Vanmeter Church Street House

178 Church St., Chillicothe, Ohio

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Vanmeter Church Street House

Photo taken by Donald K. O'Brien

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Written by Donald K. O'Brien

From the Vanmeter family web site:
I found some interesting history on the Vanmeter family web site about the house that I saw during a trip to Chillicothe, Ohio:

"The Vanmeter Church Street House is significant as an excellent example of Greek Revival architecture set within a fine grouping of 19th century residential properties. The Vanmeters were important lawyers in the 19th century in Ross County and the State of Ohio."

Wikipedia and ask.com also have interesting details.

"The Vanmeter Church Street House was built in 1848 by William H. Thompson, a farmer. It was purchased by John I. Van Meter in 1856 and has remained in the Vanmeter family ever since. John I. Vanmeter was born in Hardy County, Virginia, in 1798. He was educated at Princeton, and at the law school of Judge Gould, at Litchfield, Connecticut. He practiced law at Moorefield, Virginia, and was shortly elected to the legislature of Virginia. After coming to what was to become Ross County, he married Mary Harness in 1826. Mary Harness was the daughter of Jospeh and Mary Harness, who were among the earliest settlers of the Scioto Valley, Ohio. In 1854, Mary Harness Vanmeter died and John I. Vanmeter moved to Chillicothe. He was elected to the lower house of the Ohio Legislature in 1836 and to the Ohio Senate in 1840, and in 1842, he was elected to Congress.

"John Marshall Vanmeter, John I. Vanmeter's son, inherited the property from his father. He was graduated from Harvard Law School and began practice in Chillicothe in 1857. He was appointed Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Ross County in 1881. The house still remains in the Vanmeter family."

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 21, 1979
Reference number
79001935
Architectural style
Mid 19th Century Revival: Exotic Revival
Areas of significance
Law; Architecture
Level of significance
Local
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Building
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Single dwelling
Period of significance
1825-1849
Significant year
1848
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 3

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19th Century (36,287)
Brick (42,457)
Built 1848 (266)
Built during 1840s (2,930)
Chillicothe, Ohio (22)
Greek Revival (28)
House (26,768)
Mid 19th Century Revival (7,958)
Ohio (5,036)
Private owner (54,397)
Ross County, Ohio (65)
Stone (26,162)

Update Log 

  • December 9, 2010: Essay added by Donald K. O'Brien

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