys; Mary Beth George and Ben Sutherly of the Elizabeth Township History Society; Patrick Kennedy, Archivist at the Troy-Miami County Public Library; Beth Kenneke, Adult Services Coordinator at the St. Marys Community Public Library; Jonna Stewart Raffel, Piqua historian; and Sharon Watson and Yuri Denny of the Local History and Genealogy Department of the Piqua Public Library.
Published 9/10/2021 by Don Foster. email@example.com
Another successful post! Time well spent gathering info and photos! I hope your blogs will inspire the preservation of these beautiful buildings!
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